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Ramin Firoozye's (occasional) Public Whisperings

Category Archives: Fun

In-app advertising

Posted by: Ramin on June 6, 2012

“The way [advertising] works is, we give away the product for free, then lure advertisers with the promise of connecting them to millions of people who hate to pay for things.” From PROSPECTUS FOR SILICON VALLEY’S NEXT HOT TECH IPO, WHERE NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG.  

On Tweaking and Sucking

Posted by: Ramin on May 25, 2009

I feel like things as they are have about as much awesomeness as they’re capable of having, and you can’t imbue awesomeness into something that actually sucks. And in its way, something that sucks full-bore sucking at me is a kind of honorable experience–it’s an honorable exchange. Steve Albini — indie music producer interviewed on […]

On 50

Posted by: Ramin on October 30, 2008

This came through the mail recently. I’m not quite there yet age-wise, but still found it funny: Advantages of approaching (or passing) your 50th birthday: Kidnappers are not very interested in you. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first. No one expects you to run–anywhere. People call at 9 pm and […]

5-second rule and double-dipping

Posted by: Ramin on January 31, 2008

Harold McGee (author of one of my favorite books, the seminal On Food and Cooking: The Science and Lore of the Kitchen) tackles the 5-second rule (of food pick-up) and whether double-dipping chips is hygienic. The short answer? Here’s a hint:

The Superest

Posted by: Ramin on November 7, 2007

Big fan of The Superest. It’s like watching a gunfight… in slow motion… with nerf guns… and bad jokes. So. Worth. It. Not sure how long they can keep it going but it’s in my RSS reader (I just wish they would include the actual image and the sidenote in the feed).

Layer Tennis

Posted by: Ramin on October 12, 2007

Here’s a quickie. The premise: every Friday afternoon two designers go up against each other. They volley Photoshop files back and forth in fifteen minute intervals, each trying to outdo one another and create new visual layers. You can attend live or wait and zip through the finished ten volleys. The result: Layer Tennis. So […]