The next day, Lohan arrived relatively on time for a makeup test. She sat behind a table with a can of Sprite, looked into the camera and flashed a wholesome smile that would not have been out of place in the world’s best soda commercial. Schrader grabbed my arm and pointed at Lohan’s image.
“See? That’s why we put up with all the crap. You can shoot bad movies with actresses who are always on time. But look! The rest is just noise.”
It took two months and the quasi intervention of Lohan’s father to get Lohan to finish two hours of looping for the outdoor scenes. In the interim, Lohan punched a psychic, was accused of hitting a pedestrian in New York, was under investigation by the I.R.S. and watched her parents melt down on a very special episode of “Dr. Phil.”
An in-depth and nuanced look at what it was like to work with Lindsay Lohan on the film “The Canyon,” out now on pay-per-view and I suppose limited release.
The TL;DR: Lohan remains a talented actress dogged by personal demons, addiction and a fear of being alone which compels her toward a strange need to be surrounded by chaos. In the end, the author concludes, “Canyon’s” problems had less to do with Lohan’s issues on the set and more with director Paul Schrader’s (writer of Taxi Driver) poor decisions.
A good move for both parties. Buzzfeed gets some hard news credibility, while CNN gets a much needed injection of youth and vigor. In the end, it might be too late for CNN, which seems to be floundering wildly lately, but I am really liking how Buzzfeed is growing up.
The juxtaposition of cat videos and 35 pictures of celebrities with real, long-form journalism may seem jarring to some, but in the era of social steams it makes perfect sense.
Justin Van Slembrouck, design director at Digg, the social news site, said that while some design decisions were made as stylistic choices, “it is increasingly being driven by mobile, where you’re designing for the lowest common denominator so you can’t load a site up with heavy graphics.” He added, “The end result, with flat design, is that it all feels less cluttered.”
I recently met with a CEO of a Denver start-up. He was in Manhattan pitching one of the largest media agencies in the world. We crossed paths at a mutual friend’s apartment, where said CEO was crashing. We got to talking about the trials and tribulations of being a start-up; that world is not unknown to me, as I counseled and represented many a start-up when I was in public relations. As the CEO talked about what he was going through, I realized there are many parallels between start-ups and bands.
Friday’s polling should make it easy to discern why Mr. Obama has the Electoral College advantage. There were 22 polls of swing states published Friday. Of these, Mr. Obama led in 19 polls, and two showed a tie. Mitt Romney led in just one of the surveys, a Mason-Dixon poll of Florida. …
Although the fact that Mr. Obama held the lead in so many polls is partly coincidental — there weren’t any polls of North Carolina on Friday, for instance, which is Mr. Romney’s strongest battleground state — they nevertheless represent powerful evidence against the idea that the race is a “tossup.” A tossup race isn’t likely to produce 19 leads for one candidate and one for the other — any more than a fair coin is likely to come up heads 19 times and tails just once in 20 tosses. (The probability of a fair coin doing so is about 1 chance in 50,000.) (Emphasis mine.)
If the president were to carry Ohio — and he continues to hold a narrow lead in public polls there — he could win an electoral majority by adding Virginia (13 electoral votes) or Wisconsin (10) or Colorado (nine), or by winning Iowa (six) and New Hampshire (four). (emphasis mine)
If Romney does not win Ohio, his path to victory would have to include Colorado, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin and either Iowa or New Hampshire. But if he does capture the Buckeye State, he could become president by taking Florida and Virginia and then just one other contested state. (emphasis mine)
In other words, while there’s a lot of attention being paid to Ohio, both candidates still need other states to win. On Obama’s map, there’s a lot of “ors,” but with Romney — even with Ohio — there’s a lot of “ands.”
From Real Clear Politics: Pennsylvania is NOT, I repeat NOT, competitive: Go ahead and hit the link above right now. Over the last seven polls, Obama’s lead in Pennsylvania has ranged from a tie (more on that in a second) to +6 and his current average is +4.1. With the exception of two polls from the same firm (can you say “outlier?”), Obama hasn’t been behind or tied in the Keystone State since February. It is not a competitive state.
Romney is making a last-ditch effort to campaign in Pennsylvania because he needs to expand his avenues to victory — see “ands” vs “ors” above — but it’s not a competitive state now and it won’t be on Tuesday.
So there’s the data. You can believe it, or you can can believe Romney aides that say they have secret data that shows them winning in Ohio and competitive in Pennsylvania. But to believe them, you have to not believe in data, but instead have simple faith in Republican operatives. Given that choice, I’ll go with data every time.
upworthy growing faster than huffingtonpost and buzzfeed did
But not necessarily because of social. From co-founder Eli Pariser in All Things D:
What’s interesting is that so far the major social referrers have been a smaller part of Upworthy than might have been thought. Facebook is starting to be important — Upworthy is now up past 425,000 Facebook fans, with about half of them joining in the past month — but “We haven’t been really good at Twitter as a traffic source,” said Pariser. So far, Upworthy has found that Twitter is ”a great place to interact with a community, but people on Twitter mostly want to talk on Twitter,” he explained.
“It seems like this society has slipped into a kind of highly functional illiteracy. Surely, for these cultures to progress and become spacefaring entities, they needed written language at some point. But now, the necessity to actually learn reading and writing is fading away. Those who know how to build and repair droids and computers probably have better jobs than those who can’t. This is why there seems to be so much poverty in Star Wars: widespread ignorance.”—Tor.com: Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Probably Totally Illiterate
Students of the Innovator’s Dilemma know that a new technology starts out being just “good enough.” Often, an early solution only serves a niche part of the market with limited requirements. This naturally shields it from the incumbents’ radar, but what starts out as a nascent product attacking an unprofitable or unattractive market segment can quickly mature into a disruptive solution that becomes more than adequate for a broader population. …
It’s easy for incumbents – and everyone else – to forget how broadly and rapidly these solutions can evolve. Some of the most ‘powerful’ enterprise software on the market today started out as mere wedges, later transforming into meaningful and substantial platforms. Particularly for enterprises, it’s far better to evolve from something simple after learning about customer demands, than to pare down something insanely complex.
If you make anything for the Internet (or make anything at all, really) I highly recommend this post from Aaron Levie, CEO and co-founder of Box.net for insights on product and brand evolution.
He’s talking here about disruptions in enterprise software, but he could be talking about any tech and any sector you can think of. The insight on new technology starting out being “just ‘good enough’” is one to remember. So often, we try to make things that are perfect, complex and clever. What we really need to do is ship and test what our users actually want.