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22 January 2014

photography & culture

Unbelievable => Fstoppers Nikon DF Digital Camera Hipster Review

culture

This is impressive: 20 year mystery solved in 14 minutes

21 January 2014

photography & design

The Almost Perfect Camera

20 January 2014

technology & culture

One diabetic’s take on Google’s Smart Contact Lenses

And yet, I cannot get over what seems to me a tone-deaf approach by Google’s scientists. It also highlights Google’s fundamental challenge: it fails to think about people as people, instead it treats them as an academic or an engineering problem. Instead of trying to understand the needs of actual people, they emerge with an elegant technological solution.

It is not just this one time. Google+, their social network, is a fail because it fundamentally isn’t social or about people — it is an effort to solve Google’s need for social data for better advertising using machines. Similarly, Google Glasses are a cringe-worthy assault to the social interactions of normals, but because a certain subset of Googlers — including co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page — have a cyborg fetish, it is okay to make that design. It is frustrating for me to keep repeating this, because Google is a company with huge resources and those resources could be deployed more effectively and have a much more positive impact, more quickly. And to do that, the company needs to learn to be human and develop compassion for human condition.

politics & france

Hollande’s Romances Turn Into a Political Spectacle

Caught in a clandestine affair that is more bedroom farce than Shakespearean drama — a beautiful actress, a scorned woman at home, surreptitious comings and goings on a most unpresidential scooter — Mr. Hollande is testing the limits of France’s famous tolerance for private indiscretion and leaving himself vulnerable to ridicule.

culture & film

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

literature

The 5 Best Punctuation Marks in Literature

13 January 2014

television

Game of Thrones, Season 4: Trailer #1

3 January 2014

photography & culture

Goodbye, Cameras

culture & art

On Eyebombing

technology & culture

Can-Do vs. Can’t-Do Culture

business & technology

Charlie Stross: Why I want Bitcoin to die in a fire

To editorialize briefly, BitCoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to damage central banking and money issuing banks, with a Libertarian political agenda in mind—to damage states ability to collect tax and monitor their citizens financial transactions. Which is fine if you’re a Libertarian, but I tend to take the stance that Libertarianism is like Leninism: a fascinating, internally consistent political theory with some good underlying points that, regrettably, makes prescriptions about how to run human society that can only work if we replace real messy human beings with frictionless spherical humanoids of uniform density (because it relies on simplifying assumptions about human behaviour which are unfortunately wrong).

2 January 2014

technology & television

Got Apple TV for Christmas, any cool tips anyone?

technology

Hypercritical: Apple’s 2013 Scorecard

27 December 2013

food

How To Make Your Own Maple-Walnut Bitters

18 December 2013

travel & food

Excited to announce FoodieTV is live in the App Store!

Five sumptuous stories about food and the places it comes from, delivered weekly.

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13 December 2013

technology & web

Anil Dash: What Medium Is

technology & culture

Everything is a Remix Case Study: The iPhone

culture

Casual Predation

This is an important article for everyone to read.

12 December 2013

science

Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code