I launched a new Kickstarter project. It’s called The Phoenix Jacket.
I created it because I’m tired of having my iPhone 6 Plus jab me in the leg when I sit down. I’m also tired of trying to put my wallet in either my front OR back pocket. Jeans pockets were not designed for our modern world.
This is the part of my life where I realize necessity really is the mother of invention.
Microsoft says Windows 10 is installed on 75 million devices after just a month of availability.
Guess what? Only 5 of those devices are phones and tablets.
Remember, Windows currently owns less that three percent of the worldwide smartphone market.
I’m getting very close to launching my next Kickstarter project and signing up for my new newsletter is a great way to stay informed:
I have waaaaaay too many tabs open in Safari and they have been open for way too long.
Lucky for me and you, I find good shit and good shit doesn’t go bad.
Artist Celebrates Late Grandfather by Drawing the 100,000+ Items in His Tool Shed
Jony Ive’s Secret Coffee Ritual – Good coffee-making tips here
exquisite texts — “text +1 (718) 404-9006 and write some damn poetry”
This is What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising — “an athlete’s fitness drops faster the fitter they are” Solution? Stay active, even if it’s in little ways.
Hacking Kickstarter: How to Raise $100,000 in 10 Days — Keeping this on file for something I’ll be launching soon
How Bold Entrepreneurs Are Breaking $1 Million In One-Person Businesses — I want in.
This Simple Calculator Explains the Basics of Planning Your Retirement — C.R.E.A.M.
The Pixar Theory of Labor — I haven’t finished this, but what I have read is interesting.
Koken — “Content management and web site publishing for photographers” — I want to try this.
CreativeMornings: Wilson Miner – Steal This Talk
This crazy F1 concept car could save open wheel racing
Shawn Blanc: Creativity is a Gift
Andrew Ambrosino reimagined Apple Music and iTunes — I love projects like these.
Microsoft, Capitulation and The End of Windows Everywhere – Like IBM, Microsoft isn’t going away, but Windows is.
Seth Godin: When considering a new project, it might help to make three lists:
Rives: The Museum of Four in the Morning – What a great speaker
After you watch the above video of Rives, you can read this poem
Marco Arment: The ethics of modern web ad-blocking
NPR: Remembering When Driverless Elevators Drew Skepticism
Ars Technica: Op-ed: How I gave up alternating current *__*
The End of an Era: A Short Film About The Last Day of Hot Metal Typesetting at The New York Times (1978)
Ars Technica: Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun” It’s bullshit that the Happy Birthday song isn’t in the public domain.
MIT Technology Review: Tech’s Enduring Great-Man Myth
The Art of the Car Chase by Filmnørdens Hjørne
Once self-driving cars are ubiquitous, I wonder how weird car chase scenes in movies will seem to people.
Over at The Awl, Brian Feldman on Instagram celebrity, The Fat Jew:
Over the weekend, Instagram celebrity The Fat Jew—real name Josh Ostrovsky—faced swift and concentrated denunciation over the content (“jokes”) he posts on his account—one-liners, supposedly funny pictures, lowest common denominator viral chaff. Ostrovsky, who swipes material from others without credit and does not make much of what he posts, is arguably the native Instagram celebrity, with 5.7 million followers. There are people with more followers on Instagram, but mostly because they were celebrities before they joined; the Fat Jew is wholly a product of and for Instagram.
The Internet is all about posting uncredited words and images. It sucks.
For the record, I always do my best to give attribution to the quotes and words I post on this site.
Read enough old comics and this type of stuff shows up more regularly than one would expect.
Driving a car will be illegal by 2030. Our economy will be severely impacted as millions of truck drivers, cabbies and delivery people are put out of work. In this era of endless innovation, man’s century-long relationship with the automobile is about to be permanently disrupted.
The reason has nothing to do with millennials, Uber, climate change or improvements in mass transportation. Driving should and will be made illegal because we now have the technology to prevent deadly traffic accidents; one of the greatest causes of premature deaths around the globe. More than 1.2 million people are killed in car accidents globally each year (which is more than the total casualties suffered by both sides in the Korean War).
—Jay Samit, Driving Your Car Will Soon Be Illegal
We don’t deserve nice things.
Wow, Amazon sounds like a great place to work:
Company veterans often say the genius of Amazon is the way it drives them to drive themselves. “If you’re a good Amazonian, you become an Amabot,” said one employee, using a term that means you have become at one with the system.
Some veterans interviewed said they were protected from pressures by nurturing bosses or worked in relatively slow divisions. But many others said the culture stoked their willingness to erode work-life boundaries, castigate themselves for shortcomings (being “vocally self-critical” is included in the description of the leadership principles) and try to impress a company that can often feel like an insatiable taskmaster. Even many Amazonians who have worked on Wall Street and at start-ups say the workloads at the new South Lake Union campus can be extreme: marathon conference calls on Easter Sunday and Thanksgiving, criticism from bosses for spotty Internet access on vacation, and hours spent working at home most nights or weekends.
“One time I didn’t sleep for four days straight,” said Dina Vaccari, who joined in 2008 to sell Amazon gift cards to other companies and once used her own money, without asking for approval, to pay a freelancer in India to enter data so she could get more done. “These businesses were my babies, and I did whatever I could to make them successful.”
Since the article came out, CEO Jeff Bezos has refuted many of the claims in the article.