April 21, 2014

Cosplay Changes Lives

From PBS Offbook: With TV shows dedicated to it, and pictures and videos all across the internet, cosplay has now officially entered the public consciousness.

April 21, 2014
Understanding Innovation

Horace Dediu explains what innovation is and why we must understand how it differs from novelty, invention, and creation.

Novelty: Something new
Creation: Something new and valuable
Invention: Something new, having potential value through utility
Innovation: Something new and uniquely useful

Dediu goes on to say that not understanding the factors and context which makes a product “innovative” is…

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April 18, 2014
RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

RIP: Gabriel García Márquez

Marquez-Gabriel-adv-obit-slide-LP84-superJumbo-v5The Nobel Prize-winning author passed away at his home in Mexico City. He was 87.

Mr. García Márquez was a master of the literary genre known as magical realism, in which the miraculous and the real converge. In his novels and stories, storms rage for years, flowers drift from the skies, tyrants survive for centuries, priests levitate and corpses fail to decompose. And, more plausibly, lovers…

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April 13, 2014

Remembering the 2013 Boston Marathon

ESPN’s SportsCenter tackled #BostonStrong ahead of next week’s marathon. Can’t believe its already been a year. What the what?

April 13, 2014
Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

51999_1_251307.jpg__1072x0_q85_subject_location-1492,1170_upscaleSmithsonian Magazine has announced the finalists of its 11th Annual Photo Contest. This year’s competition had approximately 50,000 submissions, with ten images selected across six categories including: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. Fifty-nine images have been selected (one was disqualified) in total.

What’s particularly interesting to me: in the mobile photo category…

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April 13, 2014

Nirvana & Lorde, “All Apologies”

Dave Grohl and Kris Novoselic had a fantastic collection of women fill in on vocals for Kurt Cobain during their induction into the Rock N’Roll Hall of Fame, including Joan Jett, Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, and Annie Clark.

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April 13, 2014
“It’s like aiming a rocket at Mars and hitting it”

In 2002, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz created the image on the left and then late last week before the Cleveland Indians’ opening day…

“It’s like aiming a rocket at Mars and hitting it”

In 2002, cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz created the image on the left and then late last week before the Cleveland Indians’ opening day…

April 9, 2014
This is the Photo of Abraham Lincoln Used to Make the Penny

This is the Photo of Abraham Lincoln Used to Make the Penny

dymrL5FMore specifically, this is President Lincoln meeting with General George ‘Little Mac’ McClellan in the General’s tent at Antietam in September 1862. McClellan was leader of the Army of the Potomac, and a world champion procrastinator/overthinker.

The photo, btw, was colorized by Laiz Kuczynski, who says, “A lot of guesswork goes in to colorization, there’s no way around it, but a lot of color can…

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April 7, 2014
Blue Bottle Buys Tonx

Love that @Tonx has found a great home to grow w/ @bluebottleroast

Two of my favorite coffee institutions, Blue Bottle in San Francisco and Tonx, a subscription coffee service living on the Internet, are joining forces.

According to both Blue Bottle and Tonx, much of the deal is to get Tonx’s people and tech capabilities and use them to build a better online and store front experience. For Tonx subscribers, nothing is going to change immediately, but within a…

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April 6, 2014
A Touching Tribute to David Letterman Upon His Unfortunate Retirement in 2015

A Tribute to David Letterman Upon His Unfortunate Retirement

Since David Letterman quietly announced his retirement last week, there’s been an outpouring of affection for the old grump and rightfully so. Letterman practically invented modern late-night television much in the same way that ‘Star Wars’ invented the modern blockbuster. Sure, neither was the first, but their lineage, DNA, and influence can be felt in everything that came after.

Here are three…

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April 5, 2014
Android TV

Is Android TV any different than all the other streaming video boxes? #nope

When Amazon debut its $99 streaming video box, FireTV — which is basically just the Amazon version of AppleTV1 — I noted: “Google’s probably working on their own johnny-come-lately $99 set top streaming box as I write this.”

Low-and-behold: Android TV. It’s sounds exactly like what I assumed it would be.

1. The reviews of Amazon’s FireTV, btw, seem decidedly mixed with most leaning towards the…

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April 5, 2014
Amazon Launches FireTV

amazon-fire-products-11Not content to let Apple and Roku dominate the $99 set top streaming box, Amazonlaunched one of their own today, the FireTV. Basically, it does the exact same thing as the other streaming device — you can watch Internet content on your TV via a slew of apps from Netflix and others. But, it does have one major difference in the vein of a gaming controller for $39. Plus, FireTV even has voice…

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