I’ve seen an animated gif of this Vine floating around.
I wanted to post it here because I like it and everywhere else I’ve seen it they don’t give MarLo Meekins credit.
Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class – Salon.com:
“Here’s a current example of the challenge we face,” he writes in the book’s prelude: “At the height of its power, the photography company Kodak employed more than 140,000 people and was worth $28 billion. They even invented the first digital camera. But today Kodak is bankrupt, and the new face of digital photography has become Instagram. When Instagram was sold to Facebook for a billion dollars in 2012, it employed only 13 people. Where did all those jobs disappear? And what happened to the wealth that all those middle-class jobs created?”
Efficiency and automation made America a knowledge-based economy. Nerds replaced low-skilled labor.
Others often make the point that new industries have emerged to replace the previous labor market, but there’s no acknowledgement of how those markets don’t employ as many people as the older industries did.
Why not? Because there’s no need to. Because computers.
And this is where things start getting weird. If you are in favor of automation and efficiency (and who isn’t) you are indirectly supporting the hollowing out of the low-skilled job market – and you begin to sound like a heartless Scrooge when the only thing you can think to improve the quality of life for low-skilled laborers is that they need to catch up, and fast.
Jamin Warren makes the case for why Xbox One has a good chance:
I asked my girlfriend, who does not play games, what she thought about the Xbox One announcement. All of the Kinect bells and whistles and media features were attractive to her and she said they were incredibly appealing as a consumer, but not as a gamer. However, she added, “If I owned an XBox One, I’d probably be more likely to play games.”
If that’s not progress, I don’t know what is.
That’s a big “if.” If you don’t play games, why would you buy an Xbox One? So you can connect your TV to it? That’s like buying an aftermarket satellite receiver.
The strategy of trying to appeal to a more general audience appears to make sense, but isn’t that what Nintendo tried with the Wii?
Judging from what’s been announced, Xbox One represents everything that I hate about recent dashboard redesigns and Kinect gimmicks. I don’t want to “have a relationship with my TV.” I want to chill out on my couch and play good games on my Xbox.
And for all that other stuff I have an Apple TV.
Modern Farmer | Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side:
…as the nation’s hunger grows for strained yogurt, which produces more byproduct than traditional varieties, the issue of its acid runoff becomes more pressing. Greek yogurt companies, food scientists, and state government officials are scrambling not just to figure out uses for whey, but how to make a profit off of it.
Speaking of fluoride, one of the conspiracy theories on adding it to the water supply is that it’s an industrial waste product that’s hard to dispose of – if only there were a way to get rid of it on a grand scale…like by having people ingest it.
I’ve heard the same thing about soy.
I don’t know if either of those are true, but this article about what to do with the waste produced by the booming greek yogurt industry brings both of these things to mind.
Fight Over Fluoridated Water Splits Portland’s Left – WSJ.com
Many “No” activists say they oppose fluoridation because it represents lack of choice. “The government does not have the right to make a major medical decision for the public at large. That decision flies in the face of everything it means to be a Portlander,” said Tacee Webb, who runs what she calls “an all-Gluten-Free Preschool.“
Nearly every article and argument I’ve read on this thing tries to dismiss the position of the anti-fluoride side and counters with “Well, you all are freaks and you don’t know what’s good for you, so we should just do it anyway because you are weird.”
Noodly jazz fusion instrumentals? Absolutely. Soggy poetry and kid choirs? Yes, please. Clichés that a B-list teen-pop writer would discard? Bring it on. The duo has become so good at making records that I replay parts of “Random Access Memories” repeatedly while simultaneously thinking it is some of the worst music I’ve ever heard. Daft Punk engages the sound and the surface of music so lovingly that all seventy-five loony minutes of “Random Access Memories” feel fantastic, even when you are hearing music you might never seek out. This record raises a radical question: Does good music need to be good?
I really really like this album, but1 I feel like I’m being tricked into it because every track is something/someone other than Daft Punk. The formula is overwhelmingly riffs on top of a drum track that never progress. The closest we get to that is the “come on come on come on come on Come on Come on COME ON COME ON COME ON COME ONNNNNNN” of Lose Yourself To Dance.
Still the best new music I’ve heard this year.
Slate reports on the city of Portland, OR and how the citizens there have repeatedly voted down measures to fluoridate their water supply.
I don’t understand why this is a big deal. Put aside all the quackery that these people are accused of. I believe that’s a red herring. Over and over again the people of Portland have voted that they don’t want this – that should be the end of the story, but it’s getting pushed onto them anyway.
I really thought of this, if people WANT fluoride in their water – say because for some reason they aren’t getting it from toothpastes or whatever, or they just like the taste of it (which is an odd reason, but fluoridated water tastes different) – why couldn’t there be some kind of Brita filter or something that ADDS fluoride to your personal drinking water? Does that sound stupid? If so, then why is it okay to do that to a city’s entire water supply?
The vote was yesterday. I haven’t seen results yet, but I suspect that it was voted down again.
I snapped a pic of this wine listing because I found it so pretentious. Then I found another vintage online that is somehow even worse:
This wine defines the term elegance.
There’s more, but that opening is already pretty bad.
Tell me a politician who is up here and doesn’t try to minimize his taxes… Tell me what Apple has done is illegal. I am offended by a government… that convenes a hearing to bully one of America’s greatest success stories… If anyone should be on trial here, it should be Congress. I frankly think the committee should apologize to Apple.
Senator Paul, you can apologize if you wish but that isn’t what this hearing is about.
OOOh – another snap! Politicians are so catty and passive aggressive.
I watched this last night. I liked it. It’s kinda long.
Today’s lesson in economics.
Tide bottles have become ad hoc street currency, with a 150-ounce bottle going for either $5 cash or $10 worth of weed or crack cocaine. On certain corners, the detergent has earned a new nickname: “Liquid gold.”
Photos on iOS and Mac OS are a mess. This guy proposes a good solution.
I also wondered what was going to happen to all1 my Google Talk contacts after Google announced a revamped Hangouts. It’s unclear whether this move is going to shut down Google Talk/Chat, but that’s what it seems like will happen.