Mar 26 2015

UK Parliament Goes Paper Free

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

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

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 …

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Mar 13 2015

The Future Forgot To Arrive

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

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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Mar 12 2015

Peter’s Laws

It’s a different Peter to the Peter of The Peter Principle  – but VERY good laws
and a wake up for all of us thinking about the ‘Age Of Abundance’

peters-laws-poster-webPeter’s Laws | Peter H. Diamandis.

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Mar 02 2015

The Analyst’s Guide to Apple

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The Analyst’s Guide to Apple Category Entry | Asymco … Nice.

I believe the problem of transportation and its proxy, the automobile, provide all the requisite demand for Apple’s attention. Technical questions abound and they may still prove unsurmountable before a launch happens, but there are no doubts in my mind that this is a problem Apple would see fit to address.
Non-consumption of unmet and unarticulated jobs to be done can and should be addressed with systems solutions and new experiences.
The poetry is pretty clear on the matter.

... Horace Dediu

This is it
This is what matters
The experience of a product
How it will make someone feel
Will it make life better?
Does it deserve to exist?

We spend a lot of time on a few great things
Until every idea we touch
Enhances each life it touches

You may rarely look at it
But you will always feel it
This is our signature
And it means everything

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Mar 02 2015

Eat Crow

Eat CrowThe Original – and Love it Doug Johnson

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Mar 02 2015

Publishing Is Dead …. Apparently

imagesLinking back to these words for posterity :-)

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