Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
I got this awesome book via ebay. "Inside the Personal Computer" is a somewhat dated but still useful and highly intuitive pop-up book on how computers work. Great for the kids
Thanks to Margaret Robinson for the pointer. Someone else has captured pics of the inside here:
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Friday, April 23, 2010
If you’re asking if videogames are art, I think you’re asking the wrong question. I don’t think art is an either/or proposition. Any medium can accommodate it, and there can be at least a little art in nearly everything we do.
Once in a while, someone makes a work in their chosen medium so driven by aesthetic concerns and so removed from any other consideration that we trot out the A-word, but even then it’s a matter of degrees, and for most creative endeavors you can find a full spectrum from the sublime to the mundane.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Wow, was this a lucky surprise. I picked it up off the shelf at the library, randomly browsing their history section when another book I was looking for was out. Here' s a link to the book on Amazon:
The Invention of Air: A Story Of Science, Faith, Revolution, And The Birth Of America
The book is the story of Joseph Priestley, who though he is not nearly as well known as the founding fathers of the US, was friend to many of them, published over 150 works, and did no less than discover oxygen and the concept of biosystems.
OK, maybe I'm the late to the party, but we had a long car trip and brought it along as an audio book.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I'm long overdue to write up a post on the iPhone, appstore and closed-vs-open platforms. This isn' t it.
“This is us helping our developers make money so they can survive and keep the prices of their apps reasonable,”
Btw, was anyone else struck by Jobs’ use of the word “survive?” I think that’s the closest he’ll ever come to admitting that life for developers is rough in the world o’Apple.