“If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said that a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.”—Sep Kamvar (via cdixon)
“It’s just not realistic to have an app for every store you go to, every product you own and every website you visit. This creates an ever increasing set that must be curated, organized and culled. It’s a common task we all perform, removing old and unused apps every few months, effectively garbage collecting our phones.”—Mobile Apps Must Die | Blog | design mind
“Here is the paradox that sustains the ‘free vote’ in democratic societies: one is free to choose on condition that one makes the right choice. This is why, when the wrong choice is made (as it was when Ireland rejected the EU constitution), the choice is treated as a mistake, and the establishment immediately demands that the ‘democratic’ process be repeated in order that the mistake may be corrected. When George Papandreou, then Greek prime minister, proposed a referendum on the eurozone bailout deal at the end of last year, the referendum itself was rejected as a false choice.”—Slavoj Žižek · Save us from the saviours: Europe and the Greeks · LRB 7 June 2012
“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.