Japanese animation legend Hayao Miyazaki to retire | The Verge →

September 03, 2013 |

I know I’m a little late to the party on this one, but I just have to link to it anyway:

Hayao Miyazaki, the legendary Oscar-winning Japanese animator known for directing Studio Ghibli movies such as Spirited Away, My Neighbour Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service, is retiring from feature-length film production.

Mr. Miyazaki is one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. His work is a perfect reminder that our imagination knows no boundaries, and can conquer anything.

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Kevin Spacey Urges TV Channels to Give Control to Viewers | YouTube →

September 02, 2013 |

Impressive. Much respect to Kevin Spacey for standing up against big studios like this. He is absolutely right about this, too: the future of the entertainment industry belongs to viewers. We have the power to decide what we watch and how we watch it, and we are not afraid to use it.

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Steve Ballmer to resign as CEO sometime in the next 12 months | →

August 24, 2013 |

I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time.

The right time would have been sometime during 2007 but hey, better late than never.

Make no mistake, whatever the wording of this announcement, there’s nothing voluntary about his decision: he was showed the door. It amazes me how this man could hold on to his job for so long, especially when it became obvious just how clueless he was as to how to adapt his company to compete in a post-iPhone world.

Microsoft has wasted a few precious years in the mobile race thanks to this man’s arrogance and lack of foresight. Instead of leading the mobile revolution, they now find themselves playing catch-up against two great front runners who aren’t even looking in the rearview mirror.

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Working in the Shed →

August 06, 2013 |

Matt Gemmell, on how important it is to find the right place to work, one that allows you to focus your creative energy instead of wasting it on distractions. Lots of great stuff in here:

We have limited time. Our workdays are only so long. Our evenings. Our lives. We spend too much of our time on trivia. Some distraction is healthy and necessary, but we all know that the scales have long since tipped. The internet isn’t to blame – it’s us. We’re weak, and our natural tendency is to feed that weakness rather than struggle against it. Some people are more prolific than others, but the boundaries don’t lie where we think they do: context and self-discipline are much, much more important than your personal pace or ability. The difference that a creativity-conducive environment can make is profound.

Spot-on. I also love Matt’s scientific approach when it comes to testing one of his theories, or confirming a hunch. Experiments are fun!

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Quote of the Day →

August 01, 2013 |

Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.

Friedrich von Schiller (1759 - 1805), German dramatist and poet.

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Android Fragmentation Report July 2013 | OpenSignal →

July 31, 2013 |

Android devices come in all shapes and sizes, with vastly different performance levels and screen sizes. Furthermore, there are many different versions of Android that are concurrently active at any one time, adding another level of fragmentation. What this means is that developing apps that work across the whole range of Android devices can be extremely challenging and time-consuming.

Other than that though, developing for Android is great!

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Quote of the Day →

July 30, 2013 |

It’s knowing that your door is always open And your path is free to walk That makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag Rolled up and stashed behind your couch.

John Hartford (1937-2001), Gentle On My Mind. One of my favorite songs, performed by Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and many others, but specially by The Voice himself, Francis Albert Sinatra.

These have to be some of the greatest opening verses of all time.

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How does Elon Musk’s Hyperloop work? | ExtremeTech →

July 30, 2013 |

Some of the world’s brightest minds have speculated that a vacuum tube is the only way to do it — but before that idea could even get off the ground, Musk said that the Hyperloop is not based on an evacuated tunnel. With that possibility ruled out, there aren’t actually that many ways of safely and economically propelling carriages at 700 mph (1126 kph). Furthermore, when you factor in Musk’s comments that the Hyperloop “can never crash,” has no need for rails, and is “immune to weather,” the architecture of the system becomes a real head-scratcher. Oh, did I mention that Musk envisions the entire system being self-powered by solar panels, and that it somehow stores energy inside the system itself, without the need for batteries?

Elon Musk is, without a doubt, the closest thing we have to a real-life Tony Stark. He even had a cameo in Iron Man 2. I can’t wait to see how this works.

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A unique snowflake

July 28, 2013

Sometimes I can’t escape the feeling that I’m a walking cliché. You know, saying what everybody says, wearing what everybody wears, doing what everybody does. It’s exhausting. Today seems to be one of those days.

Let’s see: it’s a hot Summer afternoon and I’m sitting in a nice cafe, typing on my MacBook Pro with a steaming latte and my RayBan sunglasses sitting aside my laptop. Yep, I’ve seen this before. I’m also surrounded by plenty of young, good looking hipsters, many of which seem to be doing the exact same thing as I am. I mean, give me a break. The whole scene is so fucking unoriginal that the only thing that could make it worse would be an Instagram shot immortalizing this not-so-unique moment.

Since I’m not above self-deprecation and I have a very particular sense of humor, here’s the shot for your viewing pleasure:

The most original scene in the world

There’s even latte-art in the coffee, for Christ’s sake. It’s moments like these that make me wonder whether we’ve all been brainwashed by an unknown, hipster-loving alien species. Or maybe this is all some sort of weird, mass-delusion experiment and nobody bothered to tell me. Just for the record, a little heads-up would be nice next time.

And what do I, a smart young man, decide to do to escape this nagging feeling of unoriginality? Well, of course, I write this article and I post it to my personal Website. Because nobody does that anymore, right? Right??

Sometimes you just can’t win. In my experience, the only way to avoid frustration in those cases is to just go with it. Accept your mediocrity. Embrace it. Because you truly are unique, just like every other goddamned person on this planet.

So if you’ll excuse me, I have a latte to finish and it’s getting cold.

Tweet you later.

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Peak Mac? | SplatF →

July 24, 2013 |

Dan Frommer, back in January, arguing the case that Mac sales may have peaked for good. This is relevant in light of Apple’s Q3 results, which show a significant decline in Mac sales compared to the year-ago quarter. An interesting thought:

Are things like iPhones and iPads — and just better Macs than before, such as the amazing MacBook Air I’m using now — driving slower Mac replacement cycles? (In my case, yes, but perhaps I’m an anomaly.)

I too must be an anomaly. I use 3 different Macs every day, for work and play, and all of them are at least 3 years old (2008 24” iMac, 2009 20” iMac and 2010 13” MacBook Pro). They’re all still working great and I have no plans to replace any of them anytime soon.

If you look at the numbers, that means I bought a new Mac every year for 3 straight years (2008, 2009 and 2010), and then nothing else (not counting iPads/iPhones of course). I could easily see myself making it into 2015 without needing to upgrade any of my Macs, which would make it an upgrade cycle of at least 5 years for my MacBook Pro and 7 (!) for my first iMac. That fits right into Dan’s case that significantly better Macs have made the typical user’s upgrade cycle significantly longer.

It makes sense that this could be contributing to the overall slowing down of Mac sales because the Mac market is probably more saturated than say, the iPad market: the number of people that are buying their first Mac ever is considerably lower than the number of people that are buying their first iPad, and sales to new customers is where the growth is.

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