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Flickr Redesigns

What The New Flickr Means For Free and Pro Users

In other news, Flickr is apparently still around.

Amazon Coins

Amazon Coins: A Terrible Idea For Consumers

Like Garrett, I'll pass.

And I don't buy anything on the Xbox anymore since they use that stupid Points system.

Trials in iOS Apps

Here's a great solution for App store trials. Get on this, Apple. It is the best solution I've seen yet.

First Ever Image of a Hydrogen Atom’s Orbital Structure

Ooooooooh!

Wine Experts are Morons

Wine tasting is bullshit. Here's why.

This one's one of my favorites. In 2001, researcher Frédéric Brochet invited 54 wine experts to give their opinions on what were ostensibly two glasses of different wine: one red, and one white. In actuality, the two wines were identical, with one exception: the "red" wine had been dyed with food coloring.

The experts described the "red" wine in language typically reserved for characterizing reds. They called it "jammy," for example, and noted the flavors imparted by its "crushed red fruit." Not one of the 54 experts surveyed noticed that it was, in fact a white wine.

Uh huh. Heck, even I can taste the difference between Coke Zero, Coke, and Diet Coke. C'mon now, pretentious snobs!

Update: Not all are morons.

Peter Belanger

Peter Belanger is the primary product photographer for Apple. Did you know that? Now you do.

Tell me something weird about the people in Erie.

I still haven't listened to the Talk Show since they left 5by5, but this snippet from the post announcing one of the episodes caught my attention:

"Tell me something weird about the people in Erie."

"Well, first of all, I think the whole place is made of cigarettes."

Apple Cracks Top 10 of Fortune 500

Apple cracks the Fortune 10

It turns out Fortune ranks companies by revenue. If they ranked by profit, Apple would have been in the top ten for several years now.

Instagram’s Story

A good article from Vanity Fair: Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Systrom on What Really Happened When Facebook Bought Instagram.

Photoshop CC

Photoshop CC? They're still making Photoshop?

I had (still have) a whole BUNCH of Adobe software. I couldn't tell you the version numbers, though… and I don't use them very often at all.

Twitter / Adobe: Today we announce the rebrand…

Pixelmator or Acorn?

Pixelmator 2 or Acorn 4?

I own Pixelmator, but it makes some really stupid decisions1, but I'm used to it.

The release of Acorn 4 is making me reconsider it, though.

Footnotes

  1. Like "where do I set the background and foreground colors again?

Shitty Ideas to Force Better Ones

McDonald's Theory

I use a trick with co-workers when we're trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald's.

An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can't possibly go to McDonald's, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!

This is often why brainstorming works. The goal is simply to give any and all ideas - good or bad - because sometimes the lousy ideas lead to better ideas.

Someone who says "McDonald's" for lunch may inspire someone else to remember that awesome burger they had at a cool new gastropub around the corner.

It’s Like a Story by O. Henry

What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy?

This is all true.

A game developer made a game in which the player assumes the role of a game developer.

He seeded unlocked copies of his game online so people could easily pirate it, with one small change: the player of the pirated version will suffer from high rates of piracy of the games they "develop" in the game.

The developer of the game is suffering from high rates of piracy, complaints, and is not making any money.

You couldn't make this up if you tried.

Mac Bartender? I’ll Pass for Now

Bartender | Mac Menu Bar Item Control

I currently have in my menu bar:

  1. Twitter
  2. Dropbox
  3. Drive Genius
  4. TypeIt4Me
  5. Fantastical
  6. Crashplan
  7. FastScripts
  8. UPS Battery Level
  9. Bluetooth
  10. Time Machine
  11. WiFi
  12. Date/Time
  13. User Account
  14. Spotlight
  15. Notification Center

Not enough to warrant a $15 purchase. Maybe $5.

Jason Collins is Gay

NBA player Jason Collins says he is gay, and the fact that this rates as news shows just how far behind we are where we should be when it comes to this kind of stuff.

This kind of stuff will not be news in 20 years. Hopefully it won't be news in ten, or five. Or two, but that's probably unrealistic. We still have to wait for a whole bunch of older people to die. :P

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