Monthly Archives: September 2017

The iPhone X Notch Will Be Forgotten

Over at The Verge, Vlad Savov examines the ‘notch’ at the top of the new iPhone X: Draw me an iPhone. The lines may be squiggly, the rounded corners imperfect, but almost everyone you pose this challenge to will present you with the shape of a rectangle containing another rectangle sat atop a circle. The […]

I Like Jews, Personally

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’: Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally? Facebook’s self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you. Until this week, when we asked Facebook about it, the world’s largest social network enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost […]

iPhone X Has a Unibrow

Yesterday was Apple’s Keynote where they unveiled the ‘all screen’ iPhone X. They also posted an instructional video on how to design for the iPhone X, and it’s unibrow. I would love to know what level of rage Jony Ive is feeling about this: I understand the unibrow is there because it houses all the […]

Haim in Oakland

Last night my wife and I saw the band Haim perform at the Fox Theatre in Oakland. The girls (all three are sisters) in the band put on a great a show. They released a video a few months ago for ‘Want You Back’, the first track off their new album, Something to Tell You. […]

Age and Creativity

Alison Gopnik and Tom Griffiths on age and creativity: Why does creativity generally tend to decline as we age? One reason may be that as we grow older, we know more. That’s mostly an advantage, of course. But it also may lead us to ignore evidence that contradicts what we already think. We become too […]

There’s the door, Texas.

In Texas, Distrust of Washington Collides With Need for Federal Aid: Few places need the federal government right now more than Texas does, as it begins to recover from Hurricane Harvey. Yet there are few states where the federal government is viewed with more resentment, suspicion and scorn. For Republicans, who dominate Texas government, anti-Washington […]

The App Store

Back in June, Horace Dediu took a look at 9 years of numbers for the App Store: The App Store is almost 9 years old. In that time it has generated about $100 billion in revenues, of which about $70 billion has been passed on to developers and $30 billion was kept by Apple. It’s […]

This is your assignment.

The words from a collaborative poster project by illustrator Wendy MacNaughton and writer Courtney E. Martin: This is your assignment. Feel all the things. Feel the hard things. The inexplicable things, the things that make you disavow humanity’s capacity for redemption. Feel all the maddening paradoxes. Feel overwhelmed, crazy. Feel uncertain. Feel angry. Feel afraid. […]

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn: You, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain: Dr. Oakley is not the only person teaching students how to use tools drawn from neuroscience to enhance learning. But her popularity is a testament to her skill at presenting the material, and also to the course’s message of hope. Many of her online students are […]

“He struggled with reading and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia”

The New York Times has an interesting profile on writer Gabriel Tallent and his debut novel, “My Absolute Darling”: He was more comfortable in the woods than in school. He struggled with reading and was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. When he finally started reading fluidly, he began binging on pulp science fiction […]