Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Twitter: Suggest THIS

If by "Suggestions for you" you mean "Hey, here are some pictures of people and organizations in whom you have absolutely no interest," then yes, Twitter, these are indeed suggestions for me. You can rest assured that your automated robots are working perfectly.

Oh, how well you know me.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Thousand Words

I Know That Car

I was reading an article a friend sent to me about the car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang being up for sale. At the end of the article, they quoted a guy saying, "I think it's the most recognizable car in the world."

Really? In the world?

Wow, I don't know. That's a bold statement. Especially since I just saw the movie for the first time a couple of weeks ago and before that, if shown a photo of it I don't know if I could tell you what it was from.

That got me wondering what actually is the most recognizable car in the world. The first one I thought of is the DeLorean from the Back to the Future movies.

I mean...there's no way people don't recognize this car, right? And maybe I'm simply judging it from my own personal movie-going experience, but I would think more people would know this car than the Chitty car.

The next one I thought of was this guy:

I also thought of KITT from Knight Rider, but to be honest (and despite the attempted re-boot a little while back), I don't think  people really know who/what Knight Rider is unless you watched it when it was originally on in the 80s.

So....those are my thoughts. What do you think is the "most recognizable car in the world?" Did the original article get it right? Is it the car from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or do you agree with my DeLorean pick? it something that slipped my mind?

And are there any worldwide-recognizable cars from anything that's come out after the 80s?

I'd love to hear what you think.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Watch the Preview, Read the Book

A couple of weeks ago I read a book co-written by a good friend of mine, Tim Willard (along with Jason Locy). It's called Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society and I devoured it. I guess it's easy to lose yourself in a book when it's saying things you've thought before...just a lot more eloquently.

It spoke to me because I too am frustrated with Facebook - and social media in general - and how it's changed the way I interact with people. I admit I've been guilty of creating a picture-perfect profile that doesn't reflect my true reality. We all want people to focus not on who we are as people, but what we're doing, thinking that's what defines us as people. I think the links in the right-hand side of this page are proof of that (Yep. Busted on that count, too).

The more connected we become with each other's online profile and pages, the more disconnected we become with each other as people. It makes me sad to see so many people out with friends and instead of interacting with each other, they're glued to the screen of their smart phone.

I blogged about the book here and talked to friends about it, but to be honest, I don't think I captured the essence of it and its message very well. Fortunately, they've just released this video that encapsulates it the way I wish my blog(s) did.

So yea, check it out and let me know what you think. Let's talk about it. Not via IM or Facebook or text or even email, but face-to-face over a cup of coffee.

I'll leave my phone in the car if you will.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama's Last Post-It

Don't ask me how I got my hands on this (let's just say I have some very powerful friends), but I present to you an exclusive look at the last known note left behind by Osama Bin Laden.


You can really tell a lot about someone by how little it takes to set them off.

For some people, it could take something like being stuck in traffic or waiting in line at the DMV.

Some get pushed too far if they get their car towed or find a nice scratch on the side of their car.

For the person living in our old apartment, if you want to really set her off to the point of going from standard handwriting to all caps - complete with drawing polygon exclamation points - all you have to do is deliver a piece of mail TO THE WRONG ADDRESS!!!

I just love how the handwriting starts off somewhat normal, then by the word "here" they're so frustrated they've forgotten if they're writing in cursive or not. But then, they just flip the freak out.

Take a deep breath. It's going to be OK, I promise.