“Although the act of designing has always been—and always will be—a process of discovery, the question is: upon what do we base our speculation in an evolving social context? An evidence-based approach is not linear or static, nor does it provide a ready-made suite of answers, it simply means that we look beyond the limitations of our own knowledge for reliable information upon which to base our process.”—Evidence Based Design Journal | What is Evidence Based Design Journal?
“Frequently, in physics, presenters design slides for people who didn’t even listen to the talk in the first place,” Hughes says. “In my experience, the best talks could not possibly be fully understood without the speaker.”—Physics by hand | symmetry magazine
“City council member Mike Kasperzak is generally proud to call Google a neighbor, but he points out that the company’s presence isn’t the economic windfall you might think. There’s no sales tax on Google’s search or ad businesses, and no sales tax on the free meals that Google dishes out to employees. “I don’t want them to leave, but they aren’t the cash cow that everyone thinks they are,” says Kasperzak.”—Welcome to Googletown | The Verge
Get BelowRez, the low rez camera app that my pal Adam made. I’ve been using it for the last few weeks, and the results are frequently surprising, beautiful and interesting. It has a lot in common with my own low rez camera app PixelPix, but with more of a focus on photography and less on silly pixel art stickers.
“Because the United States bases residency on where companies are incorporated, while Ireland focuses on where they are managed and controlled, Apple Operations International was able to fall neatly between the cracks of the two countries’ jurisdictions.”—
The team must consist of three sorts of specialists, he says. Otherwise the revolution, whether in politics or the arts or the sciences or whatever, is sure to fail.
The rarest of these specialists, he says, is an authentic genius – a person capable of having seemingly good ideas not in in general circulation.
“A genius working alone,” he says, “is invariably ignored as a lunatic.”
The second sort of specialist is a lot easier to find; a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad.
“A person like this working alone,” says Slazinger, “can only yearn loud for changes, but fail to say what their shaped should be.”
The third sort of specialist is a person who can explain everything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people, no matter how stupid or pigheaded they may be. “He will say almost anything in order to be interesting and exciting,” says Slazinger.
“Working alone, depending solely on his own shallow ideas, he would be regarded as being as full of shit as a Christmas turkey.”
“What the skeptics overlook is that platforms that are open to third-party developers have the following characteristic: it’s hard to think of important use cases before they are built, and hard to find examples where important use cases weren’t developed after they were built.”—Technology predictions - Chris Dixon
“Necessity, which is allowed to be the mother of invention, has so violently agitated the wits of men at this time that it seems not at all improper, by way of distinction, to call it the Projecting Age. For though in times of war and public confusions the like humour of invention has seemed to stir, yet, without being partial to the present, it is, I think, no injury to say the past ages have never come up to the degree of projecting and inventing, as it refers to matters of negotiation and methods of civil polity, which we see this age arrived to.”—http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/4087/pg4087.html
“And that is precisely the point — you can’t have people freelancing their way through software code that flies a spaceship, and then, with peoples lives depending on it, try to patch it once its in orbit. “Houston, we have a problem,” may make for a good movie; it’s no way to write software. “People have to channel their creativity into changing the process,” says Keller, “not changing the software.””—
“It’s ironic that the situation the world is in today is because we’ve had a lot of productivity increases, which should have led to rising living standards for all citizens due to [advances in] science and enormous numbers of big and small productivity enhancers," the former economic adviser in the Clinton White House said. "The change in the global rules should also have led us to higher standards, and yet it seems just having the opposite effect.”—Joseph Stiglitz: Innovation should focus on quality of life, not just productivity | Bangkok Post: business