Reader redesign: Terrible decision, or worst decision? →

An ex-PM of Google Reader explains why the recent redesign/refactor is such a bad decision.

I'm glad to see someone with a bit of authority complaining about this a reasonable way. For the most part, the only comments I've read about the changes have either been from people saying "Eww, who uses Google Reader like that?" or from crazy people calling for an "Occupy Google Reader" protest. I was starting to feel like I was the odd one out.

Cult of Done Manifesto →

I love Bre Pettis and Kio Stark's Cult of Done Manifesto so much, I'm thinking of getting it tattooed somewhere on my body.

  1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
  1. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
  1. There is no editing stage.
  1. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it.
  1. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
  1. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
  1. Once you're done you can throw it away.
  1. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done.
  1. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
  1. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
  1. Destruction is a variant of done.
  1. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
  1. Done is the engine of more.

Just wearing a funny hat

I was trying to prove something to myself, too. It was like, "Am I genuinely eccentric? Or am I just wearing a funny hat?

Tom Waits

24 Hours Of Horror With Edgar Wright →

Now this is a heck of a marathon.

This weekend was the annual Horrorthon here in Dublin which seems to have lost some of its momentum in the past few yeard. A lot of its programme had me scratching my head and thinking "Is that really a horror film?" (e.g. Play Misty for Me or Akira). As a result, I've found myself weighing up the films I'd actually be interested in seeing and the films I couldn't be bothered with and decided that -- guest appearance by Michael Biehn not withstanding -- it just wasn't worth my time.

Edgar Wright's list might be a bit obvious in places, but I'd be first in line at that marathon.

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The Madness of Mission 6: Making up Histories for Pixels

This image is from a threadless t-shirt, retconning a story onto Pac-Man. I love it. It reminds me of the amazing covers for 8-bit games that bore almost no relation to the actual game1, but were just there to set the mood and provide the tiniest bit of context for the gameplay.


The Atari 2600 game Adventure is the perfect example of this. The cover is beautifully illustrated, charming and evocative. It's like an illustration you'd find in a weird old German edition of The Hobbit. In the actual game, you play a fucking square. ↩

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What the fuck? You call these cuffs?

Michael Wee Higgins →

Some of these are better than others, but they all made me laugh.

Especially the bus one. Holy shit.

L-Studio - The Desk →

Since moving home and doing all my work on an easy chair, I've started to fetishize desks. This short video is all about the importance of a desk and what it says about the person who uses it. It's not helping at all.

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[Baggy Winecoat, A Portable Bag-In-Box Wine Purse]( > >

I know what I'm getting my wife for Christmas.

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[Iris 9000, A Retro Futuristic Speakerphone Dock for iPhone 4S and Siri]( > >

The original iPod, 10 years later: a re-review →

Ars Technica re-reviews the original iPod. Bottom line: "if you still have one of these original ones lying around, find a FireWire cable and plug it in. You might be surprised at how well it still works."

Also, the industrial design of the first-gen iPod is still amazing.

It's just what it is

A waltz called “Last Leaf” — with Mr. Richards joining on vocals — celebrates the image of a lone leaf clinging to a tree: “The autumn took the rest but they won’t take me,” Mr. Waits sings. It’s tempting to hear it as a manifesto of stubborn persistence, but Mr. Waits shrugged that off.

“It was a tree, and there was one leaf left on the tree, and I wondered: ‘Wow, if you can make it through winter, you may be here until next year. Wouldn’t that be great, if you were just the only guy that hung on?’ ” he said. “I guess you could say everything’s a metaphor for everything else, but sometimes it’s just what it is. It’s just what it’s about — about a tree.”

New York Times - A Grizzled Troubadour Dusts Off His Bowler

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Adorable Zelda Cosplay is Breaking my Heart

(via Kotaku)

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So, I wasn’t really convinced about the denim and blazer look until I saw this photo. I might just thrown my jeans in the washing machine now. > >

I'm about as far away from being a dapper Asian gent as it's possible to be, but this is the exact look I want to aim for.