34 Microlog entries tagged with ‘wired’

The Untold Story of ILM, a Titan That Forever Changed Film
So that’s where the name comes from. (Also, another in a line of great oral histories of the movie business, here.) #   ·

Disney’s $1 Billion Bet On A Magical Wristband
The technology behind it is actually rather simple; it’s just an RFID chip in a rubber wristband. But it’s the interconnected, multilayered thinking behind the whole system, the application of the tech in a real-world scenario that tries to account for what would make the experience feel like ‘magic’ for the user — that’s what’s revolutionary. #   ·

Here are the 10 best bits from Robot Chicken’s first 10 years
It’s been so long since I’ve watched Robot Chicken; I guess I’ve got some new DVDs to queue in my Amazon wish list. #   ·

What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling
“If the JoCo Cruise is a church, I am apostate. That’s why I couldn’t stop worrying and love the Sea Monkeys. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be a nerd anymore. It was that I did. Or rather, that I already, inescapably, was. That boat and those people? They were my hometown. Like everyone’s hometown, mine embarrasses me. I have worked hard to lose my accent. I know every back-alley shortcut and every bit of secret gossip. I couldn’t leave soon enough. I miss it ferociously. I’m always happy to meet natives and always trying to avoid them. I’ll defend it with my life against any threat, even when I’m wrong.” Is it really about ‘losing the accent’, or being embarrassed by others who seem too conspicuously enthusiastic about their chosen obsession? If everyone relaxed a bit and didn’t try so hard, maybe we wouldn’t be so hung up about it. #   ·

On Death and iPods: A Requiem
It totally, totally sucks that there’s no mp3 player option for listeners like me who want to take all their music with them wherever they go. We’re back to where we were over a decade ago, when disk space was the only limitation; now we’re being limited by corporately contrived and dictated habits. Fuck that shit. #   ·

Weird Facts About 5 of the World’s Most Famous Logos
I miss that NASA logo; it’s still cool and modern. #   ·

The Untold Story of How Sega Nearly Won the Console Wars
If only Sony hadn’t come along and ruined things etc etc. #   ·

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece
So late to the party with this show, because it was never on TV over here. We’ve got the 20th anniversary tin but there’s only a few episodes in that. #   ·

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect
Added to my Instapaper queue. Also: serendipitous considering the day I had yesterday, typos aplenty. #   ·

Insanely detailed maps of fictional Koana Islands
Had I access to the same tools, I probably would’ve done something like this when I was younger. [c/o Kottke.org] #   ·

The Colors Mentioned Most in 10 Famous Books
Very little purple in The Color Purple, I note. #   ·

You Won’t Need a Driver’s License by 2040
I certainly hope so, although the US is already ahead of us in certain automotive technologies: automatic gears, for instance. #   ·

The Weird Fungus That Lives In Your Gut
Biology never ceases to amaze me. #   ·

An Essay on the New Aesthetic
According to Wikipedia, the New Aesthetic is a term used to refer to the increasing appearance of the visual language of digital technology and the internet in the physical world, and the blending of virtual and physical. James Bridle is more succinct when he calls it “technologically enabled novelty in the world”. Bruce Sterling, however, describes it here as a “genuine aesthetic movement with a weak aesthetic metaphysics” — and I can kind of see his point. But then, much that is aesthetic in the postmodern age is devoid of any substantive metaphysical aspect. #   ·

Could You Build a Scale Lego Model of the Death Star?
If you could, it would be 3.5km wide. Jesus. #   ·

The Perpetual, Invisible Window Into Your Gmail Inbox
It’s funny, I know this is a thing that people do, but it’s never occurred to me to allow any third party to have access to my Gmail. I’ve got no problem OAuth-ing services on my public Twitter account. There’s an implicit line between the stuff for all to see and the stuff that’s just for me, and I guess that’s what guides my decisions when it comes to my personal data. #   ·

Why Some Wild Animals Are Becoming Nicer
Well it’s only one animal really, the bonobo, which has long had a reputation for its peacefulness. But it’s interesting to see how that nature may have developed from something as simple as the habitat their ancestors happened to find themselves in. #   ·

Spelling: A Rebuttal From Wired’s Copydesk
Specifically, a rebuttal of Anne Trubek’s assertion that we should do away with spelling rules altogether. I’ve long argued about this, being both a subeditor and one who condones conversational grammar: we need to learn the rules before we can break them. #   ·

The Damning Backstory Behind “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSWi
“This is my worry: the homeless turned not just into walking, talking hotspots, but walking, talking billboards for a program that doesn’t care anything at all about them or their future, so long as it can score a point or two about digital disruption of old media paradigms. So long as it can prove that the real problem with homelessness is that it doesn’t provide a service.” When I saw the first headlines about Homeless Hotspots, I would have bet money it was an Onion satire. But it’s very real, and very disappointing. #   ·

Weight Watchers Revamps Its Magic Formula
A profile of WeightWatchers head David Kirchhoff and the changes he’s made to the programme. I’ve been on the new plan (called ProPoints over here) for nine months now, and it’s been working for me; the weekly weigh-ins and the tracking facilitate the small iterations to my eating patterns and general activity levels that are making a world of difference. #   ·

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