“The camera provides one of the most significant paradoxes of modern industrial societies- our ability to feel free, when in fact we are, most of us, all doing the same thing. When we hold cameras in our hands we hold an enormous potential to be artists, to create “reality” in our own way. Yet, as if by choice, almost all of us use this potential to portray existance in exactly the same matter as everyone else. Although, with these ritual acts of stereotyping, we can feel as if we have choice, it is as if we are using these small black boxes to demonstrate our faith that there is only one truth.”
— Donald Horne, We Are All Intellectuals
“The way to master any craft, or art, or sport, or business, is through simplicity. The illustrator becomes an artist when he can communicate the same feeling with fewer brushstrokes; the writer, with fewer words; the mountain climber, with fewer equipment.”
— Yvon Chouinard, Founder, Patagonia

Yes.

Rather than owning a car and using the same car for all your trips, you will have a car app. You’ll have access to a car (or a van or a convertible or whatever) wherever you happen to be. If the car is ever more than a short walk away, it can drive itself to you. You’ll pay for a car as a service, rather than as an asset to own.

This. This is the ticket. This, and transit:

We already have a really incredible technology for moving large numbers of people at scale that can also create large-scale economic growth: it’s called mass transit, and it’s the single best investment that we can make in our urban centers. It works at both long-haul and short-run scales.

Which leaves me thinking, what if mass transit was privately operated—especially in cities without a mass transit system. Why, because the government can’t always afford to run dependable, quality transportation services. Local governments aren’t exactly quick to adopt new and innovative technologies—if ever.

Imagine an Uber-like company (hell, or even a non-profit organization) running driverless electric city buses, Hyperloops, or even subway systems. I’m not always a fan of privatization (in particular, when some companies put profit and growth ahead of social and environmental responsibility), but when innovation is constantly limited by the size of the government’s budget or political will, privatization is often a better choice.

dronejournalism:

Read the summary, and read the brief.

It has begun.

citymaus:

yes, it is kinda necessary to keep repeating the anti-helmet stance, due to heavy societal pressure to wear helmets.

Sharing (or wrestling) road space from a never-ending stream of one-tonne metal vehicles can be very intimidating. Cars and trucks are constantly zipping around you and there is no metal cage around you to protect yourself. So a helmet provides a level of protection from this danger. It makes you feel safer.

But a broader look at the statistics show that cyclists’ fear of head trauma is irrational if we compare it to some other risks. Head injuries aren’t just dangerous when you’re biking—head injuries are dangerous when you’re doing pretty much anything else.

Let’s be clear. I am NOT trying to say that studies definitively show that cycling is safer than driving or walking. The studies that are out there give us mixed messages about the relative safety of the different modes of transport. What I am saying is that these statistics raise an interesting question: If we’re so concerned about head injuries, why don’t we wear helmets all the time? Why do places that have mandatory helmet laws for cyclists not have them for drivers or pedestrians? A 1996 Australian study suggests that a mandatory helmet law for motor vehicle occupants could save seventeen times more people from death and serious head injury than a similar law for cyclists.

…we insist that children wear bike helmets (in fact, in some places, it’s the law) despite data that shows kids are more likely to die of head injuries riding in a car than riding on a bike. 

read more: howiechong, 24.02.14.

Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

Vincent Laforet talking about HDDSLR filmmaking and photography. So incredibly glad I stumbled across this video.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
— Maya Angelou

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