fahrenheit friday

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

“Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me, I can’t talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say and maybe if I talk long enough it will make sense.” —Guy Montag, in Fahrenheit 451,  via @RossDawson

Sarah Cone — “Under ancient Jewish law, if a suspect was unanimously found guilty by all judges, he was acquitted. Why? The legislators noticed that unanimous agreement often indicates the presence of systemic error in the judicial process, even if the exact nature of the error is unknown.”

Bruce Schneier” … we need to decide if we are going to build our future Internet systems for security or surveillance. Either everyone gets to spy, or no one gets to spy. And I believe we must choose security over surveillance, and implement a defense-dominant strategy.” via @aukia

Why cyclists are the best customers@HappyHenry

“In contrast [to the laptop brigade] cyclists are going to want at least a coffee and cake (hey, we’ve deserved it), many have a bacon bap as well; we crowd round the tables and are going to leave quickly – to get back on the ride. Very profitable.
And the cinnamon cafe was packed (and I would strongly recommend, great food, very friendly, very efficient), with lots of empty tables at nearby cafes. So if you are a café what can you do to attract the weekend cycling crowd? (Hint: Those poles next to the tables are crucial. Club cyclists generally don’t carry locks – too heavy – so we need to be in sight of the bikes.”

“Maturity models don’t work:
1. They presume we can be all done and stop improving (that’s when everyone else passes us by)
2. They presume we all follow the same path
3. They turn technology into a boring checklist, not an exciting journey”@nicolefv via @RandyShoup

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance” —Carl Sagan: The Demon-haunted World (1995) — via @dakami

Image: Alex Clauss freelance illustrator

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