June 24th, 2012

The premiere episode of #Newsroom on HBO is easily the best television you can watch tonight.

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November 29th, 2011

Aaron Mahnke:

I was reading the other day – on real paper in a real book – when I felt the urge to get up and refill my water bottle. So I did that – headed over to the kitchen, filled it up and came back. And as I picked up the book again, it occurred to me that I had forgotten where I’d left off. [...] after searching the words on the page and testing my familiarity with them, I came to the conclusion that I had left off in the middle of a paragraph.

This is an interesting piece about the negative impact the internet has had on our general capacity to pay attention. Elementary school implicitly teaches one to respect all knowledge as a cherished commodity, but the internet encourages quickly and ruthlessly cataloging knowledge as relevant or irrelevant to one’s immediate goal.

Like a scientist that ignores any evidence that does not support his hypothesis, I wonder if the freedom of information we enjoy today has encouraged us to search for wisdom only in the areas we expect to find it, overlooking what might be found elsewhere?

Marco Arment points out the flaw in thinking open-source means an equal playing field:

A truly open facet of Android — the open-source codebase, minus Google’s apps — has enabled one company with a strong market position to step in, effectively close it, and make themselves the gatekeeper. And as gatekeepers go, Apple looks quite benevolent by comparison.

I’m not always a fan of Apple’s closed-system approach to their products, but at least the rules of their game are upfront: whoever makes the best product wins.

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October 4th, 2011

Nice: “24 years ago, Apple predicted a voice assistant built into a touchscreen device, and was less than a month off.” http://t.co/IddEybRM

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July 21st, 2011

Prior to 10.7, to remove an icon from the Finder sidebar was as simple as dragging the icon off the sidebar and letting go, watching as the icon disappeared with a ‘poof!’

In Lion, you can remove icons in a similar fashion, but now you must hit the command (⌘) key before letting go of the icon; otherwise the icon will simply snap back onto the sidebar.

As with prior versions of Mac OS X, you can also right-click the icon and select “Remove from Sidebar.”

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July 8th, 2011

Anyone looking for a Google+ invite?

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July 7th, 2011

Put on the best version of yourself when you go out in the world because that is a show of respect to the other people around you. -Tom Ford

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May 18th, 2011

Lately every day at work has played out like a nuclear accident. When the reactor has stabilized, I know it’s time to go home for the night.

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May 2nd, 2011

Well, the first few minutes of Portal 2 are certainly unnerving, aren’t they…

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April 21st, 2011

I’m moving on the day Skynet becomes self-aware. Coincidence? I think not.

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April 15th, 2011

Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack (and remixed edition) has become an integral part of my approach to time mgmt. Instant in-the-zone zen.

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February 1st, 2011

Briefly, a nerd is motivated to understand how a thing works — how it fits together. This drive comes from the nerd’s favorite tool, the computer, which is a blissful construction of logical knowability. Years of mastering the computer have created a strong belief in the illusory predictable calm that emerges from the chaos as you consistently follow the rules that define a system.