Pharrell’s unironic and unequivocal call to positivity makes it a strange member of the protest music genre, which mostly targets specific injustices. The 1960s is teeming with examples. Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam,” for instance, seethes at the killing of civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the bombing of an Alabama Church. Phil Ochs’ “I Ain’t Marchin’ Anymore” openly criticizes the American military system. And during the early years of the Iraq War, there was a flurry of anti-war, anti-Bush and anti-status quo music — just recall Neil Young’s “Let’s Impeach the President” or Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

But things have been changing for protest music, and “Happy” is a huge shift from even our Bush-era protests. “A lot of the differences between protest music in the ’60s and today mostly have to do with differences in the music industry,” said Jack Hamilton, Slate’s pop critic and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Laboratory for Race and Popular Culture. “It might well be more difficult to release a politically-charged album on a major label than it was in the 1960s, but it’s definitely a lot easier to make politically-charged music and have it reach a large number of people than it’s ever been.”

Projection mapping on moving surfaces by The Creators Project

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We saw the company’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, onstage answering questions from developers. “What’s the best way for me to have a dialogue with 5,000 of my closest developer friends,” he asked. He leads a Microsoft that’s lost much of the swagger and surety it demonstrated for much of the past 20 years, replaced with a mix of humility and confidence. It was the attitude of someone who has gotten punched hard and bloodied, but is still standing. It’s a good look for the company.

“You want to build for Windows,” Nadella argued, “because we are coming at this with a challenger’s mindset.” They are, he said, no longer the incumbent.

The things is, Windows 8 already tried to have the best of all worlds. But it did so on its own terms. It sought to force everyone into its big, flat buckets. It bet too heavily on touch, and in doing so made users who weren’t on touch devices feel left behind and forgotten. It felt disjointed, a touch-first environment not just bolted on to, but also concealing the familiar desktop.

You know, when I was young, we were supposed to join a company, join the office or the academy. It was a very tight society. You had to belong to someplace. I didn’t want to do that, so I became independent as soon as I left college. And it was lonely. But not these days. People graduate and immediately become freelancers. There’s a good and bad side, but I look at the good side. It’s a chance to be free.

Murakami, Look, Here’s America: Part Two : Magazine : This is A Public Space

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” Aldous Huxley

As I celebrate my 1st year anniversary in Indonesia, I can’t help but confess how wrong I was about it before I moved here. You think you know a country through your Google searches but you never really know it until you’ve lived there for more than 3 months. 
Indonesia is filled with richness, with grandiose, generosity, with stories, with history, with future. It’s a country with a very warm heart.

The hour that we spent on a boat off Bunaken in Sulawesi while witnessing over a hundred dolphins emerge as the sun started to rise while I listened to Coke Studio’s music made me realise that I had fallen in love with the country.

Here’s to you.

The darkness of this irony is not hard to see. In the one corner of the American economy defined by its relentless optimism, where the spirit of invention and reinvention reigns supreme, we now have a large and growing class of highly trained, objectively talented, surpassingly ambitious workers who are shunted to the margins, doomed to haunt corporate parking lots and medical waiting rooms, for reasons no one can rationally explain. The consequences are downright depressing.

Commands initiated by hand movements are no Harry Potter fantasy, but a reality found in many homes today. Microsoft’s Kinect interface, the infrared-based system in the Xbox 360 console, enables players to control games solely with body movements.
The most visible example of automotive gesture recognition is the foot-swipe, which will open the rear hatch of a Ford Escape when someone carrying the key fob wags a foot under the rear bumper. Most proposed gestures are obvious enough — hands swiping or pointing, palms facing up or down — but some involve pantomimes like cupping an ear. Coming next are waves, winks and nods that are read by video or infrared cameras and ultrasound sensors.

Sharing your marketing spotlight with makers is one thing. Incorporating the maker culture into your brand can yield even better returns—if it’s the right fit. Liquid Wrench, which has been selling spray lubricants to home DIYers since 1941, decided to embrace the maker movement last year to reach a new generation of hobbyists and amateur mechanics. In May, Liquid Wrench launched its Tinkernation online community and was a sponsor at the 2013 World Maker Faire in Queens, N.Y.

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IT WAS what many Indonesians had waited months to hear. On March 14th Megawati Sukarnoputri, a former president and head of Indonesia’s main opposition party, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), at last anointed Jakarta’s popular governor, Joko Widodo, as her candidate for president. This appears to make Mr Joko, known to all as Jokowi, a shoo-in to succeed Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who is coming to the end of his second and final term as president.