From inboxing to thought showers: how business bullshit took over
work became a place you could go to find yourself
A certain amount of empty talk is unavoidable when humans gather together in large groups, but the kind of bullshit through which we all have to wade every day is a remarkably recent creation.
Not all the ideas fare well. The Shared Girlfriend sex-doll service, for example, was shut down in September in response to a public outcry.
Xinhua, has trumpeted bike-sharing as one of China’s “four great new inventions.” (The other three are mobile payments, e-commerce and high-speed rail.)
Uskon jalkatyöhön ja kyttäämiseen.
A moral panic is always a reaction to something that has been there all along but has evaded attention—until a particular crime captures the public imagination.
The collective energy of all the radio waves caught by Earth’s observatories in a year is less than the kinetic energy released when a single snowflake comes softly to rest on bare soil.
Eighty percent of people who are shot in Philadelphia survive their injuries. This statistic surprises people when they hear it. They tend to think that when people get shot in the belly or the chest or the face, they die. But the reality is that people get shot and then they are going to survive, because trauma surgeons are going to save them, and that’s when the real suffering begins.
I'd like to see more of the creators expressed in the works, not because I want to "receive" the "messages" they are sending, but so that I can feel like the work is not being stamped out by a machine in a factory.
Zynga derives all of its revenue from 2.2% of its players. The remainder are there as viral marketing infrastructure
even children's animated films are more political than the average game
one difference between "traditional" games and social games is that the former don't try to infect the time we spend away from them as well as the time we spend with them. Surely there is something compulsive about console games too, but at least the end
“In my mind it’s not very complex,” he says, sheepishly, “but I haven’t yet found anyone I can explain it to who understands it. I usually just say, ‘It’s magic.’”
as a rule, I don’t trust fanged pits spitting money at me for no known reason
The whole thing had a ChatRoulette feel, but with fewer dicks.
But here’s the crazy thing: I don’t have the pulse anymore. Rhythms change every generation. The intensity and the drums change. And I’m not on the pulse. I can’t pretend. It’s kinda like watching your uncle dance.
For me, hip-hop is about freshness. You can always hop, but you won’t always be hip.
We’re human. I try to find the goodness in the world and like, you know, I mean, even Jesus—Jesus had to get a little bit, you know what I mean?
Miten kritisoida uusliberalismia ilman että lapsi menee pesuveden mukana
Perhaps maps offer the best analogy. Just like economic models, maps are highly stylized representations of reality. They are useful precisely because they abstract from many real world details that would get in the way. Realistic full-scale maps would be hopelessly impractical artifacts, as Jorge Luis Borges described in a short story that remains the best and most succinct explication of the scientific method. But abstraction also implies that we need a different map depending on the nature of our journey. If we are traveling by bike, we need a map of bike trails. If we are to go on foot, we need a map of foot paths. If a new subway is constructed, we will need a subway map—but we wouldn’t throw out the older maps.
“A good rule of thumb is we shouldn’t impose a set of rules that will create moral outrage, even if that moral outrage seems stupid to economists,” Mr. Thaler said.
Myös Riiko Sakkinen osaa kirjoittaa. Hän on kirjoittanut esimerkiksi viittauksia siihen, että maailmassa on sotia ja epäreiluuksia. Sakkisen muropaketissa lukee ”White Supremacy”.
Se tekee taiteesta itsestäänselvyyksiä kilpaa kiljuvien teosten kuoron, joka häviää uutisoinnissa medialle ja syiden etsimisessä tutkijoille.
Later, a federal law enacted by President Boris Yeltsin designated that date as “The Day of the October Revolution of 1917,” dropping “great” and “socialist” from the former definition. In this new age of privatization, little was great and nothing was socialist.
The best advice he ever received, Rothfuss says, was from the writer who ran the workshop he attended after he won that first short-story contest: “It’s late once, but it’s bad forever.”
However, a huge part of my troubled response to this issue is that I have no idea how they can respond without shutting down the service itself, and most systems which resemble it. We have built a world which operates at scale, where human oversight is simply impossible, and no manner of inhuman oversight will counter most of the examples I’ve used in this essay.
The internet has a way of amplifying and enabling many of our latent desires; in fact, it’s what it seems to do best.
Totean Harrille, että hänen kotinsa on ”virkistävä”, ikään kuin raikas sekoitus tylliä, kitchiä ja enkelipatsaita. En ole tosin ihan varma, puhunko totta.
Harri, tule vihkimään! Harri, tule siunaamaan! Harri, tule ristimään!
Myös muu Pirkanmaa hätyyttelee tuon tuosta, ja Harrihan vihkii, kastaa ja siunaa.
Ihmiset ovat sellaisia, että he eivät kysy poliitikoilta, mitä tekevät. He päättävät itse.
”Aina näitä on laiskoiksi haukuttu. Mutta samanlaisia vesseleitä nämä ovat aina olleet.”
This is me in a banana split, where I’m the center of a dessert. People made a balloon out of me…very nipply. Quite nipply.
Where commercial bot-makers see an almost-too-good-to-be-true chance to simultaneously personify their brands and automate their businesses, political bot-makers see an opportunity to exploit anonymity with a humanlike touch at an inhuman scale.
They thrive just out of sight but fully within earshot.
Some of the best film criticism works both as a prelude and a look back at the work in question: You can read it to decide whether you want to see something, or you can read it afterward, to better understand what it was exactly that you saw.
I was in my mid-twenties when I first read her book Intercourse; my friend said that it would make me “never want to have sex again,” which sounded great at the time, and it was.
He held his principles until he felt like they didn’t have to be held.
Ruotsissa päivälehdistön tasolla ministerit osallistuvat julkiseen yhteiskunnalliseen keskusteluun paljon hanakammin kuin täällä. Joko he tai heidän sihteerinsä ovat kirjoitustaitoisia – mikä antaa aiheen kysyä itseltään, että ehkeivät nämä Suomen ministerit pystykään kirjoittamaan mitään.
Edgar Allen Poe was right: there’s nothing more beautiful than something we love that is forever gone.
Some days you’re the tits, some days you’re the ghost; you can’t win.
Born in a factory so large that clouds once formed within it, the 747-100 was nearly twice as long as the Wright brothers’ entire first flight.
we are so hardwired for empathy that our brains are willing to make the leap to humanizing a piece of wood
Unlike at school, Hiroshi has the patience for these lessons: His grandfather is not telling him how he should think; he is teaching him to aspire to perfection.
Tuomioiden määrä oli siis toimittajien perspektiiviharhaa, mikä on näin toimittajana varsin ikävää, koska itse asiassa olin ajatellut tehdä koko tämän juttuni käymällä läpi EIT:n tuomioita.
It was now 330 days until release. “Hopefully by June, July, the film will actually look somewhat like it should look,” Waititi said. “At the moment it’s basically a blue screen with people in front of it. Its just blue, blue, blue, blue everywhere.” He gestured at an editing bay in the corner, its monitor featuring Goldblum posing before a blue tarp.