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Slack & Flickr Founder Stewart Butterfield Interviews with NPR

Excellent, Well Told “Rags to Riches” Interview with the Founder of Slack, Stewart Butterfield

In the early 2000s, Stewart Butterfield tried to build a weird, massively multiplayer online game, but the venture failed.

Instead, he and his co-founders used the technology they had developed to create the photo-sharing site Flickr.

After Flickr was acquired by Yahoo in 2005, Butterfield went back to the online game idea, only to fail again.

But the office messaging platform Slack rose from the ashes of that second failure — a company which, today, is valued at over $5 billion.

Click through to the Audio Recording of the Interview.

Source: Slack & Flickr: Stewart Butterfield : NPR

Google Glasses for Dynamic Language, and Local Gesture Translation, and Let the Deaf be ‘Heard’

If you have Google Project Glass / Glasses with WiFi to WiFi device connectivity to a smartphone with a pair of head phones, or Glasses, and use Bluetooth, you can have local Language dialect and gesture translation instantly to your ears.  If you are looking at someone and they are articulating in anyway, either by signing, using local gestures, or are speaking in any dialect, an instant, fluent translation program reads and understands the real-time video frames per second (FPS) or Frame Rate, either using 50/60/120 FPS, then applies object recognition to read lips, or human movement, then plays a voice in your own local language dialect in your head phones or Bluetooth.

Travel the world and experience the cultures truly as the locals do, empathize, or use them in the workplace and truly eliminate discrimination against the deaf.

Object recognition may need to be applied to each video frame or sampling of the video stream from the real-time video feed of the Google Glass / Glasses.

Also, managers who employ people who are deaf may apply for a tax deduction or even get the glasses for free with a tax write off for their company.  In part, thank the people that produced Mr. Holland’s Opus. Watched the movie last night.  Great movie! In part, thanks to my mom who is somewhere in the middle east on a cruise

Also, I can see a new wave of popular kids coming up with gestures, and instantly recognized using the Glasses. Sorry kids.  Supposedly, these glasses will ship to Android Google Developers for the cost of $1,500 USD by the end of the year; however, that is just rumor, and if you know Java, an relatively easy programming language to pick up, the Android OS Java extensions are relatively easy as well.  A Small price to pay for a huge market, and maybe even tax deduction for a small business under Research and Development costs.  See your local small business government affairs office for more details.

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Contractors, Healthcare, and Organized Labor

As I approach a gap in society, I take pause, and say, is that an opportunity, and why does that exist?  If people seize that opportunity who will it benefit, and who will it detract? In this case, I see a number of Information Technology contract positions as right to hire, or just 3 to 6 month or more contract roles, sometimes hourly, sometimes, rarely daily. So I ask myself, as I look at my 1930 AFL-CIO cane, I collect canes as a hobby, why isn’t there a very good health care / organized labor system for the IT industry. You too may have also been excluded as an independent contractor in IT, or your own field. In IT, you either work for a company as a full time employee with benefits, or work for a small to mid sized consultancy firm with no or some mediocre medical benefits. If you work for a large consultancy firm, and are able to transition to a firm, fantastic. You also have the ability to collect good benefits in a large consultancy firm. However, if you are an independent contractor in the United States of America, you may financial barriers securing premium health care insurance, such as a PPO with a small co-pay and without a referral. I am on my 18th month of COBRA and my current small company plan, if I got sick, I would be in serious financial trouble. This ‘Pains’ me to say, but why don’t we have good collective bargaining for Information Technology Independent Consultants? That is a rhetorical question. It would directly compete with large consultancy companies, their ability to deliver good benefits, and transition someone to an organization. If I took a count of how many people were on COBRA, or without healthcare, may be contractors, and would be more than willing to use collective bargaining to strong arm health insurance companies for a great health care plan through organized labor, I suspect we could do more than the United States Government has not been able to do for the American public.

Sign up to express your interest in contractor labor benefits.

Update: Since I originally posted this message, with a small budget, I’ve been able to reach thousands of people to read this post.  If you don’t sign up here, I urge you to try to do the same thing, and reach out to form local labor unions of your own.  Other fields are, and have done this for a long time.  Isn’t it time you’re field of labor collectively worked together in the hopes not just to network for jobs, but for [health] benefits?