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Turning Left — The Brooks Review →

minimalmac:

I turn left where I would normally turn right. So what if it adds fifteen minutes to my drive, those are going to be fifteen interesting minutes. You are going to pass things you don’t normally see and in turn you are going to excite parts of your mind that we rarely use any more — the parts that help us to navigate.

Trust me, you will see things you never noticed before.

One thing I really enjoy doing while driving is looking as far into the distance as I can, and pick out landmarks you wouldn’t normally see from such a distance. It has the strange effect of Inception-ing mental models of areas you normally inhabit.

All of a sudden you realize just how far you are from somewhere you are used to, and how it relates to where you are at that moment. Doing this also works for seeing how steep/tall hills are that you wouldn’t normally think are that impressive.

4/25/2011
Reblogged From minimalmac
somenicethings:

Take Five

somenicethings:

Take Five

4/3/2011
Reblogged From somenicethings
These things are awesome.

These things are awesome.

3/11/2011

How to Explain Computers to Normal People

On the car ride across town I came up with a great analogy to explain the technological bottlenecks of upgrading computers. After chewing on it some more, I’ve decided to officially christen it The Hotel Analogy.

The Lobby

The first thing people ask about when upgrading their computer is “should I get more ram?”. In this analogy, RAM is the Lobby of our fictional hotel. It’s where data awkwardly hangs out on uncomfortable furniture when you’re working with it. Getting a bigger lobby only makes sense to a certain extent. One could argue you could never have enough RAM, but we’re not talking about your computer. For most people, an enormous lobby is overkill, expensive and sort of weird.

The Rooms

Hard drives are more like a large block of hotel Rooms than anything else. The speed of elevators can change depending on the format, but the concept remains the same. Everything comes down to getting data in and out of their Rooms. The main variable here is size, and that depends on individual needs. Whether data is coming or going from your hotel, it has to hang out in the Lobby and eventually deal with The Front Desk.

The Front Desk

The most important part of hotels is the Front Desk, or in this case, the Processor. Data entering and leaving your computer has to interact with the Front Desk to get its keys or give them back on the way out. Increasing the amount of people at the front desk can dramatically speed things up. But if your lobby is too small to fit everyone comfortably, continental breakfasts could get violent. Increasing the size of the lobby or the amount of rooms in the hotel has only so much effect on the bottom line.

Computers are a strange, confusing things to many people. Dealing with, and upgrading them can be a lot of work. Hopefully this analogy comes in handy next time someone you know asks about computers. It’ll help.

12/13/2010
11/2/2010
I needed a place to explain to people why great software makes everything better, and my friends can only handle so much of my pestering. Some Nice Things is that place. There you’ll find an infrequently updated list of applications or services that I use and adore on a daily basis. Mostly popular, some weird, all great.
somenicethings:

Simple Note & Notational Velocity
Simple Note was at first an iPhone application, but as since expanded to an entire platform just for taking down text notes. As cliché as it sounds, its elegant simplicity is more than welcome in a world of bloated software. No save button, just notes.

I needed a place to explain to people why great software makes everything better, and my friends can only handle so much of my pestering. Some Nice Things is that place. There you’ll find an infrequently updated list of applications or services that I use and adore on a daily basis. Mostly popular, some weird, all great.

somenicethings:

Simple Note & Notational Velocity

Simple Note was at first an iPhone application, but as since expanded to an entire platform just for taking down text notes. As cliché as it sounds, its elegant simplicity is more than welcome in a world of bloated software. No save button, just notes.

9/14/2010
Reblogged From somenicethings

Yeah, this is that song from that annoying Blackberry commercial. Deal with it.

"Killer!"

8/23/2010
Grasshopper found in Kaitlins parents garden.

Grasshopper found in Kaitlins parents garden.

8/21/2010
We have a robot here at the office that consists of the back half of a bike and motor. Ghost Rider can be controlled remotely, and is used for endurance tests of the Pedal Brain.
It needed a wordmark.

We have a robot here at the office that consists of the back half of a bike and motor. Ghost Rider can be controlled remotely, and is used for endurance tests of the Pedal Brain.

It needed a wordmark.

7/23/2010
Chester
This is the icon for an internal Pedal Brain testing app, that will be used on all of 3 iPads. The app tests 8 of our units at once, showing a dashboard of the current tests as they happen. The dashboard itself is still being worked out, but I’ll post more as it progresses.

Chester

This is the icon for an internal Pedal Brain testing app, that will be used on all of 3 iPads. The app tests 8 of our units at once, showing a dashboard of the current tests as they happen. The dashboard itself is still being worked out, but I’ll post more as it progresses.

7/2/2010