Before music videos first came out, you’d listen to a song with headphones on, sitting in a beanbag chair with your eyes closed, and you’d come up with your own visions, these things that came from within. Then all of a sudden, sometimes even the very first time you heard a song, it was with these visual images attached, and it robbed you of any form of self-expression.
The great urban neighborhoods of this city don’t have design guidelines; they are a whole hodgepodge and intersection of competing forces and different visions and different tastes. If you’re interested in the loan officer at the bank being happy, Duane Reade can be great. And if you are interested in a great neighborhood, then Duane Reade is … less interesting.
We view this as a commitment to being a part of the New York community as a corporate citizen but also as a way for New Yorkers to continue to engage with their technology as they continue to consume more and more data.
Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T’s New York division, on announcing the launch of a pilot program for solar-powered phone charging stations.
Like Citibike, this is a great example of a public-private partnership at work.
My father was in charge of the men’s lavatory at the Ritz Hotel. My mother was a chambermaid at the same hotel. I was educated at the London School of Economics.
The opening paragraph of copywriter Ray Taylor’s job application at Ogilvy & Mather. David Ogilvy called this the best job application letter he had ever received.
From The Unpublished David Ogilvy. A fantastic read.
I know a lot of people who do technology for a living and almost universally, there’s a libertarian streak that runs through them — information should be free, do your own thing and leave me alone, that sort of mind-set. That’s very much what the Internet is. And almost to a person that I’ve talked to, they say, ‘Yeah, I would probably vote for Republicans, but I can’t get past the gay-marriage ban, the abortion stance, all of these social causes.’ Almost universally, they see a future where you have more options, not less. So questions about whether you can be married to the person you want to be married to just flies in the face of the future. They don’t want to be part of an organization that puts them squarely on the wrong side of history.
But here’s where the Dutch example is instructive. The government did not ask for volunteers to leave. It made a decision, based on real numbers and the economy of the area. The polder would be used as a spillway. The farms would have to go. The farmers would be compensated, but staying wasn’t an option: a tough, greater-good decision that American politicians tend to avoid like kryptonite.