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robertogreco : via:tomc   29 warrant canary
" will also make available, weekly, a "warrant canary" in the form of a cryptographically signed message containing the following:

- a declaration that, up to that point, no warrants have been served, nor have any searches or seizures taken place

- a cut and paste headline from a major news source, establishing date

Special note should be taken if these messages ever cease being updated, or are removed from this page."
privacy  law  compliance  security  hacks  canary  rsync  via:TomC 
august 2012 by robertogreco
On buying clothes, the color of asphalt and price tags. » We are Colorblind
"In the end I used a combination of learned information (buildings are gray, building roads costs money) and cultural context (industrialism is gray, nature is green – asphalt is not nature) to decide on the color of the shirt I was holding"
colour  culture  accessibility  disability  colourblindness  clothes  shopping  asphalt  via:TomC  disabilities  clothing 
august 2012 by robertogreco
Mission Possible SF
Comprehensive portrait of the Mission, really worth a closer look (and thought). Love the orientation too.
cartography  maps  mission  sanfrancisco  design  census  berkeley  geography  coffee  gangs  population  noise  via:TomC 
june 2012 by robertogreco - Why I wear the same thing every day, and what I wear.
Nice outline of how to simplify life through choosing a 'uniform'. Kind of unbelievable that she gets harsh criticism in the comments... if it doesn't work for you, don't do it!
clothing  fashion  design  timoniwest  sanfrancisco  uniforms  lifehacks  via:TomC  personaluniforms  pesonaluniforms 
june 2012 by robertogreco
The following is from Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut (22 January 2003, Interconnected)
"Paul Slazinger has had all his clothes and writing materials brought here. He is working on his first volume of non-fiction, to which he has given this title: The Only Way to Have a Successful Revolution in Any Field of Human Activity.

For what it's worth: Slazinger claims to have learned from history that most people cannot open their minds to new ideas unless a mind-opening team with a peculiar membership goes to work on them. Otherwise, life will go on exactly as before, no matter how painful, unrealistic, unjust, ludicrous, or downright dumb that life may be.

The team must consist of three sorts of specialists, he says. Otherwise, the revolution, whether in politics or the arts of the sciences or whatever, is sure to fail.

The rarest of these specialists, he says, is an authentic genius -- a person capable of having seeminly good ideas not in general circulation. 'A genius working alone,' he says, 'is invariably ignored as a lunatic.'

The second sort of specialist is a lot easier to find: a highly intelligent citizen in good standing in his or her community, who understands and admires the fresh ideas of the genius, and who testifies that the genius is far from mad. 'A person working like that alone,' says Slazinger, 'can only yearn out loud for changes, but fail to say what their shapes should be.'

The third sort of specialist is a person who can explain anything, no matter how complicated, to the satisfaction of most people, no matter how stupid or pigheaded they may be. 'He will say almost anything in order to be interesting or exciting,' says Slazinger. 'Working alone, depending solely on his own shallow ideas, he would be regarded as being as full of shit as a Christmas turkey.'"

[Update 13 May 2013: Now also here: and here ]
mattwebb  bluebeard  vonnegut  genius  innovation  specialists  communication  translation  cv  revolutions  movements  mindchanges  via:tomc  humans  specialization  generalists  trust  explainers  explaining  testimony  2003  kurtvonnegut  mindchanging 
january 2011 by robertogreco
THE SELF INTERVIEW | Everybodys Toolbox
"The self interview is a writing exercise aimed at developing your work through verbal articulation. Questioning yourself as a strategy for idea development, documentation and/or reflection. The self interview is to be understood as a tool that can be used in different moments of a working process, as a preparation/proposal of a work, as documentation or as a reflection tool once a work has been completed. When published the self interview is also a tool to share ideas, work/s, methods, strategies etc."
planning  reflection  goals  interviews  classideas  selfinterview  work  projects  via:tomc  humancondition  human  self-management 
january 2011 by robertogreco
SitePen Blog » Touching and Gesturing on the iPhone
"Everyone who owns an iPhone (or who has been holding out for an iPhone 3G) is bound to be excited about a lot of the new things the device can finally do, particularly the introduction of third-party applications. But those of us in the web development community have been itching for something further still: good web applications on the iPhone. This means we need a suitable replacement for mouse events. And boy did we get them! Though at first the APIs seem a little sketchy, once you’ve learned them you should be able to do amazing things in your application."
iphone  applications  webapps  development  coding  javascript  mobile  programming  webdesign  multitouch  safari  ajax  gestures  touch  webdev  tutorial  webkit  design  via:tomc  ios 
february 2009 by robertogreco
f.lux: Better lighting for your computer
"F.lux fixes this: it makes your computer's lighting adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better."
macosx  osx  mac  freeware  software  environment  light  sleep  via:tomc 
february 2009 by robertogreco
The Myth of Fernet: The saga of Fernet, and its cultlike popularity, says a lot about San Francisco
"The legendary liquid in that emerald bottle is more than merely San Francisco's preferred method of self-medication; it's an intoxicating fairy tale. And even though Dammann's story is one that demonstrates the devotion of Fernet's fans, in a city that drinks more of the liqueur than any other locale in the United States and more per capita than any place on Earth, there are plenty of asses on barstools with a story to tell about Fernet-Branca. And in telling the tales, they continue the life of the drink itself, which was born of myth, and somehow along the way has become perfectly suited to San Francisco's palate." also at:
fernet  sanfrancisco  via:tomc  alcohol  drinks  food  italy 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Is green U.S. mass transit a big myth?
"There is a bit of a paradox within these numbers. In spite of them, it is always the green move for any individual to take existing mass transit over their car. That's because the transit is running anyway, so the incremental cost of carrying one more passenger is indeed less than just about any private vehicle. It is similarly green to carpool in somebody else's car that's going your way.
transit  energy  sustainability  climatechange  transportation  efficiency  policy  trains  green  cars  environment  us  via:tomc 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Bustup Not Bailout
"I am sympathetic to the arguments that we cannot allow the entire supply chain of the auto industry fail and I am certainly aware how many plants will close and jobs will be lost if we let GM, Chrysler, and Ford fail. Its a tough call and Obama has already staked out a pro bailout auto position. So I hope someone in his incoming team reads this...If we give taxpayer money to the auto business, it should be to finance a wholesale bustup of the business. One PE firm should buy Volt. Another should buy Buick. A third should buy Jeep...And if a brand can't find a buyer at any price with a boatload of taxpayer money behind it then it should fail. This is the best way out of this mess. We have to get the biggest businesses in this country smaller and nimbler, we have to get smart money behind them, builders not spreadsheet pushers, and we must focus on innovation not lobbying. That's the only way forward that makes sense short of throwing them all under the bus and starting over"
politics  economics  policy  bailout  autoindustry  ford  gm  chrysler  us  business  finance  competition  government  via:tomc 
november 2008 by robertogreco
Page F30: Why Norwegian is the easiest language for English speakers to learn
"Persian is easy in terms of grammar, most Western European languages have the advantage of common vocabulary and recognition. Norwegian happens to have both of these, and in this post I'm going to show why Norwegian is the easiest language for your average English speaker to learn."
languages  comparison  norwegian  danish  icelandic  swedish  dutch  german  english  learning  linguistics  norway  language  grammar  via:tomc  persian  arabic  fardi 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Big Contrarian → Grok.
"We’re nothing more than pattern machines, but the patterns are personal. Non-absolute. If you ever meet two folks who collaborate well, who can finish each other’s thoughts, chances are they share a pattern language. When one says “lightbox it”,
via:tomc  communication  design  patterns  language  writing  linguistics  relationships  semiotics 
july 2008 by robertogreco
TOPP [Tagging of Pacific Predators] - "Follow the adventures of leatherback turtles, white sharks, elephant seals, salmon sharks, albatross, and 18 other species on TOPP"
"began in 2000 as one of 17 projects of the Census of Marine Life, an ambitious 10-year, 80-nation endeavor to assess and explain the diversity and abundance of life in the oceans, and where that life has lived, is living, and will live."
via:tomc  sharks  animals  biology  birds  classideas  data  environment  fish  geography  maps  mapping  reference  research  science  interactivity  locative  location-based  tagging  oceans  wildlife  nature  turtles  realtime  tracking  pacific  marine 
june 2008 by robertogreco
writing | ben fry » Paola Antonelli on Charlie Rose
"Her ability to speak plainly and clearly reinforces her point about designers and their role in society. (And if you don’t agree, consider what sort of garbage she could have said, or rather that most would have said, speaking about such a trendy oh-so
art  design  paolaantonelli  charlierose  designandtheelasticmind  moma  interviews  video  via:tomc 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Biology or Physics?
"Some of these images come from physical science, some from biological science. Can you guess which are which?"
science  physics  quiz  biology  photography  images  via:tomc 
june 2008 by robertogreco
City Heat Maps | Zillow Real Estate
"Use our heat maps to compare neighborhood values in your city! We divided Zestimates® of homes by their square footage to show which neighborhoods are more or less expensive."
visualization  zillow  realestate  pricing  housing  maps  neighborhoods  property  price  via:tomc 
june 2008 by robertogreco
I C U: Los Angeles Connections - Map: Where the boys/girls are - Los Angeles Times
"A comparison of the difference in the number of singles - divorced, widowed or never married - by gender, according to the 2000 census"
demographics  losangeles  maps  mapping  statistics  via:TomC 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Core Techniques and Algorithms in Game Programming
"core programming curriculum every game designer should be well versed in-and he's outlined it in these pages! By focusing on time-tested coding techniques-and providing code samples that use C++, and the OpenGL and DirectX APIs-Daniel has produced a guid
programming  games  gamedesign  coding  gamedev  algorithms  development  tutorials  education  learning  via:tomc 
april 2008 by robertogreco

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