May 29, 2014
Marc [Thiele] emailed me a few weeks ago to ask if I thought my talk would be appropriate to close the conference.
“Marc,” I told him, “my talk is perfect for closing the conference! The first half is this incredibly dark rant about how the Internet is alienating and inhuman, how it’s turning us all into lonely monsters.”
“But in the second half, I’ll turn it around and present my vision of an alternative future. I’ll get the audience fired up like a proper American motivational speaker. After the big finish, we’ll burst out of the conference hall into the streets of Düsseldorf, hoist the black flag, and change the world.”
Source: Beyond Tellerrand 2014 Conference Talk.
May 6, 2014
As the school year winds down and many parents of high school seniors prepare to send their kids off to college in the fall, Slate wanted to share one father’s experience of coming to terms with this next chapter in parenthood. That father just happens to be Rob Lowe. The following is an adapted from Lowe’s memoir, Love Life, published by Simon & Schuster in April.
Source: An excerpt from Love Life..
April 21, 2014
Batra and I are talking past one another, playing two different games with the textual evidence. But he thinks there is only one game, and is determined to keep me off my own field. To debate a book you disagree with is what scholarship is about. To ban or burn a book you regard as blasphemous is what fascist bigotry is about.
Source: The New York Review of Books.
April 14, 2014
The mindset of the financial industry. If I told you that your company was going to be comfortably profitable for the next 20 years, you’d probably feel relieved that you could pay for your kids’ college tuition and plan for retirement. But finance types don’t think that way. I’m wary of going down a rabbit hole here, so let me boil it down to this: Financial types want to see growth. Static (albeit massively profitable) companies are boring.
I don’t want to argue about what this says about our global financial system—chase that rabbit if you want—but to point out that when you see tech stocks react in bizarre ways (like dropping in value when a company announces record profits or sales), it’s because what you consider success often isn’t what Wall Street considers success. (It’s also because Wall Street trades in futures, not in gold stars for past accomplishments.)
More than about Apple, this excerpt is instrumental in understanding why you should never play the individual stock market game. Unless you’ve insider information, which by the way is illegal.
March 11, 2014
Has India become so desperate for rapid economic growth, so blinded by the promise of prosperity, that she has forgotten basic humanity? It seems that, in the race towards higher GDP, the majority of India is willing to inject itself with the steroids of bigotry or ruthlessness. Ethics be damned.
Imagine if there was little or falling economic growth in the near future. Now what are you left with?