Well, it’s actually a tongue-in-cheek prediction because in 1981 it took 2 hours at $5/hr to download the entire paper (minus the pictures, ads and comics). Another interesting tidbit: they estimate that between 2,000-3,000 people in Bay Area have computers in 1981.
via Nat via techcrunch. Enjoy!
From Milk, I learned a lot about San Francisco history and the gay movement. Sean Penn was fantastic as Harvey Milk. I also realized that as much as I support gay rights, I have an uncontrollable aversion to watching men kissing other men. That insight has made me more interested in seeing whether such unconscious acts of discrimination translate into more meaningful decisions, like at the ballot box or for hiring decisions.
From Gran Torino, I learned an interesting lesson about violence, life and death. Clint Eastwood is fantastic. The movie moves along slowly, which is obviously intentional but almost had me giving up before the end. But that would have been a mistake, because the ending is terrific.
But my hands down pick is Slumdog Millionaire. It’s the best movie I have seen in years. Gripping story. Incredibly cinematography. Tremendous climax. (Here’s an interesting post about the ending for people who have already seen the movie.) As I saw on someone’s Facebook status update, “Slumdog Millionaire lives up to the hype. Great movie.” And my clear favorite for Best Picture of the Year.
Simplicity and cult of personality gone wild…spot on parody of Apple. Enjoy!
Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard
Trying to put our lives in a larger perspective. Funny, indeed. Via nat via fred wilson.
A fun video cataloging a number of error in reasoning that people make in their decisions. Enjoy!
I love this quote:
I think the big idea, as every big idea is, is just one amazing step beyond where we are right now. And I think you think about the Obama campaign, something like Wikipedia, something like the stuff that’s going on on the Internet, the kind that I think of as read write culture. What it really is doing is reviving the sense that people can do something. Not the passive couch potato politics or couch potato culture, but that they can do something. We’re close to making it really effective. I think the next cycle, what you’re going to see in the way politics functions, will be unrecognizable, even from today. But when we’re there, it will be a revival of ideals, aspirations about democracy that will surprise us. The cynicism that we had in the 20th century will look very 20th century.
Read a nice summary of a fantastic interview by Charlie Rose, with video clips, over at techcrunch.com
I just watched Mark Zuckerberg’s speech announcing Facebook Connect. The Internet is going social. (By the way, CNET has some really video coverage of technology. I watched two “daily briefs” that automatically started after this video ended about Facebook Connect and iPhone apps that were both really good.) In any event, enjoy!
…I might really need to apply for ELITE status:
It’s a trap, but frankly she does better parrying this French Canadian comedian than she did with Katie Couric. Enjoy!
And don’t forget to watch McCain on SNL if you missed it. The Republicans are all about humor as we lead into election day.
The last third is the most interesting, where he explains how to square a 5 digit number in his head. Enjoy!