Sunday, July 13, 2008

Who thought this one up?

I know I've blogged a lot about CNN and how they express ridiculous opinions and claim worthless things to be newsworthy, but this just goes one step further. Now you can order random T-shirts with CNN headlines on them--and I dont mean things like "Obama Wins Iowa" or "Peace in the Middle East" or whatever...I mean things like this. Yes. That t-shirt proclaims "Cerebral palsy boy mows lawns." Don't worry, there are plenty more everyday at $15 a pop, if the Cerebral Palsy headline doesn't tickle your fancy. What is also funny is that apparently the application is hackable. Jeffzilla shows us that you can just change the URL and make up your own headline.

I mean, Come on. What the hell is the purpose of this?
(Please don't comment with "making money" because I'm bright enough to get that. My question is slightly more rhetorical. Also, dont get too excited because the image above is no longer available...these shirts disappear pretty fast, creating collectors additions i would imagine.)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Future Me? Is that you? You look goooooood!

On October 8th 2003 I wrote a letter to myself. When it arrived, one year later, I was confused at my own handwriting on the envelope. Writing the letter had been assigned by a high school English teacher who had worked with me and several other education majors during the student teaching extravaganza of our senior year of college. Reading my words in October of 2004 I was delighted by how accurately I had predicted the year that had passed. I still carry the letter, almost 5 years after it was written, to remind myself of the goals I had then...goals that I am still slowly trying to accomplish.

About 6 months ago, I came across, a website where you can write emails to yourself to be delivered in the future--the next day, week, month, year--whenever you are ready to look back on today.

I received my FutureMe email today from December of 2007. Sadly, I have bailed on one of the two goals I had made then, but the other one I am rockin'. I am inspired to write more FutureMe emails to congratulate myself for things I plan to accomplish, to remind me of incredible moments that may otherwise disappear in couch cushions, and to remind myself that I still want the same things for myself I always have (and at some point I'm going to have to find the gusto to actually get those things.)

Remind yourself, or thank yourself--or remind yourself to thank someone else. With the hundreds of emails we all write everyday, you'll forget in 30 seconds that you wrote it, but it will make a difference when your futureself sees that email...

I can't wait until they come out with so that I can maybe get an email from Future Me that's like:

"Hey Past Me, definitely take the job you offered on August 22, 2011...its going to make you rich and famous."


"Hey Past Me, you should totally invent HoverShoes before some a**hole does in 2022, because you could make some serious dough with how popular these things are."

Or, you know...whatever.