AnalogSenses

By ÁLVARO SERRANO

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Pssst, Lola. Are You Awake? →

November 10, 2014 |

The Black Hockey Jesus writes a beautiful letter to his daughter:

Second. Girls rock. I know I’m being redundant but I want you to understand that you rock intrinsically. In and of yourself. You, yourself—you—rock as a unit. Wholly. Completely. Rock. What this means is that you don’t need a boyfriend before you can rock. You already exist fully in a wholesale state of unblemished rockitude. I did not just now tell you to never have a boyfriend. I said you don’t need a boyfriend. You have grown up, and will continue to grow up, in a culture that bombards you with kajillions of impressions that constantly tell you otherwise. It’s lies, all lies. Listen to your dad (at least this once): you rock. If you feel needy or hungry or incomplete, that’s a call from deep within to fulfill your destiny of rocking as only you can rock. The extent to which you mistake that call for needing a boyfriend is the extent to which you muffle the triumphant sound of girls rocking.

So great.

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The iPad Air 2 | Tools & Toys →

November 10, 2014 |

Fantastic review by Josh Ginter, as usual. Beautifully written, masterfully photographed, and with the personal warmth that Josh so skillfully imbues into his pieces. I really enjoyed this one, and I’m sure you will too.

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The Not Too Smart Home →

November 10, 2014 |

What better way to celebrate the site’s birthday than by sharing a great article by Patrick Rhone:

I think there an increasingly prevailing notion that the internet, wifi, or some other new technology automatically makes everything better. That adding more technology means convenience or ease of use. It doesn’t. And, in many cases it means the exact opposite. It means one more point of failure or one more thing to manage or one more corporation to be beholden too. In many cases, sticking the internet into the middle of things makes them worse.

Exactly. Technology just for technology’s sake is never the right answer.

Patrick has been a huge source of inspiration for me since the very first day. Thanks to kind, generous people like him, the Internet is a better place.

Thank you, Patrick. For everything.

Let’s keep the words flowing.

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Five Years Old

November 10, 2014

Dear readers,

Today, Analog Senses turns five years old. I’d like to take a moment to thank those who have been reading since the very beginning, and to welcome the many of you that have recently joined. Without you, what I do here wouldn’t mean anything. From the very bottom of my heart, thank you.

These are interesting times for Analog Senses. A lot has changed since the early days, but my passion and dedication for this site have never been stronger. I’m convinced its brightest days lie ahead, and I’m deeply honored to have you along for the ride.

I can’t wait to see what the next five years look like.

My best,
Álvaro.

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Our Magic, a documentary about magic — by magicians →

November 07, 2014 |

This documentary looks amazing. One of my closest friends is a magician, and through him I’ve learned to appreciate and love this beautiful craft. I can’t wait to see it.

By the way, seeing Juan Tamariz in the trailer made me feel quite emotional. He’s a living legend, a truly beloved icon in the world of magic. I remember I used to watch him perform unbelievable tricks on TV back when I was a little kid, and I was always enchanted by his character. A couple of years ago I finally got to meet the man — alongside my friend — and it was one of the most, well, magical experiences of my life.

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Dustin Curtis on Amazon's Echo Chamber →

November 07, 2014 |

It’s an echo chamber. They make a product, they market the product on Amazon.com, they sell the product to Amazon.com customers, they get a false sense of success, the customer puts the product in a drawer and never uses it, and then Amazon moves on to the next product. Finally, with the Fire Phone, customers have been pushing back. You can’t buy a phone and put it in a lonely drawer, never to use it again, like you would with a Fire Tablet. You can’t dupe your customers by selling them a shitty phone, because a phone becomes a part of its user’s identity.

It’s kind of uncanny how Amazon can be so good at retail, and so bad at consumer electronics, especially considering that both industries start off with a very similar premise: that success lies in the answer to the question, “what do people want?”

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In Green Company: Aurora over Norway →

November 06, 2014 |

Max Rive:

Explanation: Raise your arms if you see an aurora. With those instructions, two nights went by with, well, clouds – mostly. On the third night of returning to same peaks, though, the sky not only cleared up but lit up with a spectacular auroral display. Arms went high in the air, patience and experience paid off, and the amazing featured image was captured.

In Green Company

Wow.

This is easily one of the most incredible pictures I’ve ever seen. I believe I just found my next iPad wallpaper.

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