“At the end of Glass Jars, I take the glass jar from the Mohlers’ porch—and what I didn’t mention in the video is, I also took two college yearbooks. I mean, I stole them. It’s a criminal act. I always laugh, because there are these books on Zen photography at Barnes & Noble. I think photography is the most anti-Zen activity. It’s all about stopping time, possessing things, holding onto them. And you know, if my goal was to be a healthy person, photography would not be the thing. I have this joke about becoming a binoculographer: you go around and look at the world without photographing. That would be a spiritually healthy way of taking things in. But this wanting to possess it is not so healthy.”—Visual Arts » Dismantling My Career: A Conversation with Alec Soth (via lapuravidagallery)
“The result is that the more discouraged people are from photographing kids, the less common it is, and the stranger it seems when it happens. It’s a vicious circle. To paraphrase the NRA, if photographing kids is outlawed, only outlaws will photograph kids. We’re basically creating a criminal class from scratch, for no clear reason. It makes me wonder if Helen Levitt or Lewis Hine or William Klein could make their photos of children in today’s environment, or would they be arrested?There’s only one solution. Go out and photograph kids along with everyone else. Make it an everyday occurrence. Make it normal. Get people used to interacting with cameras. God knows they’re already surrounded by them in every store and on every street corner. Shoot, shoot, shoot, people. Shoot kids. Shoot nuclear facilities. Shoot whatever the hell you want whenever you want. If you get hassled, you must be on the right track.”—B: Fair Questions
“As a setting, we’ve emphasized on multiple occasions that the Bible is woefully underutilized. Once you start looking at the book from a gaming perspective, the genres jump right off the fucking page. Obviously, Exodus - the period covered by the game - should be an MMO. Jonah? Adventure. Samson is an Action RPG - he literally equips a weapon mid-narrative. David? JRPG. Armageddon? Tactics. Dead Sea Scrolls? CCG. Song of Solomon? Dating sim.”—
“Christians have a bigger struggle when it comes to understanding how to live than how to die. Christianity’s foundation is as a religion of martyrs and eschatologists — it’s a faith for those who are expecting to die for it, and for those who expect the world to end soon enough even if they don’t have to die for it.”—kukkurovaca: frogblog: Suffering and Dying (via Instapaper)
“Sometimes I think a pretty good business model would be to copy the applications that 37signals makes, but make them more complex. More features, more promises—generally, just more complicated.”—Simplicity vs. Choice - Joel on Software
My thoughts on the state of research versus industry were reinforced after listening to Barbara Liskov during her Turing Award Speech. In her speech she recounted what to her was an amusing little anecdote of how she discovered that one of the key rules of OO modeling, the Liskov Substitution Principle (LSP), came to be named after her. If you haven’t read a design patterns book in a while, LSP says: objects of subtypes should behave like those of supertypes if used via supertype methods. This is a very famous design rule in OO.
I was absolutely floored while listening to learn that she had no idea that people in industry had taken some of her ideas and elevated them to a principle. She says “what happened is that 5 or 10 years later she discovered that this idea got picked up by a community on the internet and they were all discussing what they referred to as the Liskov Substitution Principle. They call it LSP. That’s just sort of amazing.”
While amusing to her, it signaled a very serious problem to me. It made me realize how distant academia is from industry. How could she possibly not know? How could she possibly think so little of this practical little gem of an idea? It’s hard for me to imagine, but it illustrates that vast gulf between industry and academia, the same sort of divide seen in the drug industry.
“A couple of interesting counterintuitive ideas: He mentioned that the more money people spend on videos, the worse those videos seem to get. Also, he thinks it makes more sense to have students watch lectures at home and do homework at school as opposed to vice versa.”—Sal Khan talks to 37signals - (37signals)
“Remember, people. We’re talking about science fiction and fantasy here. If the point is just to find a writer whose name is a sex pun, Dick is hardly the only candidate. We’re talking about a field dominated by the likes of Michael Moorcock. MOORCOCK, people. Please.”—kukkurovaca: Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury (via racheldoesstuff) Of…
One problem I see is that Google is making a bet on those same vendors who are now squeezed in the middle of that last pie chart: Samsung, LG, Motorola and Sony Ericsson. Nokia, Apple and RIM will certainly not take the OS over what they already have as it dilutes their differentiation and margins. That means Android is aligned with the biggest losers in the industry.
So here we have the real challenge to Android: partnership with defeated incumbents whose ability to build profitable and differentiated products is hamstrung by the licensing model and whose incentives to move up the steep trajectory of necessary improvements are limited.
In other words, Android’s licensees won’t have the profits or the motivation to spend on R&D so as to make exceptionally competitive products at a time when being competitive is what matters most.