Posts tagged Time
Posts tagged Time
Because: The second edition of this book has been pretty well publicized, and I wrote it off as another general travel book. I also thought the number 1,000 was excessive, but on second thought, a number like 100 definitely would be too limiting. I really enjoyed reading about the background of the book, the rationale behind the title as well as the selection of featured locales. I think it should not be overlooked that the only places featured were spots the author had visited. Is it really that macabre to include the word “death” in the title? I find mortality inspiring.
Because: The following is a not uncommon conversation.
Random Argentine: Where are you from?
Me: I’m from New Jersey.
Random Argentine: Oh, like “The Sopranos”!
Me: But I went to school in Chicago.
Random Argentine: “Mafia! Gangsters!”
I guess it’s better than being called a “guidette” and asked about “Jersey Shore,” right? I mean, that has happened here before, too.
Because: I generally don’t like to see shows or movies more than once, but when I find something I love, I read every titillating and/or insightful article about it I can turn up with Google. In fact, I can honestly say I enjoy reading about “Mad Men” almost as much as I enjoy watching the show.
The other night I finally saw “The Social Network.” In fact, I watched it while sitting on Facebook (did not plan that), and going on one of my reading rampages to learn more about Facebook’s early days, the real lives of the film’s key characters players and the making of the movie. How’s that for immersion?
I find everything about the Facebook creation story so fascinating. Though I would not consider myself as belonging to the pilot generation, I was on the site in its earlier days (2006) when a .edu email address was required to create an account. I remember all of its iterations and updates since then, the introduction of “Minifeed” included, though I never really removed myself from it all and considered how each change to the site — not to be dramatic — was bringing Facebook closer to becoming an ubiquitous presence in my life, influencing how I build and maintain all my relationships. A hemisphere removed from the majority of my family and friends, Facebook is my primary mode for keeping in touch. When you have photos, wall posts and Facebook chat, nobody feels that distant.
Well done, Mark Zuckerberg. (And Eduardo Saverin, Sean Parker, etc., etc.)