No tool will save you from that. None. Everything will be out of control as soon as it’s scaled to…
No tool will save you from that. None. Everything will be out of control as soon as it’s scaled to more than a prototype, because control isn’t even 10% about the tools, but awareness about the impact of hundreds of small decisions, which requires real knowledge about the subject domain. It’s about forging and sharpening that awareness through a mentality that embraces constant refactoring, while…
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Blue sky thinking about SVG and angular
It’s been a while since I created RaphCon, a little mashup library based on jQuery and Raphael.js, that let’s you create and animate vector icons (See the vector icons on shuttlestudio.defor a little demo). With the recent hype around Web Components and…
How coffee changed our world | Quote from “The Lost World of the London Coffeehouse” on publicdomainreview.org
Benjamin Bratton: “What’s Wrong with TED Talks?”
Benjamin Bratton: “What’s Wrong with TED Talks?” and “Design as immunisation”.
Stumbled across a talk by Benjamin Bratton that shares an interesting perspective on TED. To me it’s also a stimulating comment on the increasing bubble of design-thinking, placebo-innovation and increasing shallowness of social-media.
It’s much more possible that other countries around the world who are truly indignant about…
It’s much more possible that other countries around the world who are truly indignant about the breaches of their privacy security will band together and create alternatives, either in terms of infrastructure, or legal regimes that will prevent the…
But why do we need “smart” watches or face-mounted computers like Google Glass? They have radically…
But why do we need “smart” watches or face-mounted computers like Google Glass? They have radically different hardware and software needs than smartphones, yet they don’t offer much more utility. They’re also always with you, but not significantly more…
“We saw Java as the…
Today I’m leaving tumblr. It’s been a hard decision but I think its time to move on. I still believe tumblr is an amazing and inspiring platform but there are three main reasons for saying goodbye.
- It has become increasingly hard to export my data from…
Technological Disobedience – I really like this term. Originally coined by Ernesto Oroza to describe the inventive talent of Cubans during a sad but ingeniously creative period of Cuban history.
“People think beyond the normal capacities of an object, and try to surpass the limitations that it imposes on itself.”
Ernesto Oroza on MotherboardTV
“The accumulation of products led workers to radically question industrial processes and mechanisms. They started looking at objects not with the eyes of an
engineer but those of an artisan. Every object could potentially be repaired or reused, even in a different context from its original design. Accumulation separated the object from the Western intent and lifecycle it was destined for. This is technological disobedience.”
Ernestor Oroza on mkshft.org
“After opening, breaking, repairing, and using them so often at their convenience, the makers ultimately disregarded the signs that make occidental objects a unity, a closed identity. Cubans do not fear the emanating authority that brands like Sony, Swatch, or even NASA, command. If something is broken, it will be fixed—somehow. If it could even be conceived as usable to repair other objects, they might as well save it, either in parts or in its entirety. A new future awaits.“
Ernestor Oroza on mkshft.org
Opening things up. Manipulating things. Turning things upside down. Using objects in ways the original creators not even dreamed of. This is the kind of spirit we should be teaching kids at our schools. Program or be programmed!
Workers swarm over scaffolding to erect the Nagarjuna Sagar dam in India, May 1963.
Photograph by John Scofield, National Geographic