The second reason is something casinos have known for a long time. To illustrate, let me ask you if you know what the most profitable part of a casino gaming floor is? Slot machines. Slot machines are extremely powerful earners because they employ a principle called “random payout”. Turns out if you pull a handle and it pays out predictably, you very quickly figure it out and stop pulling. But, make the reward random and people have a very hard time stopping. Some pulls are nothing, some pulls give you a little, and occasionally, you get a jackpot.
Think about text messages or email alerts from your phone in this context. Some aren’t important. Some are. And occasionally, something very urgent comes in. its random payout in your pocket.
— Joe Kraus Blog
1:36 pm • 27 May 2012
"Optimism, pessimism, fuck that; we’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work."
— #TeamRocket Elon Musk (via ninakix)
12:23 pm • 27 May 2012
New paradigms tend to start in technologies that are cheap to build, and spread to technologies that are expensive to build. They spread from text to software to hardware. (…) To see a further into the future of hardware, we might look at what’s happening with text today. When we look at Twitter and SMS, we still see communication and gift. But more strikingly, we see smallness.
If software follows content, I imagine we’ll start to see lots of APIs that do small things. But they will easily interact with one another to together do big things. And if hardware then follows software, I imagine that we will see lots of small devices that do simple things alone, but complex things together. They might remind us of ants.
— Sep Kamvar - Software ecologies
8:04 am • 21 May 2012
"You have everything you need right here, he told me. Look at it. Good surf, good friends, this sunset. The problem with having a lot of stuff, he said, is that at some point the stuff starts ruling you."
— Sep Kamvar - Surf and Silicon
7:56 am • 21 May 2012
"Schöneberg itself was a genuine delight. Dieter noted how the area was, to some extent, demarcated by “male prostitutes in that direction, female prostitutes in that direction, and transvestites over there”, a form of municipal boundary that is exactly how citizens think of cities and exactly not how administrators and politicans do."
— cityofsound: Journal: A walk in Schöneberg, Berlin: energy policy, gentrification, protest, and the humble joys of communal flower beds
11:16 pm • 20 May 2012
What remains intriguing about Futuro, however, is that it’s the closest housing ever came to product design. In the 1960s, the mechanisation of the domestic interior, particularly the kitchen, was in full force, as we accumulated labour-saving gadgets like washing machines and blenders. Suuronen’s plastic capsule had the moulded integrity of a mass-produced consumer product, it was the house-as-gadget, a device for the nomadic lifestyle.
Futuro - The ideal home that wasn’t
2:46 pm • 20 May 2012
"Ravintolapäivä is essentially a set of instructions, and you can hardly arrest a set of instructions. Coordinated by Facebook and Twitter, and disappearing as fast as they appeared, the restaurants were also essentially untouchable. It’s not as if the City could send round fleets of public works operatives playing a form of urban ‘Whac-a-Mole’, scooping soup kitchens, pizza ovens and cooks into the back of their vans. RP is a demonstration of the easy power of an emergent urbanism, an opportunistic urbanism, enabled through social media and mobile apps and driven by a desire for participation in the city at the hyper-local level. The sense of a somewhat conservative city opening up to possibility is palpable."
— City Of Sound - Journal: Ravintolapäivä, Restaurant Day, edible urbanism and civic opportunism
2:41 pm • 20 May 2012
"That is the reason we bought Flickr—not the community. We didn’t give a shit about that. The theory behind buying Flickr was not to increase social connections, it was to monetize the image index. It was totally not about social communities or social networking. It was certainly nothing to do with the users."
— How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
10:13 pm • 15 May 2012
"The milestones for that acquisition were all based around integrating that local event data into Yahoo. Yahoo didn’t care about Upcoming’s users—the community that created the data. Yahoo’s approach turned out to be completely backwards. The value of the the company was determined by the index itself, rather than how the index was built—which is to say, by the community."
— How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet
10:09 pm • 15 May 2012
"The panelists talked endlessly about the “culture” of their various agencies, an interesting word choice to replace “H.R. activities.” Talk of advertising agency employees coming up with ideas for advertisements to help make money for clients is verboten; the process is one of “creatives” manifesting “creativity.” In this world, that creativity exists in a bubble, allowing it to be admired and marveled at by peers without making the dreary connection to its actual societal function. The Most Interesting Man In The World, yes; the fluctuations in the market cap of Heineken International, no."
— Creative Destruction: How Advertising Is Swallowing the Creative Class
9:53 pm • 15 May 2012
notes.unwieldy: The $144,146,165 Button
During payment, the user is presented with three default buttons for tipping: 20%, 25%, and 30%. When cabs were cash only, the average tip was roughly 10%. After the introduction of this system, the tip percentage jumped to 22%.
12:52 pm • 13 May 2012
"It’s like, well there is no future, so why should I even take a picture? Why should I record anything? Why should I think about it? And maybe I live in the future more than many, but I realized that sort of not having a future was inhumane in that part of what meant to be human was to have a future, was to look forward, was to in some ways be future oriented and live in the future a little bit. I think that is part of what being human means because when I didn’t have a future I felt my humanity shrinking. I think that a big lesson I got from that experience was the vital importance of the future."
— Such a Long Journey: An Interview with Kevin Kelly - Boing Boing
11:43 am • 12 May 2012
"You must never forget though, that nobody enjoys looking at something that feels like it was created through lifting weights while doing math. It is crucial that once you have solved the problem you spend just as much time making things look like you just came up with it as you were sitting in a pretty café, dreamily slurping your macchiato."
— It’s Nice That : Publishing and problem-solving; a quick interview with Christoph Niemann about his book, Abstract City
11:30 am • 12 May 2012