I drove 900 miles yesterday, by myself, across three states. Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. It was the best drive I’ve ever had in my life, and I don’t even like driving that much anymore. This picture is of one of the wind energy farms in Texas, south of Abilene. These giants stretch on for miles in an impressive display of modern engineering and clean energy, and, to a degree, they make for an eerie dystopian landscape right around sunrise. I left my house in Austin at 4AM and was the only car in my lane of traffic for the first five hours of my drive. I’m doing all my long drives before dawn from now on. This picture is about ten miles before I figured out that one of the fuses in my car was blown out, specifically the one that powers the outlets I needed to charge my phone. Fixing that on my own was a good learning experience. I also had to buy the replacement fuses from a Wal-Mart, which was the only thing open at that hour. As much as I dislike them, I am thankful for the convenience in a pinch.
The country road I was driving on was too small to warrant a “Welcome to New Mexico” sign, but it wasn’t hard to figure out when I crossed the state line. Texas and New Mexico, for all their similarities, each have their own identities on the highway. I was surprised at how green New Mexico was - I always assumed it was the kind of desert with barren sand dunes and tumbleweeds. I didn’t stop to take pictures, but Highway 39 between Ute Lake and Chicosa Lake State Parks was my favorite stretch of the drive. At one plateau, the drive up is subtle enough that the first twist in the road opens up to a surprise veranda of America, the beautiful. It’s the version of America I always read about in history class or books about the west in the mid to late 1800s, well preserved save for what probably used to be abundant mammalian wildlife roaming the plains. For all of our shitty schools and guns and death and destruction, this is a beautiful country.
Since we launched our first sponsored post on Tumblr Radar one year ago, we’ve been proud to see our partners bring their most creative work to Tumblr. Their posts have already earned more than 10 million likes and reblogs.
Today, we’ll start to bring sponsored posts to your Dashboard on the web. Just like in our mobile apps, these posts will simply blend in with the posts from the blogs you follow.
Now back to your regularly scheduled Dashboard!
Lots of people blaming this on Yahoo, even though they clearly state they’ve been running sponsored content for over a year. So what if a post appears in your dashboard promoting something? The people complaining who use the abbreviation “dash” probably follow enough people that they don’t even see everything on their feed anyway. Getting really tired of people complaining about having to make any sacrifices for free things they use for hours every day.
To boot, I’ve liked a lot of the content I’ve seen on the mobile app so far. Advertisers making sure the messaging and content fits right in with Tumblr culture. It’s better than promoted tweets, that’s for sure.
Great ad campaign by PBS but I’m pretty sure they just created all the new fall programming for TLC.
NY PBS Creates Ads With Fake Reality Shows | EW
Classic problem of actuality outrunning satire, the dilemma of our age really
Today in satire that’s so on point that we’re gonna probably see these shows.
CLEAN UP ON EVERY AISLE
Sometimes I’ll do this for hours. I don’t appreciate Ableton’s delay effects nearly often enough when I’m recording guitars or keyboards.
I made a new podcast! … that’s a ripoff of an old podcast.