RDJ just got serious points with me. I'll bet the list of requests he must get to do things like this is unending. Very, very cool of him to take the time. I couldn't help but be a little disappointed when Alex said his name was Robert instead of Tony.
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Drum breaks, chord progressions, melodies, and of course tempo...aren't they all just functions of math? And the ones that we find most pleasing, tend to be the ones that make sense mathematically.
Sell your greatest weakness like it's your greatest strength. I'm not in marketing, but I see this all time.
Actually, I was thinking of the scene in K-PAX where Kevin Spacey shows the astrophysicists how the celestial mechanics of his multi-stellar system worked.
Burn the land, boil the sea; you can't take the sky from me.
I'd like to introduce you to a personal friend of mine. It's the M-41A pulse rifle, with over and under pump action grenade launcher.
When it hits the fan, and it will, you'll almost certainly see this:
"Mars One, Earthlings Zero"
Google engineer: But...how can we make Glass more appealing now, as a way of sowing seeds for our next release?
Tony Fadell: Give them to airport screeners. Everybody loves those guys! And why not? They're hip, edgy, rule-breakers!
The DOJ made their bed.
They continue to hoover-up massive amounts of data on everything from telecommunications to, as recently reported, vehicle movements, on everyone within and outside US borders. We are meant to trust that this data will not be abused by those who collect it, and that it cannot be hacked/modified/stolen by anyone else.
We have no choice but to encrypt our data. We seemingly have no way to stop it's collection, and those who collect it have repeatedly shown themselves to be poor stewards of that data (lack of protection, accessed without warrant, etc.). They've transitioned their methodologies based on that data being available and unencrypted, and failed to prepare for the inevitable fact that data encryption would eventually become commonplace...with or without Snowden...because there are lots of bad actors in the world.
And upon one of those rocky worlds is an ancient and advanced civilization. They will be able to give us the secrets of the universe; from interstellar travel and zero-point energy to a smoother, creamier peanut butter.
I for one welcome our ancient alien overlords.
If all your client wants is a simple/stupid brochure site that they can maintain, just build it in Google Sites with a Google account they can own. You can do a whole site in 1-3 hours depending on how much custom graphics you have to build. You can reasonably charge $250-1000 depending on your time, and spend an hour training them on how to maintain it so you don't have to in perpetuity.
I've done this just a few times now (twice for free), and every time I'm glad I did. The more you dig into it, the more you realize it actually does allow for *some* customization. If you get into the scripting, you can do even more. I see tech-challenged people starting their small (1-20 people) brick & mortar businesses and being totally lost on things like document sharing, company email, web sites, cloud storage, etc. I just hook them up with the Google Business apps...$50/person/year. It's cheap and works.
Agreed. Also, I don't ever recall return on investment as being one of the selling points of BitCoin in the first place. It was meant as an alternative to currency, not an investment vehicle. Even if the value dropped to parity with the US Dollar or below, it would still retain its initial utility. So again, nothing lost.
While not addressing all concerns, I wonder if it would be more effective to automate it through the use of a swimmer-worn panic button. I envision a situation where the swimmer hits the button, and the Ryptide copter flies to the swimmer automatically. Not sure if GPS is accurate enough for that though. A life-ring dropped four feet away from a swimmer in panic is probably useless.