The stuff of dreams, the stuff of nightmares: "How Much Data is Generated Each Day?"
(Plus- the Father of the computer database)
“Big Data is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it”*…
Revel in really, really big numbers: https://bit.ly/2UJjEph
Mapping the spread of words along trade routes
(Plus- Canterbury Tales, told)
“We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary”*…
ponder the provenance of your produce: https://bit.ly/2IEknkr
A glimpse of things to come?
Authoritarian countries are openly working to control opinion/knowledge online. Now the EU risks backhandedly following:
"Official EU Agencies Falsely Report More Than 550 Archive.org URLs as Terrorist Content"
A record of the most significant event in the history of life on Earth, the fossil evidence of the almost-instant extinction of most life on the planet: "The Day the Dinosaurs Died"
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”*…
Extricate heads from the sand: https://bit.ly/2Z3DlGZ
An assessment of MoMA's "The Value of Good Design" exhibit... and a meditation on the history and role of design more generally: "How 'Good Design' Failed Us"
(Plus- the Apple I)
“A picture is worth a thousand dollars”*…
Curtail commodification: https://bit.ly/2Islxzh
Humanity's most epic migration: "The history and mystery of Polynesian navigation"
(Plus- the British Empire, begun)
“We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization, but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so”*…
Find your way: https://bit.ly/2G2we8Q
"Snapping a black hole's silhouette is like photographing an orange on the moon..."
The Event Horizon Telescope Is Trying to Take the First-Ever Photo of a Black Hole
The mystery of the missing comestibles: "When did America’s heart turn cold on buffet chains?"
(Plus- the father of Sweet'N Low)
“The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.”*…
Walk the line at: https://bit.ly/2D4JMjz
The contribution of culture and art to the U.S. economy is bigger than the economic output of Sweden or Switzerland: “The Economic Power of American Arts and Culture
“Life without industry is guilt; industry without art is brutality”*…
See to your soul: https://bit.ly/2UltOvV
Lots of cautions– with an optimistic kicker– at: “What the 17th century’s “Little Ice Age” teaches us about climate change”
“One of the biggest obstacles to making a start on climate change is that it has become a cliche before it has even been understood”*…
Bundle up: https://bit.ly/2G0YHgo
Liquid Pleasure’s assent to wedding band superstardom– its rewards and its costs– are an all-too-revealing tale of our times: “That Kind of Money”
(Plus- MLK’s last speech) “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced”*…
Have helped start lots of orgs (e.g., GBN, Wired, Oxygen); of late, mostly NGOs. Still practice scenario planning, mostly with not-for-profits.
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