Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Moto 360, unboxed

And, my first unboxing photoset:




Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Capitalism, Hijacked by Finance?

I stumbled on this 25 minute video recorded last year in South Africa. Clayton Christensen discusses how the cycle of innovation may have been interrupted, contributing to jobless recoveries.

In my opinion, add this analysis to those of Piketty's Capital in 21st Century and Brynjolfsson & McAfee's Second Machine Age when trying to understand the issues we face with employment and inequality.

I guess one overly-simplistic takeaway could be: you get what you measure, so be careful what you measure. More importantly, this suggests, as other analysis seems to as well, that capitalism has been hijacked by finance (and financiers, I suppose) resulting in sub-optimal outcomes, unless you're in finance. The role of capitalism in society is vitally important, and we need to find analysis and vocabulary to help us make policy and political decisions that make sure capitalism is generative, not extractive.






Sunday, April 06, 2014

Peter Matthiessen, R. I. P.

Peter Matthiessen died. His writing, particularly The Snow Leopard, made a big impression on me. And some early explorations I took in The Paris Review opened my eyes to a different kind of world, a literary world, that was interesting, challenging, provocative, and humanistic. To me, Peter Matthiessen is someone to learn from and to some extent, pattern after.  Thank you Peter.

New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/magazine/peter-matthiessens-homegoing.html
[image thanks to New York Times]


Here is more good writing about Peter:
http://www.sptimes.com/2002/10/29/Seniority/An_examined_life_wort.shtml

Sunday, January 19, 2014