David Rhoden: News

February 14, 2018

Carnival Time 2018

1. After my usual bout of anxiety about slacking on a costume for Mardi Gras day I came up with something more or less acceptable. Nobody offered to buy it like last year but it was at least made by me and a little different from what everybody else had.

2. I got to go out with somebody who had an incredible homemade costume or float that there must now be a thousand pictures of. It was an Appalachian trailer park.

3. Here's a pretty exciting view of a giant panther attacking the trailer park float/costume.

February 10, 2018

mardi gras parades

The last time I went to a Mardi Gras parade, it was Endymion. Aside from it being humanity at its worst, I got there just in time to have just missed a dozen people getting run over by a kid driving a pickup. I don't think I'll be going again.

February 08, 2018

latest avatar

Might be my most accurate self-portrait.

February 07, 2018

Facebook = Walmart

Splitsider: How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

I really enjoyed reading this article, Sarah Aswell's interview of comedy creator Matt Kilnsman, about how Facebook affects independent internet comedy creators. Really, though, his analysis is not just about comedy, it's about how Facebook is killing everything that's cool, or could be cool, about the internet.

He has great descriptions about what's wrong with Facebook:

There’s a reason that Mad magazine looks different from Vanity Fair. They need to convey a different aesthetic and a different tone for their content to really pop. Facebook is the great de-contextualizer. There’s no more feeling of jumping into a whole new world on the internet anymore — everything looks exactly the same.

He has some practical ideas for what Facebook could do to be better, which I'll let you read in the article.

This article reminded me of when I was actually interested in making content and design for the internet (back in the tables days). I feel like it could still be that way, and maybe Matt Klinsman does too:

Facebook feels like this dingy, disgusting, rapacious place to me. And I want it to feel that way to other people so that when they go to a cool website, they are inspired: They see human beings putting love and care into something.  

I don't know if you can be inspired by Facebook at this point, though it's still among the most amazing human achievements ever.  I'm just sick of how it looks.

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