and I thought it was just me…and Richard Hellen

According to the Wall Street Journal, printers are among the most in-demand objects in “rage rooms,” where people pay to smash things with sledgehammers; Battle Sports, a rage-room facility in Toronto, goes through fifteen a week. Meanwhile, in the song “Paper Jam” John Flansburgh, of the band They Might Be Giants, sees the jam as a stark moral test. “Paper jam / paper jam,” he sings. “It would be so easy to walk away.”

“….solving a jam requires knowledge of physics, chemistry, mechanical engineering, computer programming, and interface design. “It’s the ultimate challenge,” Ruiz said.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/02/12/why-paper-jams-persist

via John Naughton

 

 

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The Monday Morning Quote #470

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

If you’re not paying, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”

Andrew Lewis – aka blue_beetle

Facebook has a “Big Tobacco Problem”

Well worth a read from Frederick Filloux’s Monday Note via reestheskin

Facebook’s problems are more than a temporary bad PR issue. Its behavior contributes to a growing negative view of the entire tech industry.

Mark Zuckerberg talking: “There was this Deloitte study that came out the other day, that said if you could connect everyone in emerging markets, you could create more than 100 million jobs and bring a lot of people out of poverty.”

The Deloitte study, which did indeed say this, was commissioned by Facebook, based on data provided by Facebook, and was about Facebook.

The Monday Morning Quote #469

“Leadership is the capacity to look ahead, think ahead, plan ahead, and then influence other people to go ahead on the plan”

Ralph C Smedley

How to interpret a market plunge….

Whether a sudden sharp decline in asset prices amounts to a meaningless blip or something more depends on mass psychology.

“This crash is probably nothing. But they always are, except for the times when they aren’t.”

Nice little piece from The Economist

UK adspend: Mobile drives growth

From Benedict Evans’ Newsletter.

Mobile advertising spending overtook TV advertising in the UK (note the effect of the BBC here, though).

LONDON: The UK’s ad market reached a new milestone during the third quarter of 2017 as almost one in four pounds spent on advertising went to mobile, which posted year-on-year growth of 30.7% to £1.3bn, according to Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report data published today.

Total ad market growth was recorded at 3.5% year-on-year, with £5.4bn spent during Q3 – the 17th consecutive quarter of market expansion.

The report found that total spend on mobile (including display, search, and other formats such as SMS/MMS) was higher than TV spend for the first time. Yet TV remains the leading display channel.

Continues.

 

The Monday Morning Quote #468

“It’s dangerous when people are willing to give up their privacy.”

Noam Chomsky

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