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The future of newspapers?

Try to imagine a world where the future of print is unclear: Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide “Click to buy” is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really.

<3 @cshirky


But for the design community, the issue is larger than anyone’s feelings, or even the success or failure of these apps. I worry about the reckoning to come when Square sells to Apple for less than its investors had hoped, or when Medium shuts down or gets acquired (or pivots to provide something other than an attractive, New Yorker-themed CMS for writers, the poorest people in the first world).

What defines the web.

We shouldn’t think of “the web” as only what renders in web browsers. We should think of the web as anything transmitted using HTTP and HTTPS. Apps and websites are peers, not competitors. They’re all just clients to the same services.

Great long form article about Adventure Time

Literature fans are likely to enjoy Adventure Time’s deliriously loopy philosophico-comical language most of all. Sometimes the “deeper” message is double-edged, both joke and not, as in this pronouncement from the scarily toothless, smeared and bitten gingerbread man, the Royal Tart Toter: “This cosmic dance of bursting decadence and withheld permissions twists all our arms collectively. But, if sweetness can win—and it can—then I’ll still be here tomorrow, to high five you, yesterday, my friend. Peace.” But mostly the language is just full of fun:

“I’m not righteous,” Finn laments. “I’m wrongteous. Stupidteous.”

<3 Best animation on TV.


Kan vi se for oss Thorstein Selvik levere følgende peptalk i et rom fullt av herrer:

«Så nyyydelige dere ser ut, gutter! Skjønnere enn noensinne! Dere er så flotte at dere sikkert får tafse litt på hun damen med kameraet!«

Kjønnet nettverksbygging er tull, uansett hvilket kjønn.

Typekit practice

Volumes have been written about typography, yet every good designer will say there are no rules; there is no magic formula for success. Typography simply takes practice. Typography is a practice.

Publishing cycles

A digital product that only updates once a month is a relic. A lot of what was done in wave 1 of app magazines ignored the lessons of web over the last 20+ years. I am incredibly optimistic about magazine-like storytelling on digital devices, but binding them to print production cycles in monolithic downloads must evolve.

Terms of Service bonanza

Instead, anyone who has received anything that could be construed as a benefit and who then has a dispute with the company over its products will have to use informal negotiation via email or go through arbitration to seek relief, according to the new terms posted on its site.

In language added on Tuesday after The New York Times contacted it about the changes, General Mills seemed to go even further, suggesting that buying its products would bind consumers to those terms.

Surely US is the final frontier of corporate law.

A computer mystery/romance set 5 minutes into the future of 1988

Looks like an excellent game.

Scrolling vs. Paging

In this study, we examined the use of paging vs. scrolling in reading passages, including participants’ reading comprehension in paging and scrolling conditions.


Our conversations revealed recurring themes about applying Pixar's principles in other organizations: delight and storytelling as driving forces, the elimination of ego as management strategy, the idea that creativity can come from anyone, and the balance between patience and action. Each is a philosophy and approach that former employees have adopted in their new organizations to create revolutionary products and strong teams, and can be translated into any business, including yours.

Stop counting clicks

For 20 years, publishers have been chasing pageviews, the metric that counts the number of times people load a web page. The more pageviews a site gets, the more people are reading, the more successful the site. Or so we thought. Chartbeat looked at deep user behavior across 2 billion visits across the web over the course of a month and found that most people who click don’t read. In fact, a stunning 55% spent fewer than 15 seconds actively on a page.


- Det er verdifullt med alternativer, men forslaget er ikke realistisk fordi det vil ramme vanlige folk som tilfeldigvis har dyre eiendommer veldig hardt, sier han.

Ja, stakkars vanlige folk med veldig dyre eiendommer :)

Titles for quotes are stupid

one of the differences between freelancers and consultants is that consultants own the business objectives of the code that they write

build value > bill hours


The fundamental problem is that many products are created to be sold, not used.

Going to the moon or helping to post cat memes?

VC has ceased to be the funder of the future, and instead become a funder of features, widgets, irrelevances

Invisible Technology

The impact of technology will increase ten-fold as it is imbedded in the fabric of everyday life. As technology becomes more imbedded and invisible, it calms our lives by removing annoyances while keeping us connected with what is truly important

Excellent wording of what technology wants and what we should want from technology

Benjamin Franklin on democracy

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Zuckerberg's letter to shareholders

Unlike most companies, Facebook views its "business" as a way to fund its product. This is profound and important, especially for investors who believe that products are just tools with which to build businesses and generate cash for shareholders.

The right to be a geek

Who, upon seeing a woman cosplaying without an accompanying curriculum vitae posted above her head on a stick, laying out her geek bona fides, says to him or herself “Everything I loved about my geekdom has turned to ashes in my mouth,” and then flees to from the San Diego Convention Center, weeping? If there is such an unfortunate soul, should the fragile pathology of their own geekdom be the concern of the cosplaying woman?

The premise that geekdom is about sharing things you love, not hating it when the things you love reach other people, is something bigger than just geekdom, and I think sharing is magical.

However, most of the things I enjoy, I enjoy as a monk. I sit in my dark corner and work. And then, I share the results. Hopefully I still get to keep my geek card.

Interference is expensive in design

Nothing is more destructive to good design than group thinking and collective decision making. Why? As I said, to most people good design is invisible. Group decisions focus on the visible, bad aspects of design.

Dictation in ML disables MacBook’s fans to hear better.

A nice new feature many MacBook users have noticed in Mountain Lion when using Dictation is that the MacBook’s fan briefly turns off in order to hear the user more clearly.

This is the beauty of having control of all the aspects of a product.

Enterprise fucked up OAuth 2.0

In the real world, Facebook is still running on draft 12 from a year and a half ago, with absolutely no reason to update their implementation. After all, an updated 2.0 client written to work with Facebook’s implementation is unlikely to be useful with any other provider and vice-versa. OAuth 2.0 offers little to none code re-usability.

This makes me really mad. :-(

Oops, I accidentally muslims.

“I actually support funding for teaching the fundamentals of America’s Founding Fathers’ religion, which is Christianity, in public schools or private schools,” the District 64 Representative said Monday.

“Unfortunately it will not be limited to the Founders’ religion,” Hodges said. “We need to insure that it does not open the door to fund radical Islam schools. There are a thousand Muslim schools that have sprung up recently. I do not support using public funds for teaching Islam anywhere here in Louisiana.”

America, the land of hypocrites.

The most interesting chart I've seen all day

Realizing that Windows is not a hegemony will unleash market forces that nobody can predict.

Makes it feel like the new Surface is at least a year too late to the party.

Steve Jobs - The Lost Interview

My little film about Steve Jobs has finally made it to iTunes as a $3.99 rental, but you wouldn’t know it. Deeming the film “too controversial,” Apple has it on the site but they aren’t promoting it and won’t. The topic is “too sensitive” you see. It isn’t even listed in the iTunes new releases. You have to search for it. But it’s there.

Sneaking around at Apple

When an Apple programmer’s project got canceled, he didn’t despair. He just kept sneaking into the office until the program was finished.

This is how great makers work.

The a-social tendencies of Google

We don't want to spend time agonizing over which GIF of a sparkler or peach cobbler to send to our uninhabited Google+ circles so that our guests can in turn upload photos of the jumpoff in real time, providing some bastardized function halfway between party and panopticon.

This article very clearly articulates how I have been feeling about Google for a long time now. There is the real life, and then there is living virtually (say, chat on Facebook), but they do not seem to mix very well. We tend to go all in, because otherwise we’re being stretched, socially. Just like having two conversations at once, it is really only useful to nerds trying to lifehack themselves.


Almost everyone I know is busy. They feel anxious and guilty when they aren’t either working or doing something to promote their work. They schedule in time with friends the way students with 4.0 G.P.A.’s  make sure to sign up for community service because it looks good on their college applications

That's why my plan is being idle on a bike the next two weeks.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles had to soften up for the younger set

The original Mirage comic book really wasn’t made for youngsters. The Turtles diced up enemies while spouting the occasional curse word, and one of the Turtles’ allies was hockey mask-wearing vigilante Casey Jones, who beat down even low-level crooks with baseball bats and hockey sticks.