Hidden coolness from Google. 
Sometimes the best things are hidden, or not really hidden, you just don’t know about them because of a use case scenario. Yesterday I was checking my email to see the flight my wife was on coming back from Miami. I was going to plug the flight number into AA.com to track it. But I didn’t need to the flight status was right there - in the email that had originally been sent two or three months ago. Just updated - automatically. No clicks, all the info I needed, clearly laid out. 
Someone at gmail obviously thought about that. Nice one. 

Hidden coolness from Google. 

Sometimes the best things are hidden, or not really hidden, you just don’t know about them because of a use case scenario. Yesterday I was checking my email to see the flight my wife was on coming back from Miami. I was going to plug the flight number into AA.com to track it. But I didn’t need to the flight status was right there - in the email that had originally been sent two or three months ago. Just updated - automatically. No clicks, all the info I needed, clearly laid out. 

Someone at gmail obviously thought about that. Nice one. 

Present Shock - Douglas Rushkoff

I got a copy of Doug’s book when we spoke at the same Social Media Week event at Bloomberg. 

Notes:

On December 31st 1999 all but three of KLM’s 125-plane fleet had was grounded just in case of the Y2K bug

The word entertainment literally means ‘to hold within’ or to keep someone in a certain state of mind. 

In America there is more than enough to go around. We have constraucted so many houses that banks tear down foreclosed homes to keep market rates high. We burn crops to prevent a food glut that will impact commodity prices. Viewed in this light the unemployment problem is one of overskilled and overproductive workers. We cannot consume ourselves out of this hole. We are asking consumption to compensate for a deeper form of time compression - one built into the landsacpe of economics itself. 

Joichi Ito - MIT lab. It is now usually cheaper to just try something than to sit around and try to figure out whether to try something. The compass has replaced the map. 

The first photo of earth was only released by Nasa in 1972

"It is my comic fate to be the writer these traducers have decided I am not. They practice a rather commonplace form of social control: You are not what you think you are. You are what we think you are. You are what we choose for you to be. Well, welcome to the subjective human race. The imposition of a cause’s idea of reality on the writer’s idea of reality can only mistakenly be called “reading.”"

— Philip Roth

"Our desires are infinite and insatiable; it is only by mastering them that we stand a chance at happiness"

— Patrick Keane in ‘The Last of the Savages’ by Jay McInerney. 

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This amused me. Not particularly sure why. 

This amused me. Not particularly sure why. 

Vice top 50 Albums of the Year.

11: Ominous point in human history where people voting for Drake as a joke meets people voting for Drake because they are deadly serious. This is basically how the Nazis got power.