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I think ICANN

Published 9y ago -

ICANN is loosening the rules around domain suffix at the detriment of having any meaning and comprehension embodied in a hostname. URLs need more thought, not freedom. Even ICANN’s CEO brings the move down to vanity plate level contribution. Apparently,... More »

Getting the brain to swell

Published 9y ago -

Clippinger turns to Robin Dunbar and colleagues to show that there is a correlation of neocortex development (thinking and problem solving) and membership size in social groups. …the evolutionary success of Homo sapiens can in large measure be attributed... More »

Discovering Happiness

Published 11y ago -

For my birthday, I received a new book that I had been eyeing, Happiness by Richard Layard. I am about a quarter through it and while I am not so hip to his writing style, I am enchanted by the information presented. You see, Layard is actually an economist th... More »

Feeling conscious

Published 11y ago -

Neuropsychology could have easily been my first profession. My fascination for the brain and appreciation for how little and much we know of it has always captivated my logical and imaginative thought. I just finished the book, Wider Than The Sky: The Phenomen... More »

Interacting with color

Published 11y ago -

Josef Albers’ book, The Interaction of Color, was my first real look at color. Ever since I have been eyeing original silk-screens and playing with color. In a first exploration, I dusted off my Macromedia Director hat and threw together a simple visual... More »

The rise of a truly literate class

Published 11y ago -

I once heard that eighty percent of what we think of today, we thought of yesterday. I enjoy optimizing my world, so increasing the percentage of new thought seems a worthy goal. Wikipedia lists the United States having a 99.9% literacy rate, citing the CIA Wo... More »

What happens if you cannot feel the healing?

Published 11y ago -

This past Friday afternoon, I was having an interesting conversation with a friend from work. We were talking about spas and more particularly massages – the general need and healing from being touched by other humans. This morning on CNN a story ran on... More »

Challenging Apple with Zen Vision

Published 11y ago -

I just came across an article by John Biggs on the new Creative Zen Vision:M in the Circuits section of the New York Times. Creative’s new personal media player is positioned to compete with the Apple iPod, and it will undoubtedly fail. Very often, busin... More »

Thoughtless acts for inspiration

Published 11y ago -

About two years ago I was recommended a book, The Art of Innovation, by Tom Kelley. It was my first introduction to IDEO, one of America’s foremost design firms. Recently, while looking for follow-on IDEO work, I stumbled upon Thoughtless Acts? and I wan... More »

Emotional by design

Published 11y ago -

Talk to any software development shop and you will hear the terms “iterative development.” While there are many formal methods supporting iterative development processes, the commonality and rough translation is that software is prototyped, reviewe... More »

Emotional Design

Published 11y ago -

I started reading Donald Norman’s Emotional Design today. I have not read anything from him since college, so I thought this 2004 publication might give me a good refresher. Norman is well known from his book, The Design of Everyday Things. I remember be... More »