UberRUSH & the Return of Bike Messengers as an Icon

dbreunig:

I fear the tech industry might start fetishizing bike messengers again. Head for the hills.

But seriously, bike messaging became an icon of the outsider class in the mid-2000s and was co-opted by brands from Red Bull to Pabst to Adidas. The number of dollars spent on ad campaigns featuring bike messages had to have dwarfed the number of dollars spent on actual messengering.

As a result, I discussed the idea in many focus groups between 2005 and 2006. And based on this anecdotal experience, I don’t believe the mythical version of the bike messenger is a good omen.

The bike messenger as an icon rose as a symbol of freedom and authenticity admired by those in bureaucratic employment. People were burnt out and admired the idea of self-employment, no take-home work, and exercise (while ignoring the crushing healthcare costs). But they also admired the idea of working on something tangible and ‘real’. Neither of these drivers are good economic signals. Perhaps the mythical bike messenger, an easy-going self-reliant who performs tangible work, heralds corporate burnout and bloat at once. We shall see.

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Why I’m Betting on Julia

Julia.

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"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?

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jayparkinsonmd:

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.

jayparkinsonmd:

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.

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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.

By Design | David Karp Is Tumblr’s Reluctant Technologist - NYTimes.com

I love David. 

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imageoscillite:

'Danielle' by Anthony Cerniello

m-borgomani:

This is crazy. Watch it.

(Source: The Huffington Post)

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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?

No One is Innocent
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