Dead Blogs & Such…
Blogging is dead. This shouldn’t come as a surprise really – it only took three years, but with no election, 90% of the blogosphere has finally run out of shit to complain about. When folks at my office are-just-oh-gosh, super-excited-about-our-new-blog, you can be sure that a social media format is deader than disco, Lincoln, yard darts, or maybe some odd combination of the three. Henceforth, this site will no longer be a known as a blog (if it ever was), but as a non-blog place on the web for me to post cool stuff. Apparently there’s a difference. Who knows maybe I’ll start a Zine. This is all no excuse however, for the decidedly low traffic on the site of late, but damn, we’ve been busy. In the past three months, we’ve either launched or heavily tweaked three separate websites, and been hard at work on quite a few more. You can take a look at some of theses in the projects section of the navigation if you are truly bored, but this also explains the heavy reliance on Twitter of late. I’d really like to think Twitter is making us all smarter by forcing people to be witty in a brief, 140 characters, but the while the latter is strictly enforced by coding, the founders of twitter have yet to be able to force people to be witty, making 90% of the twit-verse pure bacon-related drivel. Seriously I like bacon but the current obsession if over the line. At some point, someone, somewhere is going to build a social platform with meaningful content, but I’ve yet to see it.
And while we’re talking platforms, I’d like to take a moment to give a big, fat middle finger to Adobe Systems. The quick and certain response to this (by one Matthew Badowski in particular) will certainly be, why don’t you just use an open-source solution. I’ve been using Photoshop, and InDesign (it’s fore runner PageMaker) since 1994. Certain habits are hard to break, and honestly it’s a great damn system. When it works. And here in lies the rub. Truly appalling customer service aside, the recent releases (when paired with the current OS X upgrades) are so unstable as to cause me to loose work, a lot of work, and nothing pisses me off more than someone wasting my time. You guys charge anywhere from $600-1000 for you upgrades – would you at least make sure the damn thing won’t crash every time i save a file, before greedily swiping my card? It’s almost becoming a point of honor for me to go procure the next three versions of your software via nefarious channels in order to make up the difference.
But hey, it’s Friday, the weather is supposed to be fantastic for the first time in 6 months, OU is playing (and hopefully beating) Texas this weekend, so the nation of wade is going to unplug and go get on a bike – something tells me that all this nonsense will still be available to worry about on Monday.