Convenience is Boring

Not exactly sure if I agree, but it’s too convenient to pass up.

Not exactly sure if I agree, but it’s too convenient to pass up.

From: “The Tyranny of Convenience” by Tim Wu. New York Times, 2/16/2018

Quote:

“Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today…Convenience is boring. But boring is not the same thing as trivial…The paradoxical truth I’m driving at is that today’s technologies of individualization are technologies of mass individualization. Customization can be surprisingly homogenizing. (Nearly everyone is on Facebook.) It is the most convenient way to keep track of your friends and family, who in theory should represent what is unique about you and your life. Yet Facebook seems to make us all the same. Its format and conventions strip us of all but the most superficial expressions of individuality, such as which particular photo of a beach or mountain range we select as our background image.”


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Marcus Mariota to Marcus Mariota

Dear future Rex, remember that Titans game?

Dear future Rex,

I’m embedding the video below so that you can find it one day when watching Titan highlights becomes your primary pasttime.

I won’t forgive if you can’t recall it was 2018 (the 2017 season) when Marcus Mariota did something quarterbacks are trained not to do (be lead blockers for a Heisman Trophy-winning running back) and another something quaterbacks could train for their entire lives, and not have happen: throw themselves a touch-down pass.

Also, it was that year when the Titans squeaked into the play-offs and won this first-round game against the Chiefs.

As these two plays are much better seen than explained, here goes:

Your pal from 2018,

Rex

I didn’t watch the Golden Globe Awards last night. Come to think of it, I’ve never watched the Golden Globe Awards.

However, I was glad to learn that my favorite TV comedy or musical of the year, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical.

Even better, Rachel Brosnahan, the incredible actress who plays Midge Maisel, won the Golden Globe award for best actress in a leading role.

Here’s the trailer for the pilot of the series. While great, the series really gets its wheels about mid-way through the second season.

No You Can’t Contribute a Guest Post to this Blog

Ugh.

Several times a day, I receive requests from people who want to write a “guest post” on my blog. They are from individuals who seem desperate to have link-backs from this blog (and also from SmallBusiness.com, which is neither a blog nor does it carry “posts.” However, we do post articles on the site.)

Often, they are written like this one I received earlier today:

Since long time I have been following your blog and had read most of your article which is very useful and informative.

When I receive “guest blog” requests like this one spit out by Google translate, I immediately click the spam button.

If I did not receive so many of these email schemes, I’d take time to point to one of Google’s several warnings on why someone shouldn’t be so desperate to succeed in practices that end up hurting them.