"Given the knowledge that almost everyone is making purchasing choices that in some way contradict their values, is it really ironic that Anonymous is wearing a mask trademarked by Warner Bros? Perhaps the word you’re looking for is “unfortunate.””
How about designing a version of Guy Fawkes for 3D printing?
I’m out in Phoenix for Google’s Zeitgeist 2013. It’s kind of like google’s internal TED conference. I spoke here 2 years ago so it’s always nice to be back as a participant rather than a speaker. At the time, Larry and Sergey were really talking up the car and I ate it up. I’d love to see a world that significantly reduces the nearly 40,000 people who are killed every year in America from car crashes.
And today I got to ride in that glorious machine. There were two googlers in the front. One acting as the real life human if need be. And the other with his laptop open showing us everything the car sees. And that blew me away. It sees everything around it up to about 200 meters. It was a bit like riding in a car with a 16 year old newly licensed driver. It follows the book perfectly. Never strays out of its lane. Always comes to a complete stop. Turns are kind of harsh because it wants to turn like a robot, not give you a super smooth ride like experienced drivers do.
But all in all, I felt like I just experienced something revolutionary. We’ll soon look back and wonder why it took so long to make our roads safe. 40,000 lives is tragic. I want to see it down to zero.
Go get ‘em Google.
If there’s any broader issue I have with the Valley,” Karp says, it’s that “you’d have to be out of your mind to live in Palo Alto.
I love David.
'Danielle' by Anthony Cerniello
This is crazy. Watch it.
(Source: The Huffington Post)
No One is Innocent
We’ve chosen a democratic process, which means that we’ve chosen in aggregate to be governed by whoever shows up.
That’s horrifying in its own right, but its more-or-less what we asked for.
And what, you were expecting a perfectly oiled, benevolent government from top to bottom with seven nines up-time and great fault tolerance?
Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.Brian Eno, A Year With Swollen Appendices (via volumexii)