03 Oct

The sound of silence?

Has anyone noticed if there has been a reduction in telemarketing calls these last couple of days? Are the telemarketers obeying the Do Not Call list? We’ve only been home part of the last two nights, but now that I think about it, I think we actually haven’t gotten any phone spam during the times we’ve been around. It’s a freakin’ miracle. I hope it continues.

03 Oct

“Objectivity goes out when the ‘hot now’ sign goes on”

Have American journalists fallen too much under the spell of the Original Glazed? (And can you blame them? …Whoops! I’m doing it too!) The American Journalism Review discusses the fawning coverage of each Krispy Kreme store opening. The quote that struck me here was this one, quoting Minneapolis Star Trib columnist Doug Grow: “In Krispy Kreme, journalists see the brass ring, the way to reach the Everyreader. ‘We want to prove we’re not this big, corporate, cold, lefty newspaper–we’re a newspaper of the people,’ he says. ‘And what shows this more than getting excited over a donut shop.'” OK, sure. But “big, corporate, cold, lefty?” Corporate and lefty? Damn, that’s quite a trick.

01 Oct

“Why Macs are far superior to PCs and always will be.”

It’s the design, says Mark Morford of SFGate.com. Or, as he puts it, “something that actually adds a modicum of refined grace and simplicity and aesthetic warmth to the world, instead of sucking it away like so many disposable DVD players and garish LED-spasming boom boxes and 10-gallon drums of spaghetti sauce from Costco.” Having purchased two Macs this year, I know what he means about the experience of opening the new Mac box and starting it up. It is just so well-designed that you really feel you are getting something special. There was a time during the 90s when Apple seemed to be putting a bit less emphasis on design, and selling Macs that looked a little too much like the other PCs on the market. Those days are over, thank goodness. I just wish there were more manufacturers (of all kinds of things, not just computers) that cared about design the way Apple does.

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