10 Dec, 2013 – one comment
A compass, I learnt when I was surveying, it’ll… it’ll point you True North from where you’re standing, but it’s got no advice about the swamps and deserts and chasms that you’ll encounter along the way. If in pursuit of your destination, you plunge ahead, heedless of obstacles, and achieve nothing more than to sink in a swamp… What’s the use of knowing True North?
When in the process of helping a client transform their practices and outputs, knowing the right thing to do is a paltry 1% of the challenge.
The difference between a great partner and an empty suit is in the navigation of organizational, political, and cultural swamps.
shared 09 Dec, 2013
David Simon is best known as the creator of HBO’s much-loved crime drama The Wire, whose uncompromising depiction of inner city life in Baltimore has won a dedicated following of fans. The candid treatment of sociopolitical issues in The Wire is informed by Simon’s experience as a journalist and a writer during the 1980s and ’90s, and he has given voice to his concerns once more in an op-ed for The Guardian.
Describing the United States of today as “a horror show,” Simon speaks of the fracturing of the country’s population into increasingly polarized and discordant groups.[read in full]
shared 07 Dec, 2013
After receiving significant criticism last night, SpaghettiOs has apologized for and removed a tweeted photo of its cartoon-noodle mascot waving an American flag in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. The tweet prompted a series of disgusted replies, with some questioning “who is going to be fired tomorrow” and others appropriating #UhOhSpaghettiOs — the brand’s own advertising slogan — as a hashtag. Comedian Patton Oswalt took a number of shots at the tweet as well.[read in full]
shared 06 Dec, 2013
Apple will kick off this weekend by launching iBeacons functionality in all of its 254 domestic U.S. stores, according to a new report by the AP. The location-based tech will work with the official iOS Apple Store app, and will allow Apple to do things like provide you with notifications of when your order has been assembled in the in-store stock room, to noticing that you’re in the iPhone section and offering you a notice about upgrading from your current device.[read in full]
shared 05 Dec, 2013
“It was while looking at Google’s scan of the Dewey Decimal Classification system that I saw my first one—the hand of the scanner operator completely obscuring the book’s table of contents,” writes the artist Benjamin Shaykin. What he saw disturbed him: it was a brown hand resting on a page of a beautiful old book, its index finger wrapped in a hot-pink condom-like covering. In the page’s lower corner, a watermark bore the words “Digitized by Google.”
There are several collections of Google hands around the Web, each one as creepy as the one Shaykin saw.[read in full]