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  • Doug Belshaw 7:54 pm on December 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself better than others and misusing his critique of society as an ideology for his private interest. While he gropingly forms his own life in the frail image of a true existence, he should never forget it’s frailty, nor how little the image is a substitute for true life.
    Theodor Adorno, Antithesis
  • Doug Belshaw 10:07 pm on December 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Stephen Downes   

    The funny thing, for me, is that I’m actually comfortable with all this chaos. The whole internet thing doesn’t bother me. Why not?


    Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town, maybe it’s because I was writing from an early age, maybe it’s because I never trusted media and politicians, having seen from the inside how they fabricate reality, maybe it’s because I read a lot of science fiction and to me all this is normal. But my advice is: don’t lose your head over all this, it’s not nearly as bad as you are being led to believe, and it serves only to obscure the real problems – the abuse of power, authority and wealth – that we have always had.

    Stephen Downes, OLDaily
  • Doug Belshaw 7:43 pm on December 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , fake   

    The underlying problem of course is that any platform that takes some segment of the real world and brings it into software will also bring in all that segment’s problems. Amazon took products and so it has to deal with bad and fake products (whereas one might say that Facebook took people, and so has bad and fake people).

    Benedict’s Newsletter: No. 317
  • Doug Belshaw 11:44 am on December 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    When there’s a single metric (likes/followers), we end up looking in the rear-view mirror when we should be driving instead.

    Maximizing the benefits for the social media platform you’re on are different than maximizing the benefits for you and those you are leading.

    Seth Godin, The real scam of ‘influencer’
  • Doug Belshaw 9:50 pm on December 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: fail, Iceland, life lessons, snow   

    Today I Learned… 

    …when in Iceland, don’t jump into large snow drifts with your kids while your rental car keys are in an unzipped coat pocket!

    A rather expensive mistake 🤦‍♂️

  • Doug Belshaw 8:22 pm on December 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , kids,   

    I also believe that having children teaches you things you can’t learn any other way and that those lessons are incredibly valuable in other parts of your life, including your work life.


    Children have taught me to be patient, to care, and be present (something that has been a challenge for me over the years). Those are things that are extremely valuable in all walks of life.

    But certainly the best thing of all about having kids is the children themselves. I have a lot of relationships in my life, but the relationships I have with my wife and children are the very best ones. Just getting a text from one of my kids is often the highlight of my day.

    Fred Wilson
  • Doug Belshaw 8:00 pm on December 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: billionaires, Chris Colin, , WIRED   

    [O]ne of civilization’s great challenges stems from millionaire rhyming with billionaire. In holding them in the same linguistic corner of our minds, we conflate them, yet they’re so mathematically distinct as to be unrelated.

    Chris Colin, WIRED, January 2020
  • Doug Belshaw 4:22 pm on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: despair, hope, Sun Tzu   

    However critical the situation and circumstances in which you find yourself, despair of nothing; it is on the occasions in which everything is to be feared that it is necessary to fear nothing; it is when one is surrounded by all the dangers that it is not necessary to dread any; it is when one is without resources that it is necessary to count on all of them; it is when one is surprised that it is necessary to surprise the enemy himself.

    Sun Tzu, The Art of War
  • Doug Belshaw 12:56 pm on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Guy Debord   

    With the destruction of history, contemporary events themselves retreat into a fabulous distance, among its unverifiable stories, uncheckable statistics, unlikely explanations and untenable reasoning. For every imbecile who has advanced spectacularly, there are only the mediatics who can respond with a few respectful rectifications or remonstrations, and they are miserly, for besides their extreme ignorance, their personal and professional solidarity with the spectacle’s general authority and the society it expresses, makes it their duty, and their pleasure, never to diverge from that authority whose majesty must not be damaged. It must not be forgotten that all mediatics, through wages and other rewards and recompenses, has a master, and sometimes to several; and that every one of them knows he is dispensable.

    Guy Debord, Commentaries on The Society of the Spectacle
  • Doug Belshaw 10:42 am on December 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Guy Debtors,   

    One enemy of spectacular democracy is the same as another, just like spectacular democracies themselves.

    Guy Debord, Commentaries on The Society of the Spectacle
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