Olympics happen once every four years. Most are unlikely to ever experience them in their own country. I get shivers whenever I see banners with the Olympic Rings on them. This is once in a lifetime event, and I intend to make the very most of it.
Knate Myers stitched together this wonderful time-lapse video, using photographs taken from the International Space Station. The music is Sunshine (Adagio In D Minor) by John Murphy.
Roger Ebert on the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado:
This would be an excellent time for our political parties to join together in calling for restrictions on the sale and possession of deadly weapons. That is unlikely, because the issue has become so closely linked to paranoid fantasies about a federal takeover of personal liberties that many politicians feel they cannot afford to advocate gun control.
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We believe that advertising-supported social services are so consistently and inextricably at odds with the interests of users and developers that something must be done.
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Putting my money where my mouth’s been for the last few years, and backing this audacious project. I hope it succeeds.
Every community-based site in the history of the web has essentially been a stab at creating a social network. Most of them fail as businesses, with the rare exception of small, lucky communities that become self-sufficient but not exactly prosperous. What if that’s just the way it is?
CEO, Tony Fadell on Nest’s first advertising campaign:
We hope the video allows people to take a brief pause in the day and to see the world through fresh eyes. And we hope it brings a smile to their faces too.
I enjoyed Anna Debenham’s excellent response to Marco Arment’s ridiculous assertion that every web designer needs to buy a retina MacBook Pro:
If you’re a web designer, you really, really need to get a cheap Dell monitor so you can see how bad your site looks on it and fix it.
The games are so close, I can almost taste them.
A million people in Silicon Valley walk into a bar. No one buys anything. Bar is declared a rousing success.