Apprentice is no Survivor

[via Scoble’s experimental feed + Dylan Greene]

Some interesting Apprentice info:

  • The board room is on the same floor as their swank apartment.
  • The elevators outside the board room are fake and just lead to another hallway.
  • The young woman who rented the apartment Troy’s team renovated already obtained a lease before the show decided to even renovate that apartment. She received $2000 in free furniture her involvement, and knew that no matter what rent she negotiated for, she’d be paying her original rent.
  • That apartment was empty because the previous occupant jumped out the window a month earlier.

More details: Elevator Rides to Nowhere, from New Yorkish and Reality’s Apprentice, which was written by the person living underneath the renovated apartment and is an interesting read.

Tracked from: Apprentice Watch and Craig Pfeifer’s Maps and Legends.


Natalie Dee cracks me up

I don’t know what it is about child-like drawings with dirty phrases that I find so funny… but I do… very much.

[via Natalie Dee]


Computer suck or the future is bright

Larry O’Brien has a rant about a SCUBA dive computer failing on him and makes a great point about where we are in the history of computing.

Here’s my point: computers suck. They’re unreliable, expensive, difficult to use, incomprehensible when functioning, and utterly useless when they fail. I’ve never had a pressure gauge fail on me. I’ve never had a depth gauge fail on me. Such things happen with analog gauges, but I wager the rate of computer failures to analog failures is hundreds if not thousands to one. Every time someone talks about lack of innovation or “Where are computers going?” we should keep this in mind: computers are nothing, nothing, compared to what they should, and will, become.

We are marking notches into clay tablets and wondering if innovation in writing is dead. Virtually the entire history of computers lies before us: we exist in a footnote between Alan Turing and God-Knows-Who. Today’s hardware is crap. Today’s software is crap. Today’s tools to build software are crap. Let’s change that.

Bill Gates has a quote: “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.”

*Bonus old/funny picture of Bill



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