How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name

How Apple Is Giving Design A Bad Name: “Good design should be attractive, pleasurable, and wonderful to use. But the wonderfulness of use requires that the device be understandable and forgiving. It must follow the basic psychological principles that give rise to a feeling of understanding, of control, of pleasure. These include discoverability, feedback, proper…

“The Overprotected Kid” – via The Atlantic

[blockquote source=”\”The Overprotected Kid\” – via The Atlantic“]If a 10-year-old lit a fire at an American playground, someone would call the police and the kid would be taken for counseling. At the Land, spontaneous fires are a frequent occurrence. The park is staffed by professionally trained “playworkers,” who keep a close eye on the kids…

In the Pipeline: “Things I Won’t Work With”

Hexanitrohexaazaisowurtzitane, or CL-20, was developed as a highly energetic, compact, and efficient explosive. What makes it unusual is not that it blows up – go find me a small hexa-N-nitro compound that doesn’t – but that it doesn’t actually blow up immediately, early, and often. No, making things that go off when someone down the…

Google Books for iPhone

Oh, well, yes, I suppose it’s also for Android phones. I’ll happily plug Google’s phone platform too. Actually, I’ll happily drive to Google’s house and clean the dead leaves out of their gutters. Google is officially The Coolest Company On The Planet. Why? Today they’ve released Google Books for Mobile. Plug http://books.google.com/m into your mobile…

Cupertino Ink

I’m a man who drinks lustily from the heady draught of adventure. So obviously, I’ve bookmarked ModBlog. This is a nearly-daily dose of photos of stories about people’s tattoos. And piercings. And brandings. And…well, apparently there’s this new thing where you actually have a design cut into your skin, and then the artwork turns into…

I’m A Genius, Chapter CXCVI, Boke MCMLXXI

This is one of those heroically-stupid ideas that I feel compelled to encourage, with a link: “The Nothing Show” is an improv MP3 in which two performers read Tweets from two separate people. Episode 3 features the Tweets of you-know-who. I don’t know if I can say “I thought it was funny” without sending the…

The Un-Ethicist

Gawker.com runs one of my favorite online columns: The UnEthicist. It’s technically a parody of Randy Cohen’s “Ethicist” column that runs in the New York Times. The original is sort of an academic twist on the classic advice column. Instead of asking “I spilled red wine all over the carpet during a party at my…