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It'll Never Work!
This started out as a list of negative and pessimistic comments about new ideas, but, to provide some balance, I've begun to add a few overly enthusiastic and optimistic comments.
prediction  lists  history  brilliant  from delicious
march 2011 by tysone
The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (Ftrain.com)
You couldn't do it on TV, or in a newspaper, or in books. You need a back button, a database, and a community. ... The web is not, despite the desires of so many, a publishing medium. The web is a customer service medium. “Intense moderation” in a customer service medium is what “editing” was for publishing.
brilliant  paul_ford  culture  customer_service  internet  community  forsnd  from delicious
january 2011 by tysone
Jonathan Harris . Mar 19, 2010
These days my work is also to write, but to write code, not words. To write good code, it is often best not to live life, and certainly not to live life boldly, because living life boldly requires energy and empathy, and to write good code, you need to save those things for your program and not waste them on people. This kind of strategy makes your code bold, but your life cold.
jonathan_harris  essay  design  programming  brilliant 
november 2010 by tysone
Bad NYC Apartments
Bad NYC Apartments was conceived in Summer 2010 with the goal of helping New Yorkers avoid signing leases on bad apartments.  After being suckered into 2 consecutive bad apartments, the founders recognized a serious inefficiency in the apartment rental market in NYC. 
nyc  brilliant  apartments 
september 2010 by tysone
The Collapse of Complex Business Models
Clay Shirky writes, "About 15 years ago, the supply part of media’s supply-and-demand curve went parabolic, with a predictably inverse effect on price. Since then, a battalion of media elites have lined up to declare that exactly the opposite thing will start happening any day now."
clay_shirky  brilliant  prediction  media  forsnd  journalism  internet 
april 2010 by tysone
Jonathan Harris . World Building in a Crazy World . World Builders
"When we design spaces (real or virtual), we need to take responsibility for the types of behavior those spaces are likely to encourage. We cherish our capitols, cathedrals, museums, monuments, and parks, but who will build structures of this stature in the digital world?"
brilliant  thoughtful  jonathan_harris  prediction  future  web_design 
february 2010 by tysone
Adobe Design Center - Columns and articles from experts on web design and motion graphics
"I worry about the medium, because not enough designers are working in that vast middle ground between eye candy and hardcore usability where most of the web must be built. ... As long as our society values Style over Design, surface over substance, this situation is not going to improve."
zeldman  webdesign  manifesto  style  design  brilliant 
december 2009 by tysone
The Referendum
In his novel about marriage, “Light Years,” James Salter writes: “For whatever we do, even whatever we do not do prevents us from doing its opposite. Acts demolish their alternatives, that is the paradox.”
life  quotes  nytimes  friendship  brilliant 
october 2009 by tysone
Post-Medium Publishing
"Now that the medium is evaporating, publishers have nothing left to sell. Some seem to think they're going to sell content—that they were always in the content business, really. But they weren't, and it's unclear whether anyone could be. ... iTunes is more of a tollbooth than a store. [It] makes money by taxing people, not selling them stuff."
publishing  economics  journalism  prediction  itunes  brilliant 
october 2009 by tysone
The 20-Dollar Millionaire Hits The Road - Esquire
Another rule: Never give twenty dollars to a man named Red, even if he has e-mail. ... In Salt Lake City, the twenty had seemed puzzling but appealing when I offered it. In Vegas, it was more like a Skee-Ball ticket: Collect enough of them and you might have something.
brilliant  travel  lifehack  lasvegas 
september 2009 by tysone
The $20 Theory of the Universe - Esquire
There is almost nothing on earth that cannot be had for a price. The question is, what is that price? And the answer is twenty dollars.
brilliant  travel  lifehacks 
september 2009 by tysone
A Short Manifesto on the Future of Attention: Observatory: Design Observer
Now we have a wide-ranging discussion about what is and what can't be free, which is basically about the future of profit. Maybe we should be considering a dilemma of a human nature: the future of attention. Because there's a connection between the two.
culture  economy  free  attention  manifesto  design  brilliant 
august 2009 by tysone
Daring Fireball: Obsession Times Voice
"There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium are new, but the craft is ancient. Obsession times voice is a pretty good stab at a simple formula for doing it right."
writing  inspiration  brilliant  blogs  publishing  economics 
april 2009 by tysone
Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable « Clay Shirky
When someone demands to know how we are going to replace newspapers, they are really demanding to be told that we are not living through a revolution. They are demanding to be told that old systems won’t break before new systems are in place. They are demanding to be told that ancient social bargains aren’t in peril, that core institutions will be spared, that new methods of spreading information will improve previous practice rather than upending it. They are demanding to be lied to. There are fewer and fewer people who can convincingly tell such a lie.
journalism  newspapers  prediction  history  brilliant  clay_shirky  gutenberg 
march 2009 by tysone
Why Small Payments Won’t Save Publishers « Clay Shirky
"The invocation of micropayments involves a displaced fantasy that the publishers of digital content can re-assert control over we unruly users in a media environment with low barriers to entry for competition. ... The lesson of iTunes et al. is that if you want something that doesn’t survive contact with the market, you can’t let it have contact with the market. ... Superdistribution, despite its unweildy name, matters to users. It matters a lot."
journalism  newspapers  prediction  strategy  brilliant  economics  clay_shirky  micropayment 
february 2009 by tysone
LittleSis » Profiling the powers that be
LittleSis is an involuntary facebook of powerful Americans, collaboratively edited by people like you.
collaboration  politics  brilliant  reference  accountability  social 
january 2009 by tysone
The Universal Record Database - The definitive site for human achievement
"The definitive site for human achievement." This site makes me happy.
hilarious  brilliant  contest  video 
december 2008 by tysone
Television Review - 'The Meow Mix Think Like a Cat Game Show' - GSN Presents a Competition With Four-Legged Contestants - NYTimes.com
A program being broadcast Saturday on GSN is not only one of the most embarrassing half-hours in the history of television, it is also a significant step toward the collapse of civilized society. Needless to say, cats are involved.
brilliant  nytimes  television 
december 2008 by tysone
Beyond Flash, an addendum
"We speak a new and powerful language, capable of saying things no other language can say, but few have realized this, and even fewer have found what to say. When I look at the Flash community, I see an incredible amount of output, a ton of production, but not a lot being said. There have been no masterpieces."
brilliant  prediction  flash  language  adobe  design  toteach 
october 2008 by tysone
Chuck Klosterman - A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century - Esquire
JUNE 11, 2041: In a matter of weeks, the entire Internet is replaced by "news blow," a granular microbe that allows information to be snorted, injected, or smoked. Data can now be synthesized into a water-soluble powder and absorbed directly into the cranial bloodstream, providing users with an instantaneous visual portrait of whatever information they are interested in consuming. ... Now irrelevant, an ocean of Web pioneers lament the evolution. "What about the craft?" they ask no one in particular.
hilarious  klosterman  predictions  future  brilliant 
october 2008 by tysone
Charlie Rose - Warren Buffett
"I'd rather be approximately right than precisely wrong."
brilliant  economics  quotes  warren_buffett 
october 2008 by tysone
kung fu grippe - Better
Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content. These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical. ... What makes you feel less bored soon makes you into an addict. What makes you feel less vulnerable can easily turn you into a dick. ... What worries me are the consequences of a diet comprised mostly of fake-connectedness, makebelieve insight, and unedited first drafts of everything.
productivity  philosophy  brilliant  quality  gtd  culture 
september 2008 by tysone
The decline of newspapers - nothing to do with journalism — Adrian Monck
Declining newspaper readership has nothing to do with journalism. Should I say that again for the hard of hearing? ... How do you explain growing newspaper circulation in countries like India? They must be practising a kind of super-journalism!
journalism  newspapers  trends  predictions  brilliant 
august 2008 by tysone
What's really killing newspapers: They're no longer the best providers of social currency. - By Jack Shafer - Slate Magazine
Not that long ago, the daily newspaper was an indispensable coiner of social currency, and it gave its readers piles of the stuff in each edition. ... What is Facebook but the Federal Reserve Bank of social currency?
journalism  trends  newspapers  facebook  brilliant 
august 2008 by tysone
Somebody Should Do Something About All the Problems | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Why isn't anyone doing anything about all the problems? We're living in a time with super computers and underwater sea stations and million-dollar laboratories. And still, everyday when I watch the TV news shows I see all sorts of problems!
hilarious  technology  future  theonion  brilliant 
july 2008 by tysone
How Is the Internet Changing Literary Style? -- Steamboats Are Ruining Everything
The internet is always saying, "Heyyy." It is always welcoming you to the party; patting you on the back to congratulate you for showing up. It says, You know me, in a collusive tone of voice, and Wanna hear something funny? and Didja see who else is here
brilliant  literature  communication  fiction  writing 
june 2008 by tysone
All of Inflation’s Little Parts - The New York Times
Each month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics gathers 84,000 prices in about 200 categories — like gasoline, bananas, dresses and garbage collection — to form the Consumer Price Index, one measure of inflation.
visualization  finance  inflation  nytimes  brilliant 
may 2008 by tysone
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus - Here Comes Everybody
The critical technology for the 20th century, the bit of social lubricant without which the wheels would've come off the whole enterprise, I'd say it was the sitcom. And only now are we waking up from that collective bender.
communication  creativity  culture  media  tv  trends  brilliant  statistics  collaboration  community 
april 2008 by tysone
A List Apart: Articles: Understanding Web Design
Web design is the creation of digital environments that facilitate and encourage human activity; reflect or adapt to individual voices and content; and change gracefully over time while always retaining their identity.
brilliant  design  webdesign  typography 
november 2007 by tysone

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