— Really love that Google lets its employees speak their mind (or at least doesn’t seem to take issue after the fact). Here, security engineer Mike Hearn issues “a giant FUCK YOU” to NSA, GCHQ and others.
Functioning “mechanical gears” seen in nature for the first time. Deep science with an added dash of art and community collaboration. Charming.
What I hope for you:
That you combine that edgy mixture of self-confidence and doubt.
That you have enough self-confidence to try new things.
That you have enough self doubt to question.
That you think of technology as a verb, not a noun; it is subtle but important difference.
That you remember the issues are usually not technical.
That you create opportunities to improvise."
— Facebook’s Margaret Stewart remembers ITP’s Red Burns, who used to welcome students with a list of things she wanted them to know… and things she hoped for them. Pretty lovely and a salient message for us all.
— Let the Data Speak — great interview with data visualizer, Jer Thorp.
— Reading Born Again in Jail, by Barrett Brown, the Anonymous-related writer who’s “facing decades in prison” is a hilarious but sobering review of a book from the Nixon era that seems somehow quaint by today’s standards. Brr.
Haven’t been tracking Vines at all, but this is really lovely and amazing. By, well, a video producer at Twitter, Ian Padgham.
— George Packer on "Celebrating Inequality." A sobering read.
— Happy birthday, Brian Eno, you fabulous person, you.
— Really incredible piece by British stand-up comedian Stewart Lee on why there are no right wing stand-ups. Read to the last line, which actually made me gasp out loud, and I pride myself on having no shame when it comes to “bad” words.
— Don’t know if it’s just me but with comments like this, Mark Zuckerberg sounds like all the magazine and newspaper publishers I’ve known over the years. And so the wheel turns.
— Thoughtful, fascinating profile of Minecraft creator, Notch. I think we’ll see more (private) companies rising up which are not driven by the capitalistic imperatives of the past. Suddenly wealthy, young founders have different ideas about management, and are designing corporate systems that suit their own philosophies and thinking. In this case, Notch employs twenty or so people at his company Mojang, which has a flat management struture and no set working hours. “When you have the kind of success Minecraft has brought, you can just choose yourself the way you want to do things,” says Persson, which includes not rabidly pursuing the Next Big Thing. “I try to have a studio where people go to make games for the fun of it, not just because some investor has said we have to make money.” This is a small company, of course, but just imagine how this might float up to influence larger corporations, who always need to be able to attract and hire talent.
How beautiful is this? Christo’s Big Air Package, a ginormous piece in the Gasometer Oberhausen, Germany, and the artist’s first major project sans partner in life, Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009. As the blurb puts it, at 90 meters high, with a diameter of 50 meters and a volume of 177,000 cubic meters, “the work of art is the largest ever inflated envelope without a skeleton.” I die.
Photo: Wolfgang Volz © 2013 Christo
— Mark Zuckerberg on turning down Yahoo’s offer of a billion dollars for his then-fledgling social startup. Whatever you think of the young founder and Facebook, that takes some guts.
The Alan Partridge movie. Oh no oh no oh no (oh yes).
[via Emily McManus]