Mimesis and Violence

Ira Glass on Failure
March 30, 2008, 9:23 am
Filed under: Art, Video

I’ve been listening to This American Life on and off for most of my American life. So much so that Ira Glass’ voice has become emblematic for me of good, interesting, well-expressed talk radio. Yet I never bothered to find out what Ira looks like.

I don’t know what I expected, but it wasn’t this…

Anyway, thought this was a cool little piece on exploring lots of ideas and aggressively killing the bad ones. Probably applicable in more places than just radio broadcasting.

This video is actually part 2 in a series of 4 videos of Ira Glass on storytelling and producing good creative work. Here are 1, 3, and 4.

See also: Really interesting This American Life piece on testosterone, Signal vs. Noise making rather obvious points about this very video.


I can’t stand this commercial
March 29, 2008, 3:52 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Race, Rants, Rap, Ridiculous, Video

It’s got an incredibly annoying thumping Reggaeton beat with some of the weakest rap lyrics that have ever graced the small screen (this is a medium that gave air to This is Why I’m Hot), clearly misogynistic, possibly a bit racist, and has a SEA MONSTER.

It’s also brilliant advertising.

I don’t care what demographic you fall into, I dare you to watch this ad once and not know the phone number for Optimum Triple Play. My brother knows the whole rap by heart.

My hat’s off to you, Mr. Ad Man.

Found It!
March 24, 2008, 8:45 am
Filed under: Mobile, Technology

So it is actually possible to backup your contacts from a Sprint Samsung M300 to your (Apple) laptop, it’s just a really arcane process. For those of you who need to, here’s how you do it.

  • Bluetooth pair the phone and the computer.
    • On the M300, under Menu > Tools > Bluetooth > Options, choose “Visibility” and select “Visible for 3min”.
    • On the Mac, under System Preferences > Hardware > Bluetooth >, Devices click “Set Up New Device”.
    • Go through the wizard and pair your phone with your computer. It’s fairly straightforward.
  • On the M300, under Menu > Tools > Bluetooth > Options, choose “Send Contact”.
  • Select “Send All”.
  • If asked, choose to send them to your laptop rather than another device.

It still appears impossible to get contacts off my PC and onto the phone over Bluetooth, which is convenient because I still hate Sprint.

See also: Why I hate Sprint.

Get DropBox
March 11, 2008, 1:55 pm
Filed under: Friends, Internet, Technology, Video

DropBox Logo

Seriously. Get it.

My friend and former roommate Aston Motes is working at DropBox out in SanFran these days. For those of you who don’t know, DropBox is a sweet little software ditty that integrates directly with your operating system and lets you store your files in the “cloud”, sync them to multiple computers, share them with friends, and even post them online.

I’ve been a part of the DropBox private beta for a couple of months now and it’s one of those pieces of software that seems just so well put together and so simple you wonder why no one did it earlier. Of course beneath their slick user-interface Aston&Co have done a whole lot of work to enable snappy online file storage, sharing, and versioning, but all that stuff just plain works. DropBox a really clean user experience and I highly recommend it.

If you’re interested in learning more about it you can watch the screencast below or hit their website. If any of you of (3) my loyal readers want in on the beta, I’ve been told by the DropBox folks that I can invite a bunch of peeps. Just drop me a line via comment.

March 2, 2008, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Literature

I’ve committed to read a book every two weeks for the next year. Planning to do mostly fiction with the occasional sprinkling of non.

Already a week in. Just finished Phiip Roth’s The Plot Against America. It was meh. Or at least it was meh for Roth.

But here’s the rub: What do I read next? Any recommendations? I’m offering you two weeks of my life here.