If H&R block sends you a random text to call a number, it’s a fake! Luckily, the FTC disconnected the number, and I only reached a recorded message that educated me about phishing. Wow, I don’t say this very often, but thanks government! Nice to see my tax dollars at work.
Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.
“At the moment, the only thing potentially more valuable than a relationship with a great developer is a relationship with a survivalist who is good with things like guns, bunkers and cabins in woods (that’s in case the apocalypse does come about in 2012, with bullets for currency). Which you think is the better bet depends on exactly how gloomy and bearish you are. I am pretty gloomy, but not yet gloomy enough to turn to survivalist capital investments.”—
Just received this from Nate Westheimer… spread the word.
Dear NY Tech Meetup Member:
The future of the NY tech community is in jeopardy. We are writing to call you to an Emergency NY Tech Meetup in New York on January 18 so that we can publicly demonstrate our collective dismay at the unprecedented attack currently being made on the Internet and our industry. We will gather at 12:30 pm outside the offices of Senators Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand at 780 Third Avenue (at 49th Street). Let us know that you’ll join us by going to http://nytm.org/sos.
The Internet and information technologies have created a renaissance in startup innovation in New York that now rivals Silicon Valley as a hub for economic growth. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have been inspired to become entrepreneurs creating thousands and thousands of new jobs and offering professionals in many of New York’s traditional industries the opportunity to start new careers participating in the 21st century global economy.
However, Congress is in the process of rushing through legislation which will not only severely damage the Internet as a marketplace and platform for entrepreneurship and open innovation, but will also seriously impact the ability of our New York tech community to continue to generate jobs, grow and flourish. Within the next two weeks, the US Senate is planning to bring the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) S.968 to the floor for a series of votes to ensure its passage.
This legislation would give the government and corporations the ability to censor the net in the name of protecting creativity simply by convincing a judge that a site is “dedicated” to copyright infringement. PIPA would give the government and corporations the ability to shut down any site connected to an accused copyright infringer. Its companion legislation in the House, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), H.R. 3261, contains many similar problems, as well as threatening ordinary users with jail for streaming any copyrighted work - even just video of themselves singing a pop song.
More importantly, the legislation amounts to a wholesale re-engineering of the open web in a way that would allow the US government to prosecute Internet users without due process, which in turn would discourage innovation, limit investment, and hurt the our economic future. You can read and hear more about this dangerous and hurtful legislation here: http://www.fightforthefuture.org/pipa or http://americancensorship.org/
As much as we agree that infringing on copyrighted material should be eliminated from the web as much as possible, the cure that is being proposed and championed by the lobbying power of major copyright holding organizations like the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) will create a cure that is much worse than the disease and irrevocably damage the very nature of the internet and by extension, the future of New York.
We believe it is imperative that we stop this bill from passage!
Therefore, please join us for an Emergency NY Tech Meetup:
When: Wednesday January 18, 2012
Where: 780 Third Ave (at 49th street) – outside the offices of New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
What to Bring: Your bodies and your minds, your entire team, your co-workers, your friends, your family, and your social networks
Who Will Be There: Everyone who cares about the New York tech industry and the future of the web. Special guest speakers to be announced.
“It’s the liberating feeling—the physical and psychological sensation—that is more persuasive than any practical argument. Seeing things from a point of view that is close enough to pedestrians, vendors, and storefronts combined with getting around in a way that doesn’t feel completely divorced from the life that occurs on the streets is pure pleasure. Observing and engaging in a city’s life—even for a reticent and often shy person like me—is one of life’s great joys. Being a social creature—it is part of what it means to be human.”—David Byrne, Bicycle Diaries, nailing the joy of urban biking (via muppetpants)
The idea is GREAT but it badly needs more material….
….Of course, part of the problem with modern programming is that the toolsets (for practical applications) are deliberately made to be complex to the point that they’re cumbersome or unintelligible for anyone who’s not a laser-focused genius. Even the simplest iPhone app requires complex knowledge (not to mention pricey hardware prerequisites) that would scare almost anyone away, even a dedicated tinkerer. That WILL change, sooner or later, because it must.
(I really should be teaching one of these classes… I’ve got nothing better to do at the moment anyway.)
I am obsessed with Codecademy, a new startup that teaches newbies to program with a set of simple lessons for free. This Fast Company co.exist piece by the company’s co-founder shows why learning to program is probably the best use of your free time.
After using the same customized tumblr theme for three years and 11 months, I’ve finally made the big change. Tried to hold my ground, but missing basic features like notes, likes, tags and a link to twitter made switching unavoidable. Plus, I was getting a little tired of the hot pink and black and white paisley background. Kind of like this new one. Except for the weird seal at the bottom.
Carol Cone, “mother of cause marketing,” presents 12 spot-on trends detailing how businesses will be redefined by purpose in the coming years.
I’ve often thought that as corporations oust governments as the most powerful institutions, they have a responsibility to use their influence and money to not only address world’s most pressing problems, but also to enlighten their customers. It’s not only great for society, but great for business.
It’s exciting to see the way many companies relate to their consumers and the world changing. If every company followed Cone’s advice, so many of our most pressing problems would dissipate. I hope her predictions are right.