Archive for November 10th, 2012

Kids, Don’t Do Drugs

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

This is one of the first images I ever saw on the internet. It supposedly shows a series of police mugshots of a young New York City woman over the course of a few years.  Her arrests progressed from prostitution to homeless – because of drugs.

It could be true. The problem is authorities have exaggerated the negative effects of drugs for so long (“Pot automatically leads to heroin”) their credibility is questionable.

The Best Commercial Ever Made

Saturday, November 10th, 2012

The late 1970’s and early ’80’s was a dull period in computer history. Computers were basically sophisticated calculators with fast word processing and printing capabilities.  Mostly they were used by the military, manufacturing and business. IBM and Microsoft dominated the market.

As the microchip became smaller the idea of home personal computers came into play.  But since the first ones were introduced by these boring corporate giants, they were just small clones of dull machines – unpopular with most consumers.

And then along came Apple and Steve Jobs. Defying all prevailing logic, he demanded to burst through the bleak business complacency of what was beginning to look like George Orwells “1984.” He had a vision of what the world could look like in the future which is pretty much how it looks today.

When “1984” was created and shown to Apple’s Board of Directors, they thought it was “the worst thing we’ve ever seen.”  They tried to get out of their contract for a 1-minute commercial during the 1984 Superbowl. Jobs was adamant.  He threatened to buy the time himself and run the spot!

In the end, Jobs got his way and the spot has been called the “Greatest Commercial of All Time” by Advertising Age and other notable media magazines. Here’s “1984” :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhsWzJo2sN4