Read it like an Eminem rap or Dr. Seuss story, either way I think it flows the same.
And by noon poor old Horton, more dead than aliveHad picked, searched and piled up, nine thousand and five.
If it rains, let it rain, the wetter the better They ain't gonna stop us, they can't, we're stronger now more than ever
And, just as he felt he was getting nowhere,And almost about to give up in despair, He suddenly burst through a door and that Mayor.
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
From a NYTimes piece, from a well known contributor. I'll let you guess what the blanks are
For decades, Americans believed that we had the world's healthiest and safest ___. We worried little about this ___'s effect on the workers it relies upon. Nor did we worry about its ability to endure - that is, its sustainability.
Before you peek make a guess in the comments.
I do a lot of grading of written work, 24 students, 6 papers a quarter, 5 pages a paper, 3 quarters a year....
A lot of the tasks for grading a paper are routine such as opening, editing and closing - even some commenting is repetitive as undergraduates are relatively consistent with some mistakes. To solve this problem I wrote a very simple script that saves a graded work as a pdf, closes the window and prepares it for email. If you do anything repetitive, even opening a few browsing tabs regularly or preparing a GIMP file, learning AHK is should be what you do next.
While only estimations this might mean TLC knows more than 90% of bank executives and if so - watch out cake baking industry, you're next.
From the first, and what I think to be only, movie I viewed that made me want to read the book
"We are never quits with those who oblige us," was Dante's reply; "for when we do not owe them money, we owe them gratitude."
Earth Day happened this past April without much attention, which is too bad because you might think that the sustainability of our existence would draw more attention. One event that might have helped - in one sense - is if the recent oil spill happened in late March rather than April. As a catalyst for discussion any natural disaster in March would really help because Earth Day really is poorly timed. Late April in much of the United States means that trees and flowers are blooming, foliage and grass are greening and people are beginning to enjoy time outside. At first glance it might seem that this is the perfect time to call attention to the earth, rather people will look out their windows and think well, things can't be that bad.
Earth Day needs to be in the hottest days of summer or coldest days of winter. People need to be physically uncomfortable so that they stop and think about the current weather and consider change. The spring-time timing also hurts because the season is associated with things being born again and nature emerging from its winter slumber. Rather than the earth appearing to need our help, it seems to be doing fine on its own. The Gulf oil spill will draw attention to what happened, and for a few weeks people will care about the earth again but when flowers bloom, gardens produce and trees burn with fall colors all will be forgotten until some day next April.
As with other posts, this was republished here because of is extinction elsewhere.
Internet companies are a lot like reality TV housewives; they live in their own worlds with their own rules and like to give advice to people who would prefer something more pragmatic, but will settle for what they can get.
Last year I read Rework off a recommendation from a friend and thought it was awful. A collection of short thoughts by two people who - my psychology training was screaming fundamental attribution error - appeared to be successful but not necessarily through great skill but rather having just enough skill in the right situation. The blog style formatting and throw-toghetherness of it all had me nearly shipping to California.
Then this study came out and things began to make more sense. The simplicity, lack of sequential though and breviity of the book wasn't a spoiled child of the technology world, but rather the exact manifestaion of an entrenprenuer. From Inc:
Sarasvathy likes to compare expert entrepreneurs to Iron Chefs: at their best when presented with an assortment of motley ingredients and challenged to whip up whatever dish expediency and imagination suggest. Corporate leaders, by contrast, decide they are gong to make Swedish meatballs. They then proceed to shop, measure, mix and cook Swedish meatballs in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible.
Internet companies are like reality stars - only not the housewives - they are the winners, the people who we can't understand but by following their own path find their own success.
After Haggis had emergency surgery, his doctor told him that it would be four or five months before he could work again: “It would be too much strain on your heart.” He replied, “Let me ask you how much stress you think I might be under as I’m sitting at home while another director is finishing my fucking film!”
From a well written New Yorker article
If you've wondered what the Matthew Effect was, first the literal origination.
For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. —Matthew 25:29, New Revised Standard Version
One major problem with the internet is its homogeneity. Not the overall web, just what you look at. Most of your web traffic probably pulls through the same corridors. I have a steady stream of blogs I read regularly, a twitter collection of commentors, and whatever comes through my inbox. Blogs, tweeps, and Inbox were all my creations and because so, customized by me to only receive the news I want. My bias isn't towards FOX or HuffPost but both, and this uniformity probably makes me more informed than either single subscriber.
I know that most men — not only those considered clever, but even those who are very clever and capable of understanding most difficult scientific, mathematical, or philosophic, problems — can seldom discern even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as obliges them to admit the falsity of conclusions they have formed, perhaps with much difficulty — conclusions of which they are proud, which they have taught to others, and on which they have built their lives. Tolstoy
Ironically the difficulty of good algorithms simplify rather than confound this problem. Google is good for finding four plus three but not so good if you are just telling it to look for numbers that produce seven. Netflix has invested more than anyone else to create a good recommendation engine for movies and I never err with it. Rating Crash and Million Dollar Baby as good movies won't get more good movies, just popular ones.
The Daring Fireball RSS feed was sponsored by XYDO, which claims to "learn what you like so you only see what's interesting to you from across the web". Even if they could succeed I'm not sure they'd want to.