I guess it’s time for me to add a love_it tag.
This is something that I’d like to come back to later, perhaps in more detail, but out of the many things that are really great about Mad Men, the one that really stands out to me, as a creative professional, is the actual nature of the creative process.
I may very well be ignorant of, but I can’t think of any other show that not only addresses, but accurately portrays the ephemeral and somewhat chaotic nature of being creative and coming up with new ideas (especially in a commercial, deadline-driven environment).
The two episodes that stand out to me off the top of my head are the first episode of the show’s first season, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and the fourth episode of the second season, Three Sundays.
In the first example, Don Draper spends the entire episode trying to come up with a new idea for Lucky Strikes. Even up until the very last minute, he has yet to come up with a proper idea. I hate to admit it, but this has certainly happened to me more than I care for.
In the second example, the stressful, busy weekends leading up to giant disappointment at having their pitch for American Airlines be for nought is quite spot-on.
I won’t deny that this little jab at Google Glass made me laugh.
I’m a little perplexed how John Gruber doesn’t seem to really grok the Square Stand. I don’t claim to know whether it’ll be successful or not, but its appeal seems obvious to me. I agree that $299 seems high, but if Square can sell them at that price, then why not?
Why does it work with the 30-pin connector and not Lightning? Because the stand is designed for point of sale. Why would anyone buy the newest iPad if it’s only going to be used for credit card purchases? The less-expensive iPad 2 seems perfectly suited for this function. Sure, they’ll need to update the functionality at some point, but it seems like a low priority to me.
Regarding his last point — if someone is already hooked into the Square system, this seems like a big upgrade from the ultra-janky connector that people get for free, even if the price is a bit elevated. Shit, isn’t that partly what makes Apple so successful?
From the probably-should-have-put-this-in-the-lead department,
The Spamhaus blacklist is widely used, and it’s widely used for one reason: contrary to STOPhaus’s claims, it does, in fact, successfully block a lot of unwanted e-mail. There might be occasional collateral damage, but Spamhaus’ users are clear: they’re willing to take that risk if the alternative is more spam.
My summary of the article: spammers are jerks. The end.
I’m of the opinion that Gruber’s example of Coke’s “The Real Thing” campaign is the most spot-on part of his post discussing marketing tactics in the battle with Samsung. Let’s forget what might be “beneath” Apple (whatever that means), and instead think about the (lack of) merits of pursuing an aggressive position against Samsung.
I’m going to channel a bit of Sun Tzu and mention that since Apple is the dominant player in the smartphone market, their best strategy is a defensive one. Samsung is second place, therefore their best strategy is an offensive one (as best exemplified by their cheesy anti-Apple ads). Being mentioned by Apple is exactly what Samsung would want; and it would only give them more credibility, not less. Hell, “The Real Thing” slogan would work just as well for Apple as it did for Coke, as would “There’s a Reason We’re Number 1,” etc etc.