Everyone has the same goal: to be happy. Every single thing you do, every product you purchase, every restaurant you visit, every song you listen to, every place you go is an attempt to increase your happiness.
That’s powerful knowledge. Once you recognize it, it gives you new insight into your own motivations. Now you can ask yourself, “Am trading long-term happiness for short-term happiness?”
There’s no debate, we’re “cord cutters”. In fact, we haven’t had cable since 2007-ish and to be honest, we’ve never really missed it. We spend less time watching whatever junk pops up on the screen (I remember finding myself getting sucked in by The Food Network on a regular basis). We only watch specific shows that we’ve hand picked ourselves. Most of the shows worth watching are available on Hulu or Netflix and if we get really desperate we can always buy an episode here or there on Google Play or Amazon (*blech*). Also, we’re not really into watching sports, so that’s never been an issue.
But every two years we wonder whether it might be worth getting cable for a month just so we can watch the Olympics. What do you think? Are there good places to watch online yet in 2014?
Update: it never occurred to us that the Olympics are simply broadcast on network television. Problem solved.
When you were a kid, had you ever heard of Black Friday? Somehow, Black Friday has become a cultural phenomenon of recent years (in the United States, I can’t speak for other geographies). It’s a bit disappointing to see such emphasis put on shopping rather than spending time with family, or other wholesome activities.
I’m not concerned though. Within 5 years, Black Friday (as we know it) will be a distant memory. In fact, we’ve already killed it. This year (2012) most major retailers opened on the afternoon of Thanksgiving Day (Thursday) in the United States. Next year, they’ll open at noon. Then 8am, then 12:01am. Then Wednesday. Add the fact that a huge amount of commerce is now happening online and via mobile devices (Target just announced that they sold twice via their website this year as they did last year). Before you know it, it’s just another retail week.
Or, I could be wrong. We’ll see. (What do you think of all this?)
Open Source used to be a thing. A huge thing. Wikipedia. Wordpress. Linux. Firefox. etc. I’m not suggesting that it’s run its course, but it just doesn’t seem to have the momentum it once did. Tell a developer that you want to use Wordpress to build your website, and he just might roll his eyes. Ask a designer what browser to use and she’ll probably suggest Chrome. Where’s the love?
Am I mis-perceiving this? Is it just so common now that we don’t need to talk about it as much? What happened?
Is there any question that Google wants you to visit Google+? Take a look at how many links lead to G+ in their new navigation design.
Happy Labor Day! What will you be doing to celebrate today?