“The Republic” Reviewed

I like this review of Plato’s The Republic on Goodreads:

Let me explain why I’d recommend this book to everyone: Plato is stupid.

Seriously.

And it’s important that you all understand that Western society is based on the fallacy-ridden ramblings of an idiot. Read this, understand that he is not joking, and understand that Plato is well and truly fucked in the head.

I bet that Plato didn’t have a lot of friends. Who would want to hang out with a guy like this?

Facebook vs. Page Owners

Facebook Hashes It Out With a Brand in Public

There’s a misunderstanding of what the problem is for page owners. Facebook is double-dipping. Page owners had to earn their likes, sometimes using ad campaigns and other Facebook sponsored methods to do so. They put like buttons everywhere on their site, on their emails, on their blogs. They spread the Facebook brand far and wide so they could have a regular-people way to reach those who cared about their brands.

And now Facebook wants to charge again to reach those fans that page owners have already earned.

You would be upset too.

Dr. Eades’s Reading Strategy

Dr. Mike Eades reads a lot on his Kindle.

Say what you will about Amazon being evil, but there’s a major difference between my reading habits after I got a Kindle. Now with a Kindle not only do I buy books…I actually read them.

I have a similar set up. I highlight a lot and review them about once a week.

You’re As Busy As You Want People To Think You Are

Nearly everyone I know who humblebrags about how busy they are would have more time if they didn’t go out of their way to let everyone know how busy they are. They are trying to convey how in-demand and wanted they are.

I’m calling BS on it.

For The Bread

I struggle with this a lot.

Taking religion seriously means work…Getting inside the wisdom of the great religions doesn’t happen by sitting on beaches, watching sunsets and waiting for enlightenment. It can easily require as much intellectual effort as a law degree.

…Start by jarring yourself out of unreflective atheism or agnosticism. A good way to do that is to read about contemporary cosmology. The universe isn’t only stranger than we knew; it is stranger and vastly more unlikely than we could have imagined, and we aren’t even close to discovering its last mysteries. That reading won’t lead you to religion, but it may stop you from being unreflective.

I want the benefits of religion without drinking the Kool-Aid.

Twitterrific goes back to Freemium

Why are we returning to the freemium model now? Simply put, we’re hoping that by making the app free to download and use, we’ll get Twitterrific into the hands of thousands more people and those additional users will help support development via the increased ad revenue far into the future.

I thought ads in Twitter clients weren’t allowed anymore.

I’m In A Thing: The Foreigner

Opening this Friday. This is a very different role for me.

Nobody likes you, Erin

Well, maybe some people do. Probably too much.

Early Esurance commercials were animated featuring a pink-haired female spy named Erin Esurance, who posed as an auto-insurance agent. The goal was to juxtapose a widely disliked business, insurance, with a popular superhero archetype. In her first three years, the character was used in over 30 commercials. The character was also used on an episode of Who Wants to be a Superhero?. Esurance stopped prominently using the character in its advertising in June 2010 because the character was unpopular in surveys compared to the average for other corporate mascots such as Microsoft’s Clippy, with the exception of her top score in the “sexiness” category. Despite the unpopularity, in an example of Rule 34, pornographic fan art of the character—”some with a remarkable degree of verisimilitude to the real thing”, according to CBS News—appeared frequently in results for Internet searches of “Erin Esurance”, also likely contributing to the decision.

No Management Culture

Office For iPad Coming Soon

I expect apps will be free, but require an Office 365 account. It would be the only way for them to get people to give up their old copies of Office 2003.

$120 a year

This is why I believe most people don’t pay for the streaming music services.

The data shows that $120 per year is far beyond what the overwhelming majority of consumers will pay for music, and instead shows that a price closer to $48 per year is likely much closer to a sweet spot to attract a large number of subscribers.

$120 a year is more than most people spend on music anyway.

It’s not TV, it’s DVDs from the library

The public imagines that libraries are dynamic centers of learning and community, but the data shows that they’re mostly just places where your prosperous neighbors borrow popular books and movies without having to directly pay for them.

Daedelus’s “Experience” on Song Exploder

I also first heard of Daedelus through Madvillain’s Accordion.

Screw it – just buy everything from iTunes

Doesn’t seem like you really know what you’re getting from the hi-res audio places anyway.

The Nostalgia Business

Time states something that I’ve long suspected – that you can learn a lot about someone by going through their music collection (political stance, religious views, age).

What’s always been interesting to me is how closely people’s favorite songs are linked to their youth. The recorded music business is largely driven by teenagers. That’s nothing new, but there’s something about hitting your mid-twenties that makes Pandora good enough for all your music fulfillment.

Real life, I guess.

I think analysis like this gives weight to the idea that The Beatles got as big as they did not because they were a good band, but because they were the first breakout band heavily marketed to the baby boomer youth. Ultimate, the music of our youth is a way for us to remember what it was like to be young, without responsibilities, and what it was like to fall in love every week.

For many businesses the name of the game is to get us while we’re young. If they do that they have a good chance of having us forever. It’s a nostalgia business.1


  1. This is how Nintendo has been operating for years now.