“Do horror characters make choices because of the requirements of the genre, or because of their own decisions? And since they’re entirely the instruments of their creators, to what degree can the filmmakers exercise free will?”—The Cabin in the Woods :: rogerebert.com
“Culture replaces authentic feeling with words. As an example of this, imagine an infant lying in its cradle, and the window is open, and into the room comes something, marvelous, mysterious, glittering, shedding light of many colors, movement, sound, a transformative hierophany of integrated perception and the child is enthralled and then the mother comes into the room and she says to the child, “that’s a bird, baby, that’s a bird,” instantly the complex wave of the angel peacock irridescent transformative mystery is collapsed, into the word. All mystery is gone, the child learns this is a bird, this is a bird, and by the time we’re five or six years old all the mystery of reality has been carefully tiled over with words. This is a bird, this is a house, this is the sky, and we seal ourselves in within a linguistic shell of disempowered perception.”—Terence McKenna (via A Repository of quotes)
For iPhone and Android users: how many apps do you use at least once a week? Only count ones that you’ve been using consistently for more than a month. Exclude system apps (messages, phone, mail, etc). Mine:
And that’s pretty much it. Yet there is such a bubble around app-centric startups. I suppose it’s just like any other product. Consumers are constantly bombarded with options. It’s extremely difficult to work your product into their daily lives.
Something feels very wrong about the iPhone/Android model. There’s room for improvement.
Maybe (probably) our paradigm is a necessary first step towards better, more seamless integration of mobile, web-enabled devices into our lives. But how can we make phone usage a little friendlier, a little smarter, a little less tedious than having to manually switch between all these discrete, equal-in-hierarchy, fundamentally self-contained experiences?
We can build all the hyper-specialized, super-functional programs we want. But what’s the maximum number of apps someone can even remember?