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dan mackinlay
Mathematician. Musician. Ghetto gourmet.
Mathematician. Musician. Ghetto gourmet.

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Is it just be, or could Sydney have a more... welcoming aspect?

+Peter Kirn , +Chris Sattinger +lucy benson - am taking tips on fruitful things to do with my remaining 3 days in Berlin... No suggestion too stupid.

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Priceless diatribe about social networks from the creator of one.

"My hope is that whatever replaces Facebook and Google+ will look equally inevitable, and that our kids will think we were complete rubes for ever having thrown a sheep or clicked a +1 button. It's just a matter of waiting things out, and leaving ourselves enough freedom to find some interesting, organic, and human ways to bring our social lives online."

More goodness:

"You might almost think that the whole scheme had been cooked up by a bunch of hyperintelligent but hopelessly socially naive people, and you would not be wrong. Asking computer nerds to design social software is a little bit like hiring a Mormon bartender. Our industry abounds in people for whom social interaction has always been more of a puzzle to be reverse-engineered than a good time to be had, and the result is these vaguely Martian protocols.

Social networks exist to sell you crap. The icky feeling you get when your friend starts to talk to you about Amway, or when you spot someone passing out business cards at a birthday party, is the entire driving force behind a site like Facebook.

Because their collection methods are kind of primitive, these sites have to coax you into doing as much of your social interaction as possible while logged in, so they can see it. It's as if an ad agency built a nationwide chain of pubs and night clubs in the hopes that people would spend all their time there, rigging the place with microphones and cameras to keep abreast of the latest trends (and staffing it, of course, with that Mormon bartender).


We have a name for the kind of person who collects a detailed, permanent dossier on everyone they interact with, with the intent of using it to manipulate others for personal advantage - we call that person a sociopath. And both Google and Facebook have gone deep into stalker territory with their attempts to track our every action. Even if you have faith in their good intentions, you feel misgivings about stepping into the elaborate shrine they've built to document your entire online life."

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An app that /archives your facebook, twitter and google plus streams. great motivational blurb:

"Picture everything you've ever written on Twitter
Now add in every photo or status update you've ever posted on Facebook
Add to that every message you've ever sent on Google+
And then include every response you've ever gotten from anyone to any of those messages
Now understand: The companies behind these networks can, and someday will, destroy all of those moments. Delete them from the record. Forever. With no advance notice. I want you to understand, and really truly believe that. Read the terms of service yourself if you don't think they can do that."

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Global village construction kit. This is the awesomest thing i have seen for a long time:
"Open Source Ecology is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters building the Global Village Construction Set - a modular, DIY, low-cost, open source, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different industrial machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts."

Generational gap.

Supervisor: Where will you be at 6pm?
Me: Redfern.
Supervisor: I can't meet you there - I'm not risking a university car in Redfern
Me: You're worried that the rate of gentrification is so fast that by the time we've finished the meeting it will have been upgraded to a Mercedes-Benz?
Supervisor: <blank pause> Maybe we can meet in the city.

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By what metric is the bangkok flooding the worst in 50 years? by number pf poeple inundated or volume of water? Given the population of Thailand has approximatedly doubled in 50 years, (according to ) if the floodwater volume is the same, I imagine this one has touched more people, no?

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WSJ: the rich say "soak the rich!"
"A new survey from Spectrem Group found that 68% of millionaires (those with investments of $1 million or more) support raising taxes on those with $1 million or more in income. Fully 61% of those with net worths of $5 million or more support the tax on million-plus earners."

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This mysteriously tickled me. i can't stop it.
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