iPhone or Android: it’s time to choose your religion [link]

The Verge lays out something that grows more frustrating every day -giant corporations forcing their customers into a very stark choice. These devices come with incredible user-friendly benefits, but consumers can’t take advantage of those benefits without going all-in on one ecosystem. It’s getting ugly and, even as these operating systems grow more impressive, it’s only getting uglier.

The Lion King and the Doritos Taco Loco: both 20 years old

Jezebel‘s Lindy West looks back at The Lion King. It’s a great read. A brief excerpt to whet your appetite:

They all gather around this big rock with a lion at the top. This krazy baboon climbs up there and hugs the lion like they are old bros, which probably would not happen. Then this woman-lion is like look over here, baboon, I’ve got a baby! And baboon is like JACKPOT! So the baboon rubs some jam on the baby and then throws dirt in its face, and then he dangles the baby off the edge of the rock with some Michael Jackson blanket-head realness. You know, LIKE THEY DO IN AFRICA.

Corporate mismanagement cost the world 2 decades of tasty tacos

Alexis Madrigal over at The Atlantic with a shocking revelation about the Taco Bell Doritos Tacos Locos:

Recall that part of the narrative of the taco is that no one had ever thought of it before. That’s what made it so exciting. It was a breakthrough! A startlingly original idea! Mind-blowing!

But what if Taco Bell people had thought of Dorito taco shells before? What if they, like almost anyone who has ever had a bag of Doritos or a crunchy taco, had considered the possibility of uniting these two faux-Mexican treats?

That is exactly what happened, says David Peterman, who was the vice president of new concept operations at Taco Bell in the early 1990s, during the days of the Taco Bell chihuahua.

I’m on the record as somewhat disgusted by Taco Bell’s approach to “food ingredients”, but to withhold this innovation from the market for 20 years is a fast food travesty.

US loses to Portugal, 2-2

Roger Bennett, writing for ESPN FC:

As the smoke clears from a tingling night in the jungle of Manaus, unpredictable enough to make the opening scene of “Apocalypse Now” appear sane, America’s team are very much alive. But they must travel to the unforgiving heat of Recife to face a talent-rich German side, knowing they missed a glaring opportunity to provide the nation with a memory which could have existed in the Great American Sports Pantheon alongside the Miracle on Ice, Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary and Montana to Clark.

America is learning, the hard way, what it’s like to be a real soccer nation. It’s excruciating at times, but it’s pretty fun, too. We’ve shown some serious growing pains, especially on the defensive end, but that’s to be expected from a team full of youngsters (with a smattering of players on the down slope of their careers). Now let’s go out there on Thursday and beat Germany.

Marc Andreessen and the Inevitability of Catastrophic Ideas [link]

Great post by Maria Bustillos examining the general proposition that a rising tech tide raises all boats (hint: nope). Goes well with this piece in the New York Times asking why we’re all so eager to buy stuff that just makes us want to buy more stuff.

New RSS feed, design, etc

Some technical changes behind the scenes over here (including an extremely basic redesign), so I’m doing a little testing. If I did this right, this post’s headline/RSS topic link should inexplicably go to my favorite website (update: I didn’t do this right) (update 2: I figured it out) (update 3: never mind, it’s complicated).

In other news, the RSS feed has changed to http://en-dash.com/blog/feed/. Unfortunately, the people who would find this information most helpful are the least likely to see it, but c’est la vie. Thank you for your time. Have a nice week.