My god, stop paying attention for a few years and look what happens.
[via Coudal Partners]
Bret’s talk takes a while (53 minutes) but man is it worth it. Don’t be put off by the code (if you don’t code), it’s less about code, more about tight interactivity leading to more creativity as a guiding principle. When you couple excellent coding skills with a creative person who enjoys sharing many things are possible and this video is a demonstration of that.
Seymour Papert, various folks at the IBM Watson Research Lab, Bill Atkinson, Alan Kay, Larry Tesler, and others at Xerox PARC, and many other people have been working in this area but I have to say, Bret’s talk is the best I’ve heard (and I’ve heard many). He uses Tesler’s invention of modeless text editing as an example, among others.
Bret’s web site: Bret Victor
My long time flickr contact minato has posted a very interesting image shot in Osaka, Japan with her Canon 5D and a fast prime lens. Wonderful blur and bokeh in the lights.
Hari Sreenivasan hosted a great segment on Friday’s PBS NewsHour: OMG! Exporting American Slang to China.
Watch the segment video at the bottom of the page (the second video).
Jessica Beinecke writes, hosts, and produces OMG! Meiyu (oh my god! American English) and as you can see, has over 6000 subscribers and over 600,000 video views in her YouTube channel. Go Jessica!
Photographer David Jay is both an incredible portrait photographer and sensitive to the intimate psychological and physical details of breast cancer surgery. This is one of the most incredible collections of photographs I’ve seen on any subject. These images need to be seen printed as they’re large: exhibition schedule.
Check out the documentary: Baring It All.
The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.
Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.
[via Boing Boing]
Errol Morris documents the life of Bill Simmons (El Wingador) who is a competitive eater. This is an amazing film, highly recommended. Watch it full screen.
THIS MUST BE THE PLACE is a series of short films produced and directed by Ben Wu and David Usui that explore the idea of home.
The three films they have up now are excellent, each in its own way.
This is a great interview. The Planet Money guys are brilliant and Marco gets right in sync with their style.
Marco made and sells one of my all time favorite utilities: Instapaper. In a nutshell, if I start reading an article on my computer and want to finish it or read it on my iPad, I hit a button on my browser “read later” and the article is sent up to Instapaper, a cloud-based service that acts as my breadcrumbs in the clouds. Later, when I’m using my iPad (still connected to wifi) I click the Instapaper app and update its cache of saved stuff. The article appears and I can read it there.
What many don’t realize is that Instapaper caches the articles on the iPad and/or iPhone and so, I can read them there when I’m not connected, like when I’m on a plane. So, before my regular trips to LA I routinely load up my Instapaper account with things I want to read on the plane, then update the iPad’s Instapaper cache memory and I’m set.
Instapaper has many iBook-like reading tools including typographic control and more.
I’m hoping to use Instapaper to help my mother read The New Yorker as its app is totally worthless for anyone who can’t read small type.
I love this guy, he’s the John Muir (How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive) of the treehouse world.
This documentary takes a while but its well worth it. Garnier and his little Jack Russell terrier are treasures.
[via Boing Boing]
The Glass House happens to be in my backyard (New Canaan, Connecticut) and I’ve never been there. This is a nice piece at core77 on restoring and preserving a Donald Judd concrete sculpture that’s installed on the 47 acre grounds.
Bobby McFerrin is a national treasure. Here he is improvising with a rather large group in a stadium who know exactly how to stick with him.
Here he is doing his thing at TED:
American Masters just aired a great documentary on the designers Charles and Ray Eames, the influential American designers. I highly recommend watching it by following the above link.
I first posted about Susan Kare here: Making the Macintosh Project but I’ve known about her since the mid-1980′s because both her icon and font designs were the “face” of the original Macintosh and stayed with us for close to ten years.
I have this “disease” and there’s a very fine line between hoarding lots of stuff looking for patterns and the kind of high end collecting these folks do. Each class of collecting (hooding and high end collecting) has its extremes.
What these folks do that I haven’t done yet is curate their collections; my various collections sit in boxes in the basement and at some point when I’m not looking my wife may dispose of them. The sad part is, I might not notice for a while. Matchbooks, postcards, stamps, cigar boxes, coins, political cartoons, boarding pass stubs, embossed napkins, sea shells, pasta and a lot more. Ugh.
Another form of this is scrapbooking which tends to be about personal history but can be less focused as well. I tend to collect paper ephemera so my collections are probably a hybrid of objects and scrapbooking minus the curation and scrapbook.
In a way, blogging and reblogging is a type of collecting and curating, it’s just not objects that are being curated, it’s ideas or videos about ideas (like collecting and collectors).
Fascinating panel discussion at The Churchill Club with Bill Atkinson, Jean-Louis Gassée, Andy Hertzfeld, Regis McKenna, Deborah Stapleton, and Larry Tesler moderated by Paul Freiberger.
Jean-Louis is incredible (as always).
[via Richard Koch]