Author Archives: Mike

No, you shouldn’t always listen to your elders.

Noam N. Levey on the losers in Trump’s victory: Americans who swept President Trump to victory — lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country — stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of […]

Pass the Heinz

50 Years Later, Heinz Approves Don Draper’s ‘Pass the Heinz’ Ads and Is Actually Running Them: In a meta union of advertising’s real and fictional worlds, Heinz just greenlighted the ads—and will run them almost exactly as Draper intended, beginning today, in print and out-of-home executions in New York City. So great. Mad Men is […]

Nerds Need Your Help

This is an actual headline at Gizmodo: Daylight Saving Time Is Like Sex in the Spring This is the problem with nerds: They can’t tell the difference between sex and an hour time-shift. Many nerds are frail, weak, and the only light they ever see, ironically, comes from their computer screens. They need your help.

Google’s Slackalike

Google Hangouts is getting a major overhaul to take on Slack: If you know anything about Google’s messaging strategy in the last few years, you know that it’s been a bit of a mess. Allo, the consumer app, launched without the cross-platform features users expect. Text messaging on mobile is mired in inter-carrier warfare. And […]

Tarkovsky

Frank Chimero on Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky: When the world is brash, fast, and stupid, we must seek out what is quiet, slow, and intelligent to brace ourselves against the world’s madness. I have been under the influence of Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky’s movies for the last few weeks, finding them to be a source […]

I’m confused. Is this a plan or a plan?

Trump on the ACA replacement Republicans in the House of Representatives are proposing: “We’re going to do something that’s great, and I am proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives,” Mr. Trump said. “This will be a plan where you can choose your doctor, and this will be a plan […]

“There’s a glitch, and we are in it.”

Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?: This wasn’t just a minor kerfuffle. This was a major malfunction. Trump cannot be President; forgetting all the bounds of ideology, no one vaguely like him has ever existed in the long list of Presidents, good, bad, and indifferent; no one remotely […]

Greyball

How Uber Deceives the Authorities Worldwide: At the time, Uber had just started its ride-hailing service in Portland without seeking permission from the city, which later declared the service illegal. To build a case against the company, officers like Mr. England posed as riders, opening the Uber app to hail a car and watching as […]

Design Idea Generator

While I’m generally not down with doing pro bono design work (there are always exceptions), I’m also a firm believer in making up projects for your portfolio in the absence of paying clients/employment. Sharpen.design is a great starting point for generating ideas.

Irony vs Coincidence

It seems I’m encountering people every other day who use ‘irony’ when they mean ‘coincidence.’ One of the best explanations of the distinction between these two words I ever read is by George Carlin in his 1998 book, Brain Droppings: Irony deals with opposites; it has nothing to do with coincidence. If two baseball players […]