I’m ages behind in noting my reading and movies (pending: 11 books, 2 films), but before we head out to catch a Memorial Day parade in the Presidio, worth capturing some links in un-related paragraphs.
Richard Feyman and the Connection Machine is an essay I plan to read, since I’ve read some Feynman and more about Hillis’ efforts at large-scale computing.
Video and accompanying New Yorker story of being trapped in an elevator. Saddest part is how this incident derailed the guy’s whole life, even though his health wasn’t threatened. Some nice history of elevators included.
Sea Forts are one more legacy of World War II. Very Neal Stephenson-ish.
While I look forward to the new Indiana Jones film (reviews be damned!), I can read “The original Indiana Jones: Otto Rahn and the temple of doom.
Why startups fail is hardly a new topic, but I’m interested all the same. Calacanis, whom I rarely read, emphasizes “the start.” As in, the finish is most important, but if you don’t start, you’ll never finish.
Far From Always Being Right, the Customer Is on Hold gently probes the surface of how bad customer service drives us crazy. Instead of talking about the weather, we find common cause with strangers in stories of bad service.
Someone needs to tell the author of Times (via), the new Mac OS X newsreader application, about how to tell the story of his application where the user benefit comes first. Some examples where the user isn’t being considered.
“Times uses many advanced OS X technologies, like Core Animation…” (Why do I care what technologies you use? What experience do you deliver?)
“While Times is brand new, it is not shy on features. Nearly everything you’d expect in a newsreader is here, from notification of new articles to many other customizable options.” (Ummm… why not just list the features? Not because I want a feature checkbox front and center, but the category of newsreader isn’t widely understood, and not all would agree on expectations.)
On a related note, if you have “nearly everything,” I’m wondering what is missing.
I have to wonder what the New York Times thinks about the name of the application, given its news focus? From when I first looked a few weeks ago, I think the font choice has switched to something neutral — probably related.
I have not tried this application. I care about the category, so was interested in the news of its release, but wasn’t even interested in trying it from this intro experience. Here’s a review I have yet to read (but will).
Visible Borders in Designs seems niche, but maybe I’ll read the whole thing later.