And yet there was something noble about Brown. For all that Blair was slick, actorly and the consummate politician, Brown was morose, cack-handed and sincere. While Blair was the grinning would-be rock star, Brown was always the son of the Presbyterian preacher man. Blair would obfuscate while appearing transparent, Brown would bare his stripped soul while insisting on privacy. If Blair was Teflon man, Brown was Bostik man.
According to friends, he gets up at 5am and works and works and works – on the referendum, in his constituency, in his role as UN special envoy for global education, on his favoured charities. He is the only former PM not to have claimed the prime minister’s pension. He doesn’t do much by way of relaxation beyond spending time with his wife Sarah and boys John and Fraser and watching Raith Rovers.”
“We retire to a conference room that could not be more Brown-like – austere, impersonal, a framed photograph of IT-training classes on the wall.”
“The library is available as a Raspbian .so library in the RaspberryPiLibrary folder. Using it is very similar to ordinary Linux, and you can follow most of the same instructions, substituting the install.sh in the Pi folder. The biggest difference is that the Pi library uses the GPU to handle a lot of the calculations, so you need to run the example program as a super user, e.g. sudo ./deepbelief. This optimization allows an image to be recognized on a stock Pi in around five seconds, and in three seconds with a boosted GPU clock rate.”
“India wants to use the fact that it’s located in the middle of, in foreign secretary Sujatha Singh’s words, the dense network of seaborne energy and trade in the IOR, astride sea lanes of communication critical to the world. Indian as chairman of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) (November 2011 to November 2013) infused vigour into the association, enabling it to deepen and strengthen maritime cooperation.”
“Chinese factory workers are not welcome at XOXO. This is a profoundly uncomfortable thing to say because it feels like punching down, but it is true. Chinese factory workers are not independent creators. What inspiration would they find in hearing John Gruber talk about Google Reader’s impact on his business model? What advice would they pull from Anita Sarkeesian describing the conspiracy theories leveled against prominent women on the Internet? What series of completely patronizing assumptions did I make when I wrote those last two questions?”
“But to be sat amongst a community who do not share your concerns is a terribly alienating experience, especially if the speakers on stage are claiming a we for the room that you do not feel. A greater diversity of speakers and a greater diversity of participants means by definition fewer common experiences and a more complicated we.”
“It is great fun, zipping along unexpected pathways to exotic locales. But Beware! Exoticization is one of the pitfalls of trying to grapple with networks of sublime scale. So are: oversimplification, maginalization, undue emphasis, overcomplication, obfuscation, and tedium.”
“I suspect that much of this essay will make very little sense unless you believe as I do that we are beset by wicked problems exacerbated by networks of sublime scale that have been built on top of millenia of injustice chaotically interacting with good works and hope.”
“And then they showed the factory and the people who work there. The room went silent.”
“We’ll cut to the chase: Sifteo has been acquired by 3D Robotics! We’re really excited about it; we will continue to support Sifteo Cubes and Sifteo users; and we are so grateful to our customers and supporters around the world.Thank you.”
On the first day during the first talk, Kevin Kelly was describing his work on Cool Tools. He was comparing it to his work on the Whole Earth Catalog which he saw as a precursor. I paraphrase: It used to take thirty people a month to make the Whole Earth Catalog, he told us. Thanks to technology, Cool Tools took only two people. Moments later, he mentioned the name of the distributed copyediting service they’d used. I wonder how many people were on the other end of that transaction. I bet it was more than thirty.
I’ve been thinking a lot about why they didn’t get to count.”
“The recurring cast includes: jobs that don’t leave you too exhausted to make art, alternative income schemes, health care, getting by, trust funds, grants, barter, debt.”
“There are many Apple products that cite the design language of the past to tell stories about the present and future, and by ‘the past’, I mean ‘Dieter Rams‘”