Archive for May 2013

#  This is Water →

May 8th, 2013 at 18:57 // In Worth Watching 

I agree with the description on the video, emphasis mine:

In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the most simple and elegant explanation of the real value of education.

The video’s nice, but it’s the speech that makes me care about it. Because as it says above, pretty much the best life advice.

(via Stellar’s Interesting)

#  A History of Like →

May 6th, 2013 at 18:15 // In Worth Knowing 

There’s much to like in this piece, but the most memorable bit was this fact I’d not known. It does seem to explain quite a lot of the adds I see though:

What’s the best way to predict whether an advertisement increases sales or not? The marketing field has searched for the answer to this question for decades. … Of all the measures, “likability” was the surprise winner.

#  The Legality of Secret Compartments →

May 3rd, 2013 at 18:54 // In Worth Reading 

Really interesting story from Brendan Koerner in Wired about a speaker installer whose side business in putting secret compartments into vehicles landed him in jail. The heart of the issue in the case:

Alfred Anaya’s case makes clear that the government rejects [the “technology is morally neutral”] worldview. The technically savvy are on notice that they must be very careful about whom they deal with, since calculated ignorance of illegal activity is not an acceptable excuse. But at what point does a failure to be nosy edge into criminal conduct? In light of what happened to Anaya, that question is nearly impossible to answer.

#  Why Most Jobs Suck →

May 1st, 2013 at 11:26 // In Worth Considering 

This is one of those points that’s obvious once stated but rarely considered. The Heteconomist breaks down exactly why the kind of job you want to have is precisely the opposite of the kind of job an employer wants to offer.

Satisfying jobs – let’s call them ‘good jobs’ – will generally be ones where learning occurs at a steady pace more or less indefinitely, probably as part of a defined career path. Bosses would prefer not to offer these, and will always be looking for ways to deskill roles that, for now at least, need to allow workers greater autonomy, ingenuity, and scope for on-the-job learning.

(via Marginal Revolution)