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Anyone Want to buy a Pebble Watch?

I have one. It's black.

I expect that I'll have another in a month (or longer, more likely).

All serious offers will be entertained.

MLB Baseball Uniforms as Pixel Art

Flip Flop Fly Ball - MLB uniforms, 2013

BTW, why do so many teams have so many jerseys these days? What's wrong with having a single "home" and "away" jersey?

Less sales revenue, that's why!

Idiot or Troll

That's the question being asked of this Rob Enderle article: The impossible task of fixing Apple.

I'm voting for a combination of both: idiot savant troll.

You simply can't be that stupid that often.

Blodget Bloodied

This article "Verizon iPhone sales tumble 33%" and the subsequent tweets asymco: This is a false headline: Verizon ... and comments are funny and sad at the same time.

Apple to go Private?

Taking Apple private: Makes sense but nobody has the money. Also worth reading: Braeburn Capital.

I don't know about the legal or business reasons for or against a company buying itself back from publicly traded stock, but if Apple was able to do so, I think it would be a benefit to the company. But what I know about the stock market and business could probably fill a thimble and not much more, so…

Thoughts on the Creative Career

a show :: thoughts on the creative career

This applies to more than the creative career, though as Ze points out, it probably doesn't apply to being a surgeon. A golf instructor, though, would qualify.

As Nike used to say: just do it.

Ebonics is like French

Bet you didn't know that. Lex Friedman tells us how: Ain't No Thing: The Grammar of African American Vernacular English.

Ron Johnson Out at JC Penney

If you ask me, he never really got a fair shake. He's out.

Apple No Longer the Underdog

Apple: Unfortunately, no longer the underdog

Remember when Mac users were the fringe? The holdouts, the misfits, the ADB plugs in the USB holes? Don’t look now, but everyone’s found our party. That’s awesome—but I’m still not totally comfortable with it.

On the bright side, they're no longer "beleaguered" either.

Berlin’s Airport Fiasco

Wow. Who knew? So much for German Engineering. I guess that only applies when the product is actually finished?

German media have tracked down a list of tens of thousands of technical problems. Among them: Officials can't even figure out how to turn the lights off. Thousands of light bulbs illuminate the gigantic main terminal and unused parking lots around the clock, a massive energy and cost drain that appears to be the result of a computer system that's so sophisticated it's almost impossible to operate.

Every day, an empty commuter train rolls to the unfinished airport over an eight-kilometer-long (five-mile) stretch to keep the newly-laid tracks from getting rusty, another example of gross inefficiency. Meanwhile, hundreds of freshly planted trees had to be chopped down because a company delivered the wrong type of linden trees; several escalators need to be rebuilt because they were too short; and dozen of tiles were already broken before a single airport passenger ever stepped on them.

How the Banner Ad was Born

How the Banner Ad Was Born | Digiday

Back in the fall of 1994, Bill Clinton was nearly midway through his first term, Ace of Base was at the top of the charts, and the Web was in its infancy. Businesses were just waking up to the power of the Internet as a commercial platform. In California, the staff at Hotwired — the Internet offshoot of Wired — contemplated how exactly to pay the writers it hired.

And we're still living with them today…

Protocol Relative URLs

The protocol-relative URL - Paul Irish

In short, just specify things like this:

<img src="//">

The "//" will fetch via HTTPS or HTTP depending on how the user is currently visiting.

Google’s Inactive Account Manager

More companies should do this:

What should happen to your photos, emails and documents when you stop using your account? Google puts you in control.

You might want your data to be shared with a trusted friend or family member, or, you might want your account to be deleted entirely. There are many situations that might prevent you from accessing or using your Google account. Whatever the reason, we give you the option of deciding what happens to your data.

Using Inactive Account Manager, you can decide if and when your account is treated as inactive, what happens with your data and who is notified.

(You'll want to log in first of course.)

Stuck iPhone Power Button

Dave's old iPhone 4 had this problem.

He pointed out that it was pretty stupid of Apple not to have a way to shut down or restart the phone via software (the touch interface). I concurred1.


  1. And the "Assistive Touch" thing is not a real option.

Driving with Will Schusterick

One of the better "driving" videos out there if you can ignore the rampant "all" and "none" over-use.

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