March 3, 2013
No.1 from Rayogram Dreamscapes @ my photography tumblr. 

No.1 from Rayogram Dreamscapes @ my photography tumblr. 

January 25, 2013

Microsoft’s Child of the 90s x Internet Explorer ad 

Disclaimer: I’m a child of the 90s. 

Loved the ad. 

Love that they’re so busy innovating, reinventing. (This is cute:

Not going back to Internet Explorer… 

Not even going back to Safari…

How can these browsers further differentiate? 

December 28, 2012

MUJI: We want to be just like water. 


MUJI: We want to be just like water. 


1:21am  |   URL:
Filed under: water design muji japanese 
December 26, 2012


BP’s trying to get you to visit the Gulf Coast again.

But this commercial is as unnatural as it gets. (Harhar)

7:40pm  |   URL:
Filed under: bp energy advertising media 
November 11, 2012
Who to Follow on Instagram

For me, Instagram has always been an afterthought. I don’t religiously snap every purchase I’ve made, every location I’m gone, every person I was with. Instagram is an occasional gesture to easily share with my friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

I’m not sure how it is for others - if people and organizations actually have an Instagram strategy - but there has been too much redundancy on my Instagram feed, or just…stuff that I don’t care to see on the small-screen-slow-scroll constraint of a mobile app.  So, this morning I decided to clean out my ‘following’ and ‘follower’ situation. 

I can’t bring myself to unfollow people I actually know, because I think, I’m at least somewhat interested in their lives (even though I’m connected to them on Facebook or Tumblr and get the same updates from there anyway). But friends are friends. Knowing someone is powerful.

So I moved on to organizations. I might be able to bear with redundancy with people I know - heck, they do follow me back - but I drew the line with brands/organizations (i.e. Celtics, Teen Vogue). Observe:

Celtics’ recent photos on Twitter 

And on Instagram:

Granted, the photos shared on Twitter were shared through Instagram in the first place, but I feel much more efficient getting all my Celtics information (photos shared through Instagram, direct uploads, or any other source) from Twitter - where I readily engage with individuals and brands I don’t know personally.

So as of right now, Instagram is a very private platform for me, and its main function is to facilitate sharing on other preexisting networks. Instagram’s recent introduction of web profiles can be seen as an effort to become a standalone network, but that’s going to be very hard given this crowded and already hyper-connected social environment. 

Content redundancy on social networks is a recurring dilemma for me as a content producer and consumer. Anyone who has to deal with content (and that is like increasingly every entity on the Internet) will have to maneuver cleverly. 

October 26, 2012
HuffPo front page | 10/26/12 - 2:30 AM EST 
I was going to judge HuffPo for the terrible headline, but I guess if it’s a direct quote…Wait, but it’s not. 

HuffPo front page | 10/26/12 - 2:30 AM EST 

I was going to judge HuffPo for the terrible headline, but I guess if it’s a direct quote…Wait, but it’s not. 

October 8, 2012


A Chair is Like Facebook, or Vice Versa

So too doorbells, airplanes, bridges, ideas, music, dance floors, basketball, a great nation and… the universe.

Facebook releases its first commercial. 

It had all the elements of a goosebump-inducing commercial (à la VISA x Olympics), but I think it failed to bridge (ironically) the gap between the average perception of Facebook (some site everyone uses) and the company’s mission statement (the social network that connects humanity.)

I’m a huge fan of FB and those two perceptions are essentially the same…that is to say, Facebook is doing a good job of chasing after its ideal…

But the ad jumps a few steps too fast and imposes some huge claims about Facebook on the viewers. 

I don’t think we’re ready. There are nuisances in the process of finally understanding how significant Facebook has become. Just because the network has hit the magic billion number, it doesn’t mean that the common users are immediately ready to appreciate the power of Facebook and take it to the next level. 

September 10, 2012
New startup, Chromatic Gallerie, allows women to customize their heels - by height, color, and style. crafted from fine leathers. priced @ $88 a pair. 
I’m conflicted. On one hand, I could totally go for a few pairs. On the other…are we picking avatars for the MMORPG that is life? Pick a color to continue? Machines with interchangeable parts? 
[via Mashable] 

New startup, Chromatic Gallerie, allows women to customize their heels - by height, color, and style. crafted from fine leathers. priced @ $88 a pair. 

I’m conflicted. On one hand, I could totally go for a few pairs. On the other…are we picking avatars for the MMORPG that is life? Pick a color to continue? Machines with interchangeable parts? 

[via Mashable

September 7, 2012
"We are all much smarter than we let on, knowledgeable about our peers and able to speak to them usefully. Because for all the salutary talk of diversity in our day, the human soul shares a great deal across cultural and religious and racial and gender lines. And if the essayist is wrong, presumptuous, and offensive? What of it? Even a bad idea can prompt of a good one. We think by refutation, and an idea we consider wrong is more likely than just about anything else to inspire an idea we consider right."

— Cristina Nehring, “Our Essays, Ourselves" (Harper’s Magazine, May 2003)

August 23, 2012
Interesting headlines on HuffPo’s RNC page, I must say. 

Interesting headlines on HuffPo’s RNC page, I must say. 

August 23, 2012
"To run an efficient team, you only need three people: a Hipster, a Hacker, and a Hustler."

Rei Inamoto, the chief creative officer for AKQA, @ SXSW 2012

From Forbes:

The Hipster: Usually working their way into the mix as the designer or creative genius, they’ll make sure the final product is cooler than anything else out there. But, not only that, they’ll ensure the shade of blue used to accent the font really brings out the subtle homage to an artist from the ’70′s you’ve probably never heard of.

The Hacker: The one most likely to sit quietly through a board meeting until uttering the three sentences that answers the all important question of “how?” the new idea or initiative can be brought into reality. Resembling MacGyver with their ability to wield various lines of code or programing languages, you’ll get dizzy trying to keep up with their keystrokes.

The Hustler: They have the tendency to be the most misunderstood member of this trio. The Hipster is likely to accuse the Hustler of having sold out to the man because of their constant question of “It’s cool, but is it something our partners and clients want?” The Hacker is likely to do their best to avoid one on one conversations with the Hustler as a result of jock vs. geek episode back in high school.

August 14, 2012
Biggest Olympic Gripes on Social Media: Lolo Jones, #NBCFail, Doping, Empty Seats

(Photo by Tom Kelly on Flickr and used with Creative Commons license.)

The last medals of the 2012 Summer Olympics were presented this past Sunday, closing in on what could be the most controversial, drama-filled Games ever, especially online. From NBC and Twitter, to athletes and judges, virtually every party involved in the Summer Games has been written and tweeted about over the past two weeks — and not always positively.

The wide array of social media channels became an important instrument to gauge how the world felt about every element and moment of these Games, and because of that, the gripes that manifested and propagated on social media give interesting insight into how digital media has changed the way we experience the Olympics. Here’s a rundown, via Storify, of some of the more interesting controversies at the Games and how the social media world reacted.

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August 7, 2012
The Curious Case of Time Traveling

Midnight in Paris (USA) ll In several Parisian nights, a modern day American writer stumbles into the world of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Dali. 

步步惊心 Startling By Each Step (CHINA) ll A 21st century Chinese woman wakes up from a car accident “to find herself in the body of a 16-year-old Manchu girl living in the 18th century Qing Dynasty” (source) 

옥탑방 왕세자 Rooftop Prince (S.KOREA) ll A Joseon-era prince transports into the future to solve the mystery death of the woman he loved. 

Have we grown tired of our experiences in the modern reality? 

August 3, 2012
"The Naked and the TED"

This article, which is propelling a serious bout of anti-TED, was published online yesterday and appears in the August 23, 2012 issue of The New Republic.

I don’t feel like I know enough about technology (or Technology) to counter or support Evgeny Morozov’s picking apart of the Parag and Ayesha Khanna, but this bit towards the end of the piece really resonated with my recent thoughts. 

"Actually, we suspect people reading TED Books will be trading up rather than down. They’ll be reading a short, compelling book instead of browsing a magazine or doing crossword puzzles. Our goal is to make ideas accessible in a way that matches modern attention spans.” [TED organizers] But surely “modern attention spans” must be resisted, not celebrated. Brevity may be the soul of wit, or of lingerie, but it is not the soul of analysis. The TED ideal of thought is the ideal of the “takeaway”—the shrinkage of thought for people too busy to think. I don’t know if the crossword puzzles are rewiring our brains—I hope TED knows its neuroscience, with all the neuroscientists on its stage—but anyone who is seriously considering reading Hybrid Reality or Smile should also entertain the option of playingAngry Birds or Fruit Ninja.

Well, ain’t that just the stinkin’ dilemma with producing content for digital media? Can’t we just make it convenient? And something we know people will like? Which would make us feel equally good? 

This summer, I spend half of my week in a marketing role and half of my week in an editorial role. It’s no joke that the two spheres naturally feed off each other and perhaps  need to feed off each other in this day and age. Nevertheless I’m apprehensive, walking that fine line. 

August 2, 2012
Wisdoms, observations, and plenty of TMI - highlights from Olympian tweets

And the highlight of the highlights:

No words…

Find out which Olympian tweeted this adorable blast from the past! 

►►► London 2012 comes alive in Olympian tweets - Part I on Storify 

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