"We expect more from technology and less from each other”. Great read addressing our culture of distraction.
I love this story almost as much as i love cupcakes. Actually, i love it more.
It’s Wednesday night, and I’m taking the F Train home to Brooklyn with my co-worker Jake. It’s crowded, so we’re holding the germ-bar above a young lady, who’s holding this elaborate double-decker cupcake carrying case. This ain’t your Mom’s Tupperware. It’s an I’m-fucking-serious-about-my-cupcakes transporter.
She can’t help but notice us gawking at her cupcake contraption and removes her headphones. We start talking. Turns out, she made cupcakes for her co-workers… because they got laid off. Sad face.
Before you know it, we’re deep in a conversation about cupcakes. What kind. How often she makes them. Types of frosting. Sprinkles. You name it, we’re talking about it.
She mentions she’s making cupcakes again on Thursday. Half-joking, but totally serious, I say “Hey, you know what would be awesome. If I could get one of those cupcakes.” She laughs and sorta dismisses it.
The conversation’s coming to an end, because we’ve reached our subway stop. Turns out she’s getting off too! Now’s my chance to seal the deal.
“For real. You could make some extra cupcakes for me and Jake and leave them for us. It’d be the best thing ever.”
We’re now outside the turnstiles and above ground when I suggest “Heck, you could hide them right here.” and I point to a bush near the subway entrance.
We walk together for another 50-yards until our paths part ways. As she crosses the street I yell back “I look forward to cupcakes on Thursday!”
Fast forward to Thursday morning. I’m walking to the subway with my wife. I’m at the corner when I suddenly remember the cupcake girl. I almost explode with excitement, and begin to tell Jaclyn the story, who as you can imagine, has 100 questions about this girl who may and may not have made me cupcakes.
I start speed walking towards the subway stop, teeming with anticipation. I reach the bush, look down to find this brown package carefully stapled and wrapped with blue string.
The note reads “For the nice boys from the F Train. Hope you have a nice day. Enjoy!”
Words can’t explain how happy this made me.
Stacey, from Carroll Garden Brooklyn, we had more than a nice day. You totally made our day.
Thank You :)
update: if you ever read this, i’ve already had 3 friends reach out to me saying they want to marry you. #JustSayin
Since Tumblr integrated with Open Graph last month, its referral traffic from Facebook has grown by more than 2.5x, according to Jeff Sherlock of Facebook’s Developer Blog. (via Since Tumblr integrated with Open Graph last month, traffic from Facebook is up 2.5x - The Next Web)
Tumblr + Facebook = awesome.
A pretty great analysis from Mark Cuban on the higher education crisis in the U.S. and how it compares to the housing meltdown over the past decade.
"It’s far too easy to borrow money for college. Did you know that there is more outstanding debt for student loans than there is for Auto Loans or Credit Card loans ? Thats right. The 37mm holders of student loans have more debt than the 175mm or so credit card owners in this country and more than the all of the debt on cars in this country. While the average student loan debt is about 23k. The median is close to $12,500. And growing. Past 1 TRILLION DOLLARS."
According to Germany’s Der Spiegel, German police shot only 85 bullets in all of 2011, a stark reminder that not every country is as gun-crazy as the U.S. of A. As Boing Boing translates, most of those shots weren’t even aimed anyone: “49 warning shots, 36 shots on suspects. 15 persons were injured, 6 were killed.” […]
Meanwhile, in the U.S., where the population is little less than four times the size of Germany’s, well, we can get to 85 in just one sitting, thank you very much. 84 shots fired at one murder suspect in Harlem, another 90 shot at one fleeing unarmed man in Los Angeles. And that was just April.
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German efficiency FTW.
Did you see those silly cats on Tumblr, that breaking news on Twitter, and those photos of your friend’s kids on Facebook? Different social networks have their own distinct personalities. Bitly links are shared across all social networking services, giving us a unique viewpoint on how these…
Awesome look by bit.ly at differences in click behavior based on day of week + time across Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.