Help, Apple! Help!

CNN Money: Nokia says door open for cooperation with Apple on web portal Ovi – Vanjoki (via Gizmodo)
management board member Anssi Vanjoki:

‘In Finnish, Ovi means door. And our door is open. Of course, Apple can get into our portal. We even invite (Apple Inc chief executive) Steve Jobs to do so,’ Vanjoki was quoted as saying.


‘Ovi sounds like ovaries …because that’s what we replaced our balls with. Now that we are ball-less, we need Apple to make our web portal work. We didn’t realize Windows and their DRM sucked so bad.’


Jory over at Analogue posted an interesting thought based on Apple’s most recent security update – what is the future of Adobe Flash in regard to OS X?
By bundling a Flash plug-in update within the Security Update, Apple is inherently making a statement on how integral Flash has become. It’s easy for us to let our imaginations wander all over the place on what this might mean, and what devices this update might touch.
We’ll just have to wait and see.

Snicker, Snicker

The age old question, Are people inherently evil?
…I don’t know, but I like this word and I’m making it today’s Word of the Day:
schadenfreude – [n. SHAW-den-froy-duh] Taking malicious satisfaction in another person’s troubles is schadenfreude. (definition via Cool Words)
this word was found at at DaringFireball

They’re Crafty

New York Times Magazine: Handmade 2.0 (requires login, free)


blockquote>All of which is a familiar-enough Internet-start-up story line. I was more interested in what made Etsy seem different from so many current efforts to “build community” online: the luck or genius of the site is that Kalin and the other founders encountered in the D.I.Y./craft scene something that was already social, community-minded, supportive and aggressively using the Web. It seemed to me that the company’s future would depend not only on the success of its sellers but also on its reputation among them. Nor could its reputation simply be for business acumen. If all Etsy did was channel D.I.Y.-ism into a profit machine, it could easily be seen as monetizing — exploiting — the creativity and hustle of 70,000 indiepreneurs. There was a cultural dimension, too.

Plates Are Shifting

The design portal model we’re all come to know over the last 8-10 years is quickly becoming irrelevant. Attention is obviously turning to many blogs, but even when taking design blogs into account, there seems to be a void for central places for inspiration, news, conversation and education in web design.
Some design portals are still around – K10K, Surfstation, DesignIsKinky – but even these have become enormous, inert shells for news updates within a small iframe (as if they weren’t used as this all along).
Other portals are aware of the need for change and are evolving, like NewsToday, which is now QBN. BD4D still seems to be going strong, but with events, not so much with their site (which used to be a portal).
And then there’s heavy weights like theFWA which is the de facto place for satisfying your Flash cravings.
Ultrashock has gone in an interesting direction and transformed themselves to a creative asset resource site (think Veer with social networking). Don’t worry, they still have the Bombshock Awards.
Fallen to the wayside are Pixelsurgeon, Lounge72, and Moluv (that I was an editor on for 3 years).
So what’s next? Is there a next? With more and more companies and businesses realizing the power of design – online, product and otherwise – the agendas are different. Job postings are growing more and more important on the design portals that have survived (I see Krop everywhere). We’re also seeing more and more endorsements and advertising from big businesses on design sites, which tells us more people are taking design seriously.
It’s much bigger than web design now, and the message of portals needs to be bigger and broader. Advertising models are being turned on their heads, old media will be trying to figure out digital media distribution for what I bet will be a while and what people consider their TV and their computer aren’t quite clear anymore.
As the plates of interactive design shift, be prepared for some rebuilding.

Without Heat

Without Heat in the Bronx (with video) – A lot of people in the city are unaware that situations exist like this. They assume that since they have heat and hot water in the their building, everyone must.
And they don’t.

Their building, a five-story walk-up at 1277 Morris Avenue, has been without steady heat and hot water for months, he and other tenants said.
Residents dress for the outdoors even while indoors, wearing scarves and hats. They use the stove as if it were a fireplace, huddling around it with the burners aflame and the oven turned on. They wash up in the mornings with water heated in pots. At night, the temperature drops to the low 30s in the stairways and hovers in the 40s and 50s in the rooms.

suspended in time

Over the last 10 years, I’ve grown more and more interested in the history of New York, and I found The Ghosts of Clinton Street (with a slideshow) fascinating in today’s Sunday Times.

Yet 312, as the family calls it, remains the rarest of places, a Brooklyn home whose residents eat at the same oak table, within the same brick walls, and among many of the same well-worn possessions as no fewer than five generations of ancestors.

Tick Tick Tick Tick

I really like this new Beck song. It’s not anything groundbreaking, just really friggin catchy. Apparently the video below is unauthorized. Someone just decided to make a video for Beck. The video takes the idea of a timebomb and counts down the length of the song. It also cycles through all of Beck’s styles throughout the years.
This is how progress and opportunities are made in this world. Don’t ask for permission. Forget rules. Just create. Let everyone else worry about the details, the legal… blah, blah.
Act on your urges. The timebomb is tickin’.