Some cool Computer News images:
Italian flag #1
Image by Ed Yourdon
This Italian flag was fluttering pretty prominently in the sunlight at the top of the main steps of the Vittorio Emmanuel monument…
Note: this photo was published in an Apr 28, 2009 blog titled "ITALY – Regions deny federal government claim: never asked to modify stem cell ban." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2009 blog titled "Italian and British media exchange insults."
Moving into 2010, it was published in an undated (Mar 2010) blog titled " Impressive Architecture Walking Tour in Pisa, Pisa," (even though it was taken in Rome, not Pisa).
And moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Sep 21, 2012 blog titled "Eurokrise: Wirtschaft von Italien schrumpft doppelt so schnell wie prognostiziert."
Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an undated (late Aug 2013) blog titled "LAZUROWA GROTA NA CAPRI OBLĘŻONA. WPROWADZILI OGRANICZENIA."
Moving into 2014, the photo was published in a blog titled, " Can Renzi succeed where others have failed?"
These photos were all taken on Saturday, Dec 6th, after finishing a computer conference in Rome. I spent the morning wandering around the Coliseum and surrounding neighborhood, and then the late afternoon over by the Castel Sant’Angelo, and St. Peters. The swarm of starlings appeared over the river, just before dark, on the way back past the Ponte Sant’Angelo…
Image by laimagendelmundo
Image by Ben Chun
Every attendee of the COSN conference received all of this stuff. Landfill.
This is a pretty striking example of how far away people and companies are from actually understanding any of the stuff they talk about.
Does anyone really need more paper? More plastic wrapping? More cheap novelty giveaways? My opinion of the companies represented here and the conference itself is lowered. It’s not just the excessive wastefulness and environmental impact on display, it’s also the profound ignorance of how to advertise, market, and distribute information digitally.
And this is at what is supposed to be the premier school networking conference in the United States.