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Ann Arbor News via Vielmetti

Fortunately, the true nature of the Internet isn’t hard to understand. In fact, just a fistful of statements stands between Repetitive Mistake Syndrome and Enlightenment…

^ World of Ends – grossartige grundsatzbestimmung von doc searls und david weinberger.


Since the world drives to a delirious state of things, we must drive to a delirious point of view

- Baudrillard via Kroker, The possessed Individual, S. 66.

Unser Ich, das wir als das unmittelbarste und konkretest, nämlich als uns selbst, empfinden, ist – wenn man es etwas poetisch ausdrücken will – eine Fiktion, ein Traum eines Gehirns, von dem wir, die Fiktion, der Traum, nichts wissen können.

Gerhard Roth in ‘Der Diskurs des Radikalen Konstruktivismus’ (253) via einer Notiz (damals noch in docbook) vor 10 Jahren.

Who will offer the world more than a dead end?

^ gestellt von Umair Haque

As usual, the most popular music wasn’t the best recorded this year either. Same for the highest-grossing movies, restaurants and politicians doing fundraising.

Which means that if you want to keep track of doing your best work, you’re going to have to avoid the distraction of letting the market decide if you’ve done a good job or not.

^ seth godin

Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice.

Kottke via Kottke

That’s the way obvious answers work. They’re not obvious because they’re easy to find, they’re obvious because, in fact, there’s an answer.

enthalten und ausgeführt hier

(aus der abt. reentry, weil das konzept der obvious answer selbst eine obvious answer ist)

Complaining is not a strategy

Jeff Bezos via excom


Divorce is hard. Putting this process into numbers, images and data visualizations is helpful.

das kongeniale Quantified Breakup via Flowing Data

For others, you might now be running in your head to a well worn path of justified resistance, phoning up the ol’ gang, circling the hippocampian wagons of amygdalian resistance. Hold on a sec, pilgrim.

First, it doesn’t feel like we are asking you to abandon some glorious place of communications nirvana. At this point in your life, Outlook may be familiar, which we can often confuse with productive or well designed. Certainly, we can admire the application for its survival, an anachronism of the now defunct 90s PC era, a pre-web program written at a time when NT Server terrorized the data center landscape with the confidence of a T-Rex born to yuppie dinosaur parents who fully bought into the illusion of their son’s utter uniqueness because the big-mouthed, tiny-armed monster infant could mimic the gestures of The Itsy-Bitsy Pterodactyl.

Yahoo’s Jeff Bonforte in einem Memo ob der eher langsamen internen Adaption von Yahoo Mail via Allthingsd

wow, sogar Seth Godin sagt, dass Google endgültig über den Hai gesprungen ist:

These places don’t run out of creativity. You don’t jump the shark because you’re empty, you do it because there’s pressure to be greedy.

How does this happen? Public companies almost inevitably seek to grow profits faster than expected, which means beyond the organic growth that comes from doing what made them great in the first place. In order to gain that profit, it’s typical to hire people and reward them for measuring and increasing profits, even at the expense of what the company originally set out to do.

Every company at a certain stage ends up with two sorts of employees… some that work hard to improve the experience and value for the original customers, and some that tear down that experience and value in order to please shareholders in the short run.

I’m not sure he’s thought this through, though. I would be more worried that someone would kill me in order to get the documents released than I would be that someone would kill me to prevent the documents from being released. Any real-world situation involves multiple adversaries, and it’s important to keep all of them in mind when designing a security system.

Bruce Schneier via Techdirt

Judging by their response, the meanest thing you can do to people on the Internet is to give them really good software for free.

Anil Dash via BB

Meistens, wenn ich eine Frage gestellt bekomme (selbst wenn sie mich berührt), wird mir klar, dass ich absolut nichts zu sagen habe.

- Deleuze, Dialoge, S. 9.

Meine Empfehlung: Im Netz persönlich zu sein, aber nicht privat.

Peter Glaser via Dominique Silvestri

It’s like proprioception, your body’s ability to know where your limbs are. That subliminal sense of orientation is crucial for coordination: It keeps you from accidentally bumping into objects, and it makes possible amazing feats of balance and dexterity.
Twitter and other constant-contact media create social proprioception. They give a group of people a sense of itself, making possible weird, fascinating feats of coordination.

^ oh mann, auch schon wieder 7 jahre her, dass wired in How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense mit social proprioception / sozialem 6ten sinn eine der punktgenauesten beschreibungen von twitter abgeliefert hat.

(was retrospektiv betrachtend interessanterweise derzeit gerade sichtbar wird, ist eine art diskursive propriozeption, also eine spürbare eigenempfindung des diskurses selbst, wie also die aussagen und das aussagbare etc. selbst nur funktive innerhalb von ich sag einmal genealogischen serien a la foucault sind, nur dass alles extrem beschleunigt und also mit entsprechenden zentrifugalkräften, wackelnden reifen usw. abläuft)

hmm, sehe gerade, dass assotsiationsklimbim genau heute vor 7 Jahren Lazy Blog 31 auf den kompaktest möglichen Punkt gebracht hat:

wären die dazugehörigen diskussionen nicht immer noch blöder, man müßte fast sagen, es wird immer noch blöder.


today’s leaders are failing on a grand, epic, global, historic scale — at precisely a time when leadership is sorely needed most. They’re failing me, everyone under the age of 35, and everyone worth less than about $50 million. I can excuse leaders who are boring, mean, stingy, greedy, uninteresting, self-obsessed, vacuous, and generally lame. I can even excuse lying, cheating, and stealing. But I can’t excuse the fact that they’ve failed.

Umair Haque endlich mal wieder mit einem Grundsatzrant: The Great Dereliction

By increasing the amount of mess I had freed things up and increased the possibilities, I had maximised the adjacent possible and was able to create the appearance of inventing new things by editing the mistakes which appeared novel and interesting.

David Galbraith via kottke

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