As the success of design has become measurable, it has transformed a handicraft into an engineering job. Not the master designer but the user is the arbitrator of good design. The key performance indicator is not beauty but profit. As financial and technical performance was gained, beauty left the stage. Now it feels like something is missing.
I have bunch of old posts I’ve started, but procrastinated on for a while, some a few years old. Now that I’m finishing some of them, I’m torn whether I should backdate them, or publish them as new. I like backdating because then the posts fit within the overall timeline, but for some reason it feels “wrong” to do so.
The new GitTower 3.x update is great, but unfortunately I can no longer recommend it as an alternative client. With the new release comes new subscription licensing – Don’t get me wrong, I’d be more than happy to pay for new versions or features, or even annualy, however, I can’t get behind a subscription model that disables the software completely when I stop paying. I would have no problem if it froze in time and stopped getting updates, but not the licensing model fournova chose.
It’s never been easier to find better system for solving our problems. What we should be doing is finding better problems to solve.
The real Frank Abegnale tells his tale in a talk at Google, and it’s ever as gripping as the movie. Surprisingly, the movie was pretty close and decently done. Make sure to watch the QA session at the end, he provides some interesting and unexpected answers.
The Pudding on The Musical Diversity of Pop Songs
Is there something unique about today’s hits–artists taking fewer risks and creating a narrower range of sounds?
In 1834, to get upper hand in trading bonds, the Blanc brothers bribed telegraph operators to introduce errors into the usual broadcast without affecting the message: a character with market direction followed by a “backspace”. They then observed one of the telegraph towers to learn how to trade faster than any other available means.
Too often, [number stations] are described as “spooky,” “creepy,” or “mysterious,” and the discussion stops there. It may be disappointing to some, but these stations are not […] relics of the Cold War — rather, these stations are part of the sophisticated work of intelligence agencies and militaries, and they are very much still on the air.
My Grandfather’s Memory Book is a touching story that brought back memories of my grandfather who was industrial designer, painter and cartoonist. My brother and I grew up browsing through his design notes, watching him draw cartoons for publications, and paint. He didn’t keep journals, but we have paintings, stacks of cartoons, and paper toys he made for us.
Learning to See in the Dark – Interesting paper on processing short-exposure low-light exposures with a neural network, replacing the traditional denoise and deblur post processing. Impressive results.
LEX – Analog camera for E-mount lenses.
Well, there’s one for the books… SmugMug acquires Flickr. I fell out of love with both services a while ago, but SmugMug is the right company to bring Flickr back to life.
Number of the questions to Mark Zuckerberg in the Senate testimony were asking about data ownership and were quick to point out that the users don’t make any money off their data. Many people on social media were echoed the same. I believe these questions are short seighted and are looking at the problem from the wrong angle.
It turns out that what I was doing was searching for calm. At the time, my head was like a badly tuned radio – I wasn’t really able to listen to what people were saying, but what they said hit home. When I was out taking pictures, concentrating purely on the creation of an image, my head started to unravel.
It means paying closer attention to our surroundings. It means using our cameras mindfully to focus on the details we truly want to remember. It means putting down the camera for a few moments to notice what the air feels like, what the streets smell like, and writing down our feelings about being there.
Interesting Ars summary of two research articles on biology of depression and how ketamine affects it.
Your smartphone makes you quick, not smart.
Seth Godin argues our smartphones make us quick, rather than smart.
We’ve got to stop thinking of the internet as an extension of who we are, and start to realize that it’s an agent all its own, a nonhuman brain, in a way, that foists on us between the lines a cruel, unspoken agenda: It wants you to stay.
Interesting and exciting news from the world of archeology: Fortresses, farmlands of the Maya emerge from massive LiDAR survey
The reason I smartened up my house was to find out whether it would betray me.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer shares notes and extracts from early drafts as he breaks down how he adapted Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life.”
You could spend thousands of dollars and time to build machine that can run Lightroom decently (and hope it gets optimizations, because it’s still not good enough), or you could just switch to more sane tools that run much faster on older hardware (like Capture One). sigh
The visualizations presented here highlight ways in which San Francisco residents’ perceptions of local spaces may not be reflected in standard maps.
Interesting read and a fun thing to do with your own neighbourhood.
Time to start patching… Today’s CPU vulnerability: what you need to know
It’s an echo of something that freelancers and small businesses have been doing forever, “what do you need?” as an answer to the question, “what do you do?”
Own your work. No need to do someone else’s.
Found a nice weather font/icons: erikflowers.github.io/weather-i…
Recently, I’ve switched this site Hana, a new static site generator I’m working on, instead of Metalsmith. Metalsmith worked well, but I’m getting tired of the constant
npm package changes. I don’t touch the site for few months, go build, and suddenly some small non-critical
npm package is renamed, missing, or no longer does what it used to. PITA.
We can save a lot of time and effort by making our meaningless choices effortless. Pick the first one, or the one in alphabetical order or flip a coin. Merely have a rule and make the choice.
Why not? If you don’t have enough information to make a statistically defensible decision, merely choose.
International Dark-Sky Association designated Central Idaho as the first Dark Sky Reserve in the US. www.darksky.org/first-int…
Thanks for the Christmas gift @FastMail! Configuration profiles for all!
The crowd doesn’t understand this. They’re always looking for a shortcut that looks like a shortcut. If you’re merely following them, you probably won’t get anywhere interesting. It’s the detours that pay off.
Remote Hack of a Boeing 757 by Bruce Schneier. If DHS figured this out, others did too. Fun times coming to flights near you.
When you show all tabs in Safari ⌘-F will search all open tabs, including other devices. www.macdrifter.com/2017/12/s…
Acute Solar Retinopathy: This is what happens to your eyes when you look at the eclipse without glasses.
If your filesharing is borked on macOS 10.13.1 (High Sierra) see Repair file sharing after Security Update 2017-001 for macOS High Sierra 10.13.1
The 2017 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves.
Sync your calendar with the solar system
GLACIER EXIT is a short documentary with amazing scenery, important message, and beautiful cinematography.
Earlier this year, I released the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle hardware as open source, and today, the apps join the fray as well, with the source code for both our Triggertrap iOS app and our Triggertrap Android app now available for download from GitHub.
Updated June 7, 2017: added ADA link
Exciting news for people who still own Triggertrap hardware and rely on it for taking photos:
We want to open-source the hardware we have been creating for a long time, so the design files are now available on GitHub.
…Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word it always was. Let it be spoken without effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.
Child of Mine, come
as you grow in youth
you will learn
the secret places
the cave behind the waterfall
the arms of the oak
that hold you high
the stars so near
on a desert ledge
…the important places.
And, as with age, you choose
your own way
among the many faces
of a busy world
may you always remember
the path that leads back.
…back to the important places.
— Dad to Forest, 1986
Imagine that space is a giant sheet of rubber…
Great explanation of gravitational waves by PHD Comics.
Maybe you are like I am and the clicking sound of the camera’s shutter is a familiar symphony. Maybe you look for a photograph in everything – pairing every sunset with 144 photos, chasing good light and pausing at every vista. Or maybe you’ve shied away from fancy titles like ‘artist’ or ‘photographer’ – defaulting instead to a simple love for your iPhone and the experiences you find. Wherever you land on the spectrum makes no difference. We are all storytellers with an eye and experiences uniquely our own.
And then – after all the photos have been taken – put the camera down. Let the last photo you didn’t take live on in the quiet place of your memory.
Return there often.
I like the simplicity of having a static site — it reduces the overhead of maintaining the server and software running it, copes with larger loads better, and opens up a myriad options for hosting that would otherwise not be available. The drawback, however, is publishing on the go, especially if computer access is limited. My criteria for a mobile workflow are similar to one on a computer: being able to work offline and publish once online, use Git to maintain the site, avoid having to SSH to edit or publish, and limit manual interaction with remote services as much as possible.
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed software that uses variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls.
Is there anything inherently “doggy” about the word “dog”? Obviously not—to the French, a dog is a chien, to Russians a sobaka, to Mandarin Chinese-speakers a gǒu. These words have nothing in common, and none seem any more connected to the canine essence than any other. One runs up against that wall with pretty much any word.
Except some. The word for “mother” seems often either to be mama or have a nasal sound similar to m, like nana. The word for “father” seems often either to be papa or have a sound similar to p, like b, in it—such that you get something like baba. The word for “dad” may also have either d or t, which is a variation on saying d, just as p is on b. People say mama or nana, and then papa, baba, dada, or tata, worldwide.
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive. Ambition is only understood if it’s to rise to the top of some imaginary ladder of success. Someone who takes an undemanding job because it affords him the time to pursue other interests and activities is considered a flake. A person who abandons a career in order to stay home and raise children is considered not to be living up to his potential — as if a job title and salary are the sole measure of human worth.
You’ll be told in a hundred ways, some subtle and some not, to keep climbing, and never be satisfied with where you are, who you are, and what you’re doing. There are a million ways to sell yourself out, and I guarantee you’ll hear about them.
To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.
Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. […]
Sherry Turkle’s contribution to NY Times Sunday Review, adapted from her book “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age”
In solitude we find ourselves; we prepare ourselves to come to conversation with something to say that is authentic, ours. If we can’t gather ourselves, we can’t recognize other people for who they are. If we are not content to be alone, we turn others into the people we need them to be. If we don’t know how to be alone, we’ll only know how to be lonely.
COLLEGE students tell me they know how to look someone in the eye and type on their phones at the same time, their split attention undetected. They say it’s a skill they mastered in middle school when they wanted to text in class without getting caught. Now they use it when they want to be both with their friends and, as some put it, “elsewhere.”
Updated June 24, 2015. Altra Lone Peak 1.5 has been my shoe of choice for some time, but now that the supplies are close to non-existent and my own stash is dwindling, it is time to look for a replacement shoe. Lone Peak 2.0 would be the obvious choice, but I didn’t feel as comfortable in them as I did in the 1.5 (the toe-off doesn’t feel right). I decided to try out the Superior 2.0, as I’ve used Superior 1.5 for “everything” shoe including some short runs, and generally liked it, aside from the lack of any sort of lugs. Heads up: As a big Lone Peak 1.5 fan, my review might be a little biased and somewhat of a comparison between the two shoes.
Simplenote has been my note taking app of choice for a while now, but recently I’ve been annoyed with missing features, weird UI, and lack of integration. iA Writer Pro (Writer Pro from here on) came as unlikely replacement, but I already owned the app and some of its features were perfect match for my needs. I’ve now been using the new setup for about a month, and so far so good.
After running the Oregon Coast 50k in late October, I had a few days to spare before taking off to Argentina, and I took a little detour on the way home. From Florence, I drove east towards Eugene and Sisters, taking the McKenzie Highway (OR 242) to see Dee Wright Observatory, and then the ultimate destination – Painted Hills unit of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, near Mitchell.
Quite a bit, apparently. Data anonymizing doesn’t necessarily guarantee your privacy.
When the authors mapped locations, dates, and prices of someone’s non-anonymous purchases against the whole database, it was usually easy to find a single, unique pattern. With three points or more, it was virtually a certainty. […] There’s a 94 percent chance that you’re the only person who did so. Taking away price altogether made these matches harder to find. But with four purchases, it was back up to 90 percent.
I’ve seen a few discussions about iOS HealthKit recently, and most seem to miss the point of the app. There seems to be a notion that HealthKit is trying to compete with apps that do data visualization, that it somehow wants to take over managing all the wearable sensors, or even push Apple’s wearable fitness tech. While I don’t know what Apple’s intentions, all these assumptions don’t seem right and miss a major reason for HealthKit’s existence – to be an information broker.
Did you know the average persons spends 4 years of his life looking down at a cell phone?
After Apple announced they will stop developing Aperture, Adobe was nice enough to offer a Lightroom plugin to migrate Aperture libraries to Lightroom. I previously wrote some custom scripts around the Aperture library, and can appreciate how much pain they must have gone through to deciper the Aperture library database (hopefully they had some help from Apple). The Aperture libraries aren’t always consistent and can vary depending on how old they are, or how many times they crashed, so there were bound to be some bugs in the Aperture Importer plugins.
What is the point of Progress if the food is tasteless, the housing absurd, the work boring, and the earth clobbered with concrete?
Towards what is Progress? In fact, what on Earth are we doing? No one has even the ghost of a notion.
Save perhaps a few simple-minded people who live to smell flowers, listen to the sea, watch trees in the wind, & cuddle with a lovely woman.
David Kwong shows us how we’re wired to solve.
Do you know why we went to the moon but never went back? Why did we stop dreaming?
Nathan Kontny’s take on the opinion that one needs to have good contacts in order to start a successful business.
When I wanted a better job, I emailed random people at work trying to help them make the corporation better until I got noticed and promoted. And when I wanted contacts for my business, I emailed Mark Cuban, Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks), Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon), Marc Benioff (CEO of Salesforce.com), and on and on. No intros. Just cold emails.
There’s a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.
For the list-makers, the note-takers, the Post-It note pilots, the track-keepers, and the dabbling doodlers. Bullet journal is for those who feel there are few platforms as powerful as the blank paper page. It’s an analog system for the digital age that will help you organize the present, record the past, and plan for the future.
After decades of war and an oppressive Taliban regime, four Afghan photojournalists face the realities of building a free press in a country left to stand on its own – reframing Afghanistan for the world and for themselves.
If a country is without photography, that country is without identity
Complete HTML5 entity reference with examples, entity names, unicode hex number, and character reference.
One of the most striking things about New York City is the fall colors and there’s no better place to view this then Central Park. I chose 15 locations in the park…
What Would You Do If Money Were No Object?, an excerpt from a lecture by Alan Watts.
What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?
What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?
The space shuttle Endeavour made its final journey last weekend, traveling 12-miles from Los Angeles International Airport, through Inglewood, to the California Science Center in Exposition Park.
I was doing an evaluation of my decline and i was sort of charting it on this graph in my mind. And it ended, hit bottom long before Auburn. And I thought is there any possibility I can make it to Auburn? I thought no. No, that’s ridiculous. Its ridiculous for any of us to even think of that. Well, how about Michigan Bluff? And I thought across those deep canyons, no way. Well, what can I do? I just asked myself that question. And the answer came to mind; I can still take one more step. And so at that point I decided I would take one more step until I could no longer take one more step. And today we would say that’s suicidal, we tell people not to think that way. That there is always another day, just come back. Well, there isn’t always another day. There are times when life gives us one opportunity at something.
180° South is a documentary about Jeff Johnson’s inspiring adventure to Patagonia, Chile, following in the footsteps of Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins. Instead of driving down south, though, Jeff sets out on a set of adventures, including becoming a crew on sail boat and ship wrecking off Easter Island and surfing the longest wave of his life. Along the way he meets interesting people, tells inspiring stories, and shows breathtaking images from places others only wish they could visit.
Timelapse made from footage of Hitchcock’s Rear Window movie.
Awesome and inspiring story.
Earth is a timelapse view shot from the International Space Station.
Windows network stack uses “miniports” to handle different layers of the network. These can sometimes “break” and cause VPN and possibly other network level services to not work properly. Usually you can tell a miniport is not working when it has an exclamation sign icon next to it in the device manager. (The miniports are typically hidden too, so if they aren’t broken, they won’t show up at all.) To me, this problem manifested when I was creating a VPN, and despite choosing connection over network, the connection would try to dial the modem.
While in Europe on family business, I took the opportunity to take a week detour through Italy. I didn’t have much of a plan, other than a couple of spots I wanted to see: Manarola, Venice, Florence, and anything interesting along the way. Couple of my friends were going to be near Lago di Garda in the right timeframe, so I threw Lago into the mix. It was along the way, so why not.
Filmed in 1957.
One of a kind photo. Check out the whole set on ESA’s photostream.
Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty. Think big.
Fireworks, comet, and lightning in single exposure.
Interactive Exploration of a Dynamical System. This is the proper way to teach differential math.
“Key parts of sleep-deprived brains may go offline, hindering decision-making.”
Cracking two SHA1 keys every seven minutes, at $2.10 an hour.
Does Mr. Jekyll have a new twin? Jekyll and statically generated pages are nice, but it would be nice to create some posts while on the road without the laptop. SSHing to the server is an option, but typing up a post in vim on phone is not exactly enjoyable. I use Simplenote all the time, and I figured it would be nice to write posts in Simplenote. Using Simplenote’s API, I wrote a quick and dirty script that pulls notes with a
blog tag and writes a file that Jekyll can process.
socat, self described as “multipurpose relay,” is the swiss army knife of any kind of bidirectional data transfer. So much cooler than
netcat and lot of other similar tools.
I know it’s been around for a while, but it came up in some conversations recently and I couldn’t find the link. So here it is. Scary stuff
An interactive film by Chris Milk built in HTML 5.
Trying to figure out the flight distance between Shenzhen, China and Vancouver, BC, I plugged the two cities into Google Maps (not realizing there are no flight paths there, at the time). I did not get what I wanted, but the outcome was interesting: They give me driving directions to a port, and from tell I’m supposed to “Kayak across the Pacific Ocean”, about 6243km to Hawaii, and then kayak another 4463km to Seattle, and drive up to Vancouver. Ok then, I’m right on it, see you in couple of years.
I wonder though, is the kayaking part something they are working on or part of the biking maps?
For a while I’ve been thinking how to force myself to shoot more day to day stuff. Get out of the comfort zone and shooting on trips, and instead force myself to come up with a some shots. I’ve seen number of people do the “Project 365” or “picture a day” projects, and it sounds like a good way to achieve what I want – so here I go, starting today…
The Third & The Seventh is Alex Roman’s CG short on viewing architecture through photographer’s eye.