Oct
31
2011

– to find someone you actually

love, who’ll love you — the chances

are… always miniscule.

via.

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Oct
30
2011

As for what Facebook’s future is, Zuck shed some light on his vision for the network. “I think the story that we look back will be the apps and things that are built on top of Facebook. The past five years have been about being connecting people and the next five to ten years are about what are all the things that can be built now that these connections are in place.”

And I’ll leave you with one of Zuck’s more memorable quotes from the talk, “The biggest risk is not taking any risk…In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”

via Facebook’s Zuckerberg: If I Were Starting A Company Now, I Would Have Stayed In Boston | TechCrunch.

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Oct
29
2011

I see Obama a Luke and Warren as Leia although in this timeline Luke succumb to the dark side!

Can’t think of anywhere else but the Daily Show that this would happen!

Update: This afternoon, Elizabeth Warren sent an email to supporters that included the photo, with the subject line “There’s something happening here.” Here’s the full text of Warren’s email:

Tommy,

There’s something happening here in Massachusetts.

I see it as I travel across our state, meeting hard-working men and women who know that the deck has been stacked against them for far too long, people who just want a fair shake again — and want leaders in Washington who will fight for them.

Just take a look at this photo I took from the stage in Framingham Tuesday night — a packed house and tons of enthusiasm for our campaign’s first volunteer organizing meeting:

This is what a real grassroots campaign looks like: A campaign not accountable to Wall Street and its armies of corporate lobbyists, but to working families in Framingham, in Springfield, across the Commonwealth, and around the country who know that we can — and must — do better.

The early days of this campaign have been so inspiring, and I’m glad that you’re a part of it. But we have so much work to do, so many powerful interests lining up against us, and we have to keep the momentum going.

Click here to share this inspiring photo with your friends on Facebook, or post it on Twitter. Show everyone you know the energy of our grassroots movement for the middle class — and invite them to join us.

Together, we can make sure that working families in Massachusetts and across America have a chance to get ahead again. But to do it, we need to keep our grassroots campaign growing strong over the weeks and months ahead.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth

via Scary (For Scott Brown) Photo Of Elizabeth Warren Volunteer Meeting Goes Viral | Mediaite.

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Oct
29
2011

Elizabeth Warren Class Warfare Video | Mediaite

Posted by: angol in Categories: rePosts.

While right-of-center critics might be quick to dismiss her anti-deficit rhetoric as more “blame Bush,” it’s Warren’s comments on the so-called “class warfare” that are resonating the most among progressives (transcript below via TheBlaze):

“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare, this is whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody.

“You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.

“Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea. God bless — keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is, you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”

“Social contract” is a phrase that should resonate across the the political spectrum, as it takes the onus of constructive behavior on the individual and away from the perceived “victimization” angle that riles the conservatives so much.

via Elizabeth Warren Class Warfare Video | Mediaite.

this one is inspired by vince the tapa prince! thanks for the pizza!

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Oct
28
2011

Television is reportedly a writer’s medium, and the aforementioned writers did an astonishing job, telling the story of around a dozen characters over a period of several months (not an especially wide scope, but the level of detail involved is intimidating); it helps that O’Hara doesn’t attend the story conferences developing the plot lines but does rewrite the script when it arrives on the set, helping keep the dialogue effective and real (or as real as possible within the confines of melodrama). All that said, the two directors helming the project do an amazing job of keeping the series visually distinct. O’Hara’s classic style (John Ford by way of Gerardo de Leon) makes for an interesting contrast against Red’s young-punk style (Leone by way of Johnny To, I’m guessing, with the occasional homage to Paul Greengrass). Red deals mainly with the younger cast, and his restless, flashy camera reflects their restless, flashy acting style; O’Hara’s stoic understatement, on the other hand, perfectly complements Aunor and De Leon — in their scenes together you sense a serenity and quiet intimacy that comes from years of having known each other, worked with each other, at one point even loved one another.

Best television you’re likely to see this year? I don’t know; I haven’t had a chance to watch much Filipino TV (asking around, people do tell me it is). I can say this much: it’s the best storytelling I’ve seen this year to date, and that includes everything released this year on the big screen — Hollywood, independent, international.

The series continues for one more week in October at TV5; the previous episodes are available for online streaming (there are roughly 10 episodes to catch up with). If you’re at all interested in what Aunor or O’Hara (arguably the two finest Filipino artists alive, in their first major collaboration in over twenty years) are up to, or if you only want some sharp and intelligent storytelling — in this case an imaginatively entertaining retelling of our history of the past three decades — you could do worse than to watch this. Highly recommended.

via Sa ngalan ng Ina: Best of the year, arguably | BusinessWorld Online Edition.

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Oct
26
2011

They’re not mutually exclusive qualities, of course. One of the best examples of passion combined with professionalism was Vincent Van Gogh. There’s a lot of shallow psychoanalyzing about Van Gogh — “his paintings are so distinctive because he was mad,” and so forth.

But Van Gogh was no naïve artist operating on raw talent and passion alone. If you read his letters, you discover that he was a well-educated scholar of art, much influenced by the ideas of others.

His passion kept him going when nobody would buy his works, but it was his professionalism — his endless desire to learn more and do better, that exploited his talent to its fullest. Van Gogh’s early works didn’t amount to much. It was his growth as a serious, thoughtful, professional artist that turned him into what he became.

In fact, his bouts of madness had nothing to do with it; they disturbed his thinking and prevented him from painting. If anything, his work is all the more impressive because he was able to do it in spite of, not because of, his illness.

It’s time for a moratorium on recruitment ads that demand passion. It sounds cool, but ultimately, it’s meaningless except as an excuse for demanding long hours and offering poor benefits. By itself, it’s not much use to development companies, either.

Passion is no guarantee of talent or even basic competence. Ability, pride, discipline, integrity, dedication, organization, communication, and social skills are much more useful to an employer than passion is. And they’re more useful to you, too.

via Gamasutra – Features – The Designer’s Notebook: Passion Versus Professionalism.

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Oct
20
2011

TED: Roy Bunker

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Learning from a barefoot movement

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Oct
20
2011

Quantum levitation!

Posted by: angol in Categories: rePosts, Science, Social Events.

What the what? This video gives a little more explanation into the effect at work here (superconductivity + quantum trapping of the magnetic field in quantum flux tubes) and an awesome demonstration of a crude rail system. You can almost hear your tiny mind explode when the “train” goes upside-down.

via Quantum levitation!.

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Oct
20
2011

“Its spectacular, my husband has this variation called LRRK 2,” she said.Academics “jaws dropped” when they found out 23andMe had made a discovery of that caliber, she said. Thats because most pharmaceutical companies keep data close to the chest so they retain a competitive advantage over other companies, she said.”Through the research is the first time that consumers having participant driven research, weve been able to identify the gene SGK1 that looks like its a modifier and protecting against LRRK2 a gene associated with increased risk of Parkinsons,” 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki said. “The community has been so successful that in such a short time frame we found something that could be a modifier that could lead to a druggable target.”

via Sergey Brins Wife Might Have Figured Out A Way To Save His Life.

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Oct
18
2011

Brian Eno on bizarre instruments – Telegraph

Posted by: angol in Categories: rePosts.

The important thing about the relationship between music and technology is that it’s entirely circular. Composers or instrument-makers notice a new way of making a noise – an electronic valve for example.

They then build a rudimentary instrument using that. Composers and musicians start working with it and immediately demand improvements, so the designers go back to work and an improved version appears. The improved version immediately offers musical possibilities that never existed before, so people start making new music with this new instrument, music they had never thought about making before. Then of course the instrument-makers respond with further modifications as the nature of the new instrument begins to become clearer, so the cycle is self-feeding.

The grand piano is a good example. The concert grand piano as we know it today really depended on the state of iron-casting technology. Prior to the pianos of the mid-19th century, frames were wooden, so the pianos could only be put under a certain amount of tension and therefore could never really be that loud. The first iron-framed pianos were called pianofortes: the important part of that word is “forte”.

The piano forte could be used against a full orchestra and still be heard. That led directly to new forms of music which would not have been conceivable before. So it’s that kind of process that is going on all the time in music.

Music always co-opts whatever is the state-of-the-art technology at any given time, so it’s quite consistent that in the Forties and Fifties, people started looking at electronics. Electronics had started becoming available and people could start making things. In fact, the particular form that Oram worked in, which is basically drawn sound, was pioneered by some Russians in the Twenties, who realised that optical soundtracks on films could be a way of making music, so that became their experiment.

via Brian Eno on bizarre instruments – Telegraph.

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