🤲 NYTimes Video on washing your hands with so many cringeworthy training videos.
🤲 NYTimes Video on washing your hands with so many cringeworthy training videos.
Hilleman created 9 of 14 commonly given vaccine
A podcast from the Smithsonian with small stories about a piece from their archives. Well told stories.
An exhaustive archive of Apple marketing and PR material throughout the years and decades.
🤠 Continuing with Country albums from the 20th Critics’ Poll.
With tons of predictions about cell phones and network communication. Some of these were spot on.
This sound engineer made high fidelity recordings of street artists across Europe. Some of these are excellent, and seeing them on video really brings it together. The website, with purchasable album, is here.
A few highlights of the long-term improvements made to safety, health, and financial success across the world and the United States.
Many more of these at Beautiful News
An instrument to create sounds specifically for horror movies.
Played this game last week with some friends. Really enjoyed the fast paced play with short turns that gets everyone moving around the table. It has a nice balance of randomness and “skill”. Even thought we’ve only played once, I felt myself improving on my flicking technique and can’t wait to play again!
Amy and I have really been enjoying this series. It’s probably one of our top 2 Apple TV+ shows; maybe slightly behind For All Mankind.
Just as crazy as the preview made it seem. I thought it was a little over the top but not all that scary. Definitely has some gorgeous cinemotagraphy and settings.
I don’t usually listen to Country Music but I’ve been picking through this list of albums from the 20th Critics’ Poll
Giving Amethyst a try.
I started a new job with Automattic at the beginning of this month and started my own small Blue Tape List to be revisited in a month or two.
Creeping design decisions have led to a world where our constant presence is expected, friends can look up your location at the press of a button, and interruptions abound. The post provides some interesting historical context about these features. Product designers should consider the dichotomy between privacy and engagement in modern products. Perhaps more importantly, users should be aware of these issues so they know of the alternatives.
The story of the online status, typing indicators, and read receipts is a story about the unresolved and ever ongoing tension between privacy and engagement.
I believe most products we use today are designed with good intentions. But I also believe that designing with good intentions is no longer enough.
It’s knowing you can go online without having to fear what our online status may reveal about you. It’s about liking someone’s photo without the anxiety of being called out for it. And above anything, it’s about reading a message, without feeling guilty of not sending an immediate response.
The insights gleaned from the phone location data NYTimes obtained are astonishing. There are also good tips to protect yourself, including limiting ad tracking, which is off by default on iOS. I hope Apple continues to provide additional features that enhance privacy.
Between this story and Micro-Privacy above, no one should be advocating for further encroachments on Privacy and it should be up to the platforms to enforce these limitations. Product designers simply have no incentive to do so.
Video recommendations from Joe Sabia a video producer who created several YouTube video series including Wired’s Autocomplete Interviews
Some of my favorites of these:
First try at some homemade miso soup. Shown in one of the lacquerware bowls that we got in Narai while hiking the Nakasendo trail.
Announcing your intentions to potentially kill your product in 3 years is certainly one way to ensure no new business. 🤦♂️
Seems like this would be great for security cameras instead of blowing out images when in night mode.
Jack’s post on decentralizing Twitter: twitter.com/jack/stat…
Hopefully this will be more than lip-service as the Social Web Working Group was disbanded earlier this year. I’d love to see ActivityPub-based clients be successful.
📖 Finished A Little History of Economics on audiobook.
A nice short summary of some of the key ideas throughout the development of Economics.
🙇🏻♂️ No More Gurus
There is a difference between an expert, whose talent should always be celebrated, and a guru, whose bad ideas should never be questioned.
With few exceptions we should praise e`xperts but be terrified of gurus.
Success has a way of making those around you question whether they should point out your flaws or question your crazy ideas.
Should we teach the correct but unfamiliar law with its strange and difficult conceptual ideas, for example the theory of relativity, four-dimensional space-time, and so on? Or should we first teach the simple “constant-mass” law, which is only approximate, but does not involve such difficult ideas? The first is more exciting, more wonderful, and more fun, but the second is easier to get at first, and is a first step to a real understanding of the first idea. This point arises again and again in teaching physics. At different times we shall have to resolve it in different ways, but at each stage it is worth learning what is now known, how accurate it is, how it fits into everything else, and how it may be changed when we learn more.
📺 Watching Watchmen on HBO
My wife says she hears calls for these nearly daily as an EMT. But it shocks me that 8 people a day get stuck in Denver alone.
Turns out there are some good reasons, but the budgetary difference is probably the big one.
2 things Apple could add to News+ to make the subscription worth it:
America should make it easier for people to move—toward new places and possibilities, toward better versions of themselves. And America should make it better for people who stay.
A striking chart of crime rates before, during, and after giving birth. Most interesting is that the correlation extends to men as their spouses give birth as well.
A good explanation and excellent sample app to see how iOS system colors change between light and dark modes.
A guide to emojis and their definitions for use in git commit messages.
An aggregation of Best of 2010s lists. Just like all of those year-end lists, but for the decade!
Don’t tell me how to dance! 💃
Noticed this in Colorado a couple of months ago. Excited to see what kinds of improvements their algorithms can bring over time.
📚 Edward Snowden’s Permanent Record
How do we combat psychological biases and unknown unknowns? Well this article doesn’t have too many suggestions but always a good reminder to remain cognizant of them.
Starbucks face swap, “woman with glasses who drank a hot beverage” are my favorite, and “guy who is about to win in ‘Old Maid’” are my favorites.
🎶 Apple Music’s Max Roach Essentials album
We’ve been watching the new Apple TV+ show, For All Mankind. The 1201 and 1202 program alarms were covered thoroughly in 13 Minutes to the Moon, a fantastic exploration of the final 13 minutes of Apollo 11’s lunar descent. This article covers the technical detail of the alarms. I don’t remember the podcast mentioning the reboot + process restart that occurred when these alarms appeared but was mentioned in passing in the show.
Over six months and seven days, [Nirmal Purja] summited all 14 of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks
Climbed Everest and Lhotse in one day and helped rescue a distressed climber on Annapurna. 🤯
Smart is the ability to solve hard problems, which can be done many ways. Stupid is a tendency to not comprehend easy problems.
There are a lot of kinds of smart. There are a lot of kinds of stupid, too.
The unglamorous industry of adult diapers. “A demographic shift that reconfigures modern economies” is one of the “big things” pointed out in the list of most important forces shaping the world.
Great gif if you ever misspell callsite as calcite
New Apple Maps design has reached Colorado! And this 3D mapping of the Denver Airport is pretty cool.
Great Sand Dunes and the surrounding areas are some of my favorite parts of Colorado. Extraordinary scenery you can’t see anywhere else with few crowds.
Some interesting thoughts here about 3 primary macroscopic forces shaping our world today: - Demographic shift to a top loaded society - Wealth Inequality - Access to information closes gaps that used to create a social shield of ignorance
Why Aren’t We Curious About the Things We Want to Be Curious About? > This function of curiosity — to heighten memory — is the key to understanding why we’re curious about some things and not others. We feel most curious when exploration will yield the most learning.
I’d never heard of Button Shy Games but I love the effort to create new ideas by limiting the size of the game pieces.
Podcast Friday: Nice Try 🎙
Discussions of attempts at creating utopias. From architecture to psychology, all are interesting historical quirks.