Knowledge · Rise of the Machines · Technology

What You Get in a Smart Phone

Peter Diamandis, in his amazing book “Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think” and then again in “Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World” has a fun snippet looking at the cost of common smart phone technologies (applications) when they were first brought to large-scale market. On his list he has:… Continue reading What You Get in a Smart Phone

Knowledge · Listicles

All Things Obsoleted by the Internet

Just a list of things obsoleted by the Internet. Pretty amazing if you think about it. Time, i.e. the number you would call to hear a recording say “At the tone, the time is…” Phone books (e.g. Yellow Pages) The Dewey decimal system Video rental stores (e.g. Blockbuster) Encyclopedias and dictionaries Fax machines Letters/snail mail… Continue reading All Things Obsoleted by the Internet

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Are Hummingbirds the Only Birds that Can Fly Backwards?

Nope. See, for example: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Acadian_Flycatcher/lifehistory This falsehood was started by the Trivial Pursuit game I believe, and seems to have entered popular culture (e.g. “Assembling the Wreckage” by Kevin Fisher p. 109). For me, this is another example of the importance of critical thinking and always challenging the dominant paradigm.