Archive for June 2009
Of all the great things about the iPhone, I still think its ability to recognize songs hummed into it (via Midomi) is the most amazing.
PBS Frontline – Breaking the Bank: An entertaining and illuminating hour-long look by PBS into the near collapse of the U.S. banking system. Frontline has done an excellent job of covering the financial crisis over the past year. Lots of good Ken Lewis/John Thain footage in this particular episode.
@Aine All I know about it is that I can’t use it because it’s a downloadable .exe and I use a Mac. :)
@davidgeller Ah, I should have hashtagged that, eh? #billymays #shamwow
The king is dead. Long live the king. I’m talking to you, Vince.
Long exposure shot of a Roomba cleaning a room — I owned one of these things and found it to be substantially more trouble than it was worth. While this shot makes the coverage area look good, a lot of “stuff” collects near the edges, cords and other impediments often stop the thing, and it just doesn’t pick up enough at the end of the day. Great photo though.
@spencerb @sujal Construction on new house is set to start July 6. Still in the 50 year old condo for now.
50 year old pipes just got replaced. BEST SHOWER IN 2.5 YEARS this morning.
Interesting law which can get you your earnest money back on a condo purchase:
@mhaubs Yes. When you’re as down on the NBA as I have been, you need all sorts of things to go right in order to get interested again.
The Ocean in 185 Lines of Javascript:

Mesmerizing. Try tweaking some of the variables in the “sea” section of the code.

“"Design had been a vertical stripe in the chain of events in a product’s delivery; at Apple, it became a long horizontal stripe, where design is part of every conversation.””
Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away:

A great essay about how toxic everyday distractions can be.

Humanity's deep future:

A group of researchers at the Future of Humanity Institute talk about where our race may be going and how artificial intelligence could save or kill us all.

Steve Jobs speaks about the future at the International Design Conference in 1983:

31 years later, it’s safe to say this is one of the most prescient speeches about technology ever delivered. Jobs covers wireless networking, tablets, Google StreetView, Siri, and the App Store (among other things) many years before their proliferation. A fantastic listen.

How to travel around the world for a year:

Great advice for when you finally find the time.


A fantastic app for prototyping your design work onto real world objects like billboards, book covers, and coffee cups. This seems like just as great of a tool for people learning design as it does for experts.

50 problems in 50 days:

One man’s attempt to solve 50 problems in 50 days using only great design. Some good startup ideas in here…

How to Do Philosophy:

If you’ve ever suspected that most classical philosophy is a colossal waste of time, Paul Graham tells you why you’re probably right.

TIME: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us:

Stephen Brill follows the money to uncover the pinnacle of corruption that is the U.S. Health Care system. A must-read article if there ever was one.

DIY Dot Org:

A beautifully designed site full of fun and challenging DIY projects. I could spend months on here.

The Steve Jobs Video Archive:

A collection of over 250 Steve Jobs videos in biographical order

Self-portraits from an artist under the influence of 48 different psychoactive drug combos.

Water Wigs are pretty amazing.

David Pogue proposes to his girlfriend by creating a fake movie trailer about them and then getting a theater to play it before a real movie. Beautiful and totally awesome.