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Man Buys 10.000 Undeveloped Negatives At a Local Auction and Discovers One of The Most Important Street Photographers of the Mid 20th Century - WebBurgr.com

Man Buys 10.000 Undeveloped Negatives At a Local Auction and Discovers One of The Most Important Street Photographers of the Mid 20th Century - WebBurgr.com | cultural learnings made great | Scoop.it
Imagine this : perhaps the most important street photographer of the twentieth century was a nanny who kept everything to herself. Nobody
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A fantastic story for the personal interest at the same time as a great boon for art and photography. These are up there with the best of 'em; and there 10,000 of them left to see - the documentary should be good, and I hope an online exhibition one day. 

 

But I don't think the question "What else was she hiding?" is relevant - as though this isn't enough, for goddamm chrissakes? You want another 10,000 already?? Maybe a moider in the foist degree? Sheesh

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This column will change your life: the truth about inefficiency

This column will change your life: the truth about inefficiency | cultural learnings made great | Scoop.it
'You don't procrastinate, or miss appointments, or fail to communicate with your spouse because you're an idiot who doesn't realise there's a better way,' Oliver Burkeman says.
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Very true, and probably an indication of how complexity theory overlaps with subjectivity?

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Alexis Valencia Zuluaga's curator insight, August 25, 1:05 AM
a problem that shares many people regardless of race or nationality is procrastination. If people do not we let the important things to the end, we would achieve much more than we hopefully procrastinating.
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Kaltura Video Platform | Video Platform Deployment Options

Kaltura Video Platform | Video Platform Deployment Options | cultural learnings made great | Scoop.it
Kaltura is the world's first Open Source Online Video Platform, providing software and services for video publishing, management, syndication and monetization. Start your free trial today!
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This looks like one of the best option for school video management that I have seen, especially since it's open source and there is a free option for deployment on your own servers. Of course, you might want to use a cloud service for better performance.
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Saudi Arabians in 'sidewalk skiing' craze – video

Motorists in Saudi Arabia demonstrate a new trend of driving cars using only two wheels
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I would have put this into the category of "the one finger hand stand" (see the old monk do that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3ubr1Z372Y), except that this looks slightly more believable. Still checking though...

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On leaving the Guardian

On leaving the Guardian | cultural learnings made great | Scoop.it
Glenn Greenwald: Reporting the NSA story hasn't been easy, but it's always been fulfilling. It's what journalism at its crux is about, and we must protect that
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A new media organisation being set up by the journalist who brought you the Edward Snowden saga, exposing the extent of the modern surveillance state.

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Julia Gillard writes on power, purpose and Labor’s future

Julia Gillard writes on power, purpose and Labor’s future | cultural learnings made great | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Australia's former prime minister breaks her silence, writing exclusively for Guardian Australia on her legacy, her hopes for a new Labor leader … and the pain of losing power
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Proof that Julia Gillard, under the broad monotonous Strine and apparent lack of media skills, has plenty of statesmanship, brains, heart. The logical response is "Julia for Leader".

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How to Get a Job

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The rules have changed in today’s labor market. More employers care about whether a worker can add value, not where a college degree was earned.
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This article discusses one of the most obvious factors of today's increasingly opaque job market, and by implication, economy. 

A couple of points interest me - one: the growing divide between the perspective of the employer and employee, and two: the falling standards of traditional literacy skills ("even for graduates of Stanford and Harvard").

 

The main points to be stated are that employers are solely concerned with whether the unknown quantity called the applicant can simply "add value". This inevitably reduces to a search for entrepreneurial traits and abilities.

 

My take is the following: the difference between this model and the traditional understanding is that, traditionally, the relationship between employer and employee was forged in a shared 'apprenticeship' of acculturation within the company which 'stood for' the  values that it was espousing, (no matter how atomistic the actual behaviour of the company). Nowadays, the atomism is much more pronounced, extending to the actual employees, and the value that is to be added is supposed to be instantly translated into commercial return. But such a reduced idea of value means that we are simply going around in circles, and in fact, losing traction while we're doing it.

 

This is reflected by point 2, the lowering literacy quotient of the aspiring work population. This points to a lessening of the quality of communication within the population, which will only make the concept of value even more obscure.  

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, Chinese Netizen Reactions

Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, Chinese Netizen Reactions | cultural learnings made great | Scoop.it
Translated Chinese netizen reactions to a video of the Texas fertilizer plant explosion featured on leading Chinese video sharing hosting website Youku.
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Here is an article from Chinasmack which collects and translates trending topics from the websphere of China. This is a fantastic service for anyone who doesn't speak Chinese (roughly, five sixths of every one) and for that reason alone, is a force for world peace right there!

 

Reading the comments is an education in itself ...

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