“In America (1986), Jean Baudrillard writes of the “sense of futility that comes from doing anything merely to prove to yourself that you can do it: having a child, climbing a mountain, making some sexual conquest.” Today, we are goaded to set goals for the sake of setting goals. Running long distances, as the FuelBand incites us to do, is part of a similar mode of behavior. For Baudrillard, marathon running is a way to show that “you are capable of getting every last drop of energy out of yourself, to prove it … to prove what? That you are capable of finishing.” In the case of the FuelBand, the race never finishes. It only feeds into the ongoing goal of self-realization, allowing wearers to prove to themselves that they exist simply because they are being measured. The FuelBand is not for Nike customers content on being sedentary sports fans, living vicariously through Carmelo Anthony. It is for someone who agrees that “Life is a sport” — someone who brings the hardened resolve of a champion to every tab within every Excel spreadsheet.”—Running on Empty – The New Inquiry (via ronmarks)
“The Musopen project, funded in September 2010, raised over $68,000 to hire the Czech Filmharmonic to perform original recordings of classical symphonies from Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and others. The result was announced last week: 27 symphonies, uploaded to Archive.org in raw ProTools format with individual recordings for each instrument.”—
“We told HP we needed better displays [for the Pre 3]. They’d come back and say, ‘Apple bought them all. Our suppliers tell us we need to build them a factory if we want the displays’ and they weren’t willing to put the billion dollars upfront to do that,” one source said. “The same thing happened with cameras. We’d pick a part, turns out Apple picked the same part. We were screwed left and right.”—Pre to postmortem: the inside story of the death of Palm and webOS | The Verge
“Here’s what happens if stories aren’t ready. The Team is estimating and forecasting that they can finish vague and incomplete stories. They waste time and energy trying to get clarity from the Product Owner on exactly what the story means. People get frustrated and annoyed and run around in circles rather than getting down to work. Or that one vague story actually turns out to be five real stories once the work is actually begun. Or they work on the wrong thing, or the right thing in the wrong way, forcing the work to be re-done.”—Scrum Log Jeff Sutherland: The Dangers of Not Being Done, Or Ready For That Matter
This is amazing…a trailer for a musical version of The Wire done by Funny or Die. Featuring real cast members from the show like Michael K. Williams as Omar, Felicia Pearson as Snoop, and Andre Royo as Bubbles.
“Second, none of them seem to have a sense of height, which matters a lot when I am on the 34th floor of a building and you are trying to find friends near me, or I am on the first floor of a mall and you are trying to authorize me for payment on Square.”—• There have been a lot of recent products…
“I don’t embed any sharing buttons for one big reason: they look cheap and desperate. They would devalue my voice and reduce my credibility. For me, every other issue — clutter, load times, scrolling speed, privacy, security — is secondary to that.”—
i think i have used third-party share button only once. because i could not understand how to link to this particular pice of content, i hoped, that authors had put some kind of canonical url in this button.
and it just illustrates that these buttons are useful only in broken sites ;]
“Strip away the hype and you’re left with a reasonably good video podcast with delusions of grandeur. For most of the millions of people who watch TED videos at the office, it’s a middlebrow diversion and a source of factoids to use on your friends. Except TED thinks it’s changing the world, like if “This American Life” suddenly mistook itself for Doctors Without Borders.”—Print: » Don’t mention income inequality please, we’re entrepreneurs » Print - Salon.com
“I remember there was a humorous column in the Independent which would have been in about 1992 or thereabouts, about the decision to give the Booker Prize to the Maastricht Treaty – a postmodern novel in strict treaty form. And throughout the novel one senses, in the background, powerful forces with unknown motives. Who are these forces, what do they want? We never learn.”—FT lunches with Paul Krugman (via dboy)
“But, my favorite part about multi-tasking is that it’s proven that the more you do it, the worse you are at it. Check that out. It’s one of the only things where the more you practice it, the worse you get at it.”—Joe Kraus Blog
“Climate change, with its associated melting ice caps and shrinking glaciers, is the usual suspect when it comes to explaining rising sea levels. But a recent study now shows that human water use has a major impact on sea-level change that has been overlooked. During the latter half of the twentieth century, global sea level rose by about 1.8 millimetres per year, according to data from tide gauges. The combined contribution from heating of the oceans, which makes the water expand, along with melting of ice caps and glaciers, is estimated to be 1.1 millimetres per year, which leaves some 0.7 millimetres per year unaccounted for. This gap has been considered an important missing piece of the puzzle in estimates for past and current sea-level changes and for projections of future rises. It now seems that the effects of human water use on land could fill that gap. A team of researchers reports in Nature Geoscience that land-based water storage could account for 0.77 millimetres per year, or 42%, of the observed sea-level rise between 1961 and 2003. Of that amount, the extraction of groundwater for irrigation and home and industrial use, with subsequent run-off to rivers and eventually to the oceans, represents the bulk of the contribution.”—Source found for missing water in sea-level rise : Nature News & Comment (via ronmarks)
“Here is just one example of the total wrongness of something I tend to be automatically sure of: everything in my own immediate experience supports my deep belief that I am the absolute center of the universe; the realist, most vivid and important person in existence. We rarely think about this sort of natural, basic self-centeredness because it’s so socially repulsive. But it’s pretty much the same for all of us. It is our default setting, hard-wired into our boards at birth. Think about it: there is no experience you have had that you are not the absolute center of. The world as you experience it is there in front of YOU or behind YOU, to the left or right of YOU, on YOUR TV or YOUR monitor. And so on. Other people’s thoughts and feelings have to be communicated to you somehow, but your own are so immediate, urgent, real.”—David Foster Wallace - Commencement Speech at Kenyon University
“When it comes to self-development, programmers can often be illogical. They spend thousands on conferences, hundreds on books and many hours coding late into the night learning about exciting new technologies. They do all of this to try and improve their brain’s ability to program. However, they manage to neglect one of the most significant factors to their brain’s performance: exercise.”—Exercise & Programming by Alex MacCaw
“In fact, those people who are doing the “big visionary ideas about the future” SF are mostly doing so in a vacuum of critical appreciation. Greg Egan’s wonderful clockwork constructions out of the raw stuff of quantum mechanics, visualising entirely different types of universe, fall on the deaf ears of critics who are looking for depth of characterisation, and don’t realize that in his SF the structure of the universe is the character. On Hannu Rajaniemi’s brilliant “The Quantum Thief” — I have yet to see a single review that even notices the fact that this is the first hard SF novel to examine the impact of quantum cryptography on human society. (That’s a huge idea, but none of the reviewers even noticed it!) And there, over in a corner, is Bruce Sterling, blazing a lonely pioneering trail into the future. Chairman Bruce played out cyberpunk before most of us ever heard of it, invented the New Space Opera in “Schismatrix” (which looked as if nobody appreciated it for a couple of decades), co-wrote the most interesting hard-SF steampunk novel of all, and got into global climate change in the early 90s. He’s currently about ten years ahead of the curve. If SF was about big innovative visions, he’d need to build an extension to house all his Hugo awards.”—SF, big ideas, ideology: what is to be done? - Charlie’s Diary