Frisk #190

Chase the ace, it’s Frisk #190! The PowerBook 190 was a laptop launched by Apple in 1995. $2,200 bought you a 9” greyscale screen and a 500mb hard drive. Ah, progress.


“I don’t carry cash.” That’s a phrase which has evolved over time, isn’t it? In the red-braces eighties, it was a sign of smugness; that you only went to places that would take your gold-plated AmEx. But today? It’s mainstream. Ask the people around you how many of them actually have any coins in their pockets, you’ll probably find that it’s almost none of them.
This is especially evident in Sweden, where just 2% of the country’s transactions take place with cash. Apps and contactless payments are king, and the amount of actual kronor in circulation is markedly shrinking. The response? Everywhere’s going cashless – street vendors, churches, even homeless people are taking card payments. It’s a broader trend across the globe, but acutely visible in Sweden – they’re on track to become the world’s first cashless society. (Since, y’know, before the invention of money.)

Perfection fatigue
Instagram users are apparently suffering from an uber-modern condition known as ‘perfection fatigue’. What?
Well, you see, the popularity, massiveness and rapid expansion of the platform has led to a curious phenomenon: people were using it to document their lives, and feeds with the most beautiful images had a lot of traction, so lots of professional content creators came in to fill the thing with pro-quality pictures, and now… people are feeling a bit outdone. This is why Instagram Stories is so popular, it’s more of a snapshot, less of a showcase. It’s also given rise to ‘Finstagram’ accounts – users setting up a secondary Instagram account just for their mates, showing the real them in their unpolished and imperfect glory. So if you come across ‘Finsta’, that’s what that is. Have a search for the hashtag #wabisabi too – a concept that asserts there is beauty in the imperfect.

Airport shopping
Spending time in airports is a necessary evil. You’re encouraged to arrive super-early, particularly now we’re in the Article 50 era, so that you’ll have plenty of time to get through security and whatnot. The reality of that is that you invariably end up with colossal amounts of time to kill before your plane leaves. Trust me, if you’ve got little kids in tow it gets a bit hellish.
But Pittsburgh Airport is trying to turn this experience around, to draw consumers back to a time when air travel held a certain mystique, when passengers would applaud as the plane landed, when pilots and air stewardesses were heroes. They want people to visit the airport even if they’re not flying anywhere.
It’s true. The concept of the myPITpass allows non-flyers to go through security, grounded in the sound idea that parents can escort unaccompanied minors to the gate and so on. But the airport bosses also realised that there’s money to be made here – if anyone can come through security willy-nilly, why not invite the public in to use the restaurants and shops, to treat it like a mall?
Sounds awful to me. But I just don’t like airports.

Daniel Bevis, Senior Knowledge Editor

6th September 2017