La Proxima Vez

Be curious. Read widely. Try new things. I think a lot of what people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.

Say yes to everything. I have a lot of trouble saying no, to an pathological degree — whether to projects or to interviews or to friends. As a result, I attempt a lot and even if most of it fails, I’ve still done something.

Assume nobody else has any idea what they’re doing either. A lot of people refuse to try something because they feel they don’t know enough about it or they assume other people must have already tried everything they could have thought of. Well, few people really have any idea how to do things right and even fewer are to try new things, so usually if you give your best shot at something you’ll do pretty well.

Here is where we need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior. From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way. The “property” Aaron had “stolen,” we were told, was worth “millions of dollars” — with the hint, and then the suggestion, that his aim must have been to profit from his crime. But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar. It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed.

Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying. I get wrong. But I also get proportionality. And if you don’t get both, you don’t deserve to have the power of the United States government behind you.
soxiam:

1981. When you could expect to find “social capital” in an Apple ad.

soxiam:

1981. When you could expect to find “social capital” in an Apple ad.

npr:

Dynamic storytelling from The New York Times. This piece is another in a recent string of uniquely designed, magazine-y formats, a trend the Nieman Journalism Lab calls the "future of the feature." — heidi
(via Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek - Multimedia Feature - NYTimes.com)
Photo: The New York Times

npr:

Dynamic storytelling from The New York Times. This piece is another in a recent string of uniquely designed, magazine-y formats, a trend the Nieman Journalism Lab calls the "future of the feature." — heidi

(via Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek - Multimedia Feature - NYTimes.com)

Photo: The New York Times

minusmanhattan:

From the MTA:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, MTA New York City Transit employees partially dismantled R32 subway cars and loaded them onto trucks to transport them to the Rockaway Peninsula. The cars will serve as special shuttle trains that will travel along the peninsula. The shuttle will allow New York City Transit to partially restore A train service while crews continue to rebuild the A train’s tracks across Jamaica Bay. The tracks were heavily damaged during the hurricane.

Photo by Patrick Cashin.

minusmanhattan:

From the MTA:

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, MTA New York City Transit employees partially dismantled R32 subway cars and loaded them onto trucks to transport them to the Rockaway Peninsula. The cars will serve as special shuttle trains that will travel along the peninsula. The shuttle will allow New York City Transit to partially restore A train service while crews continue to rebuild the A train’s tracks across Jamaica Bay. The tracks were heavily damaged during the hurricane.

Photo by Patrick Cashin.

blackcatangie:

Lovely Scandinavia :)

blackcatangie:

Lovely Scandinavia :)

kiiim:

Wintertime
Oslo, Norway

kiiim:

Wintertime

Oslo, Norway

wildseduction:

Hemsedal, Norway

wildseduction:

Hemsedal, Norway

laughingsquid:

LEGO New York, 3D Design Based on Maps & Satellite Imagery
tangotori:

Lori Nix

tangotori:

Lori Nix

qestion-everything:

great photo

qestion-everything:

great photo