Saturday, August 22, 2015

Burning Man's not just this thing in the desert

With all the commotion about that thing in the desert coming up, it's about much more than that. I thought this one part from the Regional Contact section on the Burning Man website spoke to this particularly well:

"It’s great to want to produce the next big Regional event, but there is so much more that can be done to help bring people together and share the Burning Man spirit and ethos in the world. We seek to work with Regional Contacts who have an interest in bringing local burners together to engage in social or civic projects that benefit the local community, for example – the sort of interaction that reaches far beyond parties or events."

So, yeah, we're taking ourselves there, to this temporary experiment of a city in the middle of nature, but it's just as much (if not more so) about what we bring back. Keeping this in mind as I think about throwing my own name in the proverbial hat, to be considered as a Regional Contact for the DC area.

- Nexus

Friday, August 21, 2015

A Wired warning abut Spotify's new privacy policy

Spotify logoDo you use Spotify?

Have you read the new privacy policy? If not, you might want to check out this piece at Wired, to get the cliff notes:
A new privacy policy that is now in effect, and it turns out that the company wants to learn a lot more about you and there’s not much you can do about it. 
We encourage everyone to read the whole privacy policy before downloading the update or checking off the “Accept” box, but in case you have better things to do, here are some highlights from it.
Read those highlights here.

Fortunately, the piece lets you know what you can do about the updates. Unfortunately, it's not too much.

Also, when I asked if you read the privacy policy? Yeah, definitely a rhetorical question for most if not all people. It's's not like anyone has the time to read every single privacy policy update for EVERY piece of tech we use. In fact, several years ago The Atlantic reported on research done to calculate how long it would take to actually read the privacy policies we should.

Guess how long: 25 days out every year...without sleep. It would take 76 days if you limited your privacy policy reading time to 8 hours a day. Granted this includes the privacy policies on however many websites people use in about a year, which I honestly didn't even think about until reading the article.

So, Spotify has a new privacy policy. BBE News reports that some users have already left Spotify because of this:
Minecraft creator Markus Persson, aka Notch, tweeted to his 2.4m followers that he has cancelled his account.
Read more about Spotify's reasons and users' reactions here.

And there you have it. Out of curiosity:

Any other thoughts you have on the new privacy policy? Share 'em in the comments,

- JR

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Ten Favorite Burning Man Videos

So, after sharing some of my favorite Burning Man videos with a couple of friends tonight, and with 10 days to go until that thing in the desert, I thought I'd share 10 of my favorite ones on YouTube.

Check 'em out, in mostly chronological order by uploaded date, except for the two from the "Spark: A Burning Man Story" documentary; those are in the order they appear in the film. And if you have about an hour and ten minutes, you can scroll straight to the bottom if you'd like to view a single playlist of all 10).

What - Burning Man 2011 HOME
Who - Stefan Spins
When - September 10, 2011
Runtime - 5:06

What - Oh, the Places You'll Go at Burning Man!
Who - Tedshots
When - January 6, 2012
Runtime - 7:09

What - DREAM - Art & Culture of Burning Man
Who - Spark: A Burning Man Story
When - July 2, 2013
Runtime - 13:44

What - Burning Man 2013 [by drone]: In the Dust, Above the Dust
Who - Tugrik d'Itichi
When - September 1, 2013
Runtime - 4:15

What - Burning Man 2013 - Burn // Ellie Goulding
Who - Kien Lam
When - September 17, 2013
Runtime - 3:56

What - Scene from "Spark: A Burning Man Story" with Original Song "Let It Go" by Michael Franti and Spearhead
Who - Spark: A Burning Man Story
When - December 17, 2013
Runtime - 2:03

What - Clip from Spark: A Burning Man Story with Missy Higgins "We Ride"
Who - Spark: A Burning Man Story
When - November 11, 2013
Runtime - 3:02

What - Charlie Goes to Burning Man
Who - jan beddegenoodts
When - August 20, 2014
Runtime - 15:36

What - Department of Mutant Vehicles :: Project LOVE
Who - Burning Man
When - May 12, 2015
Runtime - 5:27

What - Magical sunrises at Burning Man / "Dawn of the Burning Sun" sunrise concert
Who - House of Dayburn
When - July 28, 2015
Runtime - 9:51

Hope you enjoy this selection. Definitely not the 10 greatest videos, just the ones that I've connected the most with personally.

And IF you'd like to see them all in a row (as mentioned at the top of the post), you can do so at this playlist below.

What are some of your favorite Burning Man videos? Share 'em in the comments below,

- Nexus

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Runes of the Unemployed - Day 1


This is Day 1 of being unemployed for the first time in a while. Thought I'd start a daily reflection using my runes, runes I haven't really consulted/used regularly since college, except to occasionally do a reading.

Anyway, this morning I drew Laguz:

This was particularly relevant:
This Rune often signals a time for cleansing: for revaluing, reorganizing, realigning. A Rune of deep knowing, it may call you to study spiritual matters in readines for self-transformation. Success now lies in contacting your intuitive wisdom and attuning to your own rhythms.
Have definitely felt disconnected from my rhythms, except occasionally. So maybe this will be a time of incorporating the personal and the professional even more fully than I already have.

Going to keep going with this blog until I draw all 25 runes, or until I figure out what the next step is.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. And, please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

- JR

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

"How to apply decals [on your U-Haul], for Burning Man" video

Yeah...this is a real U-Haul video, on their YouTube Channel, a "How To" to apply decals to their vehicles for Burning Man​.

Honestly, though, good for them. I mean, ultimately it does come down to money. But if that's the case, they've probably received more in fees from damage done by folks covering their logos by any means necessary.

It's probably not only good business for them, but a cheaper alternative than any clean-up fees to fix the damage duct tape can do when removed, after baking on a vehicle in the desert for over a week.

My favorite, though, from the Burning Man section on their website:

"We get it. Your equipment will likely get very dirty throughout the event."

Haha. Phrasing. (And yes, that was an Archer reference).

Anyway, what do you think?

Monday, July 27, 2015

Facebook doesn't like Think With Google Content

So there's this article I think is pretty cool and informative, "Cooking Trends Among Millennials: Welcome to the Digital Kitchen".

I go to share it among my various social profiles, G+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

Except when I get to Facebook, an error message warning appears:

Just in case you can't read that:

But it's the internet, and why such things happen are a mystery to me. So I see if it's an issue with the sharing mechanism on the site, and go to Facebook to paste the link natively.

Surprise, surprise, what do you think happens next?

So, yes, apparently this piece about millennials and the digital kitchen is abusive content for some on Facebook.

I guess my question is why? Have you experienced this with any other content or sites, on Facebook?

Share your own thoughts in the comments,


P.S. If you'd like to read the piece on millennial and the digital kitchen, you can view it here.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Obama, Facebook, and Nicki

Good morning,

No those three don't really have much to do with each other...except that I found them to be the subject of several pieces I read this morning.

Thought I would share here.

Presidents often turn more moderate to make gains in their final years. Think of Bill Clinton's 1997 budget deal, or George W. Bush's 2007 (failed) immigration reform effort, or Ronald Reagan's 1986 tax reforms. Second terms can feel like new presidencies. 
President Obama's increasingly successful second term has been the exception to that rule. It's been a concentrated, and arguably jaded, version of his first term. The candidate who was elected to bring the country together has found he can get more done if he acts alone — and if he lets Congress do the same. 
The unexpected and ingenious strategy of Obama's second term, Ezra Klein, 7/21/15, Vox
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
What do you call a multimillion-dollar, for-profit company that’s run in large part by unpaid or underpaid grunt laborers? A century ago, you might’ve dubbed it robber-barony or sharecropping — if not, you know, outright slavery. 
In 2015, though, we call it the social Web: a glorious dystopia where everybody works for likes — as in, “for free” — while a handful of tech tycoons profit. 
You don’t know it, but you’re working for Facebook. For free., Caitlin Dewey, 7/22/15, Washington Post

Rex/Shutterstock/Guardian montage
“If I was a different ‘kind’ of artist, Anaconda would be nominated for best choreo and vid of the year”. And there, in a single tweet on Tuesday, rapper Nicki Minaj kicked off a conversation about race, feminism, and the music industry that might have been ignored had it not been derailed by the planet’s biggest pop star, Taylor Swift. 
The Nicki Minaj debate is bigger than Taylor Swift's ego, Nosheen Iqbal, 7/22/15, The Guardian
Anyway, that's it for this morning. Curious what you might think about any of these. Share your thoughts in the comments,

JR aka Nexus