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Happy birthday or whatever, Facebook. Here’s a piece I wrote a few years back about being at Harvard in 2004, the early Facebook era.
“The Facebook I joined in 2004 had no photos aside from profile photos, no news feed, and a ‘wall’ feature on each profile that worked like a markerboard on a dorm-room door: it was a single block of text where your friends could write whatever they wanted, and erase whatever they wanted. Facebook had already been opened to a number of college campuses, but I still had to explain it to everyone I knew back in Minnesota. Now, I look down the line of laptops at the Spyhouse counter and almost always see at least one browser—usually more—open to Facebook.”
PR photo for Theatre in the Round’s Don’t Dress for Dinner. “It is imperative that you credit the photographer: ‘photo by Ron Ravensborg.’”
THE TRUTH IS SHE NEVER LEFT YOU, declares the Orpheum Theatre marquee in an advertisement for its current production. Though that’s a quotation from the show’s most famous song, it’s an odd choice of tagline for a musical, inspired by a real-life dead woman, that both begins and ends with her death. Evita: we hate to see her go, but we love to watch her leave.
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In 1957’s “The Naked Sun,” Isaac Asimov imagined robots identified by what are essentially QR codes.
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If this had happened just six months later, the group Halloween costume of the year would be Taylor Swift and these two guys.
Let me just leave this lying around.
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Classical music and gunpowder have a relationship stretching back at least to the 1812 Overture, but even so, violins haven’t typically been the go-to instruments for advertisements of firearms.
As part of its advertising campaign, Benelli has created a video advertisement featuring an elegant string duo who wouldn’t be out of place in a concert hall. “The perfect balance of art and technology,” murmurs a voiceover, “that was once an idea…has become an ETHOS.” Strings also appeared under ETHOS auspices at the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Press release of the day.
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