Tac Anderson

The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

The Wrist Of The Story: A Brief History Of Forgotten Proto-Smartwatches, 1975-2004 

For all the attention they got, most of these devices didn’t sell in vast quantities. Many were commercial failures by any definition. The moral of some of the devices you’re about to get acquainted with is, basically, that just because you can build something into a watch doesn’t mean that you should do so.

Such technology. Much advanced. 

The Wrist Of The Story: A Brief History Of Forgotten Proto-Smartwatches, 1975-2004 

For all the attention they got, most of these devices didn’t sell in vast quantities. Many were commercial failures by any definition. The moral of some of the devices you’re about to get acquainted with is, basically, that just because you can build something into a watch doesn’t mean that you should do so.

Such technology. Much advanced. 

Tech-Friendly Cities Are Battlegrounds for Startups

For companies like Uber and Airbnb, some of the most important fights are being fought in cities that champion new technology.

It’s like Startup Thunderdome! Two startups enter, one startup leaves! 

Tech-Friendly Cities Are Battlegrounds for Startups

For companies like Uber and Airbnb, some of the most important fights are being fought in cities that champion new technology.

It’s like Startup Thunderdome! Two startups enter, one startup leaves! 

It’s Time To Look Beyond The Smartwatch

There will be plenty of people who will benefit from smartwatches, but there won’t be many people who will be worse off for not having one.

I’ve said it before, but for me, the interesting thing about smartwatches is the dissagregation of computing function that has been aggregated into out smartphones. This is just the first step. Eventually the computing functions currently in our phones will be disseminated to wherever they function best. They’ll be in our clothes, our watches, our glasses, jewelry, embedded under our skin; wherever it serves the best purpose. Eventually the smartphone as we know it could be broken up and absorbed into our very being. 

It’s Time To Look Beyond The Smartwatch

There will be plenty of people who will benefit from smartwatches, but there won’t be many people who will be worse off for not having one.

I’ve said it before, but for me, the interesting thing about smartwatches is the dissagregation of computing function that has been aggregated into out smartphones. This is just the first step. Eventually the computing functions currently in our phones will be disseminated to wherever they function best. They’ll be in our clothes, our watches, our glasses, jewelry, embedded under our skin; wherever it serves the best purpose. Eventually the smartphone as we know it could be broken up and absorbed into our very being. 

Sherlock Holmes gives the best description of what it’s like to have ADD.

I really enjoy the Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes movies. I also love BBCs Sherlock, and the original Doyle stories, and I read and review a lot of Sherlock Holmes pastiches. So, yes, in general I’m a big fan, but there’s something special about the RDJ Sherlock Holmes movies I especially like. 

In the first movie there’s a scene where Sherlock is waiting for Watson and his fiancée, and you see him taking in everything around him, seemingly unable to not soak everything in, he’s so distracted by his surroundings that he doesn’t notice Watson’s arrival. 

In the second movie there’s a scene where he’s dancing with Simza and she asks him what he sees. He replies that he sees everything. That’s his curse. 

For me that’s one of the best descriptions of what it’s like to have ADD. We are unable to filter out all the random noises and things happening around us. Our brain takes everything and in and we have to sort each one as it comes in. It’s exhausting. 

I’ve dealt with ADD my entire life. I’m 42 and I was fortunate enough to be diagnosed at a young age, so I’ve had several decades to figure out how to compensate for it. My medication and my GTD planning system make work and life easier - to a point. But it never goes away and it’s always there.

Studios can now film with drones after reported FAA approval

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones …. the permits are expected to come with limitations, including that the unmanned aircraft be used only on closed sets and that they be operated by a three-person team, including a trained drone operator.

If the drones can only used on a closed set, then why do they even need permission? That seems ridiculous. 

Studios can now film with drones after reported FAA approval

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to announce Thursday that it is granting permits to seven movie and television production companies to fly drones …. the permits are expected to come with limitations, including that the unmanned aircraft be used only on closed sets and that they be operated by a three-person team, including a trained drone operator.

If the drones can only used on a closed set, then why do they even need permission? That seems ridiculous. 

Can A Search Engine Make You More Creative? 

When not relying on serendipity, a terrible method for generating ideas, creative workers at many firms use Google, Flickr, and Pinterest for idea generation. Gifted searchers learn to bend Google to their will, using the search engine in creative ways. Most people spend hours staring at the same images until inspiration appears.
Not only does this take a lot of time, and result in frustration, Neeley believes it dulls originality. The name Yossarian, a reference to the main character in Catch-22, gets at that point. “We kind of joked about the catch-22 of Google,” he said. “Google is incredibly powerful and helps us by giving us access to the world’s information. The catch is that it hurts us. The more we use it, the more we think like everyone else.”

Most search engine’s are great at helping you find something you already know exist, but that doesn’t help inspire creativity. Yossarian seems pretty interesting. I’ll try it out for a while. 

Can A Search Engine Make You More Creative? 

When not relying on serendipity, a terrible method for generating ideas, creative workers at many firms use Google, Flickr, and Pinterest for idea generation. Gifted searchers learn to bend Google to their will, using the search engine in creative ways. Most people spend hours staring at the same images until inspiration appears.

Not only does this take a lot of time, and result in frustration, Neeley believes it dulls originality. The name Yossarian, a reference to the main character in Catch-22, gets at that point. “We kind of joked about the catch-22 of Google,” he said. “Google is incredibly powerful and helps us by giving us access to the world’s information. The catch is that it hurts us. The more we use it, the more we think like everyone else.”

Most search engine’s are great at helping you find something you already know exist, but that doesn’t help inspire creativity. Yossarian seems pretty interesting. I’ll try it out for a while. 

File under random things I stumble across doing research for my job. Translation provided by Google Chrome:

Like to use the negative energy of the human mouth swallowed devil cat, the dream is to conquer the Earth, starting with the occupation of the United States. 

File under random things I stumble across doing research for my job. Translation provided by Google Chrome:

Like to use the negative energy of the human mouth swallowed devil cat, the dream is to conquer the Earth, starting with the occupation of the United States. 

Game designer creates incredible then-and-now pictures of Seattle
These are some very cool pictures. More can be found here. 
Snowpiercer, Elysium: What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.

We come for the evocative allegory, but stay for the gory action and expensive CGI explosions.
None of these classics cares too much about presenting plausible pathways for political change. You might argue that it’s unfair to ask our popular dystopias to do much more than entertain us or, at best, vaguely inspire us to avoid the apocalypse.

How much responsibility does fiction have for answering the questions it raises?

Snowpiercer, Elysium: What sci-fi gets wrong about income inequality.

We come for the evocative allegory, but stay for the gory action and expensive CGI explosions.

None of these classics cares too much about presenting plausible pathways for political change. You might argue that it’s unfair to ask our popular dystopias to do much more than entertain us or, at best, vaguely inspire us to avoid the apocalypse.

How much responsibility does fiction have for answering the questions it raises?

"There are few things more liberating in life than having your worst fear realized."
Swatch is about to commit two classic, large company, innovation mistakes. 
This is just classic. According to reports, Swatch has just banned the work on smartwatches. 
Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

A source said that Swatch Group head Nicolas Hayek Jr., son of the late SG CEO Nicolas Hayek, is adamant that the company would not be pursuing smartwatches inside Swatch itself or within any of the many Swatch brands. The source said that Hayek Jr. felt “burned” by a 2004-2005 MSN SPOT watch partnership that fizzled and is avoiding mention of smart watches in general.
“He commented that he saw no future in these smart watches and that Swatch Group would stay out of it,” the source said.

Because this guy (bellow), the founder’s son, the current CEO, one of the richest people in the World, doesn’t like smartwatches. 

Because Swatch tried making smartwatches, way before the market was ready, and it didn’t work. 
I have seen both of these problems before. Leadership doesn’t get the new technology, and a large company is unwilling to risk making the same mistake twice. IBM, HP, Microsoft, RIM/Blackberry, and many other current companies, and hundreds of tech companies that no longer exist, have all made these mistakes before. 
What if Apple decided they didn’t want to make smart phones again after the failure of the Apple Newton? 
At some point, Swatch will have to eat crow and change strategy or slowly dwindle into irrelevance. Already their stock has dropped from almost $600 a share to $487 a share currently. I’m sure ignoring smartwatches is going to help. This is a business school, case study waiting to happen. 

Swatch is about to commit two classic, large company, innovation mistakes. 

This is just classic. According to reports, Swatch has just banned the work on smartwatches. 

Swatch Group Head Nicolas Hayek Jr. Is Putting Smartwatches In The “No Fly Zone”

A source said that Swatch Group head Nicolas Hayek Jr., son of the late SG CEO Nicolas Hayek, is adamant that the company would not be pursuing smartwatches inside Swatch itself or within any of the many Swatch brands. The source said that Hayek Jr. felt “burned” by a 2004-2005 MSN SPOT watch partnership that fizzled and is avoiding mention of smart watches in general.

“He commented that he saw no future in these smart watches and that Swatch Group would stay out of it,” the source said.

Because this guy (bellow), the founder’s son, the current CEO, one of the richest people in the World, doesn’t like smartwatches. 

Because Swatch tried making smartwatches, way before the market was ready, and it didn’t work. 

I have seen both of these problems before. Leadership doesn’t get the new technology, and a large company is unwilling to risk making the same mistake twice. IBM, HP, Microsoft, RIM/Blackberry, and many other current companies, and hundreds of tech companies that no longer exist, have all made these mistakes before. 

What if Apple decided they didn’t want to make smart phones again after the failure of the Apple Newton? 

At some point, Swatch will have to eat crow and change strategy or slowly dwindle into irrelevance. Already their stock has dropped from almost $600 a share to $487 a share currently. I’m sure ignoring smartwatches is going to help. This is a business school, case study waiting to happen. 

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus
Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA. 

MIT’s electric Cheetah robot silently bounds across campus

Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA.