“Whimsy is not a quality we usually associate with computer programs. We tend to think of software in terms of the function it fulfills. For example, a spreadsheet helps us do our work. A game of Tetris provides a means of procrastination. Social media reconnects us with our high school nemeses. But what about computer code that serves no inherent purpose in itself?” —
Jacob is one of my favorite people and this quote sums it up pretty perfectly. He has provided digital soul to a place desperately in need of it. Congrats Jacob.
“The most important thing is obviousness. The problem is overdesign” —Loren Brichter, a High Priest of App Design - WSJ.com (via bijan)
“Some French fans of horse meat are hoping that the fuss could add a frisson of excitement to eating horses and help lift the stigma from a fare that, even in France and Belgium, is generally viewed as old-fashioned and uncool. Several popular Paris restaurants are reported to be interested in adding horse to their menus.” —Recipe for Divided Europe - Add Horse, Then Stir - NYTimes.com
“Before the only female matchup, in a video broadcast to the crowd, Zoila Gurgel says of her opponent, Jessica Eye: “There’s no one I want to hurt more than her.” Ms. Eye, 26, with braids and a wide smile, had been hit by a car years earlier and thought she’d never walk again. She choked Ms. Gurgel temporarily unconscious and won the fight in 58 seconds.” —Cage Fighting’s Popularity Has Media Giants in a Slugfest - NYTimes.com
“The New York Times’ online TimesMachine portal offers a tantalizing look back at the NYT archives, and the media giant has announced a new advertising program that draws on these very archives.” —The New York Times taps its TimesMachine Web archives to offer a new ad program, launching with NatGeo - The Next Web
“It is not so much that Mr. Karlin trained midcentury Americans how to use the telephone. It is, rather, that by studying the psychological capabilities and limitations of ordinary people, he trained the telephone, then a rapidly proliferating but still fairly novel technology, to assume optimal form for use by midcentury Americans.” —John E. Karlin, Who Led the Way to All-Digit Dialing, Dies at 94 - NYTimes.com
“The S&P 500 has now outperformed its hedge-fund rival for ten straight years, with the exception of 2008 when both fell sharply. A simple-minded investment portfolio—60% of it in shares and the rest in sovereign bonds—has delivered returns of more than 90% over the past decade, compared with a meagre 17% after fees for hedge funds (see chart). As a group, the supposed sorcerers of the financial world have returned less than inflation. Gallingly, the profits passed on to their investors are almost certainly lower than the fees creamed off by the managers themselves.” —Hedge funds: Going nowhere fast | The Economist