"Although Facebook plans to continue the development of Oculus’s gaming hardware, there are many other applications longer term. “People will build a model of a place far away and you’ll go see it,” Mr. Zuckerberg said during a conference call. “It’s like teleporting.”"
NY Times - How is it that the youngest CEO sounds like a 80 year old senator when he describes VR?
"Professor Maccarone gave a talk called The Post-Industrial Eater: Aligning Ethical Values and Food Choices. I know what you’re thinking, Professor Emanuele Maccarone? The eminent Italian food chemist from the University of Catania? Author of From China to Brussels; the long path of the red oranges and Distribution of fatty acids and phytosterols as a criterion to discriminate geographic origin of pistachio seeds?! No no no, Ellen Maccarone, Professor of Philosophy at Gonzaga and author of Impartiality in moral and political philosophy. (Thanks to ISI Web of Science for making this paragraph possible.)"
Apparently this is where the Crimean peninsula is:
It’s that whole big island in the middle of the Black Sea, and Ukraine currently controls it. And, yes, there have been lots of Russians there for a while, and it is predominately Russian, but that’s because Putin’s been heavily incentivizing Russians moving there for the past decade. So, they recently voted to secede from Ukraine, and they’re putting it to a popular vote which will no doubt pass in the peninsula itself, but it’s not really a natural feeling there, it’s been kind of cultivated as a legitimizing reason Putin can say “hey, they wanted it not me!”. And I mean, look at where that is, you get command of the entire Black Sea.
Apparently the past 100 years or so has seen armies marching across that peninsula in both directions, Germans and Russians. And in every case, they were poorly supplied, and so basically just pillaged whatever they needed from the people who lived there, often leaving a bunch of peasants naked in the Russian winter behind them. They aren’t fond of the west or the east, but they have the unfortunate luck of living on an immensely strategically important location in Europe.
It’s pretty interesting, the whole West is saying “Putin’s the next Hitler!” which seemed a little alarmist to me. It’s not that he’s like Hitler in that he’s massacring millions of people, but he is like Hitler in that he’s playing a risky/brilliant long game of public perception in order to annex some territory that’s not his without spilling any (well, much) blood to do it. And as my friend Jule said, “Of course the West is angry, and nobody wants Russia to get it, but what’re you gonna do? Engage in a land war with Russia? Something even The Princess Bride advises against?”
"You enter the first room of the mansion and it’s completely dark. You stumble around bumping into the furniture but gradually you learn where each piece of furniture is. Finally, after six months or so, you find the light switch, you turn it on, and suddenly it’s all illuminated. You can see exactly where you were. Then you move into the next room and spend another six months in the dark. So each of these breakthroughs, while sometimes they’re momentary, sometimes over a period of a day or two, they are the culmination of, and couldn’t exist without, the many months of stumbling around in the dark that precede them."
Andrew Wiles on studying mathematics. via Jeremy Kun
"We call it Thirty Percent Feedback. It’s a trick I learned from our investor, Seth Lieberman. It came about because I once asked him for feedback on a product mockup, and he asked if I felt like I was ninety percent done or thirty percent done. If I was ninety percent done, he would try to correct me on every little detail possible because otherwise a typo might make it into production. But if I had told him I was only thirty percent done, he would glaze over the tiny mistakes, knowing that I would correct them later. He would engage in broader conversations about what the product should be."
"There are two ways you can be a perfectionist. One is that you can really try to make it absolutely as good as you can, which is what I do every night when I go onstage. I know that it’s not going to be a perfect performance. I know that at some point, I will mistime something, I will fluff a line, I will miss a laugh. But I make it as good as I can, and afterward I quickly review it in my mind and think about what to change the next night, and then I go have a drink. The other sort of perfectionism is to go on agonizing about it and saying, “Oh, I shouldn’t have made those mistakes.” You want to try to achieve perfection, but you don’t want to beat yourself up about it. Of course, if you look at the great artists, you have to agree, they’re basically obsessional about what they do. Their life almost takes second place. Picasso was not stopping at 3:00 in the afternoon to play tennis."