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

I’ve never read a business book that shouldn’t have been shorter.

I love the novella length Kindle Singles section on Amazon. I love Novellas and think there should be more of them. Novellas never get much love because they’re not optimized for the publishing industry. They’re not big enough that people want to pay $8-12 for them. Kindle Singles cost $1-5. 

While fiction novellas are great I think non-fiction is really well served at this length. The majority of non-fiction books I’ve read would have been much better at the Kindle Single length, especially business books. They almost always feel bloated so they can reach that magical word count. (Not totally true my friend @FosterThinking's book is the right length.)

For context:

  • Kindle Singles are 5,000 - 30,000 words and at 250 words a page (which almost all books are) that would be 20-120 pages.
  • Short stories are 1,000 - 7,500, which would be 4-30 pages and why they’re usually first published in magazines (or on blog posts) and then packaged in anthologies. 
  • Novelette (which most publishers usually treat as a novella) are 7,501 - 17,500 words which would be 30-70 pages. 
  • Novellas are 17,501-40,000 words which would be 70-160 pages. 
  • The vast majority of books are ~300 pages (especially fiction) but it’s not uncommon to find business books in the 200-250 range. 

(Full disclosure, I work at Amazon but have nothing to do with the publishing or Kindle side of the business.) 

Robots test their own world wide web, dubbed RoboEarth
EU-funded RoboEarth project is a cloud-based system for robots to learn from each other  
What could possibly go wrong?

Robots test their own world wide web, dubbed RoboEarth

EU-funded RoboEarth project is a cloud-based system for robots to learn from each other  

What could possibly go wrong?

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

Leonardo DaVinci. 

5 steps to finding your focus

(via fastcompany)

My Dream

un:

Is to have a massive Dune Convention at the Bruneau Sand Dunes. Nerds, science fiction, sand, Idaho.

DuneCon! I would come back for this. 

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.