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“Market research is what you do when your product isn’t any good.”

This piece about Steve Jobs' admiration for Edwin Lands, the founder of Polaroid, had a bunch of interesting bits to pull out.
At Polaroid, Land used to hire Smith College’s smartest art-history majors and send them off for a few science classes, in order to create chemists who could keep up when his conversation turned from Maxwell’s equations to Renoir’s brush strokes.

Most of all, Land believed in the power of the scientific demonstration. Starting in the 60s, he began to turn Polaroid’s shareholders’ meetings into dramatic showcases for whatever line the company was about to introduce. In a perfectly art-directed setting, sometimes with live music between segments, he would take the stage, slides projected behind him, the new product in hand, and instead of deploying snake-oil salesmanship would draw you into Land’s World. By the end of the afternoon, you probably wanted to stay there.


The two men met at least twice. John Sculley, the Apple C.E.O. who eventually clashed with Jobs, was there for one meeting, when Jobs made a pilgrimage to Land’s labs in Cambridge, Mass., and wrote in his autobiography that both men described a singular experience: “Dr. Land was saying: ‘I could see what the Polaroid camera should be. It was just as real to me as if it was sitting in front of me, before I had ever built one.’ And Steve said: ‘Yeah, that’s exactly the way I saw the Macintosh.’ He said, If I asked someone who had only used a personal calculator what a Macintosh should be like, they couldn’t have told me. There was no way to do consumer research on it, so I had to go and create it and then show it to people and say, ‘Now what do you think?’”

The worldview he was describing perfectly echoed Land’s: “Market research is what you do when your product isn’t any good.” And his sense of innovation: “Every significant invention,” Land once said, “must be startling, unexpected, and must come into a world that is not prepared for it. If the world were prepared for it, it would not be much of an invention.” Thirty years later, when a reporter asked Jobs how much market research Apple had done before introducing the iPad, he responded, “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.”


Via Stellar

Update:
Chris drew the quotation from the title of this post.

Esquire’s 70 greatest sentences

I love lists like this. An interesting piece of internet history: This piece is from 2003, which is why it was posted all on one page. If it was posted yesterday, it'd be on 70 different slides to increase page views. I like the old way better.

And too much testosterone is what causes men to commit unspeakable crimes like murder and rape and The Rock and Bad Boys. --Jeanne Marie Laskas, 'Michael Bay,' 2001

When a writer does well, the rest of the country is doing fine. --John Steinbeck, 'A Primer on the 30's,' 1960

Also, I shouldn't have to say this, but do not, under any circumstances, put Pop Rocks in your ass. --Stacey Grenrock Woods, Sex column, 2003




via ★Tim Carmody

Everything Tracy Jordan Said Season 4

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Last year, Tracy Jordan I put together a transcript of Everything Tracy Jordan Said in Season 3 of 30 Rock. You guys liked it and I subsequently put together Everything Hurley Said, Everything Sawyer Said, Everything Locke Said, Everything Don Draper Said, and a the first two seasons of Everything Tracy Jordan Said. Here is Season 4. This season, Tracy Jordan had a few great lines, specifically in Episodes 18 and 21. As always, these are ALL of Tracy Jordan's lines from Season 4. If you're looking for a best of list or this isn't your thing, there's plenty of other internet out there for you. It's going to take a second to get through, so be careful if you have stuff to do today.

Episode 1
-I can't eat this, I'm a foodie.
-Well, before I made it in the stand up, I was a bucket drummer in the subway.
-Oh, yeah? Then how come I got sued for sexual harassment at it?
-You know how on St. Bart's people be eating their lobster like this? Nyoooom, nyoooom, nyoooom, nyoooom.
-Don't look at me in the eyes.
-Have I lost touch with my roots? I better talk to Rabbi Schmuli about this.
-I blame you and Dotcom. You have built a protective shell around me like a hermit crab or a mermaid booby. And now I've touch with the common man. Ehhhh. Who's that?
-Oh, hey, guy. Come on in. So Rolly, where you from?
-Right on, my brother. My dear friend Moby opened up a tea house in Park Slope. Does he know you?
-Hey, Rolly, you ever lose your remote control?
-And then your wife start getting all mad because the roof won't close and the bed that's in the shape of your face is getting rained on? Hahaha. I like you, Rolly. Can I feel the rough skin on your hands?
-What do you mean that was weird? You sheltered me too much! I'm going out on the street and I don't want nobody to follow me. Nobody. Uhmm. Which one is the elevator I'm not afraid of? RIGHT.
-Kenneth, how do I get out of this building?!
-Hello?
-Hello, is anyone there? I'm in a sort of tunnel and I see a man with a blue uniform. I think he's a friend. Oh, never mind, there's a door. Oh, it's sunny!
-Hello, fellow human being. Would you like to ask me what time it is?
-Are you a large child or a small adult?
-You look regular, could I get your name? Is it Pedro? Is it Creckford? Is it Swimming?
-Are you a pre-op transcentaur?
-Excuse me, do you have change for a $10,000 bill?
-I would like some chicken nuggets, a beer, and some of my wife's rice, to stay.
-Excuse me, sir, do you want to hold hands with a black millionaire?
-Does anyone want to be my friend?
-I'm normal!
-It's going super great, Dotcom. Meet my new friends, Nobody. And his wife Susan Walters Hyphen Nobody. I'm so far from my roots, I don't think I'll ever get back.
-What's that sound? Bucket drummers!
-These. These are my people. Bucket drummers, if you're striking, so am I. Two-four-six-eight-ten-twelve-fourteen-sixteen-eighteen.
-New what? If it's a blonde woman, I'm a kill myself!
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Everything Sawyer Said Season 5

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Here's sawyerEverything Sawyer Said from Season 5 of Lost. When I started watching this season again, I was surprised by how big of a role Sawyer had this year. In fact he had about 1/3 more lines than Locke, who seemed to be at least as big a character. Surprisingly, there were 3 episodes in which Sawyer didn't appear. He had about 6K words, which point of reference, Don Draper usually comes in around 9K-10K.

If you like this, you might like Everything Hurley Said, Everything Locke Said, Everything Don Draper Said or Everything Tracy Jordan Said. As always, these are submitted without context, so it might not be your thing. It's a big internet out there, though, you'll find something.

Lost fans, you should subscribe to 815 Sentences About Lost, a project of mine which is launching next week.

Episode 1
"Hell was that?"
"Where's the freighter?"
"Uh uh, no way. A minute ago there was just coffin black smoke. Now there's just nothing?"
"It was heading for that boat."
"Just calm down, there's no need to panic, alright, we'll just go back to camp, figure this…"
"What the hell are you talking about?"
"What do you mean the camps not gone? Who the hell are you anyway?"
"You mean the hatch? The one we blew up?"
"Before what happens again. And why is our camp gone?"
"I told you. We were running out of gas. I wanted to make sure she…I wanted to make sure they got back to the boat. It don't matter now, does it?"
"First things first. Give me your shirt."
"Yeah."
"How we call a time out so you can tell us what the hell's going on?"
"Trust you? I don't know you."
"Shut it, Ginger, or you're getting one, too. Now talk."
"What?"
"Not everyone. Locke."
"Great."
"So when are we now, Wiz Kid?"
"It was. Blown up, just like we left it."
"You saying our camp is back on the beach again?"
"Good, I'm going back."
"More pointless than staring at a hole in the ground?"
"Yeah, well, what if it ain't? Hell, what if the helicopter hasn't even taken off yet?"
"Who says?"
"Why not?"
"How do you know so much about this, Danny Boy?"
"So how can we stop it?"
"Then who can?"
"Son of a… bitch."
"Backdoor. I'm getting some supplies."
"The sky can flash all it wants, but I ain't starting over, Dilbert. I ain't rubbing 2 sticks together to start a fire and I ain't hunting damn boar. There's Dharma food, beer, and clothing in there. And I'm getting Desmond to let me in one way or another."
"Yeah, why not?"
"This would all be fascinating if I was listening to you."
"I don't care whose in there."
"Open the damn door."
"Sure it will."
"You'll open up. It's the ghost of Christmas future."
"Open the damn door. Open the door."
"Open up, I know you can hear me."
"Argh…Door."
"Everybody that I care about just blue up on your damn boat. I know what I can't change."
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Everything Hurley Said Season 5

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Here's hurleyEverything Hurley Said from Season 5 of Lost. Originally, Hurley's character seemed to be only for comic relief, but by Season 5, he's definitely become a solid member of the cast, and a big part of the story. There were 3 episodes he wasn't in at all, and I left those in so you could follow along if you wanted. If you like this, you might like Everything Sawyer Said, Everything Locke Said, Everything Don Draper Said or Everything Tracy Jordan Said. As always, these are submitted without context, so it might not be your thing, but if you want to get a good idea of Hurley's character, I'd start here.

Lost fans, you should subscribe to 815 Sentences About Lost, a project of mine which is launching next week.

Episode 1
"Here she comes, right now."
"Awesome. You want a fry?"
"You know maybe if you ate more comfort food, you wouldn't have to go around shooting people."
"So that you popped outside Santa Rosa, who was he?"
"You think he was going to kill me?"
"You mean Locke?"
"I need a cool code name."
"So when did you become so paranoid?"
"Oh, yeah? Paranoid like what? What kind of things?"
"Wait, he's on our side now?"
"Sayid! Woah. You OK? Dude, dude. Oh, man. I thought this was supposed to be a safe house. We never should have left that island."

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Everything Don Draper Said Season 3

Mad Men Season 3
Here's Season 3 of Everything Don Draper Said (and Season 1 and Season 2 (PLUS Everything Tracy Jordan Said Seasons 1, 2, and 3)). There were a few episodes this season where Don's story wasn't necessarily the focal point, or he didn't have too many knockout scenes, and yet, as you scroll through, you'll still find some magic. He had about 500 more words than last season, but much less than the 10K words in Season 1. As always, what follows is a transcription of everything Don Draper said this season on Mad Men. There's no context, but if you're a fan of the show, you'll lose your morning looking at this. Enjoy!

Episode 1
"Come on, drink this."
"You're so sure it's a girl?"
"I could have done that."
"At least you don't look tired."
"Close your eyes."
"You're on a warm sandy beach."
"You're on a warm sandy beach. You can smell the faint scent of coconut oil. And as you slide your hands though that cold patch of sand underneath the shadow of your deck chair."
"Bert's on it's way. Where's Roger?"
"Well, it's a sales call, isn't there more I can do here?"
"Really? I have one."
"Come on in, Bert."
"This isn't easy."
"Is that the last of it? Because I don't like how much I'm getting used to these."
"Can you believe this? What is the world coming to?"
"That's not a bottle, it's his date."
"'I'm sorry honey, but I'm taken. I just pawned my typewriter so we can be together all weekend.'"
"Excuse me?"
"Uh, Bill. Call me Bill. And, uh, this is my associate, Mr. Fleischman."
"Well, we have to check in and we have an early meeting."
"The Belvedere."
"Hoffstadt. My brother in law. He borrowed a suitcase to go to Puerto Rico, but he never tires of putting his name on other people's things."
"Really?"
"Uh, no, it's OK. I don't usually tell people I'm an accountant."
"Of course you do know there are other kinds of accountants."
"Tell them what we do."
"Well, I'll have to swear you all to secrecy."
"You're right."
"You ever heard of James Hoffa."
"There is a lot of money missing."
"No, we're accountants."
"I don't know, I keep going to a lot of places and keep ending up somewhere I've already been."
"Sam."
"Well, this is me."
"I don't know."
"I've been married a long time. You get plenty of chances. It's my birthday."
"It really is."
"That's not gonna help."
"Stand up."
"Go on."
"Not yet."
"Come on, let's go. Come on, forget your shoes. Let's go. Come on!"
"Come on."
"I'm just here to show you the continuity of our service. With our without Bert Peterson, you are on our mind."
"Morris, you remember Salvatore Romano."
"Sal, this is Howard."
"Well, is it about our work? I mean, we don't want to take credit for everything, but 2 of every 3 raincoats sold last year had London Fog stitched on the inside pocket."
"London Fog is a 40 year old brand that sounds like it's existed forever. You've established with our help that it means one thing. Rain coats. New products aside, there will be fat years and there will be lean years, but it is going to rain."
"What time is it?"
"We should be back in the office by 3."
"I'm gonna ask you something and I want you to be completely honest with me. London Fog. It's a subway car, and there's a commuter looking up. There's a girl with her back to us. She's wearing one of those short tan ones, but it's open. Her legs are bare. We know what he's seeing. Limit your exposure."
"Good."
"Help yourself. So, Cosgrove vs Campbell. Is Cooper playing God or Darwin?"
"Lane read about it in some management book?"
"Come in."
"What?"
"Our stories are straight."
"Find how much it is to repair and it will come out of your allowance."
"Then don't break things."
"Come here."
"I will always come home. You'll always be my girl."
"I don't sleep well when I'm not here."
"Yes."
"Well, it was the middle of the night and it was raining very hard and I had just come home from work."
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McLean Stabbed Mingus

Every single time, and I mean EVERY SINGLE TIME I see a reference to the blog called "If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats" it reminds me of a story my friend Ben told me. Ben is a sax player who studied at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. One of his professors there was Jackie McLean who, it was rumored, stabbed Charles Mingus. Accounts vary of the stabbing vary, so one of Ben's classmates asked McLean if it was true and he answered with an instant classic. "Yeah, I stabbed the motherfucker, and I'll stab you, too, if you don't practice." I love it. I'm glad ICPWAGTBAWLOFC keeps getting bigger because it means I get to keep remembering this story.