The Pew Research Center has put up a nice, interactive graphic showing some marriage statistics by state. So, based on what we’ve always been told, you might expect liberal states — especially those which have allowed same sex marriages — to have some of the worst numbers. It doesn’t really pan out that way, though.… Continue reading Ruining it for the Rest of Us
I’ve been watching some of the events around Wolfram Alpha lately with some interest. I had a copy of Wolfram Mathematica in grad. school1 and have always felt somewhat in awe of the sense of raw power one gets from using their software. It’s so open and endless; it is really more like a framework… Continue reading Who’s on Top for the Race to the Bottom?
Dan Silverman doesn’t like his Avaya desktop phone1 very much. He explains how its cryptic buttons don’t really provide enough information to make sense of their function. He also includes this gem on what happens when industrial design fails (which is almost always, to some extent): Yes, in the case of electronic devices, the design… Continue reading Clarity Trumps Brevity
Nate Anderson at Ars Technica takes a trip down memory lane for the content industry’s century-long fight against technology. Every step is a fight against the conveniences we enjoy everyday (and these fools later learned to monetize): The anxious rhetoric around new technology is really quite shocking in its vehemence, from claims that the player… Continue reading One Hundred Year FUD