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RSS Cleaning #1

August 3, 2010 Leave a comment

I have the bad habit of collecting more than I have use for, the same goes for RSS subscriptions unfortunately. This has resulted in me bookmarking hundreds of articles that I would like to share but never have gotten around to do. All this is a major pain since I also have the habit of organizing when procrastinating, resulting in too much time spent on sifting through bookmarks when I could do something more productive. There are times when I don’t even bookmark the article I find interesting and just keep it open until I find a category of bookmarks that it fits into.

To prevent myself from getting major headaches over this I’m going to start with something I’ve dubbed “RSS Cleaning” in which I will dump a boatload of articles into a post and write a short description of them so that you can sift through them. I’m hoping to do this once each week, in order to get used to posting regularly, but I can’t promise that yet. We’ll see how it’ll go. Since this is the first cleaning, the some articles may be “old”, but the idea is that with all the old articles out-of-the-way, newer and newer material will come up.

So let us start!

TWiST #46 with David Heinemeier Hansson
This Youtube video is almost 2 hours long and about 5 months old but it’s still an awesome episode, and if you don’t have the time then you can skip the first 47 minutes to the “real” interview. The show features David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails and partner of 37signals, talking about start-up strategies and “old-school” capitalism.

DICE 2010: “Design Outside the Box” Presentation
Another old video from February about the boom of social games and the possible future it’s heading towards. A very interesting presentation that is both thought provocative and somewhat scary.

Tab The Power Strip
I seldom find any good concepts from product designers since they tend to get caught up in the aesthetics of the product and fail to see the function and usability that needs to be there. The Multi-Tab Power Strip is different, designer Soon Mo Kang manages to successfully combine all three aspects and really make you hope that some day, it will become more than a concept.

Is it One Chair, or is it More?
As a student, one can often run out of space and furniture to sit on when having too many friends over. Shair is a concept by Jie-Jyun Lyu that could solve that issue by simply adapting to the situation and environment.

CODEORGAN
The people behind CODEORGAN have found a way to make the web a more musical place by analysing the body of a site and making sweet music from it.

EpicWin
A new and fun way to combine the productivity of task-lists with the escapism  of RPG’s. The iPhone app allows users to advance in quests, gain loot and develop skills by completing your tasks in the real world.

Internet Explorer 9: A Fresh Start, With HTML5
It’s been five months and we still haven’t heard anything new on IE9, but for those that still don’t know what IE9 will have to offer, check out the article which sums it up quite nicely.

Shooting Robert King
A documentary spanning over 15 years and through 3 wars. The movie follows war photographer Robert King from the start of his career in Sarajevo until “present” day. Throughout the movie one can see the transformation from a young naive photographer on a mission to a cynic battle-torn father doing his job that is filled with death and destruction. For those with guts strong enough to handle the more graphic pictures of war, one can see the film online on the link above.

Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament
The government of Indonesia ordered the country’s ISP’s to block all pornographic material from the web by the 11th of August, a move that didn’t sit well with a hacker that retaliated by broadcasting porn on the parliaments internal TV channel. The official story is that the connection is still unclear but for everybody else it seems quite crystal clear.

Graphic Design Career Tips : How Much Money Do Graphic Designers Make?
Creative director William Fridrich talks about how much a designer earns and what makes a great designer.

That concludes the first segment of RSS Cleaning! We’ll see when the next one comes up. Bye!

//Saligia

Trying to fix the corporate world

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

I saw “The Yes Men Fix The World” the other day. It’s a documentary about the activist group called the Yes Men. The Yes Men pose as employees of big corporations and go to conferences, hold press meetings or have interviews. At these events they then take the opportunity to expose or ridicule the corporate mentality through parody and humour.

It’s a fun movie and it really shows that some corporations are so overtaken by greed that they applaud at ways of earning more money through the misfortune of others. The movie has been released free of charge to the public via their website, and they encourage the spreading of the movie. So why not go over there and download it for a rainy day.

But just as the movie points out as well, big corporations can do a lot of good in the world, even though most don’t. Google has come to be one of the bigger corporations in the world but always try to remain grounded. After reading The New York Times article about Google paying its employees tax for benefits received from same-sex partnerships, one can see that they really are trying hard to live up to their informal motto, “Don’t be evil”. Apparently US residents with domestic partners pay a tax, which averages around 1069 USD per year, for their employer-provided health benefits. This tax is exclusive to homosexual employees since heterosexual married couples are excluded since they aren’t counted as domestic partners. Head over to the source article to get the full story as well as read about other benefits that all Google employees receive.

That’s all for now, until next time!

//Saligia