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"A big part of the experience of a physical object has to do with the materials," says Jonathan Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of Design, during a brief chat with Core77. "[At Apple] we experiment with and explore materials, processing them, learning about the inherent properties of the material--and the process of transforming it from raw material to finished product; for example, understanding exactly how the processes of machining it or grinding it affect it. That understanding, that preoccupation with the materials and processes, is [very] essential to the way we work." via Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 30, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
What the scientists should have been asking was how they could reverse the problem. And the answer isn’t more science; it’s better PR. When celebrities like Tiger Woods or Tom Cruise lose control of their image, they don’t waste time at conferences. They hire an expert. What the climatology community needs is a crackerjack Hollywood PR team. Climate scientists know people don’t believe them; they just haven’t responded well. “They have to do a better job than the other side, via Continue reading
Reblogged May 31, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
A letter written by physicist Richard Feynman to his dead wife, Arline, Oct. 17, 1946: D’Arline, I adore you, sweetheart … It is such a terribly long time since I last wrote to you – almost two years but I know you’ll excuse me because you understand how I am, stubborn and realistic; and I thought there was no sense to writing. But now I know my darling wife that it is right to do what I have delayed in doing, and what I have done so much in the past. I want to tell you I love you. I... Continue reading
Reblogged May 30, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
Do it anyway. We don’t have to do anything else first. We don’t need to cure our neuroses, conquer our fears, overcome our bad habits. We don’t have to be sane; we don’t have to be solvent. We can be totally screwed up. None of these real-world troubles has anything to do with our creative selves. The part of our psyches that we write from, or paint from, or conceive new entrepreneurial or philanthropic ventures from . . . that part exists in a wholly different dimension from the part of us that is mucking up our personal lives. There’s... Continue reading
Reblogged May 29, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
But the sophistication of the modern world lies not in individual intelligence or imagination. It is a collective enterprise. Nobody—literally nobody—knows how to make the pencil on my desk (as the economist Leonard Read once pointed out), let alone the computer on which I am writing. The knowledge of how to design, mine, fell, extract, synthesize, combine, manufacture and market these things is fragmented among thousands, sometimes millions of heads. Once human progress started, it was no longer limited by the size of human brains. Intelligence became collective and cumulative. via Continue reading
Reblogged May 27, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
A lot of arguments ensued about how to do Xbox right. On the original Xbox project, Allard argued technical points upward; for instance, he and a few others convinced Bill Gates that the Xbox shouldn’t run Windows. That turned out to be one of the best technical decisions they made, since Windows was a resource pig that would have slowed games down. He also argued that Microsoft should include broadband-only Ethernet connections in the box, avoiding the slow phone modems that were more popular at the time. That decision had mixed results, but the Xbox Live online game service that... Continue reading
Reblogged May 26, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
Improv Everywhere aims to "cause scenes of joy in public places." We want people to remember that the Library is a place of joy, and community, and discovering the unexpected -- all the great positive things you see in the video. Now, have a look at the behind-the-scenes experiences of our PR maven Angela Montefinise and photographer Katie Sokoler below. via Continue reading
Reblogged May 25, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
Last Wednesday, the television station where I work in Bangkok was attacked and set on fire by an angry mob while I was anchoring the news. via Best insight yet into troubles in Thailand. Continue reading
Reblogged May 24, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
NYPL is facing the harshest public funding cuts ever proposed, to the tune of $37 million for the new fiscal year. Clearly, aggressive measures were required, at the very time that our resources for messaging are so scarce. Luckily for us, social media is the great equalizer, via Continue reading
Reblogged May 24, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
via Great animation for Daniel Pink's book "Drive" Continue reading
Reblogged May 24, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
Joanna Geary is a journalist working as a web developer on the Times who runs courses in Ruby (a programming language) for reporters in a London pub. But, as Holovaty says, it's still a rare commodity: "Not only does it require a shift in thinking, it requires new skillsets that don't necessarily come naturally to liberal-arts types." It's not enough just to release the data. It needs interpretation. Says Pollock: "One of the challenges for the government is that data isn't the same as understanding and analysis – there's a big gap between them." All this data will need people... Continue reading
Reblogged May 24, 2010 at tomnotes's blog
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