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Ah, the good old days.

So much about this one resonates. Attempting to fix things when they break. Markets filled with white label, disposable crap. The simple thrill of rolling the dial. Yes, please.

Maybe it’s just me, but it’s like there’s this collective nostalgia taking place. We grew up wanting more now we want better. Is this just what it means to grow up? Are we all growing up together?

I’ll stick with my podcasts and Pandora One subscription, thankyouverymuch, but not gonna lie—I’ve been thinking a lot about finding an old school pen pal lately.

You know what else would be a great, old school thing to do? Join a forum. #blackfridaymaybe

The best thing about the internet…

…is still the best thing about the internet.

We are on the front lines of the future, my friends. We come together online. We invest in meeting those who matter to us in person—wherever they may be in the world. The brightest minds in silicon valley and beyond are looking at the same things we are.

Are you ready for the future? Join a forum. #orcybermonday

“Asshole TA”

From the Hey Kris, You Had The Idea First Department comes this story out about how Estonia is piloting a program where speeders are given a choice; pay the usual fine—or sit on the side of the road for 45 minutes and think about what they’ve done.

The idea being tested is that speeders are trying to save time. Getting the pinch and having to choose between paying a fine or just sitting there for an hour might just make some people reconsider speeding.

Of course, this sort of thing isn’t likely to catch on in the States anytime soon. You know, because American speeding fines are more about revenue generation than public safety, but like Finland’s progressive fine scheme, it’s an attempt at slowing people down.

If you’d like an online pit stop—where everybody’s cool, free of political and religious drama, where you can feel like your time online is time well-spent, you might want to join a forum. #orsmallbizsaturday

Bonus: A Joke

Her: What do you do?
Me: I race cars.
Hey: Do you win many races?
Me: No. The cars are much faster.

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  1. Hey thanks for the shout-out Brian. And I hear you on the “collective nostalgia” effect — I feel it hard, and I don’t think I’m alone. I know every generation at some point begins to yearn for certain things from a few decades back, but this time I think there’s an additional element. The hyper-connectivity of the always-online age is making it a lot more rare to have a simple, concrete interaction with a tool or device, where there’s nothing abstract happening. I want to get back to that.

    • Right on, David. Thank you for touching base. It all seems to make more sense. Call it rose-colored glasses, 20/20 hindsight—whatever—the simple fact remains that a lot of us are feeling more disconnected and isolated than ever before.

      All this tech was supposed to connect us. Instead, it was weaponized against us in the name of market segmentation and data optimization. I don’t even know my neighbors.

      We used to ride bikes until the sun went down. Today we’re hesitant to let our kids out of sight. But we’re all connected, right? We need something better.

  2. Ha! That’s awesome.
    On TSD Rallies they offer “Time Allowances” where you can just stop and take a min to re-calc or check the car. You have to of course account for your TA when you cross the next checkpoint. If you have another driver who thinks they’re on their minute (or are speeding to try to catch up to their minute) they may be all over you and trying to pass – in the woods of the Pine Barrens in Southern NJ where the possibility of driving into a cranberry bog is super high – was when the “Asshole TA” was coined. Rally On!

    • Doh. Time allowances. Go figure. Ah well. I remembered the gist of it!

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