New York Systems

I'm David. I live in Astoria. During the day I work at a startup. Other times I visit bookstores.
This blog is my curio collection, sort of. I'll have a place of my own for essays... someday.

Posts tagged #the new york times

“Fail better,” Samuel Beckett commanded, a phrase that has been taken on by business executives as some kind of ersatz wisdom. They have missed the point completely. Beckett didn’t mean failure-on-the-way-to-delayed-success, which is what the FailCon crowd thinks he meant. To fail better, to fail gracefully and with composure, is so essential because there’s no such thing as success. It’s failure all the way down.
Those are popular sorts of questions to ask, even though the real answers are boring: “Publish the news.” “No one, or possibly someone with a lot of money.” “Publish the news.”
And these days, it’s not just reporters and editors that newspapers need to stay competitive, but far more costly software engineers. The Times needs the resources to exploit the data generated by Times users and to increase digital advertising revenue through search and targeted ad placement. “The New York Times would be very attractive to a Google,” said Scott Hemphill, a professor at Columbia Law School who specializes in intellectual property and antitrust law. And Google should be attractive to The Times, he said, since “The Times can never replicate Google’s scale and experience in advertising technology.” A newspaper, Professor Hemphill said, “is a natural partner for a Google, even more than for Amazon.” Other nontraditional potential partners might be Facebook, Microsoft or Yahoo, he added.

Practiced political observers in the city generally seem to agree that Mr. de Blasio is the most intelligent and informed candidate in the field — shrewd, capable, but unlikely to win. One reason offered is that he is a white, non-Jewish male in a city where the predominant voting blocs are blacks, Jews and women.

The longtime political consultant George Arzt, who handled Mr. de Blasio’s successful race for public advocate but is unaffiliated with any mayoral campaign, argued that Mr. de Blasio had “made no rationale for his candidacy.” But his message about the corrosive forces of economic and social inequality has been the clearest and most consistent of any offered by a candidate so far, and his proposals to deal with it, the most substantive.

The New York Times takes a firm stance on the possibilities.

From New Age cocoons and backyard playthings of the rich to public installations made from the wood of hurricane-felled trees to contemporary art objects that you can buy along with your Richters and Oldenburgs, human nests are having a bit of a moment.

You don’t say. 


I’ve been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past ten years. You have like, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Nicolas Ghesquière, Anna Wintour, David Stern.
I’ve often thought that the single most devastating cyberattack a diabolical and anarchic mind could design would not be on the military or financial sector but simply to simultaneously make every e-mail and text ever sent universally public. It would be like suddenly subtracting the strong nuclear force from the universe; the fabric of society would instantly evaporate, every marriage, friendship and business partnership dissolved. Civilization, which is held together by a fragile web of tactful phrasing, polite omissions and white lies, would collapse in an apocalypse of bitter recriminations and weeping, breakups and fistfights, divorces and bankruptcies, scandals and resignations, blood feuds, litigation, wholesale slaughter in the streets and lingering ill will.