Fascinating mechanical stories

I already wrote about cars as appliances or objects, but I found this earlier germ of the idea in my drafts: There’s an in-betweenish bracket where prestige, social signaling, or bells and whistles count a bit more. The Prius and Tesla are social signals. Some folks get a Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, etc. for… Continue reading Fascinating mechanical stories

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Aliens through the eyes of boys

On screening Aliens for a slumber party of 11 year old boys: “I like the way this looks,” one said. “It’s futuristic but it’s old school. It’s almost steampunk.” “This is like Team Fortress 2,” another remarked. “Dude, shut up, this was made like 20 years before Team Fortress 2,” said the kid next to… Continue reading Aliens through the eyes of boys

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Put. The phone. Down.

Nick Quaranto has Too many streams:

There’s just too many things to pay attention to. I get questioned pretty frequently about this: how do you pay attention to nearly 1,500 people on your Twitter timeline? Here’s an easy answer:

I don’t.

Nick’s conclusion, in short, is to put the phone down. There will always be too many things seeking your attention. You can never Read the Whole Internet. You can only hope to mark it as unread and go on with your life. Hence, just put the phone down.

I came across this little trick where you get all the stuff you tinker with off your phone’s home screen. All functional apps, no social networks, no web, no mail, nothing that’s going to grab your attention. Software calmness, per se. I’ve done it for a week and love it so far. I highly recommend it, if you have the means.

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Senior VP Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise (Alpha Quadrant division)

If you’re working from the Jean-Luc Picard book of management, a nice little Twitter account of Picard-esque tips on business and life, we can be friends. Consider: Picard management tip: Be willing to reevaluate your own behavior. And: Picard diplomacy tip: Fighting about economic systems is just as nonsensical as fighting about religions. But I’m… Continue reading Senior VP Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise (Alpha Quadrant division)

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Feynman’s mess of jiggling things

Richard Feynman, in the process of explaining rubber bands: The world is a dynamic mess of jiggling things, if you look at it right! This simplification delights and amuses me. The great thing is its fractal truth: you can observe our lives at many levels and conclude that they are dynamic jiggling messes.

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Anyone else remember uploading screenshots of their super awesome, tweaked out Linux hacker desktops?

Screenshot whilst hacking

Sorry, I’m not running WindowMaker, Enlightenment, or Sawmill anymore. Besides that, I think I have all the cliches: terminal, editor, MP3 player, system monitors, blinkenlights, etc. I am missing an IRC session, though.