“In 1980, fewer than 200 million people lived in towns and cities. Over the next thirty years, China’s cities expanded by nearly 500 million- the equivalent of adding the combined populations of the USA, the UK, France and Italy… By 2030, 1 billion Chinese will live in cities.”—from China’s Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Largest Migration in Human History by Tom Miller. A fascinating book.
“Whether trivial or tormenting, each of these moments is an exercise in that poorly understood power, namely, the power of no…No is a clear choice. It announces, however indirectly, something affirmative about you.”—
“On Monday, China’s biggest online shopping company processed more than $5.75 billion in its online payments system — a record for a single day anywhere in the world, surpassing by two and a half times the total for American retailers last year on so-called Cyber Monday.”—
Spending, yes. But how many millions of SMS sent from parents suggesting possible dates for “left behind” daughters & sons?
“The good is always going to be rare. It just is. The good is rare. The valuable stones are rare stones. The valuable elements are rare. Really good comedy is always going to be in very short supply. It’s the way of it. And, when people get all upset that there’s 900 channels but there’s not much good on, I always think, what the fuck did you expect? Why, just because we, in the last 40 years, invented technology that enables everyone to constantly be entertained on 600 different platforms, did you think humanity was suddenly going to get 600 times funnier and more talented? No. This is what we have. Truly great movies are always going to be in short supply and look how now you have all of these movies available to you all the time, but I’m still going back and wanting to watch The Godfather and Godfather II. I’m still wanting to watch the few movies that really mean something or speak or me or the novels that you’ve read. How many really funny American books have there been? There’s so few…. That’s the nature of it.”—Conan on the scarcity of good, on one of my favorite podcasts, By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin
“A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”—
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