Things of note for the week ending Friday August 14th, 2015.
(No I’m not going to talk about the Tinder thing but actually, as you were the one who brought it up, how many of you have actually read the Vanity Fair article? None of you? Some of you? Whatever, forget the Tinder PR stunt and actually seek out and read the original [and really good] article about what it’s like to date in 2015)
1. JACKANORY TIME
Sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done.
And Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.
Everybody thought that Anybody could do it,
but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody
when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
So please, everybody, vote for my panel at SXSW.
If it gets selected then not only will the uber-smart people I’m sharing said panel with get to tell keen folk about employing agile techniques to their day to day work projects but also… crucially… I will get to go to SXSW.
Thank you – much x
2. HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL
This wins the prize for the thing I love most this week.
3. NEARLY PERFECT PEOPLE
This thing is basically a review of someone else’s book review. BUT the someone else in this instance is Tyler Cowan and the book he’s reviewing (titled above) is subtitled ‘Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia‘ – and I just ordered a copy.
With sentences like this:
Right now, the Danes are especially preoccupied with role playing — dressing up like Gandalf or elves and acting out violent narratives deep in the woods with their foam “boffers” (the name given to role-play weapons). There are also 219 folk dancing clubs in Denmark, but do not worry, as with the pigs, you very rarely see them.
Can you honestly blame me?
4. PHOTOSHOP 1 vs TERMINATOR 2
If you’ve been reading this stuff from me for long enough, you know that I’m a proper filmy. A ‘buff’ one might say. When a thing pops up (and by things in this instance, I mean ‘a piece of trivia’) that I didn’t know, I jump into it, feet first, and soak up the awesome geekiness of it all.
Terminator 2 (easily in the top five best sequels ever made) was a phenomenal breakthrough in special effects wizardry. This much we all know. T2 changed everything. Specifically, the creation of the T-1000 changed everything.
Liquid metal that could take any shape it wanted as a visual effect? In 1991? Are you kidding me? Cameron had a few issues.
As the story goes:
Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) called in lots of people to help, with scientists dropping in to the company’s offices to try and grapple with the mathematical challenges facing them [to make the software work]. But a major breakthrough finally occurred when an ILM employee in his 20s, John Knoll, joined forces with his brother Thomas, a University of Michigan PhD student.
They had come up with a new piece of software that could edit the necessary graphics and, they hoped, resolve the problem. That’s just what the software would go on to do, and when James Cameron saw the in-progress development of the T-1000, he finally dared to think that his imagined villain might actually work.
The name of the software? That’d be Photoshop, the very first version of the now industry-standard graphics and photo editing software.
Photoshop helped create the T-1000 and in return, T2 helped create Photoshop. Amazing.
BONUSES THIS WEEK ARE LITERALLY EVERY TAB I HAVE OPEN TO READ BUT AM YET TO DO SO…
- First and Final Frames in cinema (video, 5mins)
- My life, standing on the shore (by Warren Ellis)
- The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence (long read)
- Ed Balls: ‘I knew we had lost… (Telegraph)
- Instagram Takes on Growing Role in the Art Market (NYT)
- Uber’s Secret Weapon (Spoiler: Ryan Greaves)
- Audiophiles: are they hearing something we’re not? (Esquire)
- KFC has pink sandwich buns now (WHAT?)
- One [chat] app to rule them all (a16z on WeChat)
- The communications market 2015 (via Ofcom)
- The constantly changing rules of engagement (via Ogilvy Do)
- The new feminist plural (Marketing)
Yes, that’s right. You’ve had 17 things this week. Not five. 17.
Now do something for me (yes that’s me, above, as pictured):