Monthly Archives: April 2012


Technology Review on how Android device makers are ‘mutinying’ and forking the code to their liking: Google’s Android device makers aren’t happy. They’re tired of making commodity devices that are merely vehicles for Google’s Android OS, each indistinguishable from the other because of Google’s rules about how Android can be implemented on them in order […]


From Mail Online: Almost a million images of New York and its municipal operations have been made public for the first time on the internet. The city’s Department of Records officially announced the debut of the photo database. Culled from the Municipal Archives collection of more than 2.2 million images going back to the mid-1800s, […]

Old News

Everyone is bugging out about the original ‘Google Phone’ presented in 2006 that have come to light in the current Google-Oracle trial. Any gadget geek should recall Engadget posted pictures of the actual phone –¬†not the rendering — back in 2007.


Yesterday was Willem De Kooning‘s birthday. He was one of the most famous of the Abstract Expressionists of New York City and one of my favorite artists. People like to think of artists as glamorous, jetting around Manhattan to various parties and lofts and galleries. While De Kooning had good friends and great times, his […]


When I saw this a few weeks ago, I had to pull over to snap a shot: I just moved to LA with my wife. Apparently this is how they roll out here.

A Tribe of One

NYTimes: The Flight From Conversation We live in a technological universe in which we are always communicating. And yet we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection. At home, families sit together, texting and reading e-mail. At work executives text during board meetings. We text (and shop and go on Facebook) during classes and when we’re […]

lowercase ‘g’

CNet’s Lynn La sits down with Steve Matteson, the typeface designer for Droid and Windows Phone. Droid Serif and Droid Sans aren’t shabby and he is responsible for Curlz (Curlz?!), but I did like this bit of where he starts with a typeface: When Matteson begins designing a new typeface, he starts with the lower […]

Many Fathers

As I started reading this Co.Design post on the Nest thermostat, the first paragraph reminded how slippery the area of product attribution is: When we first sat down with Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest and the inventor of the Nest Learning Thermostat, we asked him what made Steve Jobs so great. Fadell is, perhaps, […]

Pushing Daisies: Well, Allow Me to Retort

Back on the twelfth of this month, I published a post commenting on a list of the top ten dying industries in the United States. #2 on the list was newspaper publishing. I lamented the idea of newspapers struggling to survive and called it a tragedy. That post was linked up by Jim Dalrymple over […]