Apr 25 2015

Four Degrees of Seperation …

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PassionStackridge – Korgis – Beck – Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

One Degree of Seperation :

Back in the day I was a massive fan of a band that few have heard of today called Stackridge. They really were more one of the underrated bands of the time. Read About Their History Here. I got reminded and reconnected with them this past week – and EVERY bit as good as I remember them.

Two Degrees of Seperation :

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Apr 22 2015

Losing my Religion … for Equality

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Losing my Religion for Equality – an article by Jimmy Carter.

click through to read this STUNNING piece of thought and writing

Losing my Religion – a single by REM.

click through to listen to this STUNNING piece of music

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

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Apr 22 2015

The Future of Facebook

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BenjaminAnother excellent article from Ben Thompson at Stratechery. But couldn’t help but notice his comment “Everyone loves to mock Paul Krugman’s 1998 contention about the limited economic impact of the Internet:”

The growth of the Internet will slow drastically, as the flaw in “Metcalfe’s law” – which states that the number of potential connections in a network is proportional to the square of the number of participants – becomes apparent: most people have nothing to say to each other!

I think there is nothing to mock – and Krugman was spot on. People generally do have nothing to say to each other. Check out most of the pages on Facebook – banality and ‘check out this’ tends to be the order of the day. True – Ben goes on to say

Was Krugman wrong because he didn’t appreciate the relative worth people put on what folks in their network wanted to say, or because he didn’t appreciate that people in their network may not have much to say but a wealth of information to share?

… so he does recognize that really what is going on is sharing – and amplification … rarely interesting conversation (I set the FB group world aside on this) is rare.

So is Facebook destined to simply become a mass media amplification system ?

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Apr 19 2015

Shame Shame Shame

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… via Stowe Boyd – who summarizes nicely …

This is what you get when old people vote, and young people don’t vote.

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Read All About It – but bottom line 51 Republican senators just voted to sell National Forests to Private Businesses. REALLY ! How to stop it …

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Mar 26 2015

UK Parliament Goes Paper Free

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houses of parliamentThe British Government can actually see that it is cheaper to buy and support hundreds of iPads and Laptops than to continue on the march to printing paper.

Great News. Although now they are arguing over who got the order ….

Read More at Computerworld

The handout is part of a plan to save £3 million a year by getting MPs and staff to read and annotate papers on devices rather than printing hard copies.

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Mar 23 2015

Jack Kerouac – Beliefs and Techniques for Life

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– Be in love with yr life
– Something that you feel will find its own form
– Be crazy dumbsaint of the mind

Jack Kerouac’s List of 30 Beliefs and Techniques for Prose and Life | Brain Pickings.

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Mar 23 2015

Steven Wilson on Melancholy

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Making music that’s a little bit melancholic is a way to exorcise that part of my personality so I can be a happier person. We all have a dark side and a positive side, and everyone finds their own way to deal with the darker energy. For some people it might be playing squash or football, or whatever. For some people it’s making music. There’s no question that music and writing are cathartic for me. In a way, to see the full me, you need to meet me as a person and see me in connection with the music I make and the work I create because they are very much the two sides of my psyche.

Taken from Steven Wilson and Guthrie Govan: To Shred or Not to Shred? | Premier Guitar.

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Mar 20 2015

The Five Senses

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fivesenses_01(Sight and Sound … check)

Sight | Sound | Touch | Smell | Taste …. three down …. two to go … at least that is how I see ‘The Watch’ – the first device to connect people across the internet through touch …

Update Wednesday 8th April : Interesting to read this today …

What the telephone was for voice, what video was for seeing, Apple Watch is for touch. No, you’re not really touching someone, but when you call someone, you’re not really hearing them, either. When you FaceTime them, you’re not really seeing them, you’re looking at a picture of them on a screen. But a phone call feels like you’re talking to someone. A FaceTime call feels like you’re looking at someone. And with digital touch on Apple Watch, it feels, in a very real sense, like you’re touching and being touched by another person.

… on Daring Fireball. I guess we agree :-) (Oh and a very complete review By the way.)

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Mar 13 2015

The Future Forgot To Arrive

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robot-butlerWhen I was a kid, the science fiction I read often had a consistent vein of truth running through it – as the world became more automated – we were going to enter the leisure age’ – Robots / Automatons were going to serve us, do our work – we were going to just ‘enjoy’ our lives.

Not seeing that myself – how about you ?

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Mar 12 2015

Three Great Links That Are Not Connected To Each Other

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I often get carried away as I read, posting information to the drafts section of this blog – for future repurposing. And then I visit the admin page to discover a lot of links that have lost their relevance. I just flushed the backlog this morning – but these three links are definitely worth sharing for posterity.

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Number One – Big Data Gone Wild

Click through to the link – and watch the video. Discovered through a reference from my new VRM buddies.

Ordering Pizza | American Civil Liberties Union


Number Two – The Internet of Things

“Obviously, Silicon Valley is all over this,” O’Reilly said. “But I think they are missing the point. They are creating some gadgets, but they aren’t thinking about systems.”

Tim O’Reilly: Silicon Valley is massively underestimating the impact of IoT


Number Three – Breaking Into Tech

… good advice if you are wondering how to break into Tech. I am often disappointed by how LITTLE curiosity there is in the world ….

Don’t bother with tech if you’re not truly animated by the unknown, the possible and the improbable. I don’t just mean curious about solving problems “at scale,” as technologists like to say. I mean your curiosity about big data or building a useful service for millions of people must also extend to being curious about the people you work with, how your executives make decisions, how the company culture works (and how it came to be), what the competitors are up to, and even how you yourself use, and view, technology. You have to be curious enough to undo received wisdom and knotty processes to break new paths and recognize their value.

How to “Get into Tech” If You’re Not an Obvious Fit — Backchannel — Medium.

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