This Should Be the Fate of All Selfie Sticks

“Why do you have to keep taking selfies? Don’t you know what you look like by now?”
“They’re for Instagram.”
“Doesn’t Instagram know what you look like by now?”
“Just one more.”
“Ow, you just hit me in the head. If you’re not careful, you’ll make me drive off the road.”
“Give me that.”
“Here’s your phone back.”
“Really? You threw it out the window?”

They Are Watching Us

If I were part of an alien race and I wanted to constantly monitor the human race, here’s what I would do. I would embed small cameras in the roads, sidewalks, trails, hallways, anywhere that people walk, run, ride or drive. While this may sound like a massive undertaking to us – not just the placement of these cameras, but also watching all this footage – it would not be anything at all to a society that managed to get all the way to Earth.

Under Pressure

I had a toy rocket when I was a kid that you filled with water. You put it on the launcher and pumped it full of air to create pressure for launch. Pressing a button released the pressurized air, causing the rocket to soar into the air and spray water in its path. Something can only be under pressure for so long before it needs to be released. And the result of that release can either be good or bad.

The Creative Process

There’s a podcast that I had been listening to regularly called The Moment, and I got pretty far behind. Too many podcasts in my queue. It is hosted by a screenwriter and TV show creator and most of the guests are writers of some sort. I just listened to an episode that reminded me why I like the show so much. The guest was someone who created a specialty bakery associated with a New York restaurant. It was amazing to hear the story of her journey and how her creativity manifested itself through hard work, perseverance, willingness to do whatever needed to be done, and yes, pure creative ideas that were thoroughly unique. It was more than just an inspiring story, but it reminded me that there are lots of ways to be creative, even within the realm of a single job or industry.

Driving About Waffles

I saw a video featuring a little girl who couldn’t stop thinking about waffles. She couldn’t stop dreaming about waffles. She was even crying about waffles. So when I passed a delivery truck for the company that provides the batter for those hotel waffle makers – there was a picture of the waffle maker just in case you didn’t recognize the brand – all I could think was that truck was driving about waffles.

About The Type

I’m reading a book that has a page in the back about the type. I’ve definitely seen this before, but it’s not in every book. The book is a series of interviews with comedians, so I’m not sure who this page is for.

This book was set in Electra, a typeface designed for Linotype by renowned type designer W. A. Dwiggins (1880-1956). Electra is a fluid typeface, avoiding the contrasts of thick and thin strokes that are prevalent in most modern typefaces.

When Economists Become Graffiti Artists

Even though over one million people read The Economist magazine, it is challenging for most economists to get their thoughts and analysis out to the mainstream. A group of rogue economists have taken to the street and have started painting their messages on overpasses. This is what I see on my way to work each morning, “Working for the money you have already spent.”