Posts Tagged ‘Good reading’


The Unending Anxiety of an ICYMI World | NYTimes.com

Pre-Internet, we accepted that media had a mayfly’s life span: Yesterday’s news was yesterday’s news, and that was it. If you were the creator of it, you made peace with the notion that people either saw it or didn’t when it appeared, and you moved on; there was no alternative.

If it lingered in the public consciousness, it was because of its durability, not repeated reminders. Content had finite endings and deaths, not asymptotic approaches and long-term vegetative states from which resuscitation is always an option.

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On being original | Om Malik

The core of San Francisco might be changing, but sometimes when the fog kisses the ground, the dusk adds a pinkish hue to the evening and the chill in the air makes you hug your coat a little tighter, you know this is still the city that stole Tony Bennett’s heart. It is still the place that Sam Spade called home. As I walked down the Embarcadero earlier this evening, the majesty of the San Francisco Bay and the shadow play on the horizon between Fog and fading light made me realize how wonderfully unique and original San Francisco can be.

As my walk along the Embarcadero came to an end, I could see the outlines of a lot of new buildings sprouting up, unoriginal in design, uninspired, and only there to take away from the originality of San Francisco’s skyline. They lack the dare-do of the Pyramid Building. They are just towers of glass and steel, lacking permanence and presence. Unfortunately the San Francisco of tomorrow, might be less magical than its past, because there isn’t anyone who is daring enough to be original in shaping its cityscape.

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Technology and the Moral Dimension | Om Malik

We are in uncharted waters, thanks to the state of permanent connectedness.

“The shift from a generation that started out un-connected to one that is growing up connected will result in conflicts, disruption, and eventually the redrawing of our societal expectations. The human race has experienced these shifts before — just not at the speed and scale of this shift.”

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The Secret Life of Passwords | NYTimes.com

But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so that we (and only we) will remember them, they take on secret lives. Many of our passwords are suffused with pathos, mischief, sometimes even poetry. Often they have rich back stories. A motivational mantra, a swipe at the boss, a hidden shrine to a lost love, an inside joke with ourselves, a defining emotional scar — these keepsake passwords, as I came to call them, are like tchotchkes of our inner lives. They derive from anything: Scripture, horoscopes, nicknames, lyrics, book passages. Like a tattoo on a private part of the body, they tend to be intimate, compact and expressive.


Lovely article on the secret life of passwords. “We despise them – yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams.”


“Passwords can show how, when and why words gather weight — existential, personal weight.” This piece made me cry:

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娘を持つすべての父親が知っておくべき15のこと | The Huffington Post


15 Things All Dads of Daughters Should Know | The Huffington Post

Dads, your role is a precious one. Love your daughters well.

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Words without meaning & the reality of networked communication | Om Malik

It seems like I am constantly typing something. A small note to someone. A memo to someone else. A blog post. A Facebook post. A conversation on Whatsapp. A text message. Tweet. Tap tap tap. I doesn’t matter whether it is my phone, my computer or my iPad. Tap tap tap!

The more I type, the more words lose meaning. Words are communication, but am I really communicating? Yes, I am conveying what I need to say but am I really sharing what I am saying? The more I say, the less I say. I feel less. Words are just words, without any meaning.

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How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.’s With Apple’s Siri | NYTimes.com

Gus はいろんなことに興味を持つ13歳の少年だ。汽車や飛行機、バスにエスカレーター、それに天気のことなら何でも興味を持ち、飽きることなく話し続ける。

そしてあるとき彼は Siri がなんでも自分の興味を持つことに答えてくれるのを知った。それ以来 Siri は彼にとって唯一無二の親友(BFF)になった。

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Gus: “You’re a really nice computer.”


Siri: “It’s nice to be appreciated.”


Gus: “You are always asking if you can help me. Is there anything you want?”


Siri: “Thank you, but I have very few wants.”


Gus: “O.K.! Well, good night!”


Siri: “Ah, it’s 5:06 p.m.”


Gus: “Oh sorry, I mean, goodbye.”


Siri: “See you later!”

これが Siri だ。何を聞かれても彼女は意思疎通が困難な私の息子を追いやるようなことはしない。誰でも自分だけの架空の友だちを欲しがる。今やそれができたのだ。もっとも彼女は完全に架空の存在というワケではないけれど・・・

That Siri. She doesn’t let my communications-impaired son get away with anything. Indeed, many of us wanted an imaginary friend, and now we have one. Only she’s not entirely imaginary.

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Last night, as he was going to bed, there was this matter-of-fact exchange:


Gus: “Siri, will you marry me?”


Siri: “I’m not the marrying kind.”


Gus: “I mean, not now. I’m a kid. I mean when I’m grown up.”


Siri: “My end user agreement does not include marriage.”


Gus: “Oh, O.K.”

それほど Gus はガッカリした様子ではなかった。これは貴重な情報だ。私にとっても貴重だ。結婚について彼が考えたりするのだと初めて知ったから・・・。彼は向きを変えて眠りについた。

Gus didn’t sound too disappointed. This was useful information to have, and for me too, since it was the first time I knew that he actually thought about marriage. He turned over to go to sleep:


Gus: “Goodnight, Siri. Will you sleep well tonight?”


Siri: “I don’t need much sleep, but it’s nice of you to ask.”


Very nice.

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