License to Spam

I hope you like canned ham, because it’s about to get digitized and supersized. The Republican National Committee asked Google to keep their emails out of spam, Google agreed and implemented a solution, now the RNC is suing Google because it didn’t work well enough. Doesn’t matter if users said …

Frightgeist

Google has published the most popular costumes in the country, powered by its Trends tool. There’s also a costume idea generator. I got curious about what categories populated the list, so I counted the top 98 and grouped them (highly scientifically) into 4 groups, as one does. The categories …

The Gig Work Reckoning

The Biden Labor Department released a proposal Tuesday [Oct 11, 2022] that could pave the way for regulators and courts to reclassify gig workers as employees rather than independent contractors. Lauren Feiner …

How do you teach kids misinformation? How do you teach kids how to fact check something? How do you teach kids how to look at the source and to know where the information is coming from? Toni Cowan-Brown https://another-podcast.simplecast.com/episodes/wondering-about-generative-ai-6ITzQzSR Are …

One of my concerns about the current trajectory of web3 is the potential financialization of everything. Turns out I needn’t be concerned, modern finance has taken care of that, at least for people in the industry. Goldman Sachs interns are replanning their lives based on the potential recession. …

Winnie the Pooh made his first appearance in 1924. This appearance may never have happened had it not been for a zoo visit in 1902. A visit where a seamstress’s nephew drew a picture that would become the basis for the world’s first teddy bear. That seamstress was Margarete Steiff. For whatever …

If you want to create great marketing, you must find the story you believe will interest your reader, and tell it in the most compelling way possible. Everything else is secondary. I found this quote attributed to someone named Bill from Agora on another dip into one of my well organized notes …

The Wall

It may not be The Wall™ that was shouted as a campaign promise, but there is a wall (or a collection of walls and wall-like objects) at the border. I don’t know what this wall cost (and continues to cost, it’s a work in progress), but let’s call it $Xm (because it’s a large governmental …

Zip ties are the safety pins of the construction (adjacent) world.

The National History Museum (in London) posted the entries from this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Sometimes the most surreal looking art is “simply” a photograph.

The History of Ecommerce

We are still, if you think about it, in the relative early days of ecommerce. A lot of the current flows and experiences are a mish-mash of what’s possible, what decisions the platforms made, what payment processors require, and what various layers of the stack can do to reduce friction and …

Don’t hate the player, or the game. First, figure out if you’re even playing the right sport.

Today’s Broken Record podcast features the duo Sylvan Esso. Beyond doing some really cool stuff and playing a modular synth setup, two lines of conversation resonated with me. Keeping the form to break the norm They talk about seeing how much of a left turn they can take in a song and still …

You’re Too Close

It’s pretty common, that thing that you do becomes boring. Obvious. Common place. Common sense. Common knowledge. We're no longer critically listening like we should be. Because we're in fact zoning out on whether or not the audience is actually getting the critical information they need. We know …

Avinash is always good for marketing analytics advice, so no surprise he has some gems for picking success KPIs. To correctly identify the impact of your campaign, pick the business outcome you want as the Success KPI and not one of the many driver metrics. Avinash Kaushik …

What's Your Bronco?

As a follow up to the F-150 post: what’s your Bronco? What’s that thing you stopped doing, that product you stopped making, that service you stopped offering that people have always wanted you to bring back? What’s the cult favorite you can’t quite shake from your reputation? (No, I’m not talking …

What's Your F-150?

The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in the US, and has been for 40 years. It’s Ford’s bread and butter. It practically is Ford at this point. Every other vehicle in the Ford portfolio can lose money and the company can still make money because of the F-150. As Seth Godin points out, it sells …

AI and Hype

When it comes to tech (especially AI), there are 3 quotes that come to mind for me. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Arthur C. Clarke https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/14885-any-sufficiently-advanced-technology-is-indistinguishable-from-magic The future is …

Your product does not exist despite or apart from the world. It does not replace the world (no matter how hard you try to manifest this reality). It exists within the world. The society. The culture. The moment. inspo

On Tools

My approach to tools typically careens between obsessing over them at the expense of actually using them and cobbling together what I have on hand to imitate the idea behind the recommended one(s) (it works…sometimes). So I am always pleasantly delighted by the experience of using “the right tool(s) …

Corporate panopticons don’t like closed doors. Open floor plans mean better sight lines and a more cost efficient space. Employees might prefer closed doors. Open floor plans mean more distractions, more eyes watching, and more illnesses. Maybe pandemic induced work from home increased productivity …

Stages of Novel Experiences Excitement Dismissal Excitement again Overwhelm Dismissal again Adaptation Immersion Loss of luster Departure Excitement Reengagement Engagement with the experience may end at any stage Not all stages are required Your order may vary

[U/Dys]topias

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Leo Tolstoy https://www.gutenberg.org/files/1399/1399-h/1399-h.htm I think it was while watching Independence Day in early July that I remembered this Leo Tolstoy quote, with a twist. (I also wondered if anyone has done a …

This is how our brains should be when it comes to learning and curiosity: open wide. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed. Bertrand Russell https://fs.blog/bertrand-russell-ten-commandments/?ref=refind Curious is our natural state. Uncurious is a learned behavior, typically …

If you do client work, your deliverable might be a part of their deliverable. Whether that is to higher ups, clients, or customers. So you can meet spec and do the job. Or You can figure out how to make them look good and do that.

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