Why must everyone match?

14 Mar 2018 | this is how

Laura Smith asked.

Alex, The Beauty Inside:

Being good looking opens doors, no matter who you are. They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, that’s kinda hard to count when nobody can see your inside.

Erik P. Hansen:

Not having to worry about what shirt to put on every morning is one of the secrets to a happy life.

Those who know, do.

14 Mar 2018 | the stand

Michael Hobbes:

This is why the touchstone experience of millennials, the thing that truly defines us, is not helicopter parenting or unpaid internships or Pokémon Go. It is uncertainty.

Elspeth Reeve:

At first you loathe the teens, because you know nothing about them and think they’re idiots, beneath you. Then you love the teens because you figure out they are smarter than you, and you make peace with the death of your cultural relevance, because you know you’ll be in good hands. Finally, you recognize the shape of the adults they’ll become, corrupted by money and vanity and hubris just like everyone else.

Those that understand, teach.

Just throwing out a line to see what comes back.

14 Mar 2018 | the oa

Libby Copeland:

It is astonishing what DNA testing can do. The same technology can cleave families apart or knit them together.

What matters most

03 Nov 2016 | 100blocksaday

Holly Holm:

I don’t want to think too far ahead because you’re never promised another day, you’re never promised another opportunity.

Chris Heath:

Maybe, more often than we can bear, the one thing we don’t want to accept is the one thing we need to: Sometimes the world fractures. It just does.

Nicky Gumbel:

How you spend your time is evidence of where your hope lies.

What a time to be alive.

03 Nov 2016 | the stand

Peter Sunde, interviewed by Joost Mollen:

Look at all the biggest companies in the world, they are all based on the internet. Look at what they are selling: nothing. Facebook has no product. Airbnb, the biggest hotel chain in the world, has no hotels. Uber, the biggest taxi company in the world, has no taxis whatsoever. The amount of employees in these companies are smaller than ever before and the profits are, in turn, larger. Apple and Google are passing oil companies by far. Minecraft got sold for $2.6 billion and WhatsApp for like $19 billion. These are insane amounts of money for nothing. That is why the internet and capitalism are so in love with each other.

Bruce Schneier:

We need a better way of regulating new technologies. That’s going to require bridging the gap between technologists and policymakers. Each needs to understand the other ­– not enough to be experts in each other’s fields, but enough to engage in meaningful conversations and debates. That’s also going to require laws that are agile and written to be as technologically invariant as possible.

Also, Who lives, who dies, who decides when a self-driving car must kill?

We call it simply...black.

03 Nov 2016 | minimalist, apple

Bruce Schneier:

Users are free to click around the Web until they encounter a link to a phishing website. Then everyone wants to know how to train the user not to click on suspicios links. But you can’t train users not to click on links when you’ve spent the past two decades teaching them that links are there to be clicked.

John Gruber:

A good “simple” design will help users to understand what is actually going on, how a thing actually works.

The only plane in the sky.

03 Nov 2016 | the stand

Rep. Adam Putnam:

There was one van, maybe a press van, that was parked too close to the plane’s wing. I remember a Secret Service agent running down the aisle; they opened the back stairs, he ran down to move the truck. He never made it back on board. They didn’t wait for him.

Col. Mark Tillman:

I went down to the tarmac to see about having the plane refueled. We could carry 14 hours of fuel. I wanted 14 hours of fuel. I was worried that they weren’t going to have enough fuel trucks, but it turned out we’d happened to park over a hot refueling tank they used for bombers. This civilian is arguing with our crew, “The fuel pits are only authorized for use in time of war.” This Air Force master sergeant—God bless him—overhears this and roars, “We are at war!” He whips out his knife and starts cutting open the cover. That defines to me what the day was like.

I also remember the day Osama died, there were no transcendent moments.

[via Garrett M. Graff, Politico]

The brave new world

03 Nov 2016 | the stand

of The Internet Of Things™, where your fire alarm and baby monitor won’t work because internet. Here’s what happens to a British city when it loses all electricity for days.

Bruce Schneier:

We no longer have things with computers embedded in them. We have computers with things attached to them.

Tim Harford:

The better the automatic systems, the more out-of-practice human operators will be, and the more extreme the situations they will have to face.

Also, Krebs DDOS, Dyn DDOS.

[via @mikko]


03 Nov 2016 | obscure sorrow

Bojack Horseman:

One day, you’re gonna look around and you’re going to realize that everybody loves you, but nobody likes you. And that is the loneliest feeling in the world.

Ravi Zacharias:

Our greatest longing is for acceptance and our greatest fear is rejection.

Marina Keegan:

We don’t have a word for the opposite of loneliness, but if we did, I could say that’s what I want in life.

Secretly incredible people just do things.

03 Nov 2016 | love does

Jason Florio:

In our travels in West Africa we have often found the people who have the least will offer you the most.

Nicky Gumbel:

If you want to know what someone is like, look at how they treat people who can do nothing for them.

Seth Godin:

There are two challenges here. The first is that in a connection economy, the idea that others need to be in coach for you to be in first doesn’t scale very well. And the second, in the words of moms everywhere: Life is more fun when you don’t compare.

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