A can opener must seem miraculous to a dog.

Graham, P. (2002, February). Taste for Makers. Retrieved from http://www.paulgraham.com/taste.html

brick-wall-frame-damaged-300pxBrick Walls

Brick walls are there for a reason; they let us prove how badly we want things.

Pausch, R. (2007, December 20). Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo


If you have a good idea and you give it to a mediocre group, they’ll screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a good group, they’ll fix it, or they’ll throw it away and start with something else.

Catmull, E. (2009, July 28). Ed Catmull, Pixar: Keep Your Crises Small. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2h2lvhzMDc


The revelation of fallibility is no longer a revelation at all; it ought to be a given at this point in story-telling, but people still think it’s novel to retell Goldilocks from the Wolf’s point of view. I remember the first time I realized this was not only tired, but said something wrong about the people making movies: Mission Impossible, when they revealed that Jim Phelps was the bad guy. Wouldn’t it be great if the hero of all those old TV shows was shown to be corrupt? Wouldn’t it be great if he wasn’t?

Lileks, J. (2014, April 7). The Bleat. Retrieved from http://lileks.com/bleats/archive/14/0414/040714.html


Many people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

SaladControlled by Quisenberry

“Trend Junky’s articles and slideshows, with titles like Celebrity Prom Pictures and ObamaCare Facts for Young Adults, draw traffic from MyTurnOns and other accounts directly controlled by Quisenberry and from an affiliate network of about 175 Twitter users. They promote the site’s content for a share of ad revenue.”

You know, I do a fair amount of digital media for a living, and I am continually amazed at how the English language can support such utterances. Those are definitely words, assembled in sentences, most likely syntactically correct, but it’s goddamn word salad. Word salad!

Hollywood Upstairs Medical College (2014, Apr 30). Re: A Eulogy for Twitter [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from https://www.metafilter.com/138732/A-Eulogy-for-Twitter#5524914

3D-Infinity-SymbolCargo Cults

And that, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with everything from Fox News and the Tea Party to anti-vaxxers and #gamergaters. These cargo cults of thoughtful discussion all exist in closed systems of stupidity, in which their preferred errors and falsehoods are recycled endlessly in what appear to the outside observer to be a parody of rational discourse.

Doktor Zed (2014, Oct 28). Re: The trouble with ignorance is that it feels so much like expertise [Reader Comment]. Retrieved from https://www.metafilter.com/143978/The-trouble-with-ignorance-is-that-it-feels-so-much-like-expertise#5793534

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