Joi Ito of MIT Media Lab:
Ito: There are nine or so principles to work in a world like this:
1. Resilience instead of strength, which means you want to yield and allow failure and you bounce back instead of trying to resist failure.
2. You pull instead of push. That means you pull the resources from the network as you need them, as opposed to centrally stocking them and controlling them.
3. You want to take risk instead of focusing on safety.
4. You want to focus on the system instead of objects.
5. You want to have good compasses not maps.
6. You want to work on practice instead of theory. Because sometimes you don’t why it works, but what is important is that it is working, not that you have some theory around it.
7. It disobedience instead of compliance. You don’t get a Nobel Prize for doing what you are told. Too much of school is about obedience, we should really be celebrating disobedience.
8. It’s the crowd instead of experts.
9. It’s a focus on learning instead of education.
We’re still working on it, but that is where our thinking is headed.
Saving for later
Time to start rooting for Celtic?
The Hall doesn’t need to expand the ballot. The Hall needs to find its balls and issue a clear statement of how the voters are to handle players from the last 25 years. Rather than allow its institution to be hijacked by the agenda of a group of people that profited handsomely by ignoring that which they now condemn, the Hall needs to step forward and take control of the process. The history of inductions reflects the history of the game, with cheaters, racists, drug users — recreational and sports — criminals all finding their images cast in bronze. The Hall should take its cue from MLB, which invalidated no records, changed no stat lines, took away no championships, and which has over and over followed up PED suspensions with seven- and eight-figure contracts. — Amen, Joe. If you’re not subscribed to Joe Sheehan’s baseball newsletter, what is wrong with you?
This campstove looks AWESOME.
Locus Online is hosting, during the month of November 2012, a poll for the best novels and short fiction of the 20th and 21st centuries. Here are my Top Ten for each century:
1. Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
2. Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
3. Phillip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass
4. William Gibson, Neuromancer
5. Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game
6. Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens
7. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
8. Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash
9. J.R.R. Tolkein, The Hobbit
10. George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
1. Neil Gaiman, Coraline
2. Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife
3. Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
4. Neal Stephenson, Anathem
5. Richard Kadrey, Sandman Slim
6. Neil Gaiman, American Gods
7. John Scalzi, The Last Colony
8. Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
9. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
10. Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
She sure knew her devotionals
There are bigger issues here. There are questions of real consequence, such as why the F.B.I. got so thoroughly involved in what has been vaguely described as a case of e-mail harassment, whether the bureau waited too long to tell lawmakers and White House officials about the investigation, and how much classified information Broadwell, by dint of her relationship with Petraeus, was privy to. The answers matter.
Her “expressive green eyes” (The Daily Beast) and “tight shirts” and “form-fitting clothes” (The Washington Post) don’t. —
Frank Bruni nails it. Why the hell are we talking about what Broadwell looks like?
(BTW, Glenn Greenwald agrees.)