Still, he points out that because narcissists tend to have more contacts on Facebook, any given Facebook user is likely to have an online friend population with a higher proportion of narcissists than in the real world. Right now it’s too early to predict if or how the norms of online self-promotion will change, Campbell said, since the study of social networking sites is still in its infancy.
“The general question of legitimation becomes: What is the relationship between the antimodel of the pragmatics of science and society? Is it applicable to the vast clouds of language material constituting society? Or is it limited to the game of learning? And if so, what role does it play with respect to the social bond? Is it an impossible ideal of an open community? Is it an essential component for the subset of decision makers, who force on society the performance criterion they reject for themselves. Or, conversely, is it a refusal to cooperate with the authorities, a move in the direction of counterculture, with the attendant risk that all possibility for research will be foreclosed due to lack of funding?”—Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, 1979
Researchers led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera have produced something they’re calling an “artificial leaf”: Like living leaves, the device can turn the energy of sunlight directly into a chemical fuel that can be stored and used later as an energy source.
The device, Nocera explains, is made entirely of earth-abundant, inexpensive materials — mostly silicon, cobalt and nickel — and works in ordinary water.
“Hyperfocus is an intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses consciousness on a narrow subject, separate from objective reality and onto subjective mental planes, daydreams, concepts, fiction, the imagination, and other objects of the mind.”—Wikipedia
A student of the leadership literature would never suspect that at the same time that Weber was codifying the tenets of rationalist bureaucracy, Freud was forcing all of us in the West to examine the power of the unconscious. This despite the near universality of our organizational experience: we all have worked for someone whose emotional “complexities” required us to spend enormous energy on workarounds. Our one shared blind spot is of course the fact that none of us considers that we are that person to someone else.
There are a lot of startups that monetize enabling the bored and wealthy to refine their competition for social status through conspicuous consumption. These startups add nothing to society. In fact, they detract from it by diverting more of our world’s scarce resources towards a zero-sum game. Meanwhile, the economy is going to hell. Which means people are suffering and dying.
If you are planning on working at a startup like this, please don’t. In a world in crisis, it’s unethical to waste your talents on this sort of thing when you could be helping to make the world a better place. In our increasingly interconnected world, the era of the atomic agent who is irresponsible for those beyond their purview is over. It never existed in the first place. All blood is on all our hands; but our responsibility for the fate of the world is proportional to our power within it. So use your power for something good for people. That means you, technically-enabled social media browsing professional class. Get your head in the game.
“Although not insensitive to respondent’s concern that the term miracle is commonly used in situations short of changing water into wine, we must conclude that the use of “electronic miracle” in the context of respondent’s grossly exaggerated claims would lead to consumers to give added credence to the overall suggestion that this device is superior to other types of antennae”—Jay Norris, 91 F.T.C. 751, 847 n.20 (1978)
“Is this as good as it gets, I wondered? Not every good thing in life was present — my beloved was not with me, for instance. Quotidian worries waited in the wings — would there be another storm? Would the roof leak? Had I run out of my beta blocker, with the drug store closed until Tuesday? And how much would it matter if I had?
But yes, I thought, this is as good as it gets. Every luminous moment has worries waiting in the wings, as every dark one is fringed with the absent pleasures against whose gorgeous ghostly outlines it stands out, visible only because of them. Sometimes beauty can only be felt in its own absence. Sometimes love can only be experienced as longing. It is what it is, my friend used to say, and it is not what it is not. Every moment is as good as that moment can get. And what is life, but a string of them?”—The Geranium Farm, via Susan Benthall
Most networkers think of individual persons as being embedded in networks that are embedded
in networks that are embedded in networks. Networkers describe such structures as “multi-
modal.” In our school example, individual students and teachers form one mode, classrooms a
second, schools a third, and so on. A data set that contains information about two types of social
entities (say persons and organizations) is a two mode network.
Of course, this kind of view of the nature of social structures is not unique to social networkers.
Statistical analysts deal with the same issues as “hierarchical” or “nested” designs. Theorists
speak of the macro-meso-micro levels of analysis, or develop schema for identifying levels of
analysis (individual, group, organization, community, institution, society, global order being
perhaps the most commonly used system in sociology). One advantage of network thinking and
method is that it naturally predisposes the analyst to focus on multiple levels of analysis
simultaneously. That is, the network analyst is always interested in how the individual is
embedded within a structure and how the structure emerges from the micro-relations between
individual parts. The ability of network methods to map such multi-modal relations is, at least
potentially, a step forward in rigor.
”—Hanneman, Introduction to Social Network Methods
“In 1947, Carasso achieved a major breakthrough with the introduction of the "Fruit on the Bottom" yogurt product; its perfect balance of tartness and sweetness suited the American palate and made it an instant success.”—Marquis et al., The Dannon Company: Marketing and Corporate Responsibility
“Stretch a bow to its limit and it is soon broken;
Temper a blade to its sharpest and it is soon blunted;
Amass the greatest treasure and it is soon stolen;
Claim credit and honor and you will soon fall;
Retire once your purpose is achieved - this is the way of Nature.”—Tao Te Ching
“Initially, Thordarson thought Khan Academy would merely be a helpful supplement to her normal instruction. But it quickly become far more than that. She’s now on her way to “flipping” the way her class works. This involves replacing some of her lectures with Khan’s videos, which students can watch at home. Then, in class, they focus on working problem sets. The idea is to invert the normal rhythms of school, so that lectures are viewed on the kids’ own time and homework is done at school. It sounds weird, Thordarson admits, but this flipping makes sense when you think about it. It’s when they’re doing homework that students are really grappling with a subject and are most likely to need someone to talk to. And now Thordarson can tell just when this grappling occurs: Khan Academy provides teachers with a dashboard application that lets her see the instant a student gets stuck.”—
I am a follower of Christ.
I am supposed to love my enemies and not judge.
I hate Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists for their religions. Not as individuals- but with a generalized intolerant hatred that I keep hidden.
[I also despise Western converts to these belief-systems].
I hate some of them for their misguided suicidal zeal, others for worshipping horrid idols and graven images, for persecuting/massacring Christians in their nations of origin, for promoting false religion with their resources, for thinking they have Truth and despising the Gospel, for bringing themselves into the Judeo-Christian western democracies and bringing idolatry, false philosophy and murderous fanaticism with them. For not appreciating the bases of western democratic liberty.
“The Young Man in a Hurry is a narrow-minded and ridiculously youthful prig, who is inexperienced enough to imagine that something might be done before very long, and even to suggest definite things. His most dangerous defect being want of experience, everything should be done to prevent him from taking any part in affairs. He may be known by his propensity to organise societies for the purpose of making silk purses out of sows’ ears. This tendency is not so dangerous as it might seem; for it may be observed that the sows, after taking their washing with a grunt or two, trundle back unharmed to the wallow; and the purse-market is quoted as firm. The Young Man in a Hurry is afflicted with a conscience, which is apt to break out, like measles, in patches. To listen to him, you would think that he united the virtues of a Brutus to the passion for lost causes of a Cato; he has not learnt that most of his causes are lost by letting the Cato out of the bag, instead of tying him up firmly and sitting on him, as experienced people do.”—Microcosmographia Academia
We know that Ledgers’ isn’t fancy or pissy-pants; and that it ain’t the best looking store on the block. All we ask is that you step inside to see what we have.
We can promise you ‘SURPRISE’. Our shelves and coolers are jammed packed. The women in Ed’s life are always saying, ‘YOU HAVE TOO MUCH! NO MORE.’ Ed just shrugs his shoulders, and laughs. And like most guys, he walks away, and orders more.
There’s a huge divide between the consumer space and the public sector. Why? The reason is that in government there isn’t a Darwinian pressure to innovate that’s in the consumer space. Consumer companies are one click away from extinction, so they have to innovate constantly. Yet in enterprise IT, which is far inferior to consumer IT, victory is considered winning that contract. Once companies win that contract, the incentives are to optimize their margins, not to innovate or make sure they’re providing better services.
You address that problem by adopting consumer technologies. Why are we even in the business of giving mobile devices at an enterprise level? Let all government employees go out there, pick whatever mobile device they want, and let competition decide which is a better technology, instead of having some random bureaucrat setting a standard for millions of people.
No disrespect intended to the Pakistanis over the border, I’d offer them the same birthday wishes, too, but, much to my surprise, yesterday I learned that Pakistan’s Independence Day is not the 15th of…