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Spencer Fleury
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Some shots from the "City by City" reading the other night at Green Apple Books on the Park. My first San Francisco reading!
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I’ve recently started writing with an eye toward publication, rather than just posting to a blog no one reads. I’ve already churned out drafts of several essays, short stories, even the beginnings of a novel – and what’s more, I’ve had a couple of…
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This is a "new" post on my blog, by which I mean, it's a post I wrote last week but is still the most recent thing up there. It's basically what happens when frustrated academics write analyses of Super Bowl commercials. Yeah! Fun!

#advertising   #tv   #superbowl   #volkswagen  
(note: this is what happens when frustrated academics write about Super Bowl ads. Proceed at your own risk.) In a pretty meh crop of Super Bowl ads this year, one of the spots I've heard people tal...
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I thought the bathroom scene was pretty predictable myself, but reasonable people can certainly disagree on such matters. But now that you mention it, you might be right about the Victoria's Secret thing - however, we're also talking about people whose sole job is to come up with creative messaging solutions to business problems. So I can't really buy the idea that working around the VS comparison is somehow beyond Argonaut's abilities.
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This is what happens when you put nihilists in your advertising, Larry.
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This is actually one of my favorite series of commercials ever produced. It hits on many levels for me. 
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Does anyone know a way to backdate posts on G+? I'm interested in moving my blog archive over here, but I don't want it to appear to have all been dumped in here at the same time. Thoughts, anyone?
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The link thing was definitely on my mind when I commented, also the inability to present inline images.
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I deleted my Instagram account, and I don’t regret it a bit

You may have heard about the brouhaha unfolding a couple days ago about Instagram updating its terms of service to give them the right to use any and all user-uploaded photos in advertising, without being required to compensate, seek permission from, or even notify the person who uploaded the photo in the first place. Like thousands of other Instagram users, I gave it some thought and decided that this was a step too far, and I deleted my account.

It didn’t take long for Instagram (recently acquired by Facebook) to notice the backlash. They quickly went into damage-control mode and announced that they’d be rescinding the offending text in a future draft of the user agreement – at which point there was much “herp derp“ing from quarters like TechCruch, pointing fingers and laughing at all of us suckers who were too quick on the draw and now were without an Instagram account OH MY GAWD WHAT HAVE WE DONE??

As I said, I deleted my account. Am I glad Instagram bowed to pressure and backed off their content-grabby policy? Absolutely. Do I regret losing my account, or at least not waiting a few days to see how things shook out? Not in the slightest ...

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You may have heard about the brouhaha unfolding a couple days ago about Instagram updating its terms of service to give them the right to use any and all user-uploaded photos in advertising, withou......
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Clever design is about more than just fonts and furniture. And this is particularly good: A relatively cheap way of detonating old land mines that doesn't result in the loss of life or limb for anyone. 
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Where did Sandy Island go?

It's interesting to me that nobody quoted in the story considered the possibility that this island was somebody's version of a "trap street" - a nonexistent geographic feature that can be used to prove plagiarism if found on a competitor's map. I say "somebody's" because it's pretty clear the island is on some (but not all) charts and maps that weren't produced by Google.

It looks like someone may have taken a cartographic shortcut somewhere along the way and has now been busted. It may be a fairly innocent mistake - I'm sure nobody expects Google to actually sail out to Sandy Island to see if it really exists - but it should have been easy enough to avoid during the research phase of putting together Google's base map.

(Besides, you know what they say: steal from one person, and it's plagiarism - but steal from dozens, and it's research.)

#maps   #cartography   #geography  
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Just got the proof copy of "City by City," which will be published in May by n+1 and Faber & Faber - and which includes a short essay by yours truly. Woooo!
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Hey thanks guys!
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I was beginning to think I had imagined this. Thanks for posting it.
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Sometimes I blog about my record collection. Because everyone on the Internet needs a schtick.
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There's lots more where all that came from.
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And yet we still don't have light sabers, hovering land speeders, or the ability to indefintely freeze obnoxious people in carbonite. So take that, Star Wars. 
 
Star Trek

Predicting the future since 1966.

#startrek #googleglass
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Writer. Scholar. Misanthrope.
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San Francisco, CA
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St. Petersburg, FL
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Some guy who does things.
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Some know me as Spencer, others know me as Erik ... but everyone knows me as awesome!
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  • University of South Florida
    2007
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