Briefs

(are like tweets without the twits that run it)

"" If you are consuming the products of corporate media, then your brain has been de-tuned and is not seeing the world as it really is.

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"" In order to have a transit system that works for people who live in the city of Vancouver, one first has to create "Vancouver Transit". Expecting a regional agency (TransLink) to serve this city is a great example of unclear thinking.

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"" Hey techie pundits/commentators, there is no "techlash", there is only a "caustic technology backlash". Please re-think your terminology rather than puppeting the media.

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"" If you believe that "Vancouver is expensive" then you're falling for a public relations trick. Have you seen how salaries and wages in other desirable cities are usually double (or more than) Vancouver's? There's the real issue.

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"" "Early in life I had noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper." – George Orwell

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"" “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.” – Mark Twain

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"" The word "podcast" reminds me of "laserdisc" or "8-track tape." It's dated, uncool, and fad-ish.

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"" Ingesting news is like eating a bowl of maggots. If you're lucky, you'll get a spoonful that tastes less horrible than what's left in the bowl.

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"" If you are the leader of Team Human, might I humbly suggest that you lead by example and not rely on technology that's extractive? And if you must, please do so in private.

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"" "Once you find yourself keeping a scoreboard, that’s a sign that the friendship or business relationship or any relationship is already over." -- James Altucher

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"" You might want to rethink your relationship with technology if you trust software and algorithms more than you trust the people around you.

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"" "Privacy Inequality: The Most Brutal Form of Inequality You’ve Ever Imagined." -- Borja Moya (source)

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"" "To do well in life you need depth and ability to select your own problems and to think independently." -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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"" We are facing a pandemic more virulent, toxic, and destructive than any that have come before. It's called RCON, the Regular Consumption Of News.

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"" Hey Santa Ono (UBC): You have hundreds of acres of land. Build housing for your students, every one of them, and stop expecting Vancouver and BC to subsidize you with another stupid Skytrain.

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"" Is your information diet a steady stream of accurate, relevant, actionable, respectful, and testable information?

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"" The sheep have bleated. The monkey selection algorithm shall not change. Now, back to grazing with the herd.

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"" Vancouver city managers would be wise to admit that it rains here (a lot). Why not make the city just a slightly better place on rainy days?

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"" People are expressing bafflement over the fact that a platform's rules (in this case Patreon) are arbitrary. Expecting ethical, consistent, and just treatment on for-profit VC-funded platforms is a fool's game. Skip the mental gymnastics and move on.

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"" "If you can’t live without news, read newspapers from five, ten or twenty years ago." -- Rolf Dobelli

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"" Do "foodies" think there are people who don't enjoy and need food? Signaling one's "foodie" nature seems about as relevant as saying "I really like air, especially the oxygen."

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"" "Engineers are the unacknowledged philosophers of the postmodern world." -- Carl Mitcham, -- "The Importance of Philosophy to Engineering”

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"" A brilliant idea at the wrong time is actually a dumb idea. A better idea is a mediocre idea at the right time.

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"" Experiment: Place a newspaper that is exactly one week old (so it has the same day of week displayed) prominently at your favourite coffee shop. Watch random news-addicted person read the whole thing without realizing the hack.

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"" With the sad state of mobile phones: the lack of viable alternatives, an impenetrable duopoly, & proven health risks, it might be time to declare it a technology and market failure and build its replacement rather than waste any more time on it.

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"" If you spent a week reading a book and then went on to write an article describing it as "shallow" and that you were "thoroughly disappointed", what should I think? Perhaps that you could benefit from a course in time management?

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"" Mobility greed is when you defend drivers (who aren't yourself) who break traffic laws because you can envision yourself breaking the same laws.

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"" If you don't like where you're living, you can "Vote with your ass." In other words, leave and live a better life elsewhere. (Wisdom from Richard Heart).

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"" Vancouver, this is what you get when your city police fail to enforce traffic laws. Yes, the driver did break the law. Yes, your bias might prevent you from seeing it.

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"" "Nurdles" is the word of the day. Nurdles everywhere.

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"" Think of this as a tweet without the twits that run it.

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