Introducing Carrot

Many landing pages for new tech products follow a very standard layout and structure. It’s one that Apple popularized, and that others have copied repeatedly.

Introducing Carrot pokes fun at the trope, showcasing the familiar vegetable in the popular product marketing format of the day. Here’s the pitch:

Carrot is designed with you in mind. It’s a seamless experience, meticulously crafted, from beginning to end. It’s not just a vegetable, it’s what a vegetable should be.

This is some clever work by Dan Angelucci, who says it will “massively disrupt the vegetable sector.” (HT Adactio)

20th anniversary of the blog

The Guardian had a short piece celebrating the inventor of the blog, Dave Winer.

Twenty years ago this week, a software developer in California ushered in a new era in how we communicate. His name is Dave Winer and on 7 October 1994 he published his first blog post. He called it Davenet then, and he’s been writing it most days since then. In the process, he has become one of the internet’s elders, as eminent in his way as Vint Cerf, Dave Clark,Doc Searls, Lawrence Lessig, Dave Weinberger or even Tim Berners-Lee.

Naturally, Dave also had a personal reflection on pros and cons of his 20 years of blogging.

In 20 years of blogging and developing software for blogging, you meet a lot of people, and some of them do share love with you. To me that was always the wonder of blogging. I remember very clearly, in 1999 or 2000, looking at a blogroll and seeing dozens of names, mostly people I had never heard of, all of whom had blogs. It was at that moment that I realized that it had worked. But I was in for a rude shock when I clicked the links, they were all talking about me, and they didn’t like me! Oy.


The personal site

Andy Baio and Gina Trapani recently expressed the sentiment of what I’m trying to do with this site–I’m making a place where I can write and share short things that either don’t belong on other platforms or shouldn’t only exist on other platforms. They are also reviving their sites to share and writing more personal short-form stuff.

Andy said:

Twitter’s for 140-character short-form writing and Medium’s for long-form. Weirdly, there really isn’t a great platform for everything in the middle — what previously would’ve just been called “blogging.” Mid-length blogging. Middling.

I think that’s partly why seeing Matt Haughey, Paul Ford, and Michael Sippey restart regular blogging on Paul’s delightfully retro is so refreshing to me. I miss seeing people I admire post stuff longer than a tweet.

Gina had a similar sentiment:

I find tweets too reductionist and Medium pieces too bloviating, so I came to the same conclusion Andy did on mid-length writing. His post reminded me of a working draft I started awhile back called “New rules for blogging.”

It was interesting that one of the early comments on Andy’s post was from Seth Godin, welcoming Andy back to the party.

I love the Renaissance the personal site that the web is going through. The more Twitter and Facebook do to push away web geeks, the better the independent web will become.

Skottie Young’s Star Wars Covers


Skottie Young drew this great interlocking cover set for the first three issues of the upcoming Marvel Comics Start Wars series.

Young shared his excitement at getting to do these covers with MTV:

“Like most people my age, I spent a good part of my childhood playing with ‘Star Wars’ toys for hours on end,” Young said via statement from Marvel. “I cried like a baby when I realized I left my wampa figure on the radiator and his leg melted half off.

“Flash forward years later and I get to be a little (pun absolutely intended) part of the ‘Star Wars’ universe by creating my take on these covers. It’s surreal. Also, I’ve shared that wampa story before and fans actually bring me wampa figures to cons. THIS IS MY LIFE!”

I’ve been enjoying the Star Wars series from Dark Horse and was sorry to see the publisher lose the title. However, I’m interested to see what Marvel does with the franchise now that Disney has bought it. Skottie Young doing the variant covers can’t hurt.