I blog a bit and as a result, people share my writing on Twitter. I use Tweetdeck to surface these mentions, creating custom columns to search for tweets that contain “ryanhoover.me” or URL’s to guest posts I’ve written on PandoDaily, for example.
In return, I reply to each and every tweet…
Ron Swanson is always right. Always.
He makes me want to trim my beard into a mustache
The internet has replaced the importance of libraries as a repository for knowledge. And digital distribution has replaced the role of a library as a central hub for obtaining the containers of such knowledge: books. And digital bits have replaced the need to cut down trees to make paper and waste ink to create those books. This is evolution, not devolution.
I feel like parislemon - who’s views on technology trends I usually find spot on - missed a whole segment of the market. The internet is better than the library for people who have access to the internet. However 35% of americans do not have high-speed internet access at home. Libraries are necessary for those who are not as well off.
Now, maybe in the future we’ll get better broadband in this country that competes on price and speed versus other industrialized nations. Access would be available to all. At that point, theoretically, libraries could cease to exist with little problem.
The question becomes: which trend is moving faster? Increased access to high-speed internet or decreased funding for libraries?
If it’s the former, then libraries are a line-item we can cross off the public ledger guilt free. But if it’s the latter and libraries go away while a large swatch of americans live without broadband, then we are going to create a large uninformed underclass in this country. That prospect is dangerous to an informed and well functioning democracy
One of NYC’s great strengths is the diversity of its economy - finance, real estate, media & entertainment, retail, fashion, health care, education, and now tech. And the reason tech is growing so fast in NYC is that it is embedding itself in all of these other industries.
Chicago also follows this pattern of tech startups that embed themselves in the city’s larger industries.
It explains why there are lots of sales tech and retail tech companies, for example. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more manufacturing, insurance, travel, and food tech startups emerging here soon based on this pattern. All those industries (excepting travel) have a lot of innovation potential.
Breaking Bad Finale
Breaking Bad has always been a fantastic drama, but never one that leaves you guessing. The show is quite explicit about plot and motivations to the point where everything can be decoded by color.
And it’s not Walter White; It’s not Heisenberg; it’s something new.
This is exactly what we see in “Felina”. This is not the Heisenberg version of Walt, but a self-actualized Walt/Heinsenbeg hybrid. This version of Walt has the superpowers of Heisenberg but exists at “peace” within Walt. The duality of Walt’s split-personality finally collapses into this new person.
A key quote from Walt that gives it all away. When Skylar says she can’t hear Walt say he did this for his family one more time, Walt replies:
I did this for me.
With Jesse’s perfect box fantasy, Jesse finally attains the self-actualized (if he wasn’t a prisoner of neo-nazis in a meth lab) version of himself as well.
Breaking Bad is the story of how Mr. Chips becomes Scarface. It’s also the story of attaining self-actualization and being at peace with yourself. That’s the final message of the series.
And holy fuck was it good.