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Said the Gramophone: WHEN WE WERE MILLIONAIRES
"At the turn of the millennium, the internet seemed full of heartfelt pitches. Millions of users singing the praises of their favourite things - crowding around them, talking about them, calling for others to recognize their charms. Not the sturm und drang of social media: just clear-throated whoops, and echoes. Strangers like Pedro logging on to share their passions, not just once but every week, long after they had earned their Into the Grove membership rights, as if they couldn't help themselves."
internet  culture  sharing  kindness  music  taste 
17 days ago by infovore
This column will change your life: Helsinki Bus Station Theory | Life and style | The Guardian
"Annoyed to have been following someone else's path, "you hop off the bus, grab a cab… and head straight back to the bus station, looking for another platform". Three years later, something similar happens. "This goes on all your creative life: always showing new work, always being compared to others." What's the answer? "It's simple. Stay on the bus. Stay on the fucking bus."" Yeah, that. Been feeling that a lot, recently.
creativity  work  labour  motivation  taste 
april 2013 by infovore
Boring « Never Knowingly Underwhelmed
"On Valentine’s Day, 1980, a couple of weeks shy of my 15th birthday, I saw my first “X” film. The visceral Philip Kaufman remake of Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, I didn’t have to sneak in through a held-open fire door, wear a false moustache or lower my voice an octave, as per underage tradition. I paid £1 to see it, legally, projected onto a modest screen before an auditorium of arranged plastic chairs at Northampton College of Further Education’s Arts Centre, courtesy of their members-only Film Society." And so begins a lovely, charming article by Andrew Collins, about the battle for his soul (between film and punk-rock), and how, as an earnest sixteen-year-old, you get to see movies. I did this fifteen years later, with a bit less punk rock, and replacing the NCFE Film Club with a VHS recorder and Moviedrome - but it all rings very familiar. Spot-on.
andrewcollins  writing  film  adolescence  taste 
july 2011 by infovore
Cereal Cartoon Characters | The Mary Sue
"Unsurprisingly, having recognizable cartoon characters on the boxes caused kids to rate a cereal as better tasting, affecting their subjective assessment of it."
marketing  branding  perception  taste 
may 2011 by infovore
Guest Post: How I built ASBOrometer - Jeff Gilfelt | data.gov.uk
And yet: this just explains how, and shirks any understanding of what the presentation of that information might signify, and instead, essentially, says "there was information, so I made an app, and everybody likes a league table, so I added league tables". It's data visualisation as technical endeavour, when, of course, it is far more than that; the moment you start presenting any information, you're making a statement about it, and nowhere does Gilfelt talk about what he feels the app signifies, or whether its editorial stance is appropriate, which makes me a bit sad.
asborometer  visualisation  editorial  taste  opendata  datafordatassake 
july 2010 by infovore
Medal of Honor Multiplayer Beta PlayStation 3 Hands On - Page 2 | Eurogamer.net
"Even the likes of Modern Warfare 2 and Bad Company hide their bloodlust behind a figleaf of fictional "what if" scenarios. Medal of Honor turns a real tragedy into a social shooting gallery, and is going to have to tread carefully to avoid belittling the reality it borrows for our amusement." The problems of making videogames about current conflict, especially when the tactless multiplayer audience get their hands on your content. Not sure I'm particularly cool about this in any way. Oh well.
conflict  context  medalofhonor  games  taste  war 
june 2010 by infovore
Try a new banana - Neven Mrgan's tumbl
"My guess is that you, dear reader, either like bananas or you love them. I love them. I’ve gone through three or four or more in a day, and rare is the day that I go without one. Whether you like them or love them, my guess is you’d be sad to see bananas disappear from your grocer’s shelves. This is entirely possible; in fact, a shortage of bananas, or a significant increase in their price, is virtually guaranteed." Some fascinating stuff on the state of bananas today.
bananas  agriculture  business  food  taste 
november 2009 by infovore

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