All things must be taken with a grain of salt, but the Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by Vladimir Putin sure is interesting. Some quotes:
No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.
Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country.
But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day.
Now, to be clear, I would be surprised if Putin wrote this entire article himself. There should also be no doubt that there are Russian nationalistic motivations underlying these statements. At the same time, there's something very interesting about a foreign leader trying to speak directly to the American people.
Mark Stephens, better known as Robert X. Cringley, has posted an article on Douglas Engelbart, who passed away yesterday. I think Cringley does a good job of summing up the incredible, far-reaching impact that Douglas had:
In addition to the mouse and the accompanying chord keyboard, Doug invented computer time sharing, network computing, graphical computing, the graphical user interface and (with apologies to Ted Nelson) hypertext links.
Doug had a vision of modern computing back in the day when many computers were still mechanical and user interfaces did not even exist. He saw in a flash not only the way we do things today but also the long list of tasks that had to be completed to get from there to here. Now that’s vision.
Doug recognized immediately that to even describe his vision to computer scientists of the time would be to invite ridicule. He laid it all out for a colleague once and was advised to keep the whole idea under his hat, it was so crazy.
Cringley has some fantastic points in his article, which is absolutely worth reading in full. I really like what he has to say about genius versus vision.
Geniuses can be found on every street corner in Silicon Valley, but visionaries are much less common. Geniuses are good at completing tasks while visionaries are the first to recognize tasks that need completion.
Read the full areticle at cringely.com.
I keep trying to sign up for it, but it keeps redirecting me to random web searches.
When I first heard that iGoogle was being retired, I predicted to several coworkers that Google Reader would also go away soon. Looks like I was right; Google Reader is being retired on July 1 2013.
Time to start looking for alternatives.
Lifehacker has a list of alternatives
C|Net also has a list of alternatives
How do you think wealth is distributed? How do you think it should be distributed?
The average CEO makes in one hour what it takes the average employee one month to earn. The top 1% of the wealthy own 40% of the wealth in America, and 50% of all stocks and investments.
Absolutely nailed it. Maybe a bit more pain than joy sometimes :)
An editorial at Bloomberg has done some analysis at big banks (in the U.S.) and concluded that the numbers don't add up.
So what if we told you that, by our calculations, the largest U.S. banks aren’t really profitable at all? What if the billions of dollars they allegedly earn for their shareholders were almost entirely a gift from U.S. taxpayers?
To be blunt, those are some strong statements, and, if I was an American, I would find this very upsetting.
Are you a parent? You should read this thread on Reddit. There's a lot of truth to this:
Childless people usually have a list a mile long of things they would do better than most parents if they were parents. I was like that. I was going to read bedtime stories every single night, never raise my voice, go on walks after dinner, teach them perfect manners, always put them first, make them listen to classical music, and basically have perfect kids.
Then reality sets in and it's amazing how many of those things you will be willing to compromise on over a little fatigue. Then you add work stress and when you get home you just want to relax. You start to rationalize bit by bit.
Then they start school, and it's amazing how quickly you let yourself believe that school is a break from the kids and thats where they learn, and there is no need to waste more time on learning at home. That's my time, after all.
Thankfully, though, I think most parents realize this happens and they struggle to fight those urges. But it is indeed a struggle, every single day. When I look back at what kind of parent I wanted to be vs. the parent I actually am, it saddens me but motivates me to try harder. But it's also made me realize that parenting is far more challenging and gruelling than I ever gave parents credit for. So I try not to judge other parents when they make mistakes or lose their way mentally and emotionally. We're all a lot closer to being that scumbag parent than we think.
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