In 2014, Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant contacted conceptual design studio Lernert & Sander to create a piece for a special documentary photography issue about food. Lernert & Sander responded with this somewhat miraculous photo of 98 unprocessed foods cut into extremely precise 2.5cm cubes aligned on a staggered grid. Looking at the shot it seems practically impossible, but the studio confirms it is indeed the real thing.
Recently, I switched from using Google Chrome as my primary web browser to using Safari, mainly due to the fact that Safari is faster on my Mac and is more energy efficient because it uses less resources. However, there were a few Chrome features that I missed, such as having favicons of each website showing in the tab bar, the minimalist status bar, and Cmd+Shift+T to reopen any number of previously closed tabs.
After some searching around, I managed to find extensions to replicate the functions that I missed the most. I’ve compiled the list below:
1) Minimal Status Bar – http://visnup.github.io/Minimal-Status-Bar/
This extension provides a minimalist status bar for Safari, similar to what Chrome has. It auto-hides when not needed and expands shortened links. True to its name, there are no other settings or customisations.
2) Retab – https://github.com/bucaran/retab
Re-open as many as the last 20 closed tabs, with a setting to change the shortcut key to the Chrome-style Cmd+Shift+T. Very helpful as it takes advantage of muscle memory from my Chrome days.
3) SafariStand – http://hetima.com/safari/stand-e.html
Allows favicons to be shown for each tab in the tab bar. This greatly reduces the time it takes to identify the tab I’m looking for. However, it requires the installation of EasySIMBL, which is an extension manager for Mac OS X apps.
Probably too complex of a topic to cover in 20 mins but still a good talk to watch.
“It will be the first time since George III was on the throne of England, that in the world we will have as the largest economy, a non-English speaking country, a non-western country, a non-liberal democratic country. And if you don’t think that’s going to affect the way the world happens in the future, then personally I think you’ve been smoking something.”
Vlad Savov of The Verge says the new MacBook is the future:
I have no doubt that this new MacBook will, over time and one or two more iterations, become my go-to laptop for both work and play. It’s headed down the exact path I want to see all portable computers pursuing: dispensing with mechanical cooling, raising resolution, reducing weight, and (hopefully) keeping battery life strong. I also love Apple’s aggressive embrace of the USB Type-C connector. There are two ports on the new MacBook: a headphone jack and the reversible USB port that’s about to become the standard for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and everything else USB. The Type-C connector will funnel everything into and out of this new notebook, serving as its power supply and, with the requisite adapters, wired internet port, its HDMI video output, and its SD card reader. The adapter part is where (costly) annoyances will arise.
The new MacBook might not be so suitable for my usage patterns (external monitor & charging laptop in one place most of the day) but it’s interesting to see the compromises Apple is willing to make to push portability forward.
This is the same strategy they used with the MacBook Air. They pushed hard for portability in the first release, to howls of disbelief, and then improved the specs in subsequent iterations as the technology improved. The same concerns facing the MacBook today (lack of ports, under-powered processor) faded away in subsequent iterations of the MacBook Air as the specs improved and user behaviour changed.
Ultimately, the choice for the average user boils down to: better portability every day or extra ports that are not used every day. And portability wins.
The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery is still working on a breakthrough at 92:
In short, the world needs a super-battery. That, “or I’m sorry we’re going to have wars on wars fighting over the last reserves of this, that or the other and we’re going to have global warming beyond anything we can bear,” Goodenough says.
The good news is that Goodenough has one last idea. He’s working on it with yet another crop of post-doctoral assistants. “I want to solve the problem before I throw my chips in,” he says. “I’m only 92. I still have time to go.”
Some bus stops don’t stay still in China:
Across the world’s second-largest economy, citizens are playing footsie with bus stands, wreaking havoc with transport routes and pitting neighbors against one another as they angle for the special rewards and prestige that can come with having a bus stop close at hand.
Matthew Panzarino of TechCrunch reviews the iPhone 6 in Disneyland.
This is the best review of the new iPhones, in real-world use: crowded, noisy, sweaty, outdoors, no wifi, lots of waiting time to play games, lots of photos to capture.
The camera looks really impressive. If you’re a photographer, these are the phones to get:
The phase detection autofocus is extremely quick, and the continuous autofocus while video recording is active is absolutely fantastic. The leap in quality over even dedicated cameras can’t be overstated. The image quality is off the charts and the (software driven) ‘Cinematic Stabilization’ is amazing.
Ben Crair on how the humble period has taken on an aggressive tone recently:
“In the world of texting and IMing … the default is to end just by stopping, with no punctuation mark at all,” Liberman wrote me. “In that situation, choosing to add a period also adds meaning because the reader(s) need to figure out why you did it. And what they infer, plausibly enough, is something like ‘This is final, this is the end of the discussion or at least the end of what I have to contribute to it.’”
It’s a remarkable innovation. The period was one of the first punctuation marks to enter written language as a way to indicate a pause, back when writing was used primarily as a record of (and script for) speech. Over time, as the written word gained autonomy from the spoken word, punctuation became a way to structure a text according to its own unique hierarchy and logic. While punctuation could still be used to create or suggest the rhythms of speech, only the exclamation point and question mark indicated anything like what an orator would call “tone.”
Poignant piece about Everpix’s shutdown. This is the less glamorous side of startup life.
It feels like we’re going 100mph into the brick wall. And we’re still picking up speed. But we don’t know if the wall is going to be there.