What real revolutions are like

Clay Shirky has an incredible article about the Newspaper industry failing to come to terms with its own demise. Gems of wisdom abound throughout, but I found this particularly striking: That is what real revolutions are like. The old stuff gets broken faster than the new stuff is put in its place. The importance of any given experiment isn’t apparent at the moment it appears; big changes stall, small changes spread.


The dance basically means to do simple weird movements with your feet, hips and body (kinda like speaking in tongues, in dancing). It makes sense only to the dancer who is doing it at the moment. A good example is James Brown. — Sonny Watson’s Dance History

Revelation of Possibility

ah. well, it reminds me of when i get that rush in my chest, as if a giant wave of water and oxygen and possibility were moving through me, connecting me to the past, the future, and other beings. — Sasha What some of us tech steeped peoples go through from time to time when we think about the possibilities of social technology. A great revelation of the possibility of things.

Germane to recent life philosophies.

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. — Robert F. Kennedy It’s more rewarding biking through a crowded street rather sitting in a padded cyclo. Though both are surely interesting.

Putting People in Possession of Knowledge

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth. — John Locke This quote reminds me how knowledge is passed around in geek communities. It is not enough to explain that someone is wrong, we tend to require backup (references) of our claims and sometimes will forgo even the mention of why someone is wrong and just yellout “RTFM!