Trends: Uber vs. Lyft

I'm done with Uber. As you can see in the chart below, my behavior has begun to drastically change. Approximately two months ago, I began to favor Lyft over Uber. Today, I'm deleting Uber from my phone. There are too many instances of immaturity, deception, corruption, and negligence. 

Y axis: number of rides. X axis: Time.

Y axis: number of rides. X axis: Time.

Here are some examples of recent events that have lead me to this behavioral change:

In less than a year Uber has made me feel unsafe as an uberx passenger, been caught aggressively attempting to sabotage the competition, consciously lied to publications, threatened journalists, and, my personal favorite, allowed its CEO to repeatedly make disgusting statements.

I can't imagine Uber recovering without a major change in leadership. Of course one could argue that they don't actually need to recover considering their multi-billionaire dollar valuation, but they'll have to continue without me as a customer.


Design Is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli

Last night I watched Design Is One at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It was inspiring. Lella & Massimo are brilliant and surprisingly entertaining. There is something unique about designers who are partners in both life and work.

Their portfolio is unending, and each project contains a bit of magic. They mastered the practice of intertwining beauty and function. Just look at the poster above. The yellow cup has elegant curves, and a place for your thumb to rest while holding the cup. There’s actually a great story behind this cup and its failure as a product, but I’ll let you learn about it from Massimo himself in the documentary. The DVD will make a great Hanukkah gift (wink).

I also purchased tickets for:

I love this industry.

That Looper Phone

I am always deeply fascinated by tech products shown in movies set in the future.


Here we can see Joseph Gordon Levitt’s cell phone in Looper as he is receiving a call. Someone designed this hardware and software specifically for this movie. What does it tell us?


This isn’t the only recent movie to use a transparent cell phone screen. We also see one in Hugh Jackman’s phone in Reel Steel. What is the advantage? This forces all of the circuitry into the bezel. Good luck with that, Ive.


  • Battery: It’s full even late at night. Did JGL charge recently? Does it take weeks for the battery to drain?
  • Signal strength: 3 full circles (assuming this is the purpose of the icon in the upper right corner).
  • Phone: This is obvious since JGL is receiving a call.
  • Globe + Map: The map seems unnecessary considering we do not see where the call is originating from. Why show a map at all?
  • Progress bar: Above the four bottom icons we see a progress bar. It looks like JGL is on screen three out of four. Perhaps we are still swiping between sets of icons.
  • Gear: We are still using a gear to represent settings in the future.
  • Chat bubble: We are still texting too. :-)
  • Flux Capacitor & Pixelated Arrow: Your guess is as good as mine.


The phone’s shape is almost a perfect square. This tells us that in the future people either don’t watch videos on their phones, or the video format somehow returned to 4:3.


I believe it’s safe to assume that a red X means “do not answer.” A green OK is inconsistent. Why not show a green checkmark instead?


I do not see any physical buttons. It must be entirely controlled by software.


I do not see any holes for noise to escape. How does JGL hear the caller’s voice? How does the phone ring? Note: It’s funny to use the word “ring” considering phones do not truly ring anymore.


The phone is too thin to plug in any cables. It must charge through induction (or wirelessly!).


JGL immediately smashes the phone with a rock after this close-up. I guess Gorilla Glass X isn’t indestructible.


Yes, I really enjoy these explorations.

The Monuments Men

Last night I watched The Monuments Men, and there’s one aspect that I’m still thinking about.

At one point in the movie (not a spoiler), there is a summary of everything that was stolen by the Nazis. Thousands of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, train cars, and 3,000 church bells.

Church bells? What was the purpose of stealing church bells? I can’t imagine them being particularly valuable. My guess? It was to signify the end of all religion. The Nazis would conquer everything including God.

Do you agree?

Happy 30th Birthday, Mac

I have always used Macs (except for a couple wretched summer internships). In fact, I’m putting together an Exposure post that will provide some insight into this collection.

  • LC
  • Performa 6115
  • Performa 6300
  • Power Mac G3 Blue & White
  • Powerbook G4
  • iMac
  • Retina iMac

When I look at this list and reflect, certain homes, games, and stages of my life come to mind. I can vividly remember where each computer lived, and what it was primarily used for. Sim City 2000, Warcraft II, Marathon, Starcraft, burning CDs, and, perhaps, the occasional essay.

Note: This does not include work computers. Also, y’all should check out the Thirty Years of Mac page that Apple put together. Gorgeous.