Não, você não pode fechar os olhos para a realidade atual do Brasil.
Todo dia, você abre seu Facebook, procura as notícias e se depara com a mesma lamaceira de um esgoto a céu aberto: escândalos e acontecimentos tão horripilantes que nem 1º de abril conseguiriam produzir. Continue lendo “Brasília Mecânica”
by William Gibson
Putnam, 485 pp., $28.95
William Gibson has spent his career in the shadow of his first novel, Neuromancer, which was published in 1984 and greeted as at once a punk revolt against traditional science fiction and a crystallization of the anxieties of the age. The book depicted a future in which identity was dictated by technology, the natural world had been subsumed by cities, and the geographic distinction of borders had given way to a frenetically visual monoculture dominated by the neon ads of multinational corporations.
Continue lendo “The Future Is Here”
On Wednesday, Facebook filed the prospectus for a $5 billion initial public offering. Here is CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s letter to potential investors.Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.
We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.
At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together. Continue lendo “Hacker Way”
Nirvana Live at Reading 1992(full concert)
1-the rose (intro) 00:00
3-Drain You 04:40
7-In Bloom 18:37
8-Come As You Are 23:10
10-About a Girl 31:57
13-Lounge Act 39:50
14-more than feeling (cover) 42:50
15-Smells Like Teen Spirit 43:28
16-On a Plain 48:45
17-Negative Creep 51:44
18-Been a Son 54:40
19-All Apologies 58:00
22-Stay Away 01:09:37
23-Spank Thru 01:13:08
24-Love Buzz 01:16:14
25-smoke on the water (cover) 01:20:10
26-The Money Will Roll Right In 01:21:11
28-Territorial Pissings 01:27:10
29-the star spangled banner 01:29:28
On 5 January 2011, at 8.30 p.m., I was messing about at home when the phone buzzed on the sofa. It was a text from Jamie Byng, the publisher of Canongate. ‘Are you about?’ it said. ‘I have a somewhat left-field idea. It’s potentially very exciting. But I need to discuss urgently.’ Canongate had bought, for £600,000, a memoir by the WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. The book had also been bought for a high sum by Sonny Mehta at Knopf in New York and Jamie had sold foreign rights to a slew of big houses. He said he expected it to be published in forty languages. Assange didn’t want to write the book himself but didn’t want the book’s ghostwriter to be anybody who already knew a lot about him. I told Jamie that I’d seen Assange at the Frontline Club the year before, when the first WikiLeaks stories emerged, and that he was really interesting but odd, maybe even a bit autistic. Jamie agreed, but said it was an amazing story. ‘He wants a kind of manifesto, a book that will reflect this great big generational shift.’ He’d been to see Assange in Norfolk and was going again the next day. He said he and the agent Caroline Michel had suggested me for the job and that Assange wanted to meet me. I knew they’d been talking to other writers, and I was at first sceptical. It’s not unusual for published writers to get requests to write things anonymously. How much did Alex Haley protect Malcolm X when he ghosted his autobiography? To what extent did Ted Sorensen create the verbal manner of John F. Kennedy when he wrote Profiles in Courage, a book for which the future president won the Pulitzer Prize? And are the science fiction stories H.P. Lovecraft ghosted for Harry Houdini not the best things he ever wrote? There would be a touch of all this in the strange case of Assange. But there is something else about the genre, a sense that the world might be more ghosted now than at any time in history. Isn’t Wikipedia entirely ghosted? Isn’t half of Facebook? Isn’t the World Wide Web a new ether, in which we are all haunted by ghostwriters? Continue lendo “Ghosting”
A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall.
Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better” than others, and material success cannot be equated with a well-lived life. But willful blindness to facts is never a good policy. Continue lendo “O que cria sucesso”
Noam Chomsky responde algumas das mais importantes questões da atualidade: o futuro dos seres humanos, a destruição do meio-ambiente, as corporações e os responsáveis pelo estado do planeta.
E, para quem se empolgar, o clássico Manufacturing Consent and the media na íntegra.
O Dokkōdō (独行道 Dokkōdō; “O Caminho da Solidão” ou “O Caminho a ser Seguido Sozinho”) foi um livro escrito por Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵) uma semana antes de morrer em 1645. É um trabalho curto, consistindo de vinte e um preceitos; os preceitos 4 e 20 são omitidos na primeira versão. Foi composto quando Musashi entregou suas posses em preparação para a morte, e foi dedicado ao seu discípulo favorito, Terao Magonojo (a quem o Go rin no sho também fora dedicado). Expressa um estilo de vida honesto e ascético.
- Aceite tudo como é.
- Não procure o prazer físico para seu proprio partido.
- Em nenhuma circunstância, dependa de um sentimento parcial.
- Considere a si mesmo com leveza; considere o mundo com profundidade.
- Durante a sua vida, evita o desejo, até o proprio desejo de nada desejar.
- Não lamente o que fez.
- Não possua inveja.
- Não se deixe entristecer por uma separação.
- Ressentimento e reclamação são inadequadas tanto para si como para os outros.
- Não deixe se guiar pelos sentimentos de luxuria ou amor.
- Em todas as coisas, não tenha preferências.
- Seja indiferente ao local onde reside.
- Não persiga o gosto da boa comida.
- Não carregue bens que já não necessita.
- Não aja de acordo com as crenças habituais.
- Não colecione ou pratique com armas para além do necessário.
- Não tenha receio da morte.
- Não tenha a intenção de possuir objetos ou um feudo na velhice.
- Respeite deuses e Buda sem contar com o seu auxilio.
- Ainda que abandone sua vida, preserve a sua honra.
- Nunca se afaste do Caminho.