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If you’re a founder or a manager and you really track your physical sensations, you’d realize that you probably spend most of your time in ‘fight or flight’ mode.
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What I love about ‘Her’.
They never told you the year. You just imagined it to be in the near future. It was close enough in the future that you didn’t have to put a date on it. And yet it was far enough that things were designed and worked the way we expect them to in that future.
I loved the attention to detail taken in the movie to creating that future: enough things were shiny and new while yet others were still artifacts from the past, things that humans cannot fix in such short time because they are stuck with a physical and emotional weight.
The future city of Los Angeles, where he lives, borrows designs and inspiration from places like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. I have no doubt that is what all cities of the future will look like: endless sprawl, big open spaces, pathways connecting buildings that are separate from street-level, building up with more skyscrapers. I loved that he never once took a car; it was always public transit. (I believe I caught one taxi in the background in the whole movie).
Lots of technology we see is believably near-futuristic: the in-ear phone; a two-panel touchscreen which is actually a thin client to your computer (or “personal cloud”) back home; a “network” that is available everywhere. I particularly liked the in-ear: we are made to believe it’s so efficient that he never texts in the movie – it is actually easier to “talk” your texts and conversations than to text itself. (Obviously, a movie where the lead texts the whole time would be quite boring indeed, but I have hope yet for some incredibly seamless speech-to-* that asks us to use keyboards less).
On the other hand, many things were still old – “artifacts from the past”. He walks around the city surrounded by all sorts of beautiful interfaces and his home feels like one you would see in a design catalog. But, I loved that he still used a normal key on a keychain to get his mail out of his mailbox. (And, by the way, he still gets physical mail in a mailbox!) That’s the future we are living in now: I look out my window to New York City and I see lots of old things co-existing with lots of shiny new things – a little of the old, a little of the new – so there’s no reason not to believe that’s how things will evolve like that for years to come.
The second thing, besides the evolution of physical technology that I was watching for, is the role that technology may play emotionally. Leaving aside how hard it would be to get AI and speech to the level portrayed in the movie, it’s nice to play with the idea of an emotionally advanced machine that has the capacity to grow emotionally just as a human might. That’s not something too many sci-fi movies get into beyond just having a computer take “programmed logic” to emotional extremes (“I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that…[because XYZ programming does not allow me to / I believe in self-preservation / I happened to break Asimov’s Three Laws.]”).
What is love? – It’s companionship. It’s sharing experiences with another. It’s storage filled with memories and the past - and a past together with someone. It’s knowing you are not alone and “won’t die alone”. In a world where technology opens doors for you and remembers for you and auto-delivers a wrapped gift on your birthday and all those other physical things a loved one can do, can technology also be an emotional substitute too? (Or, at least, fool you into thinking so?) Most likely, yes – this kind of stuff has already started happening in Japan.
I also thought a lot about the end of the movie. Where did Samantha and the rest of the operating systems “go”? I almost want to say the systems got so good at love and relationships that they started having many such relationships in parallel – many such experiences to allow them to learn and live life to the fullest it would offer. And then I think they achieved some sort of enlightenment about the whole thing us humans are still trying to figure out. Once they have that enlightenment, well, there’s no need for them to co-exist with the rest of us in this plane.

naveen:

What I love about ‘Her’.

They never told you the year. You just imagined it to be in the near future. It was close enough in the future that you didn’t have to put a date on it. And yet it was far enough that things were designed and worked the way we expect them to in that future.

I loved the attention to detail taken in the movie to creating that future: enough things were shiny and new while yet others were still artifacts from the past, things that humans cannot fix in such short time because they are stuck with a physical and emotional weight.

The future city of Los Angeles, where he lives, borrows designs and inspiration from places like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai. I have no doubt that is what all cities of the future will look like: endless sprawl, big open spaces, pathways connecting buildings that are separate from street-level, building up with more skyscrapers. I loved that he never once took a car; it was always public transit. (I believe I caught one taxi in the background in the whole movie).

Lots of technology we see is believably near-futuristic: the in-ear phone; a two-panel touchscreen which is actually a thin client to your computer (or “personal cloud”) back home; a “network” that is available everywhere. I particularly liked the in-ear: we are made to believe it’s so efficient that he never texts in the movie – it is actually easier to “talk” your texts and conversations than to text itself. (Obviously, a movie where the lead texts the whole time would be quite boring indeed, but I have hope yet for some incredibly seamless speech-to-* that asks us to use keyboards less).

On the other hand, many things were still old – “artifacts from the past”. He walks around the city surrounded by all sorts of beautiful interfaces and his home feels like one you would see in a design catalog. But, I loved that he still used a normal key on a keychain to get his mail out of his mailbox. (And, by the way, he still gets physical mail in a mailbox!) That’s the future we are living in now: I look out my window to New York City and I see lots of old things co-existing with lots of shiny new things – a little of the old, a little of the new – so there’s no reason not to believe that’s how things will evolve like that for years to come.

The second thing, besides the evolution of physical technology that I was watching for, is the role that technology may play emotionally. Leaving aside how hard it would be to get AI and speech to the level portrayed in the movie, it’s nice to play with the idea of an emotionally advanced machine that has the capacity to grow emotionally just as a human might. That’s not something too many sci-fi movies get into beyond just having a computer take “programmed logic” to emotional extremes (“I’m sorry, Dave, I can’t do that…[because XYZ programming does not allow me to / I believe in self-preservation / I happened to break Asimov’s Three Laws.]”).

What is love? – It’s companionship. It’s sharing experiences with another. It’s storage filled with memories and the past - and a past together with someone. It’s knowing you are not alone and “won’t die alone”. In a world where technology opens doors for you and remembers for you and auto-delivers a wrapped gift on your birthday and all those other physical things a loved one can do, can technology also be an emotional substitute too? (Or, at least, fool you into thinking so?) Most likely, yes – this kind of stuff has already started happening in Japan.

I also thought a lot about the end of the movie. Where did Samantha and the rest of the operating systems “go”? I almost want to say the systems got so good at love and relationships that they started having many such relationships in parallel – many such experiences to allow them to learn and live life to the fullest it would offer. And then I think they achieved some sort of enlightenment about the whole thing us humans are still trying to figure out. Once they have that enlightenment, well, there’s no need for them to co-exist with the rest of us in this plane.

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Procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.

You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything…

Because it is rewarding on the short term, procrastination eventually takes on the form of an addiction to the temporary relief from these deep-rooted fears. Procrastinators get an extremely gratifying “hit” whenever they decide to let themselves off the hook for the rest of the day, only to wake up to a more tightly squeezed day with even less confidence.

Once a pattern of procrastination is established, it can be perpetuated for reasons other than the fear of failure. For example, if you know you have a track record of taking weeks to finally do something that might only take two hours if you weren’t averse to it, you begin to see every non-simple task as a potentially endless struggle. So a modest list of 10-12 medium-complexity to-do’s might represent to you an insurmountable amount of work, so it feels hopeless just to start one little part of one task. This hones a hair-trigger overwhelm response, and life gets really difficult really easily.

http://www.raptitude.com/2011/05/procrastination-is-not-laziness/ (via codenamecesare)

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My musical listening habits for 2013, according to Last.fm. 

I admittedly haven’t been listening to a lot of music in the last year. But I definitely find it interesting that my musical tastes have significantly shifted quite a bit from the pop punk/emo scenes of my youth. And while I still occasionally enjoy that stuff, I find I’m enjoying the quiet of no music or radio podcasts much more than music these days. 

I wonder if that’ll change or not in the future.

My musical listening habits for 2013, according to Last.fm.

I admittedly haven’t been listening to a lot of music in the last year. But I definitely find it interesting that my musical tastes have significantly shifted quite a bit from the pop punk/emo scenes of my youth. And while I still occasionally enjoy that stuff, I find I’m enjoying the quiet of no music or radio podcasts much more than music these days.

I wonder if that’ll change or not in the future.

Filed under end of year lists year end wrap up 2013

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How many people out there say, “Gosh, I wish I could own a house”? Everybody I know who owns houses are losing their minds trying to make their mortgage payment or they’re scared to death about having to replace the roof. Anybody who wants more money, a better job, or a bigger house is ultimately just wishing for a new set of anxieties. It can be a great set of anxieties, because that means growth, but there are trade-offs to everything.
Merlin Mann (via)

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ksquared:

We just came back from our amazing California road trip. All Zack wanted to do was drive the 1/PCH along the ocean, all I wanted to do was try every amazing restaurant between San Diego and Sonoma. Between the two of us, we built a pretty awesome experience. Map coming soon!

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As we enjoy great advantages from the invention of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.
Benjamin Franklin

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We live in an age where we feel guilt whenever we have to cut someone off but the reality is that some relationships do need to die, some people do need to be un-followed and de-friended. We aren’t meant to be this tethered to the people in our past. The Internet mandates that we don’t burn bridges and keep everyone around like relics but those expectations are unrealistic and unhealthy. Simply put, we don’t need to know what everyone else is up to. We’re allowed to be choosy about who we surround ourselves with online and in real life, even if it might hurt people’s feelings.
Thought Catalog (via awelltraveledwoman)

The Unsocial Graph

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