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A stream of consciousness companion to the Park Paradigm.

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Jul
23rd
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Things might be different, science fiction told me, and different in literally any way you could imagine, however radical. Simply to know that people who thought that way existed was a game changer for me. Being able to directly access their minds, as a reader, was like discovering an abundant, perpetually replenished, and freely available source of mental oxygen.

- William Gibson on Science Fiction Olds Rocket 88, 1950 - The New Yorker

Thank you William - you have given me much mental oxygen.

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"…beneath a certain mediocrity inherent in professional competence…" (via William Gibson Narrates Trailer for His Next Novel, Zero History | Technoccult)

Jul
21st
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As I’ve said many times previously, in 10 years, banks won’t be measured on the number of branches but rather the number of APIs and API calls on their platform. I’m confident that the Fidor Operating System “fOS” will be leading the way…

(Source: youtube.com)

Jul
19th
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The right thing is to do things that matter to you. Find the community that embraces your values. Find the investors that share your values. Find the business that reflects your values.
Jul
18th
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I was a little bit surprised that the report didn’t spend much time tackling the hardest issue, which is why do they need to have so much revenue? It’s because their cost structure is made for print. When you look at how much revenue comes from print and the scale of their operation because of print, the challenge that they’re facing moving forward is how do they move into a post-print world….

It just seems like if you’re reading a secret internal report for The New York Times, the things that people would be stressed about, isn’t that, oh, the website’s not good enough, or they haven’t moved fast enough with this feature or that feature, but more like how do we deal with this very different cost structure of our future business, compared to our past business.

— Finally getting to Felix Salmon’s really great Medium interview with Jonah Peretti. This point about the NYT innovation report was absolutely my reaction. That said, the problem is that the cost structure is both the most vital thing to address, and at the same time the one thing that never truly will.  (via markcoatney)

Same problem exists in banks and insurance companies…

(via stoweboyd)

Jul
15th
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Curiosity ends up being the driving force behind the most interesting people.

Nick Crocker, Thirty Things I’ve Learned   

(via stoweboyd)
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To do great things, you have to go unrecognized, be under-appreciated and push to unreasonable lengths.

Nick Crocker, Thirty Things I’ve Learned   

(via stoweboyd)
Jul
14th
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Insurers, which have more experience handling risks like hurricanes and fires, are now rushing to gain expertise in cyber technology.

"It is a difficult risk to price by traditional insurance methods as there currently is not statistically significant actuarial data available," said Robert Parisi, head of cyber products at insurance brokers Marsh.

Jul
13th
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Manufacturers have announced plans for RRAM prototype chips that will be capable of storing about one terabyte of data on a device the size of a postage stamp — more than 50 times the data density of current flash memory technology.