Something that @kaigani tweeted a couple of days stuck with me. Basically, new Ping Pong staff wear t-shirts that announce that they are new. I agree with Kai, this is something I'd like to see a lot more of.
I normally keep this a football free zone because, well football banter goes best with alcohol and pubs. But I just need to get this off my chest.
The argument against technological assistance in football is apparently a question of 'where will it end?', i.e. it's a fast paced game and we don't want stops every five minutes. It seems obvious to me that only contentious goals should be reviewed. It wouldn't hold the game up that much (look at how quickly they showed the replay of the Tevez offside last night).
Decisions going against you - free kicks, etc is part of the game. Even if the opposing team score off an unfairly given free kick - I'd maybe even stretch to penalty - you have a chance to defend it.
Anyway, this obviously isn't going to happen, becuase Sepp Blatter is a corrupt toad.
And on the subject of England. Sigh. We're only going to win something when we play like a team. Which isn't really going to happen while certain players have over inflated opinions of themselves (i.e. think they play intelligently). Which isn't going to happen while the Premiership and the media over inflate their egos. So, we're not really going to win anything for the forseeable future. Oh well. India might qualify in about 50 years.
So last night I missed a world cup game to go to the Intelligence2 Mountain Festival, and actually I'm really glad I did. It's really nice to go and dip into a world that you're not part of, listen to their issues and be confused about what the hell is going on. I think all the panel and speakers had climbed Everest, but at different points in history. Like it was interesting to find out that viola-players are the outsiders in the orchestram, it was interesting to hear the insider gossip from the mountaineering world.
As always, some random bits, in bullet points:
The reasons why people do stuff like scale mountains: the opportunity to explore human greatness. I liked that.
"The immensity of these aerial summits excited when they suddenly burst
upon the sight, a sentiment of extatic wonder, not unallied to madness." Shelley, on Mont Blanc.
From an essay, 'Murder of the Impossible', by Reinhold Messer, the idea that with every frontier crossed we limit what is possible for future generations.
People used to climb mountains in tweed.
Answer to 'why do you climb mountains' by Doug Scott: "Because I get grumpy when I don't"
"Why is it that humans are affected by the nature/the great outdoors? We're all lifted by being out in the wilderness." Doug Scott, I think, but it's a question I've often thought about.
Part of the attraction of 8,ooo ft+ mountains is that even if you've never done something like that, 'there's a familiar taste about it'.
People who live in the mountains don't need adventure because it's there all the time. We've removed risk from our lives, turned our back on natural existance and moved to technology - no wonder we seek out adventure.
Part of the debate was about whether Everest has become too touristy.
Apparently there are guide ropes to get to you to the summit and over
3,000 people have 'summited'. One of the guys on the panel, Kendal Cool, runs a service where he guides commercial expeditions to the summit of Everest, which the old guys were against ('you have to be resourceful and imaginative if there is no guide'). The elitist-democratic debate over the highest point in the world...
'Adventure is when planning goes wrong' - Rebecca Stephens.
The description of the sun rising over Tibet at 4:25 and being in the shadow of Everest was pretty immense.
That humans can be quite calm in the face of death - Doug Scott talked about being in an avalanche.
Two things struck me following the evening. One, how awesome nature is. The risk and unpredictablility of those sort of ventures is part of the attraction. Two, and someone explicitly mentioned this later on, is that humans are conditioned for optimism. Which is probably a big factor in why we attempt stuff like this in the first place.
I picked up a flyer for a similar thing in November, it looks quite interesting, I might go...
And some guy (Peter Baily I think) made a joke about being bitten by yaks. I want to know if they really do bite.
I read somewhere the other day how amazing it is that Apple have a core base of customers so dedicated that, in essence, they (the customers) pay for the privilege of testing Apple's products without diminishing their likelihood to buy the brand again (think of anyone who's bought a 1st generation Apple product vs. someone who's Dell laptop broke). You have to admire the strength of a brand that can do that. I tip my hat.
It got me thinking about fanboys, and which companies in the world actually have proper ones - as in people who treat brands like family members - i.e. I can critisize them, but you can't, people who would defend their brand against all competitors and allcomes, who find it hard to concede that their competitors could even have a sliver of positivity around them.
I could only really think of Apple and Nike (and maybe Nokia if you count @Whatleydude). The two brands that make it into 93.4% of case study decks - usually together (I never, never want to see Nike+ in a presentation again).
Both Nike and Apple have a Sith counterpart (Microsoft and Adidas), who they make more money than but end up being seen more revolutionary than. Ah, the power of communications at work. Now I think about it both Microsoft and Adidas have fanboys too, but I wonder if they are a result of/reaction to the fervent Apple/Nike fanboys? As in, listening to someone steamroller a conversation about how shit your choice was makes you get up and defend your choice?
While fanboys and girls don't really exist in massive numbers, they do make an awful lot of noise, especially online, so their comments do probably help form the opinions of normal people, who haven't really thought about it that much.
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