Nov 09

Daily Links for November 20th through November 22nd

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • Matt Taibbi – Taibblog – Sarah Palin, WWE Star – True/Slant – At the end of this decade what we call “politics” has devolved into a kind of ongoing, brainless soap opera about dueling cultural resentments and the really cool thing about it, if you’re a TV news producer or a talk radio host, is that you can build the next day’s news cycle meme around pretty much anything at all, no matter how irrelevant — like who’s wearing a flag lapel pin and who isn’t, who spent $150K worth of campaign funds on clothes and who didn’t, who wore a t-shirt calling someone a cunt and who didn’t, and who put a picture of a former Vice Presidential candidate in jogging shorts on his magazine cover (and who didn’t).
  • Quote and Comment – I was asked to speak recently at a conference organized by Yale University with the title “Journalism & The New Media Ecology: Who Will Pay The Messenger?” This irritated me. The question should have been “who will subsidize news production?” because news production has always been subsidized by someone or something. Very rarely have users paid directly the costs of editorial production.
  • A Question of Emphasis :: The Scoop – My fear as a Washington Post subscriber and reader of washingtonpost.com is that, when the folks running the organization turn things around (and I believe that it is not an impossibility or even a long-shot), what emerges will be not only a news organization that is a shadow of its former self – most orgs will have to face that reality – but that it will have put so much emphasis on the paper that it cannot take advantage of the possibilities online. That the folks running things are literally rolling back the progress and smart work that has been done, and will not be able to get it back as fast as they might think. And the people who remain – those who will be charged with the task of rebuilding a news operation that embraces all of the ways that its readers and users can gain value – will have neither the support nor the depth to make it happen.
  • The 40-30-30 Rule: Why Risk Is Worth It :: Tips :: The 99 Percent – Many of the strategies employed in competitive and recreational sports are applicable in business and our personal lives. One lesson I learned from alpine ski racing was the "40-30-30 Rule." During training, early on, I tried to go fast, and I also focused on not falling. On a ride up the ski lift, my coach told me I was missing the point. He explained that success in ski racing, or most sports for that matter, was only 40% physical training. The other 60% was mental. And of that, the first 30% was technical skill and experience. The second 30% was the willingness to take risks.
  • Video of Angry Wingnuts Booing Sarah Palin, Calling Her a “Quitter” & Chanting “Sign Our Books” | Rumproast – Teabaggers just aren’t happy about anything these days. I guess the Noblesville, Indiana Going Rogue book signing didn’t go very well yesterday because 300* or so of the 1000 people with wristbands were asked not to tread on Sarah Palin and then she tried to make a getaway with Baby Trig and several duffel bags full of cash but wingnuts have learned to protest about everything these days, so they were having none of it. This is the best thing you will see about horrible, horrible Sarah Palin on the internets all day and until the end of time.

Jul 09

Daily Links for July 27th

All excerpts are quoted from the respective link(s).

  • Unemployment: Great Depression vs Great Recession « Visualizing Economics – I created this infographic to compare the unemployment rate over the last 18 months to the Great Depression.
  • The psychology of overconfidence : The New Yorker – Cohen and Gooch ascribe the disaster at Gallipoli to a failure to adapt—a failure to take into account how reality did not conform to their expectations. And behind that failure to adapt was a deeply psychological problem: the British simply couldn’t wrap their heads around the fact that they might have to adapt. “Let me bring my lads face to face with Turks in the open field,” Hamilton wrote in his diary before the attack. “We must beat them every time because British volunteer soldiers are superior individuals to Anatolians, Syrians or Arabs and are animated with a superior ideal and an equal joy in battle.”
  • AdViews | Digital Vintage Video Commercial Archives – AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s. These commercials were created or collected by the ad agency Benton & Bowles or its successor, D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B). Founded in 1929, Benton & Bowles was a New York advertising agency that merged with D'Arcy Masius McManus in 1985 to form DMB&B. Major clients included are Procter & Gamble, Kraft, Schick, Vicks, and Post, among others. Commercials will be added in phased batches over several months in 2009.
  • A Model of The Creative Process – The creative process is not just iterative; it’s also recursive. It plays out “in the large” and “in the small”—in defining the broadest goals and concepts and refining the smallest details. It branches like a tree, and each choice has ramifications, which may not be known in advance. Recursion also suggests a procedure that “calls” or includes itself. Many engineers define the design process as a recursive function: discover > define > design > develop > deploy

    The creative process involves many conversations—about goals and actions to achieve them—conversations with co-creators and colleagues, conversations with oneself. The participants and their language, experience, and values affect the conversations.

Jun 09

Daily Links for June 10th

  • What World MPs Really Make – An infographic that details how much money the world's most effective politicians earn.
  • Philly LandStat – The LandStat application supports the analysis and display of aggregated data for land records information based on official documents tracked by the Department of Records through its PhilaDOX system. It includes data on Mortgages, Deeds, Sheriff's Deeds (an indicator of foreclosures), Real Estate Transfer Tax (RTT), Condominium Declarations, and Property types (residential, commercial, mixed use, etc.).
  • Accidental Guerrilla; Part 2, Strategy « Alternate Seat of TYR – Specifically, auto-immune war is a strategy, but its tactical implementation is the creation of false positive responses. Security obsession gums up the economy with inefficiencies. Terrorism terrorises the public; security theatre keeps them that way. As Kilcullen points out, every day, millions of travellers are systematically reminded of terrorism by government security precautions. Profiling measures subject entire communities to indignity and waste endless hours of police time. Vast sums of money are spent on counterproductive equipment programs and unlikely techno-fixes. National identity cards and monster databases are the specific symptoms of this pathology in the UK, just as idiotic militarism is in the US.
  • Set in Our Ways: Why Change Is So Hard: Scientific American – Millions of us dream of transforming our lives, but few of us are able to make major changes after our 20s. Here's why…
  • Billshrink: iPhone 3G S vs Palm Pre vs T-Mobile G1 – An infographic showing a comparison of the three competing smart phones.
  • Socrata | Making Data Social – Discover useful, unique and unusual datasets created by the community.
  • More Czars Than the Romanovs | TPM Photo Features – More Czars Than the Romanovs
  • Did Cooking Make Us Human? § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM – Richard Wrangham argues in his new book that cooked food yields more calories than raw and is the key to our evolution. Did cooking also enable pair bonding and the concept of ownership?

Nov 08

Now how many ‘bad banks’?

In an April 2008 post titled “Which one’s are the bad banks, anyway?”, I noted that the secretive FDIC list included some 76 institutions.   The list is currently at 171.   While both of those numbers are less than the total number of bank failures during the Great Depression and the Savings and Loan Crisis, the amount of money in play makes the case as to why this situation is comparable if not worse. Continue reading →