“Where did the name Girl Talk come from?
When I first got started years ago other people who were performing using laptops had strange band names like “TR_x5,” and I didn’t want a strange computer name so I came up with Girl Talk. It sounded to me like a Disney music girl-group full of teenagers, not a man playing on a laptop.”—One on One: Girl Talk, Computer Musician - NYTimes.com
“But at times, the prolonged effort to pander to younger viewers was downright painful. The producers cast the young stars James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts, then kept the writing old and hoary — no aren’t-we-hip nudge was left untouched. Mr. Franco came onstage at the opening reading messages on his cellphone. While introducing a change in the set, Justin Timberlake smirked, “I’m sure they make an app for that,” and whipped out his phone as if to make it happen. Even when Mr. Franco came out in drag as Marilyn Monroe, he mugged, “I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen.””—Oscar Courts the Young With Franco and Hathaway - NYTimes.com
“In fact, in digital media, illustration is missing in action, and its absence is palpable. I can’t think of a single, regularly publishing, large-scale digital publication that uses original illustrations prominently, much less pays illustrators a working wage for their efforts.”—Subtraction.com: The Sad Story of Illustration on the Web
“There comes a day in the life of every social network when programmers realize they have enough information about you to gauge which friends are missing from your list. A couple of algorithms later, your dashboard starts to resemble a Night of the Living Dead scenario. A collection of internet-dead-to-you people arise to take up permanent residence on your home page.”—The Friends Facebook Insists You Have « Thought Catalog
“Before blasting the first human into space in 1961, the Soviet Union fired off one last test flight of the tiny capsule that would carry Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on his historic mission. The test capsule, Vostok 3KA-2, still scorched from re-entry, will be sold at Sotheby’s in New York on April 12, the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s flight.”—Sotheby’s to auction 1961 Soviet space capsule | Reuters
Incredible analysis of Amazon Prime on Quora. (And more here). Highlights:
- $900 year spent by the average Amazon Prime member in their first year of Prime membership (2009 estimate by Gene Munster at Piper Jaffray) - $400 year spent by members in the year before becoming a Prime member (2009 estimates by Munster) - 82% of Prime members buy on Amazon even if the item is less expensive somewhere else (according to survey by Channel Advisor - publisher of Amazon Strategies)
- 20% of U.S. sales - $3.7 billion - may be due to Amazon Prime (Businessweek) - “In all my years here, I don’t remember anything that has been as successful at getting customers to shop in new product lines,” says Robbie Schwietzer, vice-president of Amazon Prime and an eight-year veteran of the company.
“It is perversely fitting that the child whose birth was the catalyst for Dooce now shies away from having her life chronicled. But it’s hardly surprising. Armstrong says she has always known that babies’ tales belong to their parents, then as they grow, ownership shifts. She wishes it were otherwise — the sharing that got her through postpartum depression would sure be helpful when dealing with a moody teenager. It would also be great material. How do you keep readers coming back while also keeping things to yourself?”—Heather Armstrong, Queen of the Mommy Bloggers - NYTimes.com
“But a distracted mind, trained so expertly by those ubiquitous social media tools beginning with “T,” will find ways around reading: I often find myself changing the font size and font type, and flipping it back and forth between “sans serif,” “condensed” and “normal,” as if this will somehow allow me to read a book faster, or with more gusto, or with less eye strain, or with more. This is all done with a little button called “Aa.” If this button wasn’t on the Kindle keyboard, so easily accessible, I wonder if I would care so much about changing the font experience of this experience. I probably would.”—Why I Love the Kindle « Thought Catalog