“We only do three things. First, we build great software. Second, we take great care of our customers. And third, we tell the world about it. That’s it. Three things. Anything else is a distraction.”—Cameron Purdy (via Anthony Casalena)
“What’s missing from the article is that for every 10,000 goofy websites that get launched, one turns into a six-figure book deal and the other 9,999 fade away. If you want to build a goofy website, go for it. Just don’t expect to be the lucky squirrel.”—Seth Godin. Something to keep in mind with regard to websites and many other aspects of life.
“Companies committed to a culture of antidesign (also consultants like Jakob Nielsen) may occasionally succeed in the marketplace, but they do so in spite of their antidesign, not because of it. Of course we can’t prove that; we can’t run a controlled experiment, let alone 41 of them with distinct shades of blue. It is merely one of those things a visually literate person knows.”—Joe Clark (via DaringFireball)
“[W]hen it comes to actual goods and services—which hybrid automobile engine is best—the market is inevitably a better judge of quality than the government. But untrammeled markets, in which Ponzi products are traded back and forth, need to be policed and eliminated—and the government has an important, and necessarily intrusive, role in channeling us back toward a rock-solid foundation and away from the flim-flam that is choking us. That is where we stand now.”—Joe Klein via Andrew Sullivan.
“It is impossible to buy a toaster that has a one-in-five chance of bursting into flames and burning down your house. But it is possible to refinance your home with a mortgage that has the same one-in-five chance of putting your family out on the street — and the mortgage won’t even carry a disclosure of that fact.”—Elizabeth Warren is fast becoming my new favorite person. (via squashed)
“This is a picture I did not take of the most optimistic homeless man in America, spare changing at the Fox News-sponsored “Tea Party” in Atlanta on April 15th, rattling his empty cup as hundreds passed-by and grimaced at the sight of him approaching, trying to avoid meeting his smiling face, clenching their car keys and homemade signs about Taxes, about how the government is taking too much of their money, while a man stands in front of them with an empty cup and full smile, saying “there’s no good crowd or bad crowd — we’re all one, baby” while they hustle past as fast as they can, to catch a glimpse of their hero Sean Hannity, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with hands over their hearts while singing God Bless America.”—Michael David Murphy
“If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written, calling things to remembrance no longer from within themselves, but by means of external marks. What you have discovered is a recipe not for memory, but for reminder. And it is no true wisdom that you offer your disciples, but only its semblance, for by telling them of many things without teaching them you will make them seem to know much, while for the most part they know nothing, and as men filled, not with wisdom, but with the conceit of wisdom, they will be a burden to their fellows.”—
Every time NPR conducts a pledge drive, I get a bug up my butt. And you, gentle reader, are now subject to my rant.
Basically I have a problem with the current pledge drive system. I’m not against a publicly-funded institution asking for donations but I do think they might find a better way to go about it.
One thing that drives me crazy is the constant, nerver-ending prattle. Honestly, every time the local personalities interrupt to give their sales pitch, it sounds like they are giving it for the first time. The conversation goes nowhere, it’s awkward and I don’t want to listen. This is a professional radio station, there isn’t anyone in the building who can speak naturally and comfortably on air?
The issue above could be avoided by shortening the length of the interruptions. Perhaps 10+ minutes is too long a period of time to ask for donations and repeat the phone number ad nauseum. Might shorter but more frequent breaks work better?
This last idea is highly impractical (and I’ve written about it elsewhere) but I would love to have a system that allows me to continue to listen to uninterrupted NPR programming after I have made my donation. The donation (of any dollar amount) “unlocks” the full broadcast. This, of course would only be imposed during the set pledge drive seasons.
I love many NPR (and PRI and independent) radio programs. I want to support them. The current model just does not work for me. Pledge week is listen-to-CDs-during-my-commute week.