“So owning a scarce resource taps into a basic desire to hoard things of value. It gets you respect. But it does something else, too. Nike’s strategy of limiting supply creates a gap — sometime a significant one — between what a shoe costs (at retail) and what it’s worth.

That differential allows people to buy something on the cheap but feel like they’re wearing a luxury item.

“So even if you paid $100, you’ve got $800 on your feet. It’s like having Gucci,” Taylor said.”

“The greatest untapped source of motivation, he argues, is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contribution of our work to other people’s lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves.”
“Without the soundsystem there is no music industry [in Jamaica]. It is the catalyst for the development and production of Kingston’s musical output”
— From Kingston’s car parks to VH-1, soundsystem culture puts bass in your face
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/02/-sp-from-kingstons-car-parks-to-vh-1-soundsystem-culture-puts-bass-in-your-face

dailyoverview:

9/18/2014

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

Tucson, Arizona, USA

32°09′59″N 110°52′59″W

Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona is home to the aircraft boneyard for all excess American military and government aircraft. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group takes care of more than 4,400 aircraft, making it the largest aircraft storage and preservation facility in the world. We encourage you to explore the boneyard from above with the geo-coordinates link above!

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🔼 #popart #latergram #SF (at Transamerica Pyramid)

Looking like a circuit board from up here 

dailyoverview:

9/16/2014

Industrial sector

Tokai, Aichi, Japan

35.039460°, 136.889525°

Industrial buildings line the coast of Tokai, Japan. The city’s economy is dominated by a massive steel mill operated by Nippon Steel, the second largest producer of steel in the world.

www.overv.eu

“With Amazon, Bezos is deferring that profit-producing, investor-rewarding day almost indefinitely into the future. This prompts the suggestion that Amazon is the world’s biggest ‘lifestyle business’ – Bezos is running it for fun, not to deliver economic returns to shareholders, at least not any time soon.”

What ultimately makes us happy in life

  • The factors that did loom large, and collectively predicted all ten Decathlon events, had one thing in common: relationships. This rubric included:
  • • A warm, supportive childhood
  • • A mature “coping style” (being able to roll with the punches, be patient with others, keep a sense of humor in the face of setbacks, delay gratification, etc.)
  • • Overall “soundness” as evaluated during college years (resilient, warm personality, social, not overly sensitive)
  • • Warm adult relationships between the ages of 37-47 (having close friends, maintaining contact with family, being active in social organizations)
  • Vaillant found that the men who had the best scores in these areas during their youth and mid-life, were the happiest, most successful, and best adjusted in their latter years. This is the finding of the Grant Study that has emerged most prominently: “It was the capacity for intimate relationships that predicted flourishing in all aspects of these men’s lives.”

Kanye West Is the Most Important Artist of the 21st Century | Complex (via instapaper)

“But I got over the initial shock of Kanye’s Kanye-ness as soon as he started playing sketches of what would become The College Dropout. I started to understand him and his behavior. It all made sense. This dude was attempting to buck every trend, every assumption of “what would work,“ and quite literally change the course of popular music. And, in quick succession, popular culture. Frankly, you have to have King Kong–size balls to even consider such an ambition. And to actualize it, you have to be an unstoppable force. And unstoppable forces are, by nature, grating. They’re motherfucking unstoppable, yo!”
xelamanrique:

this was my favorite part of the anaconda video.

xelamanrique:

this was my favorite part of the anaconda video.

“Even if Mailbox doesn’t ever add Exchange, it will have influenced the designers who work on Outlook, and on any email app henceforth. This might be Sparrow’s greatest legacy, that it challenged us to think of email in a different way. With its new Mac app, Mailbox has now picked up the torch.”

GOOGLE’S INTENT IS REALLY TO POWER APPS AND SERVICES THAT MAKE USE OF EMAIL DATA, BUT AREN’T TRYING TO BE EMAIL CLIENTS.

I expect the innovation will come from developers having to spend a lot less time wrestling with IMAP to do relatively simple things — we’ll all be able to spend a lot more time on the functionality we want to add.

The community is the first recourse, the platform is the second recourse, and the government is third recourse, rather than the reverse.

Chesky seems more optimistic that Airbnb is a better system for creating an open world than the government.