National Geographic 125th Anniversary Issue

September 28th, 2013 No comments

It didn’t start out as a photography-centric magazine but as this special Photography Issue demonstrates, National Geographic came to represent the best of the medium.

image from the National Geographic October 2013 Photography Issue web page

October 2013 National Geographic commemorating 125 years of publication

Translators Are a Waste of Space

September 18th, 2013 No comments

It gets better…

Categories: culture, language, Norway

Leon in “Hell On Wheels” this Saturday

August 7th, 2013 No comments

My brother Leon has a role in the third season of Hell On Wheels, a western-genre TV series premiering this Saturday, August 10th at 9:00 PM on AMC.

For those of us without US cable TV service, the show can be purchased on iTunes:

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

Scene of cavalry fording river from Hell On Wheels Season 3 promotional video.

Scene of cavalry fording river from Hell On Wheels Season 3 promotional video.

Categories: Uncategorized

World Snow & Ice Cover Map

January 22nd, 2013 No comments

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Environmental Visualization Laboratory publishes this world map showing snow and ice cover daily.

NOAA global snow & ice cover map, updated daily.

Categories: environment, geospatial

The Island Where People Forget to Die

October 27th, 2012 No comments

Photo of a town on the Greek island of IkariaDan Beuttner for the New York Times Magazine writes about a particularly healthy lifestyle on  an isolated Greek island:

Pointing across the Aegean toward the neighboring island of Samos, he said: “Just 15 kilometers over there is a completely different world. There they are much more developed. There are high-rises and resorts and homes worth a million euros. In Samos, they care about money. Here, we don’t. For the many religious and cultural holidays, people pool their money and buy food and wine. If there is money left over, they give it to the poor. It’s not a ‘me’ place. It’s an ‘us’ place.”

The island is named after Icarus, the mythical flier whose foolish ambition led to an early demise. The inhabitants of Ikaria appear to have taken the lesson to heart.

The Bus Driver is Cool

October 3rd, 2012 No comments

Midttrafik “The Bus” TV commercial from Denmark:

Categories: Uncategorized

Jean-Louis Gassée on whether Apple ever invented anything

September 5th, 2012 No comments

http://www.mondaynote.com/2012/09/02/apple-never-invented-anything/

For thirty years, the industry had tried to create a tablet, and it had tried too hard. The devices kept clotting, one after the other. Alan Kay’s Dynabook, Go, Eo, GridPad, various Microsoft-powered Tablet PCs, even Apple’s Newton in the early nineties….they didn’t congeal, nothing took.

The more effortless the results seem to be, the increased likelihood that those responsible put uniquely competent effort into the achievement.

Categories: computer, design, software

Facebook and the Hacker Ethic

February 2nd, 2012 No comments

 

Facebook logo

If the Letter from Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook’s SEC IPO registration is a true representation of how Facebook functions, and they are able to maintain the Hacker Ethic he espouses after going public, FB will be a worthwhile long-term financial investment.

In the late 1980s I read about the original definition of hacking in Steven Levy’s fascinating telling of the computer industry foundation story, Hackers – Heroes of the Computer Revolution. The 25th anniversary edition includes  a 2010 interview with Zuckerberg.

Categories: computer, software

The Most Powerful Bicycle in the World

November 4th, 2011 No comments

A triathlete turns down a $9,000 raffle prize in favor of a $134 steel bicycle.
World Bicycle Relief Impact

“The most powerful bike in the world is not one that weighs 16 pounds, made of carbon and is ridden by professional athletes; it’s a 55 pound steel bike in the hands of a Zambian student fighting for her education.”

Categories: bicycle

Here’s to the Crazy One

October 6th, 2011 No comments

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

 

The misfit. The rebel. The troublemaker. The round peg in the square hole.

The one who saw things differently. He wasn’t fond of rules. And he had no respect for the status quo. You can quote him, disagree with him, glorify or vilify him.

About the only thing you can’t do is ignore him. Because he changed things. He invented. He imagined. He healed. He explored. He created. He inspired. He pushed the human race forward.

Maybe he had to be crazy.

How else can you stare at a circuit board and see a work of art? Or say no to a thousand great ideas so you can say yes to the one? Or gaze at a box full of parts and imagine a bicycle for the mind?

(apologies to Craig Tanimoto)

Categories: computer