So, RadioShack, how can you regain relevance, and offer a clearly defined value proposition in time for your 100th birthday? By returning to your original purpose as a local resource not for people who buy things, but for people who make things. Clear the shelves of iPhone cables and toy cars, schlocky speakers, and cordless phones — literally every end-consumer product must go. And refill the stock with the raw materials of 21st century creativity.
I wrote a piece about the much-maligned Radioshack on Medium. This is a thing I might start doing on the regular.
These are the days that must happen to you.
Walt Whitman “Song of the Open Road” (via tor-tor-toreador)
Here’s the whole stanza from that poem, it’s even better in context:
Listen! I will be honest with you,I do not offer the old smooth prizes, but offer rough new prizes,These are the days that must happen to you:You shall not heap up what is call’d riches,You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve,You but arrive at the city to which you were destin’d, you hardly settle yourself to satisfaction before you are call’d by an irresistible call to depart,You shall be treated to the ironical smiles and mockings of those who remain behind you,What beckonings of love you receive you shall only answer with passionate kisses of parting,You shall not allow the hold of those who spread their reach’d hands toward you.
it’s a story about a trust-fund jock who cheats off of his smart friend, is basically just good at sports, and who grows up to become a cop who peaked in high school. Aimed at nerds.
Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft is building a platform to extend Xbox Live functionality to iOS and Android games.
Smart move. It could help keep Microsoft well-positioned in gaming regardless of what happens to dedicated consoles in the future.
I don’t know if some of you have been to these live reads at LACMA, where a classic film is read live on stage by actors who just sit and read the script. We did one recently of American Pie, but we reversed the gender roles. All the women played men; all the men played women. And it was so fascinating to be a part of this because, as the women took on these central roles — they had all the good lines, they had all the good laughs, all the great moments — the men who joined us to sit on stage started squirming rather uncomfortably and got really bored because they weren’t used to being the supporting cast.
It was fascinating to feel their discomfort [and] to discuss it with them afterward, when they said, “It’s boring to play the girl role!” And I said, “Yeah. Yeah. You think? Welcome to our world!