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You Don’t Need My Autograph If You Needed It I’d Give It To You

You Don’t Need My Autograph If You Needed It I’d Give It To You

Mayor of Charlottesville just said on CNN that Donald Trump still hasn't called him. Four day later...

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Tiki puts out statement renouncing use of its torches by white nationalists in Charlottesville:

.@realDonaldTrump, you are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism.

"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."

Learn How @USMobile Delivers Interactive Analytics (On @MongoDB) To Users Across Its Business https://t.co/yelSoTVeU9 #NoSQL #Mongodb

Looks like Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who organized the hate march, met with Congressman @RepTomGarrett (R-obviously) not long ago

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Good Writers, Good Readers, Good Publications

Do you read "the paper" (or just read?) just so you can bump into mind-altering articles? To have your perceptions and values tested? To grow the vitality of your mind? Here's an article that makes me appreciate liberal arts -- the major and/or the orientation: What...

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Kubrick: So I Find That Reading At Random — That Seems Like the Best Approach

Kubrick: So I Find That Reading At Random — That Seems Like the Best Approach

“I don’t find any systematic way of reading. it’s a terrifying prospect to realize all the books around the world that you’re never going to read, what you should read. So i find that reading at random — that seems like the best approach.”

Because They Were Able To Use Free Libraries Built by Others

Because They Were Able To Use Free Libraries Built by Others

Here’s a succinct description of open source software and its benefits. It’s from Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure from the Ford Foundation.

Free software makes it exponentially cheaper and easier to build software.

Uber, a transportation service, recently announced that some developers had built a way to request cars through Slack, a team collaboration app, instead of using Uber’s own mobile app. The project was completed in 48 hours by a team of developers at App Academy, a coding school.

Uber noted that the team was able to get the project done quickly because they “implemented open libraries such as rails, geocoder, and unicorn [sic] to speed up development and build on a solid foundation.” In other words, the amount of coding that the team had to do themselves was greatly reduced because they were able to use free libraries built by others.

One of Philly’s “15 Most Daring Entrepreneurs”

One of Philly’s “15 Most Daring Entrepreneurs”

The word “entrepreneur” is overused. Hackneyed. Trite.

But what other word is there?

My definition is somewhere around here: an entrepreneur is someone who can create new energy and then guide that energy to a beneficial, outsized outcome. At some level, however, he/she is an artist — which I generally define as this: someone who can reorganize reality into a novel state which impacts those who see it or interact or experience it.

Definitions sometimes are the problem. Seeing, knowing, doing, sharing — action takes you closer to the definition.

I’ll just share this tidbit and say thanks Main Line Today for the exposure of what we’ve been doing at Walnut St. Labs!

Part innovation center, part work-space and part auditorium, Walnut St. Labs is a regional epicenter of tech entrepreneurialism. It hosts networking events, brainstorming sessions, and talks from the region’s most successful tech entrepreneurs. “We created an ecosystem, the purpose of which is to build and generate ideas,” says founder and CEO Chris Dima.

That wasn’t Dima’s goal when he got to Walnut St. Labs in 2013. Then, it was just shared office space. Dima was working for Economy.com while expanding his own software-development and marketing company when the lease expired. Five other entrepreneurs worked in the building. “No one wanted to, so I signed the lease myself,” says Dima. “I created a logo and hung a piece of paper on the front door with tape. Walnut St. Labs was born. Lesson learned: You can wait for other people to lead, or lead yourself.”

Grants from the Chester County Economic Development Council helped Dima transform the former taxi garage into an innovation center. “You need a clubhouse where like-minded people can gather,” he says.

In early 2016, Dima moved Walnut Street Labs to a new space—still in West Chester and with the same vibe. “I want to nurture tech entrepreneurship in the suburbs—and Chester County, specifically,” he says. “That’s who I am, and that’s the story I want to tell.”

Good Writers, Good Readers, Good Publications

Good Writers, Good Readers, Good Publications

Do you read “the paper” (or just read?) just so you can bump into mind-altering articles? To have your perceptions and values tested? To grow the vitality of your mind?

Here’s an article that makes me appreciate liberal arts — the major and/or the orientation:

What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?
An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence.

Here’s an excerpt:

Nearing Serenity Park’s exit, I decided to turn back and step inside Cashew’s quarters for a moment. I had only to nestle close to her perch and she immediately hopped on my back. Crisscrossing my shoulders as I had watched her do with Lilly Love, she stopped at one point for what I assumed would be the parrot equivalent of a kiss. Instead, she began to clean my teeth: her beak lightly tapping against my enamel, the faint vibrations strangely soothing. Immediately afterward, she took a brief nap in my shirt’s left breast pocket — it felt as if I’d grown another heart — then re-emerged and crawled to the top of my head. She strolled about there for a time before plucking out one of her own deep blue-green feathers and then descending to gently place it on my left shoulder. I have it still.

Papers were (are?) great because they were multi-disciplinary: the different sections speaking to different audiences and serving different function.

MongoDB Gets Sleuthed by SlamData CTO John De Goes

MongoDB Gets Sleuthed by SlamData CTO John De Goes

From the “holy cow” section of the stands… Follow John De Goes Twitter feed for updates… evidently MongoDB is using PostgreSQL to power its BI Connector.

“Postgres foreign data wrappers support barely any pushdown,” I stated matter-of-factly. “This is all the more true in the Multicorn wrapper you’re using for the BI connector, which is based on an older Postgres and doesn’t even support the full pushdown capabilities of the Postgres FDW.”

Ron admitted defeat. “That’s true,” he said.

I pushed him to defend the decision. But he had no answer. I told him to pull the stop cord right now, before MongoDB released the “BI connector”. When Ron shrugged off that possibility, I told him the whole thing was going to blow up in his face. “You might be right,” he said, “But I have bigger things to worry about right now,” possibly referring to the upcoming 3.2 release.

 


And check out his slideshare:

Rodney Mullen Explains Skateboarding Like No One Else Has Ever Explained It

Rodney Mullen Explains Skateboarding Like No One Else Has Ever Explained It

Are You Walking Down the Street Naked?

Are You Walking Down the Street Naked?

This makes sense to me.

“The moment that you feel that, just possibly, you’re walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself. That’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”

– Neil Gaiman, graphic novelist

Failures of Kindness

Failures of Kindness

The inimitable George Saunders delivering words of wisdom and provocation at Syracuse’s 2013 commencement:

“What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly.  Reservedly.  Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope:  Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

It’s a little facile, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.”

Man. For some reason that gives me goose bumps.

Read the whole thing and feel something new — perhaps. 

 

 

 

Mayor of Charlottesville just said on CNN that Donald Trump still hasn't called him. Four day later...

RT @mlynn: 8/31 in Philly to learn about Atlas and Developing resilient apps with @mongodb https://t.co/fzsn7T426J

RT @slamdata: See a complete implementation of SlamData on @MongoDB via @USMobile https://t.co/7IFdlmL6w9

Tiki puts out statement renouncing use of its torches by white nationalists in Charlottesville:

.@realDonaldTrump, you are embarrassing our country and the millions of Americans who fought and died to defeat Nazism.

"...For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela

"People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..."

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..."

Learn How @USMobile Delivers Interactive Analytics (On @MongoDB) To Users Across Its Business https://t.co/yelSoTVeU9 #NoSQL #Mongodb

Looks like Jason Kessler, the white supremacist who organized the hate march, met with Congressman @RepTomGarrett (R-obviously) not long ago

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Losing Our Way in the World. Just Don’t Do It.

Losing Our Way in the World. Just Don’t Do It.

Worth a read: Losing Our Way in the World – NYTimes.com.

“Too often in the modern era, we rely on guardians to interpret events for us, and they’re too happy to step in and tell us what something “means.” But when we do this, we surrender the more primal empiricism that our ancestors surely possessed.”

Another gem:

“SADLY, we often atomize knowledge into pieces that don’t have a home in a larger conceptual framework. When this happens, we surrender meaning to guardians of knowledge and it loses its personal value.”