yakcmlien

... among other things.

neil-mckay.com

March 20, 2014 at 8:16pm
1 note
The dessert isn’t as hot or dusty as feared.

The dessert isn’t as hot or dusty as feared.

March 18, 2014 at 3:09pm
6,560 notes
Reblogged from atmidnightcc
atmidnightcc:

The struggle is real. 
Watch the full episode here: on.cc.com/1kpo0Gj

atmidnightcc:

The struggle is real. 

Watch the full episode here: on.cc.com/1kpo0Gj

(via omgallegos)

March 17, 2014 at 12:15pm
0 notes

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2014-3-16) →

  1. DJ Shadow (22) 
  2. King Krule (14) 
  3. Roots Manuva (13) 
  4. Grooverider (13) 
  5. Clark (13) 

Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz



via ifttt

March 12, 2014 at 7:08pm
0 notes

A smart, smart watch probably won’t be round. Or, a watch.


"Why can’t great smartwatches look like normal watches? Smartwatches, for the most part, can be divided into two categories: vague approximations of the future like the Pebble, Gear, and Gear Fit, or conventionally styled watches from companies like Citizen and Cookoo that offer far less functionality. While it’s true the Pebble Steel is making inroads in the aesthetic department, its blocky construction and oversized buttons aren’t likely to appeal to the masses."  — http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/7/5477768/gabor-balogh-circular-smartwatch-concept

"Because they shouldn’t"  — me

Circles work for clocks in the same way pages work for words.

The horizontal and vertical edges of the page perfectly fame the horizontal lines of text, which also begin and end at roughly the same vertical points. We read text across the page.

Circles work for analog time pieces in the same way. The circular shape frames the movement and the extent of the minute and second hand’s path. We read analog time around the dial.

A circular dial for a primarily text display screen (i.e. one that doesn’t have hands spinning around it) would compromise the readability and display density of that information. Leading to some clunky, un-scalable layouts.
For this reason, I don’t see how any serious designer (Apple in particular, now solidly in the post skeuomorphism era) would indulge what I feel is a nostalgic form. A form not following function.

You might say fashion and style is a reason to have a circular watch face. Sure, fashion can be nostalgic, it often is, but the fashionability of the watch itself is not dependent on that nostalgia. Nor is that circular shape inseparable from nostalgia.

The nostalgia doesn’t stop at the shape of the watch face.

A watch itself is a nostalgic notion. I’m sure (I hope) Apple’s serious designers have deconstructed the idea of a ‘watch’ into it’s salient properties and values. For example, the property of being wrist mounted has a value of high proximity. That value could be exploited for certain kinds of information, i.e. notifications, alerts… and even the time of day, maybe.

When you take this approach you can more easily see that a round disc strapped to your wrist is not the only solution that offers these properties. For the same reasons that the iPhone was quite unlike any of the other mobile phones on the market when it was released, I don’t think you should expect a ‘watch’ from Apple.
From Google Glass to Plantronics ear pieces the whole wearables industry is trying to figure this out. I reckon Apple is the one with the design and product prowess to reset the paradigm.

March 10, 2014 at 12:54pm
1 note

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2014-3-9) →

  1. The Hives (2) 
  2. Queens of the Stone Age (2) 
  3. The Nomad (2) 
  4. Portishead (1) 
  5. DJ Krush (1) 

Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz



via ifttt

March 8, 2014 at 9:32pm
0 notes
Later SF. It’s been real, but also too long.

Later SF. It’s been real, but also too long.

March 7, 2014 at 8:55pm
480 notes
Reblogged from jkottke

http://kateoplis.tumblr.com/post/78902505734/i-learned-how-to-drink-champagne-a-while-ago-but →

kateoplis:

"I learned how to drink champagne a while ago. But the way I like to drink champagne is I like to make what we call a Montana Cooler, where you buy a case of champagne and you take all the bottles out, and you take all the cardboard out, and you put a garbage bag inside of it, then you put all…

This guy keeps getting cooler. (yes, pun.)

(Source: jkottke)

2:45pm
443 notes
Reblogged from kateoplis

kateoplis:

Cinema at the end of the world

March 6, 2014 at 12:13pm
1 note

It’s an issue of making sure that when someone’s only or best option to get to work is a bike, that they have the option to ride it,” he said. “When the president talks about ladders of opportunity, that’s what he’s talking about. Because sometimes that ladder might be a bike path to a new job, or a new school.

— Sec. Foxx: Bicycle Infrastructure Can Be a “Ladder of Opportunity” | Streetsblog USA

March 3, 2014 at 10:55am
0 notes

My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2014-3-2) →

  1. Gorillaz (2) 
  2. Slum Village (2) 
  3. Squarepusher (1) 
  4. Beck (1) 
  5. Talvin Singh (1) 

Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz



via ifttt