2020 Graduation Speech


From http://thefischbowl.blogspot.com/2006/11/2020-vision.html Learn more about Karl Fisch at http://www.designshare.com/index.php/articles/2020-vision This is centered around a high school called Arapaho in Colorado, very education oriented. It was written before Obama won the election. 2008 Amazon buys Ebay – prices of everything becomes negotiable 2009 – Google buys Logitech and Shure (Microphones), teacher podcast ALL classes Google purchases Associated Press & ABC/Disney & ... Read More »

Shift Happens


The music is apparently the Kiss or perhaps the Elk Hunt from movie “The Last of the Mohicans”. Profound quotes from the above video. 1. There are more honor students in India, then student in the USA. 2. The top 10 jobs that will be in demand in 2010 didn’t exist in 2004. 3. The US is 20th in the ... Read More »

The Game of Life and How to Play It – by Florence Scovel Shinn


This book was recommended by a wealth mentor. It deals primarily with “speaking the word”, positive affirmations and attitudes. While I think the book contains many truths, it seemed to be a strange mix of metaphysics and bible quotes (without references). She speaks of eastern concepts such as karma and reincarnation, and constantly makes references to the Bible (assuming the ... Read More »

The Slight Edge


Eating cheeseburger of smoking a cigarette are examples of the “Slight Edge”. In other words, eating one cheeseburger today won’t make you overweight, and smoking one cigarette today won’t give you a heart attack. But when you multiple these small decisions by each and every day, they add up. Jeff’s main suggestion is that you read 10 pages a day ... Read More »

The Twilight of American Culture


This book was on the “must read’ list of business guru Mark Yarnell. I’ll try to add more opinion later, for now, here are some quotes to wet your appetite. Quotes: The United States, as Robert Kaplan suggests, is evolving into a corporate oligarchy that merely wears the trappings of a democracy. (page 3) I worked as a reading and ... Read More »

The Cathedral and the Bazzar – Eric S Raymond


Subtitle: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary I must admit, that when I began this book, I didn’t know who Eric S Raymond was. Per Wikipedia, Raymond became a prominent voice in the open source movement and co-founded the Open Source Initiative in 1998. He also took on the self-appointed role of ambassador of open source ... Read More »

Wikinomics – How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything


Book by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams “But the Internet has caused transactions costs to plunge so steeply that is has become much more useful to read Coase’s law, in effect backward: Nowadays firms should shrink until the cost of performing a transaction no longer exceeds the cost of performing it externally.” The authors give an example using the ... Read More »

The Singularity Is Near – Ray Kurzweil


Here are two quotes from the book to give you the big picture: “What then is the Singularity? It’s a future period during which the pace of technological change will be so rapid, its impact so deep, that human life will be irreversibly transformed…. The key underlying the impending Singularity is that the pace of change of our human-created technology ... Read More »

The Spike – by Damien Broderick

Around 2050, or maybe even 2030, is when a technological Singularity, as it’s been termed, is expected to erupt. That, at any rate, is the considered opinion of a number of informed if unusually adventurous scientists. Professor Vinge called this project event “the technological Singularity,” something of a mouthful. I call it “the Spike”, an upward jab on the chart ... Read More »