Amid some very recent “We’re definitely living in a hologram!!” ‘science’ reporting, I was reminded of this slightly less clickbaity, longer read about the implications of newly-discovered connections between two previously disparate theories about the universe. But, yeah, we might be living in a hologram.
A curated email digest of ‘the best in story-driven podcasts’. Pair with Nick Quah’s Hot Pod, a Tinyletter about podcasts and podcasting.
Curious rituals (pdf)
This is marvellous:
The output of a research project conducted at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) in July-August 2012, the work presented here focuses on the body language of digital technologies used in everyday life: gestures, postures and rituals that appeared with the use of computers, cell phones, sensors or game controllers.
Via Kottke, who wrote:
Do you think you could ride a bicycle that steers backwards… aka it turns left when you turn right and vice versa? It sounds easy but years of normal bike riding experience makes it almost impossible. Destin Sandlin of Smarter Everyday taught himself how to ride the backwards-steering bike; it took months. Then he tried riding a normal bicycle again…
Watching his brain click back and forth was pretty amazing.
Why does Kondo take the most pride in his earliest hits? Because it was in these early pieces that he first understood how he was different from those who came before him. More than just a handful of catchy tunes, Super Mario Bros. is the cradle of Kondo’s lifelong contribution to video-game music. So it is only natural that he should cherish it as he does.
Will the pronoun solve an old language problem?
Some neat apps/utilities/things
- yozlet/randomrandom: See something interesting when you open a new empty browser tab.
- StretchLink: Mac app that sits in the background, expanding shortened links and removing tracking code.
- Syndicate: A Safari extension to quickly grab an RSS feed from the site you’re on.
- Loading: See which Mac apps are using your network.
- Spotmote: Control Spotify on your Mac with your iOS device.
I’m off to have a conversation with myself along these lines:
“I don’t agree with his Bart-killing policy, but I do approve of his Selma-killing policy.” pic.twitter.com/Hd4S7gEeRM
— SimpsonsQOTD (@SimpsonsQOTD) May 7, 2015