Each morning this man stands on First Ave. in San Jose advertising his services. The headline on the placard reads Will Work for Six Figures and includes items like “Just Out of Retirement,” “MBA Degree” and “25 Years Experience in Technology Marketing” along with his email and website address.
Thanks to all the kind folks who provided such warm company in the Bay Area recently. The design community is so wonderful out there. I’ve been home just long enough to do laundry, to enjoy the detached inspection of each other on the subway, to see the first young lady in shorts sitting outside on […]
I find it hard to believe my friends who worked serving ice cream as a teenager could have gotten tired of eating the stuff. But lately I find it difficult to simply relax and enjoy the Internet. I just reflexively unsubscribed from an email newsletter because they had opted me in without my permission. I […]
Jim recently taught me the phrase ‘MoinMoin’ which is a greeting used throughout the day in northern Germany. It’s derived from ‘Guten Morgen’ (‘Good Morning’) which gets shortened to ‘Morgen’ which somehow became ‘Moin.’ Only days later I stumbled upon MoinMoin, a Wiki clone made with Python. They say the name was chosen for its […]
“sechs-sechs-sechs, seiben sechs, seiben sechs” says the female voice over for the phone sex service, the German pronounciation of “6” deliberately punning on the English word “sex”. Late night television in Germany is full of these commericals for phone sex, complete with soft core video. Accordingly, they reflect the German standards of obscenity: nudity on […]
I take for granted the accomplishments of people in the past. Sometimes I think we have no new ideas, that all our ideas are variations on what came before. Even the language we use came before. But our variations are new, sparked by the electro-chemistry of other’s brains mixing together inside our heads.