<a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/publishers-smile.jpg"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3224" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/publishers-smile-150x150.jpg" alt="publishers smile" width="150" height="150" /></a>A couple of months ago <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2014/11/smiling-curve/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">I wrote an extension</a> to a piece by <a href="http://www.stratechery.com" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Ben Thompson at Stratchery</a>. The original article clearly positions ‘content delivery’ at the low end of the value curve. Moreover, it is clear that though it was written from a specific point of view, you still can't avoid the fact that as social, digital, mobile increasingly take hold, 'delivery' has been relegated to a ‘bit part’.

Corollary – if you believe that your business is ‘content delivery’ – I would suggest you stop – even step back for a minute – and think about the inevitability of a challenging business front.

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            ... makes Rolling Stone's '50 Greatest Prog Rock Albums of All Time'

porcupine tree

For their ninth studio recording, British art-rockers Porcupine Tree created a concept album based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel Lunar Park, with lyrics that addressed how the adolescent protagonist battled his bipolar and attention-deficit disorders with a regimen of prescription drugs and Internet overstimulation. The music used sprawling vocal melodies, atmospheric guitars and drums that tumbled through chaotic passages to echo the main character’s manic-depressive states. Porcupine color their songs with chiming prog, serrated Nineties alt-rock and blaring hard-rock power chords, enlisting the help of Robert Fripp, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and ex-Japan keyboardist Richard Barbieri. J.W.

Well deserved – as are many others of Wilson’s works – stunned to see that Kansas even made to to the list – but they did … so maybe the list isn’t perfect ?

[ Source : Rolling Stone ]

            <h3>John Steinbeck ...</h3>

Sure I remember the Nineteen Thirties, the terrible, troubled, triumphant, surging Thirties. … I remember ’29 very well … the drugged and happy faces of people who built paper fortunes on stocks they couldn’t possibly have paid for. … In our little town bank presidents and track workers rushed to pay phones to call brokers. Everyone was a broker, more or less. At lunch hour, store clerks and stenographers munched sandwiches while they watched stock boards and calculated their pyramiding fortunes. Their eyes had the look you see around a roulette wheel …

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            <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/TSA.png"><img class="alignleft size-thumbnail wp-image-3776" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/TSA-150x150.png" alt="TSA" width="150" height="150" /></a>Just <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/us/head-of-tsa-out-after-tests-reveal-flaws.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">read this</a> and really wanted it to be because of <a href="http://beyondbridges.net/2015/05/thinking-an-increasingly-rare-commodity/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">this</a>.

Don’t think it was though 🙁

#tsa #fail

            <h1 style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-3712" src="http://beyondbridges.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480-300x225.jpg" alt="Cisco-Consulting-Services-a_1429899081687_17267817_ver1.0_640_480" width="300" height="225" /></a><a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2914586/internet-of-things/kcs-smart-city-goldilocks-project-bounds-ahead.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read All About It !!!</a></h1>

The largest smart city project in North America is moving closer to reality in Kansas City, mainly along a 2.2-mile streetcar line under construction through the downtown.

I was particularly struck with this comment …

Blackburn also said Cisco is sensitive to ways that video sensors might be seen as invasive public surveillance. “For any privacy issues, we’ll comply with state and federal regulations and won’t give access to software developers to anything they shouldn’t have access to,” he said.

Employment Law, Women’s Rights, Abortionism, Creationism, Race, are all fine examples of how exactly it shouldn’t be done over in that fine state – so I for one am not holding my breath on this one …. not saying that the experiment won’t be great – I mean who can resist ‘the lure of the future’ and free, fast, always on wifi … but when someone has to say “For any privacy issues, we’ll comply with state and federal regulations” – when we know that the state and federal regulations are about as minimal as they can get – oh – and that (we) “won’t give access to software developers to anything they shouldn’t have access to” … umm – hello – who decides what it is that software developers shouldn’t have access to …. and exactly how secure is the information of the ‘guineazens’ … And finally ..

The Smart + Connected Communities program will include installation of a public Wi-Fi network and “community kiosks” that will allow citizens to call upon city services or make digital transactions.

I wonder if mobile has reached Kansas yet ? Wait it must have – Sprint are headquartered there …. so what is going in – left and right hands ? Or simply headline grabbing ?

Just thinking aloud – that’s all.

Came across these wonderful words this morning


The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,
and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Original Article at BrainPickings

Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott (b. January 23, 1930) — a writer of such extraordinary poetic prowess that his 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature appears a wholly inadequate measure of his mastery and mesmerism — addresses with a luminous sidewise gleam in a poem titled “Love After Love,” found in his Collected Poems: 1948–1984.