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August 19, 2012

Waiting in the Wings: An Exclusive Interview with Chelsea Clinton – Vogue. (Chelsea Clinton has a chief of staff?)

Roseland, Where Obama the Politician Was Born – (I think the second term will be epic.)

The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock – Garance Franke-Ruta – The Atlantic. (Not presidential material.)

Paul Ryan’s Record on Science and Government – ScienceInsider. (The biggest issue is the more general one: a philosophy of no investment in our country.)

Trulia’s a Killer Site. Is It a Wise Investment? – Businessweek. (Real estate sites are not sticky.)

“A simple feat… only expensive”: The Oatmeal tries saving Tesla’s lab | Ars Technica. (Read this book about Tesla, I loved it.)

Stay The Course, Facebook. Even If Your Share Price Crashes | TechCrunch. (Fact 1: People use facebook a lot, everyday, all the time. Fact 2: My mom just complained about all the ads she’s getting from her friends; FB’s monetization strategy isn’t working.)

Scientific reproducibility, for fun and profit | Ars Technica. (Stupid.)

App Store Failure and Personal Responsibility. (It’s like writing: even you need to do it, do it. Write the app you want to use.)

Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox. (Talk about a winner.)

Cyborg America: inside the strange new world of basement body hackers | The Verge. (Resistance is futile.)

August 4, 2012

The History (And Artistic De-Evolution) of Patent Drawings | Gadget Lab | (If you ever get to DC, check out the old Patent building – it’s beautiful too.)

Bill would force patent trolls to pay defendants’ legal bills | Ars Technica. (The Patent system…subject of a future essay.)

Why Rich People Better Start Worrying About Income Inequality. (You mean rich people can get sick too? The gates in gated communities don’t keep out viruses? Huh… maybe they should support universal health care.)

Patton Oswalt’s Letters to Both Sides: His keynote address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2012 | The Comic’s Comic. (Gatekeepers – annoying in any field.)

Get Save As back on Mountain Lion’s File menu easily and without hacks | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog. (Thank you Jesus.)

Race, IQ, and Wealth | The American Conservative. (It takes 2-3 decades to close the IQ gap for immigrants – I wonder how much it depends on the density of immigrant populations.)

Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing – (I write good.)

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do.. (I write gooder.)

Paul Ryan’s Influence on the G.O.P. : The New Yorker. (If Ryan is the intellectual center of the Republican party, that’s pretty sad.)

Air conditioning: Cool innovation | The Economist. (Finally, progress in aircon!)

3D manufacturing: Print me a phone | The Economist. (What’s especially interesting about this technology is the way it is forming communities in the United States – hackerspaces and makerspaces. I think it really will be a positive, not only for our country, but for our society. I look forward to going back to the days when a kid could build and understand things (like old TVs and radios).)

Electronic Arts Sues Zynga, Says The Ville Is An “Unmistakable Copy” Of The Sims. Zynga: EA Doesn’t Understand Copyright (Updated) | TechCrunch. (Zynga deserves to die.)

I thought I was retarded…until I stopped using Windows 3.0

For more experienced users, cloud storage solutions like Dropbox provide a much more familiar experience. But for novice users, history has shown that direct interaction with the file system is where usability goes to die. iCloud blunts the worst of these sharp edges, but in the process it also sacrifices some extremely desirable traits that users cling to.

Winblows3.0Jobs had this philosophy as well – apparently a lot of user interaction testing shows that file system confuses the hell out of some people. But, does anyone remember Windows 3.0? The file system – if I remember correctly – worked the same way. Files were saved intra-application. It royally sucked. It just wasn’t useful. And you see that in iOS as well. One of the best parts of System 7 was the file-oriented nature of the OS, the solid-ness of the system with respect to files. I miss that.

So I’m against this iOS trend. I think it is limiting for the tool – and tools should be as empowering as possible right?