Roger Ebert, never once to mince words

Ebert’s review of Vince Gallo’s “The Brown Bunny”:

I had a colonoscopy once, and they let me watch it on TV. It was more entertaining than The Brown Bunny.

When the movie’s director responded by mocking Ebert’s weight, Ebert said, “It is true that I am fat, but one day I will be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny.”

Courtesy of Stacy Conradt at Mental Floss. She has some other choice Ebert quotes worth checking out.

The Real Reason Windows Phone is Failing

According to Brian S. Hall at readwrite:

The real reason why Windows Phone has failed because there is no good reason for it to exist.

Go on, try to think of one. Think of just one reason – one customer-facing reason – why Windows Phone should exist? Is it better? Cheaper? Faster? Simpler? More secure? More connected?

I was offered an impromptu demo of a Windows Phone by a guy sitting next to me on the subway yesterday as he swiped his way through the different built-in apps, and while it offered plenty of text-based eye candy it didn’t seem to add a lot of “new” value to what we already have from iOS and Android.  If anything, navigation didn’t seem obvious: he tapped on blank parts of the screen to go back, and swiped across lines of text to reveal a longer message.

It is certainly smooth and graceful looking, but I can’t say “yes” to any of Hall’s questions above.