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Brad Brighton
Entrepreneur | Geek | Photographer | Author | Thinker | PITA
Entrepreneur | Geek | Photographer | Author | Thinker | PITA


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Good advice for businesses and users of social gifting apps (and some comments from me, too). ;-)
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This deserves more than plussing...
Some of the less stellar reviews of Java...

Using Java for serious jobs is like trying to take the skin off a rice pudding wearing boxing gloves. -- Tel Hudson

Of all the great programmers I can think of, I know of only one who would voluntarily program in Java. And of all the great programmers I can think of who don't work for Sun, on Java, I know of zero. -- Paul Graham

Java is the most distressing thing to happen to computing since MS-DOS. -- Alan Kay

Java is, in many ways, C++-. - Michael Feldman

C++ is history repeated as tragedy. Java is history repeated as farce. -- Scott McKay

Java, the best argument for Smalltalk since C++. -- Frank Winkler

Arguing that Java is better than C++ is like arguing that grasshoppers taste better than tree bark. -- Thant Tessman

Java: the elegant simplicity of C++ and the blazing speed of Smalltalk. -- Jan Steinman

Like the creators of sitcoms or junk food or package tours, Java's designers were consciously designing a product for people not as smart as them. -- Paul Graham

There are undoubtedly a lot of very intelligent people writing Java, better programmers than I will ever be. I just wish I knew why. -- Steve Holden

The more of an IT flavor the job descriptions had, the less dangerous was the company. The safest kind were the ones that wanted Oracle experience. You never had to worry about those. You were also safe if they said they wanted C++ or Java developers. If they wanted Perl or Python programmers, that would be a bit frightening. If I had ever seen a job posting looking for Lisp hackers, I would have been really worried. -- Paul Graham

If you learn to program in Java, you'll never be without a job! -- Patricia Seybold in 1998

Knowing the syntax of Java does not make someone a software engineer. -- John Knight

In the best possible scenario Java will end up mostly like Eiffel but with extra warts because of insufficiently thoughtful early design. -- Matthew B Kennel

Java has been a boon to the publishing industry. -- Rob Pike

The only thing going for java is that it's consuming trademark namespace. -- Boyd Roberts

Java is the SUV of programming tools. A project done in Java will cost 5 times as much, take twice as long, and be harder to maintain than a project done in a scripting language such as PHP or Perl. ... But the programmers and managers using Java will feel good about themselves because they are using a tool that, in theory, has a lot of power for handling problems of tremendous complexity. Just like the suburbanite who drives his SUV to the 7-11 on a paved road but feels good because in theory he could climb a 45-degree dirt slope. -- Greenspun, Philip

JAVA truly is the great equalizing software. It has reduced all computers to mediocrity and buggyness. - NASA's J-Track web site

C and Java are different in the non-excitability department, though. With C, you don't get excited about it like you don't get excited about a good vintage wine, but with Java, you don't get excited about it like you don't get excited about taking out the garbage. -- Lamont Cranston (aka Jorden Mauro)

Saying that Java is good because it works on all platforms is like saying anal sex is good because it works on all genders. -- Unknown
java is about as fun as an evening with 300 hornets in a 5m^2 room -- andguent

If Java had true garbage collection, most programs would delete themselves upon execution. -- Robert Sewell

Java: write once, run away! -- Brucee

Java is a DSL to transform big XML documents into long exception stack traces. -- Scott Bellware

The definition of Hell is working with dates in Java, JDBC, and Oracle. Every single one of them screw it up. – Dick Wall

Java is like a variant of the game of Tetris in which none of the pieces can fill gaps created by the other pieces, so all you can do is pile them up endlessly. -- Steve Yegge

Every modern Java program I see embeds its logic in an exaggerated choose-your-own-adventure model where the decisions of where to jump next occur in one word increments. -- deong

Whenever I write code in Java I feel like I'm filling out endless forms in triplicate. -- Joe Marshall
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It's so hard to capture a story in a single instance; I love this one. The description gives just one of an infinite number of possibilities...

Well done! (to the photographer)
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My Life for Yours by Tavis Glover

The concept behind it is the husband is about to die, but the wife has a chance to save his life by sacrificing her own. She does this for him, against his will, and her lifeless body falls to the ocean. He rushes for her, reaching, but it is too late. She's gone.

The story behind My Life for Yours comes from a quick sketch I did in order to take advantage of a boat ride to a place called Sand Bar here in Hawaii. It's in the middle of the ocean but only a few feet deep. It was my sister and brother-in-law's 15th anniversary and I wanted to take an amazing picture of them out by the boat. I sketched the idea, brought my suit, a dress, then headed out.

What a memorable anniversary picture!

source: Tavis Glover on Flikr ~
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How well you know someone VS how well they are to shop for
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While there is a decent overlap between my "social" connections, it's not 100%, so if you've seen this already, I apologize for the duplication. If you haven't seen it, well, here's a chance to snag some cool #Apple swag.

You find #ThinkDifferent posters around but many are repros and seldom complete sets. These are originals that have been stored in the original shipping tubes.

If you're interested in these for yourself or as a gift, give me a shout.
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Particularly in light of repeated efforts in various locations to quell the capturing of unpopular and possibly illegal activities on the part of law enforcement, this is important information to know.

And for those who might think, "I'm not a photographer, so I don't need to be concerned," (1) affronts to the rights of one group will eventually be an affront to the rights of all groups left unchecked, and (2) do you have the ability to take a photo or video from your phone? You're potentially a photographer.
(Thu05) The ACLU explains the rights of photographers. For example,

- When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view.

- Police officers may not generally confiscate or demand to view your photographs or video without a warrant.
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In addition to the Big Give prep, I'm raising money against hunger directly through my Social Gifting platform. Give someone you know a beer, a sandwich, cookies, a massage, whatever from a participating vendor and you'll be helping fight hunger for people you don't know too.

The link is descriptive. If you want to dive right in, go to to see what vendors and goods/services are available.
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+Edison Graff Would you mind helping spread the word about Nevada's Big Give through your social media outlets? It's a first-of-its-kind day of online giving for Nevada's nonprofits. On November 17, Nevada residents will be able to support one, or several, of our state's tireless charities by simply visiting We hope to raise $1 million for Nevada's nonprofits on that day. We have more than 100 charities who are taking part and add more every day! Thanks for any help you can provide!!
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In agreement with most, I'm sure, the money quote from the post:

"It was at this time that I formulated an image that I've used many times since: profit in a business is like gas in a car. You don't want to run out of gas, but neither do you want to think that your road trip is a tour of gas stations."

The meta comment is as important as the comment.
Steve Jobs on his major mistake during Apple's troubled years: "Letting profitability outweigh passion" #ditto (a tweet by @stevecase) struck home for me, because in the aftermath of Jobs' death I've been thinking a lot about O'Reilly, wanting to make sure that we streamline and focus on the stuff that matters most.

Here's the money quote from the article:

"My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products," Jobs told Isaacson. "[T]he products, not the profits, were the motivation. Sculley flipped these priorities to where the goal was to make money. It's a subtle difference, but it ends up meaning everything."

Jobs went on to describe the legacy he hoped he would leave behind, "a company that will still stand for something a generation or two from now."

"That's what Walt Disney did," said Jobs, "and Hewlett and Packard, and the people who built Intel. They created a company to last, not just to make money. That's what I want Apple to be."
All of our greatest work at O'Reilly has been driven by passion and idealism. That includes our early forays into publishing, when we were a documentation consulting company to pay the bills but wrote documentation on the side for programs we used that didn't have any good manuals. It was those manuals, on topics that no existing tech publisher thought were important, that turned us into a tech publisher "who came out of nowhere."

In the early days of the web, we were so excited about it that +Dale Dougherty wanted to create an online magazine to celebrate the people behind it. That morphed into GNN, the Global Network Navigator, the web's first portal and first commercial ad-supported site.

In the mid-90s, realizing that no one was talking about the programs that were behind all our most successful books, I brought together a collection of free software leaders (many of whom had never met each other) to brainstorm a common story. That story redefined free software as open source, and the world hasn't been the same since. It also led to a new business for O'Reilly, as we launched our conference business to help bring visibility to these projects, which had no company marketing behind them.

Thinking deeply about open source and the internet got me thinking big ideas about the internet as operating system, and the shift of influence from software to network effects in data as the key to future applications. I was following people who at the time seemed "crazy" - but they were just living in a future that hadn't arrived for the rest of the world yet. It was around this time that I formulated our company mission of "changing the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators."

In 2003, in the dark days after the dot com bust, our company goal for the year was to reignite enthusiasm in the computer business. Two outcomes of that effort did just that: +Sara Winge 's creation of Foo Camp spawned a worldwide, grassroots movement of self-organizing "unconferences," and our Web 2.0 Conference told a big story about where the net was going and what distinguished the companies that survived the dotcom bust from those that preceded it.

In 2005, seeing the passion that was driving garage inventors to a new kind of hardware innovation, Dale once again wanted to launch a magazine to celebrate the passionate people behind the movement. This time, it was a magazine: Make: (, and a year later, we launched Maker Faire ( as a companion event. 150,000 people attended Maker Faires last year, and the next generation of startups is emerging from the ferment of the movement that Dale named.

Meanwhile, through those dark years after the dotcom bust, we also did a lot of publishing just to keep the company afloat. (With a small data science team at O'Reilly, we built a set of analytical tools that helped us understand the untapped opportunities in computer book publishing. We realized that we were playing in only about 2/5 of the market; moving into other areas that we had never been drawn to helped pay the bills, but never sparked the kind of creativity as the areas that we'd found by following our passion.)

It was at this time that I formulated an image that I've used many times since: profit in a business is like gas in a car. You don't want to run out of gas, but neither do you want to think that your road trip is a tour of gas stations.

When I think about the great persistence of Steve Jobs, there's a lesson for all of us in it.

What's so great about the Apple story is that Steve ended up making enormous amounts of money without making it a primary goal of the company. (Ditto Larry and Sergey at Google.) Contrast that with the folks who brought us the 2008 financial crisis, who were focused only on making money for themselves, while taking advantage of others in the process.

Making money through true value creation driven by the desire to make great things that last, and make the world a better place - that's the heart of what is best in capitalism. (See also the wonderful HBR blog post, Steve Jobs and the Purpose of the Corporation. I also got a lot of perspective on this topic from +Leander Kahney's book, Inside Steve's Brain )
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