Thursday, January 27, 2011

WTF, indeed.

Seriously. What is wrong with this lady? Why can't she learn proper grammar and sentence structure? Check out that second "sentence" and how much gobbledegook she manages to mash in there. Let's look at it in text:

“That was another one of those WTF moments that when (Obama) has so often repeated the 'Sputnik Moment' that he would aspire Americans to celebrate. He needs to remember that what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that race to space. Yeah, they won, but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union.”

Dear lord, is this the kind of education you get when you go to five different colleges? Also she knows what "WTF" stands for right? And then she somehow tries to say that the former soviet union incurred too much debt in the development of Sputnik and that's why they collapsed? Riiiiiiiight. That's what did it. Only took 40 something years too!

And why does she think the answer to our problems is small town coffee shops? Really? Small town coffee shops? That's what we need more of to make all our troubles go away?

Ahhh, to be a simpleton.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Think different

I'm sure every company from local nail salons to mutlinational electronics manufacturers spends a little time every day thinking about the future and how their product might change to meet the demands that may come. But I don't know of any company that dreams bigger than Apple.

This is a video from 1987 of a conceptual device called the Knowledge Navigator which when you watch it is real similar to a lot of what we've been seeing over the past few years. It foresees search, chat, touchscreen technology, portability and, hell, even global warming.

The biggest thing to note here is that this is about 6 years before the actual internet interface even existed and certainly any kind of video chat was still a pipe dream. The point is they weren't just thinking about "what are we going to do next year" like every other computer company but rather simply "what can we do at some point?"

Vision over visibility.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Name that tune.

See if you can spot the similarity between these two spots.

Chrysler's new anthem spot from Sunday's Golden Globes telecast:

VW's "Big Day" from 2001:

The funny thing is that music was recorded specifically for the VW spot. Seems to me if you're gonna spend all the scratch to shoot that Chrysler spot you'd pony up a little extra for something I haven't heard and already associate with another car maker. Also, VW's is hands down better.

Monday, January 10, 2011

If you watch one YouTube video today

Then click on this one and watch it in HD.

Made by a fan. And narrated by Carl Sagan.