Jun 7, 2013

"there’s always an invisible eavesdropper listening in on our most banal and intimate conversations alike"

Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean to tell me there are people out there who thought this wasn't already happening? Surely I can't be the only one who was scarred by what the government did to that nice Will Smith in Enemy of the State in 1998? Or who believed Aaron Sorkin when he said (nearly a decade ago and via Sam Seaborn dialogue) "the next two decades are going to be about privacy"?

via Betabeat

EDIT 11 June 13: THANK YOU for agreeing with me, Daily Beast.

May 11, 2013

Social. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

I also realized that a lot of the people I was connected to on Facebook were people that I don't talk to regularly for a reason. While they are acquaintances, they really aren't true friends. But yet here I was, seeing their status updates, pictures and day-to-day life. I found myself checking Facebook often, and it was really providing no value to my personal or professional life. I got tired of reading about people complaining and spreading negativity. I realized the time I was spending on Facebook was time I was wasting.
Why I Quit Facebook by Christopher Thompson

Apr 17, 2013

to bribe you with uncertainty

I can give you my loneliness, my darkness, the hunger of my heart, I am trying to bribe you with uncertainty, with danger, with defeat. Jorge Luis Borges, 1934
Misty Trees

Mar 10, 2013

Men are not designed...

Men are not designed to think crazy, convoluted, sensitive thoughts. They're designed to spring up from behind a rock, kill something, and bring it home to you. It doesn't matter if it's a goat or a paycheck, that's the gig.
- Monique Marvez

Feb 20, 2013

"You need to get here."

This is what happens to best friends who love with all their hearts and wallets, but it especially to the best friends who have no babies, who are childless and therefore seemingly carefree. We are expected to book the flights to come visit, never to spend a single holiday in the comfort of our own homes. We hire the dog sitters and cat sitters and house sitters and rent the cars and find hotel rooms and pack the bags and stuff our carry-ons with presents for the kids. For without a child in your care, there’s no excuse you could give that’s good enough to miss Christmas. To skip that New Year’s gathering. To be unable to attend a fifth-grade graduation. Only: “You need to get here.”
The Big Idea: Pamela Ribon|Whatever

Jan 7, 2013

feel the sky blanket you with gems & rhinestones

Night sky by Just Peachy!
Night sky, a photo by Just Peachy! on Flickr.

feel the air up above
oh, pool of blue sky
fill the air up with love
all black with starlight
feel the sky blanket you
with gems and rhinestones
see the path cut by the moon
for you to walk on

But they failed to include The Rolling Stones in the control group...

When asked about their favorite band from a decade ago, respondents were typically willing to shell out $80 to attend a concert of the band today. But when they were asked about their current favorite band and how much they would be willing to spend to see the band’s concert in 10 years, the price went up to $129. Even though they realized that favorites from a decade ago like Creed or the Dixie Chicks have lost some of their luster, they apparently expect Coldplay and Rihanna to blaze on forever.
Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be | New York Times