Heisenberg’s Dark Truth
Walter White was always evil
As we near the end of Breaking Bad, much ink has been spilled on the motives and transformation of Walter White. Showrunner Vince Gilligan has stated on numerous occasions that Walt’s transformation was from “Mr. Chips to Scarface.” The implication of this statement is that Walt started off as a kind, gentle soul, yet veered into cooking meth as a way to make enough money to support his family and pay his medical bills. It was only along the way that he morphed into a monster. However, I’d like to argue that one telling scene in the first episode reveals that this is not the case.Walt was always evil.
In the pilot episode, fast forward to 10:40, where it’s Walt’s 50th birthday party. Friends and family are socializing until Hank gathers everybody around to wish Walt a toast. This is interrupted by a breaking news report on TV of Hank’s most recent meth bust, and Walt walks away. Now pay careful attention to Walt. Walt is away from the camera yet his ears immediately perk up when he hears the phrase “methamphetamine” and that’s when he walks back to the TV (exact moment is 12:35). Walt’s interest is piqued by the mention of methNOT money!
This slight nuance is incredibly revealing. Remember, this was beforeWalt received his cancer diagnosis, so there was no rationale or need to cook meth at this time.
This theory of Heisenberg always lurking is further bolstered by Walt’s stellar initial batch of meth. Irrelevant of chemistry prowess, there is absolutely no way of doing this without previous expertise. Even if you’re the New York Yankees of chemistry it’s impossible to make such a product out of the blue. Walt was a ticking time bomb waiting to explode; all the cancer diagnosis did was finally gave him a kick in the pants to get started.
Hence, Walt’s transformation from Mr. Chips to Scarface isn’t really accurate because Walter Hartwell White was never Mr. Chips; he was Scarface all along. Walt was always Heisenberg.
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48 days… #allbadthingsmustcometoanend (great marketing campaign)
Every so often there are companies that emerge on the scene at the perfect time. When Twitter rose to prominence, it was the perfect time due to the rapid emergence of smartphones. Dropbox was also perfectly positioned for its time since as devices multiplied, people needed to access their files from anywhere and on anything. Another new product which has come on the scene at a perfect time is IFTTT.
What is IFTTT? IFTTT (rhymes with “Rift”) is a service which allows you to put the internet to work for you by creating “recipes.” Simply put, IFTTT allows the user to control the flow of information and automate tasks. What that means is that anyone can customize their own personal internet. Want a text message anytime a stock you’re following hits a certain number? An email anytime the weather hits a certain degree? Use IFTTT! IFTTT has thousands of different channels and one can create as many as they like. It’s brilliant.
For example; through IFTTT, this tumblr post was tweeted, posted to Facebook, and emailed to some friends. All I had to do was direct where the data should go and IFTTT did the rest.
Much like Siri, IFTTT is ushering in a new era of the internet; where you put the internet at work for you. The internet has grown so robust and there are so many facets of our lives that rely on it that there is a definite need for a service like IFTTT. IFTTT can serve as the glue to connect everything and can ultimately revolutionize how we interact with the internet.
But the thing that impresses me most about IFTTT is that it’s not “the next _____” or “Facebook for houses” type of company. Rather it’s such a unique idea without precedence that sometimes people don’t know exactly how to describe it . I think those types of companies are the ones that end up being the most revolutionary. For example, Twitter used to be described the exact same way. Now, however, people use Twitter in hundreds of ways. In fact Jack Dorsey recently stated ; “ask 100 different people what Twitter is, and you’ll get 100 different answers.” What this means is that instead of filling 1 or 2 needs, Twitter fills 100. IFTTT is positioned similarly and I’m betting if you ask 100 IFTTT users how they use IFTTT you’ll probably get 100 different answers. This versatility is why I think IFTTT is such a remarkable company and excited to see what they have in store for 2013.
 This same type of analogy can be applied to the 2007 NBA draft. In that draft the 2 top prospects were Kevin Durant and Greg Oden. Oden was a powerful center who was most similarly compared to Shaq and Patrick Ewing. Nobody, however, could compare Durant to any previous player. The NBA simply had never seen a player of his kind before. The same goes for LeBron James when he entered the league; there was no previous player to compare him to. It’s no wonder that these 2 best players are the best in the NBA and have completely revolutionized how their positions are played
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Arrested Development was so ahead of it’s time. Proof? The Nashville Instagram filter is in the opening credits 7 yrs before it was created.
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