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Where is My Pebble?

I was in the first 20% of people to support the Pebble Kickstarter campaign. I chose a black and a white Pebble (one is a gift for a friend), and my address has been checked promptly as well.

I've voted, I've chosen colors quickly, etc.

So where in the heck are my Pebbles? Don't give me a goofy site. Tell me when mine ships ((Perhaps so I can sell it as it doesn't seem to have advanced much in terms of software since it was conceived…)).

Instagram Feeds Now on the Web

Not sure what took so long, but I'm happy. Privacy is respected as well.

Candle Toppers Work

Sick of having your Yankee Candles burn out in the middle leaving walls of wax along the sides? The overpriced candle toppers (you can find them for about $8 if you look long enough) work wonders:

Candle 1
Candle 2
Candle 3

And I care so little about this I'm not going to resize or rotate. 🙂


Photographs you have to check out.

The 2013 Sony World Photography Awards - In Focus - The Atlantic

Happy Birthday Rich

Today's my father's birthday.

I haven't talked to him in years. There was an awkward Christmas after the Fourth of July kicking out, and not much after that… You only owe family so much, and can only be told you're no longer considered a son before you realize that things are probably better this way.

But I'm not a fan of putting negativity into the world unnecessarily, and nobody deserves to suffer poor health, so I hope he's doing well, and hope that my mother's doing well too. Happy birthday, Rich.

Canada Kills the Penny (Again)

Canada is collecting pennies and melting them down.

I've written several times before. Please, United States - kill the penny!

Then video spoofs of "Oh my god, they killed the penny!" can be made.

P.S. This isn't entirely new news.

Steve’s Funniest Moments

Carefully Choosing Words

Watch at 2:20 and after hearing the challenge Ive talks about the importance of being careful with the words you choose when thinking of design because they alone can influence the outcome.

It's true in more than design.

Sincerity and Stupidity

"It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid." - George Bernard Shaw

Unfortunately that's true more often than it should be. 🙁

iMovie Error -49 When Exporting

If you're getting an error code -49 when exporting a movie from iMovie, turn off Time Machine temporarily.

Homosexuality – Nature or Nurture?

Correct me where I'm wrong.

There's a strong biological component to homosexuality in human beings.

Nature (or "choice") plays a small role.

There's no one "gay gene" or anything, but human sexuality is a complex mix of things, but genetics and biology play an incredibly large role in determining someone's hetero- or homo-sexuality.

The Spinball Grip

What to Do When Xcode Beachballs: Shift+Ctrl+Alt+Cmd+Period

Love it!

Running Shoes and “Bounciness”

At first glance you might think "gee, I need to get some of those shoes!"

But in reality, I'm again reminded of a study where people jumped from various heights onto a bed of cushioning below. The cushioning was the same, but when told the cushioning was firmer, they'd land more softly, and when told the cushioning was softer, they'd land more firmly - they stopped using their bodies to cushion themselves naturally, relying on the "softness" of the cushioning to do it for them.

I'm reminded of a second study where forces were measured with the same group of people wearing shoes and going barefoot. As you would expect, when running barefoot the people landed less forcefully and cushioned themselves more naturally and delivered far fewer forces up their bodies than before.

End result: it may actually be quite a bit safer (less force delivered up your legs to your knees and hips and back) to run with less padding than more.

Walking - and standing around - is a different story altogether.

Designing the Packaging-Free Future

A good article: Designing the Packaging-Free Future | Wired Design |

What has impressed me about Apple for the past ten years is that they're relentlessly reducing packaging while almost simultaneously improving (or at least maintaining) the "unboxing experience."

I don't know of another company that can say the same thing, or is even close to being on the same level.

Steady Income Beats a Buyout

Bobby Bonilla apparently knows this.

SAN JUAN, P.R.—One year from today*, the Mets will add to their payroll a 47-year-old, past-his-prime power hitter who has a reputation as a malcontent—a player who has been retired from professional baseball for nine years and won't play another game again.

Nevertheless, starting on July 1, 2011, Bobby Bonilla will remain on the franchise's payroll for 25 years, collecting an annual salary of $1,193,248.20. Those are the terms the Mets agreed to Jan. 3, 2000, when they bought out the final year of Mr. Bonilla's contract.

* The article is from 2010.

It's incredible that the Mets would choose to pay $30M instead of $6M. Then again, maybe the owners were figuring they wouldn't own the team down the road and were able to foist the balloon payments onto someone else.