Λινξ 147: Πράγματα Για Διάβασμα

1. Μερικές εικόνες απ' το μέλλον, απ' τον Κέβιν Κέλι 

Ο τεχνολάγνος συνιδρυτής του Wired έχει πάντα πολλά και πολύ ενδιαφέροντα να πει για την τεχνολογία και τον τρόπο που μεταλλάσει τους ανθρώπους και τις κοινωνίες τους.

Yes, technology will at times obliterate some older choices, but the net gain over time is a small advantage in new choices, and that's what civilization is—it's an accumulation of increasing choices, and that's why people move from countries into the cities. There are lots of reasons, but in the end the main motivator is a pulling of people to a city because it has more choices and options than they had in their beautiful country home, and that's what the future is doing, the same thing. It's pulling people from the past into the future. Very few people go back the other way and live like their ancestors because the future has more choices and possibilities, and—in the end, given everything else about technology—that's what technology gives us, too. That's why we keep making this stuff. It's not really to sell more things. Yes, it's about selling things, but primarily what we're doing with technology is we're inventing new possibilities that did not exist before.

2. "Δεν είχα δει ποτέ το Μπουκόφσκι μεθυσμένο" - Ο κουμπάρος του

Μια ωραία συνέντευξη με το φίλο, κουμπάρο και εκδότη του Τσαρλς Μπουκόφσκι. Λέει πολύ ενδιαφέροντα πράγματα.

Hank was not comfortable among people, in a crowd, even at a small gathering; he was a real loner. He wanted to get up in the morning, have a quick breakfast with his wife, read the paper, leave the house about noon, go to the track, come home at 6:00, have dinner about 7:00, go upstairs at 8:00, and write until two in the morning, and he wanted nothing to interfere with that routine. And he did that seven days a week. I mean, we spent time together, and he enjoyed being with Sean Penn, but I knew not to drop in on him every day—he would have hated it. He’d have been polite—he was the most polite man I’ve ever known, and the most honest man I’ve ever known. He was so deferential and polite and so concerned for your comfort, and whether you were happy or not, when you were with him.

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3. Σχετικά με το μύθο του "disruption"

Η Τζιλ Λεπόρ του New Yorker ανασκολοπίζει το διάσημο βιβλίο "The Innovator's Dilemma" του καθηγητή του Χάρβαρντ Κλέιτον Κρίστενσεν, που αποτέλεσε και την απαρχή μιας καταιγίδας καταιγίδας δημοσιεύσεων που είναι σήμερα το (ελαφρώς ανυπόφορο) θεωρητικό υπόβαθρο της φούσκας των στάρταψ.

Disruptive innovation is a theory about why businesses fail. It’s not more than that. It doesn’t explain change. It’s not a law of nature. It’s an artifact of history, an idea, forged in time; it’s the manufacture of a moment of upsetting and edgy uncertainty. Transfixed by change, it’s blind to continuity. It makes a very poor prophet.

Ο ίδιος απάντησε εδώ, έξαλλος.

4. Η Apple του Τιμ Κουκ

Μια καταγραφή των αλλαγών που έχει φέρει στην εταιρεία ο διοπτροφόρος CEO της, με ενδιαφέρουσες πληροφορίες και δηλώσεις από διάφορους εμπλεκόμενους. Έχει πολύ ενδιαφέρον και ο τρόπος με τον οποίο οι NYT χειρίζονται το θέμα της ομοφυλοφιλίας του Κουκ. Είναι ένα κοινό μυστικό αλλά, καθώς δεν είναι επισήμως επιβεβαιωμένο από επίσημα χείλη, στο σημείο που αναφέρονται σε μια σχετική του ομιλία, κάνουν ότι δεν ξέρουν:

“Since these early days,” he said, “I have seen, and I have experienced, many other types of discrimination.” All of those, he continued, “were rooted in a fear of people that were different than the majority.” Apple declined to say what he meant by the reference to discrimination he experienced.

Γενικά, μοιάζει συμπαθής τύπος, σεμνός και χαμηλών τόνων, το αντίθετο του προκατόχου του.

We do things because they’re just and right,” he said. He has a slight Alabama drawl and a cool delivery, but there was underlying pique in his voice when he rejected the idea that everything must be measured by return on investment. He concluded by telling shareholders, “If you want me to make decisions that have a clear R.O.I., then you should get out of the stock, just to be plain and simple.”

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5. Ένα νέο διήγημα του Χαρούκι Μουρακάμι

Λέγεται "Yesterday", από το τραγούδι των Beatles.

Kitaru shook his head. “I just couldn’t, see? I’ve known her since she was a kid, and it’s kinda embarrassing, y’know, to act like we’re just starting out, and take her clothes off, fondle her, touch her, whatever. If it were some other girl, I don’t think I’d have a problem, but putting my hand in her underpants, even just thinking about doing it with her—I dunno—it just seems wrong. You know?”

I didn’t.

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