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Functional Defenestration
on editorial genuflections in the internet age and the importance of satire
SmallThings  web  attention  capitalism  values  commerce  satire  commons  communities  culture  observation  groups  hustle  marketing  media  rant  whimsy  perception  DarkMatter  toli 
september 2017 by amaah
A Meditation upon Things
A Meditation upon Things in which I will briefly speak of the Icelandic Parliament, “creature features” of the 1960’s, Cicero, Duke Ellington, Shakespeare and excessive pedantry.
language  rant  hatchetjob  culture  observation  perception  english  smallthings  thinking  wit 
december 2015 by amaah
66 Ways to Franco
Being an inquiry into the travails of metadata... Counting the ways to Franco was an excursion into the realm of metadata, matters of syntax, and a contemplation of the hive mind of the web... Who knew there were so many ways to spell Franco & Le Tout Puissant OK Jazz. These glitches appeal to me, truth be told. People label things to remember them and the patterns they use are worthy artifacts even in their imperfect glory.
whimsy  metadata  data  music  Franco  naming  syntax  structure  standards  software  technology  observation  Africa  language  writing  minutiae  toli  ObserversAreWorried  smallthings 
december 2009 by amaah
From world traveler to city rider, Pierre Sundborg finds adventure in the small things
The joy of small things - in this case bus rides in Seattle. Finely observed and beautifully written.
obsession  observation  culture  communities  transportation  bus  SmallThings  via:bhyde 
july 2008 by amaah
Learning Interaction Design From Everyday Objects
nice presentation on the joy of small things. Heck if I wrote an ode to the unloved html button, Bill has a whole blog on the history of the button. A fellow traveler.
Design  interaction  usability  technology  software  hardware  SmallThings 
september 2007 by amaah
Locked in America
passport application blues... an oldie but goodie. I don’t know whether I’ll get to Canada, but I doubt any of this has made it harder for terrorists to enter America. All we’ve done is make it harder for Americans to leave. Winter in America
USA  decline  homeland  security  theatre  DHS  politics  bureaucracy  backlash  passport  travel  vacation  annoying  economics  process  absurd  frustration  SmallThings  fear  policy  visa  regulation  law  blowback  terrorism  inconvenience  friction  constraints  control  participation 
august 2007 by amaah
Freight Wing Incorporated - Driving Fuel Efficiency Into Tomorrow
great business model: sell aerodynamic attachments for trailers - reduce drag, reduce emissions, improve fuel economy for trucking companies, laugh all the way to the bank. Environment, energy, incrementalism. Free branding and profit???
innovation  design  technology  transportation  engineering  business  economics  trucking  SmallThings 
august 2007 by amaah
Bad girls oust wild men as the sinful darlings of Hollywood scandal sheets
"The Brat Pack has become the Britney Pack." The Brits are really getting off on the current American spectacle. It's funny what things people seize on when the zeitgeist changes, it's not the economics, politics or the war, it's small things and celebrit
culture  USA  sociology  observation  perception  Schadenfreude  celebrity  behaviour  decline  fall  gender  journalism  media  social  FallenAngels  SmallThings 
july 2007 by amaah
Need a Passport in a Hurry? Good Luck
"There's nobody to help and there's nobody to care. You really do not have a voice. After all the problems I faced, who am I going to call? President Bush? The Better Business Bureau? I can't take my service elsewhere. It's not like canceling a cell phone
USA  decline  homeland  security  theatre  DHS  politics  bureaucracy  backlash  passport  travel  vacation  annoying  economics  process  absurd  frustration  SmallThings 
july 2007 by amaah
Huge sigh of relief
But the incident which sticks in mind is the lovely lady from Ghana, who dropped by.. desperately wanting a picture taken... She jumped (literally) for joy in the newsroom -- it’s easy to forget how much these little things mean to people when you are b
joy  happiness  celebration  Ghana  Africa  culture  emotion  authenticity  life  funny  SmallThings 
june 2007 by amaah
Public Nuisances 63 and 64
Is there a more diseagreeable verb in the English language than deplane?
nuisance  rant  life  language  annoyance  irritation  boycott  indignation  bureaucracy  security  air  travel  theatre  SmallThings  ObserversAreWorried  toli 
may 2007 by amaah
A Taste of Africa
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that the sight of a grandmother running a kitchen in a restaurant brings a sense of warmth to the stomach of any man. The anticipation is further heightened in the sub-species known as the seasoned bachelor.
food  review  Africa  Cameroon  Berkeley  USA  appreciation  taste  restaurant  life  pleasure  happiness  escape  observation  diaspora  cuisine  joy  SmallThings  ObserversAreWorried  toli 
may 2007 by amaah
Harper's Bizarre But GQ Banal
An appreciation of Findings which appears on the last page of Harper's every month, a goofy little goodbye gift to the departing reader. It's a compendium of odd scraps of information, many of them gleaned from recent studies, scientific and otherwise. Th
whimsy  appreciation  Harpers  SmallThings  juxtaposition  magazine  minutiae  humour  journalism 
april 2007 by amaah
Why we're flush with success
This unsung hero of human history was, of course, the Brain of Drains, the Hub of Tubs, the Power of Showers, the Brewer of Sewers … the humble plumber.
appreciation  plumbing  humour  observation  insight  infrastructure  innovation  SmallThings 
july 2006 by amaah
World Cup Radio Toli
It was not a good 4th of July... No McEnroe, no Connors, no Agassi, no Sampras or Roddick, no Venus, no Serena, no Lindsay Davenport winning at Wimbledon. Instead a Swiss guy and a Spaniard are providing the excitement. And what about that tall Chinese wo
sports  football  WorldCup  soccer  Ghana  USA  media  radio  OpenSource  globalization  commerce  tribes  empire  decline  SmallThings  punditry  toli 
july 2006 by amaah
An examination question: Hunger, dying computer, laundry, World Cup, French Open, day job, marriage, groceries, family, house, reading, futures, bill. Discuss how you would resolve the various competing concerns. Provide enough detail to satisfy the repor
life  whimsy  SmallThings  football  worldcup  tradeoffs  dilemma  decisions  obsession  fever  attention  ADD  community  relationships  modernity  muititasking  juggling  humour  internet  web  conversation  fun  soccer  organization  preparation  observation  funny  insanity  ThoughtProcess  risks  toli  SocialLiving  ThingsFallApart  communities 
june 2006 by amaah
Boycott and The Gospel of Toli
On Magdalene Propositions, the Prime Meridian, voice mail passwords, Big Blue, dark Satanic Mills, dissent, hatchets and cleavers, pleasant pastures, hymns, catacombs, Lotus, loyalty, balking and a boycott. Part 3 of the Boycott Day Trinity
password  absurd  security  people  process  bureaucracy  compliance  communities  Lotus  IBM  dissent  life  adoption  rejection  balking  comprehension  tradition  modernity  strategy  boycott  technology  geology  groups  organization  terraforming  evolution  DarkMatter  SmallThings  gospel  parable  voicemail  satire  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
Husbanding the Blogcritics Commons
Satire: Tempest In Teapot About Title Terminology and Traffic Tendencies or perhaps: Satire: Boston Blowhard Boldy Blows Bile on Bubbly Blogcritics Behemoth... On Blogcritics' titles, communities and walking backwards in the dust. Boycott Day Trinity 2
community  soul  commons  Blogcritics  commerce  culture  marketing  attention  web  search  seo  hustle  sad  rant  Ghana  Ewe  Africa  history  mythology  satire  groups  values  organization  behaviour  media  DarkMatter  SmallThings  boycott  toli  communities 
june 2006 by amaah
A Nine Dollar Vibe
On my boycott of Vibe magazine, Part 1 of the Boycott Day Trinity
vibe  music  culture  magazine  commercialization  hustle  decline  writing  rant  black  america  hip-hop  soul  lifestyle  DarkMatter  SmallThings  boycott  media  ThingsFallApart  toli 
june 2006 by amaah
On Napoleon's Tooth (A cab ride from heaven)
"Funniest trip I ever had to make," said the taxi driver. "So I gets a call on me wireless, an' 'e says; 'Ere, I've got one for you. Yeah, you're gonna like this one, I want you to go to this address, in Kensington, pick up Napoleon's tooth and take it to
life  humour  street  London  taxi  Napoleon  SmallThings  storytelling  story  culture  cockney  fun  funny  zingers  dentist  ebay  England  language 
june 2006 by amaah
The Books of Nima
The full Ghanaian experience straight from the slums of Nima. "How else could they laugh / Like they do when they should weep; Remembering the voiceless days of the past." "Some call it globalization; I know it as the Mosquito Principle".
Ghana  Nima  Accra  life  experience  urban  slums  web  serendipity  literature  poetry  conversation  observation  culture  interpretation  development  infrastructure  glue  perception  history  KwesiBrew  globalization  essay  SmallThings  SocialLiving  ThingsFallApart  toli  personal  wist  reading  Africa 
may 2006 by amaah
The Joy Of Small Things
"Someone started calling the furniture Weapons of Mass Destruction."
life  happiness  children  babies  cousins  aunts  family  scramble  conversation  airlines  buses  plans  SmallThings  NewYork  NewJersey  whimsy  funny  travel  journalism  storytelling  shopping  joy  food  jollof  Ghana  toli  airline 
july 2005 by amaah
Strange Days
These are strange days: Air Conditioner Season, Billion Dollar Salary, ¿Se Habla Español? Room 419, Voodoo outside Bedroom, Overheard, Aburi Masks, Toy Story & Frosted Flake, Strange Fruit, Strange Books & A Strange Playlist
strange  whimsy  life  odd  music  movies  literature  business  irony  Aburi  Ghana  Cambridge  fruit  ibm  lotus  work  smallthings  ObserversAreWorried  toli 
june 2005 by amaah
Lights Out
So last night, right around 11:30pm, a big power surge rippled through your mid-Cambridge neighbourhood. Your first thought as the lights went out and computer sessions abruptly ended was that Acts of God, the tsunamis of this world are reminders about th
Cambridge  toli  life  writing  whimsy  Lotus  IBM  aging  electricity  development  Ghana  Africa  fun  drama  Frances  SmallThings 
april 2005 by amaah
Frank and Frances (or 500 Steps)
You turn and then you see her: it's that old lady from your building, leaning back on a parked car, walking stick in hand. She'd probably been trying to call out to you when you passed her but her wizened voice was barely a whisper and, truth be told, you
Cambridge  aging  writing  life  observation  Frances  SmallThings  toli 
december 2004 by amaah

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