Monthly Archives: March 2012

Forbes you can count on

or relate to, digest, and understand without having a penchant for economics or finance special sauce.

Forbes.com has become part of my daily stroll through digital landscapes.   Yesterday morning I came across this piece by Michael Kanellos about Amazon’s future.   I especially enjoyed this part:

So back to Amazon. The company made electronic books a reality. Unfortunately, it has to compete against Apple and Apple has a secret advantage: customers that will buy anything the company puts out, regardless of price. People camp out in the rain to buy a phone that’s only a marginal improvement over the one in their pocket. And they then expect to be congratulated for it….I’m no fan of Apple, but the company has transformed itself into a cultural phenomenon, which gives it freedom to maintain its margins. Liberace was once the highest paid entertainer in the world: some things just defy explanation.

Read the rest of the article here.

And then I made my rounds at CNN.com where I came across this amusing ditty about magazines looking terrible on the Pomme Pad 3.  Memorable excerpt:

The New Yorker and other Conde Nast title have taken the heat for looking poor under the new display, but they’re not alone. Titles from other magazine publishers — we looked at Time magazine and Sports Illustrated from Time Inc., and at Esquire and O: The Oprah Magazine from Hearst — all suffered from the same problems.

The only exception? Vogue, which launched its iPad edition the same day the iPad 3 hit stores. The title planned its debut in conjunction with the tablet’s release, and thus was able to optimize for the iPad’s “retina display” ahead of time, a Conde Nast spokesperson told us.

Yesterday’s BrainyQuote of the Day was by American playwright George Ade:

To ensure peace of mind ignore the rules and regulations.

I like it.  I also like:

One man’s poison ivy is another man’s spinach.

She was short on intellect, but long on shape.

The time to enjoy a European trip is about three weeks after unpacking.

Click here for more of his insights.

When Taken Out of Context

When taken out of context, or interpreted from the wrong context, certain phrases can come across as inappropriate, nonsensical, disappointing, or depressing.  Observe:

I live for Butts.”

Butts County, GA.

From the first moment I set eyes on her, I knew she would be the first face I’d see in the morning and the last face I’d see at night.  I would watch over her and feed her till death do us part.

As one prison guard might think in regard to an inmate on death row.

I’ve been waiting for this moment my entire life.”

As one man of faith may think to himself as he teeters on the edge of death, to know if there is consciousness after the heart ceases to beat and the brain declines to transmit waves.

And there you thought I was speaking of derrieres, matrimony, and any other turning point in life.

And now I shall digress.

Marton Csokas + Dougray Scott = Russell Crowe.

Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter played daughter and mother in The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993).  Who knew Paquin would grow up to look like Hunter?