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I like to start my day with a quote about values, especially when the news is so depressing sometimes.
Even if we're just a drop in the bucket, our motivations can be of the best intent, which can make all the difference. We don't have to change the world in order to try and change the life of just a single person; and that, in and of itself, might change someone's individual world.
Quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
The Making-Of - Coming in less than 24 hours
I'm just finishing up work on the how-to for this video It's a free time-lapse tutorial... I'll be posting it here tomorrow at a surprise time! I'll also be cross-posting over to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com with a list of all the tools, links, etc etc.
Here's the original video in case you missed it... Thanks for helping us get 200K views in a very short amount of time!
*A Very Common Theme In Entrepreneurs - Rock Bottom*
I love this quote from JK Rowling The creator of Harry Potter... one of billionaires in 2011 and one of the richest women in the world.... She went from being on social assistance to a multi-millionaire within 5 years.
I regularly read biography of famous and successful people. It motivates me. Its actually a very common theme the "rock bottom to success". Why do you think that is? Is it fightcluby themed - " It's only after we've lost everything that we are free to do anything ", that it takes a lot of patience and time to see results - likely causing lack of success in the mean time, luck or something else?
#entrepreneur #inspiration #harrypotter #fightclub
How not speaking Turkish is making me over-caffeinated!
So the waitress claimed to speak English and I ordered a triple cappuccino. She didn't understand, so I described the drink: "A cappuccino with three shots of espresso."
This is what she brought me.
It was good, so I drank it all.
Then I went to dinner, and when ready to leave I asked for the check (the waiter also claimed to speak English). I even did the signing in the air gesture.
They brought us two glasses of tea. I thought it was complimentary, which is very common in Turkey. People are always giving you tea. So I drank both of them, as my wife doesn't drink tea.
Still, no check, so I asked for it again.
They brought another glass of tea.
I scrambled to refer to my phrase book, only to learn that the Turkish word for tea sounds something like "chai" -- they thought I was ordering tea.
Then we went to a rooftop bar (with WiFi and an outlet), where I am now. I ordered a beer from the menu described as "dark brown."
Turns out it's coffee flavored beer.
I have GOT to learn more Turkish....
Who else wants this desk?
I just discovered this desk, which is sold by the Danish office furniture company Holmris. It's called the XTable, and it was designed by KiBiSi.
First, it's minimalist, has a hold for the cables to go, and a compartment to store cables and so on out of site.
But the piece de resistance is a hand crank, which raises and lowers the height of the table. So you can adjust it for different users, or turn it into a standing table on the fly.
"Which of Picasso's periods do you prefer?" I asked him, pausing before Portrait of Sebastian Juñer Vidal.
"That's not an easy question to answer," he responded, looking at me, adrift in despondent hues.
Perhaps he will now. Perhaps you will, too. I was always partial to his Blue Period, his putas tristes, longing, despair, separation and death. We're never more alive than when we contemplate our death.
"Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth," Pablo Picasso said once. He was born today in 1881.
Christmas comes early for Central Park!
NYC financier John Paulson has donated a cool $100 million to the Central Park Conservancy: http://goo.gl/6lSwS
How would you spend this fortune to improve Central Park?
PHOTOGRAPHER Ondrej Pakan
Why we'll never have flying cars.
When asked Ford CEO Alan Mulally when we're going to get flying cars, Mulally answered: "Never."
Mulally is right. You will never, ever have a flying car.
I explored the issue nearly six years ago in an article for a blog called the Personal Tech Pipeline, which was picked up by InformationWEEK.
Here's why there's no such thing as a flying car:
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The Myth Of The 'Flying Car'
It's the fantasy of every frustrated driver who's ever been caught in traffic: to push a button, take off, and soar above the gridlock like an airplane. But don't hold your breath. You'll never "drive" a "flying car."There are many "flying car" projects in the works -- at least three of them are on display at the giant AirVenture Oshkosh air show this week. Invariably, the mainstream press and the tech blogs describe these vehicles, which fly like airplanes but can be driven like cars, as "flying cars" that will replace conventional cars for everyday use by the public.
The "flying car" is a dream that has persisted for decades. It's one of those technological advancements that is always just around the corner.
The "flying car" concept in the popular imagination has three elements:
1. You use it like a car, parking it in your driveway and using it for a fast and easy commute to work.
2. You take off and land wherever you like.
3. You don't need to be a pilot, because it's not an airplane. It's just a "flying car."
Here are some of the current "flying car" projects:
LaBiche Aerospace FSC-1 Terrafugia Transition
Volante Flying Car
These look awesome, right? (Especially the first three). Here's the problem: There's no such thing as a "flying car."
Anything powered by a motor or engine that flies with the use of fixed wings is an airplane. It doesn't matter if the wings fold up or if its wheels can be turned by the vehicle's engine. It's still an airplane, subject to the laws of physics, the realities of weather and the need to get from point A to point B without getting lost, crashing into another airplane or losing control due to unpredictable moving air.
What that means is that any "flying car" could safely be flown only by a trained pilot following all the existing rules and standards governing regular airplanes -- including takeoffs and landings from airports only, flying in approved airspaces only, performing all pre-flight actions that pilots perform, including navigational planning, weather planning and running through a complete checklist before takeoff. In fact, these vehicles would require more than just a private pilot's license, because they're inherently more complex than basic, general aviation aircraft. You would at minimum need a private pilot certificate and some kind "flying car" endorsement from a flight instructor after specialized training.
If all this isn't yet obvious, indulge me in a hypothetical scenario. Let's say you gave five "flying cars" to five well-educated but non-pilot drivers with perfect driving records and said, "have fun!"
The first driver would take off from the freeway but, after liftoff, would suddenly crash back to the freeway, killing himself and six girl scouts in the minivan he landed on. He wouldn't have understood that his airspeed was just enough to get the wheels off the ground, but insufficient for flying above "ground effect."
The second driver would take off, and five minutes into his flight would suddenly find himself with zero visibility in a dense cloud cover. He wouldn't be able to tell which way is up and which way is down, and would slam his "flying car" full speed into the ground under the misconception that he was straight and level.
The third driver would suddenly find himself totally lost, unable to find a safe place to land. He would end up trying to land on some random road, crash into power lines and die.
The fourth driver would inadvertently fly into Class B airspace, crash into a fully loaded 747 coming in for a landing and kill himself, plus a planeload of commercial airline passengers.
The fifth driver would be immediately flipped over by crosswinds upon takeoff and die on impact.
Flying safely requires training, experience and full participation in the existing air traffic control system. Just because a company builds an airplane with folding wings doesn't change that.
"So what?," you say. So you'd need to get a pilot's license and special certification, take off and land from airports, obey all rules, laws and employ all the "best practices" of standard aviation. Doing all that would be totally worth the joy and freedom of owning your own "flying car," right?
Think about it. What you'd end up with would be a bad airplane (expensive, clunky, heavy, poorly performing) and a bad car (non-aerodynamic, poor handling, loaded with extra "stuff") that you could drive from one airport to another. What's so great about that? If you're a pilot and you have a machine that flies, wouldn't it be better to fly from one airport to another?
If you want to commute by air, it would be cheaper to buy two cars (one for each round trip to and from the airport on either end) and one regular airplane than it would to buy one "flying car." Both the driving and the flying would be faster, better, more comfortable and more economical.
In the aviation community, the vehicles the press and some manufacterers call "flying cars" are called "roadable airplanes." They're airplanes that are easier to transport by road than regular airplanes. There are good uses for these airplanes, and the technology behind them is very cool. But "roadable airplanes" are not the "flying cars" imagined by the public.
The only way "flying cars" (operated by non-pilots and flying outside the existing air traffic control system) could come to fruition is if they were completely computer controlled by some massive, centralized system that knew the location -- and controled every movement -- of every "flying car" aloft. But turning over control to a computer system that would line everyone up into traffic jams in the sky doesn't really live up to the "flying car" vision of total freedom, either. And, in any event, this kind of system is pure science fiction. It's decades away, at best. We're not even close to having that kind of central control for cars -- controlling "flying cars" like that would be far, far more difficult and expensive, and the demand for it is much lower.
So fellow journalists and bloggers: Please! Let's not hype "flying cars" as the transportation paradise of the near future that will liberate the masses from traffic jams. It's just not going to happen!
Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
Ahhh its almost Halloween. :-) Every year I watch old school Halloween specials.... so much fun. What are out going to be for Halloween Internet?
Waiting For Sunset
Image 7 from our recent holiday at #HyamsBeach , a 2.5hr drive south of #Sydney .
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If you find yourself alternating between typing and eating, you might be built like a blogger. Here's how I tapped into
It's been a long time since I posted new work here. And although this is an architectural photograph, my upcoming work will be largely a series of B&W fine-art classic cars. If you want to have a sneak-preview of how they look like then check out my Facebook coverphoto: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151348393751387&set=a.10150550678761387.377513.541721386&type=1&theater
More about the classic cars later this month, for now this is also a new architectural series. This one is called Inception.
B+W ND110 & ND106 - 16 stops
303s (5m03sec) exposure
PS CS5 - Silver Efex Pro 2
Black and White Fine Art architecture
Richard Dawkins is a colossal jerk, isn't he?
Stop whining, will you. Yes, yes, I know you had your genitals mutilated with a razor blade, and … yawn … don't tell me yet again, I know you aren't allowed to drive a car, and you can't leave the house without a male relative, and your husband is allowed to beat you, and you'll be stoned to death if you commit adultery. But stop whining, will you. Think of the suffering your poor American sisters have to put up with.
Only this week I heard of one, she calls herself Skep"chick", and do you know what happened to her? A man in a hotel elevator invited her back to his room for coffee. I am not exaggerating. He really did. He invited her back to his room for coffee. Of course she said no, and of course he didn't lay a finger on her, but even so …
And you, Muslima, think you have misogyny to complain about! For goodness sake grow up, or at least grow a thicker skin.
Androidography // Ruins of Preah Khan
The ancient ruins of the Preah Khan temple in Cambodia provides many photographic opportunities to take advantage of.
Follow along with this Cambodian adventure on Instagram, Twitter and Google+ with the hashtag #TGLcambodia
Taken with a Galaxy SIII #Androidography
Uploaded to Instagram: ColbyBrownPhotography
[Democracy Broken: Why I Refused to Watch the Presidential "Debates"]
I'm politically active. I've voted in every election (local, state, and national) since I turned eighteen, and I've watched the presidential debates for the last three elections, at least. But this time around, the idea of watching the debates was about as appealing as the idea of watching my first love, who broke my heart, and the asshole captain of the football team argue over who has the bigger right to take me out behind the bleachers and rape me first.
I'm not spending time on those stupid shenanigans. It's just a silly charade--a "my team vs. your team" orchestrated sports game masquerading as a relevant political event. (See post on "horse race journalism" here: http://goo.gl/wPdyC) They're not even addressing many of the real issues US citizens care about because they're considered too taboo and off-limits. (See: http://goo.gl/TwYJ4) How is this representative of the people? And no follow-up questions allowed? (See: http://goo.gl/eic7F) How is that even a debate then?
» Did you know these debates were illegal?
Yep. And there's currently a lawsuit against them. It's pretty basic, but the violation essentially throws a giant middle finger to the democratic process: All third party candidates were excluded (and some even arrested and handcuffed to a chair for eight hours; see: http://goo.gl/iQxXq), despite at least two of them meeting the criteria required to participate in the debates. From :
"....the debates must include every candidate who is on enough ballots to win the White House and who has demonstrated a minimal level of support either 1% of the vote in a credible national poll or qualification for federal matching funds or both. and Libertarian nominee meet all of these criteria...
"The CPD (Commission on Presidential Debates) took over the debates in the early 1990s to limit the stage to their own candidates and to make sure that no challenging questions get asked. The League of Women Voters, which sponsored the debates before the CPD took over, has called this situation 'a fraud on the American voter.'
"Greens have called the CPD, which controls the debates, an attempt to rig elections. The CPD, owned and run by the Democratic and Republican parties and the two parties' corporate funders, determines criteria for participation and has decided that only Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be allowed in front of the microphones."
(Full article here: http://goo.gl/2eVVE)
» So what? If someone cares enough, they'll still vote for whomever they want.
Beyond the illegality of this debate blockade and its complete circumvention, or outright destruction, of the democratic process, there are greater, psychological implications at work here. breaks it down in his--as to be expected--insightful and entertaining video:
A Brief Note About Not Feeding The Trolls
In short, when someone is pushed to the forefront, suddenly people care and feel a connection with the person. (To the point that people actually wanted to elect Donald Trump for president.) And on the flip, when you remove someone from sight, suddenly people cease to care and they direct their attention and interest elsewhere. You know that whole "out of sight, out of mind" thing? So when we not only have just two political candidates being pushed in front of us, but also the suppression and silencing of any "third party" candidates (the lumped categorization of anyone outside the Democrat/Republican paradigm as a "third party" on its own informs us of the issue at hand here), we become trapped in a falsely constructed system that leads us to believe that these are the two choices best for us, or even that these our only two choices.
» Are you confident that you're voting for the politician that represents you best? There's an easy way to find out.
Here's a short, interesting quiz you can take to find out which candidate aligns with you most. (Notice I didn't say that you align with most? Remember that these are officials elected to serve us, not the other way around.)
The results of this quiz might surprise you. It's what informed me that was in almost complete agreement with me on all of my political beliefs, which lead me to start looking more seriously into her as my presidential candidate. And now I'm voting third-party for the first time ever. So did your results come back as you expected? Does it change your mind at all? Why, or why not?
And before you jump down my throat, just because I'm not watching the debates between just two of the parties' candidates on a limited, cherry-picked range of issues doesn't mean I'm not involved in the political process. I'm still voting (Stein). I'm still paying attention. But it comes down to this: what's the point? Either you hate Romney, or you hate Obama, and you're just looking for an opportunity to "rah rah!" for your team, while booing the other.
People generally don't watch the debates for their intended purpose: to listen attentively to the proposed policies, and make a decision about whether they are going to vote for one of those candidates or not based on their answers. People just watch for the entertainment value and to feel victorious when their team "wins." But no one is really winning here. It's just a question of whether you're going to get the courtesy lube or not.
» A note on "throwing away your vote."
After watching the politics of the last twelve years, and the disappointing presidency of Obama that hardly lived up to the promises he made to us, if not served as a complete contradiction of much of them, I changed my voter registration from Democrat and decided to no longer participate in a two-party system. It's broken, and I refuse to contribute to a political charade that resembles a sports game meant to distract us more than leadership of a (supposedly) head world country.
Repeatedly pitting two "teams" against each other only bolsters this counterproductive sports mentality. Voting third-party may be "throwing my vote away," but my vote is the voice I have, and at least as I see it now, I'm going to keep voting third-party until the tides start to shift. The fact is, there is very little difference between the Democrats and Republicans anymore, so my voting for one or the other is almost inconsequential. Voting for a different party all together, however, particularly when this is seemingly a "wasted" vote, does make a statement and sends the message to my politicians and fellow citizens that even in the face of this (again, seemingly) futility, I'm choosing to elect a new paradigm all together. That's what democracy is all about, right?
#obama #romney #presidentialdebate2012 #politics #presidentialcampaign2012 #jillstein2012
My office today: Outdoor restaurant in Kusadasi.
Who says you can't have it all? We found this restaurant, which has good food, low prices, the fastest WiFi we've found in Turkey AND an outlet. It's neither in a crowded tourist place, nor is it right next to a noisy, polluted street.
This place is digital nomad nirvana.
I'm drinking Turkish tea.
Revisiting a Yosemite Picture
I was hanging out with my buddy Al yesterday and we got to watching a PBS American Experience documentary on Ansel Adams (link: http://youtu.be/mIN4jccI_qM ) . It was a great way to see back into Ansel's work and how much he loved Yosemite.
It made me go back and re-look at my pictures from when I was out there with . I still remember back at the day that I stepped into Yosemite. I was completely and totally ill prepared for how much it would move me and amaze me. It was this spiritual experience in photography that I see with great fondness. Was glad to rewatch the video and go back to these pics.
Red Squirrel eating nuts on a rope
It is what it says on the tin
I haven't been out shooting for a few days, but I have bought a SIGMA APO 170 mm - 500 mm F/5.0-6.3 Lens, which hopefully will arrive early next week. I can't wait to get out and see what it can do.
Watch this space
#naturephotography #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifephoto #redsquirrel #photography #breakfastclub #pixelworld #ukphotographycommunity #scotlanduk #scotland #squirrelsaturday #squirrel
Chinese counterfeiting of American goods has been around for a long time.
The first American ship to sail to China was called the Empress of China, which arrived there in 1784 and returned in the following year with a boat load of awesome Chinese stuff like tea, cotton fabric and porcelain. (Americans still refer to expensive porcelain plates and bowls as "China.")
The trip was big news in the US back then, and more ships followed. Americans noticed that some Chinese people were really good at making exact copies of things. So part of the trade in those years became Americans bringing things to China to be copied, so they could be sold in the US.
For example, famous paintings of George Washington and other prominent Americans were copied in huge quantities in China, then shipped back to the US for sale.
Some enterprising and unscrupulous Americans brought European luxury goods and foods to China to be copied so the copies could be sold in the States.
So it turns out that the Chinese counterfeiting of American products has not only been around for a long time, it used to be driven by American demand.
(Picture is unrelated, apparently. ; )
Amazing website allows patient to take copy of their own personal X-ray and then have it applied via adhesive to the outside of the cast.
Located at http://www.casttoo.com
If this is not your thing, they also have other cool, premade designs as well.
Wait, so the Nazi Buddha from Space isn't real?
A 1,000-year-old statue of Buddha carved from a meteorite and emblazoned with a swastika was reportedly looted by Nazis and recently re-discovered.
Turns out, sadly, that only the meteorite part is true. The object is carved from a space rock.
However, Nazi Space Buddha experts are now saying that it was probably carved during the 20th Century, and that it features "pseudo-Tibetan" features. It's a fake.
I discovered Google Chrome in Dec. 2009. It brought me to Google Buzz and after, to . Because of Chrome, I discovered also the world of and from the Average Joe 0.1 that I was at that time, I became an active Netizen. Thanks Chrome.
this guy is by far the best presenter i've ever seen at a launch event. #surface
He seriously makes me wanna buy this device and actually i don't give a damn shxxt about the mediocre reviews anymore.
Good job Microsoft, i think you should promote him right away!
I feel that a discussion which sprang up at the linked post needs some further examination.
At the center was an incident where a man late at night after a conference waited until he was alone with a woman in an elevator to hit on her. He probably did not think he was doing anything wrong, but this incident probably could not help but feel creepy and vaguely threatening to the woman. And this is because it was done in an avenue where there is no escape route.
I've never really had to worry about sexual harassment in my life - but then again, I am a man. Many, if not most women had to worry about sexual harassment in their lives, and I rather suspect this makes them much more alert about potentially dangerous situations - and escape routes from them.
I know many people are tired of the term "privilege", but this is another good example - one side never had to worry about a particular kind of danger, while the other has to frequently.
Of course, there are many kinds of privilege, not just that shared by men - ethnic background, religious affiliation and more can all result in privilege, or lack of it. And the huge problem is that the people who are benefiting from privilege the most are often unaware of it. The system works for them, and they are all too frequently unaware of the obstacles others who do not share it have to face.
And this often leads to dismissal of these obstacles. "I've never had these problems, so others who claim to have them are probably exaggerating, or they've just had some bad luck with a few rotten people." If you don't experience these problems, you are often entirely unaware how prevalent and pernicious they are.
So if you hear someone complaining about racism, sexism, or other discrimination... please don't dismiss them out of hand. Patiently listen to their story, and consider that maybe they have a point.
And look at your own life and your own achievements. Sure, you've probably worked hard for what you have accomplished... but if you are a member of a privileged group, then others without that privilege have probably worked a lot harder to get where you are now.
Trey's Variety Hour #56: Micro Four Thirds Cameras
makes his triumphant return to the show! He joins me along with , , , and . We discussed the ridiculously named yet awesome mirrorless camera system, Micro Four Thirds. There was plenty of gear porn and photos shared by the panel as well as questions taken from the viewers. Was a fun show!
You can see more questions answered over at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/2012/10/22/treys-variety-hour-56-micro-four-thirds-discussion/
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How to Eat a Triceratops
In case this ever comes up, here's a handy guide for predators on how to eat a triceratops. Remember... frill first.
Unanticipated photo: Don Draper on a Hawaiian beach reading about hell!
Part of the upcoming Season 6 premier of Mad Men was shot on location in Hawaii at a public beach, and, well, shots were taken of stars Jon Hamm and Jessica Pare.
Many shots: http://j.mp/Sa4ykD
Who are my Mad Men fans out there?
QotD on how important business experience is for a president, via dglenn:
"As any good executive would, let's look at the numbers.
"The only president since Hoover with business experience under whom the economy did well was the one who was unsuccessful in business: Harry Truman, whose haberdashery shop went bankrupt after two years.
"The startling bottom line is that the nation's GDP has grown more than 45 times faster under presidents with little or no business experience than it has under presidents with successful business careers. And on average, when there has been a successful businessman in the Oval Office (so, Truman is excluded), GDP growth has been negligible.
"There is a saying: 'If you want to live like a Republican, vote Democratic.' Perhaps it should be amended to: 'If you want to live like a successful Republican businessperson, vote for a Democrat without business experience.'"
-- Robert S. McElvaine, [web version not dated but URL suggests 2012-10-19] in The Washington Post.
"I figured it out," he says exuberantly, gripping the steering wheel with both hands. "People in L.A. talk about traffic all the time because they have no weather to talk about."
Later, I sit on the porch sipping a coffee and listening to the winds beating on doors and windows, accompanied by the screams of street signs swinging wildly on their street posts. On days like this, you don't realize you're waiting for sirens until you hear them. Everyone who's been blessed and cursed to hold a pen in this bright and guilty place has written about it and though its extremes fuel the stories the world mindlessly consumes from glowing screens, they will never understand this city the way those of us who traverse its clogged arteries do.
The sirens wail and in the distance, someone screams. Earlier today, I tried to stay on my bicycle as the gusts blew dust and stray pages from the Weekly that I didn't pause to read. It's the kind of wind that makes you take off your headphones and pay attention. Now, hours later, I load the homepage out of curiosity and read about the three people fatally shot in Downey, the murder of Charlie Ford in Compton, and the man set on fire outside a Long Beach market.
In 1938, Raymond Chandler described it in one of my favorite stories, Red Wind -- "On nights like that every booze party ends in a fight. Meek little wives feel the edge of their carving knives and study their husbands' necks. Anything can happen."
But perhaps the best one to describe it was Joan Didion, in Slouching Toward Bethlehem. An excerpt from her "Los Angeles Notebook":
There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight, a Santa Ana will begin to blow a hot wind from the northeast whining down through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Passes, blowing up sandstorms out along Route 66, drying the hills and the nerves to the flash point. For a few days now we will see smoke back in the canyons, and hear sirens in the night. I have neither heard nor read that a Santa Ana is due, but I know it, and almost everyone I have seen today knows it too. We know it because we feel it.
[...] Easterners commonly complain that there is no "weather" at all in Southern California, that the days and the seasons slip by relentlessly, numbingly bland. That is quite misleading. In fact the climate is characterized by infrequent but violent extremes: two periods of subtropical rains which continue for weeks and wash out the hills and send subdivisions sliding toward the sea; about twenty scattered days a year of the Santa Ana, which, with its incendiary dryness, invariably means fire.
Just to watch the front-page news out of Los Angeles during a Santa Ana is to get very close to what it is about the place. The longest single Santa Ana period in recent years was in 1957, and it lasted not the usual three or four days, but fourteen days, from November 21 until December 4. On the first day, 25,000 acres of the San Gabriel Mountains were burning, with the gusts reaching 100 miles an hour. In town, the wind reached Force 12, or hurricane force, on the Beaufort Scale; oil derricks were toppled and people ordered off the downtown streets to avoid injury from flying objects. On Novermber 22, the fire in the San Gabriels was out of control. On Novermber 24 six people were killed in automobile accidents, and by the end of the week the Los Angeles Times was keeping a box score of traffic deaths. On November 26 a prominent Pasadena attorney, depressed about money, shot and killed his wife, their two sons, and himself. On November 27 a South Gate divorcee, twenty-two, was murdered and thrown from a moving car. On November 30 the San Gabriel fire was still out of control, and the wind in town was blowing eighty miles an hour. On the first day of December four people died violently, and on the third wind began to break.
It is hard for people who have not lived in Los Angeles to realize how radically the Santa Ana figures in the local imagination. The city burning is Los Angeles's deepest image of itself: Nathaniel West perceived that, in The Day of the Locust; and at the time of the 1965 Watts riots what struck the imagination most indelibly were the fires. For days one would drive the Harbor Freeway and see the city on fire, just as we had always known it would be in the end. Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe, of apocalypse, and just as the reliably long and bitter winters of New England determine the way life is lived there, so the violence and unpredictability of the Santa Ana affect the entire quality of life in Los Angeles, accentuate its impermanence, its unreliability. The wind shows us how close to the edge we are.
This is the city of no open skies where stars walk on Earth. This is the city where we make magic that you can consume without getting up from your couch. This is the city where we deny gravity and attempt to stop the linear motion of time so we can pretend that we'll live forever, knowing all the while we won't and that, if we're not diligent, our stories and dreams will die with us. This is the place of cruel winds, toxic sunsets, great quakes, terrible flames, credit crises, red carpets, insane traffic and epic battles. This is home.
Everything you want feels so much closer. When you drive along Mulholland, you can feel the ones who've come before stirring beneath your tires just as Nabokov described ("O how they stir,/ Fretful, sleepless, and how steadily fond parents/ School their young -- it’s only an earthquake, dearest,/ 5.0 or 5.1"), When you come anywhere near the back forty in Culver City, you can still smell Love's perfume from the time she made her last appearance in '39 for Gone With The Wind. Invariably you will find yourself, if ever strolling Westwood Village, drawn to the resting place of Marilyn Monroe, Eva Gabor, and Truman Capote, without even knowing what you're looking for or why it's so important to be there until you are. No stretch of road is filled with more longing than Ocean Avenue, no highway filled with more hope than the PCH.
This is the place of close calls and near misses that transcend coincidence and remind you why so many cultures believed in fate. Here is where it all begins. We are full of dream and longing. No matter what the tabloids show, we will never have it all. We will never have enough. Our appetites are endless, our kisses shift blueprints, our winds change everything in a moment and our fires remind us that we only have so much time.
I may leave you with startling frequency and no second thought, Los Angeles, but I will always be yours. My extremes are your extremes, my devil gusts are yours and my fires are your own. Anyone who can see no further than the alienating myth and glittering sidewalks when they approach could never truly hope to learn the secrets of my heart.
*Just Backed HeroU - The New Kickstart from Quest For Glory Creators*
A few weeks ago I posted about a game from the 90s I loved to play called Quest for Glory...(http://bit.ly/RWRv2F) The two Creators of that project have recently launched a kickstarter for a NEW RPG... that has a pretty stellar looking design team. The $20 bracket gets you the game and in the book. :) Not too shabby....
She's even on Gplus ....
Check it Out if you like classic Sierra Rpg type gaming...
#videogames #questforglory #heroU #rpg
How to send a private message on Google plus.
Do you know that sending someone a private message doesn't mean they'll see it.
In this video, , your G+GoTo Gal, shares how to:
Send a private message
Mention a person and why you need to do that
Prevent your private messages from being shared with others.
I hope you enjoy it, but more than that, I hope you do something with it.
#privatemessage #googleplusposts #googleplustips #engagement #googleplus #youtube #video #howto #howtousegoogleplus #newbieshelp #newbies #help #googleplushelp #gplusgotogal
Aftermath of a huge storm on Saturn
Take a look at the swirling cloudtops on Saturn after a massive storm churned up the atmosphere. This is a false-color image of Saturn created by NASA's Cassini Spacecraft, which reveals the turbulence in the planet's atmosphere.
Read more from here.
Yup total nightmare.
[Image credit: WomenforObama]
This Day in History - "Pablo Framed"
October 25, 1881 - Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter & sculptor was born. (d. 1973)
#thisdayinhistory #todayinhistory #art #masterpiece #pablopicasso
Question of the Day
There are a handful of people that I call my best friends. Some know each other, and some don’t know any others of that group.
These are people I can talk to every day, or go a year without a word said, but still be right there, best friends, the next time we talk.
They are best friends because, either through being opposites, or too alike, we understand each other in an almost instinctive way.
And to me, that understanding is the biggest key to the deepest level of friendship.
So my question for you, today, is:
What defines a “best friend” for you?
The Weekly Space Hangout is back from a short hiatus, with more stories about space and astronomy.
This week we'll be talking about:
- Outbursts from the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole
- Orbital Debris from a Recently Exploded Rocket
- Maybe Somebody Can Hear you Scream in Space
... and more.
A friend asked me to tell her story.
No matter how many bad things may happen, there are many more good people in the world than bad.
We sometimes forget that and she wants you to know that it's true.
Read at your own risk.
After today's article in which Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said Tuesday ,"when a woman is impregnated during a rape, it's something God intended." In response, God has decided officially to distance himself from the Christian Right.
"I never intended any of this bullshit," God grumbled, before heading into his den to watch The Daily Show. He could not be reached for further comment, since he'd cracked open a beer.
(This is not the Onion, but yes, it is satire. There is no God, just a guy named Larry who has a long beard and who wants you to believe in science, be tolerant of others, and think critically.)
Unfortunately, this is an actual article, and a actual statement from a person who is trying to represent you in congress.
I've got some Q about some things I've noticed about my dangerous thoughts posts and many other posts said to be "intellectually provocative"
Why is it that instead of discussion, you know, you say x and I ask y and you say z and ask me q etc, doesn't happen on most posts? Why are successful posts those that simply provoke a series of statements which are essentially from the same point of view with minor points of difference?
Why is it that people on the Internet never admit to being upset, even when you apologise to them?
Why is it people who are upset by the content of ones posts assert things and when you ask them about it they just assert it again?
Why is it that people who strongly disagree with posts accuse people of Trolling instead of discussing them?
What is the benefit you get out of participating in such posts, in such ways?
New Apple iMac - Clever Marketing or Cheating?
Remember the Apple event and how they told us that the new iMac is so unbelievable thin? Can you also remember that they were only showing the thin edges?
Well take a look at this video from - Oops, seems like "Mr catwalk thin" iMac has quite a belly!
2012 Halloween Light Show - Gangnam Style
Are you a progressive type who's pissed off at Obama? - Here's why you should vote for him anyway.
Jason Major, Nicole Gugliucci, Amy Shira Teitel, and Nancy Atkinson
Coffee goes with Coffee Art
Despite Bill Maher's latest joke about the subject, I find this pretty amazing and cool as I drink my own
1st 3rd cup of coffee!
It has a very feel to it as well!
(Check out Tim doing live art during #nychirl :
Artwork by Josephine Ryan
Facebook for Business: A reality check.
(its long, but you need to read this)
The single most important aspect to Business, is finding an audience of interested persons, and converting them into customers. The strength of your product or service is irrelevant, if your business cannot connect with a like-minded audience in a meaningful way. Numbers hardly matter.
What matters, is Relevance and Accessibility.
Facebook recently announced that unless you pay to promote your posts, only 15 to 20 percent of your friends (the people who agreed to see your posts) would ever see them. Were you aware of this?
Indeed, the head of Facebook Advertising, one Gokul Rajaram, was quoted as saying: -“if you want to speak to the other 80 to 85 percent of people who signed up to hear from you, “sponsoring posts is important.”
I want to make sure you understand this; you have no guarantee at Facebook that the overwhelming majority of your Friends will see your posts and updates. The only way around this fact, is to pay Facebook for the privilege of sharing.
You have no clue as to who is in the 15-20% who will indeed see your updates, so unless you have the advertising budget to pay for ensuring that all of your Facebook Friends see your posts, I guess you are rather screwed?
Consider how much time you spent growing your Brand, and ask yourself how you feel about the fact that if you ever want to reach them again in total, Facebook is standing in the way with their hands out. Suppose you do have deep pockets, and you decide to go ahead and pay for some promoted posts? Facebook gives you no ability to direct those posts to a targeted audience outside of your current list of Friends.
Facebook determines the rate you pay based upon the size of your potential audience. In short, the more friends you have, the more you must pay to reach them. Is that not a bit counter-intuitive? All the quality content that you create towards building an audience of follows – the very reason for your Facebook presence, benefits Facebook and penalizes YOU.
If you have grown an audience of over 20,000 friends, the cost to send an update to each one of them, will cost you between $75 and $100 PER POST. What if you provide 4-5 updates per day? To reach all your Friends, have you a budget of more than $15.000 per month for Facebook updates alone? If so, congrats.
Were their some efficacy behind promoting posts, then maybe the fees are justifiable, but when one looks at Facebook’s advertisement conversion rates, you have to be somewhat dubious. Are you aware that as of May of 2012, the ratio of ad-clicks resulting in paying customers was hovering near 0.1%? This figure caused General Motors to reconsider their Facebook presence.
Facebook is claiming to be earning one million dollars per day, charging users to speak to their audience. That is an irrelevant number. A relevant metric would be for Facebook to provide conversion rates based upon promoted posts, and whether your business benefits from them as much as Facebook does.
While Facebook crows about a Billion members, brought there for the experience of connecting with a wide array of ideas, and the convenience of sharing information with others, Facebook charges you to speak to the very people you helped bring to (or remain on) their forum.
The thought was when businesses signed up for Facebook, the benefit was the opportunity to both connect and market your wares to a vast audience of potential customers. Of course, you would pay to advertise, but unfortunately, Facebook has proven unable to provide real-time ad relevance on their platform.
You can buy all the advertisements you want, if your ads appear in front of the wrong audience, you have wasted your money. This has been the experience for many Facebook businesses. Ad relevancy has been poor at best, and businesses large and small are waking to the reality that ad-based engagement is not what it was promised to be.
A business can benefit, if it rests within the natural buying cycle. Facebook is not in that circle, and ads there generally interrupt another function, not enhance or add value to what a Facebook user happens to be doing. In short, ads suck, and users resent them.
I am not going to comment on Facebook Exchange, because there are few metrics available that come from places not Facebook. I will say however, that it is my opinion that Facebook Exchange involves a serious breach of the internet browsing privacy, with an extremely difficult opt-out challenge for Facebook users.
We at cannot recommend an active Facebook Business Presence at this time. Why? Because Brands can benefit from everything Facebook has to offer and much, much more, right here on Google & Google+.
Adworks conversion rates kick Facebook's in the nuts, frankly. Remember that word "Relevancy"? We do not expect Google to charge for client communication on this forum. My business saves at least $1K per month on communication charges due to Google+ Hangouts and Google Voice. Did you know that those international phone calls you avoid making by phone, are only a free hangout away?
And yes, Canadians, you can indeed make free calls through Google Voice with the right equipment and a touch of creativity.
In short, Facebook is providing less value to businesses every day. Pay no attention to that $1M per day figure, that is for the consumption of Wall Street Analysts. Some day, Facebook will have to inform potential clients of the actual COGS (costs of goods and services) of their value proposition. When they do, the only solution is for you to move the bulk of your Customer Engagement activities to Google.
Thanks for reading, Plussers.
Do you have an election plan?
If you are a U.S. Citizen, then there's an election coming up in just under two weeks – on Tuesday, November 6. Now, I bet that some of you are saying that you aren't sure if you're going to vote – aren't the candidates all the same? Is any of this stuff really going to make a difference?
If you're wondering about this, I found that there's a simple thing you can do to check if you really should vote or not. I'll bet that no matter how little you watch the news, there's some issue that's guaranteed to bring out the people who tick you off. The sort of issue that's the exact reason why you don't listen to the news. I want you to do something unusual for me.
Go open another tab in your browser, and go to your favorite social network or search engine. Now go do a search for something about that topic, the sort of search that will bring up people's opinions. Maybe that's as simple as searching for "Obama" or "Romney" or "socialism" or "abortion." But go over there, and check to see if you can find one spectacular jerk out there, saying the sort of thing that makes you lose all faith in humanity.
That jerk? He or she cares a lot about the issue. In fact, that person almost certainly cares enough to vote, and come November 6th, that jackass is going to be out there at a ballot box. I'll bet you can guess how they're going to vote on at least one issue.
So here's the special prize I'm offering you: Pick that one jackass, and save a link to their post. Now on November 6th, if you go out and vote, you can cancel out that jackass' vote. You don't have to vote for anything; you can just go to the polls, and make sure that this particular jackass' vote ends up not counting. And if you feel like it, on the afternoon of November 6th, you can even go back to that post and let them know what you did. Or you can just hold that fact in your heart, that you managed to undo all of this person's efforts to vote in some utter lunatic.
Doesn't that feel good?
But OK, maybe you've decided to vote. Have you got a plan? Do you know what you're going to do that day, or maybe a few days in advance if you can do early voting, or vote absentee?
Here's my plan: My polling place is at St. Timothy's Church in Mountain View, at the corner of Grant and Sleeper. (It's on the sample ballot my state sent me) I'm planning on getting up 15 minutes early that day, driving down to the polling place before work to vote, and then stopping off for a cup of coffee on the way in to work.
What's your plan? Are you going to vote absentee, vote early, vote on the day itself? Do you know how you're going to get to the polls? Do you need help getting there? (If you call up the campaign office of one of the candidates, they'll often help you get a ride if you need one!)
Remember: You're not just voting. You're making sure that at least one jackass out there fails at being a jackass, for one important day. Isn't that worth it?
Also: If you want to check your local election information, or get summaries of the things that are going to be on your ballot, try smartvoter.org. It's a nonpartisan site that gives you pointers to local election info.
If any of you young whippersnappers don't know this show, watch it - it's one of the great classics.
Yes, folks, Gargoyles can now be seen for free online.
Where are we?
Your biggest hint is CIRCLED: there are 4 smokers among the tables & they are smoking in an outdoor cafe.
This alone excluded a lot of countries.
Sleuths among you may want to magnify the contents of tables to figure this one out, but that is not where the major hint in the photo is located.
Who know where we are?
autumn photos from around the world here: http://goo.gl/UJa6l
follow the nomad's travels around the world here: http://goo.gl/99Fn9 #nomadimitritravel #nomadimitriautumn
The Shores of Europa
All these worlds are yours, except Europa. Attempt no landing there. Use them together. Use them in peace....
This is the second image taken from Crystal Cove, near Laguna Beach, CA 2012. I had been set up to shoot B&W long exposures on this day. This explains the wonky colors. I was shooting through five filters. Two of which were a graduated ND and a Graduated Blue filter. Then there was a circular polarizer and two additional ND filters.
The sky was dark and grey, yet there were breaks. Much like my shot entitled "Leaving Marfa" (https://plus.google.com/112022983294967948367/posts/7jGWogn9Snt) I set up and waited for the sun to drop below the cloud line and into the breaks.
I sat my gear up on a rock, shot wide and deep (f22) for 15 seconds through the filters. The filters were rotated so that the graduated filters were on the left. This would allow for a bump in the blues and a increase in the dynamic structure of the clouds. It would also allow the sun to bust through uninhibited providing some nice streaks and lens flares along with a burst of color.
This filter arrangement is normal when doing long exposures to get the flowing clouds and milky water.
So I waited for the sun to reach the right point on the horizon and I shot. Three images in total. All virtually identical except the relation of the sun to the horizon.
This one was the "Keeper" and a proud addition to my portfolio.
Nikon D-700, 28-20mm f2.8 Nikkor Lens
2 - Graduated ND Filters
1 - 2 stop ND filter
1 - Graduated Blue Filter
1 - Polarizer
1- Cable release & Tripod
Exposure was at 70mm, for 15 seconds at F22 on L1.0 ISO, RAW (only) The lowest ISO setting for a D700 which also bumps the colors as that setting is more vivid.
Post Processing was done in Photoshop CS5.
Image was processed in Camera RAW
Levels, Curves, Nik Software Pro Contrast Filter, sharpening and a selective dodge/burn. Sharpening was done on a mask of the rocks alone and then overlayed the original image.
I hope you all like this one. I know I was REAL happy with it and extremely happy to have shot some landscape shots by the ocean.
To me there is nothing more relaxing than the sound of the ocean and nothing more satisfying than the click of the shutter when near the ocean.
Eat your heart out Peter Lik :-)
#Dasvidbowden #landscapephotography #oceanphotography #peterlik
Identity and Reputation Circle
Do reputation scores need to be invisible in order to work?
Does it fail when mixed directly with the game mechanics of achievement?
And what do you think of Topsy and LittleBird, two plays, one old and one new, with a big reputation component?
Life goes on. Because life always does.
Is this really just for those tough late nights after going out or really for those that want to feel like they are handling their business on the U.S.S. Enterprise ?! Talk about the word #engage ! !
#trekkies want to know if uses a potty such as this?!
Fresh out of the oven :)
I've not been following it - what's the consensus? Should Obama release his records and call Donald Trump's bluff?
I mean 5m to charity. Why not right?
Facebook vs Twitter vs Google plus !
#facebook #googleplus #twitter #euromaestro
I couldn't just step away from this challenge, could I ?
For those prefer responding on twitter :
@euromaestro @mazi @digiphile @craiglegrice @marshallk
Do you prefer twitter interaction or google plus interaction ?
Tell us one thing you hope people never say about you.
"But the legitimate use of trade secrecy by voting machine companies also means that the public has no way to independently verify that the machines are working properly. The public has been stripped of its ability to have independent, verifiable confidence that when a vote is made, it will be tabulated and recorded properly. Trade secret law means that we must trust the vendors when they say that their machines are free of error, bias, flaws, and security loopholes. Trade secret law effectively means that independent researchers who want to test voting machines and assure that they are operating properly cannot do so without the permission of the vendor—or risk being found to have misappropriated the trade secrets themselves."
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#caricature #portrait #illustration #sale #rodneypike
Those were the days when a high-five really meant something!
Jack C Crawford
5 Bad Google+ Habbits I Must Break
1. Adding hastags after I've posted the article. Do it before posting.
Why: Because of Google trending and indexing, hastags are becomming more common and I want my posts to be included topically for people looking for such content
2. Not including a graphical image or photo in a post (like this one)
Why: Because the Google+ Mobile App is extremely visually appealing and I want my posts to look nice when viewed there
3. Not adding a headline and comment on a reshare of another post.
Why: Google search indexing using the first line of your post as the content title, and adding information helps people understand why this interested you
4. Stop building circles of people who are fans of the same things I am, and build more based on people who POST material that interests me.
Why: Because monitoring people with the same interests does not mean they post a lot of stuff that interests you. I want to read about the things that interest me and SHARE with others that have similar interests
5. Go back to doing regular open Hangouts.
Why: Because they're fun and you can meet interesting people, and many people are looking for help with Hangouts
Phases of the Moon - Totally Updated for iPhone and Android
I just wanted to let you know that we've just released several updates to both the Android and iPhone versions of our mobile app: Phases of the Moon.
New features include: rise/set times, monthly calendar (iPhone), widgets and landscape mode (Android), totally unscientific starry background etc.
However, the coolest part is that we've completely rebuilt the iPhone version in native Objective C. This gives the app a buttery smooth interface that lets you drag the Moon forwards and backwards in time to see it move through the phases. Functional and beautiful. It'll keep a child hypnotized for minutes.
We've had a great response on the Android store, with an average 4.9-star rating, so I'm sure you'll love the iPhone version, if that's how you roll.
It's only $.99 and helps out a great cause for space and astronomy news.
P.S. We're now working on an iPad version.
West Coast View
Many of you get to see this daily as you are having your morning coffee on the way to work over in Nob Hill. Anyone have any epic stories about this specific hill?
the wonderful work of
This is why I love having an unlimited data plan...
Peter G McDermott
Mathematician gets an email from Google, notices that the DKIM signature is not secure, figures out how to break it, and sends a spoofed email that looks like it's from Sergei Brin to Larry Page.
What do you want for your birthday ?
Gasoline is under $3 per gallon O.o
Hans Memling by Michael Hussar
Yup total nightmare.
[Image credit: WomenforObama]
around the world...
Have you also just ordered something that is being transported around the whole world ? You can not wait until the mail arrives you?
I've also ordered some .. a #PlusOneMagazine and now I'm waiting impatiently ;)
If you're curious what kind of magazine it is, you can get some informations here: http://plusonecollection.com/purchase-magazine/
& together achieved a very nice project, which will also serve a good cause.
And that's why I like #google and prefer to some other platforms. Here the community acts together, is active and good and meaningful projects can be created.
einmal um die ganze Welt...
Habt Ihr auch gerade etwas bestellt, was gerade um die ganze Welt transportiert wird ? Ihr könnt es nicht abwarten, bis die Post bei euch ankommt ?
Ich habe mir auch etwas bestellt.. ein #PlusOneMagazine und nun warte ich ungeduldig ;)
Wer neugierig ist was dies für ein Magazin ist, kann sich hier informieren: http://plusonecollection.com/purchase-magazine/
& haben haben zusammen ein sehr schönes Projekt verwirklicht, welches auch noch einem guten Zweck dienen wird.
Und genau deshalb mag ich #Google und ziehe es manchen anderen Plattformen vor. Hier agiert die Gemeinschaft zusammen, ist aktiv und stellt immer wieder gute und sinnvolle Projekte auf die Beine.
#sea #meer #ship #schiff #himmel #sky
My wallet is starting to get colorful O.o
It's that TIME of year where you get into the PUMPKIN mood with Ghost stories galore and witches a-brewin' ! ! It must only mean +1 thing and that's . .
A VERY Halloween w/ HALLOWEEN-a-thon
Join your Zombified host and many of his ghoulish friends as they have fun telling scary stories, talking horror movies, art, music and more to THRILL you on a Thursday eve, muhwahahahahaahahah !!
I vant to PLUS your blood, blah bla blah bla BLAH!!!
Are you ready for some FUN on a rainy halloween night ?!
Feel free to wear costumes and bring your best scary faces to the show!
While waiting for the show to START (anywhere from 8:30 - 9pm ET / NY Time !) ..
Watch some Halloween Episodes from the haunted past and COOKING up some fun, tasty trick or treats :
Hermine Ngnomire Pt 1 - Hangout Conversations w/Matt Rappaport
Hermine Ngnomire Pt 2 - Hangout Conversations w/Matt Rappaport
Hermine Ngnomire Pt 3 - Hangout Conversations w/Matt Rappaport
Hermine Ngnomire Pt 4 - Hangout Conversations w-Matt Rappaport
Conversations+ After Show Pt 1 w/Hermine Ngnomire Hangout Conversations
Byron Rempel Pt 1 Hangout Conversations w/Matt Rappaport
Conversations+ After Show Pt 1 w/Byron Rempel
Here are some shorter clips to enjoy:
Learn the Art of Trick or Treating with Hermine Ngnomire on Hangout Conversations
Hermine Ngnomire Promo - Hangout Conversations w/ Matt Rappaport
Byron Rempel Promo #2 - Hangout Conversations w/ Matt Rappaport
Be there, bring your friends and let's ROCK - a thon!
Might go into the night ... the deep, dark, stormy and thrilling NIGHT!
Are Links Really the Holy Grail to Ranking?
Now, I can only surmise where it would be today and I don’t think you can reach number one without building real links, but I think that in today’s I-want-it-now culture, it is easier to swallow the get lots of links to rank mantra than it is to swallow the be patient and just keep on keeping on.
Besides, link building is a million dollar market that needs consumers in order to thrive. And this is what perpetuates the half-truth (I won’t call it a myth because you do need links).
Overall I agree with . I don't think it's just about time and age, but the marketing muscle behind links has obscured the fact that it doesn't take that many links to rank well, even for competitive terms.
The right links and a consistent presence where you're building your reputation is the path to long-term success. It's slow and resource intensive which makes it an unpopular belief with many.
I was interviewed by
I'm so glad this has been sorted out.
Congrats to Microsoft for their launch of Windows 8.
Ooooh, some interesting changes appeared in the Discovery Document for the G+ Rest API today (no guarantees that any of those changes will be active anytime soon though or will stay).
Comments.plusoners - Total number of people who +1'd this comment. (finally!)
(Ignore the changes in the People resource, line 250-467, those are just the same values reordered)
Attachments.thumbnails - this is the announced changed of moving album photos into an album attachment
"pattern": "me|[0-9]+" has been removed from UserID in requests, not sure if this means we will see support for Custom URLs sometime soon
Why Does Apple Inspire So Much Hate?
"The thing to understand about the kind of hate Apple inspires, both in favor and against Apple, is that it’s not unique. The exact same phenomenon occurs in politics, religion and many other areas of human culture.
First and foremost, it’s about identity. Our computers, tablets and phones literally become part of us — our minds use them as peripheral memory, and we off-load processing to them from our brains. They see things, hear things and find things for us. They give us super-human powers of awareness, knowledge, communication and more.
Because we identify with these products, an attack on them can feel like an attack on us.
And as with politics or religion, one’s opinions are often inescapable within the context in which one views the world.
So where does the hate really come from? Ultimately, it comes from love.
Love and hate are not opposites. The opposite of love and hate is indifference.
You don’t see serious flame wars and hate around, say, the Symbian platform, or around companies like HP or Oracle. And that’s because nobody loves them. And if nobody loves them, nobody is going to hate them.
People love Apple products. People love Google products. And, yes, people even love Microsoft products. People also love Linux and open systems.
And all this love engenders passion. And passion drives hate. And that’s why Apple inspires so much hate."
Read the full story at http://www.cultofmac.com/172428/why-does-apple-inspire-so-much-hate
Today's Washington Post story about the Obama administration's Kafka-esque "disposition matrix" kill list is simply chilling, and a must-read.
Boeing invents new way to eject CD´s; EMP rocket replaces paperclip
In an interesting experiment Boeing fired a CHAMP rocket at a building full of PC´s and other electronics and managed to get one of the PC´s to finally release that CD which had been stuck for years.
The Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project promises to deliver the equivalent of a large number of microwaves into a small form factor and can deliver this to the battle field destroying all commodity gadgets. Terrorists all over the world are busy building Faraday cages for their Nintendo´s.
A Utah building was hit by a Boeing developed Champ rocket; even the cameras went down, but just before that we can see at 0:42 the successful CD-eject. In future military deployment this will be a surprise attack on terrorist leaders sitting in front of PC´s.
Earlier attempts to improve on the old paperclip trick were based on nuclear blasts releasing an enormous amount of EMP radiation. The disadvantage being the fall-out and the loss of lives. The new CHAMP missile rocket is so precise it can be flown into an office window just like the US claimed the Tomahawks could do in Bagdad. However without all that ugly damage and the added advantage that marines can now pick up the freshly released CD.
More info on http://www.boeing.com/Features/2012/10/bds_champ_10_22_12.html
I Sooo Dig Rebecca Perl
This is my favorite part of coming to NYC this week. I finally get to see do her thing. She looks so good out there. I'm telling you - this girl is going to take right off ... Mark my words.
Me and my daughter..I thihk we look a little alike lol
Motovun is a beautiful, medieval, hilltop village in the Croatian province of Istria. Though ceded to Croatia almost a century ago, many of it's inhabitants are Italian speakers. It is a walled village and it's location on top of a hill gives it commanding views of the surrounding valley below.
Nikon D700, 24mm-70mm
My contrbution to #historythursday curated by +Matt Shalvatis
#PlusPhotoExtract, #lensman , #photography , #travel , #Croatia , #Istria , #Motovun , #architecture , #EOGPhotography , #nikon , #EuropeanPhotography ,
MYSTERY PIC: What is it?
The new Mobilegeeks App for Android is available at Google Play!
Michelangelo 21st Century
Do I really have to be up at 5a.m.?
Diversions of the Vanities
Low Hanging Fruit, and Materialistic Baubles
The question is wrong. It is not, "Has technology failed us?"
The question is not even "Have we failed technology?" (we have)
No, the question we all have to ask ourselves,"Have we failed ourselves?
That question should make us uncomfortable, and also should not make us defensive, and rushed to rationalize our somewhat narcissistic, materialistic existence.
We have, as a people, aimed low, and alarmingly continue to miss even that modest goal.
Collectively, we've failed to escape the gravity of fear and greed, collectively we produced an economy built on those two unstable pillars. A ponzi scheme that has funnelled much of our so-called wealth into the fewest hands possible, governments as accomplices. Businesses have become slaves to shareholders, shareholders have become slaves to "ROI", a death dance that has a putrid, self-serving ideology that defies knowledge and reputable metrics, and has cut large swaths of the public out, left them in debt, embittered, divided and fighting among themselves.
All this while living in democracies, with freedoms of choice, and the greatest vehicle for peer-to-peer communication and collaboration ever conceived.
Can we, at the end of 2012, can look around with open eyes and open minds, and conclude this is the best we can do?
We should be embarrassed. We blame our leaders. We blame business. We blame and hang the hat of blame on everybody but ourselves.
But guess what. This happened on your watch. We live in democracies. We live in free markets. We live in a social world with unrivalled ability to share knowledge.
We do have shiny gadgets and the illusions they bring, however.
We can do better, a lot better.
_That something happened to humanity's capacity to solve big problems is a commonplace. Recently, however, the complaint has developed a new stridency among Silicon Valley's investors and entrepreneurs, although it is usually expressed a little differently: people say there is a paucity of real innovations. Instead, they worry, technologists have diverted us and enriched themselves with trivial toys. _
With much thanks to and
A good Thursday to all
Fog eases over fjord
I am in all the peoples.
Not once, but twice has my profile picture dominated and replaced that of another's. THAT and my cat made weird howling sounds from the bathtub.
You scared, bro?
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