AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

Hovercraft to Paris →

December 22, 2014 |

Dave Wiskus and Jaimee Newberry’s new show is awesome:

So we decided to make it asynchronous and put it all on video. Inspired by John and Hank Green, we’re sending each other weekly video postcards via our new YouTube channel, called Hovercraft to Paris. This is an experiment, and all we have right now is the starting point: a conversation between friends. Like the best conversations between friends, it could go anywhere.

Sold.

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The Rise and Fall of Charm in American Men →

December 22, 2014 |

Benjamin Schwarz, The Atlantic:

This isn’t to attribute the dearth of charm to some cultural and social declension, although clearly charm—with its emotional, even aesthetic, detachment—could hardly have retained its social sway after that most overwrought of decades, the 1960s. Any culture that celebrates youth necessarily provides stony soil for charm, which is by definition a quality reserved for adults: the young can be charming, which is an inadvertent attribute; they cannot have charm.

Charm as a personal value — that is, a quality that can and should be cultivated, as opposed to an attribute one is born with — is increasingly rarer in today’s society and sadly, that’s not limited to American culture.

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Flickr apologizes and stops selling Creative Commons photos →

December 19, 2014 |

Bernardo Hernandez, Vice-President of Flickr:

We hear and understand your concerns, and we always want to ensure that we’re acting within the spirit with which the community has contributed. Given the varied reactions, as a first step, we’ve decided to remove the pool of Creative Commons-licensed images from Flickr Wall Art, effective immediately. We’ll also be refunding all sales of Creative Commons-licensed images made to date through this service.

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Jim Dalrymple’s Thoughts on iPad Sales →

December 19, 2014 |

Jim Dalrymple nails it:

People treat their iPad purchases like they treat their computer purchases. They expect these devices to last longer and do more than an iPhone. In a lot of ways, it’s a bizarre thought because of the similarities of the devices, but I believe this is what’s happening.

Simply put, the buying cycle for an iPad is a lot longer than it is for an iPhone.

That’s the real reason behind the slump in iPad sales. It’s got nothing to do with tablets being a fad or the iPad not being a desirable product anymore. iPads are still great, and anybody who owns one will tell you that much. In fact, iPads are so great that people keep them around for much longer than their iPhones, because they simply don’t feel the need to upgrade them every year.

The question is, once this knowledge sinks in at Apple, will the iPad refresh cycle get longer as well? On one hand, it’s awesome that iPads keep getting better at such great pace, with significant new features being added every year. On the other hand though, it’s hard to justify spending so many engineering resources on a product if there’s not enough demand to drive sustainable year-over-year growth. At this point, the only reason Apple has to keep their foot on the gas is to maintain the hardware lead they still enjoy over their competitors. That’s certainly no small thing, but is it enough for Apple to stay the course?

Is the iPad headed towards a more Mac-like future?

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“Goodbye, Nation. Goodbye, Blowhard Self”. →

December 18, 2014 |

The final episode of ‘The Colbert Report’ airs tonight:

For nine years, Stephen Colbert has relentlessly maintained his pompous, deeply ridiculous but consistently appealing conservative blowhard character on his late-night show, “The Colbert Report” — so much so that when he puts the character to rest for good on Thursday night, he may have to resort to comicide. The Grim Reaper is his last guest.

It’s sad to see such a great show end, but I’m really looking forward to see what Colbert — the real Colbert — does with ‘The Late Show’.

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The NYC subway in color pictures from 1966 →

December 18, 2014 |

Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan, Gizmodo:

Change comes slowly to the subway. Signs hang for decades. Trains are rarely replaced. A new line can take centuries. So the subway captured in these remarkable images by photographer Danny Lyon in 1966 feels almost contemporary—which is what makes it shocking that they were shot 48 years ago.

I love these stories. Via Kottke.

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The year in media errors and corrections →

December 18, 2014 |

Some of these are hilarious. Kudos to The Economist, for example:

In a leader last month (Of bongs and bureaucrats, January 11th) we said that The Economist first proposed legalising drugs in 1993. In fact we argued for it in a cover story in 1988. Who says drug use doesn’t damage long-term memory?

Via Coudal.

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Yahoo’s Decline →

December 18, 2014 |

John Gruber:

Yahoo reportedly had an opportunity to buy Google in 2002 for $5 billion. Yahoo, under the leadership of CEO Terry Semel, declined. And that was the end of Yahoo. We all know hindsight is 20/20. There are all sorts of acquisitions that could have been made. But I would argue that acquiring Google in 2002 (if not earlier) was something Yahoo absolutely should have known they needed to do. The portal strategy had played itself out. All they were left with was their original purpose, serving as a starting page for finding what you were looking for on the web.

It’s unfortunate to see Yahoo struggling this bad. What really worries me though, is that Yahoo’s future also affects the rest of their properties, including Flickr. Marissa Mayer made a substantial effort to bring the service back to its glory days, but now it looks like she’s well on her way to getting canned as Yahoo’s CEO. Lately it seems Flickr has been doing much better, but will that be enough to survive her replacement?

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