SceneTap, the app that lets you see what bars are full, and what percentage of the patrons are female, had a PR meltdown when it tried to launch last week in San Francisco. There were the negative stories about its “creepy” face recognition technology. Threats of boycotts on bars that used it. Merchants backing away from the app in horror. And ultimately, a panicked-sounding statement from the Chicago-based company’s CEO. But amidst all the controversy, nobody bothered to ask the question: does SceneTap even work? I decided to test-drive the app on Wednesday night in San Francisco, and invite along someone who would have more use for this app than pretty much anybody else: Mike Smooth, professional pick-up artist, or PUA.
“[Some years ago, a child was asked
whether he liked radio or television best.] The boy
said radio, because the pictures were better.”—Jack Gilbert, from “A Man in Black and White” (via the-final-sentence)
“My dear fellow, what’s this about? Machine guns? Is there no government?”—Made by Saddam Hussein during a raid to capture him after a failed attempt to overthrow the government of president Abdul Rahman Arif in September of 1964. From the book “Saddam: The Secret Life” by Con Coughlin,Pan Books 2002.
“I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”—President Kennedy on America’s aim to land a man on the Moon, made 25th May 1961. “Spaceflight: The complete story from Sputnik to Shuttle and beyond.” Published by Dorling Kindersley Limited, Great Britain, 2007.
True: Conflict Can Sometimes Be The Catalyst For Enhancing Your Creativity (PART 1 of the Conflict-Creativity Series)
The second world war is an example of just how influential conflict can be in the creative process. Shortly before Germany’s surrender to the allied forces, it began to put its faith in a newly developed and lethal weapon called the V-2 which was a rocket that could land in many parts of Western Europe, bringing a sordid devastation with it. The plans did not amount to much as the Third Reich was brought to its knees.
The United States, one of the allied coalition, quickly saw advantages with the weapon’s capabilities and set to work by naturalizing one of the key rocket experts named Wernher Von Braun who collaborated with The United States and NASA up until 1972. The Americans set about studying the work developed by the Germans and the rest is history. On July 21 1969 at exactly 2:56am GMT, Neil Armstrong, and our civilization, touched the toga of legend when he set foot on the powdery surface of our much fabled Moon.
I just finished reading Howard Schultz’s book ‘Onward’ in which he tells the story of how he returned to the CEO position at Starbucks around a decade after stepping down to save it from its downward spiral.
It’s an exhilarating read… and a story of how – once again – a great leader…
Everyone is asking if we are in a tech bubble. I think we are not. But I also think that there is a bigger problem at play. In the race to be the next big thing we forgot that companies exist to fulfill a need. We got too consumed with our own numbers, our growth and hockey stick curves and…
“Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do”—
“Eric Schmidt went on to outline the idea that there should be more support for education in computer science. There appears to be a disparity between the actions of youth and its education. “Today’s generation is the first fully connected generation that the world has ever known”, says Schmidt. “If they’re awake, they’re online. That’s your children.”—Eric Schmidt Talks Division, Education and Internet Futures (via thenextweb)
“Young people themselves should focus less of their expectation on marriage as romance. It never was intended to be only the means by which two people, lost in each other, should find happiness. They should never have been encouraged, or allowed, to think it was this. Marriage may prove a gateway to heaven, or it may not. Certainly it will not be all heaven. Bringing children into the world and rearing them properly is an arduous undertaking, and a heavy responsibility. It calls for intelligence, knowledge, training, and many of the virtues: notably devotion, patience, capacity for faithful and hard labor through long years, and much self-forgetting. As such, people should approach it with consecration, like that of a knight, or one taking holy orders.”—William Gayley Simpson (via eugenicist)
geeks stay up all night disassembling the world so they they can put it back together with new features. they tinker and fix things that aren’t broken. geeks abandon the world around them because they’re busy soldering together a new one. they obsess and, in many cases, they suffer.
Here what this business guru has to say about taking your risks in the right environment: xeniosthrasyvoulou:
I just spent two weeks in New York. It was supposed to be a very non-descript trip, without a concrete purpose. I went there to attend a few tech conferences, meet a few people I had connected to via email and wanted to meet, and get a local vibe of the new hot tech scene that everyone is…