Posts from the “Reference” Category

Twitter is making me dumber | 52 Tiger

Posted on January 15th, 2013

Twitter is making me dumber | 52 Tiger. Social media allows people to reach out and distract each other. The immediacy of the Internet is a benefit and a hindrance, reducing thoughts and stories to virtual Tic Tacs that we mindlessly pop into our mouths. One thing I will say is that I find many of the things mentioned are also dependent on the quality of information that you allow in. If you follow a small number of people who are careful about the things they wish to share and set a high quality bar themselves, then the experience will be different. That said, I’ve quite been enjoying the quality of posts and conversations I have on app.net and find the additional post length…

1922: Why I Quit Being So Accommodating | Mike Cane’s xBlog

Posted on December 30th, 2012

“You are thirty-five years old,” I said to myself. “More than half of your life has already been spent. Who is living your life, anyway? Is it actually yours? Or is it a kind of public storehouse of odd jobs? A pile of days and hours put on the counter of the world with a sign inviting every Tom, Dick, and Harry to take one?” via 1922: Why I Quit Being So Accommodating | Mike Cane’s xBlog. Yep, you read that right. This was written in 1922. Very long read but well worth the time.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The future will not be cool – Salon.com

Posted on December 21st, 2012

To understand the future, you do not need techno-autistic jargon, obsession with “killer apps,” these sort of things. You just need the following: some respect for the past, some curiosity about the historical record, a hunger for the wisdom of the elders, and a grasp of the notion of “heuristics,” these often unwritten rules of thumb that are so determining of survival. In other words, you will be forced to give weight to things that have been around, things that have survived. via Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The future will not be cool – Salon.com.

The little camera that could | Tom Perry | Writing & Photography

Posted on December 18th, 2012

Despite that relationship between photographer and subject being the bread and butter of what photographers should do, too often we get obsessed with lighting, composition and lenses and forget that the relationship between photographer and subject is very much two-way. Even the language we often use for photography – we ‘take’ photos – demonstrates this. But photography shouldn’t be about ‘taking’; it should be about learning a bit more from each other and sharing in an experience. And the images, if done respectfully, should reflect this. via The little camera that could | Tom Perry | Writing & Photography. Good photography is often more about what is happening outside of the camera.

The Web We Lost – Anil Dash

Posted on December 13th, 2012

We’ve lost key features that we used to rely on, and worse, we’ve abandoned core values that used to be fundamental to the web world. To the credit of today’s social networks, they’ve brought in hundreds of millions of new participants to these networks, and they’ve certainly made a small number of people rich But they haven’t shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they’ve now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don’t realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be. via The Web We Lost – Anil Dash.

In defense of yes. (or at least “oh alright, I suppose so.”) – reciprocity

Posted on December 12th, 2012

It’s very much in vogue right now to espouse the benefits of “saying no” And, of course, I believe that you shouldn’t do things that make you unhappy or work with people who don’t add to or feed the work. But I also believe there is great value in sometimes doing the thing you don’t want to do, doing someone a favor, even doing something out of obligation. Because sometimes that thing we think we’re going to hate turns into the thing we actually love and every once in a while the person we wrote off, ends up being exactly the person we need. via In defense of yes. (or at least "oh alright, I suppose so.") – reciprocity. While I believe that saying…

Frank Chimero – Digital Jubilee

Posted on December 11th, 2012

The Jubilee offers a way out of oppressive expectations, even if they are our own. This year, I’m practicing a digital jubilee by archiving my inbox, deleting my RSS subscriptions, and unfollowing most everyone on Twitter. These, of course, will fill back up as time passes, but now I have a recurring way to purge. via Frank Chimero – Digital Jubilee.