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  2. So, That HIMYM Finale

    I’ve spent the past few days wrestling with why I didn’t like it; why I, like many others, felt an overwhelming sadness and disappointment with how things turned out. And I have an answer. My own answer, at least.

    It’s because we’re all Ted Mosby, at least a little. We all have quirks that few understand. We’ve all been kicked around by life a little bit. We’ve all loved someone who didn’t feel the same way. We’ve all been stood up, shot down, or passed over, and we’ve all felt embarrassed, happy, or sad at some point. But there is always hope.

    Hope. That thing we all cling to because we feel that, someday, we’ll have endured enough nonsense to have earned our time, or our happiness, or whatever it is we’re after.

    Or maybe we have hope for other people. That they can change if they try.

    Ted Mosby was hopeful that he’d eventually meet the right girl; the one who wanted him back. And he did.

    And then he lost her.

    Barney was able to commit to a single woman. He was able to leave a life of womanizing behind and become an honest gentleman.

    And then he divorced Robin and fell back into his old habits.

    The finale didn’t feel like a send-off to a sitcom so much as it did a shot right through the heart of optimism. Why hope that you’ll get what you’re after? You’ll just lose it. Why hope that people can change? They can’t. Don’t bother.

    I’m sure no one else who tuned in did so to be taught a life lesson. Especially not one that pessimistic. They watched because they wanted a proper goodbye for the characters they’d watched the past nine years.

    They didn’t get what they’d hoped for. Fitting, I guess.

     
  3. staff:

    3 in 10 workers look for a new job while they’re at work. Some, even while they’re on-air.

    http://www.tumblr.com/jobs

    Nicely done, tumblr.

    (Source: cnbc)

     

  4. "With consumers leaving the platform, advertisers and brands might decide to spend less on Facebook generally because of the smaller potential audience. That might cause ad dollars to fall even more, which could wipe out the new revenues almost as fast as they come in."
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    Forbes pretty much nails it as to why Biz Stone’s Facebook Premium idea isn’t a good one.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/markrogowsky/2013/07/21/twitter-founder-says-facebook-can-make-12-billion-selling-subscriptions-hes-wrong/

     

  5. "If I was only concerned about managing Nintendo for this year and next year — and not about what the company would be like in 10 or 20 years — then I’d probably say that my point of view is nonsense. But if we think 20 years down the line, we may look back at the decision not to supply Nintendo games to smartphones and think that is the reason why the company is still here."
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    Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, in a post-E3 interview with WSJ (though I’m linking to The Verge because of the WSJ’s ridiculous paywall — funny how content finds a way to live outside paywalls).

    This is the argument that comes up time and again as to why Nintendo shouldn’t (and won’t) bring their games on the popular smartphone platforms. The next step is always for people to point to Apple as an example of a company that stood their ground, and when they didn’t — when it was attack of the clones time in the 1990s — it almost killed them.

    I just view this as a very different circumstance. Apple nearly died because of incompetence. Nintendo is bleeding because the world has completely changed around them. And I cannot see how it changes back.

    Nintendo needs to adapt. Which, by the way, Apple did as well. They did not become the most valuable company in the world because they continued making Macs.

    (via parislemon)

     
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  7. "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less."
    — C.S. Lewis
     

  8. Why manual retweets are douchey:

    1) It looks like you’re trying to keep all of the attention on you.

    2) It looks like you’re either trying to take sole credit for finding a tweet, or on a worse level, like you’re trying to pass off someone else’s news or shared content as your own.

    Unless you’re adding a comment to a tweet, there’s absolutely no reason to do it unless you’re being selfish.

     

  9. "You know what drives me crazy? It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work. You never hear somebody say, ‘With the time I’ve saved by using my word processor, I’m gonna go to a Zen monastery and hang out.’ I mean, you never hear that."
    — Jesse (Ethan Hawke) in Before Sunrise. (via parislemon)
     
  10. moshi-kun:

    THE X-FILES (2 color versions)
    Simply the best show ever, a true masterpiece that totally re-defined Television. I got an amazing childhood following the adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully dealing with paranormal and conspiracy. Can’t stop watching the complete 9 seasons, year after year, with the same fascinated eyes.
    The X-Files definitely had an incredible impact on my life, making me undoubtedly someone passionate, a Story lover, and a creative mind ^_^
    Illustration: 2 weeks, ≈ 1000 photoshop layers, and some great feelings of nostalgia….

    Want