Now you might not think there are many similarities at first between a Cyriak Harris music video and a video of a large flock of starlings doing their murmuration thing. And you might be right. But still.
Dave Girouard, former President of Enterprise for Google, on why our objections to the cloud are mad.
Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he? Though, reading this, it’s hard to argue against him.
If you care about the reliability, security, and the protection of your data, then you should entrust it to those who are most capable of managing it. If you believe you can match the capabilities and rigor of Google’s Security Operations team, I wish you well.
An interesting perspective from someone very much the other side of this cloud debate.
(Via Robert Brook)
An engineer’s perspective on process, and on never being put off when asking why:
A good Engineering Program Manager’s job is to keep the trains on time by all reasonable means. However, my experience with program managers over the past two decades is that 70% of them are crap because while they are capable of keeping the trains running on time, they don’t know why they’re doing what they’re doing. When someone on the team asked them to explain the reasoning behind the process, they’d say something to the effect of, “Well, this is how we’ve always done it…” …
Anyone who interacts with process has a choice. You can either blindly follow the bulleted lists or you can ask why. They’re going to ignore you the first time you ask, the second time, too. The seventh time you will be labeled a troublemaker and you will run the risk of being uninvited to meetings, but I say keep asking why. Ask in a way that illuminates and doesn’t accuse. Listen hard when they attempt to explain and bumble it a bit because maybe they only know a bit of the origin story.
It’s a myth, but healthy process is awesome if it not only documents what we care about, but is willing to defend itself. It is required to stand up to scrutiny and when a process fails to do so, it must change.
A great account of how an organisation’s culture could be hidden within its processes, if only we have eyes to see.
“Apollodorus says, ‘If any one were to take away from the books of Chrysippus all the passages which he quotes from other authors, his paper would be left empty.'”
Sorry, couldn’t resist this, but that was me quoting Robert Brook, quoting Wikipedia, quoting Diogenes Laërtius, quoting Apollodorus on Chrysippus’ quoting too much!
A great perspective on some of the pitfalls of recruitment from Welsey Verhoeve.
I think of the costs associated with bad hires (time, energy, money) as a tuition fee for the lessons I’ve learned. And boy, lets just say I now have a PhD in hiring.
Lessons learned include hiring based on friend potential – that’s the one I fall foul of, and I’m due to start this process again soon as I’m looking to hire another member of our team. Wish me luck.
I liked his post about working in coffee shops instead of your office. The change of scene and fewer distractions certainly work for me.
(Via Swiss Miss)
“The only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”
Watch it, then check out his daily routine over on 101books.net. “Even if it’s only halfway truthful, wow. As crazy and morbidly fascinating and sad as this is, you’ve got to love the entry for 6 a.m.”
(Via Brain Pickings)
Wonderful sets of family portraits, with a difference, from Canada-based photographer and graphic designer Ulric Collette. He and his son appear in the third photo above.
The parent/child portraits look very startling, but the brother and sister pairs could very easily be photos of real people. Must have a go at this myself…
And here’s some more of Ulric’s mad portrait work.
(Via 123 Inspiration)
Cinemagraphs are, according to Wikipedia, “still photographs in which a minor and repeated movement occurs. Cinemagraphs, which are usually published in an animated GIF format, can give the illusion that the viewer is watching a video.”
Am I right in thinking this is an internet-only thing? Is this a branch of photography that couldn’t have existed when I was at art college?
- 50 Inspiring Animated GIF Photographs Or Cinemagraph (the last one on that page is wonderfully creepy)
- The 60 Most Beautiful Cinemagraph GIFs
- Ann Street Studio Cinemagraphs
- Animated moments from movies
I’ve decided to cancel my app.net subscription. In the little please-tell-us-why-you’re-leaving box I put something about not feeling geeky or technie enough to feel I belong there.
I like their we-are-selling-our-product-not-our-users thing, and I really loved the founder’s podcast about business models and Instagram’s recently difficulties, but I just don’t feel that I’m getting enough out of the service to justify the cost. I don’t have a smart phone with which to experiment with all the apps, I’m not especially social with my social media and I wouldn’t recognise json if he hit me with an argonaut. There are only a few people I follow there anyway, and Google Reader will still help me catch what they’re saying and follow any of their links to anything interesting.
Nothing’s permanent, of course, but not many things shuffle off this mortal highway so gracefully as these old Belgian bangers.
“The large ‘car cemetery’ is located in the village of Chatillon,located in Belgium. In Second World War the world faced much losses.one of the losses are cars. Yes there are more than 500 cars in one places are become corrosive. The reason was more expensive for shift throw Ocean. So cars left in the forest. Somebody like to prevent this models from cemeteries. whoever car lovers enjoy this collection”
Interesting post from Nicholas Carr about the state of the e-book business. As The Browser puts it, “We say we like books. And it turns out that we do. Sales of e-readers are slowing. Early adopters have adopted. Print sales are holding up well. Printed books may have more of a future than seemed probable even a year ago.”
As usual, these things are never as straightforward as the media would have us believe. I can easily see a place for both (we still have radio even though we have tv, we still have theatre even though we have cinema, we still have cinema even though- and so on and so on) and still love having both. Some of the competing business models can be a little frustrating, though; my Waterstones gift card won’t play nice with my Kindle, for instance. #firstworldproblem
(Via The Browser)
Colossal has found some underwater, laser-cut, topological wooden maps.
Just right for these cold, gloomy evenings.