26 out of 45 customers spend an average of 3 minutes taking photos of the food.
14 out of 45 customers take pictures of each other with the food in front of them or as they are eating the food. This takes on average another 4 minutes as they must review and sometimes retake the photo.
9 out of 45 customers sent their food back to reheat…
27 out of 45 customers asked their waiter to take a group photo. 14 of those requested the waiter retake the photo…
…it took an average of 20 minutes more from when they were done eating until they requested a check. Furthermore once the check was delivered it took 15 minutes longer than 10 years ago for them to pay and leave.
8 out of 45 customers bumped into other customers or in one case a waiter (texting while walking) as they were either walking in or out of the Restaurant.
However, many health and environmental groups say the crops represent yet another step on what they call a pesticide treadmill: an approach to farming that relies on ever-larger amounts of chemical use, threatening to create even more superweeds and flood America’s landscapes with potentially harmful compounds…
"With these, we’re dramatically increasing farmer dependence on herbicides."
When it comes to bodily cleanliness and health, we’ve learned that our approach of killing all the bugs is actually a pretty bad idea. We ran along the antibiotics “treadmill” and arrived at a place where the strongest superbugs can’t be killed. Which sucks. But we learned a lesson on what not to do.
So why are the pesticide pushers promoting this pernicious cycle? Because money? That reason is myopic and uncreative. But what other reason is there? And why can’t farmers just step off the “pesticide treadmill”? And why does the whole business reek of mob tactics and scam?
Related: I have yet to hear literally any argument for not labeling genetically modified foods. If you have one, please let me know.
“If an ejection were to hit Earth on Friday, scientists expect it would only cause a minor geo-magnetic storm…”—Awesome. Prepare for a worldwide breakdown in communications while the shockwave from three massive solar flares causes a quote unquote minor geo-magnetic storm.
I don’t think the world really needs much of anything. Except, of course, for love, sweet love.
Does the world really need a new Mexican restaurant or another electric car or another heartbreakingly awesome cat video? Of course not. But the absence of need isn’t going to stop us from making things.
I can’t talk much about Swift because I’m not experienced with it, but clearly Apple found reasons to make it. If it makes things better for them and their developers, then more power to them. I think it’s pretty lame that they named their new language so similarly to Google’s Go, but Apple isn’t really the innovator that it used to be.
But anyway. The world doesn’t really need any of us or any of what we do. We make new things because we want to make things better. And if you think the world doesn’t need improvement, then bless your heart.
“Remember that stuff about crazy people and bad code? The internet is that except it’s literally a billion times worse. Websites that are glorified shopping carts with maybe three dynamic pages are maintained by teams of people around the clock, because the truth is everything is breaking all the time, everywhere, for everyone.”—
Those of us—myself included—who can’t yet bring themselves to read on a Kindle or an iPad feel increasingly fusty saying the same old thing: “I just like the feel of paper in my hand! The intimacy!” We preface the words with that thing about not being a Luddite. We talk about the fixity of real books, and the frightening impermanence of one you can download in seconds. We feel our sentences grow stale the second they leave our mouths.
Exactly. The same way that people who still eat food will be saying things like “I just like the taste of it” or “I just like the process of cooking”, and the same way that people who still walk or bike say stale things about “getting out” and not being “in a bubble” or whatever. So fusty. Much Luddite. Wow.
I am among those that do not read books on an electronic device and I feel no need to qualify that with a “yet”. I like books. For reasons. One reason: books never need charging. Another reason: you read books using reflected light, not direct light, which is easier on the eyes. Another: books are future-proof. Books are not subject to bit rot. Books never need to be upgraded. Books do not need an internet connection. Books are not fragile. Trees are a renewable resource. Dead trees recycle easily. Etc.
So it’s not that I “can’t yet bring [myself] to read on a Kindle or an iPad”, it’s that I haven’t yet found a compelling reason to.
I’ve never liked the phrase “ahead of one’s time”, and I don’t like how Renato Renner said “Sometimes you have to have the idea at the right time.” It seems that when one’s work is sufficiently different and sufficiently seminal and sufficiently true, then one acts as an agent of change, pushing us forward as their work equilibrates with the world.
“Aside from the Vancouver address, Frito-Lay certainly is staying in the shadows in this product rollout. Josefina’s is not listed as a Frito-Lay brand on the company’s website. The corporate name doesn’t pop up on a call to Josefina’s toll-free number, listed on the chip package. The recorded message is delivered first in Spanish and then in English.”—
But at the end of the day I really don’t need an app to tell me that I ran 7k in the morning, walked 3k to and from work and biked five minutes to meet a friend for lunch. There is literally no value being added to my life… and I honestly don’t care if my “Fitbit friend” Tobias walked five minutes less or more than me.
I feel similarly about the current state of the “quantified self” offerings. Until an app can tell me things like “run five more minutes today to decrease your chance of getting heart disease by whatever percent”, or “your gut flora isn’t looking so hot today, you should probably lay off the whiskey and eat more kimchi”, or “put one less packet of sugar in your coffee and you’ll never get diabetes”, then it does nothing for me. I’m not into data for data’s sake. What does the number of steps you took after dinner matter if you still feel bloated? What does the number of minutes you slept matter if you still feel tired and hazy?
“Americans Aren’t Ready for the Future Google and Amazon Want to Build”—
Dear headline writers,
The future is not inevitable. It is not an existing state of being that the universe continually slides into. The future is a hypothetical set of circumstances that result from our collective efforts.
It is misleading, irresponsible, and demeaning to write headlines like the one above.
It is misleading because it presupposes that the future is inevitable, and that our alleged lack of readiness is to blame for that future’s delayed arrival. But the future is what we choose to make it. The future does not arrive, it is arrived at. The future is something we build, not something we fall into.
It is irresponsible because you, as professional writers, should value your words and their meanings. And it is demeaning because it presupposes that your readers don’t value words and their meanings.
A more honest alternative to the above could be: American Opinion Split on What Future Tech They Trust. A more sensational alternative could be: The Future That Americans Have Already Destroyed.
And a more honest conclusion would be that these products and companies do not fail because “they were ahead of their times”, but simply because we didn’t want them or what they were making.
Thank you for your consideration.
PS. The headline is from an article on Wired published on 18 April 2014. If you want to read it, you can search for it. But I can’t recommend it.
Systems like the attitude control, which maintains the orientation of the spacecraft; the gyro, a sensor that measures the satellite’s deviation from its set path; or the star tracker, a sensor that orients the satellite to distant objects in the celestial sphere, are the same across several ISRO missions.
"The building blocks are kept the same so we don’t have to tailor-make for each mission," said Mr. Annadurai
President Barack Obama announced Jan. 17 he plans to discontinue the NSA’s in-house retention of phone metadata, but expressed an interest in either phone companies or a new third-party retaining the information. Phone companies are reportedly uninterested in doing so…
What Pike and Church were uncovering turned out to be something much darker and harder to process than Watergate. With Watergate, there was a simpler narrative that reaffirmed America’s own fairytales about itself: Here was a bad apple, Nixon, and a few bad apples around him, eventually exposed and overthrown by the good guys—the valiant press, the politicians with integrity—proving that the American System worked after all.
But what the Pike Committee (and to a lesser extent the Church Committee) revealed was something much more systemic, much more complex and depressing to grapple with.
As Pike put it, in Watergate the American people were asked to believe that “their President had been a bad person. In this situation they are asked much more; they are asked to believe that their country has been evil. And nobody wants to believe that.”
“If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy.”—Edward Snowden
“US president Barack Obama said his director of national intelligence James Clapper ought to have been “more careful” in Senate testimony about surveillance that Clapper later acknowledged was untruthful following disclosures by Edward Snowden.”—
“Even after Smelley produced documentation proving where he got the money from, Putnam County officials tried to keep the money on the grounds that he could have used the cash to buy drugs in the future.”—via Rolling Stone
It’s true that free speech must be defended. We all know how Voltaire felt about it and those feelings are right. But, in that vein, and in the spirit of the good ol’ fashioned American free market, why shouldn’t a media company be free to fire anybody they want for any reason ever as every other (non-government, non-union) company can? If A&E doesn’t want to be associated with an intolerant, misguided, hateful man, then they should have every freedom to fire him. I’m a little surprised Palin, etc., aren’t using this opportunity to talk about how great limited government is.
But that aside, the reversal in the Palin, etc., argument—that it’s actually A&E who are being intolerant—reminds me of the case of Mohammed Bouyeri and Theo van Gogh. It’s easy to imagine Mr Bouyeri saying “well, you’re being intolerant of our beliefs.” But, as that case shows, tolerance has limits. The purpose of tolerance is to reduce hate, and that purpose is defeated when hate is tolerated. So it’s only natural for tolerance to stop when it encounters intolerance-based hate, regardless of whether that hate is verbal, physical, ideological, or imaginary. Tolerance stops at intolerance.
So it seems that Mr Duck Dynasty doesn’t really understand the homosexuality issue. Likewise it seems that Palin, etc., doesn’t really understand tolerance.
But she’s right that freedom of speech is “an endangered species”. But that’s because ourgovernmentisinsane, not because she doesn’t know how tolerance works.
As the banner unfurled, some glitter fell to the ground. The whole thing was pretty boring, as far as protests like this go and when security guards asked them to leave, they did…
When they got to jail, they found out they were being charged with a “terrorism hoax,” a state felony punishable by up to ten years in prison.
“When, as was the case before 9/11, security screeners were contractors employed by airlines, they had every incentive to do a good job: Airlines don’t want their planes hijacked or blown up. And they also had every incentive to be speedy and pleasant: Airlines don’t want to irritate their customers, or to make flying an unpleasant experience in general.”—
“The company has lowered the price of the kit again and again, most recently from $299 to a mere $99, practically making it a stocking-stuffer. All the better to induce volunteers to give 23andMe the data it so desperately wants.”—via Scientific American
Growing up I was taught that our government was one of, by, and for the people. I was taught that it’s practically my patriotic duty to vote and to speak my mind. I was taught that the United States of America was the world’s great melting pot, the land of freedom and opportunity, a great democratic, meritocratic powerhouse where the doors were open to any and all that respected our laws and valued our values. I was made to think that our government was in place to encourage life, maintain liberty, and facilitate the pursuit of happiness. We were, after all, the greatest country on Earth.
But right now I feel lied to and I feel betrayed. And I feel this way more than ever. It seems that every day there’s a new story that increases that feeling of being and of having been betrayed by the government I once thought was so great. And the worst part about this ever-increasing sense of betrayal is that there’s no indication that things will change. It seems, more and more every day, that the people comprising our government are happy to tax us but aren’t very interested in representing us.
If we define democracy as government of, by, and for the people, we must recognize that secret courts and secret laws are inconsistent with and act contrary to democratic government. And if we define American as a person or an agency that values life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that works to encourage, maintain, and facilitate those values both for oneself and for one’s country, then we are being ruled by an increasingly un-American government.
I want to live governed by the American democracy that I thought we had when I was young, or at least some reasonable semblance of it. It seems so simple. Can we petition the White House to stop ruining everything?