One of the problems with this innovative and cool approach by the Wall Street Journal to writing about Pinterest by writing about Pinterest on Pinterest (and it is!) is that there you can’t address that, more than early Napster, more than Megaupload, more than any government-seized hip-hop…
Interesting take on the latest darling of the social network world.
TechNet, the bipartisan policy and political network of technology CEOs that promotes the growth of the innovation economy, today released a new study showing that there are now roughly 466,000 jobs in the “App Economy” in the United States, up from zero in 2007.
The Short Bunch is currently in the middle of the Star Wars saga, and tonight Return of the Jedi was on the cue. It may seem strange given how big Star Wars is in our family, but the littlest three have never seen all the movies.
Like a dutiful fan of the Original Trilogy, we started with Episode IV and are working our way through the movies as they were made to be viewed. Jedi was always my least favorite of the original trilogy. Though I certainly loved it when it came out, Jedi hasn’t aged well. I suppose it was all of thoseloose ends Lucas tied up so neatly with what seems like many forced connections (e.g. - Luke and Leia). It certainly doesn’t have either the carefree immediacy of the original Star Wars nor the dark suspenseful tone of Empire.
As we watch these now classic movies unfold with my three youngest, I’m struck by how engrossing the stories are, especially to these little ones. Last weekend, they learned that Darth Vader was Luke’s father—absolutely mind blowing to them. As Empire was finishing up, Little Vic was already asking about the next one and ecstatically discussing what Jabba the Hut would be like. I have to say, watching these movies again with three sets of fresh eyes and innocent minds has helped me understand why these movies meant so much to me, and millions of others.
We’ll never know what he was looking for while his wife, Maria Elena, did the dishes, but I’m confident now that he’d probably have found it. If it gave him the strength to stand up to the suits who wanted him to be a teenager’s Sinatra and make recordings that built on his already-impressive past, American rock ‘n’ roll might have been very different.
I wrote a friend of mine with some of these speculations after I got the Memorial Collection and Rarities, and he wrote back, “Imagine what we’d think of John Lennon if the Beatles had all died in a plane crash after their first album.” Lennon and Holly would have been the same age, after all.