ArtDaily: “Wendy Richmond: Navigating the Personal Bubble” opens at the RISD Museum of Art.
“Richmond documents and exposes how portable digital technology creates mobile zones of privacy—what the artist calls “personal bubbles”—that change the social experience of being in public. ‘A primary aspect of public privacy is how we use personal technology to create a cocoon when we’re in public spaces,’ Richmond explains.” Like to see this one.
Guardian.UK: Stop the press - half of self-published authors earn less than $500.
“Despite the splash caused by self-publishing superstars such as Amanda Hocking and EL James, the average amount earned by DIY authors last year was just $10,000 (£6,375) – and half made less than $500.” Ouch. I wonder how the latest tripe of ‘monetize your blog with ebooks’ influenced these numbers.
NY Times: The Atavist Matures as a Publisher and a Platform.
Their rollout to full capacity has been terribly slow. They debuted what, a year or so ago? I suspect the market may pass them by, if they don’t put the pedal to the metal. Everyone who is anyone loves what they do, but there’s not enough of it. Better to license the system, focus on improvements, and let other Atavists bloom … except there are so many competitors in the works! Small, small window. Look at Readlists, just today. Ebook and magazine creation systems are on a roll.
RWW: Hop Aboard as Sidecar Reinvents the Phone Call.
Ugh. More people walking off the edge of the Grand Canyon, I expect.
A List Apart: Publication Standards Part 1 and Part Two.
ArtDaily: “The Noble Art of the Sword: Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe”.
“The dramatic increase in the carrying of swords, and specifically the appearance of the long, thrusting rapier, helped make the Renaissance world an increasingly dangerous place, one in which duelling (though technically illegal) became commonplace and a whole training community developed to service this new fashion. The sword was as much a daily accessory then as a mobile phone is today, but its use left people dead in the street.” If only mobile phones … well, you get the idea.
vowe dot net: Ask Siri “what is the best smartphone ever.”
CNet: Evernote acquires handwriting app Penultimate.
Interesting. I used Penultimate for a while, went back to a paper notebook. A nice, cheap 0.9mm mechanical pencil, too. I also used Evernote for a while, went back to Yojimbo on Mac, because it saves entire webpages with their formatting intact. May not be cloud-available, but I store anything I need for transport separately on an encrypted thumb drive. Clients don’t need to see the entirety of my eclectic link-storing tastes.
Macworld: Logitech announces Solar Keyboard Folio for iPad.
Solar keyboard for iPad. Wish we’d see more of these, more innovation in this sector. Tired of plugging in my gadgets daily.
PandoDaily: Apple Is Rejecting Applications that Use the Dropbox SDK.
Get with it. It’s a handy feature that I’d like to use. Tech companies, play nice for me, please?
Dealbook, NY Times: Microsoft’s Nook Deal, Aiming at Amazon, Sets Up Battle in E-Books.
“The deal, which gives Microsoft a 17.6 percent stake, values the Nook unit at $1.7 billion — roughly double Barnes & Noble’s entire market value as of last Friday — and bolsters the bookseller’s efforts to make its digital business the linchpin of its future growth.” Perhaps a new name is required. No longer small as a ‘nook’, might it have grown to an ‘alcove’?
Guardian/Observer.UK: Has the internet run out of ideas already?
“We’re now at the stage where we should be getting the next wave of disruptive surprises. But – guess what? – they’re nowhere to be seen. Instead, we’re getting an endless stream of incremental changes and me-tooism. If I see one more proposal for a photo-sharing or location-based web service, anything with ‘app’ in it, or anything that invites me to ‘rate’ something, I’ll scream.” I know the sentiment well. I love that the author terms trading our privacy for ‘free’ services is a ‘swindle.’
Mother Jones: “Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem.
“Some developers insist that it’s all just a big joke and doesn’t represent any actual streak in tech culture. But apparently it’s real enough for social-media analytics company Klout: The high-flying Silicon Valley startup came under fire last month for displaying a recruitment poster at a Stanford career fair that asked: ‘Want to bro down and crush code? Klout is hiring.’” Read the comments. Makes me want to delete Path on my phone.
ILoveTypography: Make the margins bigger.
Hmmm. Perhaps if ebook form-factors were larger, marginalia would replace annotation. Apple, get on it.
PDN Pulse: Sign of the Times - Has $13K of Camera Gear, Uses Phone Instead.
Poynter: Photographers - Stop using Instagram to share your edited, DSLR photos.
InstaFraud! Laughing my socks off. It’s still photography, isn’t it? But I’ll agree. Stay out of Instagram, pros. Let others keep shooting faux artsy Instacrap. Cuts down on the competition, significantly. Clients love the look, but they don’t want to pay for such low resolution. One ends up taking DSLR shots, and faking it later on. Sit a client down in front of Adobe Lightroom, run them through about a dozen filters, and watch their eyes light up. You can give them exactly the look they want.
Caveat: I use Instagram occasionally. Their filters introduce noise. Lots of noise. I’ve been leaning on straight shooting (no filters), because their canned effects offend my sensibilities. Perhaps if I went iPhone 4s, I’d feel differently. But on HTC Sensation … meh.
If you haven’t read Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum, you may miss the naming joke.
The Atlantic: The Idea That Beats Facebook Is Out There‐But Where?
Have I not been saying this? The next great thing is out there, or is in beta. It’s just not pulsating on our radar screens yet.
PC World: 3G and 4G Wireless Speed Showdown.
With my phone on T-Mobile and my iPad on AT&T, this satisfies me. Though, all told, cell service is pretty damned slow - 4G or not.
Guardian.UK: Olympics 2012 - branding ‘police’ to protect sponsors’ exclusive rights.
“I think what they are trying to avoid is any formal commercial exploitation of those images, but that’s not what it says. And for that reason, it would appear that if you or I attended an event, we could only share our photos with our aunties around the kitchen table. Which seems a bizarre consequence.” Good luck trying to keep the Olympics a closed-circuit social media event. Ain’t gonna happen.
Macworld: Read It Later renamed Pocket, eliminates price tag, and adds features.
Rebranding is always tricky. Stand back and watch.
The Atlantic: Has Kindle Killed the Book Cover?
I HATE that Kindle automatically takes you to Chapter One. Some introductions and forewords are necessary. And I love book covers. Not on a B&W Kindle so much, but that situation’s temporary.
Findings: How We Will Read - Clay Shirky
“Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button.”
SciAm: Why E-books Cost So Much.
“As the exponential growth of e-books has slowed, some publishers are even whispering their hopes that perhaps the rate of e-book adoption will slow further and print will be viable well into the future.”
If iCloud isn’t floating your boat, this is an alternative.