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The Trouble with Social News

17 Mar 2013 -

In social news, the front page is king. Most users never go beyond the first or second page of top stories. […]

The effect of this is that we’re looking at a fast-flowing river of information through a pinhole.

Leopardize your internet

21 Mar 2012 -

Small Safari extension I wrote inspired by this XKCD that “improves” the internet by replacing all occurrences of keyboard with leopard.

You Are Not Ruthless Enough

25 Feb 2012 -

In the next release a new feature will be impossible to implement because class A has intimate, incestuous, biblical knowledge about class B. It seemed to work but the child of this relationship is going to cause you problems for the rest of its life even if you manage to separate the star-crossed classes and send them back to their families.

Here’s the thing: you are not ruthless enough.

Do it right the first time or you’ll have a “Giger-esque state-driven nightmare”.

Facebook is gaslighting the web

21 Nov 2011 -

Anil Dash:

Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users’ ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening.

In this post I intend to not only document the practices which enable this attack, but to also propose a remedy.

Credit Rating

07 Aug 2011 -

Paul Krugman on the S&P rating downgrade:

It’s hard to think of anyone less qualified to pass judgment on America than the rating agencies. The people who rated subprime-backed securities are now declaring that they are the judges of fiscal policy? Really?

Stanley Kubrick interview

06 Aug 2011 -

Stanley Kubrick interview in Playboy, 1968:

The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent; but if we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death – however mutable man may be able to make them – our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.

The One Rule

05 Aug 2011 -

Michael Lopp on context switches, creativity and OS X Lion:

Let’s talk about the Zone […]. This is that magical place where you’ve managed to fit the entire context of your current project in your head. With all this content in there, you can perform superhuman acts of productivity and creativity because you have the complete problem space at your mental disposal.

The Zone is a sacred place. Staying or even getting there is difficult and OS X Lion really does help.

Shell accepts responsibility for Nigeria Oil Spills

04 Aug 2011 -

Niger delta oil spills will take +25 years to clean! Good news is that Shell has accepted some responsibility

Patent Fears

17 Jul 2011 -

The Guardian reports that several independent European software developers are removing their apps from sale in the US for fear of being sued.

[Simon Maddox] told the Guardian that it’s “far too dangerous to do business” in the US because of the risk of software patent lawsuits.

But for US-based developers, the problems remain. Craig Hockenberry of Iconfactory, developer of Twitterrific, remarked that “Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse, they do and tweeted that “I became an independent developer to control my own destiny. I no longer do”. Iconfactory is among those being targeted by Lodsys, but earlier this week was granted a 30-day extension to reply to Lodsys’s claim.

Even if you are not against software patents in general, it is becoming increasingly clear that the current system does not work as originally intended and might actually stifle innovation rather that help it.

Rethinking Growth

03 May 2011 -

Herman Daly interviewed for Seed magazine:

What we tax mostly now is income from the input of labor and capital, what economists called “value added.”

Value added to what? To the resources extracted from nature, which are treated as zero. So, the idea is to shift our tax base away from value added and toward the resources themselves. If we want to increase efficiency, then we have to begin by making things more expensive. We’re careful how we use gold. We’re not so careful how we use aluminum.

Private City

28 Apr 2011 -

Melissa Febos writes about living in New York and crying in public.

In a place where we are so rarely alone, we find privacy in public. We all have our masks, behind which we are free to be, yes, depressed, or any other emotional state we may not want to share with 30 fellow passengers.

Eating well

25 Apr 2011 -

Michael Pollan in a long and interesting article on food and nutrition:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

So simple.

Work Your Ass Off

07 Apr 2011 -

Will Shipley on success:

We’re blindly following past lottery winners thinking we can win the lottery, too, if we just emulate them. But, mostly, lotteries create lots of small losers. Losers aren’t written about in magazines, but they’re the majority.

And further:

This doesn’t work. Your idea sucks. No, I’m not calling you stupid — my idea sucks, too. All ideas suck, because they are just ideas. They’re worth nothing.

My success is because I worked to make the idea real. A lot. All my life. Starting when I was 12, I learned to program, and I’ve programmed every spare moment since.

Lego Wars

04 Apr 2011 -

Brilliant photographs of Lego figures set in Star Wars scenes.

Photographing TVs Turning Off

28 Mar 2011 -

Fascinating pictures of cathode ray tube TVs being turned off.

The iPad Does More

26 Mar 2011 -

JP Teti gets it:

Apple is encouraging people to explore and play around. The iPad only does less than a regular computer to us geeks. To everyone else, it does more.

Japan Before and After

14 Mar 2011 -

Devastating satellite images of Japan from before and after the earthquake and tsunami by The New York Times. Still, as Dave Ewing and others tweeted, the destruction would have been significantly worse if not for good engineering and government control.

Brilliant Climate Change Strip

09 Feb 2011 -

British artist and cartoonist Darryl Cunningham takes on the issue of global warming.

James Bond Is A Girl

09 Feb 2011 -

Warren Ellis:

In CASINO ROYALE, James Bond is the Bond girl. Look at the way they even show him emerging from the ocean like Ursula Andress. Sexual torture, too, if less creepy-glam than being stripped and painted gold. Vesper Lynd is Bond: never not in control, never without a plan, seducing to further her goals. She has to die so Bond can become her.

The Cook Doctrine

25 Jan 2011 -

Horace Dediu quotes Tim Cook on Apple’s mission:

We believe in the simple, not the complex.

[…]

And frankly, we don’t settle for anything less than excellence in every group in the company, and we have the self-honesty to admit when we’re wrong and the courage to change.

That’s a goal everyone should adhere to

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