Two books this week (ok I also absorbed the new SuperFreakonomics but that only left me wanting to reread the original for some reason so I’m going to just leave that one alone).
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller is a short exploration of the elements of a good story and how you can think about your life as a story (and how to edit it along the way to guide it to be a better one). There is one particular story about a family who, among other things, decides to invite world leaders over to their house for a sleepover and the richness that springs from that one idea. Read the book.
I’m just about finished with The Wild Things… but now I find out that there was a fur covered edition! Damn. Well done novelization of the picture book and loosely mirrors the movie so if you’ve seen the movie there aren’t too many surprises. As always Dave Eggers does a wonderful job. Though if you’re all “Wild thinged” out maybe check out the link below about what newspapers should/could look like if his group got ahold of them…
1. Succeed (instead of Fail).
3. I can’t help but think that this competition is either very poorly thought out or actually an entirely different competition than it seems to be (in which case I’m possibly impressed but bewildered). Ok, here is a plan (that I/We do not endorse at all), on December 5th what if we all float a big red balloon outside of our favorite place for balloons (preferably in nicely visible places around the country). Just for fun. Need to find a balloon? Hmm, they’re not really that expensive…
Ahh, this is actually the way Facebook makes money. For those that need the short summary, lead-gen scams are where someone tells you “hey, just take this quiz and you’ll get extra credits” and really they just hook you into giving them your cell number and then they sign you up for a $10/mo. subscription without telling you.
Music video du jour… I say fever.
Graphic Designer Geek Alert! Programmable live typeface. What newspapers could look like. The New York Times has collected their infographics work into one place and I think this is what newspapers will look like.