Month: July 2009

Stevenf on Apple, iPhone, Google Voice, and the App Store

I’m furious with Apple and AT&T right now, with regard to the iPhone

This is fascinating. A long time Mac developer and die hard is pissed enough at Apple over their not allowing Google’s new iPhone app for Google Voice into the App Store that he’s dumping the iPhone until Apple makes this right.

I agree with him although I’m not sure I’d go so far as to dump the iPhone. He has the skills to make a killer online petition which I’d sign in a minute.

[via David Clark]

Public Radio’s iPhone App

Public Radio’s iPhone App

Public Radio Player 2.0, lets you scroll through over 400 stations and over 800 podcasts, picking favorites for later listening. An alphabetical navigation strip on the right augments search by title, call letters and description.

Public Radio Player 2.0 at iTunes Store

The reviews scare me a but (supposedly slow) but I just downloaded it and will try it in the next few days. Actually, it’s not only slow but tough to navigate. This one’s much better although it does not stream live shows, just allows browsing past podcasts and streams:

NPR Addict at iTunes Store

I immediately found Fresh Air from yesterday and started re-listening to Terry’s interview with Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno who has written an amazing book of poetry on her daughter’s murder.

Elevator for Grain, Reinvented for Art

Elevator for Grain, Reinvented for Art

A rare survivor among the stately wood-crib elevators that once towered over rural America, this 105-foot-tall structure has been reincarnated as one of the strangest new homes for contemporary art in the Northeast, a place that feels like a Lower East Side gallery transplanted into a treehouse, redolent of damp pine and the animal feed that once filled the spaces.

Wow, right up the road from us in Wassaic, NY. I’ve got to get over there to see this.


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An Easy Way to Increase Creativity

An Easy Way to Increase Creativity

This research has important practical implications. It suggests that there are several simple steps we can all take to increase creativity, such as traveling to faraway places (or even just thinking about such places), thinking about the distant future, communicating with people who are dissimilar to us, and considering unlikely alternatives to reality. Perhaps the modern environment, with its increased access to people, sights, music, and food from faraway places, helps us become more creative not only by exposing us to a variety of styles and ideas, but also by allowing us to think more abstractly. So the next time you’re stuck on a problem that seems impossible don’t give up. Instead, try to gain a little psychological distance, and pretend the problem came from somewhere very far away.

Quite a fascinating and useful piece of research. No wonder I do more photographic work when my friends come visit me and still more when I visit them. I certainly get stimulated when I travel and while I’ve not noticed manic creative sessions upon returning home, I’m going to be looking for them now.

[via kottke.org]