Framing Career Competition

The Competitive Landscape Despite that our corporate jargon borrows so heavily from the military and war (chief executive ____, sales forces, run up the flagpole, killing the competition, guerrilla marketing…) and despite that some of these metaphors apply, we sometimes forget that we aren’t actually at war. Limbs aren’t lost. Buildings aren’t exploded. People don’t die. Sometimes the success of our direct competitors brings us good tidings, more opportunities, and chances for new partnerships. So when we consider the landscape of our career competition in military terms, it’s important to keep that in mind. It’s also important to consider how to compete with the different …

The NSA Broke the Social Contract with the Tech World

Dilma Rousseff, the president of historically US-friendly Brazil, lashed out against the US government for their intrusion of her personal privacy, on the privacy of her government’s corporations, and on the privacy of Brazil’s citizens. She’s proposing some interesting and real-world solutions that will take some of the power away from the U.S. and possibly back into the hands of world internet users. Despite this, I believe that the biggest fallout that the NSA faces is their loss of trust with young technocrats, technologists, and engineers. Perhaps Rousseff’s idea of a UN branch to deal with internet freedom will materialize …

Geek Art

Technology has revolutionized modern art. Today, even revolutionary contemporaries like Warhol seem to belong more with modern classics like Picasso or Munch. That’s because modern installations immerse us with media-rich (sometimes interactive) abstractions and realisms. It’s easier than ever for an artist to shoot, edit, and produce a video; artists now can easily make digital sounds previously unheard by human ears. And as the cost of these technologies fall, the frequency of their implementation increases. It’s appropriate that modern art is increasingly digital since our lives are as well. We socialize on social networks instead of bars or homes. We text instead of talk. …

Dawkin’s Protest the Pope Speech

I’ve taken the time to transcribe a speech performed on Sept. 18, 2011 by Richard Dawkin’s at the “Protest the Pope” rally in the UK. The speech, like any speech by the most important individual of this century, was moving, powerful, and poignant. I thought that it should be available in writing. I’m not sure if a better transcription exists somewhere, and if you find any mistakes in it, please let me know. The speech is available here on you-tube. As well, the original un-abridged version of the speech as written by Dawkins is available here on Richarddawkins.net. The transcription below …

Why I’m an Atheist

I’ve reluctantly set one foot outside the closet without fulling stepping out. My closest friends and family know that I’m an atheist, and I don’t consciously hide my secularism. However, I haven’t embraced my atheist outing with full confidence, and I’m not sure exactly why. Now that I ponder the names of some accomplished atheists, I feel almost embarrassed by my reluctance. On whose shoulders would modern physicists stand if not on Einstein’s*, Feynman’s, and Hawking’s. Practically all biologists are atheists: Darwin, Dawkins, Watson, and Crick just to name a few. The best philosophers were atheists: Epicurus, Hume, Mill, Marx, Russel, Camus, …