Are Wearables a Bit Creepy?

To those excited about the potential of the iWatch I ask: Have you really thought through th e implications of “wearable computers“?

I met an NSA-contractor type who was very excited about the possibility of scraping data when wearable devices connected to Internet. This video from OMSignal will give you an idea of the kind of information that can (and no doubt will) be collected.

I see the personal value in monitoring health data, but I worry about who has access and how it gets used. It’s all a bit creepy in my book.

If Google’s in your home with Nest, in your head with Glass and in your pocket with Android, can there be any mystery in your life?

TL;DR

“Too long, didn’t read.”

We’ve all felt it, whether we verbalized it or not. As people read less and less, we all have to resist the temptation to drone on and on.

Fast Company has pulled together a helpful guide that identifies the “proven ideal length of every Tweet, Facebook post and headline.” A few nuggets:

Such economy of words.

It makes one relish the sentiment variously attributed to Mark Twain, George Bernard Shaw, Voltaire, Blaise Pascal, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Winston Churchill, Pliny the Younger, Cato, Cicero, Bill Clinton, and Benjamin Franklin.

Forgive the length of this letter, but I did not have time to make it shorter.

Healthy Skepticism Required

Though quote is often mistakenly attributed to Julius Caesar, the wisdom therein is indisputable.

“Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind.

And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind is closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all their rights unto the leader and gladly so.

How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.”

A “Complicated” Walk

Twenty Feet From Stardom is an amazing documentary that tells the stories of several “unheralded” back-up singers, who, in many cases, provided the firepower to turn a catchy-song into triple-platinum hit.  (Think “Gimme Shelter.”)

Like so many true stories, the layers of meaning and insight run deep. The ladies featured in this film, each incredibly talented, took a shot at being a lead singer. The film explores the question: What is it that separates the “star” from the supporting player?

As Bruce Springsteen says in the film, “The walk to the front of the stage is… complicated.”