Awesome, rare game winning dunk

A dunk to win the game is not something that happens all the time in basketball. I mean, why would it? But, it is awesome when it actually does.

Vehicle traffic on the decline…for a while

These are predictions that the US Department of Transportation has been making for the number of miles travelled by vehicles for over a decade. Aside from the scary fact that they seem to have no idea what is going on, it’s interesting to me that the number is falling.

I wonder why it’s been such a drastic change. Gas prices? Less employed people? Maybe, even the effect of the internet (probably not)?

Advertising Model vs. User Pays Model

I’ve read a bunch of arguments online that having the user pay you for a piece of software or a website has huge advantages over the now popular free-with-advertising model. I agree with a lot of the criticisms of the advertising model. Notably, that the advertisers become your real customers. However, I think the criticisms lack the nuisances of the advertising model that showcase some of it’s advantages. Here’s two that I can think of:

  1. There’s potential for a lot more money (depending on the type of software/website) to be made by the developer, which can result in a better product for the end user in the long term.
  2. The developer is continually beholden to the user because the advertising model implies a constant influx of users looking and clicking on ads. The pay upfront model (in a simple business sense) means you only care about your newest users paying for the software. Although your reputation will be hurt if you do screw over your early users, this is also true in advertising model.

These are two simple (and flawed) reasons, but they do help paint a more gray picture in the argument that seems to have pitted these two philosophies against each other.

Bashar al-Assad on Instagram

The Syrian dictator, who has been under tons of scrutiny and was threatened with military action by the US after he was accused of using chemical weapons against his own people, has an Instagram account.

A man that has basically been vilified by most of the world (at least, in the West) casually just has an Instagram account. I don’t think I’m ready for this new world order. Two questions come to mind:

  1. Does he miss Gotham?
  2. Will he ever start writing for Buzzfeed?

(Not to make light of the situation; it’s hard for me to process the ubiquity of social media and the villainy of a person like al-Assad.)

Butt fumble

Moore’s behind dislodged the ball from Sanchez’s right arm.

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