My name is Tyler Fonda and I'm thinking, reading, listening and looking. This blog is the output of those inputs.
In the startup world, there’s a commonly held notion that companies with zero marketing can succeed. In fact, many people believe that zero marketing is the fastest path to a big exit, as it allows the company to devote the majority of resources to engineering and other technology-related…
“Creative writing involves a deliberate rejection of practicality: To get into the right mood for writing requires short-circuiting our usual calculations of profit and loss, since there is nothing as gratuitous as a poem or story. Waste, as the poet said, is of the essence of the scheme. On a train, time and place are suspended in the name of a long-term goal, getting from one place to another; take away that goal and you have as close to a zone of pure freedom as you are likely to find anywhere in the twenty-first century.”
Be more wasteful.
This is a lovely piece from Astronaut Husband for a cold New York Friday.
Could you give up the internet? What about television?
Our new report looks at the lifespan of the World Wide Web, which turns 25 years old this March. Is the internet older than you?
This is popping up in a number of spots in my feed and understandably. What’s interesting is that these are not endpoints for this trend and this is starting to look like it’s going non-linear. Welcome to the future.
I need to get off my ass and buy Tesla. This is the fuel station plan in 2015. That’s a new energy delivery infrastructure owned entirely by Tesla.
A Great Freeze Over the Great Lakes : Image of the Day
The Great Lakes are 80% frozen over for the first time in 20 years.
Finally got around to listening to this new thing from Mr. Little Jeans.
It’s a big jam. Enjoy.
Facebook Fraud (by Veritasium)
"Sites like these use clickfarms in developing countries like India, the Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Indonesia and Bangladesh. Here, employees are routinely paid just 1 dollar per thousand clicks of the like button."
Worth watching through — it’s not as simple as you’d imagine. I was trying to remember what this recalls for me, and then I got it.
This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.
Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
- Guaranteed equality between men and women
- A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
- A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
- A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
- An established right to due process and protection from tortureIn one stroke,Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.
This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!
Congratulate the Legislators!
MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!
Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.
Amidst the chaos, this is encouraging.
“A mythology of speed is one of willful ignorance to the small details that hold the whole arrangement together. And, I think, if you’re building things for the internet, those small details matter, because they are repeated ten-fold, hundred-fold, million-fold, as they are replicated effortlessly through screens, across the globe, and into people’s consciousness for countless hours of exposure. Economies of scale make small decisions matter, but speed—both in making those small decisions and in interacting with them—makes both sides blind to what’s going on. We’re thoughtlessly writing things we can’t read, because we’re going too fast.”
More of this.
“At stake is the question of how artists are to produce relevant work about a society that is more saturated than ever with ready-made images, many of which are under copyright.”
In an age where everything is a remix and a culture built on the fact that everything builds on what came before, the New Yorker considers whether copyright law failing to live up to the realities of art.
Arguably everything has always been a remix, it’s just now we can find the provenance within a few Google searches. Copyright law may not be the problem. Global transparency may be the root of the issue.