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Responsible Parents vs Adventure

a) Why are the parents/mother always dead at the beginning in stories like this?
b) Parents have a tendency to get in the way when one is trying to have awesome adventures.
b) Responsible parents do, anyhow. You could have Harriet the Spy's parents and still have adventures...
— 3 weeks ago
#parents  #stories  #adventure 
"Petermann: ‘Een van de deurenfabrikanten die ik heb gesproken voor de Biënnale maakt zich daar ernstige zorgen over. Want minder muur betekent ook minder deuren.’
Koolhaas: ‘Echt waar?’
Petermann: ‘Ja.’
Koolhaas: ‘Néé.’
Petermann: ‘Ze verkopen ook minder deuren.’
Koolhaas: ‘Nee, maar… vertel… in welke mate… hoe legde hij dat uit? Waar maakt hij zich zorgen over?’
Petermann: ‘Nou, zowel in huizen verdwijnen deuren omdat iedereen grote leefruimtes, wonen en keuken, alles bij elkaar wil. Dus daar zien ze een afname, maar ook in kantoorgebouwen zien ze afname.’"
— 1 month ago
#unintendedconsequences 

How French supermarket ‘intermache’ promoted non-pretty-vegetables & fruits. (and sold them cheaper).

— 1 month ago with 1 note
#vegetables  #marketing  #foodwaste  #nofoodwaste  #intermarche  #fruits  #french  #france 
"zo kan je niet met mensen omgaan, want dat is niet een manier waarop je met mensen omgaat."
boos meisje aan de telefoon op de elandsgracht.
— 1 month ago
"

I don’t like progress..
I think as you get older
You find it isn’t progress,
it’s only change
and it isn’t change always for the better

When you are young
you accept all the new ideas and new designs and that
and you go along with it.
And as you get older you find that they don’t stand up
you’re very skeptical about progress

"
— 1 month ago with 1 note
#bike makers  #bike  #progress  #change  #innovation 
Oculus Rift & Voetbal

Het Nederlandse Team gebruikt de Oculus Rift bij de evaluatie van trainingen en wedstrijden:

Uit de Correspondent:
Inmiddels hebben Reckers en Van Gaal een systeem ter beschikking dat na de wedstrijd via de 
Oculus Rift-bril elk balcontact door het perspectief van de speler kan bekijken. Zo kunnen ze eerlijk beoordelen of een speler iets had kunnen zien of niet en of de gekozen opstelling leidt tot genoeg afspeelopties.

http://tweakers.net/nieuws/95857/knvb-zet-google-glass-en-oculus-rift-in-bij-training-nederlands-elftal.html

— 1 month ago
#oculus  #oculusrift  #soccer  #voetbal  #vangaal 
"

I think in general it’s like life is tricky because it happens once and there’s no opportunity for A/B testing. It could be that you are living your best possible life and that if you re-playyour life hundreds of other times, that this life you’re living is the best or among the top 5 percent of lives that you would have lived, and in lots of other ones you’d end up in an alley or in an unhappy relationship or with a job where you’re not intellectually fulfilled, and that you have found this amazing path.

It’s also possible that you’re not even in the top 50 percent of lives and that your life is really tragic and that despite all the wonderful and impressive and amazing things you’ve done, that you had the potential to do all these incredible other things that would have been either bigger in scale or more fulfilling or more modest and simple, but more pleasurable or whatever. That there were all these other paths that would be better. It’s, I think, hard to say whether there is something I missed that would have made things much better. In general, I’m pretty happy, and all these imagined alternate lives, I wouldn’t know how to even begin to speculate on how they’d compare.

"
— 1 month ago
#life 
On the Curiosity Gap, or the ‘You’ll never guess what you’ll see next’ links

FS: Was there a conscious decision made at any point at BuzzFeed that you would avoid the curiosity-gap thing?
JP: Well, at HuffPost I remember there was a very talented editor who now works at the Daily Mail who figured that out. You could show a picture of like an older guy at the beach and be like, “Guess whose body this is?” Then you click and it’s like, “Oh it’s Giorgio Armani” or whatever, and you could get a tremendous clickthrough rate on headlines that didn’t tell you what the story is about. The problem with that is that if you’re just getting clicks that would have gone to another headline on your front page, it’s sending people the content that might not be as good, because they’re clicking because they want to know what’s there. They’re not clicking because they’re interested in what’s there. If they knew that it was Giorgio Armani — if you just did a post saying, “Here’s a picture of Giorgio Armani on the beach” — people who care about that sort of thing would click and people who didn’t wouldn’t. You end up with lots of people who don’t actually want to see Giorgio Armani in a Speedo on the beach clicking that and then feeling like, “Oh god, why did I do that?” Like, “That was a waste of time.”

The main problem for us is that when you think from the perspective of the reader, if headlines are all devoid of information and you have to click them to find out what they are about, all the social streams out there would become much less useful and much less valuable. When you think from that perspective it’s like, “Whoa, let’s just make headlines that describe what’s in the article and that’s better for the consumer and it’s better for the ecosystem as a whole. Then let’s make articles that people really want to click because they’re interested in them, not because they’re wondering what it’s about.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/look-down

— 1 month ago
#curiosity  #fail  #buzzfeed  #upworthy  #wastingpeoplestime 
24 business models
    1. Create a physical good, a service or a virtual good – movie, music
    2. Distributor of goods and services
    3. Franchisee model.
    4. Razor and blades model. 
    5. Brokerage/Marketplace model. 
    6. Landlord model for renting products or services. 
    7. Advertisement based models for content
    8. Subscription based model. 
    9. Lead generation and affiliate marketing. 
    10. Multilevel marketing. 
    11. Listing fee model. 

New tech models:

    1. Selling customer data. 
    2. Micropayment for content.
    3. Freemium model. 
    4. Crowdsourcing model. 
    5. Open source customization and maintanence. 
    6. No-frills model. 
    7. Network effect model. 
    8. Pay with social currency 
    9. In-app commerce. .
    10. Groupon model. 
    11. Customer rating & support. 
    12. Certification & verification.
    13. Sponsorship model.

      http://theagni.com/2011/12/02/how-to-build-revenue-24-types-of-major-business-models-with-examples/
— 1 month ago
#business models  #business  #model 
"

Bangaloreans dump their trash in the streets not because they are poor, but because of habit and culture,” said Kasturi. “‘As long as my house is clean,’ they think, ‘what’s the big deal?’”

Our next stop on the Trash Trail was a trash-transfer station where small, three-wheeled rickshaws lined up to tip the neighborhood garbage into a large compactor truck. Urban infrastructure, when it works well, should be invisible, but this site was an eyesore. It was just a few yards from the balconies of luxury condos.

“When these condos were under construction, the developer paid the garbage workers to take their business elsewhere,” Kasturi said. “But once the developer sold off the condo units to unsuspecting buyers, this trash-transfer station returned. ”

"
— 1 month ago
#garbage  #trash  #cultural  #india 
"In Amsterdam is Bakkerij Den Hartog een begrip, ze verkopen slechts één soort brood: volkoren. En dan een bijzonder goed volkoren brood. Met als gevolg dat mensen die van volkoren houden er bij zweren en er met liefde over vertellen (en je de haters nooit in je winkel hebt). Op het treinstation van Beijing vond ik een McDonald’s van 1 meter breed. Dit micor-filiaal zag er precies uit als alle andere, alleen heel erg smal. Boven de counter was ruimte voor slechts twee displays met daarop de twee meest essentiële hamburgers: de Cheese Burger en de Big Mac. Voor de mensen die snel de trein moeten halen een verademing. Geen keuzestress, en altijd warme en verse hamburgers. Zo zou elke McDonald’s moeten zijn."
— 1 month ago
#reduction of choice  #mcdonalds  #choice 
You are here: Every day for the next year, we will make a map of a city in which we have lived.
Each of these maps will be an aggregation of thousands of microstories, tracing the narratives of our collective experience. We will make maps of the little things that make up life — from the trees we hug, to the places where we crashed our bikes, to the benches where we fell in love.
Over time, we will grow this to 100 different maps of 100 different cities, creating an atlas of human experience.
We hope that by showing these stories, we empower people to make their city — and therefore the world — a more beautiful place.

You are here: 

Every day for the next year, we will make a map of a city in which we have lived.

Each of these maps will be an aggregation of thousands of microstories, tracing the narratives of our collective experience. We will make maps of the little things that make up life — from the trees we hug, to the places where we crashed our bikes, to the benches where we fell in love.

Over time, we will grow this to 100 different maps of 100 different cities, creating an atlas of human experience.

We hope that by showing these stories, we empower people to make their city — and therefore the world — a more beautiful place.

— 1 month ago
#Datavisualisation  #maps  #nyc  #mit  #placemaking