Friday, August 16, 2013

tweets - detroit & such

detroit - ness...

Teny Oded Gross (@tenygross)
8/16/13 6:48 AM
What Really Ails Detroit, via

But with a fatal arrogance, executives at American manufacturing companies did allow those increases, in part to maintain a society of contented, trouble-free workers, though executives would also use those increases as cover for their own rapidly swelling compensation. In the 1960s, the average compensation of an American C.E.O. was about 25 times the average compensation of a production worker. That ratio rose to about 70 times by the end of the 1980s, and to around 250 times these days.
Developing the necessary skills base is not a short-term project. It requires decades of concerted effort on many fronts, by many national, regional and local actors, including collaboration among companies, government, trade associations, schools, colleges and universities.
This kind of common purpose, however, is not something that American society, with its ethos of individualism and personal independence, seems capable of undertaking. Doing the right thing for the long haul is typically put off for a later time, if it ever happens
unless we have this all wrong...all backwards.
perhaps setting people free.. listening to and facilitating each curiosity... is its own substantiation.. its own perpetuation of betterness
That such a “strategy” is self-defeating ought to be obvious. Sadly, it is not — not in an instant-gratification world.

imagine we harness the energy of instant gratification..
tech to reduce time between intention and action. in the city. as the day.

nicco mele (@nicco)
8/15/13 7:00 AM
A quiet revolution: "In hardware as in software, open source is an industrial input, not a consumer good."

The priorities of the software business are now dictated not by anticipated returns to capital, but rather by the passion and imagination of makers with (virtually) free access to the means of production and distribution.

It still takes capital to scale a business -- marketing, sales and customer support aren't free (at least not yet) -- but the economic leverage on human effort expands exponentially as the hard capital needs of production fall toward zero.

Most modern products aren't static bundles of homogenous atoms, but intricately complex assemblies of materials and electronics -- a fusion of bits and atoms, often connected to and dynamically altered by their connection to the digital web. 3D printing can cut time and cost from the segments of the supply chain concerned with static parts and enclosures, but makes effectively no difference in the most valuable aspects of modern production: integrated electronics assemblies like processors, microcontrollers and communications systems.

the dance..

The logic mistake of the 3D printing analogy lies in assigning the power of open source to the production of finished goods. Just because the tools of software production are freely available doesn't mean that the average consumer or business person now writes and deploys their own code.

Open source software empowers skilled makers with frameworks and libraries of components, but still requires extraordinary creativity in both design and execution to turn those raw ingredients into tools that actually solve human problems.

paragraph one as stand alone.. no..?  - the logic mistake..

In hardware as in software, open source is fundamentally an industrial input, not a consumer good.

As in software, OSHW allows physical product designers to easily discover and leverage freely-licensed prior art, with a well-documented forking procedure to support low-cost / low risk speciation of original designs. So not only is the first prototype cheaper and faster to produce, it can also spawn many more parallel generations of derivative projects, more quickly and cheaply than any vertically integrated and proprietary manufacturing system.

and such...

Luann ChristensenLee (@stardiverr)
8/15/13 6:52 AM
I got to pg 3 in this report and my jaw dropped due to the purple bars in the

John Spencer (@edrethink)
8/15/13 6:57 AM
Latest by @jrussellteacher Student Goals - - I need to consider this strategy do we get students to create meaningful, but reasonable goals that will encourage them to learn and then demonstrate that learning? Will the goals still be effective if they share them with me?

is this perhaps .. a bit of goal worship..?  proof worship..?

the key perhaps.. goals to encourage to learn...
isn't that backwards..?

perhaps.. first .. simply.. lean in and listen to the curiosity
the rest will happen.. if it matters... no?
(again.. assuming we are listening)

Brad Feld (@bfeld)
8/15/13 6:58 AM
Fantastic post from @fredwilson this morning - The Similarities Between Building and Scaling a Product and a Company
How you fix your system and how you fix your team depends on the facts and circumstances of the problem. There is no one right answer. The key is removing the bottleneck so the rest of the system can work again. When it is software, the problem is a bit easier to solve because it doesn't involve moving people around and the emotions that creates. But that's what a manager does and good managers do this often and they do it well.

Aron Solomon ☕ (@aronsolomon)
8/16/13 6:30 AM
Do you think that Steve Jobs would have stopped what he was working on to go watch a movie that just opened about some guy?

Marlo Thomas (@MarloThomas)
8/16/13 6:38 AM
"Optimist: Someone who figures taking a step back after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it's more like a cha-cha." - Robert Brault

Mary Ann Reilly (@MaryAnnReilly)
8/16/13 6:40 AM
I wish we disc. & took action about children forced to live in poverty half as much as we talk about#edreform. We r foolish. #edchat

Flemming Funch (@ffunch)
8/16/13 6:35 AM
If you merely follow a fellow, a hello is hollow. But jump off together, enquire in choir, and even a glance will advance.

Deb Mills-Scofield (@dscofield)
8/16/13 6:47 AM
.@nextsensing's next Misery Loves Companies (Let’s Make Them Better!)