Psychologists tell us that we can only see one thing at a time. So when we see a woman wearing a bikini, we see just that. Even when that bikini is just painted on. Errr … until we know that it is just skin paint. Then we see, well, a nude lady. And this funny tromp de l’oeil is what makes models posing in body paint so entertaining. So is this lady nude or not?
She is and she is not depending on what you want to see. There is plenty more where that came from.
The funny thing here is that we don’t seem to have a word for what is going on. Is it fashion? Is it porn? Is it art? Beats me!
Ok. Here is the story. Apple unleashed a new product a few weeks ago called “apple pay”. With this product, folks can pay for stuff with their smart phones. No cash, no cards, just push a button near the cash register. Cool.
Here is the thing. Some big, big retailers don’t like it. Like Walmart and VCS. Who not? Because there is a problem with apple pay. Not a problem for the customer — but for them. Apple pay will not give them access to data about the buyer that they want to control. So these big retailers have started to block it.
so far so good. But what do they say about why they are blocking it? They say that they have their own system. And here is where things get fun. Is this system any better for you? Apple has this comment about the system that Walmart and CVS want you to use.
What was the early viking era all about? No one really knows. But it is clear that the origin of viking culture is more complex than you might think. so this news about a burial site after a major early viking battle is interesting.
Today we do day 3 of our Negotiation Skills Building Course, so sadly there will be fewer posts here. Back tomorrow!
In the meantime, consider that agreements are the engines of connection. So what? Connecting is how we power creativity in this wild new century! And negotiating gets us to agreement.
I know that some folks are not into this, but it is striking that Fred Wilson reports around $5 billion has been invested in building bitcoin infrastructure so far, and that amount is growing fast.
Is it going to get flushed down the toilet, or is bitcoin actually going somewhere? A lot depends on bitcoin developing more uses (so that it is less an oddball geeky thing and more mainstream). To get there, bitcoin has to deal with its competitors — other blockchain ideas to create niche currencies for more narrow uses.
But what if these uses could be fit into the bitcoin ecology? Fred thinks they might with a technology called “sidechain”. he writes
Bitcoin would essentially become the reserve currency of the entire cryptocurrency sector and there would be a host of sidechains and currencies that are pegged to it. This would allow a ton of innovation to happen around Bitcoin without requiring a lot of change to the underlying Bitcoin system. Which seems sort of ideal given how much money ($5bn at current prices) is at stake now.
UPDATE – A few days after I posted the above, I saw this update on sidechains. We should keep in mind that
Getting a cryptocurrency to critical scale is a tough process. Even Bitcoin itself is no more than 1-5% of the way there, and alt-coins are nowhere close to being ready…
The level of creativity here is striking
The German-based street art duo Zebrating offer an awesome mix of perspective and anamorphic graffiti by decorating railings with stunning murals that can only be seen from certain angles.
Budapest is a great city. And it is a pretty big city. And it is a bit different than a lot of other European capitals. For one thing — at least these days — it is a city full of expats. Here are a few tips if you are itching to join this crowd Enjoy!