Russian photographer Maksim Zavialov has a great Instagram series of “photographs within photographs”. Really cool stuff through the magic of composition.
Great infographic by the BBC showing the temperature scale of the universe, from Absolute Zero to Planck Temperature. Amazing.
Believe it or not, it’s already been five years since the iPad was introduced. Stephen Hackett shows some side-by-side shots of the original iPad and the current iPad Air two.
Five years. Time really does fly when you’re having fun.
Architect Barbara Appolloni has designed one of the most fascinating apartments I’ve ever seen. It’s positively tiny, measuring only 24 square meters (258.3 square feet), but it includes all features traditionally found in average-sized apartments:
Like the game “Lego”, everything fits perfectly creating a meticulous system of pieces designed to contain the specific features of a home. Different opening mechanisms create a universe that transforms the scene according to the hour of day.
The closet, kitchen, dining table and even washroom door are all hidden by the walls. The bench can be used as a seat and an exterior access ladder. A wheel system allows to pull out the double bed housed under the floor of the balcony. An external staircase connects the ground floor with the terrace, where a bath and a large wooden couch are placed. The magnificent views of the city complete the comfort of the home.
The only “minor” quibble: it’s located on a fifth floor — with no elevator. Check out the video below to see the design in action, as well as the previous state of the building. It’s such a huge difference it’s hard to believe:
On May 13th, The Phantom Menace will have come out closer to Return of the Jedi than to the present.
Not cool, xkcd. Not cool.
Speaking of finding your thing, Alastair Humphreys wrote a great article on how he managed to turn his passion for adventure into an actual job. This is great advice for anyone trying to make a living doing what they love. If you’re considering something like this, you will probably recognize much of yourself in these points:
- I love almost every aspect of what I do.
- I love being self- employed: the freedom and the responsibility and the pressure.
- I think I’m probably now un-employable.
- I love being creative.
- I appreciate that building a profile helps generate exciting opportunities. (And I have come to accept -though not enjoy- the weird world of relentless self-promotion that being a career adventurer requires. I remain uncomfortable with people praising me more than I deserve, and I continue to get very angry and upset with the inevitable haters that your self-promotion will attract.)
Via Kottke, who adds a couple insightful comments you should definitely check out.
The word “work”, as we commonly use it, often carries incredibly negative connotations. When your work doesn’t inspire you, it’s hard to find the silver lining — particularly on a Monday morning. But does it have to be that way? Matt invites us to look for the thing that doesn’t feel like work to us:
When you’re doing that thing, you can’t wait to get to work. Evenings are continuations. Weekends are more opportunities to fashion great works. Holidays are a change of scenery, without the final day being tinged with sadness and dread, before you return to your life’s work.
Compensation is a welcome bonus, for something you’d be doing regardless. Retirement is unthinkable - why would I ever stop?
Nailed it. There’s a great sense of relief in knowing you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. The thing that fits, as Matt wrote. It’s intoxicating. Analog Senses is that thing for me, and now I can’t believe it took me so long to figure it out.
Graham Spencer, MacStories:
I wasn’t sure exactly where it would lead, but last month I asked on Twitter for independent developers to @ reply me and say hi. Amplified by retweets by Federico and many others, I got dozens and dozens of replies, ultimately totalling just under 200 responses. That’s both a pretty huge number (trust me, it was a time consuming process documenting them all) and also incredibly tiny (there are around 250,000 active developers and over a million apps for sale).
What a great idea. If you want to help support indie app development — and you totally should — remember to check this list the next time you’re in the market for a new app.
Some really wonderful cover designs on this month’s selections by The Casual Optimist. I love the ones that are apparently simpler. “Simple” here is of course a terribly misleading word to use, because minimalism in design is hard: it often takes a lot more work to make a simple design that looks good instead of a more complicated one.
Vlad Savov, The Verge:
Microsoft has just revealed its next great innovation: Windows Holographic. It’s an augmented reality experience that employs a headset, much like all the VR goggles that are currently rising in popularity, but Microsoft’s solution adds holograms to the world around you. The HoloLens headset is described as “the most advanced holographic computer the world has ever seen”. It’s a self-contained computer, including a CPU, a GPU, and a dedicated holographic processor. The dark visor up front contains a see-through display, there’s spatial sound so you can “hear” holograms behind you, and HoloLens also integrates a set of motion and environmental sensors.
Ambitious, to say the least. I confess I’m impressed, although there are still far too many unanswered questions, and it’s early to predict how well this will work in the real world. That said, the potential is definitely there.