- Qualcomm quakes: sources say layoffs at mobile chip giant. [11.20.2013]
- Pinterest needs growth badly, so it is pinning places. [11.20.2013]
- Twitter, Chegg & Zulily: Why all tech IPOs are not created equal. [11.20.2013]
- Whose (instagram) ad is it anyway? [11.20.2013]
- Compass-EOS gets another $42 million to rethink routers. [11.19.2013]
- AT&T has 10 million U-verse high speed Internet customers. [11.18.2013]
- New startup economics: why Amazon (web services) and Dropbox need each other. [11.16.2013]
- Dropbox has 4 million business customers and for them it has a new Dropbox for business. [11.13.2013]
- How much Kno sold for and why it failed. [11.11.2013]
- To live and die in public: That’s Twitter. [11.04.2013]
I counted 11 brands on the counter at that exact moment: Dr. Hauschka, Orabrush, Common Good (soap), Kohler (sink), Bongio (faucet), Philips (toothbrush), Rembrandt, Royal Velvet (toothpaste), Sonos, Neorest (toilet), and Tom’s of Maine (mouthwash). My iPhone was on the counter but the Apple was covered in a WordPress iPhone case, I guess a 12th brand, but the only one I chose to be there. But for regular, everyday goods, how can we get all of the advertising off them? — Matt Mullenweg writes on his blog.
It is hard to live life in 2013 and not be assaulted by brands. The whole society exists to market something. Twitter and Facebook has made everyone a brand. The brands work on simple human need — to belong to a pack/herd.
The pack (or herd) is what makes the brand, and brand is what makes the pack (or herd.) Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Burberry are brands because they created their own herds and herds needed their symbolism to mean something.
In reality, you don’t need a brand or brand association to define yourself. What it needs is awareness of self, willingness to be different and break from the pack. It also means, one needs to whittle down things one needs to own, find one’s level of greed.
As I have found that when you start making stark choices on what you want and what you don’t, you start to make the branding invisible. That said, I am three steps into this mile long journey.
Life’s disappointments are a portal to future possibilities; opportunities of finding what really is meaningful. #justsayin via
I am hard-pressed to recall when any sort of bubble was accurately identified in real time on the cover of a major media publication. If anything, the opposite is true. — Barry Ritholtz
Nowadays, watch design seems extremely focused on two extremes, one being a rather design-less, minimal and anti-skeuomorphic approach inspired by the ever powerful Apple doctrine of un-materialism; the other one is massive mechanical expressionism rendered in the most excessive possible way. Both have the same lethal goal of appealing to the lowest common denominator of taste in order to attract the masses and sell more watches.–Jerome Mage, March LA.B
The full moon over the bay prompted me to head out to the water’s edge and take a few photos. Mere three of over 100 pictures were worth sharing. I am just not very good at taking late night photos, but I am going to keep trying till I get good at it. These were taken with my Sony RX-1 camera.
Computers have a unique way of making us writers a bit mentally lazy — indulging in a stream of consciousness writing. One doesn’t take the extra few minutes to think about what one is going to write or think about the missing pieces and how they all fit together It is, perhaps, because, we can cut, paste and modify with relative ease. We are constantly in “draft” mode and any addition and subtraction of words is nothing more than a mere act of readjustment.
In comparison, writing with a fountain pen brings a different kind of rigor — forcing you to slow down, think, visualize and compose the story before committing it to paper. I still am trying to get comfortable with the idea of writing with ink on paper. Even in early going, I find myself becoming measured and careful about what I want to say. Cutting and pasting, isn’t that easy. Every mistake, often results in a new draft which in turn forces me to self edit. Of course, with that comes tired hands, or as some would say, the gratification of physical exhaustion.
To be clear, I am not trying to say that one method of writing — on computers or on a piece of paper —is better than the other. After all, I might draft on a piece of paper, but in the end my medium of publishing still is the Internet. And for that I do need a computer.