Most days it is hard to imagine a US where it could occur and did sometimes daily.
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Recently I have been trying to get a better background in strategy, be it military, political or buisness. So books like The Art of War, The Prince, Hagakure and the like. Feel free to recommend any missing must reads.
77% of these samples appear to have been leaked by industry insiders.Found in Analysis of Security Vulnerabilities in the Movie Production and Distribution Process
Could an ADD Hunter Have Survived?, A chapter from the second edition of Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perception by Thom Hartmann
ADDers are damaged by growing up in our society, but not in hunting cultures
... individuals living among the historically agricultural Native Americans, such as the Hopi and other Pueblo Indians, are relatively sedate and risk-averse. On the other hand, Fikes said, members of the hunting tribes such as the Navajo are "constantly scanning their environment and are more immediately sensitive to nuances. They're also the ultimate risk takers. They and the Apaches were great raiders and warriors."
But we today are not a society of hunters, raiders, and warriors. We are farmers, office- and factory-workers. Therefore, we punish and discourage hunter and warrior behavior in our children and adults.
I find the idea that ADD traits are desirable to a hunter culture intresting. Now if one also takes the higher than usual ADD'r in geek culture maybe some intresting understandings arise.
Thomas Edison, Intellectual Property and the Recording Industry or what history can teach us about the current situation between MPAA and RIAA vs. people and the independants. Hint, Edison's monoply and strong arm tactics brought the intervention of the government after the indepents make the monoply absolete.
Update: Part 3 is up.
The book, Almost Perfect, was originally published by Prima Publishing in 1994. It is the story of the rise and fall of WordPerfect Corporation from my point of view.It is already providing facinating reading. Hearing about the recession of the early 80's and comparing it to the current one is rather theraputic.
Although I did not know it at the time, that $5 an hour part-time job would turn into a great opportunity. Somehow I had arrived at exactly the right place at exactly the right time. ... Like some rare astrological phenomenon when all the planets are perfectly aligned, all the necessary events came together at just the right time, and a new and soon to be successful company was born.It amazes me how much computers have changed in 20 years and how little the whole buisness aspect of computers and software has changed in 20 years.
Serendipity is all about making fortunate discoveries by accident. You can't automate accidental discoveries, but you can manufacture the conditions in which such events are more likely to occur.First thought, how my blog has recently connected me to a deceased friend's relative. How the previous sentence was the second most emotionaly difficult thing I have wrote on this site, the first being the above mentioned post.
Honestly I really have no idea why I do this. Many of the reasons mentioned in Manufactured Serendipity could apply.
Bliki, Wiki, Chiki, Reeky? A good point about how a Weblog like interface to a Wiki does a good job of inviting, though the bigger point is the culrural issue. Wikis, especially the big successful ones, are really about the community where Weblogs are usually about an individual. Regardless a Blog interface couldn't hurt.
Now this tthinking raises a thought, what if Slashdot was more Wiki like with it's comments?
You all know me. You all know how big a fan I am of the gay community. You all know the respect and fascination I have for gay culture and practices. I've said in many an interview, from 'Chasing Amy' onward, that the only reason I never dabbled in homosexuality when I was younger was because I wouldn't know what to say to a guy after he blew a load in my mouth - a sentiment that says more about my social awkwardness than any socially awkward stereotypes that've been unfairly hung on the gay community.After having seen the movie on Satruday gotta say it was great. Lots of laughs and all. Like engel said after leaving the theatre, "I can't believe he got away with it". I'm not surprised that GLAAD is displeased with the movie but it is a shame that they do have to be displeased.
Gay or straight has never been a big issue with me. Sex is sex, as far as I'm concerned. Some cats dig on the opposite gender, and some cats dig on their own. Sexual identity will always be as mystifying as why 'The Dukes of Hazzard' was once the number one television show in our country: there's no point in getting bent out of shape about it; it just IS. Some cats will always gravitate toward Daisy Duke, and some will always pine over Boss Hogg.
Anyway, I told Scott all of this during the course of our conversation, and asked what we could do to allay his (and GLAAD's) fears. He said he'd be asking Miramax to make a substantial donation to the Matthew Shepherd Foundation (Matthew Shepherd is the Wyoming student who was beaten to death for being gay in one of the worst hate crimes in recent memory; the Foundation's aim is to educate the public on the dangers of homophobia). I said I'd be happy to make a donation as well, as it's a great cause, and one I believe in strongly. He asked how much I'd like to donate. I queried how much he intended to seek from Miramax. He said two hundred grand. I admitted I don't have pockets as deep as Miramax. He suggested I donate ten grand, and I said "Done."
Democracy and freedom aren't about prosperity. You can be poor and quite free. Democracy is about the legitimacy of the individual, whose voice and vote should count for more than any other single interest or group. Technology can either be the vehicle through which those voices are re-democratized, or it can provide the tools through which corporatism can generate even more money.We, the technos, are no more or less selfish than the previous generation or other subcultures. We want what is best for us like the religous right or the retired. Like any society we think our would view is better than the rest, why else would be a part of the society?
"As a society, we can try to make cyberspace conform to the rules of physical space. Or we can recognize the extraordinary potential of this new culture, and invest cyberspace with laws and values and properties that are fundamentally different."Embrace change or live in the past. I choose chage.
A nice Anime site. One of my college carear highlights was the Anime presentation to my Japanese Culture class. Succeded in converting the professor to a Anime lover, in the academic sense.
My favorite slashdot comment, "Blame Canada! With their beady eyes, and floppy heads..."
Perl's creator shares his thoughts on a subversive lifecycle. by Larry Wall
As always Larry's words are interesting, insightful, and a good laugh.
Hmmm, now I'm a big fan of "desk toys" just to show some personality. The wired thing where I work is the females organize, and push, the game stuff, female is the coach for the softball team and another female aranges all the basketball contests as fund raisers. Maybe it is an organizing thing but the women seem into the sporting events, more so than I.