From blindly manipulating symbols = programming, we're on the verge of being able to draw the living picture in our heads. Bret Victor is this close from offering designers the tool they've long stopped dreaming of. It is his revolution.
But many people feel the same way about, for example, physical exercise: they don’t enjoy doing it and find it to be very hard work when they try. But it would be strange indeed to say that you can't “do” exercise. You may not want to do it. You may be unwilling to invest the time and effort into doing it. But you aren’t incapable of doing it. And the same is true, in my experience, in mathematics.
We can’t change the nature of technology, but we choose what we do with it. Day in, day out, each action is a choice. Every click, every tap, every line of code is another drop in the water we swim in every day. “This is water.” That is our inheritance.
Design is about so many things and the process we follow to create should be malleable and hungry. Design process is not about knowing how to draw on a whiteboard or how to use photoshop. Those are tools that we can use to express a way of thinking. Design process is about how we think and function. We should always try to apply different methodologies and philosophies to our own work because we are changing the world. It's our responsibility to do good work.
E very language has a word for water. In Swahili they call it maji. In Dutch Danish, it's vand. The Japanese say mizu. Even though these words describe the most common and plentiful life-giving substance on Earth, they have nothing in common linguistically. But why should they, evolving as they did on three separate continents among people with incredibly diverse histories and traditions? But there is a word, and only one, spoken the same way in nearly every language known to humankind. That word, of course, is "mama."
The next time he saw his uncle, he noticed a big change in his manner. He was trembling. "Where did you get that number?!" he shouted. "Do you know I almost got fired for asking about it?!? They kept wanting to know where I got it." Our friend couldn't contain his excitement. "What is it?" he pleaded. "What's the number?!"
You could be chained, yet the point of unhappiness may never appear. Many chains of love, respect and commitments in fact usually cause a lot of happiness. However, when things go worse, only then such chains are noticed and cause extreme amounts of unhappiness because one wants to break free yet one cannot do so without being dishonest to oneself and to the world. And dishonesty and inconsistency of one’s value system is what causes incurable unhappiness. In other words, if things are going good, freedom takes a backseat.
The feed reader is the best tool at giving you the context you want. You have control over the visual display as well as editorial control. Past that, you can determine the rate and order in which you consume content. Think about this: You could put common feeds into folders allowing you to pursue feeds that are common, or you could put differing opinions side by side. Think about a folder where you could read the Daily Kos next to the the Weekly Standard. That isn’t something an editor would naturally do, and yet because you are taking back the context, it’s something that you could do.
When you press them on how this goes counter to every known definition of property, they usually fall back to a stupid statement along the lines of “property is whatever we define it to be”, which avoids basic statements of fact on the nature of property, and goes to reveal the true intent – redefining property to something that creates two new classes in society: the corporate masters who own property, and the citizen serfs who get to use things they pay for in ways that are strictly defined and constrained.
5.000 Menschen mit Smartphones, die sich für Crowdsourcing, Data Mining, Online-Protestkultur, Open Source, Datenbefreiung, neue Formen von Arbeit und all die anderen tollen Themen begeistern – das ist nicht die Realität. Die Realität ist da draußen, da, wo, und das meine ich nicht despektierlich, ganz normale Leute zu ihrer ganz normalen Arbeit gehen und das Internet nutzen, um mal ein ganz normales Foto per E-Mail an ihre Kinder zu schicken.
If the Hyrule Castle from “Ocarina of Time” was placed on the market today it would cost an absolutely absurd $113,807,400 (that’s about 569,037* big red rupees.) Now I didn’t just pull this number out of my Bomb Bag; like any good Zeldaholic, I traversed the world of Hyrule via forums and research to find the answer. Read on to find out how I got there.
It’s inevitable that when you live and work overseas for the CIA, you could potentially meet a non-American romantic partner. The Agency doesn’t prohibit romance with foreigners, but it does require that employees get any such relationship approved by an internal CIA security office. If you thought getting parental approval of your boyfriend or girlfriend was tough, try getting the CIA’s.
I just sort of let go of who I thought I should be and let myself do other work and be other things.
The Catamites is a guy who makes freeware games. If you've played at least one of his games, chances are you were inspired to seek out more, or maybe to create your own. The games of The Catamites are funny, surreal, boundary-pushing, and full of wonder over the possibilities of videogames and the worlds they can create. They often feature quirky dialogue, strange characters, handcrafted art (pen and paper, clay, dioramas, Legos), and a tendency to toy with game tropes and genre conventions. The Catamites is building one of the most exciting and original bodies of work in gaming.