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Apr 21

Robert Newman » Are Magazine Apps Dead? A State of the Art Roundtable -


They were never alive. Adobe and the publishers crapped out a platform that allowed them to do the least amount of work to put their products on the iPad, completely ignoring any of its new abilities or potential. They were rewarded accordingly.

I disagree. To me, eMags (print replica of magazines) are as valuable as eBooks (print replica of books) = looks the same as print, but less expensive and far easier to carry (iPad). Granted, both eMags and eBooks have vast untapped potential to explore, but even in their present form, are worthwhile.

Apr 14

Program design in the UNIX environment, by Pike and Kernighan -


Much of the power of the UNIX operating system comes from a style of program design that makes programs easy to use and, more important, easy to combine with other programs. This style has been called the use of software tools, and depends more on how the programs fit into the programming environment how they can be used with other programs than on how they are designed internally. But as the system has become commercially successful and has spread widely, this style has often been compromised, to the detriment of all users. Old programs have become encrusted with dubious features. Newer programs are not always written with attention to proper separation of function and design for interconnection. This paper discusses the elements of program design, showing by example good and bad design, and indicates some possible trends for the future.

There is much to learn from UNIX, both the failures and successes. In particular this paper argues for small well defined functions which can be composed to build larger functionality, and against a slow and steady bloat of features — as Perlis said “If you have a procedure with 10 parameters, you probably missed some.”

Mar 29



Mar 04

Koe (声) - A JRPG with Japanese at the core of gameplay -


I like this idea. Shall we try to get it funded?

Definitely doing this, but not sure at what level …

How to Stop Giving a F*ck What People Think -


F*@*! the (perceived) haters, Lifehacker contributor Sean Kim says:

Believe it or not, we’re not that special. We go through our days thinking about how other people might be judging us. But the truth is—those people are thinking the exact same thing. No one in today’s “smartphone-crazed” society has time in their schedule to think more than a brief second about us. The fact of the matter is, when we do have time get our thoughts straight, we’re too busy thinking about ourselves and our own shortcomings—not others.P

study done by the National Science Foundation claims that people have, on average, 50,000 plus thoughts a day. This means that even if someone thought about us ten times in one day, it’s only 0.02%of their overall daily thoughts. It is a sad but simple truth that the average person filters their world through their ego, meaning that they think of most things relating to “me” or “my.” This means that unless you have done something that directly affects another person or their life, they are not going to spend much time thinking about you at all.

This isn’t just good advice. This is how you survive Tumblr without going insane.

Feb 27

Even in old age, Japan’s ‘Station Master Cat’ continues to attract visitors -


I think i have yet another place to visit in Japan now.

Jan 31