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1/21/09 / Rev

1:38 PM Lists are in. It’s not new, but I’ve realized people love lists. 10 ways to have great sex, 5 ways to be a great kisser, 147 best websites for fat people…the list is endless.

What is it about lists? I think it has something to do with our insatiable appetites for self-improvement and free things, because that’s what most lists tend to be about. Every month, on the cover of Men’s Health, are lists about how to get buff, how to have better sex, how to look better, and so on and so forth. How many new ideas and ways can they come up for the same topics? If I had the drive I would do a study and see just how frequently they recycle their material.

Outside magazine lists the best cities in America to live, play work; the most remote national parks…which leads me to the third reason why lists are so popular: we love superlatives – the best, the most, the biggest, the fastest. It’s an easy hunger to feed for the media, because lists are concise and not detailed by design.

12:57 PM Something that came to me earlier today when I was thinking about hard drives. That’s right, hard drives. I was thinking about the interface between analog and digital, when the physical moving parts of a hard drive magically “turn into” the imaginary (but oh so real) digital world of 0s and 1s. Similarly, there’s an interface between many seemingly disparate entities, and the boundaries are always sublime – the bigger the scope, the more sublime the interface.

I’ve always known I’m not an artist, but that’s not the point.


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