Monday, August 26, 2013


You have to pick the places you don't walk away from. - Joan Didion

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The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
-- Gustave Flaubert

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Once the real world becomes the classroom, then children can learn however, whenever, whatever, and with whomever of their choosing.

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@hrheingold Excellent to see you move to WordPress. If you ever want to consider a @cbox installation for your courses, please let me know

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Nikhil Goyal (@nikhilgoya_l)
8/25/13 9:55 PM
"Pfc. Bradley E. Manning (who now wants to be known as Chelsea)" Give her some respect and call her Chelsea.…
If the revelations about the N.S.A. surveillance were broken by Time, CNN or The New York Times, executives there would already be building new shelves to hold all thePulitzer Prizes and Peabodies they expected. Same with the 2010 WikiLeaks video of the Apache helicopter attack.
Instead, the journalists and organizations who did that work find themselves under attack, not just from a government bent on keeping its secrets, but from friendly fire by fellow journalists. What are we thinking?

Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss)
8/26/13 6:36 AM
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar Howe


Deb Mills-Scofield (@bluelobsternets)
8/26/13 6:40 AM
RT @skap5: Grant me the wisdom to greet both failure and victory as imposters.

Bruce Nussbaum (@brucenussbaum)
8/26/13 6:43 AM
The Decline of E-Empires, via @nytimes. Can Microsoft rise again? Unlikely. Will Apple fall?

How could Microsoft have been so blind? Here’s where Ibn Khaldun comes in. He was a 14th-century Islamic philosopher who basically invented what we would now call the social sciences. And one insight he had, based on the history of his native North Africa, was that there was a rhythm to the rise and fall of dynasties.

Is there a policy moral here? Let me make at least a negative case: Even though Microsoft did not, in fact, end up taking over the world, those antitrust concerns weren’t misplaced. Microsoft was a monopolist, it did extract a lot of monopoly rents, and it did inhibit innovation. Creative destruction means that monopolies aren’t forever, but it doesn’t mean that they’re harmless while they last. This was true for Microsoft yesterday; it may be true for Apple, or Google, or someone not yet on our radar, tomorrow.

Greg Satell (@Digitaltonto)
8/26/13 6:44 AM
A decade later, Tesla now officially a threat to the auto via @Zite

funny, electric car company Tesla has been building its business for a decade now, but it’s just in recent months that the auto industry seems to be taking Tesla’s innovations as an actual threat to their businesses. That’s because it’s only been in 2013 that Tesla has shown how it can make a small profit and use its popular electric car to compete with competitors in the auto biz. But reacting to a threat when it’s finally arrived, versus skating to where the puck is going isn’t necessarily the best way to run a business. The tech industry is littered with late-movers like Blockbuster or Kodak