Monthly Archives: April 2011


Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle: In quantum mechanics, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle states by precise inequalities that certain pairs of physical properties, like position and momentum, cannot simultaneously be known to arbitrary precision. That is, the more precisely one property is known, the less precisely the other can be known. In other words, the more you know […]


Remember when we made a connection by handing someone a photo? As our social circle spreads across a wider geographic area, we look for ways to share experiences. Technology has reconnected us to some extent, but we fiddle with too many cables and menus, and those individual connections get drowned out. Tableau acts as a […]

The Greatest Thing

The greatest thing by far is to be a master of metaphor. It is the one thing that cannot be learned from others; it is also a sign of genius, since a good metaphor implies an eye for resemblance. Aristotle, De Poetica via Frank Chimero

we have good taste

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, […]

More Is Less

Boston Globe: Gym-Pact bases fees on members’ ability to stick to their workout schedule Every year, we resolve to hit the gym more often and get fit. And by the end of January, many of us have missed workouts or given up altogether. According to Yifan Zhang, a 2010 graduate of Harvard College, part of […]

extraordinary claims

asymco: Calling the end of innovation in mobile computers People are lining up to call the market for mobile phones. Analysts and amateurs alike are connecting points on charts and predicting with confidence the future of mobile platforms. Consensus is forming that there is no future but a quiescent state. By the acclamation of pundits, […]