The iPhone Intro: Ten Years Later

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs took the stage at the Macworld conference to unveil the iPhone. Every once in awhile I go back and watch the first quarter of the video, as it remains the best single product introduction in the company's history, especially when you consider the impact the iPhone has had not just on Apple, but on the world around us.

One of the most peculiar things to see in retrospect is the crowd's reaction to each individual component of the iPhone. While people cheer heartily for the widescren iPod with touch controls, and grown adults were weeping and setting themselves on fire in the aisles for the mobile phone line, the reception was relatively lukewarm for the device as a portal to access the internet, the feature that would come to define the smartphone as we know it today. Probably because up until that moment, this was how people were used to accessing web sites through their mobile phones:



The Media’s Favorite ‘Millennial’ Is 55 Years Old

This Daily Beast story on Dan Nainan, a comedian presenting himself as a millennial in various news outlets, is nuts. Just a glance at him and only someone with a very loose definition of a 'millennial' would think he was age-appropriate. Like, "born in the last millennium" loose. Also a very loose definition of 'comedian'.

Then, there it is on paper: a Maryland traffic court case from last year. “Failure to display registration card upon demand by police officer.” Daniel Nainan of New York City. Date of birth: May 1961.

This does explain why Ötzi was found clutching a ticket to a Dan Nainan show, though.

Ten Years On, A Critical Reappraisal of Children of Men

At Vulture, Abraham Riesman writes on the way our world has caught up to the dystopia of Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men, which recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of its release. The most surprising part?

Oddly enough, Cuarón doesn’t seem interested in talking about the film’s critical reappraisal, nor in agreeing that it is more relevant now than it was in 2006. We met up 12 days after Trump’s victory, and I expected him to be in full end-is-nigh mode, but he was relentlessly pleasant.

I vividly remember seeing this film on its opening night in 2006, driving to the only theater in the area that was opening the film (on Christmas day, no less). Despite being with a group of friends, I was a teary mess for **DECADE-OLD SPOILER** nearly everything after the birth, overwhelmed by what I was seeing. I was unaware of all the political studio drama that occurred around the time of the film's release, but it always seemed baffling to me that Universal never found a way to sell the film to a broader audience. Regardless, I'm glad the film has only grown in stature in the last decade, that its greatness is now recognized by a broader audience.