Monthly Archives: March 2011

Technology Is Eating Jobs

WSJ: Is Your Job an Endangered Species? Tellers, phone operators, stock brokers, stock traders: These jobs are nearly extinct. Since 2007, the New York Stock Exchange has eliminated 1,000 jobs. And when was the last time you spoke to a travel agent? Nearly all of them have been displaced by technology and the Web. Librarians […]

The World As He Sees It

How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and […]

A Laptop Tablet Makes Perfect Sense

NYTimes: Acer’s Iconia Is the Craziest Laptop of All Time Sometimes engineers get excited about things without stopping to ask the question: Why? Why is this better? Why would anyone want this? Such questions, it would appear, were not asked in the labs of Acer. Its latest offering, the Iconia, is one of the most […]

Da Format

A few weeks ago, I got back into gear and continued the process of redesigning this site. The redesign includes both cosmetic and structural changes. While dozens of changes need to be made, I’ve started with the most basic and most important – the individual entry format. My primary goal is to make Daily Exhaust […]

Measure Twice, Cut Once

My father used to say this to me whenever we were working on a project in his workshop. The object was usually made of wood, and the tool was usually his table saw. Physical projects, as opposed to the virtual ones on the Web, have much different and permanent ramifications when you make decisions. Once […]

Go Play With Your Dog, Kid

From SlashDot: A 12-year-old boy by the name of Jacob Barnett is a math genius. Mastering many college level astrophysics courses by the age of 8, he now works on his most ambitious project to date: his own ‘expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity. ………Mkay.

Jony Ive and the Hardware

Minimal Mac linked to a great video at Forkbombr yesterday of Jony Ive (pre-Steve-Jobs-comeback) explaining the all of the details in the design of the 20th Anniversary Macintosh (TAM). It’s great to see Ive as enthusiastic about hardware design then as he is now. I also like how the TAM forshadowed the subsequent all-in-one iMacs […]

Imagination At Work

From the NYTimes: General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion. That […]

Activate the Future

BMW has a great series of documentary films up on their Activate the Future site. From their about page: “Wherever You Want To Go” is the first release under BMW Documentaries–a new franchise dedicated to crafting original, thought-provoking and entertaining content. The film aims to take audiences to a place they’ve truly never been: the […]

Usage Is Like Oxygen

This article by Matt Mullenwag is a must-read for anyone who creates anything. I’m talking about painters, designers, entrepreneurs, writers, musicians – any creator. Usage is like oxygen for ideas. You can never fully anticipate how an audience is going to react to something you’ve created until it’s out there. That means every moment you’re […]

Happy Cities

PSFK: Why Some Cities Make You Happier Florida narrowed down the sources of this relative happiness to income, the type of work we do, and our level of education. He explained that cities with more knowledge, and more professional and creative jobs have a lower unemployment rate and higher level of income. Cities with more […]

Good Morning

Good Morning, people. This message is the first in what will be a series I’ll be posting here as well as on Facebook. I want color in my Facebook news feed. I’m tired of seeing the same bullshit, mundane status updates and poorly shot family photos. Maybe it has something to do with the new […]