May 2, 2013
To Creed, the partnership between Taco Bell and Frito-Lay is more than a one-off collaboration. Like Android is to Google or iOS is to Apple, Doritos-based flavors represent a whole new framework for Taco Bell to not just abuild on. “It’s product; it’s now a platform—Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, Flamas,” Creed beams. “We’re going to blow everyone away in the next few years in terms of how big this idea and platform will become.”

CHRIST. So glad this isn’t the way I think for a living.

April 3, 2013
March 31, 2013
January 16, 2011
[…] while William Butler Yeats was right that “education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire,” it’s also true that it’s easier to ignite a bonfire if there’s fuel in the bucket.
February 28, 2009
But while they are, as we now say, perfectly “free to choose,” their behavior, nevertheless, is held fast in the grip of events long forgotten and shaped by circumstances in which neither they nor their interests figured.

"Clio and the Economics of QWERTY" by Paul A. David

June 15, 2008
  • Ada: maybe i can come over to your place??
  • Cassie: what's at my place?
  • Cassie: we are out of kleenex.
  • Ada: you?

Meta-journalism

Gawker referred to blogging as meta-journalism disguised as political analysis, which I thought was cool. It seems so obvious now, but I had never thought about it in that way before.

June 2, 2008
  • Ada: Huh. My fortune cookie says that a photograph does not capture my charm.
  • Cassie: So what your fortune cookie is saying is that you're not photogenic?
  • Ada: I guess.
May 29, 2008
We as a business cannot afford to have a customer take a second look and ask, ‘Do I need this?’ That is the kiss of death. We’re finished, because nobody really needs anything we make as a total industry.
An American criticizing China’s environmental record is like an addict blaming his dealer.