Several weeks in, I found myself more and more frustrated with my team. I grew up being told that, “Even if you have nothing to do, there’s always something you can do.” So I kept busy helping customers, folding shirts, organizing the back counter, and restocking dwindling piles of jeans. Apparently no one else got the memo, because while I bustled around fixing things here and there, my coworkers leaned against the counter and chatted, openly tried on the new clothes in stock, or went on long coffee breaks. … [Read more...] about How To Get Your Lazy Coworkers To Pull Their Own Weight
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From the outside, this design seems incredibly intentional on Google’s part. It’s likely intended to make sure the feature is not overstepping its bounds with offensive, or just hilarious, suggestions. Perhaps Google is simply learning more about email before it turns the AI’s nobs up to 11. But I can’t help but wonder if by suggesting so many useless interpersonal platitudes in the meantime, Smart Compose is reinforcing some statistical average of our worst email impulses, rather than guiding us to what we really need: better, faster, more earnest communication that makes sending that note worthwhile in the first place. … [Read more...] about I let Gmail’s new AI write my pointless emails for me
After checking out the new Snapchat, though, I couldn’t help but wonder: This is it? I had expected more daring changes, or at least more obvious ones. If Snapchat really wanted to make the app more accessible to older generations, there is so much low-hanging fruit the team could’ve gone after. For example, in the years since launch, the app has become a patchwork of cryptic iconography: There are endless color-coded or free-floating icons for every type of content sent and received, indecipherable without a user manual. The app’s gestures, once novel, feel incredibly unpredictable without intuitive navigational markers; swiping down, for instance, brings up a separate discovery tab, which seems superfluous. And there are countless product features, which, while compelling, are crippled by confusing rules and often oddly hidden like Easter eggs. Take, for example, Snapchat’s Paintbrush, which can filter images so they look like works of art. It’s a … [Read more...] about Can Snapchat’s Redesign Give It Facebook Appeal?
“Of course, nothing could exactly compare to the reality-bending, interdimensional journey that is Cats. This version of Dolittle (as in the doctor who talks to animals, here played by Robert Downey Jr.) is awfully tame in comparison. But there are still a few glimmers of madness to be found in this exorbitantly expensive January toss-off, which could prove satisfying for certain sickos and freaks out there who have, post-Cats, become hooked on cinematic car crashes involving digitized faunae.” —Vanity Fair … [Read more...] about Here are the most hilariously scathing reviews for Robert Downey Jr.’s ‘Doolittle’
It’s not merely the silliness that sets Corden apart from other late-night hosts—Jimmy Fallon has plenty of impish energy—but his relatability. Sitting in the studio audience during a taping is less like attending a show than being part of one, with Corden, the son of a Royal Air Force musician father and social-worker mother, slipping in and out of the crowd, dispensing high fives and mingling with his fans. Everything about The Late Late Show is engineered to break down barriers and unite performer and viewer, including the camera cranes that sweep above the studio to capture shots of the audience during the taping, sometimes on the Dance Cam or Kiss Cam (which are upbeat echoes of David Letterman’s once-vanguard Thrill Cam and Monkey Cam). “It feels like he’s doing the show just for you,” notes CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves, “even though it’s going out to millions of people.” … [Read more...] about James Corden Lives In The Moment. Here’s How