"In 1984, the same year I went to MIT, the Macintosh computer came out. My mother and father bought me an Apple Macintosh, and that changed my life. It showed me a combination of design, craft, technology, and aesthetics. Maybe that showed me what I wanted to do: to combine math and art. The Macintosh was kind of a symbol of that."

- The Great Discontent: John Maeda

"The fact that Snøhetta was chosen to design the bid is certainly no surprise; the Norwegian firm is globally renowned for its work (which you’ll be able to find in Times Square soon). But the decision to choose Snøhetta was one of the most intelligent moves by Oslo’s committee because it keeps all the design elements of the bid under one roof. Snøhetta’s masterful grasp of graphic design, architecture, and urban planning allow the firm to create an integrated proposal that considers the holistic impact of the games on the city."

- How to Design a Smarter Olympics Bid

""Now it’s just an introduction, before we blow your mind / The show is All That, and yes we do this all the, time." So went one of the opening lines of All That’s unshakeable theme song, as delivered by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes alongside TLC group members Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins. It was an introduction on Nickelodeon, a cable TV station that was taking a chance with one of its first sketch comedy shows, that set the precedent for a series that, over the next 10 seasons, would shift the course of television history."

- ORAL HISTORY—How ‘All That’ Became the ‘SNL’ for the Next Generation | Myspace

"AOL is still pivoting away from its days as an ISP. Under the leadership of Tim Armstrong it now focuses on video and its ad network. In another life, before a disastrous acquisition of Time Warner, it brought the Internet into the homes of Americans and controlled the program that popularized online messaging without ever really meaning to. It would be easier to call AIM ahead of its time if it had not become so wildly popular almost immediately after its launch. In many ways, AIM was right in line with the times, just at a company hanging on to a business model that would soon become obsolete."

- The Rise and Fall of AIM, the Breakthrough AOL Never Wanted

Who invented the Internet? And why?


Watch How Google X Employees Deal With Failure

An inside look at the inner-workings of Google’s top-secret research lab.

Google X isn’t like most R&D labs. In this month’s featureFast Company was granted first-of-its kind access into Google’s top-secret research laboratory, where “moonshots” trump real-world feasibility, and failure is openly encouraged. “If we can get to a no quickly on an idea, that’s almost as good as getting to a yes,” says Rich DeVaul, head of Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team in the video above. Hit play to watch what happens when the very active imaginations of some very smart people are given free rein to fail.

"Evolutionary, why do different races exist?"


Races are not considered to exist in a biological sense, only in a sociological sense.

There may be vast differences throughout humanity, but these differences can not be easily grouped together into easily distinguished “groups”.

humans came up with the concept of “race” based entirely off superficial traits like skin, hair, facial features, etc, long before we had an understanding of the human genome. While it may seem that people in, say, Saharan Africa have been “isolated” from people from other parts of the world, in a genetic, evolutionary sense, they really haven’t been, so they can’t even be classified as a different “subspecies” or “race’” or what-have-you.


(via sdsimple)

"What if the street itself could be considered a kind of undiscovered public space—a park, even—that rewards and enhances living in higher density urban areas? Streets can be both connective tissue and destinations in themselves, rather than just spaces we pass through on the way somewhere else. With these lofty ideals in mind, we initially struggled when Walk San Francisco asked us to reconsider the mundane curb extension. (A curb extension widens the sidewalk at crosswalks to place pedestrians in a more prominent location—protruding into what is considered the zone of the street. The overall intent is to make pedestrians more visible to drivers). "


Designing Streets for People, Not Just Cars

In another life, I would have loved the chance to work on designing a city. 

    I’m watching Seven Psychopaths

“Until Doctor Who comes back, Sunday’s are now going to be filled with Sam Rockwell movies.”

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“Until Doctor Who comes back, Sunday’s are now going to be filled with Sam Rockwell movies.”

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"The idea of a branded exploit – one that is carefully curated for easy consumption – is a new one. Historically obfuscation, either real or inadvertent, has been the watchword in computer security mostly because not everyone cared about major exploits. Heartbleed, in a way, was different. It was worldwide, very dangerous, and oddly photogenic."

- Heartbleed, The First Security Bug With A Cool Logo | TechCrunch

"You can tell just by his voice and how triumphantly he’s delivering the lyrics that he thinks he’s being so brave, but it’s like, ‘No. It’s 2014 and you’re a white dude with a Hitler-youth haircut…And you’re from Seattle. I’m pretty sure everyone can tell you believe in gay marriage.’ I’d be more surprised if he made a song about how he loves gluten. Like how gluten deserves equal rights. I’d be like, ‘Yeah, that’s really brave of him. That’s so cool of a guy from Seattle to say something cool about gluten.’"

- Joe Mande on Mackelmore (via getradified)

Shots fired.
Seriously, Mackelmore is some sort of sick pop culture joke.

"The growth of Uber (for on-demand ride-sharing) and Airbnb (for on-demand room-sharing) and TaskRabbit (for on-demand projects) has been identified as a feature of America’s emerging Part-Time Economy. The idea is that Americans can’t find work in the formal labor market, so we’re sharing our time and possessions with paying customers in a new less formal “sharing” economy. The problem with this idea is that the part-time economy is, by all accounts, a myth. America doesn’t have a new part-time jobs problem. We have an old-fashioned shortage of jobs. People have too much non-salaried time on their hands."

- Uber’s new service reflects the rise of downtime in America—and the fall of full-time jobs

"Nigeria’s overnight transformation raises two distinct but interconnected questions. First: What do we miss about countries when we don’t have accurate economic data about them—and what are the practical implications of that blindness?"

- How Nigeria Became Africa’s Largest Economy Overnight - Atlantic Mobile

With the average person spending 9 hours a day reading from a screen, Intel took on the challenge of designing a proprietary font optimized for the world we live in. #intelclear #lookinside For more, visit http://ift.tt/1ikMop0

"At our first meeting, we knew we were going here,” he said. “They had the technology we thought we were inventing.” Wonkblog, which will remain the property of The Post, had established Mr. Klein, 29, as a prominent voice in the capital, and was a formidable driver of traffic. So in January, when he and his colleagues announced they would join Vox Media with the aim of creating a site bigger and broader than Wonkblog, it seemed to be another watershed in the news business: a moment when young talent began demanding superior technology as the key to producing superior journalism."

- Vox Takes Melding of Journalism and Technology to a New Level - NYTimes.com