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Winning

The jostling for position within the constrained real estate on the wrist will be analogous to the competition for positioning on the phone. You’ll note that the winners on the phone were different than the winners on the PC. My bet is that the winners on the Watch will be different than the winners on the Phone.

And that’s not a bad thing.

Horace Dediu at Asymco.com

I can’t wait to see what incredible apps are created for this new platform. It’s hard to imagine just what will be possible, what the wrists of tomorrow will be capable of doing. Very exciting.

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keep riding that dead horse

Whether Mr Abbott even survives as prime minister until the next election is open to debate. But the fact remains he has instigated a series of changes to the fundamental nature of Australian society that were never put to the people before the last election and which have been kept shrouded in euphemism ever since.Tim Dunlop, in Spook Magazine

I wanted to quote more, but I won’t. Well worth the read, if you’re at all interested in understanding the underhanded, dishonest government we’ve had since late 2013.

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Paul Ford on Reply All

Two of my favourite things are now in one place: Paul Ford on Reply All.

It turns out that you’re not as important as you think you are, nowhere near as terrible as you think you are and actually fairly ridiculous.

Reply All is the new show from Gimlet Media, created in part by former Planet Money & This American Life producer Alex Blumberg. Paul Ford is one of the best technology writers on the internet today. His writing is always poetic, human and sometimes hilarious. On this episode, Paul talks about his anxieties, how crippling they can be & how he decided to manage them. In short: he built himself an anxiety box. I won’t spoil it for you, just listen.

If you’re into podcasts and the internet (hello? is this thing on?) you should go subscribe right now. Alex also hosts a remarkably good podcast called Startup, logging his journey into the world of internet businesses. At first I scoffed, then I listened, sat up and paid attention. Both shows are very well produced, never longer than half an hour & always worth the listen. Reply All is particularly good.

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Gamergate finds new depths

Yesterday, ArbCom announced its preliminary decision. A panel of fourteen arbitrators – at least 11 of whom are men – decided to give GamerGate everything they’d wished for. All of the Five Horsemen are sanctioned; most will be excluded not only from “Gamergate broadly construed” but from anything in Wikipedia touching on “gender or sexuality, broadly construed.”

Mark Bernstein, Infamous

All is not well in the wiki.

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Being too popular for a day

Two weeks back, Marco Arment (creator of Instapaper, development brains behind Tumblr, creator of Overcast, founder of The Magazine..) published a typical Marco-style post criticising Apple’s recent software quality;

I suspect the rapid decline of Apple’s software is a sign that marketing is too high a priority at Apple today: having major new releases every year is clearly impossible for the engineering teams to keep up with while maintaining quality. Maybe it’s an engineering problem, but I suspect not — I doubt that any cohesive engineering team could keep up with these demands and maintain significantly higher quality.
Apple has lost the functional high ground on marco.org

Which then spread like wildfire;

This morning, my words were everywhere, chopped up and twisted by sensational opportunists to fuel the tired “Apple is doomed!” narrative with my name on them. (Or Tumblr’s name, which was even worse.) Business Insider started the party, as usual, but it spread like wildfire from there. Huffington Post. Wall Street Journal. CNN. Heise. Even a televised CNBC discussion segment.
What it’s like to be way too popular for a day on Marco.org

Which might seem like a blogging dream-come-true, but you’d be wrong. Fascinating.

See also: Marco went into more detail on both ATP and The Talk Show, both of which are equally long and worth the listen.

Image Credit: Marco.org

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Do not go gentle into that good night

The effect is profound. Traditional film suddenly feels very small and almost claustrophobic. Those black bars at the top and bottom of the screen become horizontal railings that while perhaps not trapping us in, are clearly guiding us along. When the screen opens up to IMAX format though, you’re set free. I kept moving my head up and down trying to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. MG Siegler, over at Medium

I couldn’t agree more. The IMAX experience is literally jaw dropping. I found myself looking around on the screen, trying to soak in every last pixel. Don’t miss this one.

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Listening closely to the sounds of The Wire

One of my crew’s challenges, then, was to find ways to evoke mood with backgrounds. When a character is in a crowded situation he is not comfortable with, listen for background laughter. When McNulty is drunk and on the prowl, listen for dogs barking (because he’s a dog – my own private commentary on his character). There was a whole world of work that went in to creating the sound of Hamsterdam and building it from an empty to thriving enterprise.

This one is definitely NSFW. I love these behind the scenes, oral histories of shows like The Wire. I love them because they lift the curtain on something truly great but that’s not the only reason. I love them because they imply, by shining light on the technical, personal or cultural challenges that had to be overcome, that greatness can be reached by anyone. I find that super inspiring.

via Kottke (of course).