Monthly Archives: April 2014

Designers Weren’t Designed To Solve Everyone’s Problems

Interesting piece by Mills Baker on the failure of designers to prove themselves worthy at “the table”: It’s now 2014, and I doubt seriously whether I’m alone in feeling a sense of anxiety about how “design” is using its seat at the table. From the failure of “design-oriented” Path [1] to the recent news that […]

“it’s copyright law that leads to this bizarre result…”

At Techdirt, Mike Masnick on the Aereo court case: We mentioned this briefly in our writeup of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Aereo case, but I wanted to focus in on one particularly annoying issue that has come up repeatedly throughout this company’s history: the idea that its compliance with the […]

First-Sale Doctrine Ain’t In Effect, Yo

Joel Johnson from NBC New on the licensing around digital purchases from Amazon: The core issue might actually be a simple matter of semantics: when we click a digital button that is labelled “Buy,” we expect that we’re actually buying something. But we’re not buying anything, we’re licensing it. Just last year, the Supreme Court […]


Jonathan Jones on why we can’t stop Retronauting (sharing old photographs): What is nostalgia? For me it’s triggered by the sense that my parents might be young people in Butterfield’s deep colour vistas of the West End of London. For enthusiasts who post historic photographs on Twitter, it’s more broadly scattered. These pictures reveal the […]

3D Drawing

This LIX pen is neat. 3-D printing. 3-D drawing. Welcome to the future. via Colossal

Smuggling Across Borders

Sometimes I get pissed off how damn smart and talented Frank Chimero is: There’s one particular stupid wall I’d like to focus on today: the one we built between print and digital formats. I’m skeptical, so I have some questions. 1) Why do we think they’re at war with one another? 2) Why does one […]

Matthew Weiner

Matthew Weiner interviewed in the NYTimes: I prefer print books, but I have purchased a lot of e-books. There’s an incredible power to holding the iPad or the Kindle and seeing all the choices available, but it’s a little bit like opening Netflix. It can be overwhelming and feel like a collection instead of a […]


Interesting thesis by Avram Miller on what’s going to happen in September of 2015 (via Robert Cringely): Jobs began to realize that Google could become the next Microsoft which would have the same effect that the old Microsoft had on the pre-iPhone Apple, it would cut the company off at the knees. Jobs realized that […]

Loud and Sexy

Damn were cars in the 1966 Grand Prix in Monaco gorgeous—I’m talking about the look and the sound: h/t Bryan

An Update on the Kindle Update

Kindle for iOS, version 4.2 was released the other day. New features include easier access to the table of contents of books, and something called X-Ray Smart Look-Up. It’s a welcome addition, actually. But, has continuous scrolling, one feature that has been missing for years, been added yet? No, it has not.