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Reading without Respect

Tuesday, 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?

Amazon will take over Android app distribution

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

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.

Managing Nerds – Rands in Repose

Tuesday, 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.

Dribbble – What are you working on?

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

Dribbble is show and tell for designers, developers and other creatives. Share sneak peeks of your work as “shots” — small screenshots of the designs and applications you’re working on.

How To Graduate from Harvard for $40,000 or Less

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

If you want to earn a degree from Harvard without mortgaging the next 30 years of your future earnings, matriculating with students going through the traditional program isn’t going to cut it… assuming you’re able to get accepted in the first place.

Fortunately, there’s a little-known way to get into Harvard without applying that also reduces the total cost of obtaining a Harvard diploma by more than 75%. Here’s how.

The Music Industry Outlook Isn’t Grim… Just For Selling Recorded Music

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Claiming that the outlook for the music industry is grim is like claiming that the outlook for the transportation industry is grim in 1910 because the market for horse carriages is declining.

Bad Machinery

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The new comic strip by John Allison, creator of the fabulous Scary Go Round, has officially begun.

Where Were You When The Death Star Fell?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Trooper One: “I hear they’re gonna build a new [Death Star]… almost as big.”

Trooper Two: “Haven’t we learned anything?”

Trooper One: “Look, if you don’t rebuild, the Jedis win.”

Trooper Three: “You know I think Emperor Palpatine knew about it all along, and he let it happen just to justify going to Hoth. [...] There is no way one X-Wing could’ve taken this thing out, no way.”

Re-Organize Your iPhone Apps in iTunes

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

One of the great new features in iTunes 9 is app management… We can now organize our pages (and pages) of apps right in iTunes, no more dragging jiggly icons across 9 or 10 screens.

If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

Turning to Tie-Ins, Lego Thinks Beyond the Brick

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

…Five years after a near-death experience, Lego has emerged as an unlikely winner in an industry threatened by the likes of video games, iPods, the Internet and other digital diversions.

Even as other toymakers struggle, this Danish maker of toy bricks is enjoying double-digit sales gains and swelling earnings. In recent years, Lego has increasingly focused on toys that many parents wouldn’t recognize from their own childhood. Hollywood themes are commanding more shelf space, a far cry from the idealistic, purely imagination-oriented play that drove Lego for years and was as much a religion as a business strategy in Billund.

Growing up, Legos were the toy of choice for my brother and I. The adult in me feels a bit nauseous at the idea of Lego selling out to Hollywood. But to the child in me, pairing Indiana Jones and Star Wars together with Legos is a match made in heaven.

Classic Photography in Lego

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, V.J. Day in Times Square, and Lunch Atop a Skyscraper are some of the most iconic images of our time, but now they’re rendered as you’ve never seen them before: in Lego.

Love love love it. (via HOW Design)