all my little thoughts

This morning was the first time I ever heard “The Thing” by Pixies, a remix of the end of “The Happening”. The spoken word portion—hypnotic and beautiful and chilling—of the original tune remains one of my favorite snippets of music.

Toward the end of my first listen, I realized I had goosebumps, around the time when Black Francis said, “Everyone was remembering to forget they had the chills,” as if on cue.

The title of my post about one of America's first UFO crashes, “The happening in Aurora, TX” is a proud reference to the original song. Would the incident have appealed to me if it weren't for Pixies and their songs about UFOs and aliens and other planets? I don't believe in little green men in cigar-shaped ships who crash into windmills in old rural Texas. But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy the stories, the art the beliefs of others inspire.

It's interesting the not-so-obvious ways influences can shape you and your work. The song and the accompanying thoughts have been a welcome and unexpected early Christmas gift.

Happy holidays

Three points that make a great Monday:

Last night I finished reading WSJ's The Facebook Files.

While the stories are juicy and well worth the read, I can summarize the findings in just a few lines.

Employee: Um, we have a problem with our platform. Zuckerberg: k Employee: And we have a proposed fix. proposes fix Zuckerberg: But that will reduce engagement on the platform. Employee: Yeah, but it's the right thing to do. Zuckerberg: No.

That is, in a nutshell, the problem with Facebook: an emphasis of growth with little consideration for anything else. Facebook has gotten so big that opportunities for growth must be more difficult to find; the company does not want to take a step back at this point.

I'm testing something out. Don't mind me, or this post/tweet/whatever.

I'm about 30% through The Facebook Files, a collection of the Wall Street Journal's articles for their big exposé.

And...WSJ's findings are pretty damning.

We were already asking whether Facebook and Instagram were good for us, but it's another thing completely when you read about Facebook's actions (or lack thereof) in light of its own research and findings.