Fantastic: FAQ · Self Control App / selfcontrol Wiki · GitHub

Q: How do I disable SelfControl once it has started?

You can’t.

That’s the idea.

Just wait.

“But, but but…” you say.

Seriously, chill out. It’s not the end of the world.

The timer will run out and the internet will come back again. In the meantime, you may find comfort in curling up in a ball under your desk and rocking back and forth for a while.

via FAQ · SelfControlApp/selfcontrol Wiki · GitHub.

Can you say shill? Neelie Kroes and the net neutrality misunderstanding

There’s a great great article over in the register about the missing European internet policy. Read the whole thing, but two quotes are just too sweet not to pass upfront:

It’s all very strange. What, then, may explain the commissioner’s puppyish eagerness to please Silicon Valley? Or to patronise? Surely even if the commissioner herself is off frolicking with the unicorns, her technocratic advisors can’t be quite so gullible? And no, I don’t think they are. They’re just desperately eager to be seen to be with it.

And in what really is behind the whole debate around net neutrality at the moment, the truth behind internet traffic. By the way: the distance between the peering entity and the ISP would be perfect for cultural and entertainment content creators to anonymously (!! meaning without knowing who the end consumer is) monitor the usage of their works and would then be able to correctly distribute any revenue that may come from blanket licensing. You know, the blanket license everybody loves but then wonders why the money doesn’t end up where it belongs. To understand this, you’ll have to read up on peering a little bit.

Today, the world’s internet video travels over private networks. Over two decades, the public backbone has been run down to the extent it cannot carry video. If you’re a startup, European or otherwise, you have to buy a peering arrangement. Hence the controversy over peering deals, and the high anxiety expressing itself in the net neutrality campaign.

Censorship – yes or no?

Is it censorship if I’m editing my own hosts file to block websites such as Facebook, Buzzfeed, Upworthy etc.?

I love staying in touch with all my friends, but these sites are really big time sinkholes. There needs to be a better technology to run our social interaction. One that isn’t based on sucking in more and more clicks. But one that is based on true interpersonal value (experiences, recommendations, empathy).


Do you really care about the effects of the web economy?

“Hiding workers behind web forms and APIs,” write Irani and Silberman, “helps employers see themselves as builders of innovative technologies, rather than employers unconcerned with working conditions.”

Here’s another quote from the article. This is from Fancy Hands founder:

Roden did acknowledge that so far, “the Internet hasn’t been some amazing equalizer that we thought it would all be.”

Read the article over on

tedPAD – create millions of amazing and really bad TED talks

A quick thrown together TED talk:

It’s not nose picking. You also means keeping your back straight et cetera, et cetera. But most importantly, you need the brain to always think straight. I’ll give you an illustration of this: In the middle of the world lies all the knowledge and wisdom we need. I would like to remind you of French intellectuals ridiculing these things. And – admittedly – when you look at the middle of it all, you could see the situation running the same way that a downward spiral would. It makes you yearn for coffee – you know it will be wonderful. I’ll give you some related data of the United States health situation. Compare this to French phrases such as “et cetera, et cetera”. But I should be more specific when referring to a milky weak coffee which makes you both happy and excited. How many of you would prefer that to tea? I think it’s just like when the middle of the world lies all the knowledge and wisdom we need.

Get your own here:

tedPAD – create millions of amazing and really bad TED talks.

Kreative – seid wachsam

Gerade habe ich drüben bei ein interessantes Interview gelesen. Diese Aussage von Roman Scharf ( kam mir dabei etwas befremdlich vor:

Worum geht es bei Talenthouse?
Talenthouse ist die nächste Generation von Crowdsourcing. Klassische Crowdsourcing-Plattformen gibt es viele (von 99 Designs bis Crowdspring). Die Idee bei diesen ist, dass Kreativarbeit ins Netz ausgelagert wird und dass jeder User eigene Vorschläge einbringen kann. Auftraggeber starten ein Projekt – zum Beispiel für ein Logo oder T-Shirt-Design – und wählen anschließend aus allen Einsendungen ihren Favoriten. Der Ersteller erhält dann ein Honorar. Der Zweck ist also, dem Auftraggeber eine Auswahl und dem Künstler ein paar 100 Dollar Einkommen zu verschaffen.. Hier weiterlesen

Es ist wie immer: der Künstler bekommt für die Definition eines Lebensgefühls ein Almosen, verglichen mit dem, was mit der kreativen Arbeit erwirtschaftet werden wird.

In diesem System gibt es nur einen Gewinner: das Unternehmen, das die Leistung crowdsourced. Es geht keinerlei Risiko ein, sichert sich per AGB oftmals sogar noch Rechte an den Einsendungen, die nicht gewinnen und bekommt für einen minimalen Bruchteil dessen, was bei einem normalen kreativen Unternehmen bezahlt werden müsste eine Leistung, die oftmals gleichwertig mit der einer großen Agentur ist, da ja die Künstler meist dort auch als Freelancer arbeiten.

Warum eine ganze Generation Kreativer nicht erkennt, dass Unternehmen wie Youtube, Facebook, Flickr etc tatsächliches Geld verdienen durch die Inhalte, die wir alle so freizügig zur Verfügung stellen, liegt nicht im Bereich meiner Vorstellungskraft. Und gleichzeitig haben diese Unternehmen es auch noch geschafft, die Nutzer darauf zu trimmen, ihr eigenes Copyright völlig falsch einzuschätzen und zu bewerten.