Monthly Archives: September 2011

State of Word 2011

This has been an exciting year for WordPress. We’ve grown to power 14.7% of the top million websites in the world, up from 8.5%, and the latest data show 22 out of every 100 new active domains in the US are running WordPress. We also conducted our first ever user and developer survey. We found a few interesting tidbits from the survey responses already, including that 6,800 self-employed respondents were responsible for over 170,000 sites personally, and charged a median hourly rate of $50. In tough economic times, it’s heartening to see Open Source creating so many jobs. There has never been a better time to be part of the WordPress community, and I want to thank each and every one of you for making it such a wonderful place to be. Now it’s time to get back to work, there’s still 85.3% of the web that needs help. (matt)

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    Keen is back – Less Technology, can be more

    Back in 2009 Andrew Keen seemed to have lost the argument on his vision that web 2.0/3.0 treats people as products and returns the quality of the dialogue to a lower (amateur) standard. However when Keens arguments are placed within an emotional context by Sherry Turkle it is a different ball game. Turkle, clinical psychologist, with “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other (2011)”, hits home hard why robots/internet and human values ARE different things and should know their place. While at first examples seem common sense, exactly why the trend isn’t following that common sense, is giving food for thought. With Privacy for example, it is very easy to fully agree with her.(via)

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      Gartner Hype Cycle 2011

      HypeCycle

      And do we see any changes this year (previous times). (more/via)

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        On politics and the federal budget, 2011

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          Recession solution: Kill The Poor

          Mitchell and Webb solution is never been tried this direct yet.

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            PRIMETIME TERROR: TV Dramas post-9/11 analysed

            A fun kind of university analysis of how far TV dramas of our war on terror are doing..

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              Still rebuild the Twin Towers?

              Still many want it back apparently..
              (more…)

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                Lab Chimps Play in the Sun for the First Time

                freedom and sunlight are priceless.

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                  Bait Ball Feast

                  Eat or been eaten?

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                    Would the new iPhone 5 form factor increase Apple’s market share in the US prison system?

                    According to a Folsom Prison guard, the iPhone is not a very popular cellphone among convicts. It’s hard to smuggle it inside the prison because “they take too much… real state.”

                    Read more @ Gizmodo.com

                    [via bsc / Vilmer]

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                      Charlie Chaplins Great Dictator-Speech set to contemporary Clips

                      One of the most important speeches in recorded history was given by a comedian by the name of Charlie Chaplin. If you like what you see please share the video any way you can and pass the message on.

                      [via Nerdcore]

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                        Fahrenheit 9/11

                        Just because it is online….

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                          Moron EU politicians vote for copyright extention

                          “The copyright on sound recordings by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and other famous bands was due to expire in the next few years. However, the EU Council has now scuttled any such hopes. The copyright term has been extended from 50 to 70 years with life-supported rockers expressing their delight.”

                          Ergo: Yes, we must redouble our efforts to incentivise John Lennon to produce more new music! (via)

                          It is good to read that at least Holland, Belgium and a little few other countries voted AGAINST this extension. Unfortunately too many other moron politicians (most likely nicely paid by some lobbyists) haven’t studied “public good & intellectual property 101” enough.

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                            Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

                            It’s a retro post … still cool!
                            Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention Episode 1 Preview – BBC One

                            Kinetic sculptor and artist Theo Jansen builds ‘strandbeests’ from yellow plastic tubing that is readily available in his native Holland.

                            The graceful creatures evolve over time as Theo adapts their designs to harness the wind more efficiently. They are powered only by the wind and even store some of the wind’s energy in plastic bottle ‘stomachs’ to be used when there is no wind.

                            [via]

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                              How many continents are there?

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                                The Tweet of life

                                More 5-Second Films @ Vimeo | [via]

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                                  Shocking pictures/faces of poverty

                                  Faces of Poverty

                                  See all the pictures here

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                                    Salarissen Goede Doelen Directie Openbaar

                                    Ruim honderd goede doelen gaan de salarissen van de directie op internet publiceren. De organisaties willen maximale openheid bieden over de beloning van directeuren.
                                    Dit is besloten tijdens een ledenvergadering van de Vereniging van Fondsenwervende Instellingen (VFI), waar zo’n 120 goede doelen bij zijn aangesloten. Volgens waarnemend voorzitter van de VFI, Jan Jaap de Graeff, directeur van Natuurmonumenten, was de beslissing unaniem.(trouw)

                                    Goede doelen organisaties lijken hun maatschappelijke positie beter te verantwoorden dan eerder. Goede ontwikkeling.

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                                      Bankieren is menselijk

                                      De banken gingen failliet. De belastingbetaler betaalde de rekening. De staat kwam in de problemen. De banken maakten weer winst, maar wilden de staat niets lenen. Eerst hervormen, lees de welvaartsstaat afbreken. Het systeem leek zo te werken. (sargasso)

                                      Ow wacht, mensen lijken zo te werken. Niet de financiele sector faalde, maar het systeem dat mensen tegen menselijk gedrag beschermd. Sommige zeggen dat er meestal eerst een onmenselijke periode volgt voordat de superioriteit van morele waarden maar weer eens de boventoon voert.. laten we hopen dat het niet zover komt. Is het gedrag nog te stoppen? Tegenlicht schopt terecht tegen wat heilige huisjes, die helemaal niet heilig zijn. Up balkende norm, gezond verstand en een stukje dienbaarheid.

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                                        Feelgood video

                                        To compensate a little bit…

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                                          TOKYO SLO-MODE

                                          Japan caught in slow. This is for my hometown.
                                          Music Credit: Flying Lotus ft. Thom Yorke- …And the World Laughs With You

                                          [vimeo | via]

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                                            Rapservice ala Eurocrisisess

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                                              R.E.M. Quits

                                              Some fans might feel hurt.

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                                                7 billion people in october

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                                                  The Dr. Fox Lecture


                                                  In 1970 three American researchers, John E. Ware, Donald H. Naftulin and Frank A. Donnelly, designed an experiment to find out whether a brilliant delivery technique of a talk could so completely bamboozle a group of experts that they overlooked the fact that the content was nonsense. The result was the hilarious Dr Fox Lecture and the answer was: yes! The experts didn’t notice a thing.(via)

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