Early last winter, while browsing Manhattan’s Strand bookstore, roommates Carina Hsieh and Claudia Arisso came upon a keychain featuring a tiny version of the totemic, subway-friendly Strand tote bag. “Claudia said, ‘I wish there was a ‘Commuter Barbie’ who came with a Strand bag,’" Hsieh recently recalled. “And I was like, "Oh my God—we have to do that.” The two women had never written together before, but they quickly devised a script for a “Commuter Barbie” sketch. Arisso, a packaging designer, created an array of Barbie-sized accessories, including a beanie—made out of a black-dyed baby sock—and a tiny pair of pink headphones (to help “tune out the creeps when you’re stuck in the middle seat”). After recruiting a pair of young actors, and hiring a jingle writer, Hsieh and Arisso used their Brooklyn living room to shoot the video, for which they spent around $1,600 of their own money. … [Read more...] about Facebook Didn’t Kill Online Sketch Comedy—The Entire Internet Did
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Why aren’t young people driving or getting their driver’s licenses, and by extension, buying cars? Teens and young adults started holding out on getting their golden ticket to motorized freedom in about 1984, according to an article in The Atlantic, and there are several reasons why that trend started and is increasing today.When my niece turned 16 in 2008, family members braced for the inevitable: successful completion of her driver’s test and her first solo forays out onto the open road, where teens hook up, make out and to the greater worry and sleep deprivation of their parents, get hurt or killed.But 16 went by with no license, then 17, and then 18. Was she ill? Scared? Confused about life’s priorities? No, it turns out she was perfectly normal and part of the growing trend among young adults who have decided for a variety of reasons that driving a car, buying a car, or even getting a license, is not a high priority.While a teen in 1984 could sling … [Read more...] about 5 reasons young people are not buying cars or getting their drivers license
Five months before finishing high school, Zoli Kahan dropped out. It wasn't because he couldn't finish- he just didn't want to. He felt he'd passed the point where he was getting anything useful from going to class. And why waste time when he could get going on a career in programming? San Francisco is far more enticing than a desk and locker.So, the Austin, Texas native, who had already gotten his parents used to the thought of him skipping college, introduced them to the idea of cutting out before turning his tassel. "Not going to college was one thing, not finishing high school was another," he said. Still, they supported him. SEE: Do programmers still need a computer science degree to land a great job? As far as early starts go, this isn't totally unexpected. Kahan's interest in computers started at age 10. He and his dad put together a Shuttle computer. A few years later he got into coding by way of grey hat hacking, and eventually started building his own tools. All … [Read more...] about Zoli Kahan: Teenager. High School Dropout. Silicon Valley Recruit.