Consider the old story so beloved in marketing 101 courses about the invention...– interactions magazine | The Transmedia Design Challenge: Technology that is Pleasurable and Satisfying
You fight your superficiality, your shallowness, so as to try to come at people...– Thx jen, this is great. via jenbee: Personism » Blog Archive » When Wrong Is Right A quote from Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, which I originally posted over on Personism almost exactly 4 years ago.
People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But...– Steve Jobs (via bryc3)
One must pay dearly for immortality: one has to die several times while still...– fliegender wrote: F. Nietzsche, Ecce Homo. This seems to befit Berlin, today more than ever.
The unemployment situation and the general downturn in the economy had an...– At Tiny Rates, Saving Money Costs Investors - NYTimes.com
At Deutsche Bank, the point man on betting against the mortgage market was Greg...– Banks That Bundled Bad Debt Also Bet Against It - NYTimes.com
…Goldman and other firms eventually used the C.D.O.’s to place unusually...– Banks That Bundled Bad Debt Also Bet Against It - NYTimes.com
More plane terror plots ‘likely’ Al-Qaeda is likely to try again to...– More than anything else, it is these kind of beliefs (namely, atributing an “obsession” with any tactic in particular) that make us deeply vulnerable. These are tempting ideas, because they lead us to imagine that we can prepare to defend against tactics, instead of a decentralized and...
Adam at Supernova, on who provides and derives value in the networked city; includes interesting context for Crimespotting, etc.
Social TV at Digital Living Room conference in Santa Clara. Very sad to see everything and everyone that is omitted from this discussion. Also that SxSW didn’t think a panel on the very same topic — with a bunch of the people who are really leading this forward — was worthy.
Von Steuben Weekend. →
David Simon (The Wire) on the post-industrial city...
VICE: …there were always lots of layoffs and worrying about getting shifts. It was a constant refrain. This was outside Philadelphia, at the Fairless Works US Steel plant down there. It’s completely shut down now and the neighborhood where I was born has become a company town with no company, and the problems with addiction there seem worse than ever. And that’s a postindustrial state,...
So I guess while I was watching Marx's Theory of...
VICE: I don’t want to reduce The Wire to one big theme, but would you say that a major thrust of the series was the idea of institutions versus individuals? David Simon: Yeah, that permeated it. One of the things we were saying was that reform was becoming more and more problematic as moneyed interests—capitalism, which is sort of the ultimate Olympian god—become more entrenched in the...
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can...– Arthur Schopenhauer … (via tigs)
One of the most intriguing aspects of both hysterical and psychosomatic...– christmasgorilla: Dr. John Sarno, The Divided Mind
azspot: The question I had for Raph Koster and Tami Baribeau, the forward-facing people behind Metaplace, was this: “Where’s your export function?” Actually, that’s not big enough. “WHERE THE FUCK IS YOUR EXPORT FUNCTION?” Don’t waste my time apologizing for them. Don’t tell me I’m being too harsh. Maybe I should be giving them some big ol’ hugs here, a few days before Christmas, that they...
femmebot: Clay Shirky’s talk, “Everything I Know About Social Networks, I Learned at ITP,” touches on openness, playfulness, incomplete contracts.
A stub of a pencil
culled: Charles Simic on writing (in) books at NYRblog: I would love to see an anthology of comments and underlined passages by readers of history books in public libraries, who despite the strict prohibition of such activity could not help themselves and had to register their complaints about the author of the book or the direction in which humanity has been heading for the last few thousand...
Almost all of Africa is poorly represented in Wikipedia. Remarkably there are...– via culled. Zero Geography: Mapping the Geographies of Wikipedia Content
Members of the earth’s earliest known civilization, the Sumerians, looked...– Sumerians Look On In Confusion As God Creates World | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source
The study involved asking people to wear real or fake designer sunglasses, when...– Mind Hacks: The consequences of faking it
For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to...– Scott Shane (via azspot)
Snow brought me to Snowstorm and Snowstorm brought...
When it’s snowing, the outdoors seem like a room. Today I traded hellos...– David Berman - Snow
WASHINGTON — Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to...– Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones - WSJ.com