It’s been a slow update month for me (except for the accidental linking of my Gowalla to my Tumblr over the weekend. My bad. That would be more exciting if the camera on my iPhone 4 worked. Shipping it off to Apple today after work). I’m taking a break from my snarky tech, politics, and religion coverage of other people’s stuff to write a bunch of my own stuff. I’m in the process of filling up my queue so that I can just coast throughout the week while this thing auto updates and I get caught up on my sitcoms and porn.
So for the five of you that read this: Hang tight. And also, tell your friends. I wanna be Tumblr popular. Real-life popular is SOOOOOOO mainstream.
If you don’t know, I’m not a big fan of The Huffington Post. For all of their sensible world news coverage, they have an equal or greater amount of coverage that I find absolutely disparaging. Specifically, they tend to spout off about things that are utterly insane and ignorant. Complete and utter woo. Go ahead, take your time. There’s quite a few links there.
Gauging from the overwhelming reaction on the Twitters and the MyFaceBooks, it seems like a lot of people were very surprised last night to discover that the Grammy Awards aren’t a popularity contest, but rather an event where people who are talented receive their due pomp and circumstance. Prom ended in highschool, kids.
I’m not trying to dis Marty Mathers and the Detroit City Rockers or Lady Romamagagahahabwabeebopgaga. They’re pretty talented. But I think it’s a huge, huge deal that a band that is talented, has a message, and is also inspired (how often do you see that in pop music today?) has won Album of the Year, instead of the band most likely to be remixed in to a boom-boom room song at the Coco Bongo (I just got back from Mexico and that place is advertised everywhere, utilizing early 90’s pop culture references like Jim Carrey’s The Mask and Michael Keaton’s Betelguise. Baffling).
Full disclosure, Arcade Fire is one of my favorite bands, and I’m just a little excited that “my music” won a mainstream award last night. But seriously, indignant outrage just because a club song/radio single didn’t win the Grammy? Monetization is no measure of talent. However, the birth of this Tumblog is pretty awesome.
I understand how difficult it can be to write robust, feature-complete, UX refined, gracefully patterened code. Because I, too, am a software developer.
I also understand the marketing benefits that come out of a perceived sense of exclusivity and early exposure.
And yeah, rapid prototyping and agile development are neat design patterns. It wasn’t that long ago that the waterfall model was neato mosquito too. But I’m begging you:
ENOUGH with the betas.