Creepy robots#

It's only a matter of time before one of these kills somebody.


Creative space and the iPad#

[F]or me the potential of iPad is to decouple as many tasks as possible from my work environment - and to keep me away from that environment when I'm doing things that don't actually require me to be there other than to use a computer.

The secret history of Silicon Valley#

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank [talks] about how World War II set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of Silicon Valley, and the role of Frederick Terman and Stanford in working with government agencies (including the CIA and the NSA) to set up companies in this area that sparked the creation of hundreds of other enterprises.

The real rules for time travelers#

The issue that troubles us, when you get down to it, is free will. We have a strong feeling that we cannot be predestined to do something we choose not to do. That becomes a difficult feeling to sustain if we have already seen ourselves doing it.

NetNewsWire on the iPad#

It's a great 1.0 release, especially in light of the platform's novelty, but I've a few niggles:

  • Can't view items in chronological order (i.e., oldest items first), only "reverse" chronological order (i.e., newest items first). I first mentioned this in August 2008 in I ♥ NetNewsWire (on the iPhone) and then again late last year in Thoughts on NetNewsWire 2.0+ for the iPhone. Apparently no one at NewsGator thinks it's important for an app — whose sole purpose is to present ordered information — to present it in the order it's published. (Note that NNW/Mac allows for this, as does almost every other RSS reader on the planet.)
  • Hate having to confirm "mark all as read" every single time. It's insanity.
  • Can't mark an item as unread.
  • No way to set "Don't show in iPad" (at any level, i.e., folder or feed).

On the iPad I currently use NewsRack (formerly Newstand). I really dislike its icon and some of the color choices, but it takes care of most of the issues listed above. In any event, both of these are just stopgaps as I wait for the Reeder iPad app.

Steam Wars: A New Hope#

This line is my attempt to redesign the Star Wars universe in an antiquated Victorian style.

Biegert & Funk's "QLOCKTWO"#

You know I want one of these in my apartment. (Kind of amazing that they got 10 languages to work within the same 10x10 grid.)

We're All Gonna Die - 100 meters of existence#

This image is 100 meters long.

There are 178 people in the picture, all shot in the course of 20 days from the same spot on a railroad bridge on Warschauer Strasse in Berlin in the summer 2007.