A Year in 12 Posts
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Politics, Science, Art, Web, Business: a curation of 2013 events (and 2012, and 2011)
Curated by Marc Rougier
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Jan 2013: Mozart's back!

Jan 2013: Mozart's back! | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"World number one Magnus Carlsen, 22, from Norway, has made history by overtaking chess legend Gary Kasparov's 12 year ratings record"

Marc Rougier's insight:

This Magnus Carlsen is amazing. Beating a 12 year-old world record at only 22 is a huge achievement (Kasparov was 41 when he set the previous record). Magnus become world #1 at 19.

 

The origins of chess are unclear but the game has been played for about 1500 years. Go was born in China and has been around twice that long. Both are great challenges for computer programmers (in Go, humans still rule, though - but not for long).

 

As strategic games, both chess and go are interesting metaphors for politicsbusiness and even Internet Marketing. Major difference between Go and Chess? In chess you destroy your opponent set position. In go you conquer an empty space.

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Nov 2013: Twitter IPO

Nov 2013: Twitter IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"Twitter started trading on the NYSE at a price of $45.10 a share, which is 73% above the IPO price of $26 that was set by the company "

Marc Rougier's insight:

Huge success (its IPO valued Twitter $30b+). As a multiple of sales, it's more than Facebook. 1600 Twitter's employees will become millionaires and the government pockets $2b+ in taxes.


Some believe that the price is too high, but we at Scoop.it ran a survey [infographics] and found that, relative to its interest to Small and Medium Businesses, Twitter is cheaper than Facebook or LinkedIn! The sure thing is, this simple concept of 140 characters communication changed how we consume information and therefore, the world we live in.


Another mindblowing event in the digital economy this month: Evan Spiegel saying no to Facebook $3B offer for Snapchat


Oh, the photo in this post is not Twitter nor Snapchat related. This is the famous Three Studies of Lucian Freud by Francis Bacon. This November, it sets a new world record price for an art work at an auction, at a mesmerizing $142m.

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Mar 2012: R.I.P. Moebius

Mar 2012: R.I.P. Moebius | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"It's with true sadness that we report on the death of Jean 'Moebius' Giraud, the legendary French comic book artist, illustrator and conceptual designer."

Marc Rougier's insight:

Moebius reach was so wide: US comics, Japanese mangas and even movies (Alien, Tron, The Fifth Element). A creator of universes, a rare artist.


Also in March, Putin's come back. Back to the cold war days, Russia was the bad soviet guy. Now it's more complex: Russia embrassed capitalism but embarasses with its positions on Iran, Syria, democracy.


And if your software crashed with no good reason, you might have an excuse: the biggest solar storm in 5 years. Stronger storms expected in 2013!

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Dec 2012: End of the World

Dec 2012: End of the World | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides in six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined"


By Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times.

Marc Rougier's insight:

December was not the end of the world.


Eventually. The Maya miscalculated. Still, terrible news from Connecticut to Syria. More on coveting freedom here, a curation by Ammar Adulhamid, aka Amarji on Scoop.it and @Tharwacolamus on Twitter.


To make us dream and travel farther: Voyager 1 is reaching the edge of our solar system! Launched in 1977, it's now 18 billions km away from the Sun and its messages take 17h to reach us (at the speed of light...). As far as a human-made device has ever been. And still going!


December also made history in Chess: Magnus Carlsen, the youngest world #1 player, has beaten Kasparov's record rating of 2851. 


Oh, and Psy Gangnam Style hit the 1 billion mark this month! ;-)


Wishing you all freedom, happiness, success and good vibes for 2013.

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Jun 2011: Most Expensive Musical Instrument

"The nonprofit Nippon Foundation has sold a renowned Stradivarius violin for $16 million at a London auction to raise money for tsunami disaster".

Marc Rougier's insight:

Amazing record and beautiful cause.


The Lady Blunt was crafted in 1721 by Antonio Stradivarius and is surprisingly well preserved. Stradivarius' art is still a mystery. Read, watch and listen more about violins of all kinds.

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Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street

Sep 2011: Occupy Wall Street | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it
Marc Rougier's insight:

Ephemeral turmoil or profound revolution? 2011 was a year of serious challenges and legitimate questioning, at least. OWS is now in Moscow.


In September, Las Vegas also hosted the biggest live music event in radio history. Jay-Z, Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, David Guetta and more... an impressive show to promote iHeartRadio, facing tough competition from leader Pandora, which made a huge IPO earlier this year.

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Oct 2013: The Wild Side

Marc Rougier's insight:

Cult rock singer and guitarist Lou Reed died at 71. Listen again to this great song "a walk on the wild side" (1972).


Also in October, the USA experienced a government shut down. Failure by the congress to pass budget bill for fiscal year 2014 lead to about 2 millions employees not being paid for 16 days.


And still in October, special mention to Criteo's IPO! One of the best IPO of any European tech company ever, and a huge success for the French tech scene. Hopefully, the beginning of a trend! Congratz!

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Feb 2012: The Artist

Feb 2012: The Artist | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

"The Artist, a love letter to Hollywood, got hugs, kisses and the best-picture Oscar"  - The New York Times

Marc Rougier's insight:

5 Oscar, including best actor for Jean Dujardin. And first best-picture award for a silent film since first ceremony in 1929. A Touching film, with daring choices (black and white, silent) and great actors. And also probably a superb marketing campain.


Google get clearance for its $12.5B bid on Motorola. Seems to me like Google went into mobile just yesterday. The pace at which the mobile world is reshaping is amazing ; the Android v. Apple battle is epic.


And for the geekiest : IBM getting closer to Quantum Computing! (can someone please explain this ?).

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May 2012: Facebook IPO

May 2012: Facebook IPO | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

1. Too late. Facebook's shares have been dead in the water for the last 12 months. Private investors had already bid up Facebook to a $100 billion value a year ago.


2. Mark Zuckerberg’s disdain for investors.


"7 Reasons Why Facebook IPO Was A Bust" - R. Karlgaard, Forbes.

Marc Rougier's insight:

Facebook IPO was huge: more than $100B valuation (record for a newly public company) and raising $16B (the 3rd biggest amount in a US IPO)!


However it was not as smooth as planned and the shares went from a high of 45 to a low of 18 in less than 5 months. Things are going better now, with mobile monetization taking off.


And you? How many hours per day on FB? Do you have friends leaving FB? Do you see more effective F-commerce? Do you like the latest UI?


Oh! Why this pic, "the Scream" by E. Munch? It was sold for $120M this month, a new world record for any work of art at auction. Absolute record is hold by "Les joueurs de carte" de P. Cezanne ($250M).

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gbeuvelot's comment, January 13, 2013 5:52 PM
Fine Arts could be one of the next "Bubble" in worldwide.
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Apr 2011: Indian Wins World Cup

Marc Rougier's insight:

I don't get cricket. But a sport which is the ancestor of baseball and which new master is a country four times more populated than the US (and growing to soon surpass China) should deserve our attention ;-) Congrats India!


Also in April, U2 broke the Rolling Stone's record for highest-grossing tour ever ($700m). Who's seen it?

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Jul 2011: Deathly Hallows

Marc Rougier's insight:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, huge success: best opening week-end of any movie, third grossing movie (more than $1 Billion!) of all time (Avatar still #1).

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Nov 2011: Time to think about Time

Nov 2011: Time to think about Time | A Year in 12 Posts | Scoop.it

11/11/11 --- 11:11:11

A once in a life time clock display :) Let's think about time.

Marc Rougier's insight:

An interesting artwork: 24x60 clips curated from many movies into a 24h video clock, by Christian Marclay.


Here is a brief version of "A brief history of time" by Stephen W. Hawking.


And time inspires speed. November was also the Milan Motorbike Show where the Ducati Panigale was acclaimed as most beautiful bike. Difficult to resist. Hhmm I'm weak...


Oh! And we launched Scoop.it Business in November. The super brief history of Scoop.it in three videos:

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