"After his throat operation, President Kimball had no voice. During a testimony meeting in the temple, President David O. McKay asked him to bear his testimony. He could not speak a word. He could only utter inaudible, breathy sounds. He wrote a note to President McKay afterwards and asked, 'Why would you do that to me?' The President answered, 'Spencer, you must get your voice back, for you still have a great mission to perform.' [...] President Kimball was obedient. He learned how to control air in his throat and to use the scar tissue that developed in his larynx and his remaining vocal cord. He regained his voice and carried on his great work."
Recounted by Elder Robert D. Hales, 1981
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Having been isolated from the Internet for so long, he is dismayed by the changes he sees in how the Internet is used and how information is organized and consumed.
Blogging allowed for complex, decentralized, distributed networks of information. But social networked streams are centralized and hierarchical.
“The prominence of the Stream today doesn’t just make vast chunks of the Internet biased against quality — it also means a deep betrayal to the diversity that the world wide web had originally envisioned.”
“The Stream, mobile applications, and moving images: They all show a departure from a books-internet toward a television-internet. We seem to have gone from a non-linear mode of communication — nodes and networks and links — toward a linear one, with centralization and hierarchies.”
“The web was not envisioned as a form of television when it was invented. But, like it or not, it is rapidly resembling TV: linear, passive, programmed and inward-looking.”
Read Hossein Derakhshan’s full essay here:
Despite many technological problems, one reason why email continues to be used instead of many of the alternatives that have been proposed is that it is truly decentralized. Many alternatives offer superior features for communication, but they invariably run on centralized services instead of being distributed and decentralized.
#technology #blogging #decentralization
The Authoritarianism of Millennial Social Justice
"What I am talking about so far is not meant to discredit feminism or any social justice position that seeks to empower oppressed people or remedy social ills. As I made abundantly clear to begin with, these are fundamentally good and necessary goals. What is the issue here are the tactics used by some from a purported place of moral high ground to immunize themselves from criticism while promoting a close-minded authoritarian vice-grip on society through chillingly sinister tactics."
#socialjustic #authoritarianism #politics
The original 1976 television promo for Star Wars
Apparently the John Williams score had not been finalized yet and post-production had not yet completed colored light sabers, and they hadn't yet settled on the font for the logo.
Interestingly, the voice over and the trailer music make the film look a lot more like the campy, forgettable sci-fi of the 1970s than it actually was.
Enclosed is a statement by the Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve in response to the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the United States. The statement also pertains to the situation in Canada. Local leaders are asked to meet with all adults, young men, and young women on either July 5 or July 12 in a setting other than sacrament meeting and read to them the entire statement."
I think there is a lot of merit in the idea that a designed system, like a software application, will naturally reflect the communication patterns within the organization that created it. And a software system that has been under development for years becomes a historical record of the communication patterns and structural interactions (good or bad) of the organization through time.
Combining Conway’s Law with Wiio’s Laws of Communication “human communication usually fails except by accident” leads to some interesting questions about system development.
#software #design #programming #systems #psychology #communication
- Spencer W. Kimball, Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1977
In 2007 Google launched an effort to develop renewable energy sources that could generate electricity more cheaply than coal-fired power plants. The project was called RE<C. After four years of considerable investment and effort, it became clear that "RE<C would not be able to deliver a technology that could compete economically with coal, and Google officially ended the initiative."
Now two of the main engineers for RE<C have written an extensive analysis of the problem and why it will not work. They were forced to reexamine their assumptions.
This is a must read analysis, whether you are concerned about CO2 driven climate change and fossil fuel depletion or you are skeptical of climate change and energy alarmism.
"At the start of RE<C, we had shared the attitude of many stalwart environmentalists: We felt that with steady improvements to today’s renewable energy technologies, our society could stave off catastrophic climate change. We now know that to be a false hope..."
Read the whole thing carefully.
#climatechange #globalwarming #renewalbleenergy #science
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