Carl Sagan - ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed) (via melodysheep)

I can’t stop listening to this. I’m a huge fan of Carl Sagan and still miss his passion and honesty.

“[A]rchetypes are what you use to communicate with people. The idea of making a truly original design makes about as much sense as coming up with a totally original word. The problem is that it doesn’t have any meaning.”
“[Of] interest to me was the fact that this ad-hoc crowdsourcing was driven primarily by human empathy for an anthropomorphized object. The journey the Tweenbots take each time they are released in the city becomes a story of people’s willingness to engage with a creature that mirrors human characteristics of vulnerability, of being lost, and of having intention without the means of achieving its goal alone.”

tweenbots | kacie kinzer

This makes me think of the uncanny valley and how quickly it ramps up. We seem very willing to project human traits onto something that we catch a glimpse of humanity in, but that projection quickly diminishes as the object appears more human.

Another example is Faces in Places, it’s surprising how endearing two dots and a line can be.

“Quite a few people seem to be focused on safety issues with their criticisms of [the P.U.M.A.]. Even on websites with an environmental focus, comments about crash test data, lack of airbags, and the general danger of driving such a small, slow vehicle seem to be very common. Unfortunately, those types of comments reflect the “survival of the fittest” attitude that many Americans seem to have about driving on our roads. If you want yourself and your family to be safe, you simply buy a bigger SUV, all decked out with airbags and other “safety” features. That way, in an “accident” you can kill someone else instead of them killing you.”

Bicycle Design: GM/ Segway P.U.M.A.

When I first saw the P.U.M.A., I scoffed for the same reasons I scoffed at the Segway: impressive technology— another excuse for our under-exercised population. I like the focus on points other than price or “green-cred” that the P.U.M.A. brings up, namely fundamentally changing our ideas of transportation.

“Everything can’t be important. If they are nothing is.”
“If you don’t need to complicate things, don’t do it. Only automate stuff once it’s a pain in the butt for a long time and you know exactly what should be automated and how…”

GrabUp

Fantastically simple screen-grabbing app that makes sharing your snaps as dead-simple as it gets. Cmd + Shift + 4 as usual, then paste the URL wherever you like, it’s in your clipboard just like magic.

Via Garrett Murray on The Setup

GrabUp

Fantastically simple screen-grabbing app that makes sharing your snaps as dead-simple as it gets. Cmd + Shift + 4 as usual, then paste the URL wherever you like, it’s in your clipboard just like magic.

Via Garrett Murray on The Setup

I Love Stars, is a slick little application that might just get me to finally rate all my music in iTunes. When music is playing you see the rating in your menu bar, where you can also adjust/assign it. Bonus points for the playful animation when the app disappears, which happens when iTunes stops playing. Very smart.

I Love Stars, is a slick little application that might just get me to finally rate all my music in iTunes. When music is playing you see the rating in your menu bar, where you can also adjust/assign it. Bonus points for the playful animation when the app disappears, which happens when iTunes stops playing. Very smart.

“Google avoids causing a disruption in flow by reducing the mental cost of taking an action, thereby promoting more engaged use of the site.”
From Designing For Flow - A List Apart. Emphasis added.
“The “randomness” of a die roll isn’t about actual indeterminacy, but rather just a way of talking about your ignorance of how the deterministic processes that control the die operate. Quantum physics, on the other hand, has things that as far as anyone can tell are really, objectively random, with no mechanism producing that randomness and nowhere apparent to stick one.”

Mechanically Separated Meat » Super Mario World vs. the Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics

There’s also an intriguing video; visualization of the Many Super Mario Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics.