Monthly Archives: May 2013

Politicians Hard At Work

Newt Gingrich is having problems with calling these crazy contraptions “smartphones” (via The Verge): To call this a “cell phone” or a “handheld computer” fails to capture the change that has taken place. It is a change in kind, not just a change in scale, and just as drivers of the earliest cars called them […]

Tools Disguised As Toys

BGR on Microsoft still not getting the whole tablet thang: Windows-based tablets haven’t been big successes so far, whether they use the desktop-centric Windows 8 or the tablet-centric Windows RT. iMore’s Rene Ritchie does some sharp analysis of Microsoft’s latest marketing campaign and concludes that the company simply does not understand why people are buying […]

The Preatures

Via my brother, MarkMulvey. He sorts through 95% of the shitty music out there to find the good stuff. So you don’t have to. Welcome.

New School

Naz Hamid, on the industry versus the design schools: Something I’ve noticed, and as an industry we all have, is the disconnect between “The New Design” and what’s currently being taught in schools. Interactive designers, also called UI, UX or visual designers, are in short supply. The young guns are emerging, but product-driven start-ups and […]

You Hear the Struggle In It

Great interview with Billy Joel at the NYTimes: Everybody is different. Some writers can write reams of great books and then J. D. Salinger wrote just a few. Beethoven wrote nine symphonies. They were all phenomenal. Mozart wrote some 40 symphonies, and they were all phenomenal. That doesn’t mean Beethoven was a lesser writer, it’s […]

More Than Design

Designers (like me) love to talk about how successful Apple is in context of Design—software, operating system, hardware—but Apple’s popularity and profitability are due to much more than the big “D”. This email exchange between Steve Jobs and News Corp./HarperCollins sheds light on how important negotiating (or for Jobs, not negotiating) has been to Apple […]

Engine Efficiency

So Achates Power, in San Diego, is working on a diesel engine that uses 1/3 less fuel than conventional engines: The basic Junkers design has an unusual arrangement of pistons. In a conventional engine, a piston moves inside a cylinder, compressing fuel and air against a cylinder head. A significant amount of energy in fuel […]

Reflection Eternal

Underground classics is what they used to say before, Now we break the surface quiet like an alligator nose. —Talib Kweli, Soul Rebels image via Head Like An Orange