We don’t buy things. We buy into things. What things? All things. Even the things we don’t buy but get for free. —
Patrick Rhone — We don’t buy things…
A post on my personal site that is very topical here.
Reminds me of the quote from Fight Club - “The things you own end up owning you.”
The Incredible Secret Money Machine -
I just noticed that Don Lancaster has made his unorthodox business book “The Incredible Secret Machine” available as a PDF download for free.
Make no mistake: much of the advice (particularly business advice) in this book is dodgy, much of it is out of date, and some of it is even both.
But there is good stuff in here. In particular, the chapters on “words”(“-on-paper”) and “images” are solid.
Two books are predominantly responsible for the voice I write in. One is Strunk’s “The Elements of Style”. This is the other.
I have used Don’s Postscript utilities and tutorials in the past. If you use Postscript, they are well worth checking out.
Friends! Not too many of these left:
The first 200 people who pre-order Alice in Tumblr-land get a hand-pressed print of an unreleased fairy tale. Signed and numbered, mailed to you on a postcard. How to get yours: http://bit.ly/1ftqr93
(Basically, email me a screenshot or some proof of your receipt, at firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name and address)
(Preorder here: http://amzn.to/19fujpg )
PS Photo is of me trying to get just the right level of ink on the right kind of paper for the prints!
Apple’s market share is bigger than BMW’s or Mercedes’s or Porsche’s in the automotive market. What’s wrong with being BMW or Mercedes? —
Tim Cook: Cook, Ive, and Federighi on the New iPhone and Apple’s Once and Future Strategy - Businessweek
If you run into people who still don’t get it, maybe this simple analogy will help.
Minimal Mac: Worth A Thousand Words -
While the tech blogosphere commences the self flagellation over getting it wrong on the whole “Apple needs a cheap iPhone and that’s why it is going to release the iPhone 5c” — with their whole developing markets yadda, yadda, thrown completely under the bus by the company they incorrectly…
America's next president had better believe in restoring liberty: Our founders had their flaws, and huge moral blind spots – but on liberty, they were way ahead of their time. -
When people say, “You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide,” ask them if it’s fine to install cameras in their homes, not just in the living room but the bedroom and bathroom. Ask them if they’d mind wearing a microphone and video camera every day, so others can check on what they’ve said and done.
You are guilty of something. I guarantee it. Lawmakers have created countless new crimes and punishments, and allowed law enforcement to extend old laws in dangerous ways. Have you ever told anything short of the absolute truth when filling out an online form to use some service? We can charge you with a felony for that. And, by the way, we don’t need to convict you at trial. If you are a target, we can ruin you financially if you try to defend yourself. This is what we expect in banana republics and police states, not here. And as the surveillance state expands, it will create more targets among people like you.
Our political leaders have made a calculation in recent years. They believe you are too frightened, too cowardly, to face the truth – and that you think liberty is much less important than temporary safety.
We are human. Terrorism unleashes our deepest fears, and our most lethal fury, even though the risk for any one of us is vanishingly low. We must challenge the fear mongers, and ourselves.
Fact or fiction: Nine iPhone and iPad battery-saving techniques tested -
Interesting article about getting the most battery life out of an iOS device. Quite useful stuff!
Butterick’s Practical Typography -
A new online book which covers the basics of typography with great examples throughout.
Computing has become context sensitive in a very practical way.
— David Dennis, on his site:
http://the-northwind.com/blog/2013/8/6/doing-more-with-less (via streakmachine)