“There’s too much stuff. It seems to me that almost all tools we rely on to manage information weren’t designed for a world of infinite info. They were designed as if you could consume whatever was out there that you were interested in.”—
“The eminent linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin of Oxford once gave a lecture in which he asserted that there are many languages in which a double negative makes a positive, but none in which a double positive makes a negative — to which the Columbia philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser, sitting in the audience, sarcastically replied, “Yeah, yeah.”—
“It is a long story, but in summary, one general rule of mine is don’t hire or fund rich people. The reason? Building a technology company is hard. It’s really frackin’ hard. Many of the tasks that you do when building one are no fun. When things go wrong as they always do, it’s no fun at all. Rich people tend to like to work on things that they enjoy, because if they don’t enjoy it, well, they are already rich. When the going gets tough, the rich get going … to their vacation homes and their yachts.”—Gaurav Dhillon 2.0 and His All New Integration Company // ben’s blog
Petra Magoni and Ferruccio Spinetti. The pure sound of their music is etheric. Petra’s singing is piercing, humorous from time to time (Guarda Che Luna). You can hear opera experience mixed with jazz and her eclectic nature. Ferruccio’s contrabass playing creates the magic rhythm we all are looking for. Their second and third albums (Musica Nuda; Musica Nuda 2) feature remakes of jazz classics and popular music. Check out their live performances on youtube. It’s compelling to see someone enjoy their art so much.
“All I can say, looking back, is that when history takes a look at the lives of Jerry Yang and David Filo, this is what it will probably say: Two graduate students, intrigued by a growing wealth of material on the Internet, built a huge fucking lobster trap, absorbed as much of human history and creativity as they could, and destroyed all of it.
Great work, guys.”—ASCII by Jason Scott / Yahoo!locaust
“Google made the internet the internet, as we know it today. Before it came a series of gaudy homepages, dancing hamsters and misused first-mover advantages. Now, content people actually want rises, and rubbish lingers safely unseen on the fourth page of results. Pleasing Google’s algorithm has become mission-critical for retailers, entertainers and politicians, all climbing over each other to reach the top of those pages.”—*** (via lokyz)
[Reworded for clarity and emphasis added for fucking badassery]
Dragan Stevic of Serbia is a new Egyptian hero who accidentally killed a large shark that had previously terrorized numerous tourists (killing one and injuring four) at the Egyptian resort Sarm El Sheikh.
Milovan Ubirapa, a friend of Stevic’s who witnessed the incident, explained that Dragan had decided to go to the beach for a swim after a long night of drinking. As Dragan and his friends approached the beach, they found a high dive at the water’s edge.
“Dragan climbed on the jumping board, told me to hold his beer and simply ran to jump; there was no time for me to react or to try to stop him, he just went for it,” Milovan said. “Dragan jumped high and plunged down to the sea, but didn’t make as much splash as we thought he would.”
The reason could be because Stevic ended up jumping straight on a shark that was lurking near the beach, landing right on its head and killing it instantly. The Egyptian police found the shark washed out on the beach that morning.
Stevic was able to swim to the shore and told his friends he had twisted his ankle, telling them the water was not that soft. The water is soft buddy, you just landed on a shark.
At the moment, the fearless hero is in a hospital recovering from alcohol poisoning. After Dragan gets well, he will get a chance to have some more drinks as the resort had awarded the Serb tourist with a free vacation for his heroic deed.
Do you even realize what you have with Flickr? It’s the largest well organized library of images in the world. Not only that, it has a very strong social networking component. In fact, Flickr may represent (if managed correctly) your single biggest opportunity to launch a much larger and more lucrative social network (and stock photography agency as well). Have you spent any time in any Flickr groups? They are addicting. People live in them. They play games in them. All kinds of activity goes on in them every day. And if you took the time to really explore the social side of Flickr, you’d learn this, and figure out a way to grow it.
But you know what? You haven’t taken the time to really explore the social side of Flickr. Hell, you don’t even have an account yourself on Flickr. One of the most highly visible and trafficked Yahoo properties and you don’t even have an account there. Would it be so hard to have your assistant set up an account for you and post some photos of some mountains from a family vacation two years ago?
This is the problem with so many CEOs that are shipped in to fix an ailing company. Most of the time, you’re lucky if they actually use the products. They typically don’t know much, if anything, about the company, its products, or its customers before they drop by to cut costs and throw some darts at The Idea Board.
Can you imagine an Apple today if Steve Jobs did use and love the hell out of its products? No, you can’t.