Archive for July, 2008

O'Reilly Hacks Series

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

I discovered this while perusing filmmaking books on Amazon and thought it was a sweet idea. I really don’t know what O’Reilly’s reputation is, but I’ve heard the name and seen the label many a time over the years, so I can only imagine they’re doing something right. Anyway, the “Hacks” series sounded pretty sweet, so I wanted to pass it on. I know I’m going to go through the list and pillage their supply of books, adding it to my wishlist :P.

O’Reilly Hacks Series

Posted in Books, Inspiration, Resources, Web with tags , , , , on July 31, 2008 by blakejohnson

I discovered this while perusing filmmaking books on Amazon and thought it was a sweet idea. I really don’t know what O’Reilly’s reputation is, but I’ve heard the name and seen the label many a time over the years, so I can only imagine they’re doing something right. Anyway, the “Hacks” series sounded pretty sweet, so I wanted to pass it on. I know I’m going to go through the list and pillage their supply of books, adding it to my wishlist :P.

Open Source Cell Phone

Posted in Design, DIY, News, Web with tags , , , on July 29, 2008 by blakejohnson

I found this a while back and saved it to read later, but while cleaning out my list of “to-read” items, I rediscovered it and thought I’d post it. It seems pretty basic in concept, and after thinking about it, I’m actually a little surprised it didn’t come out before now (that I know of). One of the cooler parts about it is, following through with the open source ideology, the CAD plans are available for you to customize and work on for your own design. Manufacturing might be a bit of trouble if you’re not handy with molding plastic or metal or whatever, but it sure would be sweet for the people who can pull that off. I’d love to see the creations when they start coming out.

Corporate Media

Posted in News, Web with tags , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2008 by blakejohnson

To be honest, I haven’t read all of this yet. But The Cyberpunk Review is dependably interesting, so this is bound to be a good read. From movie reviews to current lesser-known events, it’s a good read every now and then. That fact and the topic of the article drew my attention, just it being almost 2 in the morning right now, I’m getting to bed. I’ll read in the morning. Enjoy.

Productivity Hobbyist

Posted in Get Meta!, Life, Productivity, Web with tags , , , , on July 6, 2008 by blakejohnson

A while back I tried a week of productivity blogging, keeping on track all week long, recording each day’s progress, and analyzing what worked and didn’t about each day. It was fun, but I wouldn’t want to run my entire life that way. I like to read and hear about productivity hacks and the habit-formers who go about changing their lifestyles to get things done in a more efficient way, thus one of my favorite blogs is Lifehacker. But I never really thought about my interest in productivity as a hobby instead of another habit-former. (I never really thought about my interest in the subject more than that week of productivity posts). But I found this article this morning (yes, on Lifehacker) and it has a good point.

You can get mired in Bible verses without being a Christian, you can watch The Biggest Loser while putting on weight, and you can consume loads of information without gaining knowledge. It’s also possible to practice the productivity hobby without developing the productivity habit. The former isn’t bad, but it’s important to remain cognizant of the hobby versus habit distinction.

It’s a good point, and one that’s a good thing to know about yourself and your interest in any topic. Just because you’re interested, you read about it, and you consume its related reading material doesn’t mean you’re actually contributing to the group of people who are creating that material. If you actively take part in a habit or activity, then you’re more of a contributor, since you’re going through the motions as well. It’s the age-old walk-the-walk theory. Basically, just know what your level of interest is, and you’re good. I’m a hobbyist, definitely, though I like to try to act on that interest from time to time. But I’m fine with being a hobbyist and I’m content to know that from now on whenever I read more about the subject. I guess it comes down to knowing yourself, just to clear up any misconceptions or false-glorification you might have created in your mind.

Have fun, hobbyist or not :).

Hobbies are great. Having fun is, in my opinion, much more important than being productive.

Know thyself.”

Firefox 3 Wins

Posted in Computers with tags , , , , on July 3, 2008 by blakejohnson

Yup, the Guinness World Record is officially awarded to Mozilla’s Firefox team. Awesome. Now I’ve got my personal certificate, I’ve gotta make a shirt to go along with it. Promote the best browser in the world [and get your own certificate too!]

Microsoft's not Cool?

Posted in Computers, News with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2008 by blakejohnson

Last I checked, Microsoft made Windows XP, which in my mind is still a go-to for all-around computing. I’d even feel safe saying it was a good “anything to anyone” OS. To me, Microsoft is cool enough. Until Vista.

However, I also hadn’t thought about the fact that they really don’t have any ads…anywhere! When that occurred to me, during the reading of this article, I was glad that someone with apparent success (Alex Bogusky) so far was stepping in to help ’em out a bit. Personally, I like the Windows feeling of complete control you get when operating one of their systems. I’ve read that Apple cleverly hid lots of system settings out of the average user’s way, and agree that it’s a smart idea. However, I feel pretty competent on most machines, and like the layout of a Windows machine. I’ve also been raised most my life on Windows, so my fondness may spring partly from that. Either way, I’m interested to hear/read/see what Bogusky comes up with for the mega-company.

Fastcompany.com via Thebestcasescenario.