Genius (formerly Rap Genius) is an online knowledge base. The site allows users to provide annotations and interpretation of song lyrics, news stories, primary source documents, poetry, and other forms of text. Launching in 2009 with a focus on Rap Music, the site expanded in 2014 to cover other forms of media and a platform for embedding annotations into other websites, such as Pop, Literature and R&B. That same year, an iPhone app was released. To reflect these new goals, the site re-launched as simply Genius in July 2014. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genius_(website) (more)
Taoism (/ˈtaʊ-/), or Daoism (/ˈdaʊɪzəm/, /ˈdaʊ-/), is a philosophical tradition of Chinese origin which emphasises living in harmony with the Tao (Chinese: 道; pinyin: Dào; lit.: 'the Way', also romanised as Dao). The Tao is a fundamental idea in most Chinese philosophical schools; in Taoism, however, it denotes the principle that is the source, pattern and substance of everything that exists. Taoism differs from Confucianism by not emphasising rigid rituals and social order, but is similar in the sense that it is a teaching about the various disciplines for achieving "perfection" by becoming one with the unplanned rhythms of the universe called "the way" or "tao". Taoist ethics vary depending on the particular school, but in general tend to emphasise wu wei (action without intention), "naturalness", simplicity, spontaneity, and the Three Treasures: 慈 "compassion", 儉 "frugality", and 不敢為天下先 "humility". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taoism
Sun Tzu (/suːn ˈdzuː, suːn ˈsuː/ soon DZOO, soon SOO; Chinese: 孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ) was a Chinese general, military strategist, writer and philosopher who lived in the Eastern Zhou period of ancient China. Sun Tzu is traditionally credited as the author of The Art of War, an influential work of military strategy that has affected both Western and East Asian philosophy and military thinking. His works focus much more on alternatives to battle, such as stratagem, delay, the use of spies and alternatives to war itself, the making and keeping of alliances, the uses of deceit and a willingness to submit, at least temporarily, to more powerful foes... Sun Tzu's The Art of War uses language that may be unusual in a Western text on warfare and strategy. For example, the eleventh chapter states that a leader must be "serene and inscrutable" and capable of comprehending "unfathomable plans". The text contains many similar remarks that have long confused Western readers lacking an awareness of the East Asian context. The meanings of such statements are clearer when interpreted in the context of Taoist thought and practice. Sun Tzu viewed the ideal general as an enlightened Taoist master, which has led to The Art of War being considered a prime example of Taoist strategy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Tzu (more)
Amazon’s Friction-Killing Tactics To Make Products More Seamless. In this exclusive interview, Brahmbhatt takes us through how to detect and anticipate points of friction through monitoring steps in a customer’s journey with your product. He shares the three stages of the product experience where customers are most vulnerable to experiencing friction. Brahmbhatt also walks through strategies to reduce friction, or, if it’s unavoidable, how to mask it. (more)
Arnold Kling says the US needs 250 states to improve Accountability. There are two components to this reform proposal. One component is to reduce the size of the local units of government. My thinking is that this would increase the power of ordinary voters and reduce the power of special interests. The other idea is to "layer" the electoral process for Congressmen and Senators (US Congress). The problem with Direct Democracy is that each legislator represents too many voters, so that accountability does not take place. Instead, I am proposing that we "elect the electors." That is, we would vote for state legislators, who in turn would vote for Congressmen and Senators. The number of state legislators would be sufficiently small that Mass Market, money-driven politics would be less important. Direct persuasion would be more important. (more)
The August-September 2010 issue of the Cook Report (Gordon Cook) is a dedicated Special Issue: "The Global Economic System in the Midst of Profound Change: An Examination of Michel Bauwens’ Foundation for P2P Alternatives. Peer Production in a World that is Yochai Benkler’s “Wealth Of Networks” Made Concrete. Cook Report, Volume XIX, No. 5, August 2010 Request a full copy from Gordon Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org (more)
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