Never in the history of ever have I acted on unsolicited mail. Ever. Your mail is unsolicited which means I did not request it. This makes your email spam. This is unfortunate because there is a non-zero chance the goods and/or services you’re selling might be useful. Given to my own devices, it is probable that in my endless compulsive wandering of the Internet that I would have discovered your goods and/or service and learned about the value you created.
But you blew it.
By spamming me, your product is cast as useless. And it’s not.
I realize that your strategy works. I realize that blindly spamming email addresses costs you very little and a single digital response percentage justifies your effort. You are going to continue with this strategy because the reward outweighs the risk and it feels like the fiscally responsible move.
My strategy works, too.
Despite the growing reliance on “big data” to game out every decision, it’s clear to anyone with a glimmer of self-awareness that humans are incapable of constantly rational thought. We simply don’t have the time or capacity to calculate the statistical probabilities and potential risks that come with every choice.
I feel I’ve spent 22.3% of my last four years of my life arguing with data-minded engineers about this topic.
“The number of objective facts deserving of that term is extremely low and almost negligible in everyday life,” he says. “The whole idea of using logic to make decisions in the world is to me a fairly peculiar one, given that we live in a world of high uncertainty which is precisely the conditions in which logic is not the appropriate framework for thinking about decision-making.”
What do different colors symbolize in different countries? I’ve been staring at this for twenty minutes straight.
Nokia will re-launch the 3310, perhaps the best-loved and most resilient phone in history.
I had one of these. I think I still do.
It’s still possible to buy the 3310 on Amazon, though only through its marketplace and not directly from the company itself. The Amazon listing describes a range of features, including a clock, calculator, the ability to store up to ten reminders and four games: Snake II, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi.
Snake II was the bomb.
(Via The Independent)
I can’t stop staring at this lava pouring into the ocean.
Lava pouring out of a cliff on the Big Island. Mesmerizing.
Star Wars VIII has a name: The Last Jedi.
As is custom, we will now endlessly and thoroughly analyze a single image for as much signal as possible. My first thought: the typeface color is red. My second thought: in my head, each of the original trilogy movies is associated with a color.
- A New Hope: Blue (like Luke’s sword)
- Empire Strikes Back: Red (where Luke and Vader fight)
- Return of the Jedi: Green (like… Endor?)
Update: As Dan McClain points out on Twitter, the color matches the lightsaber of Luke, Vader, then Luke again.