Posts Categorized: Society

PRISM: Bad for US Businesses?

I’ve been thinking about PRISM since the news broke, but I’ve stayed away from commenting so far. I was just amazed at how people reacted to the news. Some people said that if we were doing nothing wrong, then we had nothing to worry about. Others suggested that it was worth trading in our privacy… Read more »

Originality: Holy Grail or Boat Anchor?

Originality is a tricky thing. It seems like everyone wants to do something original or unique. On the other hand, there are those people say that “there is no reason to reinvent the wheel.” Well, according to Mark Earls at his keynote speech at TNW Conference Europe 2013, it’s the latter half that has things… Read more »

Don’t Be Fake: Be True

Ok, so truth be told (which is what I do), this is more of a rant than straight advice. Although, this would qualify as good advice for almost anyone and especially entrepreneurs. Don’t be fake. People seem to live in constant fear of hurting people’s feelings, letting people down or they just hate saying no…. Read more »

You Can’t Trust the Media

One thing that has become obvious to me over the years is that you can’t trust the media. That is because the media receives it’s income through advertising. As many people have said over the years: “If you’re not paying for it, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” While that thought has always made… Read more »

Free Education

There may not be such a thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free education. At least there is now. That’s the beauty of living in the world we live in today. You used to have to go to school or buy a bunch of books or videos in… Read more »

The Consensus Is Wrong

Do you want to change the world? Do you want to make a difference? Forget about consensus. Everyone believes that discussing things and arriving at a group consensus in a democratic fashion is the fair way to make a decision. They also mistakenly believe that it will arrive at the right decision. That somehow people… Read more »

What Are Bitcoins, Really?

Bitcoins keep coming up in the media these days because they’re a very interesting phenomenon. I was doing a little research trying to get everything a little more clear in my head, when I found a video put together by Duncan Elms on Vimeo. It gives a good overview of what Bitcoins are, how they… Read more »

Who Owns Digital Goods? (Hint: Probably Not the Customer)

According to a legal ruling filed on Saturday, March 30, 2012, consumers don’t have the right to resell digital media that they have purchased from the copyright owner. Peter Kafka, from All Things D, reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan sided with Capitol Records against ReDigi, a site that allows users to resell the music… Read more »

Another Benefit of Eye Contact

Here’s a quick tip that I learned today that I think might be helpful if, like me, you have trouble remembering the names of people you’ve met just once. An article on Lifehacker suggested that a good way to remember someone’s name was to pair it with their eye color. The way this works is… Read more »

Transforming the Ordinary

People think that to make something exceptional, you have to start with something exceptional. I found a video by Nick Bertke that proves that isn’t the case. Nick was traveling across Australia and recording footage and audio all along the way. He took some unusual, but mostly ordinary sounds from his recordings and stitched together… Read more »