Monthly Archives: February 2010

The Fallacy of Gray

When people thought the earth was flat, they were wrong. When people thought the earth was spherical, they were wrong. But if you think that thinking the earth is spherical is just as wrong as thinking the earth is flat, then your view is wronger than both of them put together.

Refutal to the “you can’t be sure of any thing – everything is gray” argument.

Why You Can’t Work at Work

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“Sure, but does it scale?” I can’t escape the feeling that these ideas are great, but could work only in the small organization like 37signals. Sure, companies of this kind are great and productive, but they will never able to produce anything more than narrow, focused products. For that you need more mass and with mass comes friction, like management and hierarchies.

Google Executives Convicted Over Online Video

Although this would normally be the end of Google’s involvement, a public prosecutor in Milan decided to indict four Google executives — even though none were aware of the video’s existence until after it was removed. Peter Fleischer, David Drummond, and George De Los Reyes (who left the company in 2008) each received a suspended 6-month sentence for failure to comply with Italian privacy code.

That can’t be serious, right?

The Ultimate Hipster Irony

The search among urbanites for that ideal “authentic” neighborhood, rife with rustic brownstones, a diverse, culturally robust population, artisans, galleries, vendors, mom-and-pop shops, and familiar pubs pulsating with local music, has not only become banal, it’s destroying the very “authenticity” being pursued.
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Greetings from Berlin!

Leaving the iPhone

I’m three weeks into a new 30 day challenge: no iPhone. When I got a Nexus One in December, I spent a few weeks carrying both phones around in the pockets of my jeans. It took a little while to adapt to Android, but I’m very happy with my Nexus One and I don’t plan to go back to the iPhone. Both the iPhone and Android are great operating systems, but it’s important to me that I can write or run the applications I choose on my phone.

Disclaimer: Matt Cutts is a Google employee.