Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014

The Post-Post-Apocalyptic Detroit  

What is happening in Detroit is really quite interesting, this New York Times article looks at the current state of the city and how some investors are banking on its revival.

In 2009, after Clore was laid off by Merrill Lynch, they persuaded relatives and friends to invest in their venture and began combing the thousands of properties in that year’s county auction. They looked for bungalows in middling neighborhoods near the border with the suburbs. They bought 15 houses at the auction for a total of $60,000. Seven of them rented immediately. The next year, they acquired 21 more, at an average of $3,000 apiece.

Fascinating.

The Android Browser  

An interesting look at the fragmentation of the Android browser market by HTML5 Test

Friday, 11 Jul 2014

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings  

Sarah Cooper:

Like everyone, appearing smart during meetings is my top priority. Sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon. When this happens, it’s good to have some fallback tricks to fall back on.

Some sound advice for anyone who struggles to sound smart at meetings. I may have to try some of these tips myself.

Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014

Microsoft continues Android push with Nokia X2 handset  

The Verge:

Microsoft isn’t giving up on its Android smartphones. After acquiring Nokia’s phone business in April, Microsoft is introducing a new Nokia X2 handset today.

Interesting Microsoft’s first product release after finalising the acquisition of Nokia is a new Android phone.

Microsoft will be hoping that this second-generation X2 will be another way to feed consumers into buying Windows Phones, and get smartphone users hooked on its range of cloud-based applications and services.

Not quite the Windows Everywhere Utopia Steve Ballmer had in mind, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Saturday, 21 Jun 2014

Water  

A great video by photographer/filmmaker Morgan Maassen.

I love the underwater wave shots towards the end.

Pixel Winch  

Pixel Winch is a neat little screen measuring tool by Ricci Adams. I came across it a few days ago after reading this article by Craig Hockenberry.

Currently in beta as a free download for OS X, it’s worth checking out (if screen measurement tools are your thing).

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014

6 Years Ago  

Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) tweeted this picture earlier today:

I'm still amazed at how rapidly mobile technology has advanced these last few years, those phones look positively dated.

Update: That photo reminds me a lot of this piece Marco Arment wrote a few years back.

Japanese Manhole covers  

Flickr user S.Morita has a beautiful Flickr album containing photographs of almost 700 Japanese manhole covers.

I had no idea Japan was home to arguably the world's best looking manhole covers. Bonus points for geotagging every photo to help other manhole cover photographers discover these gems.

Saturday, 14 Jun 2014

The Commander Thinks Aloud  

Speaking of Columbia, my favourite Long Winters song, The Commander Thinks Aloud, is about the Columbia disaster. I never get tired of this song, John Roderick's vocals, lyrics and song writing capture the moment perfectly.

Check out some of his acoustic versions too - in some ways, better than the original.