Google Local Guide

[GENERAL NOTICE]
In the last few months, quite a bit of my time has gone into being a Google Local Guide. In a previous post I already elaborated on this, but off late I have also started posting articles on topics specifically relating to that on Local Guides Connect, the dedicated forum where Local Guides can exchange information and raise questions.

Those articles will now also be published as blog posts here, and for easy access to them, I have even created a dedicated menu item.

Take a look, and who knows… perhaps you will want to become a Local Guide yourself (warning: can get pretty addictive).

Song of the day: Portugal. The man – Feel It Still

Of course this band in not from Portugal (but from the US). That’s what indie rock musicians will do for you. Ever since I had heard this Feel It Still a couple of times, I knew it would be my favourite song of 2017, and indeed it was – even a few months into 2018, it still is the best new song I’ve heard in a while.

And then the sheer guts of using punctuation in the band name – love it. I’m quite sure there were some SEO specialists trying to convince them no to go down that road.

The WTF? way of looking at the future

You can earn a living by cleaning people’s houses – unless it happens to be the house you live in yourself. You can make money by taking care of children – unless they happen to be your own. You can get paid for garden work – unless it’s in your own garden.

But that’s just the way our society is organized: some of the work done by some people is considered to be a job, which gets rewarded with money, other work done by other people is not. Is that a good way? Is that a fair way? An increasing number of people are asking these questions. In his book WTF – What’s The Future and Why It’s up To Us Tim O’Reilly is dealing with this theme, along with a lot of other topics that are related to the way we have come to organize our society, and what might be the possible and/or desirable future for it. (Amazing, wonderful book: buy it, borrow it, whatever, but read it and then give it a 5-star review- actually: they should come up with 6-star reviews for books like this one.)

Also the idea of an unconditional  (or universal) basic income (UBI) is mentioned, especially in the context that there simply might, in the relative near future, not be enough jobs for everyone who wants to Continue reading

Quote of the day #98

“I’m a successful capitalist, but I’m tired of hearing that people like me create jobs. There’s only one thing that creates jobs, and that’s customers. And we’ve been screwing workers so long that they can no longer afford to be our customers.”

Tim O’Reilly summarizing a TED talk
by Nick Hanauer (recommended view!)
in his book WTF (recommended read!)

Song of the day: Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart

For the fans of the 90s: one of the songs that inevitably causes me to start moving (the initial move obviously being turning up the volume). The New York based band Deee-Lite released a couple of albums in the first half of the 90s, but will mainly be remembered as a one hit wonder, because of this gorgeous Groove Is In The Heart. Ah, well, better a one hit wonder than a no hit disaster.