“A Novel? No, I don’t have the endurance any more. To write a novel, you have to be like Atlas, holding up the whole world on your shoulders, and supporting it there for months and years, while its affairs work themselves out…”
“The last thing China wants to see is U.S.-style democracy in North Korea,” added congresswoman Song Sun-young, who sits on the South Korean National Assembly’s Defense Committee. “Even if they apply open-door policies to their markets, China wants North Korea to follow the Chinese style.” – (source)
“Seahorses. I’m in love with them. They’re so beautiful and cute. I’m in love with the seahorses. “¦ I love seahorses and I love looking at “˜em. And I love seashells. I love seashell things. I love things with seashells and seahorses on “˜em. Like blankets, and towels, and little bags. I love em. Seahorses forever!“
“This has nothing to do with safety – 95 percent of these inspections, searches, shoe removals and pat-downs are ridiculously unnecessary. The only reason we continue to do this is that people are too cowed to even question the absurd taboo against profiling – when the profile of the airline attacker is narrow, concrete, uniquely definable and universally known. So instead of seeking out terrorists, we seek out tubes of gel in stroller pouches.” (source)
“thanks to heightened competition for the next big “get,” journalism’s Thou-Shalt-Not-Pay commandment has lately been taking a beating. News and gossip sites that paid for information have broken some of the biggest and most sensational recent stories. TV news divisions have joined in, spurring an arms race to buy big stories.”
CNN spokeswoman Edie Emery insisted, however, “CNN does not pay for interviews or sources. Yes, CNN did pay a licensing fee for exclusive rights to Schuringa’s cellphone image. Payment for the exclusive license of the image was never a condition of the guest interview.” In fact, CNN did interview Schuringa.
An ABC News spokesman, Jeffrey Schneider, also said the fees were not tied to any promises of an interview. “We compensate a rights-holder for video or pictures that they own in the same way that The Washington Post would pay a photographer for his pictures,” Schneider said.
So who can you trust? IMHO whether paid or based on some agenda, you should always be skeptical of the media regardless of the SPJ code of ethics.
And in disclosure, the WP has agreed to pay me $100,000 to run this story on my blog. OK, actually they are paying me for RIGHTS to use my cc licensedphoto top right at some future date. Yup, the photo of broken stuff.
OK, it’s all true except that last part. But if you know someone at the WP, will you send them my address so they can mail a check?
For example, if each of us pollutes less by paying a bit extra for our cars, we all benefit from the reduction of harmful gases in the air we breathe and even in the reduced harm to the ozone layer that protects us against exposure to carcinogenic ultraviolet radiation…
Unfortunately, my polluting less does not matter enough for anyone — especially me — to notice. Therefore, I may not contribute my share toward not fouling the atmosphere. I may be a freerider on the beneficial actions of others. – the freerider problem
Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you”˜ve created until it’s out there. That means every moment you’re working on something without it being in the public it”˜s actually dying, deprived of the oxygen of the real world.
On WordPress.com we deploy code to production twenty or thirty times a day and anyone in the company can do it. We measure the deploy time to hundreds of servers and if it gets too slow (more than 30-60 seconds) we figure out a new way to optimize it. In that short rapid iteration environment the most important thing isn”˜t necessarily how perfect code is when you send it out, but how quickly you can revert if you need to so the cost of a mistake is really low, under a minute of brokenness. Someone can go from idea to working code to production and more importantly real users in just a few minutes and I can’t imagine any better form of testing.
While we have been able to to a scripted update to our entire server farm in less than sixty seconds on T4, we aren’t quite there yet on T5. We must improve our efficiencies on our newest technology, and we are working on that.