Star Trek, post-scarcity and DRM - Boing Boing -
My Star Trek essay made it to Boing Boing. This is a good day.
Me and Hal Hartley in 1997 on the set of “Henry Fool.” In 2006 I reprised my role as Simon Grim in the sequel “Fay Grim.” Now Hal is Kickstartering “Ned Rifle,” the third movie in what he always conceived as a trilogy.
Hal’s a true artist, a personal filmmaker with a real vision. He’s always had to work to raise money. He’s working hard at it now. If you’ve enjoyed “Henry Fool” or any of his films, I urge you to help make this one happen. You can also help just by reposting this. I’m looking forward to putting that jacket back on.
But about one or two percent of us (including yours truly) were thrown into little test buckets, apps with a bunch of different, experimental things going on inside them.
Fonts are larger. Fonts are smaller. Fonts are altogether different. Direct messages are revamped. Direct messages get more screen time. Swipeable banner notifications line the bottom of the app. —
The Twitter Redesign That Wasn’t - Mike Isaac - Social - AllThingsD
OMG THANK YOU. I mean, I know I am old and blind and often turn the text size up on my phone, but I was SO CONFUSED when my Twitter text suddenly got twice as big this morning. I do kinda like it, though.
Into the Gloss was always a passion project. But from the get-go I thought, sure, I know there’s such a thing as advertising, I know there’s such a thing as banners, and I knew I wanted some. I did a lot of pitching. — How Emily Weiss Started One Of The Fashion Media’s Most-Respected Beauty Sites
Bill Gates holds back tears as he discusses Microsoft’s CEO search
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates held back tears today as he discussed the significance of his company’s search for its next CEO. Gates didn’t have any major updates on Microsoft’s efforts to replace Steve Ballmer, but he did acknowledge the company is interviewing external and internal candidates. “It’s a complex role to fill,” said Gates, before noting that Ballmer’s successor will need to be comfortable running a company like Microsoft.
Okay okay, I’ll do it. But you have to come to New York.
Dr. Venter said Synthetic Genomics would start selling a machine next year that would automate the synthesis of genes by stringing small pieces of DNA together to make larger ones.
Eventually, he said, “we’ll have a small box like a printer attached to your computer.” A person with a bacterial infection might be sent the code to recreate a virus intended to kill that specific bacterium.
“We can send an antibiotic as an email,” said Dr. Venter, who has outlined his ideas in a new book, “Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life.” Proteins might also be made, so that diabetics, for instance, could “download insulin from the Internet.” —
Developing a Fax Machine to Copy Life on Mars - NYTimes.com
Craig Venter is crazy and amazing. Back when Celera was racing the Human Genome Project, I worked at his agency. He’s been criticized left and right, but you gotta hand it to the guy.
Yes, that is J. J. Abrams hanging out on set with R2D2.
(via Star Wars: Episode VII Production Photo of J.J. Abrams Hanging Out With R2-D2)
Yesterday I met with a woman from an investment firm who runs communications for a portfolio that includes companies such as ASOS, Facebook, and Nasty Gal.
As the PR director, companies come to her for advice on media relations. The #1 question she receives from them though is, “Which PR firm should we hire?” Accordingly, she’s been putting in the time to connect with firms, and come up with some first-hand recommendations.
In other words, this was more or less a casual interview to see if my business would be the type of outfit she could feel confident recommending to the 100+ household names & upcoming startups her company holds a stake in. No biggie.
About an hour in, she asked if I felt vulnerable or insecure about my being so young and only having had three years of experience in the field. The answer any sane person in this “sales opportunity” would give is, “No. I’m extremely confident about my team and its capabilities! You can trust your companies in my hands!” followed by a pinky promise.
I truly love my job. I like to think I’m good at it. But at the end of the day, I know only being alive for 25 years has not afforded me the luxury of time to be the most experienced in my field. I haven’t worked with a company through to an IPO yet, or held court for a brand through a time of major crisis - there’s vulnerability there, especially when we’re up for consideration against leaders twice our age with teams twice our size. That’s a reality, and it’s not going to change any time soon (unless time magically stops for everyone except me much like any recent Rachel McAdams movie).
So yes, 100% I feel vulnerable. Some days more than others (those are the days where employees have to do a lot of explaining for me). It’s knowing that I don’t know everything that causes me to live by these 4 things:
- Hire people more experienced & smarter than I am
- Be clear upfront about anticipated results & capabilities
- Charge based upon the value I can confidently deliver
- Work tirelessly
Those are the same 4 things that end up defining the quality of my personal output and in turn, contribute to the character of our company. I’m not so experienced that I can rest easy on my laurels and seniority. The past three years have provided an amazing learning curve and a wide array of industry initiatives to get knee deep in & really own, but even still, I compensate for my lack of time in the trenches by crossing every t, saying yes at every sensible opportunity, and knowing when to assign tasks outside my reach to those better equipped. I know I have to work twice as hard, hire twice as sharply, and be twice as thorough to cement our place in this space. I am not “hungry” for work (there’s no shortage of demand for PR representation right now) but I am “hungry” to constantly prove to myself that I am not letting anyone down - that I am putting client money to its best possible use, and simultaneously providing the best listening ear and delegating hand for my team that I am able.
Vulnerability has led to me to iterating for new approaches, setting clear objectives & expectations upfront, incorporating the ideas and backgrounds of my team, and a myriad of other activities that have made this company stronger.
It’s the soft, malleable parts of my vulnerability that congealed the work foundation I’ve built upon. So am I vulnerable? Yes. Does that mean I’ll put in the time to weigh each option then work my ass off to deliver? Yes to that, too.
Mallory’s one of the most talented entrepreneurs in this city that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. She’s absolutely amazing. We’ve been meeting regularly for over a year and once in a great while, rarely, I am reminded of her age. When that happens, I am even more impressed.
I just turned off voicemail on my phone. You have to call AT&T to make that happen. I feel much better living in the 21st Century. And I also feel better saving all that collective time from those leaving voicemails and me listening to voicemails. So much waste…saved!
Oh man you can do that? I am so in.
Some doctors email. But their main priority and financial incentive is seeing patients in their office because that’s how they get paid. One of our investors recently said he invested because of one simple realization: “you can email a doctor.”
Of course that’s important. However, that’s only part of our killer feature.
Sherpaa’s killer feature is that you can email with our doctors who’s sole responsibility is to email with you and solve problems over email.
We’ve hired doctors and told them their only job is to solve medical problems over email. And we’ve found that 70% of medical problems are solved this way without referring you to see a doctor in person. That’s the killer feature— hired, undistracted doctors who communicate efficiently and effectively like we all do nowadays.
Sometimes when I’m explaining to Sherpaa I get a little oblique going on about saving employers money on insurance premiums, etc. etc.
Then I just say something about how “you can email your doctor.”
And every single time, the person’s face lights up and they say “I want that.”
One World Trade Center ruled the tallest building in the US at 1,776 feet
One World Trade Center has been crowned the tallest building in the Americas, standing at a symbolic (and now official) 1,776 feet. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, an international body that determines the heights of skyscrapers, and ruled that the spire atop One World Trade is an architecturally significant feature of the building — not an antenna.
So basically we had to cheat and call an antenna a permanent part of the structure, so we could have a building taller than one they built in Chicago forty years ago.