The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report

Jonze had help in finding the contours of this slight future, including conversations with designers from New York-based studio Sagmeister & Walsh and an early meeting with Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, principals at architecture firm DS+R. As the film’s production designer, Barrett was responsible for making it a reality.
Throughout that process, he drew inspiration from one of his favorite books, a visual compendium of futuristic predictions from various points in history. Basically, the book reminded Barrett what not to do. “It shows a lot of things and it makes you laugh instantly, because you say, ‘those things never came to pass!’” he explains. “But often times, it’s just because they over-thought it. The future is much simpler than you think.”

Why Her Will Dominate UI Design Even More Than Minority Report

Jonze had help in finding the contours of this slight future, including conversations with designers from New York-based studio Sagmeister & Walsh and an early meeting with Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, principals at architecture firm DS+R. As the film’s production designer, Barrett was responsible for making it a reality.

Throughout that process, he drew inspiration from one of his favorite books, a visual compendium of futuristic predictions from various points in history. Basically, the book reminded Barrett what not to do. “It shows a lot of things and it makes you laugh instantly, because you say, ‘those things never came to pass!’” he explains. “But often times, it’s just because they over-thought it. The future is much simpler than you think.”

Op-ed: Disney takes a chainsaw to the Star Wars expanded universe

Word began trickling out over Twitter last week that Disney will be drastically redefining the state of the Star Wars lore, eliminating the bifurcated mainline/EU arrangement and in its place constructing a single official canon. All things that are part of the canon are “real,” as far as Star Wars is concerned; all things not in the canon are “not real.” This eliminates the quasi-real EU (Expanded Universe) tier—going forward, things will either exist officially, or not at all.

Really is for the best. So much if the EU was just directionless. It’s what happened when no one was really watching, just letting fans with pens run wild. 

Op-ed: Disney takes a chainsaw to the Star Wars expanded universe

Word began trickling out over Twitter last week that Disney will be drastically redefining the state of the Star Wars lore, eliminating the bifurcated mainline/EU arrangement and in its place constructing a single official canon. All things that are part of the canon are “real,” as far as Star Wars is concerned; all things not in the canon are “not real.” This eliminates the quasi-real EU (Expanded Universe) tier—going forward, things will either exist officially, or not at all.

Really is for the best. So much if the EU was just directionless. It’s what happened when no one was really watching, just letting fans with pens run wild. 

Perspective. 

Perspective. 

parislemon:

nevver:

Why I Love Headphones

Yep.

I sometimes leave my headphones in even when I’m not listening to anything.

parislemon:

nevver:

Why I Love Headphones

Yep.

I sometimes leave my headphones in even when I’m not listening to anything.

Aces Interview: Tac Anderson - Seattle lifestyle & fashion - FreshJess.com
Who would have ever thought I’d be interviewed on a fashion blog? 

Aces Interview: Tac Anderson - Seattle lifestyle & fashion - FreshJess.com

Who would have ever thought I’d be interviewed on a fashion blog? 

 An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology - By Amber Case

What is the dictionary? 
This text covers various subjects such as time and space compression, hyperlinked memories, panic architecture, mobile technology, interface evaporation and how technology is changing the way we live.

Can’t wait to get my copy!

 An Illustrated Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology - By Amber Case

What is the dictionary?

This text covers various subjects such as time and space compression, hyperlinked memories, panic architecture, mobile technology, interface evaporation and how technology is changing the way we live.

Can’t wait to get my copy!

Sherlock Theme Dubstep as heard in The Sign of Three. 

Loved this part of The Sign of Three. I want a whole song done like this. 

The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929 

The key driver of change, as Ortega sees it, comes from a shocking attitude characteristic of the modern age—or, at least, Ortega was shocked. Put simply, the masses hate experts. If forced to choose between the advice of the learned and the vague impressions of other people just like themselves, the masses invariably turn to the latter. The upper elite still try to pronounce judgments and lead, but fewer and fewer of those down below pay attention.
Above all, the favorite source of wisdom for the masses, in Ortega’s schema, is their own strident opinions. “Why should he listen, when he has all the answers, everything he needs to know?” Ortega writes. “It is no longer the season to listen, but on the contrary, a time to pass judgment, to pronounce sentence, to issue proclamations.”
He understands that the rise of new technological tools gives a global scope to the unformed opinions of people who, in a previous era, would have only focused on what was nearby and familiar.

Looks like I’ll be adding The Revolt of the Masses to my reading list. 

The Smartest Book About Our Digital Age Was Published in 1929 

The key driver of change, as Ortega sees it, comes from a shocking attitude characteristic of the modern age—or, at least, Ortega was shocked. Put simply, the masses hate experts. If forced to choose between the advice of the learned and the vague impressions of other people just like themselves, the masses invariably turn to the latter. The upper elite still try to pronounce judgments and lead, but fewer and fewer of those down below pay attention.

Above all, the favorite source of wisdom for the masses, in Ortega’s schema, is their own strident opinions. “Why should he listen, when he has all the answers, everything he needs to know?” Ortega writes. “It is no longer the season to listen, but on the contrary, a time to pass judgment, to pronounce sentence, to issue proclamations.”

He understands that the rise of new technological tools gives a global scope to the unformed opinions of people who, in a previous era, would have only focused on what was nearby and familiar.

Looks like I’ll be adding The Revolt of the Masses to my reading list. 

Internet and Tacos. What else do you need in life?

Internet and Tacos. What else do you need in life?

(Source: mylifeissomexican, via un)

motherboardtv:
Now Even Some Girl Scouts Are Accepting Bitcoin
Uh… Didn’t see this as the next step in adoption.

motherboardtv:

Now Even Some Girl Scouts Are Accepting Bitcoin

Uh… Didn’t see this as the next step in adoption.

What are my weekend plans? We’re going to see what we can build using our Hummingbird Robots Kit and our 3Doodler. 

What are my weekend plans? We’re going to see what we can build using our Hummingbird Robots Kit and our 3Doodler. 

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet | Best of What’s New 2013

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces. 

I imagine a scene from a movie where a guy walks into a crowded plaza, places his backpack on the ground. Unzips is and steps back while dozens of tiny drones emerge. 

Prox Dynamics PD-100 Black Hornet | Best of What’s New 2013

In a world of delicate, experimental nano-drones, the Black Hornet is the first operational system deployed. A hand-launched observation drone, it can resist gusting winds, fly for 25 minutes, and travel nearly a mile from its operator. The autopilot can follow GPS coordinates to conduct a preplanned patrol or simply hover and stare. All in a drone that weighs less than 0.6 ounces. 

I imagine a scene from a movie where a guy walks into a crowded plaza, places his backpack on the ground. Unzips is and steps back while dozens of tiny drones emerge. 

Small businesses and schools love 3D printers even more than techies

Techies love 3D printers. They build Terminator arms and 3D scanners and personalized toothbrushesthat clean your mouth in six seconds. Hobbyists love 3D printers too and go crazy creating guns andfigurines of themselves and full-sized Aston Martin vehicles.
But you know who else loves 3D printers? Small businesses and schools. That’s right, other less-techie sectors of society are starting to wake up to the potential of printing (almost) any object from scratch. With more and more affordable printers on the market, the magical machines are becoming integral for local institutions ranging from elementary schools to hospitals.

Small businesses and schools love 3D printers even more than techies

Techies love 3D printers. They build Terminator arms and 3D scanners and personalized toothbrushesthat clean your mouth in six seconds. Hobbyists love 3D printers too and go crazy creating guns andfigurines of themselves and full-sized Aston Martin vehicles.

But you know who else loves 3D printers? Small businesses and schools. That’s right, other less-techie sectors of society are starting to wake up to the potential of printing (almost) any object from scratch. With more and more affordable printers on the market, the magical machines are becoming integral for local institutions ranging from elementary schools to hospitals.

pbstv:

Readers in the West may have stopped hearing about Russian literature after the USSR collapsed, but that doesn’t mean the Russians stopped writing.
Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin, hosted by Stephen Fry, is available online. Watch it now.

Stephen Fry on Russian literature? I’m down. 

pbstv:

Readers in the West may have stopped hearing about Russian literature after the USSR collapsed, but that doesn’t mean the Russians stopped writing.

Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin, hosted by Stephen Fry, is available online. Watch it now.

Stephen Fry on Russian literature? I’m down. 

For all of our advances in technology why can’t we make charging cables and headphones that don’t constantly short out right next to the jack?