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Monday, May 28, 2012

If Not George Bailey's Dream, Maybe the Mayans urges you to support your local credit unions.

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Johnny Tapia

"Johnny Tapia, a prizefighter who won world titles in three weight classes in a chaotic life that included jail, struggles with mental illness, suicide attempts and five times being declared clinically dead as a result of drug overdoses, was found dead at his home in Albuquerque on Sunday. He was 45."  Read the full story in the New York Times.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

It All Happened.

Damon Lindelof talks about "LOST," its controversial ending, and a lot of things you wouldn't necessarily think about when you think about telling stories, in this interview on The Verge.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why I Won't Watch Football This Year

In the wake of Junior Seau's death, I had a conversation with a friend of mine, whose intelligence I admire, and whose opinions on sports and social issues I respect, about football's "safety issues." I told him that I didn't know if I would be able to watch the sport anymore. His last words on the matter were, "Well, we don't have to decide right away." Football season doesn't start until September, after all.

But our conversation was not isolated: Seau's death has brought the discussion of violence in football, and more specifically CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease associated with multiple concussions), into the national spotlight yet again.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

How Yahoo Killed Flickr

And Lost the Internet. Gizmodo.

On community:

"The milestones for that acquisition were all based around integrating that local event data into Yahoo. Yahoo didn't care about Upcoming's users—the community that created the data. Yahoo's approach turned out to be completely backwards. The value of the the company was determined by the index itself, rather than how the index was built—which is to say, by the community.
It was a stunning failure in vision, and more or less the same thing happened at Flickr. All Yahoo cared about was the database its users had built and tagged. It didn't care about the community that had created it or (more importantly) continuing to grow that community by introducing new features."

Death of Death of a Salesman?

In The New Yorker, Giles Harvey argues that the play is overwrought, and not the masterpiece we perceive it to be.

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet

Aaron Sorkin's commencement address at Syracuse University. Awesome.

From thepurposefairy, "15 Things You Should Give Up in Order to Be Happy."

And finally, from MarcandAngel, "What I Know at 62 That I Didn't Know at 24."

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

From North Carolina, Let's Take a Lesson in Framing

North Carolina's voters approved a measure that would add a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. This is Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, two days before the measure passed, on asking the right questions. Let this be a lesson to us moving forward:

"The question shouldn't have been- not, 'How do you feel about same-sex marriage?', but 'Do you believe that a majority, by popular vote, should get to decide the rights of a minority?' That's a dangerous precedent. Because that means that the rights of people are determined by who's in the majority at a particular time."

Colbert, Tyson, and e=mc²

Neil de Grasse Tyson, that is. For an hour and twenty minutes. In one of the best interviews about anything I've ever seen, Stephen Colbert and the astrophysicist chat about the universe, our society, science education, and even James Cameron.

Some excerpts:

Colbert: Is knowledge always a good thing?
Tyson: I have to say yes.
Colbert: Why?
Tyson: Because it empowers you to react, and possibly even do something about it, if something needs to be done.

Tyson: Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.

Also, The Most Amazing Fact Ever  (Tyson).

Monday, May 7, 2012

11 Million People and Zero Ads. Wait, What?

"In September 2006, São Paulo’s populist mayor, Gilberto Kassab, passed the so-called 'Clean City Law,' outlawing the use of all outdoor advertisements, including on billboards, transit, and in front of stores." 

In short, it's working. From New Dream.

Google and Government

My main takeaway from David Ewing Duncan's interview of Bill Maris, a Google Venture Managing Partner, is that we need people in government today who have bigger ideas. From The Atlantic.