Herzog continues: "There was a roar of disgust against me so I shouted, 'Happy New Year losers!'
Lars: Well, we try to *do* thing. And surprisingly often you become a badass by just trying to do things
Jacob: Blablabla. You DO stuff some of us are merely talking about. Soon though, we’ll join the ranks.
Mike: Jacob - - tell us one specific badass-y thing our Swedish Humanities brothers and sisters have done that you admire.
Jacob: They have aggregated 4.2 million objects from 40 ors, content that is available through their open API - - BOOM!
Jacob: Lars, tell him how many objects you have delivered to Europeana - it’s like 100 times more than DK [Denmark] have.
Jacob: And Lars, tell Michael how many views you’ve had on Flickr…
Mike Lydon on Embracing Impermanence:
“We’re seeing a lot of these things emerge for three reasons,” Lydon continues. “One, the economy. People have to be more creative about getting things done. Two, the Internet. Even four or five years ago we couldn’t share tactics and techniques via YouTube or Facebook. Something can happen randomly in Dallas and now we can hear about it right away. This is feeding into this idea of growth, of bi-coastal competition between New York and San Francisco, say, about who does the cooler, better things. And three, demographic shifts. Urban neighborhoods are gentrifying, changing. They’re bringing in people looking to improve neighborhoods themselves. People are smart and engaged and working a 40-hour week. But they have enough spare time to get involved and this seems like a natural step.”
via New York Times: It’s Time to re think ‘temporary’, December 19, 2011
I love incremental improvement, but, as Kathy points out, if that Big Frikin’ Wall is there, incremental improvement ain’t going to make it go away.