The Listserve is an e-mail lottery where one person is chosen daily to broadcast to more than a million people. What people have to say are always so thoughtful, inspiring and creative.
Today's resonated with me deeply. It pertains to the ongoing debate between personal liberty and security. What Alexander Torstling, today's chosen winner, says is important and I completely agree with his thoughts.
"In lieu of brute force, the terrorist uses fear. For fear is a great weapon. When you are afraid of your fellow passenger and suspect of your neighbor, that is when the terrorist has won. For he has turned society on itself.
A terrorized society is not only decapacitated, but also vulnerable, simply because scared people are easy to manipulate. You will notice that, as a side-effect, power-hungry people will use your fear to gain power. What was once a real threat is now a perpetual bogeyman used to limit your freedom and further sustain your fear.
So how do you fight terrorism? With strength. With cooperation. With self-confidence. With reliance in numbers. The terrorist does not have enough power to cause substantial damage. He can perform acts designed to induce fear, but in reality the probability of getting hurt is extremely small. Believe in that. Secondly: stick together. Don't let fear make you introvert. Talk to your fellow passenger and neighbor. Get to know them. This way, we can make it harder for the terrorist to blend in and simultaneously keep morale up together. Lastly, don't feed the power trolls. Don't give up your freedom for a false sense of security. False security is the business of the mafia, not the government.
Instead give directed power to well-established institutions. Give crime-fighting organizations like the police an appropriate budget for investigating terror-related crime, along with powerful tools to use on suspects. But only when there is reasonable suspicion. This is the only method which has been proven effective in catching terrorists, contrary to what some propaganda would like you to believe.
Don't approve of blanket searches. Don't accept 'generous' interpretations of your constitution. Don't give the government power to read your mail, e-mail and social network posts. Or to film you on every street corner. Don't relinquish power to organizations which answers to no-one but themselves. Please think about what these systems will degenerate into.
Let us not buy into the war-inspired territorial thinking as a mechanism of security. Isolationism is dangerous. Just look at the nationalism and isolationism prior to the world wars. Do we really want to revert the globalization which the last decades of information sharing has brought about?
Please fight this threat while maintaining integrity. This is a fight for our right to keep our democratic principles. So let's not abandon them in the heat of the moment. For if we do, we are playing right into the hands of the terrorist.
#Security #Fear #Freedom #NSA
Whoops. So... we’d planned to post this next week, but it looks like the cat's out of the bag now. Over the past several months, we’ve been trying out different ways to expand the Explorer program. Some of you signed up at Google I/O, some told us what you would do #ifihadglass , some were referred by a friend, some joined through their school or university. Our Explorers are moms, bakers, surgeons, rockers, and each new Explorer has brought a new perspective that is making Glass better. But every day we get requests from those of you who haven’t found a way into the program yet, and we want your feedback too. So in typical Explorer Program fashion, we’re trying something new.
Next Tuesday, April 15th at 6am PDT, we’re opening up some spots in the Glass Explorer Program. Any adult in the US* can become an Explorer by visiting our site and purchasing Glass for $1500 + tax – and it now comes with your favorite shade or frame, thanks to feedback from our current Explorers. The number of spots available is limited, so mark your calendar if you want to get in. You can find us on Tuesday at: http://google.com/glass/start/how-to-get-one
We’re excited to meet our new Explorers, and we can’t wait to hear your thoughts about Glass.
*To everyone outside the US... we know. Sorry :( We’re just not ready yet to bring Glass to other countries.
Yesterday, this happened at Excellence in Student Life Awards when they announced the #OnlyAtGW photo contest winner, captured entirely through .
The original photo I shared (http://goo.gl/nvYvBa) was taken on a Samsung Galaxy S4. then worked its magic. The final product really was of the moment, created right at that moment. I simply wanted to share that moment of freedom and relaxation. I can't express how pleasantly surprised and in awe I am at what this photo has become.
From Glass to Snapseed and everything in between, I'm taken aback by how technology has empowered everyone to be able to capture the moments that matter.
Plus, someone also tweeted afterwards: "#OnlyatGW would a student accept an award for an #OnlyatGW photo contest wearing Google glass..."
To see the tweet and to find out more:
If you have questions, just let an Explorer know! Or contact a Glass Guide 5AM-9AM PST (www.google.com/glass/help). Be sure to join the Google+ Glass Explorers Community as well!
Have fun exploring!
Courtesy of The Ellen Show Instagram account
Remember, anyone can become an Explorer tomorrow, April 15, 2014!
You’ve been asking us when the next round of updates were coming. Well, they’re coming later this week! We know it’s been a little while, but this is a big one and we think it’s well worth the wait. Here’s what you’ll find in the new release:
Kit Kat for Glass – Our most exciting update is subtle, but big. We’ve been working on a significant upgrade to a new version of the Glass software. It’s not a change you can see, but it brings improved battery life and makes Glass more reliable and easier to update in the future. And now that Glass runs Android Kit Kat, developers can write Glassware using the latest Android SDK goodness, along with new features from our GDK.
Photo bundles – This one has been a long-standing request from our Explorers: now when you scroll through your timeline, your photos, videos and vignettes from each day will be organized in bundles so that you can swipe less and see more.
Photo replies in Hangouts – Photo sharing has been really popular amongst our Explorers, so we’ve added new ways to send photos in Hangout messages. The next time someone asks “what’s up,” tap “Reply” and then take a photo to show them. (If you already took the perfect photo, you can still tap to “Send” it in a Hangout message.)
Sending feedback – We always want to hear feedback from you on ways we can make Glass better so we’re making it even easier. Tap on the device info card in Settings and tell us what’s on your mind. If you need help, you can still send us an email, call us, or post in the Explorers Community.
Voice command sorting – With new features and Glassware, your voice command menu has grown pretty long. When you tap or say “ok glass,” voice commands are now sorted by recency and frequency, making it easier to see the commands you use most often and faster to access them from the touch menu.
Video calls – We hold ourselves to high standards for the features that we build, and video calls aren’t living up to these standards. Explorers have told us so directly, and fewer than 10% of them use video calls. For this reason, we’ve made the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better. We don’t know when that will be, but in the meantime, keep an eye on MyGlass as more Glassware is built and released – we’re already seeing the developer community work on other video streaming services. We’ve always said that feedback from Explorers shapes Glass, and this is no exception.
…and more – This is a massive update and we couldn’t fit all the changes into this post, so watch the Glass Journal in the Explorers Community to see the rest.
I had so much fun yesterday being a part of the MP3 Experiment on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It's essentially a flash mob put on by and An omnipotent voice, Steve, talks to us through our headphones and we do what he tells us. The reaction from onlookers who had no idea about it is priceless.
I recorded the entire event through . I didn't have to focus on holding my camera or think about the technology -- it was so pushed away that I could be in the moment, because it mattered. From giving unknowing strangers $1 bills to having a dance party in the National Mall, it was absolutely so much fun. Nothing gets more magical than doing this right between the US Capitol and the Washington Monument.
And now, because of Glass, I can share exactly what happened, as experienced by me. Steve's omnipotent voice (the audio in this video) was heard only through headphones during the event.
The short version is on this post, but if you're daring, I have a 32-minute, near-full version of the event, all #ThroughGlass , located right here:
Information about Improv Everywhere and MP3 Experiments
"The MP3 Experiment is participatory public event created by Improv Everywhere... we put an original MP3 file online (usually around 45 minutes long) that people add to their mobile devices. Participants then synchronize their watches to an atomic clock on our website, head out to the same public location, and blend in with others. At the predetermined time, everyone presses play. Hilarity ensues as participants carry out ridiculous, coordinated instructions delivered to their headphones via narrator 'Steve' and everyone else tries to figure out what the hell is going on."
#FlashMob #NationalMall #GoogleGlass #ImprovEverywhere #PublicPranks #Vocus #BeSuper #GlassFamily
Reflecting on the growth, memories and moments that mattered with new and old friends alike since coming to DC for the first time ever one year ago, tomorrow. Some things remain unchanged though: my mom is just as beautiful and this city is still unbelievably magical. #TBT
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- passion: to work on things that matter and those I do well.
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