Think about how people make decisions, big decisions, like who should I vote for, what do I think of the health care bill, what’s going on in Afghanistan, what should I think of all this news about Thailand, and small decisions like what shoes should I wear or what album should I listen to, should I take this job, and where should I eat tonight?” he asked. “We make those decisions by talking to people we trust.
true. /Christopher Cox for Wired/
A German nursing home has come up with a novel idea to stop Alzheimer’s patients from wandering off: a phantom bus stop. The bus stop, in front of the Benrath Senior Centre in the western city of Düsseldorf, is an exact replica of a standard stop, with one small difference: buses never stop there. [..] It sounds funny but it helps. Their short-term memory hardly works at all, but the long-term memory is still active. They know the green and yellow bus sign and remember that waiting there means they will go home. The result is that errant patients now wait for their trip home at the bus stop, before quickly forgetting why they were there in the first place. [..]
We know screwups are an essential part of making something good. That’s why our goal is to screw up as fast as possible.
Lee Unkrich, Pixar
1) everything thats already in the world when youre born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after youre thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until its been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Douglas Adams, How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Internet (polecam całe, via kottke.org) ps. tak, to ma 11 lat.
My dream is to never have to take a real job again. If my next movie bombs and nobody ever gives me another dollar to make more, I wouldn’t care. I don’t need to do it anymore. I was never convinced that the film thing would last anyway. It just made me interesting enough to have a Web site.
Kevin Smith for Wired
Starting next July, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection, says the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Finland is the world’s first country to create laws guaranteeing broadband access
The government had already decided to make a 100 Mb broadband connection a legal right by the end of 2015. On Wednesday, the Ministry announced the new goal as an intermediary step.
“We think [the internet is] something you cannot live without in modern society,” said Laura Vikkonen, a spokesman for the ministry. “Like banking services or water or electricity, you need an internet connection. “Universal service is every citizen’s subjective right.”
A Durban IT company pitted an 11-month-old bird armed with a 4GB memory stick against the ADSL service from the country’s biggest web firm, Telkom.
Winston the pigeon took two hours to carry the data 60 miles – in the same time the ADSL had sent 4% of the data.
/BBC News/ [a propos: w czasach FidoNetu funkcjonował protokół przesyłania danych Panie-Jurku. ”- Panie Jurku, pan weźmie dyskietkę i zaniesie ją do księgowości.”] [b propos: Wojtuś w tamtych czasach routował podobnym protokołem pakiety BRE].
Narcissists typically make judgments with greater confidence than other people … and, because their judgments are rendered with such conviction, other people tend to believe them and the narcissists become disproportionately more influential in group situations. Finally, because of their self-confidence and strong need for recognition, narcissists tend to “self-nominate”; consequently, when a leadership gap appears in a group or organization, the narcissists rush to fill it.
“The Dark Side of Charisma” – Robert Hogan, Robert Raskin i Dan Fazzini o typach menadżerów, znalezione w The Talent Myth
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
Robert A. Heinlein
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