Back before The Matrix, back before Simulacra and Simulation, and even back before Star Wars, Philip K Dick predicted that we are living in a computer simulation, and he cited his knowledge of this as the source of his novels. He even went so far as to describe a girl in black hair who shows up at his door and tells him his world is a delusion. While we may not want to believe PKD, we cannot deny his absolute prolificness, and that even today his work shows up all over our media. And the scary thing is, the closer we get to the future, the more accurate his predictions appear.
Here's the video where he made the speech, and full tran... Read More
I don’t care if you’re a billionaire. If you haven’t started a company, really gambled your resume and your money and maybe even your marriage to just go crazy and try something on your own, you’re no pirate and you aren’t in the club.
— Michael Arrington
Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.
— Stephen King
If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
— Bruce Lee
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human ... Read More
I really love this commencement speech. It's not about technology, it's not about business, it's not even about success or making money. It's simply a very real, honest examination of what life is like out here in the 'real world.' It seems like the thing that every commencing college student should hear, but none will understand (until it's too late.)
It is a stark reminder that the syndicate's are in the business of bleeding each other dry, particularly at the mercy of creators and do'ers, often under the guise of promising happiness or satisfaction. Bill's account will bring us all back to reality and help us remember wh... Read More
One of my favorite songs by The National is Theory of the Crows. It takes place during the dotcom era when a couple of the band members were working in a startup, looking to IPO or have a sucessful exit, and Cash In. They caught the goldrush fever of 2000, and like so many others, got burned. Stereogum asked Matt Berninger what he would have done had he had struck it rich.
STEREOGUM: Ever wonder what would’ve happened if you’d become that millionaire?
MB: I probably would have taken guitar lessons and tried to start a band. Isn’t Steve Jobs or s... Read More