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The Aphrodisiac of the Future?

From the Supernova Blog -

In 1997, Linda Stone  coined the phrase continuous partial attention. Continuous partial attention is motivated by desire not to miss opportunities. "We feel alive when busy and connected to others...but we are overstimulated, overwhelmed, and unfulfilled..." Stone noted that  "email free Fridays" are becoming a trend, and that "another aspect of email is we don't make decisions anymore."  Continuous partial attention is not motivated by productivity but by the desire to be connected. ADD is a dysfunctional version of it. There is a craving for protection, sense of belonging. The aphrodisiac of the future will be full attention.

Continuous partial attention - hmmmmmmmmm.


Eminent Domain Redefined by the High Court

Private property rights took a big hit today courtesy of the US Supreme Court.

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Another critical 5-4 decision, this action underscores the delicate balance on the court and the importance of the next nominees.  Souter, Bader-Ginsberg, Stevens, Kennedy and Breyer decided that the Constitutional term "public use" (5th amendment) should be redefined as "public purpose."  So once again, those who have sworn an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution have rewritten it to the favor of government power over individual rights.

It used to be that a public use was something like a highway, a school, a fire station, etc.  Now, under this ruling, cities can condemn property, pay the owners a "fair market" price, and resell the property to a private developer.  Have you ever noticed that the fair market price of anything seems to go down if you have to sell? 

Here's the justification.  The new development will generate more tax dollars and while that does not constitute a public USE, it can be construed to constitute a public PURPOSE.  So the Constitution, which clearly says public use, has been rewritten by activist jurists.  Many companies like Costco have used eminent domain to acquire property from unwilling owners frequently over the years. They must be celebrating tonight.

If you're thinking, "So, government tax revenues are more important than individual private property rights?" - you are correct.  It's not right, but it's now the law.  So your church building, which produces no significant tax revenue for the government, can be condemned in favor of a developer who wants to build a tax producing project.  And, this is in the public interest?

And your home, if in the way of a greedy developer and a greedy government, is history.  You can own property now as long as the government gives you permission to do so.

The Bill of Rights was designed specifically to limit the power of government.  And our nation's founders realized the importance of private property rights to check the power of overly voracious governments at all levels.  The court took a big-ass bite out of those rights today.

I'm a bit torqued.


Microsoft Recruiting Paid Bloggers

From Online Media Daily -

MICROSOFT'S MSN RECENTLY PUT OUT a call for paid bloggers to write and edit Web sites about five broad topics: fashion/food/style, music, sports, technology, and television. The MSN recruiting ads began appearing on various journalism career sites such as Mediabistro.com and JournalismJobs.com late last week. The ads sought editors to write and produce between 5 and 10 blog posts a day; review user submissions; and monitor comments and feedback.

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One in 10 Ads Could Be Skipped by 2009

From the Wall Street Journal -

"By 2009, some 40% of U.S. homes will have DVR systems such as TiVo and about 10% of TV advertisements may be skipped over as a result, according to a new study by Accenture. At present, about 8% of U.S. homes have DVR technology, which results in about 2% of ads being skipped."

It's not only important how many ads are being skipped, but who are skipping those ads.  If the DVR owners who are skipping the ads (studies show that over 80 % of DVR owners are skipping all the ads when viewing recorded programming) are those who have more disposable income and influence over others in the market place (sneezers), then the loss of effectiveness in TV spot advertising will be well over 10%. 

It has to be troubling for the average advertiser, agency, and broadcast platform.

Other notable findings: 29.6 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds say they use or access blogs; 79.8 percent use instant messaging; 45.3 percent enjoy MP3 devices and iPods; 12.2 percent enjoy satellite radio; 30.6 use picture phones; 58.3 percent employ text messaging; 17 percent use TiVo or ReplayTV; and 44.4 percent access Web radio services.


The End of Time

Thanks to Roy Williams at Wizard Academy for his point to Julian Barbour and some of his writings on The End of Time.   

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Here's a small excerpt -

"My ideas about time all developed from the realization that if nothing were to change we could not say that times passes. Change is primary, time, if it exists at all, is something we deduce from it."

Here's my take on it, admittedly shallow at this point.  Time does not really exist, therefore time is not real.  However, change is real.  Without change we would have no concept of time.  Therefore time (which doesn't really exist) has been "created" in our imaginations from our attempts to understand change.  Here's another excerpt -

"The quantum universe is static. Only timeless Nows exist. The quantum rules give them different probabilities. We experience the most probable Nows as individual instants of time. The appearance of motion and a flow of time are both illusions created by very special structure of the instants that we experience."

It seems that our whole understanding of life is bound by this concept called time.  Nearly everything (including life) has a beginning and an ending.  Our minds are trained to fit everything into a frame where time is a reality.  Because of that it is difficult for us to conceive of an existence where there is no time. 

Every significant thing in life seems to have a time reference attached to it.  If there is no time, how would we change the way we live?  Is the world of physics on the threshold of a great spiritual discovery?