This is really cool. Shows how different sorting algorithms work.
This post has been a long time coming. Its intent is to convey an idea. The idea is that we need investigative journalism to have a productive government. The problem is that we've lost the funding for investigative journalism with the demise of "print media". If you take that a step further you can blame craig's list.
Jeff Atwood had an interesting look on this in 2009 reflecting on a SF Weekly spot. There's a chance they weren't 100% impartial on the issue.
Almost by accident, Newmark built one of the Internet's most successful sites, creating a free marketplace for millions that continues to grow around the country and the world. Among the unintended consequences of Craigslist's growth, though, is that it's sucking away significant dollars in classified advertisements from already-struggling newspapers. Bay Area papers alone forfeit at least $50 million annually to Craigslist, losses that contribute to layoffs of dozens of reporters. As fearful publishers cut newsroom jobs, inferior news coverage is the likely outcome. Craigslist's devoted fans are unknowingly exchanging one public service for another — trading away the quality of their news for a cheaper way to find an apartment. At the same time, Craigslist's executives won't disclose the amount of money they're pulling in.
The podcast raises some good points. Mainly if Craig's List is going to kill newspapers why don't they do something about journalism?
I did find some people who might be doing something. I'm not sure if it's the right answer. I'd rather see a sustainable business model.
Recently I discovered Room to Read. It's a global non profit started by an ex-marketing director of Microsoft that creates schools and libraries in third world countries. It's run like a profitable business and expanding like one too. They're opening more libraries a day then Starbucks or McDonalds can open stores.
As of their last quarter their stats are;
- Schools 1,450
- Libraries 12,522
- Books Published 591
- Books Distributed 10 million
- Girls' Education Participants 13,667
- Children Benefited 6.0 million
This doesn't include the over 500 children's books they've commissioned and published in local lanaguages to aid in their quest for world wide literacy.
Freelancers Blues: The thought that at any given moment, at any given day, you could be working.
"Design is about supplying Intent." –John Hockenberry's Dad
This short talk has had a profound change in my thought patterns.
I can't imagine that the big screens are that helpful, but they are cool.
I split my week into 3 kinds of days — intention, attention and ascension — purpose, focus and the climb.
The value of a piece of information is proportional to the chance that you will act on it times the benefit of acting on it.
I'm going to be cross posting my tech related posts over at rbrt.com. On one hand I want a separate place for my advertised work in the tech community and on the other hand I don't trust Tumblr. Something about working so much in someone else's system bugs me.
A friend of mine recently made some really nice personal business cards on moo.com. Crazy nice printing, nice thick stock, large high quality photo, double sided. I feel like Patrick Bateman just thinking about it.
I decided to make a wish a reality, so I got some for my team.
We can write ticket numbers on the back in silver sharpie and leave them on peoples desk when we're looking for them. Eventually I'm going to run a technological strike team. =D