Mar. 11, 2010

Why Foursquare Exists

Twitter used to prompt people with “What are you doing?” For some people, the answer was always “Drinking.” Foursquare exists to answer the next question: “Okay, fine. But where, and with whom?”

Mar. 11, 2010
Edith Wharton reports bringing her first effort at story writing to her mother. The eleven-year-old author’s opening sentences were ” ‘Oh, how do you do, Mrs. Brown?’ said Mrs. Tompkins. ‘If only I had known you were going to call I should have tidied up the drawing-room.’” To which her mother’s icy reply was: “Drawing-rooms are always tidy.”
— "Snobbery," by Joseph Epstein
Jan. 6, 2010

Ampersands: The Definitive Guide

Good:

Penn & Teller





Probably bad:

Bullshit!

Penn & Teller expose lies, laziness, and misunderstandings





Almost certainly bad:

Bullshit!

Penn and Teller expose lies, laziness, & misunderstandings





Extremely bad:

Bullshit!

Penn and Teller expose lies, laziness, and misunderstandings

In tonight’s episode of Bullshit!, Penn and his partner Teller take on the therapy & “personal growth” industries in order to blah blah blah…

Jan. 2, 2010

formspring.me

Nov. 3, 2009

NOW… AT LAST…THE NEW AMAZING

Gem of genius slowly blazing.

The one man who, without a doubt

Knows what this business is about.

The man who screams, when words are changed,

That all the changers are deranged.

Still, were he quieter or politer,

He wouldn’t be a copywriter.

— Draper Daniels (yes, Mad Men borrowed the name, but not the character).
Aug. 31, 2009
Bloomberg is advertising his Twitter on Gmail. Three of the ten most popular technology products of the last few decades!

Bloomberg is advertising his Twitter on Gmail. Three of the ten most popular technology products of the last few decades!

Aug. 31, 2009
Scoble dupes Google.

Scoble dupes Google.

Aug. 22, 2009
Shoemoney, eat your heart out: page created by Google employees has nothing but spam, and a Pagerank of 8.

Shoemoney, eat your heart out: page created by Google employees has nothing but spam, and a Pagerank of 8.

Aug. 18, 2009
Now, straight from the “you couldn’t make this up if you tried” department comes news that David McCusker has — you guessed it — swine flu.
— 

Get it straight! Is it something I couldn’t imagine or is it what I would have guessed?

(via)

Jul. 6, 2009
Born the son of Baptist Preacher in Virginia, he briefly attended The University of Virginia until he was expelled for drunkenly crashing a friends motor car during the prohibition era. Luckily he had just won 100 hundred dollars as a prize for a state wide chemistry contest that served as his final exam for first year Chem 101. While other students wrote novel chemical fourmulae as their submission,Reeves , not knowing anything about chemistry having spent the semester drinking, dancing and gambling, submitted an essay titled ” Better Living Through Chemistry” He would later use this title for DuPont campaign. The 100 Dollars was enough money to move to Richmond where he was hired at a new bank that was hiring young contest winners. Finding that he was horrible at accounting but verbally gifted he began writing advertisements. He soon moved to New York City to found Ted Bates & Co with Ted Bates.
— Wikipedia: Rosser Reaves
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