HOLY SHIT THEY ACTUALLY BUILT A FULL SCALE MILLENIUM FALCON FOR THE UPCOMING STAR WARS FILM.
Hahaha sorry. This is a print from Cedric Delsaux’s Dark Lens portfolio.
One of the best purchases I ever made, hands down.
Anonymous asked: John, how do you deal with your own mortality?
Amen to that.
Uber isn’t just selling us car rides, it’s training us to expect car rides—to take it for granted that, of course, a fleet of SUVs will mobilize with a tap, tap, tap. It’s not yet instant, and it’s not yet, anything we want, but it’s conditioning us to expect convenience—to feel frustrated, angry even, when we can’t get a car as soon as we want it. It’s shifting us into a society of technobrats, who delight in instantaneousness for its own sake, our iOS birthright. That sounds awful. In any other context, “give me what I want and give it to me right now” is a universally obnoxious thing to say. The answer would be “no,” and probably “get the fuck out of here.” But in Silicon Valley, that’s a CEO’s mission statement, verbatim. And we shouldn’t let him make us worse. —
You Shouldn’t Want To Live in Uber’s Lazy Utopia
Another day, another retrogressive opinion from tech’s most insidiously conservative pundit. If I hadn’t linked to the post you’d think I was quoting Andy Rooney.
"Planes have conditioned us to feel like we can just fly anywhere in the world in a couple of hours."
"Cell phones are turning us all into entitled babies. They train us to expect constant human contact."
Valleywag is an absolute cancer.
I certainly have no problem feeling slightly queasy about SOMETHING about Uber, but this article is ridiculous. “In MY day, we had to call for a taxi on a TELEPHONE, like a REAL MAN.”
We should also pause and think on the irony of this being published on a “news source” that doesn’t have editors review or assign stories, doesn’t proofread articles in advance, or even require an actual piece of news to exist before writing an article. This all the while ruining an industry that was good enough before. Because, you know, in my day we walked to the corner and picked up our newspaper from the sidewalk. Like real men.
One attendee at the Dec. 4 FTC workshop, University of San Francisco law professor David Franklyn, said that, according to his research, one-third of consumers simply don’t care if something is editorial or advertising content. “So what are we protecting the consumer from?” he asked. —
FTC warns against confusing consumers with native advertising | Circa News
I dunno. THE OTHER TWO THIRDS WHO DO CARE?
This is one of my friend Kim’s amazing paintings. Get one today.
(via Portrait of Master Yoda 8x10 in. Giclee Print by SciFineArt)
“The most important thing in my life is my relationship with God.”
“How long have you had that relationship?”
“What happened then?”
“I drowned. I was born with epilepsy. One day I was swimming in a pond, and I had a seizure. There was also a sinkhole in the pond. From what they said, I was under water for 20 minutes. My friends knocked on people’s doors and one guy came to get me out. He looked for me for a while because the water was so murky. He found me on the fifth try. But during the whole time, I had an out-of-body experience. I remember everything. When I first went down, I knew I was dying. I asked God, ‘God, please don’t let me die like this.’ Next thing I knew, it was pitch-dark. And then there was a person with me under water. I couldn’t talk to him, but he told me I would be okay, and he showed me my mom by my hospital bed. That was the first thing I saw when I woke up later.”
“Do you still have seizures?”
“No, that was the end of it. I never had another seizure again.”
One day to go and it is 90% of the way there. Please consider backing Hal Hartley’s New Film!
(via NED RIFLE by Hal Hartley — Kickstarter)
Amazon Kindle Fire commercial mocks the iPad Air with a Jony Ive parody
Amazon is the latest company to take on Apple’s distinctive advertising style in its own commercials, this time by pitting the iPad Air against Amazon’s 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX using what seems like a thinly veiled parody of Apple’s Jony Ive, who frequently appears in the company’s ads. “This is the magical new iPad Air,” says “Apple’s” British narrator, only to have his vague pronouncements rebutted by a twangy American Kindle proponent at every turn.
Remember when Amazon said advertising was a waste of money? I miss those days.
This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen. It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss public referendum, this time on providing a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached. Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young. Poverty would disappear. Economists, needless to say, are sharply divided on what would reappear in its place — and whether such a basic-income scheme might have some appeal for other, less socialist countries too. —
Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive - NYTimes.com (via rickwebb)
The problem with this is that they can’t afford it. The Swiss budget is 62.8 CHF. They have 8 million people. That’s only 7,800 CHF each which is clearly not enough to make poverty disappear.
The fact that the Times didn’t bother to present this simple math shows how dumb the story is.
There’s this part: “Evelyn Forget, a health economist at the University of Manitoba, has done some of the best research on the results. Some of her findings were obvious: Poverty disappeared. But others were more surprising: High-school completion rates went up; hospitalization rates went down. “If you have a social program like this, community values themselves start to change,” Forget said.”
That was $10,000/yr Canadian. 7,800 CHF is about 8,57 USD. Not too far off.
This fall, a truck dumped eight million coins outside the Parliament building in Bern, one for every Swiss citizen. It was a publicity stunt for advocates of an audacious social policy that just might become reality in the tiny, rich country. Along with the coins, activists delivered 125,000 signatures — enough to trigger a Swiss public referendum, this time on providing a monthly income to every citizen, no strings attached. Every month, every Swiss person would receive a check from the government, no matter how rich or poor, how hardworking or lazy, how old or young. Poverty would disappear. Economists, needless to say, are sharply divided on what would reappear in its place — and whether such a basic-income scheme might have some appeal for other, less socialist countries too. — Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive - NYTimes.com
"all i want is blackness. blackness and silence."
Falling toy soldiers (at Radio City Music Hall)
A 53-year-old man, BuzzFeed’s oldest ever employee, jobless and without health insurance? CUTE as a fucking bug’s ear. Not as CUTE: Making your advertising critic disappear posts that criticize the advertisements of big advertisers, which Ben Smith did to me on at least one ocassion. BuzzFeed has a “no haters” hiring policy and an overweening desire to draw big-name advertisers into its “community” of users, in exchange for money. Which makes ranting about ads professionally for the site a complicated endeavor. At which I FAILed. — TOP 10 BEST EVER WTF OMG REASONS BUZZFEED FIRED ME, LOL!