Jimmy Eat World on Accepting 'Integrity Blues,' Why Happiness Is Overrated
Gosh, I love this band.
You have these expectations of validation from relationships, or a job or self-medication, this feeling of, "This is going to do it," and none of it really does. Those are all very fleeting things. If you pin your self-worth and happiness on finish-line-type goals, you're always going to set yourself up for disappointment. Because once you achieve them, once your partner comes back to you, once you get that job, now what ... you're done? That idea of integrity mattering is that you can accept that the best any of us have is to always be in a state of progress. That doesn't mean that you're always going to be happy, but happiness is one of those finish-line-type goals. The point isn't to be happy all the time. The point is to sustain yourself in a way that makes you feel good about just being you.
Going to do the same for next year's iOS 11 review. Bathtub included 🛀
Miyamoto knew he was going into intense crunch time, and telephoned several of his friends, saying, “You probably won’t hear from me for about two or three months.”
Tech and science are amazing.
In the year 1820, a person could expect to live less than 35 years, 94% of the global population lived in extreme poverty, and less that 20% of the population was literate. Today, human life expectancy is over 70 years, less that 10% of the global population lives in extreme poverty, and over 80% of people are literate. These improvements are due mainly to advances in technology, beginning in the industrial age and continuing today in the information age.
"There’s the object, the actual product itself, and then there’s all that you learned. What you learned is as tangible as the product itself, but much more valuable, because that’s your future."
I didn't think an article about archiving digital data could actually be somewhat beautiful and sad.
She intends to make a wearable keepsake, affordable as a not-excessive gift that doubles as additional dissemination of the archive—and a reminder of the thin slice of time through which we all pass. Perhaps, sealed in amber, it might be found millions of years hence, when all that exists now is otherwise not even a distant memory.
As for Mod, he hopes he can spread the Hi archive relatively widely, although costs and interest by repositories are a constraint. He also recognizes that there’s a potential futility to the long-term archive. “We’re making a thing that will probably never be looked at. We could print a whole bunch of nothing and nobody would know,” he concedes. But in the face of otherwise assured relatively short-term disappearance, Mod would rather keep a small torch lit than accept the darkness.
Some great points about developers and the Apple ecosystem.
Even though humans are notorious for hating and killing strangers, there's no denying that migration is written into our DNA, as well as a history of embracing people who are different.
Perfect value proposition.
Despite Facebook’s best attempts to court so-called influencers, Twitter is still the go-to place for politicians, business leaders, athletes, and Kanye West to make important announcements.
In a sense, I quite like this modern fluid nature of words. That something written for a time (such as a review, or round-up of products) can be updated is like an injection of new life — a temporary reprieve before the inevitable obsolescence that eventually comes to the vast majority of writing, tech-oriented or otherwise. But a part of me does miss that set-in-stone quality of finely crafted words, and the knowledge that they would remain in that configuration forever.
Had Fire Phone been a hit, we'd be talking about Alexa differently today.
But all of this might not have happened if Amazon had been even marginally successful in the smartphone market. The company might have continued to push the phone, tried to convince developers to create for that platform, and eventually it might have pushed Alexa out on that, limiting the AI to a small sliver of the market.
People would have said, "Alexa is really cool, but it’s only available on the Fire Phone." Just like they said, when Microsoft first introduced Cortana on mobile, "Cortana is really cool, but it’s only available on Windows Phone." Maybe Alexa would have required interacting with screens. Maybe Alexa would be infuriating me while I’m in the car driving, because she would be asking five follow up questions when I say something as simple as "Call Mom" or "Directions to home."
It is possible that the pattern of 10–15 year computing cycles has ended and mobile is the final era. It is also possible the next era won’t arrive for a while, or that only a subset of the new computing categories discussed above will end up being important.
I tend to think we are on the cusp of not one but multiple new eras. The “peace dividend of the smartphone war” created a Cambrian explosion of new devices, and developments in software, especially AI, will make those devices smart and useful. Many of the futuristic technologies discussed above exist today, and will be broadly accessible in the near future.
Spot on. Be realistic about task management every day.
If you are facing a task list that has hundreds of entries every day, you’re doing it wrong.
Never trust anyone who doesn't expect change to eventually happen.
But but but, the purity of the timeline! Yeah, yeah. We’ve been down this road before. For years. Change is always scary — especially on the internet. But time goes on, we move on, and everyone is often happier as a result.
I’ve been using laptops for decades. The first one I ever owned was a PowerBook 3400c, and I’ve never not owned one since then. But now, in contrast to my iPad, my laptop seems altogether much more cumbersome than I prefer to deal with. It’s much, much heavier and bulkier than my iPad, especially when you factor in its power supply and a carrying case.
It’s much more fragile, too—I regularly toss my iPad around in ways that I would never do with my MacBook—and as a result, it’s much less versatile, at least for me. This is partly because the MacBook also restricts my movement; I have to be sitting or standing in a way that accommodates typing, whereas I have so much flexibility with my tablet that I’ve become accustomed to using it while positioned in just about any variant of laying down, sitting, standing or even walking.
Can't wait to play this game.
The Witness’s celebration of earnest exploration is articulated by a hidden audio file near the game’s first area, which quotes Albert Einstein: “Of all the communities available to us there is not one I would want to devote myself to, except for the society of the true searchers, which has very few living members at any time.”
At the end of the day, it's incredibly difficult to succinctly define the ampersand—which is, of course, exactly what makes it so interesting. It can be almost anything you want it to be.
I'm still skeptical, but fascinating points.
Great artists steal – and then they iterate.
I once had the opportunity to visit the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid. There, I got to see Guernica, one of Pablo Picasso’s most famous masterpieces. The painting is gigantic and displayed in its own room. What struck me was not the piece itself, but what surrounded it: Smaller rooms each exhibiting pencil, charcoal, and paint studies of different parts of the masterpiece. In one room, 30 different strokes to get the bull’s head; in another, 25 attempts at the soldier’s arm.
Picasso did not paint the masterpiece in one go. He experimented; he made mistakes; he iterated. When you approach product design, treat it like a great artist treats building a masterpiece. Try and discover: You will uncover new ideas.
I want games to be more. I want games to be powerful tales of not only fictional characters, but ones drawn from real life as well. I want to have fun, but occasionally I also want to feel, to cry, or to think deeply about a subject. I enjoy living the lives of others to see how it feels to walk a mile in their shoes. If you disagree with that, by all means, let your voice be heard. I'll just be over here asking for something different.
There is always that one band that comes along when you are 14 or 15 years old that manages to hit you in just the right way and changes your whole perception of things.
Why can’t we replace small talk with big talk and ask each other profound questions right from the start? Replace mindless chatter about commuting times with a conversation about our weightiest beliefs and most potent fears? Questions that reveal who we are and where we want to go?
What a fascinating way to launch and promote an indie game via Twitch.
But the Twitch chat rarely went wrong, because they had lots of time to assess each situation and make sure they got it right. There was a bit of madness towards the end of the game, when the mechanics change quite dramatically all of sudden, yet Twitch still managed to pull themselves together and figured it all out.
It also helped that we'd sent a code for the game to a big streamer named Bikeman the day before, and he decided, quite against his own health, that he would race Twitch Plays Punch Club, and attempt to beat the game in one single sitting while streaming the entire thing.
This makes sense. Mobile is also going to get VR eventually.
It will be a desktop-only thing at first but I personally think that mobile in an abstract sense (not necessarily your phone dropping into something) is the future of virtual reality. All of these headsets are going to have onboard render horsepower that's used for the majority of experiences.
That's not to say that you won't be able to tether to more powerful machines, but once the hardware gets good enough, most people are going to go for the convenience of having a single device that does it all instead of a big box in their living room. So eventually mobile is going to get all of this. It's really going to be a matter of time, cost and complexity.
Kotaku joins the list of publications with no review scores whatsoever. Great move.
Like a one-term president we’ve had enough of, we’re ditching the Yes/No/Not Yet review system we’ve been employing for the last four years. What was meant to be a defiance of review scores became a review score. We don’t like review scores. Away it goes.
Smart take by Ben. Easier to imagine the future of cars when you consider it this way.
What makes this moment in the transportation industry so fascinating is that while the three trends I described above are broadly related through their reliance on computers, each of them are independent of the other. An electric car could be owned and operated by its owner; a self driving car could be powered by an internal combustion engine and used exclusively by its owner; a ride-sharing network could rely on drivers operating gas-powered vehicles.
Good take on CES. Might actually have to go someday.
CES is where the horror and the wonder of capitalism is on display and where it actually happens. It's easy (and true) to say that nobody should buy 99 percent of the stuff here. But the cheap stuff here is better than it ever has been, so don't look down your nose at all of it.
Great piece on Taylor Swift's 2015.
Taylor’s ingenious use of Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube has been well documented. But her body of work as a whole in social media in 2015 was about more than just fan selfies (though she certainly set a record). She has wholly redefined the artist-fan relationship, deftly walking the line between controlling the message and empowering her legions of fans to speak with her voice.
This is spot-on. The Internet can be a weird place.
I'm just one person, with an admittedly emotional response to a problem most people probably don't care about.
Organisations that have incompatible legacy processes are the ones with the problem, not me.
“The truth is that work as we know it in its modern form has not been around that long, and I kind of want to use AI to abolish it. I want to take everyone’s jobs. Most people would be happy with that, especially the ones who don’t like their jobs. Let’s free them of mental tedium and push that to machines. In the next 10 years, you’ll see a big segment of the human labor force fall away. In 25 years, AI will be able to do almost everything a human can do. The last people with jobs will be AI programmers.”
It is a question of focus. Why don’t you use your task manager to keep track of content (i.e. “Read this article”)? Because the last thing you want to see when you cuddle up with your hot cocoa for some light reading is the hundreds of tasks you’re not doing.
There are two main reasons why legacy auto companies are unlikely to excel in these areas. The first, is that very few of the world’s best AI engineers, data scientists and cloud computing experts work at auto companies today. And while there are certainly talented engineers at these companies, despite the many Silicon Valley-based research centers opened by the car companies in recent years, companies like Google, Tesla, Apple and Uber have been a bigger draw for the extraordinary technology architects and data scientists looking to disrupt the auto industry through software. The second reason is data.
Accurate description of asking Romans for help.
When we ask for help from three Romans, each of the three gives a different answer. I feel unnerved, often crushed. In spite of my great enthusiasm for living in Rome, everything seems impossible, indecipherable, impenetrable.