Sean McDonald

Planner and technology enthusiast.

Some backstory on the design and development of Monument Valley. Beyond being beautiful to look at, I like that it is accessible to active and passive ‘gamers’. It uses experiences and cues that aren’t alienating, nor so simple that they diminish the challenge.

The result of Uber’s efforts, in other words, could be the creation of a techno-metropolis, in which people and goods are ferreted around seamlessly and, perhaps, automatically. It would be like something out of a sci-fi movie. And Uber would be standing at the center of it all, collecting a cut of every transaction.

A solid breakdown of Uber’s potential, looking past transportation and deep into logistics. I like the comparison to Amazon, noting that it started as selling books exclusively and is now where got to get about anything. Uber looks to be on a similar path. via Uber Might Be More Valuable Than Facebook — Daily Intelligencer

Really like this “Hear What You Want” spot for Beats By Dre with KG. It builds out from a product benefit into a great emotional connection. I think we all play music to give us the soundtrack we want for whatever we’re going through/experiencing and this spot nails that in an example that KG and his context are perfect for. via Ad Freak

And yet — there Mr. Ford sits, immovably: disgraced, largely powerless, but still the mayor. Is that his fault? The city’s? Or is it the fault of those who put him there in the first place, and sustained him through the long train wreck that followed: the staff who failed to report his misdeeds; the commentators who excused them; the partisans who ignored them. Disasters on the Ford scale, we are taught, do not just happen, and while the mayor’s endless supply of lies, manipulativeness and sheer chutzpah have helped to preserve him in office until now, he could not have done it alone.

And of all his enablers, the most culpable are the strategists, the ones who fashioned his image as the defender of the little guy, the suburban strivers, against the downtown elites, with their degrees and their symphonies — the ones who turned a bundle of inchoate resentments into Ford Nation. Sound familiar? It is the same condescending populism, the same aggressively dumb, harshly divisive message that has become the playbook for the right generally in this country, in all its contempt for learning, its disdain for facts, its disrespect of convention and debasing of standards. They can try to run away from him now, but they made this monster, and they will own him for years to come.

Get help? He’s had plenty.

An absolute heater from Andrew Coyne - read it