I don’t know any men who think, Oh, but the noble thing is to try to not share my work, or to make sure it’s only shared with a certain niche of people. I only know girls and women who talk themselves out of aiming to be successful with this belief that it’s somehow more pure. So I appreciate that you don’t do that, and you do hear a bit of that inner back and forth in songs like “Bravado.”
"A couple of months ago I was performing on Jimmy Fallon and doing heaps of press for my record and someone said to me, “If it’s just about making music for you, why do you bother with any of this?” Which is like a classic…I don’t know if anyone would say that to a dude, but whatever. I was like, “I actually really care about this record, and I want people to hear it.” But, yeah, it’s a weird thing to realize that you shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting your stuff to do well. I definitely had that experience."
I was on Hannah’s side until I saw the site run a photo of a child hit by a car to make some big point about Uber …..
Hannah: Gawker is reporting that they won’t be releasing the toxicology report, so we’re not going to know…
Adam: You’re getting your news from Gawker?
Hannah: They report on media, and I’m a media-ist so it’s where I’ve gotta get my news.
Adam: Okay, when you die, how would you feel if a bunch of judgmental creeps, celibate against their will, snarkily reported on every fucking detail of your body decomposing.
Hannah: Well that’s not what’s happening here. This is a very very nice eulogy. Listen: “Goings, Goings, gone. David Goings, publishing’s most flamboyant power player, makes a waterlogged exit worthy of a Bret Easton Ellis character.”
Adam: That’s fucked Hannah. Those are a bunch of jealous people that make a living appealing to our basest desire to see each other kicked while we’re down.
Hannah: I don’t agree, okay? It is a web portal that celebrates the written word. And its sister site Jezebel is a place where feminists can go to support one another, which we need in this modern world full of slut shaming and…
Adam: Well I think that shit gets into your head and makes you one of the bad guys.
Hannah: Well I think you need a place where you can gather up the information that is relevant to your industry and then discuss it with other like-minded indivudals. That’s why the comments board is so important to me and that’s why I’ve made so many e-friends. Why are we fighting about this?
- “Money & Messages” : kiosks installed in homeless shelters that let guests communicate with family through simple email system and receive money on preloaded cards (with restrictions - food, meds, etc). By using machine to check for funds, guests are agreeing to let family know their current location. Service fee on money transfers split with shelters.
- “Who googles Better?” Multi player trivia game where goal is to google your way to the correct answer quicker than opponent. Bonus points for not falling for highly ranked but factually incorrect links. Scoreboard ranks winners by devices, OS’s, location too. (Androids vs iPhones!)
- GeoJobs: location-based, passive job search engine. Only one button to get started: on or off. Using LinkedIn data and skills/endorsements/keywords etc., mobile app pings you when you’re in a location (a business, walking nearby, visiting a friend at work, etc.) which is hiring for position matching your skill set. HR manger gets real-time alerts (for hard to fill positions!) , can message you in app to drop by and say hi while there. Practical for “normals” too: by scouring job ads (eg like Indeed.com) can tell you if restaurant needs waitstaff, local retailer is hiring salespeople, etc.
- GymCookie: MyFitnessPal-like calorie tracking app where you enter in the equipment you’re about to get on (treadmill, bike, etc.) at gym, and it tells you the settings you need to configure to match your goal (lose 10 lbs) or how to correct your failings that day (ate 2 cookies, eg)
- InstaNanny: subscription-based babysitting service. Like Care.com in terms of vetting sitters, but instead of having to contact sitters, check schedules, arrange times, etc., you just “push a button” and sitter would arrive in 30-60? mins. to take the job. Uber-like rating system + ability to block sitters you didn’t like so won’t be matched again + favorite ones you do like to make algorithm better. Could work outside major metro markets too! (Possible spinoff: InstaPetNanny)
- 10 Minute Books: stay a part of water cooler gossip without having to actually read drivel like “50 Shades…” Gives you the Reader’s Digest Condensed version, some notable quotes, and talking points / discussion starters. Bundle with actual eBook and audiobook subscriptions so people can waste time reading/listening to books they really like (which might also possibly be “50 Shades…”)
December 31, the day of a billion lists. Best of. Recaps. Predictions. Resolutions. Rather than subject you to any of those, I thought I’d use the day to answer a question I get asked quite often: what apps do I actually use?
By “apps” here, I mean mobile and tablet apps. There are obviously still a number of web/desktop apps I use regularly, but mobile/tablet has all but taken over my life and basically all the services I use regularly now have apps.
I plan to do such a recap every year going forward. I think it will be interesting to see how my own usage of apps changes over time and whether that mirrors any larger industry trends or whether I’m a strange outlier.
"Please welcome the newest member of the Yahoo workforce, Jennifer Lawrence."
No seriously, this is how the post on the Yahoo Movies website introduced their stop on the press junket tour which found “The Hunger Games” star conducting an awkward interview alongside “Catching Fire” director Frances Lawrence and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Mayer asking questions like “Jennifer, who was your teen crush?” or what was Hawaii like?, or “which dress was the worst to walk in: your Oscars dress or Katniss’s wedding dress?”
Mayer spent an hour asking the actress questions sent in from Tumblr’s fan base in this ill-conceived “Tumblr Ask Live” event. The questions, repeated verbatim, were downright cringeworthy at times.
"Hey Jennifer, are you aware of the fact that you are pretty much the QUEEN of Tumblr?," Mayer relayed on behalf of user thedarjeeling who went on to squee, “many blogs here are dedicated to your awesomeness.”
How on earth did such an even ever come about?
I have an idea.
Time: a couple of months earlier.
Interior: Mayer’s office.
Mayer sitting at her computer, examining spreadsheets.
A Yahoo editor walks in. Mayer looks up.
Did you hear? We’ve got J-Law!
Jennifer Lawrence! You know, J-Law. She’s agreed to do our live Tumblr Ask event.
Jennifer Lawrence. From “The Hunger Games?”
Editor, shifting on his feet, now uncomfortable.
It’s the new Twilight. She’s very popular.
You might know her from “Silver Linings Playbook.”
OK, I’ve heard of that, Mayer says. Great, carry on.
She returns to the spreadsheets.
Well…<coughs>. There’s one condition. She’s sort of the “queen of Tumblr,” and has agreed to only be interviewed by the queen of Yahoo. Which is, well, you.
Me? I’m a little busy right now trying to figure out how to grow Yahoo revenue, you know.
I know, of course. But you should see the pageviews she pulls. Wait, I’ve got a Google Doc.
(Mashes buttons on his phone.)
Mayer clicks a button on her computer. Reads the figures on the screen. Then sighs.
Fine. Where do I have to be?
I’ll send you an email!, shouts the editor, sailing out of the office. Don’t worry! All you have to do show up and read from notecards. Piece o’ cake.
DAY OF INTERVIEW
Intern, snapping photos sits next to Associate Movies editor, who has his elbows on knees, head in hands.
Editor: This is not going well. It’s like they are competing on who can be the most awkward.
Intern: Shhh. I’m trying to live GIF this thing.
Editor: Oh my god. Is Marrisa really talking about boy crushes?! We’re all going to be fired!
Intern: Do you think I should use a filter?
Editor: Why are you not worried about this? This is a nightmare!
Intern: Hey, I’m just an intern. I’m only doing this for college credit.
Editor: Well, we’re going to have to make this blow up on Tumblr even more now. Or our heads will roll.
Intern: It’s cool, man. I’ve got the thing about the haircut all GIF’d out. We’re so set.
Editor: OK. <sighs> Do some latergrams too.
Intern: Yep. I’m on it.
Editor: And remember to write your posts in Tumblr lingo.
Intern: Totally. <rolls eyes>
A few minutes later: Editor, looking over intern’s shoulder.
Intern typing: "#Latergrams from Jennifer Lawrence’s visit to Yahoo yesterday. We’re shipping hard, you guys."
Editor: Um. I don’t think you’re using that term correctly. Who exactly are you shipping? JLa and…the director? That would be kind of weird. Are you shipping Marissa and J-Law? That’s uh, you shouldn’t post that.
Intern: Don’t worry about it. No one reads Tumblr.
““Innovation is a good thing. The human condition – put aside bioterrorism and a few footnotes – is improving because of innovation,” he says. But while “technology’s amazing, it doesn’t get down to the people most in need in anything near the timeframe we should want it to”.”—An exclusive interview with Bill Gates - FT.com
From The Archive: Very Old Blog Posts About Blackberry
Back when I was a baby blogger with a personal site, I wrote about my first Blackberry smartphone, the Pearl. Here are some fun excerpts about what excited me - and bothered me - years ago.
April 2007, Broken Stuff:
Disappearing Call Logs on the Blackberry Pearl
I love my Blackberry Pearl - it’s great to have the power of a Blackberry in such a small form factor. However, I did just run into one annoying issue lately and I wanted to share it in case any of you run into it yourself. Apparently, if you don’t have a habit of rebooting your phone often (I don’t), then your Blackberry can run out of memory. Emails, browser cache, cookies, ringtones, photos, video, text messages, and call logs can all take up the Blackberry’s memory. Now, considering that list, if you were a software designer, what would you choose to erase first from the phone to free up memory? Browser cache, perhaps? Cookies? Nope, the Blackberry deleted my call log. Nice. The fix was easy enough — remove the battery and put it back in; and to keep the problem from happening in the future, turning on the auto reset feature is key. To access this feature, go into your Options, then choose the Auto On/Off option, set both the weekday and weekend option to “enabled” at the time of your choosing. Poor design? Yes, but at least there’s a workaround.
Disappearing Call Logs on the Blackberry Pearl, the Update
My first post regarding the issues I had with the disappearing call logs on the Blackberry Pearl received a lot attention. It also finally gave me a real solution. Thanks to the commenter, Pete, I was directed to the Howard Forums website, where I found the fix on the RIM forum. The solution is to update the phone’s firmware. As of April 4th, 2007, Cingular has released the most recent version of the Pearl firmware: version 126.96.36.199. My Pearl is from T-Mobile, but the poster on the forum says that’s OK - the firmware update will not de-brand your phone. Lucky for you, I went ahead and tried this first, and I didn’t end up with a paperweight after the upgrade, so it’s relatively safe to proceed; but be warned, this is not an upgrade for the faint of heart - you should be cautious - have a good backup in place & know how to do a restore from your Blackberry Desktop Manager, just in case.
August 2007, Not So Special:
Push Email, No Blackberry Required The major selling feature of RIM’s Blackberry devices is the ability to “push” your email to you - your phone immediately alerts you when you have new mail. Instead of having to log in to some sort of application that periodically polls the email server for new mail (“pull” email), push email is the reason for people’s incessant addiction to these popular handheld devices. Now, along comes a new service that promises to bring this level of email addiction to the masses. New from emoze is a service that will “push” your personal emails to nearly any mobile handset that supports email, including Nokia, Samsung, and Motorola devices. With the emoze service, you can receive your emails as well as manage other Outlook data, like your contacts and meeting requests. In addition to Microsoft Outlook & Microsoft Exchange, emoze also supports Lotus Notes Domino servers and POP3 online email services such as Hotmail, Yahoo! and Gmail. Yes, Gmail. Push Gmail.
October 2007, Make It Look Like An iPhone:
iPhone Theme for Blackberry
Although Peter of Crunchgear found this disgusting, I was excited: oooh, it’s an iPhone theme for the Blackberry! If you have iPhone envy too, you can get the cute icons of the iPhone via this downloadable skin. The theme features icons just like those from the iPhone, as well as custom-made icons that are iPhone inspired. In addition, the top banner is dark glass, the signal and battery indicators mimic the iPhone’s, the “busy” indicator is the Mac OS X beachball, and there is liberal use of gray and blue. In order to use the theme, you must have the correct OS version, as indicated below. The following phones are supported:
8700 series: BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or later. (WARNING: You MUST have OS 4.2.1 or later or you may render your BlackBerry 8700 unusable! Go to Options -> About to check your OS version). Pearl (8100): BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or later Curve (8300) and 8830: BlackBerry OS 4.2.2 or later 8800: BlackBerry OS 4.2.1 or later
The download is free, but the developer is requesting donations and he certainly deserves them! If you don’t have the latest version of the OS, this page has links to all the wireless carriers’ software download sites. I found T-Mobile’s here.
WHEN YOU’RE SKINNING YOUR PHONE TO LOOK LIKE AN IPHONE, WELL….
“An obituary on Sept. 20 about Hiroshi Yamauchi, the longtime president of Nintendo, included a quotation from a 1988 New York Times article that inaccurately described the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. 2. The brothers Mario and Luigi, who appear in this and other Nintendo games, are plumbers, not janitors.”—New York Times got Mario and Luigi’s jobs wrong | Poynter.
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”—Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
Having now existed for over four years, the App Store impresses not only with revenue numbers and download statistics but by having turned the act of installing software into something fun and easy, that even the most casual smartphone and tablet users feel comfortable doing. As the number of apps…
“Real California Milk Goes Moo-bile with Release of Cali CowChat App - The California Milk Advisory Board’s Free Mobile App Allows Consumers to Customize Their Own California Cow-vatar”—
By California Milk Advisory Board SAN FRANCISCO, and MODESTO, Calif., +July 31, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — Go ahead, have a cow. A Cali Cow that is. The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) is taking their quest of making California dairy part of families everywhere from the dairy case and the household to iPhones with Cali CowChat, a new virtual California cow app….
Pretty sure I’m being punk’d. Right? Moo-bile? Right?
“Charging for shipping does cause high abandonment rates of online orders, though it’s not clear whether people wouldn’t pay a few bucks for shipping, or a bit more for the products, if they were guaranteed that no low-income workers would be tortured or exploited in the handling of their purchases.”—