Who said Powerpoint was useless? This is quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen — hip-hop and rap tracks represented in the form of Powerpoint charts and graphs. (Note: Each slide is a link to the YouTube video of the song referenced.)
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Found this very observant little article by Christopher Hitchens over on Slate called The You Decade. In short, Hitchens brings to our attention the overuse and misuse of the word “you”. The anecdote about Rite-Aid is perfect:
I suppose I started to notice it about two or three years ago, when the salespeople at Rite-Aid began wearing dish-sized lapel buttons stating that “YOU are the most important customer I will serve today.” It was all wrong, in the same way that a sign hung on a door saying “Back in five minutes” is out of time as soon as it is put in place. It was wrong in other ways, too, since it could be read from some distance (say, from 10 spaces back in a slow-moving line)…
His argument seems semantic and rhetorical, but I wholeheartedly agree with him. That sneaky little pronoun will henceforth be the bain of my existence.
Those of you who know me personally know that I have spent the last two years at the University of North Carolina pursuing my master’s degree in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As of last Friday, I am officially finished. I defended my thesis and handed in the final manuscript. While I don’t get my diploma until May 13th, my academic requirements are complete.
I want to thank my friends and family for all of their support during these last two years. I also want to thank my colleagues at both McKinney and Modernista! for putting up with with me as an intern. And to my classmates and professors at UNC, just know that I would not have been able to do this without you challenging me every day.
Came accross this funny site in my web-travels. The South Park Studio allows you to build your own South Park character. It offers a bunch of variables, from hair color to facial expression to apparel. Above is my first creation, a surprisingly accurate self-likeness.
Apparently, this site is completely unaffiliated with the creators of the show or Comedy Central.
Stephen Colbert’s love/hate affair with Wikipedia…
hybrid vigor n., Increased vigor or other superior qualities arising from the crossbreeding of genetically different plants or animals. Also know as heterosis.
Came across this phrase in John Grant’s new book The Brand Innovation Manifesto. (Great book, BTW.) Once you remove it from it’s original context in the world of genetics as Mr. Grant has, it loses none of its meaning and lend itself to endless applications.
For me, it speaks to the essence of what it meant to be creative. Two completely unrelated ideas can find strength in their combination. They have the possibility of becoming a third that that transcends its origins.