I struck up a conversation with him, and he casually mentioned that he was having trouble adjusting to Columbia, due to his “previous situation.” So I asked him to elaborate.
"I was born in Egypt," he said. "I worked on a farm until 3rd grade with no education. I came to the US for one year, started 4th grade, but was pulled out because my father couldn’t find work and returned to Egypt for a year. The first time I went to an actual school was middle school, but the whole school was in one classroom, and I was working as a delivery boy to help the family. It was illegal for me to be working that young, but I did. When I finally got into high school, my house burned down. We moved into a Red Cross Shelter, and the only way we could live there is if we all worked as volunteers. I got through high school by watching every single video on Khan Academy, and teaching myself everything that I had missed during the last nine years. Eventually I got into Queens College. I went there for two years and I just now transferred to Columbia on a scholarship provided by the New York Housing Association for people who live in the projects. It’s intimidating, because everyone else who goes to Columbia went to the best schools, and have had the best education their entire lives."
"In Korea, the culture is much more centered around doing what you’re told. Here, everyone wants to argue and discuss and figure things out together. But there’s a lot of pressure that comes with having that much freedom to make your own decisions."
Former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi passed away this morning, at the age of 85. His legacy is incredible. During his 53-year reign, he turned his great-grandfather’s Japanese playing card company into the cornerstone of the video game industry.
"Back in Greece, your circle of friends grows larger and larger as you go through life. In America, the circle mostly shrinks or stays the same size." "Why do you think that is?" "Time. Nobody has time here. It seems that every time you make a new friend, another friend has grown too busy or moved away."
A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.
[Lack of economic growth and low productivity growth since 2005] have some economists questioning whether Big Data will ever have the impact of the first Internet wave, let alone the industrial revolutions of past centuries. One theory holds that the Big Data industry is thriving more by cannibalizing existing businesses in the competition for customers than by creating fundamentally new opportunities.
In some cases, online companies like Amazon and eBay are fighting among themselves for customers. But in others — here is where the cannibals enter — the companies are eating up traditional advertising, media, music and retailing businesses, said Joel Waldfogel, an economist at the University of Minnesota who has studied the phenomenon.
“One falls, one rises — it’s pretty clear the digital kind is a substitute to the physical kind,” he said. “So it would be crazy to count the whole rise in digital as a net addition to the economy.”
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Lassen & Hennings 114 Montague St. (btw Henry and Hicks), Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tasty and wholesome sandwiches and salads –try a Grand Jury or a Garden Place. The desserts are delicious too, get a slice of Red Velvet or a bunch of mini-cupcakes.
Heights Cafe 84 Montague St. (at Hicks St), Brooklyn, NY 11201 Trendy and delicious, go when the weather is right for sitting outside. We recommend the Grilled Asian Chicken Salad.