i find the “i’m downsizing who i’m following because of the signal-to-noise ratio/dashboard clutter/what-have-you, please don’t be offended” posts utterly and completely pretentious and unnecessary.
just stop following people without the obnoxious explanation, please.
they won’t be hurt. probably won’t even care. just cut them off and be done with it. you don’t have to announce to the world your inherent need to downsize because no one gives a crap.
hopefully a majority of people write for themselves and close friends, and don’t market their posts to a large audience simply as a branding mechanism. but, i’m not stupid and i know that many people—especially tumblr users—do just that.
however: no matter how precious your personal brand is, please, please, stop trying to make your readers feel better when you “un-follow” them. there’s no need to feel better if they didn’t give the proverbial two shits in the first place.
tumblr snobs: nobody cares about your dashboard, we don’t need to know how many people are following you or how many people you are following, or that you’ve decided to make your precious cuts.
tumblr isn’t a numbers game for some people. tumblr is a tool, and we will use it for our own purposes.
“I actually saw Ricky [Gervais] in the men’s room just before the ceremony, and I swear to god, he leaned over the urinal and said: ‘I knew it!’”—Steve Carrell at the SAG Awards (via People) (via sharingtime)
While at the gym today I decided to distract myself from my workout by watching ESPN. To be honest I didn’t originally plan on watching ESPN, the scenario went something more like this: me watching The View, me casually glancing at the TV of the guy on my right, me seeing Tom Brady, me flipping through channels until my screen matched the screen of said guy on right. Low and behold, it was ESPN.
Tom was giving his first public appearance since last Sunday’s victory over the Chargers, which secured the Patriot’s spot in Super Bowl XLII. Despite being pretty siked to be going to the Superbowl, Brady also walked away with a minor sprain to his right ankle (no so sikeable.) Concerns flared among athletes and sports fans alike as to whether or not Brady would be able to start (or even play) in this Sunday’s game. What would the Superbowl be like without Tom, I wonder? What a shame to see his pretty face simply warming a bench instead of gracefully projecting the pigskin with the greatest of ease and precision! Would they make him wear the “I’m handsome” crown for the entire game if he had to sit on the sidelines? I hope so. Well, thank god we will never have to know the answer to these questions and Tom says so.
In an interview Tom told ESPN that not only would he be ready to play, but he would indeed be the starting QB for the Patriots. He did, however admit to skipping out on a few days of practice to rest his bum ankle, which worried his fellow teammates. One Patriot even said “we miss hearing his voice in the huddle.” ADORBS!
Pre-Superbowl ankle injuries are old news to Tom Brady, so he is ready to take it like a champ! Back in 2001 he ALSO injured his ankle in the AFC championship game, but returned to lead his team to Superbowl victory against the Rams.
So Tom, let’s rest that ankle until Wednesday and then get back on your feet for three good days of preparation before making Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut proud. Remember Tom, you are 16 -0, you can do anything, and above all you’re handsome!
Oh, how I am going to enjoy watching Tom’s handsome face being smashed into the Arizona mud.
“Scientology has no plans to sue Gawker over the Tom Cruise video, which has brought the site more than 2 million pages views. If Nick Denton didn’t own the blog, he would now owe himself roughly $17,000 for that post alone.”—Daily Intelligencer (via nickdenton)
“Whether you’re thinking about McCain, Romney, Obama, Clinton, Paul, or someone else - just remember that there is absolutely no correlation between experience and success as a President. James Buchanan, a former Secretary of State with almost 30 years under his belt, is generally regarded as our worst President. Abraham Lincoln, one of our most inexperienced, is regarded as one of our very best. The resume doesn’t matter, it’s the person.”—brinking - nabeel hyatt: The red herring of experience
Went to see Into the Wild again last night for some reason (had burgers at Stand before hand…SO good). I liked it better the second time…there was a lot more thinking, “Ok Sean Penn, I see what you did there.” If anything, it made me want to go back to Alaska before all the ice melts.
“And what we’ve seen in these last weeks is that we’re also up against forces that are not the fault of any one campaign, but feed the habits that prevent us from being who we want to be as a nation. It’s the politics that uses religion as a wedge, and patriotism as a bludgeon. A politics that tells us that we have to think, act, and even vote within the confines of the categories that supposedly define us.”—
"I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans" - Caroline Kennedy
But the thing that had the most powerful effect on me and may be fundamental to the future of media is the reblog button on Tumblr. (by Fred Wilson) — desaturated
Reblogging harnesses the viral web to surface the most interesting media and make it discoverable for others. I would like to see the front page on tumblr feature the most reblogged items the way that digg and delicious/popular do. But instead of links to blog posts or news articles on the web, the most reblogged page would feature a smorgasbord of media in all of its glory.
We are in the midst of a cultural revolution in which the distribution system is moving from being controlled by the creators/funders of content to the consumers of content (the newcritics). When we are done, we will have a more efficient and higher quality media experience for everyone.
They reblog button is an important step in getting there and that is why it was the most powerful piece of media I came across in the past year. - Fred Wilson
“Thieves are robbing long-distance coaches by sneaking dwarves into the luggage holds in sports bags. Once inside, they slip out from their hiding places to rifle through the belongings of unsuspecting travellers.”—Ananova - Dwarf crime a ‘growing problem’