I read a lot of book samples on my Kindle. More samples than books. It’s one of my favorite features, you get a taste of a book before you commit to buying it. But I also feel like it makes me a waffler, always reading the next sample instead of actually starting a book. I should do a year-end list of Kindle samples, a best-of retrospective, showing off my keen ability to procrastinate.
Sometimes I feel like my life has been reduced to wishing people happy birthday on Facebook.
Spending time in temporarily deserted places, a MeFi discussion. Examples include a beach in the winter time, New York City on the morning after New Year’s Eve, and Costco during the Super Bowl. Related: Out of Season.
Lonelygirl15: how one mysterious vlogger changed the internet, the Internet was pretty cool back then.
Reading: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. In the old school physical format of a paperback (maybe an end around to my sample problem).
Listening: The Maritimes by Classified, if you like sketchy bagpipe samples, appeals to my former House of Pain loving teen self, Spotify’s Discover Weekly feature just keeps churning up odd little tchotchkes like this.
Watching: Nothing, seriously, I got nothing, I’m 3 weeks behind on Game of Thrones.
I’m glad summer is here …
Resident’s on cut through streets are making fake reports in Waze to try and prevent traffic from coming to their neighborhoods.
It was here that Connor learned that some Waze warriors had launched concerted campaigns to fool the app. Neighbors filed false reports of blockages, sometimes with multiple users reporting the same issue to boost their credibility. But Waze was way ahead of them.
It’s not possible to fool the system for long, according to Waze officials. For one thing, the system knows if you’re not actually in motion. More important, it constantly self-corrects, based on data from other drivers.
Traffic is the problem, Waze is not.
The word of the day is Homefulness:
In July 1841, the poet John Clare escaped from High Beech asylum in Epping Forest to get home to his beloved Mary Joyce. For three and a half days he walked with broken shoes, sleeping in porches and eating grass from the roadside. He recalled that, exhausted and foot-foundered, he reached the point where the road forks to Peterborough and was suddenly restored: “I felt myself in home’s way.” The writer Iain Sinclair, who retraced Clare’s journey, used the little-known word “homefulness” to describe Clare’s feeling at this point. He became full with the feeling of home.
The word of the day is Refenestrate:
To take a recently defenestrated object and throw it back through the window it was ejected from.
Illustrator Martin Panchaud made a 123 meter long “infographic” that re-tells the story of Star Wars. A sample:
This episode of The Note to Self podcast was pretty good. I especially liked this bit:
3. Computational Kindness The next time you try to plan a meeting, skip the classic line, “I’m totally free.” Brian calls this “Passing the computational buck.” Instead, ask a binary question like “Are you free for dinner at 5 p.m. on Thursday?” It may go against the rules of etiquette, but setting a specific window for availability should be more efficient.
I didn’t even know long exposure photos of Roomba routes was a thing. Example:
Kevin David Köster’s Art is like Moebius decided to draw Adventure Time. Example:
It’s a typewriter of sorts.
I feel like it’s the polar opposite of something like Magic Leap.
It’s interesting to me that they both exist in the same technology time frame.
For the record, I don’t think I like either.
Carl creates the animated covers for the Serial Podcast episodes. Example:
Jeff Atwood tries to apply some kind of logic to the horribleness of Internet trolls. Jeff links to and writes about some really sad/disturbing things in the article, but if you’re a regular Internet user you should really take the time to read it.
The cross-hair pattern left by the cameras (70mm Hasselblad Electronic Data Camera) used in the NASA Apollo mission photographs has always fascinated Doane Paper founder Chad Doane. Drawing from this inspiration the new pattern is called Moon Camera and is comprised of faint light blue crosses positioned with one inch spacing. The pattern was applied to Doane Paper’s most popular product tool the Idea Journal.
Great idea, here is a look at the paper and it’s inspiration:
/via jet pens
Great comic on the evolution of camouflage:
From zebra-like patterns on military ships to using Hollywood-style effects to disguise California, World Wars I and II were the dawn of a new age of camouflage.
Also, there is a great episode of 99% Invisible about the Ghost Troops mentioned in the comic.
/via things magazine
Even better on mobile because it jumps around so much. Tacitly related: the hardest way to enter your birthdate.
Short for Content Management System. Source of laughter and tears. Often used as a euphemism for Wordpress by clients, which, again is a euphemism for “I don’t want to pay for technology”. Using a CMS (aka Wordpress) for the wrong purpose often leads to a “CMS in a CMS.” The most common misunderstanding when it comes to CMS is that the Content Management System replaces Content Management. Systems facilitate management, they do not replace it.
The rest of iA’s dictionary is pretty fun as well.
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