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The latest startup gold rush? Creating a TV show.
Update for a previous post: not all attorneys are bad. In fact, a hell of alot of them are great. I'm talking specifically about the power hungry types who are looking for selfish ways to profit from their position. Those ones.
What I like about the attorneys I know and like is that they are well educated, rational more than most of us, know how to use the system hopefully for good and are generally informed about so many things they are a pleasure to speak with. Just wanted to put the record straight about that...
When I first moved to Europe I was terrified to discover that the most used language in the EU was English! I guess I thought that way because I don't consider England to be a European country - although they are a member of the EU. I thought the primary language would be French.
I am super curious to see how that shakes out after brexit is finished but I am told by many folks working for the EU that English will still remain the dominant language. Most newer entrants will demand so.
Put your work into having a product (or service). Hyping your new thing should only come about when you actually have something tangible to work with. I thing we've all arrived to the point where hearing about this or that new future service, sign-up-for-an-annoucement, etc., has grown irksome.
There is this new space in language from the past 10 (?) years where we express ourselves in a super brief way - like a tweet and/or emoticon. But, while the dust is still settling on this new medium you see people awkwardly explaining the trigger of an emotion in plain language. I've done it many times in this journal, too (the previous version). I wonder what linguists would call this?
I thought I was making something cultural and bigger than myself. In reality, I was just making myself go broke. C'est la vie.
I'm not going to say which nightly news I'm watching from this hotel but holy geezus why can't they just report the news instead of all the opinion, guffaws, hand gestures and attempts at meme-making.
Have you seen the movie "Idiocracy"? It's a worthy watch.
It's a weird thing on the net how you have so many people who rush to the newest and hopefully most profitable thing so they can "monetize". I'm not much of a fan or advocate of advertising on the net. Well, I could be if it didn't involve so much crap and tracking. But, now, it's just turning the net into a giant cheap strip mall.
Anyways, Youtube. I would posit that perhaps 5% of these daily vloggers (entertainers?) have real skill and creativity involved in the making their videos. The rest of them, the ones that are trying to build communities and earn a living, are involved in the latest and perhaps most convenient gold rush on the net. It had to end at some time.
Yes, it's a still and new and exciting platform, but being entitled to those advertiser dollars does not make sense. It's not a job. It's a hobby. When the internet became this amazing thing where everybody's hobby turned into a job (happened to me, too) is when passion eventually begins getting tossed out the door.
So, when I hear people complaining that Youtube is no longer paying enough money all I can think about is what their real passion was in the first place.
I've dreamed since I was a teenager that David Byrne and Penguin Cafe Orchestra would make an album together.
You have to marvel at how much easier flex is to use over float. If you don't know what that is just Google 'css flex'. And maybe next year grid will be ready. Maybe (?), it's getting easier to build websites? Well, now that we're not worrying about older IE as much, that's a pretty dumb statement. Of course, things are getting easier. I wonder how many billions were lost debugging things around IE.
Damn, I was plotting to do something like this! Except, with crayons and it would be different.
With the massive number of gun related deaths in the US every year I'm surprised that Europe (EU) hasn't implemented any travel alerts of their own?
You know, because this. All. Of. Europe. What?
Note: if you didn't know, I'm a US citizen. ;)
Sometimes it happens and sometimes it does not.
Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.
~ Jerry Saltz
The job of a designer is to be curious, raise questions and find creative answers. The job of a developer is ultimately to answer all the questions in an efficient manner (which is also a creative act). Programming is a yes/no propositional paradigm (?!) while designing is a much more ethereal minded way of solving problems.
I wish I could get that statement down to a single sentence. Maybe another day.
Years ago I had a rare disease called sarcoidosis. One of the nice things during that time was that I could sleep on my back. I loved crawling into bed, laying on my back and then I'd be out in a couple minutes. Of course, having that disease was a whole new level of tiredness.
But, now I'm recovered and I sleep on the left or right side. Which leads to me question - do most people sleep in similar positions on both sides?
Mostly I prefer sleeping on my right side. I have this habit of extending my arms and legs straight out together, with my toes and fingers just barely off the edge of the bed. It's a weird position according to people who know about it but I find is so comfortable.
And, like most people, I toss from side to side during the evening. My left side position is more - fetal - I guess I would call it. I end up with my left hand under my face. I also occasionally have some numbness in my left arm from this position.
I honestly feel that the quality of government could be vastly improved if more students were encouraged at younger ages to study the subject of working in government. Civics?
As it stands, a massive percentage of politicians are attorneys. Their skillful bending, manipulating and parsing the laws and language of the country do not necessarily serve it well.
When I was a student, and I believe it's similar today, I was encouraged to study math and science. Yes, these are great pursuits but do these qualify one for certain kinds of jobs? I don't have the answer, but when you see interview after interview with politicians parsing every damn statement, you just have to wonder how in the hell they got there?
We need less of those people. We need people who understand a true responsibility to national interest. Would it be so bad that more young students would say "I want to grow up to work in government"?
Tap, swipe, rotate is the new button, lever, knob.
Btw, this site runs on Indexhibit. It's using a never publicly released journal add-on and a customized Documenta theme. I'm planning to release it in a few weeks. If you are interested in using this setup let me know.
I'm quite certain I have spent most of my life not sleeping well.
You know those people who live to be 115 years old and who claim that eating vats of butter and drinking whiskey every day is the key to longevity? Well, I think their real secret (aside from not giving a fuck) is that they sleep really well. For whatever reason, as children, they learned how to sleep through sibling attacks, hurricanes, godzilla and even a Trump administration. This, is a real skill.
My own theory is that true sleep leads to preventing stress, obesity, cancer, all kinds of mental disease, etc. Plus, they are rested and have a head start every day. They can focus and get stuff done!
Only lately, I've found my own method for getting better sleep. Proper restful sleep most nights. I'm not going to live to be 115 but it sure helps.
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This is my Twitter, my Facebook, my Instagram, my LiveJournal, my Blogger, my Friendster, my Snapchat, my Pinterest, my Tinder, my Zombo.com, my moodboard, my trainwreck, my real-life, my whatever-the-fuck-I-want-it-to-be. The internet was once a damn fun, cool, awesome, creative, democratic and mostly ethical place to hang out.
I'd love if you follow me here. Maybe I'll make a phone app out of this site. Maybe I'll steal all the interface ideas from Facebook. Maybe I'll call it VaskaChat. I think I need at least three hundred million to make this happen. Oi vey...
My TOS, you ask? I don't track you, I don't monetize your existence, I don't use your name for my own profit, I'm just having fun so if you don't like the weekly color scheme or think the usability sucks (you know who I'm talking about) it's going to be ok. ;)
The implications of this existing are amazing.
I don't believe in social media the way that you might. I understand for business it could be an OK thing. But, for the average person to be spamming their near every thought, trying to be a social influencer (and making money from it) - how would you feel if I showed up at your doorstep with a sign trying to sell you things? Ok? Please stop doing it...just be a regular person.
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