Posts Tagged ‘downturn’

Friday Night Party Line #40.

April 2, 2009

This was recorded on 2/13/2009 and features David, Kelly, Jason & Thaed.

–Economic down-turn and Open Source.  Will it help or hurt?

–(From David)  “The big things don’t love you back.  They take and take, and never give in return.  They’ll drain your blood, your soul, and never let you go.”  The Postman by David Brin.

–If your lifestyle uses a lot of gas and electricity, but you can afford it, should you change your lifestyle to conserve energy? Say you like driving Hummers, your house costs a fortune to heat and you run a hot tub year round. But you have the money, so it has no impact on you financially?  Is this wrong?

–In his book “Brain Rules” John Medina advocates putting treadmills in the classroom because exercise improves mental acuity.  He believes ancient humans walked 12 miles a day and we should too.  Is this
workable?

–Contests held to improve technology dates back to contests in England to see who could design the best locomotive.  Now, we have DARPA prizes, the X-Prize and a host of others.  Should there be a prize for every single societal problem?  Should we have a cure malaria prize?  A stop homelessness prize?

–(From Jason) Big corporations are using viral media like “leaked videos” (which are actually produced) like the Kobe Bryant kiddie pool dunk video from Nike and the “fake” music videos which pretend to be indie but are actually backed by a major record label.  Are major commercial and advertising studios intimidated by the amateur video & audio movement?

–Ask the economist.Direct download: FNPL_40_final.mp3

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