“There are essentially two main reasons to hold a phone up at a show. First, to capture a memory for yourself, a reminder of the moment you’re enjoying. And second, to share that moment with someone – to express your emotions socially. Both seem perfectly legitimate to me. (I’m not down with doing email or taking a call during a show, I’ll admit). But the smart phone isn’t a perfect device, as we all know. It forces the world into a tiny screen. It runs out of battery, bandwidth, and power. It distracts us from the world around us. There are too many steps – too much friction – between capturing the things we are experiencing right now and the sharing of those things with people we care about.”—John Battelle’s searchblog
Specifically, I’m pretty into Modern Love on Thursdays
Out there by Chickenfoot Lake, the lesson finally sank in. The key to a better marriage, for us, was not to hew closer to the general, to try to grind away the quirks or to more faithfully try to emulate the early-21st century marriage ideal. The key was to embrace, not blunt, the specifics — specifics that in the end we couldn’t blunt anyway. Despite all of our trying, Dan and I had not ground smooth our individual flaws. Yet our marriage still seemed better, changed. Maybe through our striving we had become more generous. That’s how I felt that day at Chickenfoot Lake. And it felt good.
“Informationally, we are becoming lard-asses. In the pageview and ratings driven media economy, too much of the content these days is designed to be just like junk food to quickly boost quantifiable viewership. If you make content that is the intellectual equivalent of gummy bears, your site will appear to grow quickly. Advertisers reward size, and growing fast is expected in most places I’ve seen. Last month I visited Xeni Jardin, my blog-sister from Boing Boing and she said to me, “Only cancer and bullshit websites grow fast.” It’s happened to TV with reality shows, radio with clear channel, and it’s happening to words online. I’ve never seen a world-class sized publication that was founded in the past decade do world class quality work. It’s not because the people running them are dumb–it’s because they don’t have enough time to think their work through because there’s no short term incentive to. There’s an excuse there aren’t enough resources to go around, but that’s bullshit. It just takes a little confidence in the long game.”—
Fantastic take on how technology makes us happy by @blam
“One survey, by Opinion Research, shows that “61% of respondents said they had checked online reviews, blogs and other online customer feedback before buying a new product or service,” and a similar 2008 study commissioned by PowerReviews showed that “nearly half of U.S. consumers who shopped online four or more times per year and spent at least $500 said they needed four to seven customer reviews before making a purchase decision.” So persuasive are the opinions of others that while many of us are well aware that roughly 25% of these reviews are fakes written by friends, company staffers, marketers, and so forth, we purposely overlook this. We’d rather not think about that. And, frankly, we don’t seem to care. As the Times of London points out, we are born to believe, in part, because a collective belief helps us to bond with others. In short, we want to trust in these messages, even when we may also be deeply skeptical.”—
I worked as a food editor for a few years, which was just as fun as it sounds. I ate ridiculous meals, chatted with up-and-coming chefs and drank a lot of delicious cocktails. These days, my eating and drinking habits still err on the gluttonous side, and are only exacerbated by the fact that…
Famous college bar with lots of character and a 35+ year history. Hundreds of thousands of alumni, Tar Heel athletes and former sorority and fraternity members alike, have all shared good times and tons of beer in this historic setting. This establishment has become part of the allure of what it means to be a Tar Heel, it’s practically a right of passage. Absentee owner would like to retire from the bar business but is not interested in negotiating - the bar comes “As Is”. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, hurry up and act now - Go Heels!
To help emphasize how important this place is, here’s a vintage (blonde!) stickyheels with her blue cup. Feel free to reblog and add your own photo of you or a loved one, sporting a blue cup!