Hat tip Jeff Morin -- killer find from Stargate Studios
Those scenes look phenomenally familiar (CSI, Monk, Ugly Betty, 24, various movies), and absolutely realistic. What is reality anymore? You won't be able tell from video these days.
This demo reel just utterly blew me away after seeing what I already thought was impressive posted earlier today to my cool-internet-stuff blog hiphopoposterous.
In the '80s, the idea of the yuppie was really about just consumerism: I have an expensive BMW, I have these things, and it's buying, buying, buying. I think that that attitude is still there, but the materials changed into where it's "My carbon footprint's lower, my music taste is better, I visited more countries than you.
Hat Tip my friend Dustin Chang - Facebook Profile favorite quotations
Virtual Private Network software is notoriously bad and difficult to configure. Years ago I heard about a solution that got me actually excited about the space. It was called Hamachi, and it was a simple, Napster-like desktop client that let you share files and actual network connectivity even behind firewalls. It was magic.This is what Hamachi's homepage looked like in 2006, when I last saw it:
Dude. I loved these keyboards. I am debating buying one right now, and hooking it up to my 2009 model Macbook Pro + 30" Cinema Wide. Needs a Cmd key though.
It might keep up the neighbors though. These things are loud.
Turns out physical stores make a difference. An Ohio State study has found that people are willing to pay more and are more likely to buy a mug they have touched, increasing in proportion to the amount of time they're in contact with the mug.
The strength of this attachment seems to increase with greater physical contact. And one explanation is loss aversion; that is, the longer people have an object, the stronger their attachment and their eagerness to keep it. People become attached and they are willing to pay much more to avoid losing that object,” Muhanna said.
There's a lesson in here for software products too. Try before you buy goes a long way. That's why Posterous's homepage prompts you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before you ever register. Touch it, try it, you'll like it.
Once upon a time, there was a traveler who came upon three individuals working with stone. Curious as to what the workers were doing with the stones, the traveler approached the first worker and asked, “What are you doing with these stones?” Grumpily and without hesitation the worker quickly responded, “I am a stonecutter and I am cutting stones.”
Not satisfied with this answer, the traveler approached the second worker and asked, “What are you doing with these stones?” The second worker paused for a moment, sighed, but smiled a little and then explained, “I am a stonecutter and I am trying to make enough money to support my family.”
Having two different answers to the same question, the traveler made his way to the third worker and asked, “What are you doing with these stones?” The third worker stopped what he was doing, bringing his chisel to his side. He looked at the traveler with a beaming smile on his face and declared, “I am a stonecutter and I am building a cathedral.”
There are big changes coming in software development — and Jobs, of all people, is trying to lead the way. This time the Holy Grail is object-oriented programming; some have compared the effect it will have on the production of software to the effect the industrial revolution had on manufactured goods. "In my 20 years in this industry, I have never seen a revolution as profound as this," says Jobs, with characteristic understatement. "You can build software literally five to 10 times faster, and that software is much more reliable, much easier to maintain and much more powerful."
Of course, this being Silicon Valley, there is always a new revolution to hype. And to hear it coming from Jobs — Mr. Revolution himself — is bound to raise some eyebrows. "Steve is a little like the boy who cried wolf," says Robert Cringely, a columnist at Info World, a PC industry newsweekly. "He has cried revolution one too many times. People still listen to him, but now they're more skeptical." And even if object-oriented software does take off, Jobs may very well end up a minor figure rather than the flag-waving leader of the pack he clearly sees himself as.
Realtime in 2009, or Object Oriented in 1994, whatever it was -- it was hot. And the tech press needed its talking points.
Luckily Jobs kept going, pushing through whatever the prevailing fad of the day. He kept building and pushing on technology. To create the bicycle for the mind.
To read a blast from 15 years ago makes you realize that over even a decade you can get branded a messiah, a genius, and a has-been all in the blink of an eye. But to make it out on the other side, redeem yourself, and to hit a home run even bigger than your first, you'll need to believe in yourself when nobody else does.
As an aside, my favorite quote here is: "People say sometimes, 'You work in the fastest-moving industry in the world.' I don't feel that way. I think I work in one of the slowest. It seems to take forever to get anything done."
Man, is that ever true, even a decade and a half and an Internet revolution later.
Not only did having a higher blood sugar level make study participants less likely to act impulsively, but taking a diet drink made people more likely to act on impulse and take the immediate, smaller reward, Wang said.
Fascinating -- yet another you can brainhack yourself by what you eat or drink.