1. 14:50 19th Feb 2014

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    Reblogged from weenie-hut-jrs

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    silohouettes:

My friend just made this status

    silohouettes:

    My friend just made this status

     
  2. Goodbye 2013

    Every year is a stepping stone, and we always like to think that we’ve moved up. Sometimes the steps are steep, crooked or a little unstable. Sometimes we think we’re going to fall and slip through the cracks. Of course we never do, every year we grow and learn a little more - and the sad truth is that we don’t always come out of them better people, but we always come out of them a fraction wiser. Hopefully, we take those lessons we learn to make the next year better than the last. 

    It never really feels like we grow though. When the year’s a rough one, all the rough patches make it feel like we’ve taken a step back - a wasted year perhaps, like it would’ve been better if we hadn’t lived it at all. It feels like we did fall through the cracks. 

    2013 was a bit like that for me. It’s 11pm and I’m sitting in the heart of Chinatown penning these little thoughts because I don’t want to go home. Because home is too comforting - there’s no summer nights chill, no drunken Monday night nomads and no odd flickering street lanterns to distract me from the fact that I have nothing figured out and that I’ve hardly solved any of the problems from a year ago. Maybe I’ve even given myself some new ones. No matter what I do, nothing changes the fact that I’m sitting here, alone in the middle of everything, looking back 365 days and realising that I’m no better. That I’ve moved miles in a year but remain right where I started. 

    But it’s shockingly ungrateful of me to treat 2013 like a waste of time. It tried so hard sometimes and many times the world was kind enough to reward it for its efforts. I played in a band, I ran a mock business, got over a girl and met a new one. 2013 had its moments and these moments alone certainly make 2013 a worthwhile year. Sadly though, I’m not immensely proud of anything achieved this year, not because I didn’t achieve anything but because I had bigger things in mind at this exact time last year. 2013, a year relegated to deserved mediocrity.

    I guess that illustrates the power of the underlying economics of society, and how fairly it actually treats people. We get out what we are willing to put in. Society reward hard workers, sooner or later. Society rewards nice people, compassionate people. The year treats you well if you give it enough to work with, and demand it do something with it. Maybe the accolades don’t come immediately, but it’s a test of character as much as it is of merit. The world rewards noble pursuit as much as it rewards patience and perseverance.

    That’s the biggest lesson I’ll take out of 2013. It’s a powerful one, derived from a year of jubilation, disappointment and a constant, lingering anticlimax. Hopefully it will give me the strength to become person I want to be, or at least the security to be comfortable with not being what society seems to want to mould me into, a sculpture that will never fully resemble my shape. Hopefully it gives me the resolve to fight the animals within me shackling me to the constant, mundane disappointment of my mental state. They’re getting old. Hopefully it gives me the courage to never let go of the people who matter regardless of how much of a struggle it is to hold onto them, and to let go of those who don’t. Even if the people that matter only number 3, or 2, or 1. Or even none, it’s never too late to start again.

    So my New Year’s resolution isn’t really anything this year. Nothing specific, because I guess I’ve come to the realisation that the crushing ritual of New Years Eve evaluation is a poor but acceptable excuse to change and do things that we should be doing all the time.

    So I don’t have one, not really. If anybody asks maybe I’ll tell them that it’s just to be a better me. Not a version of me that is easy for other people to appreciate, but one that I can love. Because there are many important people in our lives, but none more so than ourselves. For years, I’ve neglected my most important love affair. It’s battered, bruised and broken in so many ways, but I thank my lucky stars that this is one that will never leave me. 

    Or maybe, the goal is to create a version of me that is essentially capable of loving itself in the first place, regardless of whatever that person is. Or maybe it’s a bit of both.

    But this is not a New Year’s resolution, because this journey never starts and it never ends. The perennial love story perhaps. Thank you 2013 for all that you’ve given me, all that you taught me and all that you kept from me. And 2014, I don’t know what you’re going to be like - whether you’ll be my friend or my enemy, let’s hope it’s the former - but thanks for the mad invitation anyway.  

     
  3. The Worst Kind of Sadness

    The worst kind of sadness is a remote kind - somewhere deep enough that it’s hard to acknowledge exactly what it is, yet present enough to have a very real and lasting impression. It’s there all the time, changing things, making you feel things - bad, sad and miserable things

    The worst kind of sadness is like a cloud blocking the sunlight, because it is not painful in the same way that a very forceful course of action like a papercut in the webbing between your fingers or a blow to the jaw is. It is painful in the way that a thunderstorm keeps you inside, when everything beautiful you know is outside.

    The worst kind of sadness isn’t an event, or a moment, it’s a state of being.

    I’ve always been good at hiding my feelings. At best, I’m a glossy veneer over a brittle piece of wood, at worst I’m inconspicuous enough for people not to wonder. And for the most part, my life has been like that too, my problems hidden beneath a layer of gloss, paint and high-shine spray - just enough for me to be able to ignore them, or keep them on the very edges of my periphery where they aren’t calling me, telling me to feel upset. But what do you do when that goes away? When time wears away that fake veneer, or circumstances change and you run out of things to keep you distracted and sane.

    It’s a jarring and terrible state of being, when the things you spent years relying on to distract you from everything that is wrong with you is taken away. To live in a world that hinges on distraction is dangerous, it’s unsustainable because we are bound inevitably to run out of things to keep us from feeling ourselves.

    Maybe we’ll be reminded of things in the evening, after a draining day that leaves us too exhausted to think about anything else. Then we’ll try to sleep it off, a part of us hoping that we never wake up so we can avoid the reality of the evening before. But we will wake up, earlier than we want to. We’ll get up at 6 in the morning when we wanted to sleep all day and our hearts will puncture at the sight of sunrise because it’s all real, and it’s happening all over again.

    I’m feeling like I’m about to go mad again, at a time when I least wanted to. Because things don’t seem so bad. Actually, for the first time in a long time things aren’t meant to be bad at all. But nothing mattres, because this is the worst kind of sadness. The kind of sad that makes the beautiful seem putrid and the putrid seem normal. Because whatever we do we can’t escape the shadow that is cast over us - too big a cloud and too small a sun. And we know there’s something wrong, when we would rather sleep, and sleep forever rather than wake up.

    But I just can’t run away from it. In a world where cars are fast and planes fly high, we can still never run away from ourselves. No. This is the worst kind of sadness, and the only thing to do is to find something to distract ourselves from everything. Inside and out.

     
  4. 19:20 18th Nov 2013

    Notes: 58

    Reblogged from parislemon

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    parislemon:

Young Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates from this WSJ post.
[via @jyarow]

    parislemon:

    Young Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates from this WSJ post.

    [via @jyarow]

     
  5. The story of the next century is the transition from an industrial, resource-based economy, to a knowledge economy. An industrial economy is zero sum. If you own an oil field, I cannot go in that same oil field. But knowledge works differently. If you know something, then you can share that — and then the whole world gets richer. But until that happens, there’s a big disparity in wealth. The richest 500 million have way more money than the next 6 billion combined. You solve that by getting everyone online, and into the knowledge economy — by building out the global Internet.

    No doubt that the ultimate end game of the Internet.org initiative purely from Zuckerberg’s vantage is to increase the number of potential Facebook users. The social media market in the developed world is saturated, most people who want to be on Facebook are already on Facebook and most are aware of the methods with which the company is able to make money - through personalised advertising. As such, the potential to exploit this is becoming increasingly more limited.

    Compare this with the developing world, where a few billion people live without Facebook, but would really love it. Zuckerberg makes an implicit statement that Internet.org is a fundamentally altruistic initiative, aimed to alleviate economic disparity by levelling access to the ‘knowledge economy’ through equitable internet access, but it’s obvious that the initiative is just as much, if not entirely about Facebook’s long term prospects. Internet.org is a portal to an enormous untapped market with huge financial potential, where Facebook has milked the developed world for its worth, developing countries present the company with a girth of opportunities. 

    The company will be able to build a strong rapport with the citizens of the developing world who will not be cautious of the company’s sly strategies for monetization but are likely to embrace the platform along with all its offerings as the opening to an exciting and broader networked economy. With intelligent strategies such as Facebook Zero, Facebook can become the consumers’ first taste of the internet which culminates in the tremendous strategic opportunity to become synonymous with the internet. Zuckerberg never got this opportunity when launching in many developed countries where internet culture was already becoming deeply embedded. 

    Critics are quick to discount Zuckerberg’s plan of being self-interested, which is not false but are we really so cynical to deny that Internet.org - along with assisting Facebook’s business objectives - can really make a positive impact and make the world a better place?

    Why can’t Facebook do both? Much of Zuckerberg’s dialogue about the knowledge economy is airy fairy corporate speak, after all the causation which Zuckerberg emphasises between being able to share information through the internet and getting richer is somewhat vapid. However, when examining a much broader scope where the whole world is connected, equality is able to be achieved simply through a more level playing field. Where efficiency in communication can be more readily achieved leading to a much more proficient delivery of services. Where research can be conducted, and action undertaken to achieve a more sustainable economy that permanently locks itself out of a poverty cycle instead of simply relying on the cyclical supply of foreign and humanitarian aid to assist. 

    And it’s very possible that Facebook can play a part. Humans are inherently personal creatures, so Facebook is a very useful tool for getting people engaged with the internet, from which users will be able to discover further use cases. Zuckerberg is right, and I commend his vision, in fulfilling his own interests but also playing a part in making the world a better place. As a long term strategy, getting the world online will probably have a greater impact in mitigating economic disparity than sending clean water.

    Maybe if Zuckerberg didn’t try so hard to disguise it as a purely humanitarian play (Internet dot ORG), then people would be more receptive.

     
  6. 18:10 8th Nov 2013

    Notes: 186

    Reblogged from bijan

    A feeling I got from working at Google was that technology could solve any problem. Yes it’s fantastic, but what I realized later was there’s technology and there’s people. Google had its list ordered: Technology. People. And I think the right order is: People. Technology. You have to think about people first and technology second. Hopefully technology gets out of the way.
    — Biz (via bijan)
     
  7. 12:53 3rd Nov 2013

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    Reblogged from weenie-hut-jrs

     
  8. 13:22 26th Oct 2013

    Notes: 8

    Reblogged from lilly

    lilly:

    [reposting here from my Medium post.]

    My partner Reid has a fun metaphor he uses when he’s describing how companies think about their core strategies (which don’t change very much). He says that he thinks about a company’s strategy as a cup of water they’re holding, trying to keep as much water…

     
  9. 18:01 24th Oct 2013

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    Reblogged from thevvildyouth

    belindald:

Daughter is returning to our Australian shores to perform two intimate sideshows in Sydney (Tue 4th Feb @ St Stephen’s Uniting Church) and Melbourne (Mon 10th Feb @ St Michael’s Uniting Church) when they are in the country for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival next February.
Tickets on sale 31 October!

DAUGHTER

    belindald:

    Daughter is returning to our Australian shores to perform two intimate sideshows in Sydney (Tue 4th Feb @ St Stephen’s Uniting Church) and Melbourne (Mon 10th Feb @ St Michael’s Uniting Churchwhen they are in the country for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival next February.

    Tickets on sale 31 October!

    DAUGHTER
     
  10. 17:57

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    Reblogged from parislemon

    parislemon:

bryan:


I approve this rating system that affirms Tumblr for both iOS and Android to be excellent.


Yep.

    parislemon:

    bryan:

    I approve this rating system that affirms Tumblr for both iOS and Android to be excellent.

    Yep.

     
  11. His opinion is not wrong, it’s inaccurate…

    And Frank Shaw is Vice President of Communications at Microsoft. This doesn’t come off as confident, it comes off as clueless.

     
  12. 13:46 12th Oct 2013

    Notes: 53510

    Reblogged from buckbarrow

    bobbypontillas:

    A take on Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” I did earlier this year!

     
  13. One day I’m going to learn to play guitar this well so I can have this much fun.

     
  14. 00:30 5th Oct 2013

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    Reblogged from blacklullaby

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    ohfairies:

    Daughter - Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

    Hate this song. But Daughter

    (Source: musicbloge)

     
  15. thisistheverge:

    Ballmer thanks Microsoft Employees in farewell address

    It is powerful and touching footage — one of the most influential men in the history of technology saying goodbye to the company he helped create. It is also vintage, perfect Steve Ballmer: intense, emotional, and set to the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. The tech industry will never again have anyone like him.

    Steve Ballmer, perhaps on paper not the most successful CEO, after all being at the helm of Microsoft for the entirety of their lost decade, and having overseen their torrid spiral into almost irrelevance in the markets that really matter. Given that, there are far too many people that discount Ballmer for his miscues in his time as CEO without acknowledging or perhaps forgetting the contribution that he has made as a whole to this industry.

    Ballmer, along with Gates had a huge hand in making the personal computer mainstream, and that legacy should never be forgotten. He is one of the fathers of this industry, and a founding father of Microsoft - one of the most important companies in technology, even the world. No doubt he’ll have his regrets from his tenure at Microsoft, in fact he’s vocally expressed his regrets in the development of Windows Vista, but nothing should be taken away from his influence to technology and our lives. Like so many other big names in tech, he’s helped make the world unequivocally a better place.

    I’m not romanticising his departure, just giving credit where credit is due. When again will we ever see anybody quite like Ballmer? I hope we do, he’s a character. A lot of people are something - something big, something better, something important, but for Ballmer… no, Ballmer is something else, and that’s probably what’s so good and so tragic about the man - it’s so unlikely that we’ll ever see anyone quite like him. What’s most remarkable about Ballmer’s manner and personality is the fact that he’s CEO, a position that seems so inevitable in its ability to mould you, contain you and box you in.

    As a CEO you’re seemingly obliged to be some phony representation of perfection, of ideal and stability. The man never let his position and his perception in the public eye stand in the way of him and himself. Ballmer is recognisable not because of his fervour on stage and exuberant demeanour but because he is and always will be Ballmer when everyone else seemed too busy trying to be CEO

    Ballmer’s passion is absolutely tumultuous, his boldness, irrefutable; and his love for Microsoft, undeniable. Appreciate that, if nothing else. 

    What appears to be his last address to the company serves as a timely reminder of how lucky we are to be alive in this generation. We have the privilege of seeing the founders of so many important companies - like Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, companies for the ages that will amaze us for years to come - be able to work their magic, and show us exactly what made them important to begin with.

    There’s something truly special about companies still run by their founders - though Ballmer isn’t quite a co-founder but he might as well be - because they’re more than just a name, or a symbol for a congregation of people working to make things happen; there’s a piece of someone in it - someone’s passion, someone’s personality, someone’s dream and life’s work. You can feel it. It’s there, in a very subtle and visceral way, but it’s there. 

    The end of Ballmer is the end of an era, with Gates already effectively out of the frame this occasion is so much bigger than it seems. Microsoft is like a ‘fourth child’ to Ballmer, his resignation is him ‘leaving the house’ but from a pragmatic standpoint it’s like Microsoft is leaving the house too. Finally, on its own without its fathers and on a journey to once again put a stamp on the world. 

    He will be missed, that’s for sure - the video is powerful and raw proof of this. But the timing is just about right. Suitably, a distinctly new vision calls for a new leader. The doors are open for the next generation of movers and shakers.