Eat, Don't Taste Test
In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink, he explains one of the reasons New Coke failed. New Coke was conceived after Pepsi launched the Pepsi Challenge, a blind taste test where Pepsi really did trounce Coke by a fair margin. New Coke was designed (successfully) to win that taste test. The result was total failure. And why? A sip is very different from sitting and drinking a whole beverage on your...
But I also see my journey as a field-test for a more philosophical idea — that...– Whether what we experience is more important than who we bring with us is still a great philosophical debate. (via Patrick Rhone, who had such a great new way of doing vias I had to try it out myself - The Random Post: No Baggage Challenge — Around the World with no luggage)
As the world becomes more addictive, the two senses in which one can live a...– The Acceleration of Addictiveness “Statistically normal” in the United States has been driven toward the extremes, be it diet, wealth, politics, popular culture, or lifestyles in general.
We would rather fake-support this guy than real-support you.– Washington Post on Basil Marceaux (2:10) and American politics (via david)
Cash is expensive →
Great article on how the higher prices that result from credit card interchange fees results in people who use cash paying more to subsidize credit card use. And how this disproportionately affects lower-income households. (via Kottke.org)
I Watch A Lot of TV. And I Gave Up Cable.
I watch a lot of television. House and Burn Notice are must sees and back episodes are good alternatives when nothing new is on. Deadliest Catch, Dirty Jobs, and Mythbusters are the height of reality television as a serious genre. All that gets watched when I’m not tuning into a live sporting event. And if I want to see the worst of reality television, there’s always The Soup. I didn’t come to a...