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A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. They don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions, without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better designs we will have.

Steve Jobs in a 1996 Wired interview, one of 200+ insightful and inspirational quotes found in I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words (via curiositycounts)

What distracts a writer? Alcohol, women, money and ambitions. Also lack of alcohol, women, money and ambitions.

Ernest Hemingway (via kastronaut)

I don’t mean to criticize. Anyone. Actually. Except for MTV. You might have had a very large opportunity to be stabilize your self as a global presence of culture and art about 15 years ago and you fucked the dog.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon on MTV (via nedhepburn)

When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.

Dance like you’re stamping on a human face forever, love like you’ve been in a serious car crash that minced the front of your brain, stab like no one can arrest you, and live like there’s no such thing as God.

Warren Ellis

I spend a lot of time looking at quotations. I found this one and I don’t know where it’s from or when he said it, but it’s so perfect. It really sums Warren up nicely: simultaneously the best and worst thing you’ve ever known.

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The basic problem with patents is that you’re trying to assign property rights to something that doesn’t deserve property rights. The fact that these property rights end up in the hands of financial owners as opposed to the original inventors just exacerbates the problem. The basic problem is that Chris [Dixon] and a bunch of engineers can be sitting at Hunch designing some amazing new feature and somebody unbeknownst to them has a patent on this feature and never actually implemented it and can now screw them over… It’s just not right, it shouldn’t exist.

Advertising in the future will be much more like PR, observed former Publicis COO Richard Pindner for the ever thought-provoking Ignition group “We’ll be run more like a daily TV show or an interactive newspaper than an advertising factory.” As in political campaigns, agencies today need to operate as a nerve center. Most PR firms are already built on this model; ad agencies must learn to do the same

Like YouTube, Blip splits advertising revenues with Web series producers. But unlike YouTube, which also streams amateur videos, and Netflix, which streams feature films and television shows, Blip is solely focused on those producers. Rather than competing directly, it is trying to carve a niche next to YouTube in the expanding world of Web video.

Online Video Start-Ups Seek Niche Beside YouTube – NYTimes.com

This is a great article. Feels so good to see everything we’ve been working on written up in the Times.

(via mikehudack)

»> Nice to see the good guys who’ve been working their asses off, get the press they have earned

If you look at [Steve] Jobs and [Steve] Wozniak, they were makers, the more we can turn the nation into a nation of makers, they will be smarter, they’ll be better problem-solvers, and they’ll be more equipped for the problems of tomorrow.

-Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck-E-Cheese