RT @tomcoates: Yeah, I basically agree with this piece about Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie
I have been using @googledocs for business but flaky behavior today & scary stuff I’m hearing re: worse to come has me backing up to desktop
From what I can figure out we’re losing “work with your docs anywhere, in your browser” to gain “here’s a shoebox you can get to anywhere”.
This is a bad trade.
People reporting files just showing a download link, instead of opening for editing. I’ve just seen flakiness.
Appears so far as a really rough & ham-handed transition to some larger product we may not actually want.
I’m not super worried about losing data, but wanted to at least back up my sales/income/expense/consignment worksheets.
Near as I can tell they think we want Dropbox, when we actually just want to not have to launch Excel/Word.
I still mostly trust them with my data, just really annoyed at the forced workflow change & new proprietariness.
Google seems to have a terrible blind spot about those who aren’t constant doc/chat sharers in their work life (viz: g+ design)
RT @dunstan: I’d like an iOS app that shows my city as a black blob but reveals the bits I travel to – encouraging me to explore and “fill in” the map.
RT @JeriDansky Good reminder to do some clean-up! RT @ftrain: A virus that would send out all of the emails in your DRAFT box would change the world.
RT @newsyc150: Why Quit? Because the other company has bigger monitors. http://sef.kloninger.com/2012/05/engineering-culture-litmus-tests/ (http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3989752)
Yes. This. Still. Thanks, Flickr.
The only thing @emptyage misses here is that, without Yahoo's acquisition, Flickr likely would have died on the vine.
Productivity and problem-solving
Lewis Pugh's mind-shifting Mt. Everest swim (TED video)
Bosses Who Work Out Are Nicer (60-Second Science podcast)
Gun-Toting Increases Bias to See Guns Toted (60-Second Science podcast)
Environment and climate
Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine (TED video)
Politics and philosophy
Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index (TED video)
Carne Ross: An independent diplomat (TED video)
Technology and the Web
This was great. Really impressive piece of research. (It never occurred to me that fine bone china has actual bone in it.)
Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car (TED video)
Breathe Easier with Electric Car Charging Overnight (60-Second Science podcast)
App Turns iPhone Into spiPhone (60-Second Science podcast)
A non-health takeaway from this one: Corporations (or as more benignly referred to, "brands") will be analyzing and acting on our social activity in staggering detail in ways that are not automatically or even always possibly perceptible to us. Individual rights now and in the future will require people with an understanding of the technology and techniques of analysis who are working on our side. We will need watchdogs with deep understanding of advanced analytics.
Annie Lennox: Why I am an HIV/AIDS activist (TED video)
Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome (TED video)
Didn't enjoy his presentation style, but the content and its implications are impressive.
Wonderful projects and encouraging data on the power of psychosocial counseling to help break cycles of violence.
Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade? (TED video)
"The time has come to stop thinking of sub-saharan Africa as one place. Their countries are so different and they merit to be talked about in the same way that we don't talk about Europe as one place. I can tell you that the economy in Greece and Sweden are very different."
It's bigger than that, though:
"There is no such thing as a Western world and Developing world."
"You can clearly see the relation with falling child mortality and decreasing family size."
"Almost 50% of the fall in child mortality can be attributed to female education."
It's this kind of tight focus on the actual data—on what really works—that makes me love and respect Hans Rosling. It also reinforces my commitment to only vote for presidential candidates who place a high priority on the family planning and female education efforts which will drive that reduction in child mortality while at the same time slowing population growth.
Boys Who Lack Empathy Don't React to a Fearful Face (60-Second Science podcast)
Animal Production Practices Create Antibiotic Resistance (60-Second Science podcast)
Amateur Planet Hunters Find Exoplanets (60-Second Science podcast)
Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan (TED video)
Large Hadron Collider "Big Bang" Analogies Put Under Microscope (60-Second Science podcast)
Elephants Ask for a Helping Trunk (60-Second Science podcast)
Black Plant Life Could Thrive on Other Planets (60-Second Science podcast)
Box Jellyfish Eyes Aim At The Trees (60-Second Science podcast)
Bat Ears Deform for Better Ping Pickups (60-Second Science podcast)
Body Hair Senses Parasites While Slowing Their Blood Quest (60-Second Science podcast)
Boa Constrictors Listen To Loosen (60-Second Science podcast)
Bloody Mary Gives Up Its Flavor Secrets (60-Second Science podcast)
You Probably Get That A Lot (TMBG Podcast Video Bonus)