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May 23

Idea to Market in 5 Months: Making the Glif

russianpencil:

On July 11th, 2010, Tom Gerhardt and I had an idea for an iPhone accessory: a tripod mount that doubled as a stand. Five months later, customers began to receive our product, the Glif, in the mail. This turnaround, from idea to market in five months by two guys with no retail or manufacturing experience, signifies a shift in the way products are made and sold — a shift only made possible in the last couple years.
 
The best compliment anyone could give us about the Glif project is that it inspired them to take their creative idea to fruition. The purpose of this piece is two-fold: to give an inside look at our creative process, and to offer guidance and inspiration for those who have their own ideas they’d like to see brought to reality.

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May 23

In a move the technology sector will surely see as a victory, a controversial antipiracy bill being debated in Congress will no longer include a provision that would require ISPs to block access to overseas Web sites accused of piracy. →

May 23

newshour:

Saving: Brought To You By the Letter ‘S’

By Paul Solman

How to get us to save, the importance of self-control. Weighty issues deserving of discussion in the light of last Friday’s visit to Sesame Street. But what America wants to know, I’m guessing: What’s it like to interview Grover? (Not the tax-axing Norquist, of course, but the non-political blue blur of fur whose first name alone suffices, in the manner of Madonna, Bono, or Snuffleupagus.)

First fact: The interviewer must position himself above the duo that compromise the schtick figure, since Grover is animated from below and must be shot solo, lest the illusion of independence be shattered.

Second: Camera crews are obliged to hook up the video feed to a TV set, so that Gover’s lower half can watch the shooting as it happens, and reposition himself off-screen should and error occur. We had to reshoot one sequence when the brains of the operation bobbed up briefly into view.

Third: The master beneath the Muppet, Eric Jacobson, is only the second Grover in the 42-year history of the Street. The first: the legendary Frank Oz.

Fourth: No surprise, but Jacobson is one quick study, adapting quickly to questions that were in no way pre-arranged. Indeed, when we sprang the marshmellow test on the plucky pair, we knew that the sugar puffs were hardly PBS children’s fare. But the Blue Boy and his chaperone remained in character, and were graciously accommodating.
 
Fifth: Though I’ve watched Grover on TV for decades, he proved no more intimidating in person than any other famous interviewee, and in fact, seemed surprisingly unaffected by his celebrity.

Finally, sixth: He’s a regular Dorian Grey, that Grover. Now 42 years old, it’s simply amazing how little he’s aged. Or slowed down.

Video produced by Elizabeth Shell.

Note: For more on the Sesame Street savings program “For Me, For You, For Later,” click here: http://bit.ly/iwJDkp

May 23

SciSpotlight: NYSCI News Digest: An Explainer in Crow Canyon →

nysci:

For her summer project, Explainer Jade Johnson wanted to get involved in an archaeology project. But finding a cliff dwelling to excavate—that’s a little hard to do in Queens.

So Jade set out for Colorado’s Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in the Mesa Verde region, home to ancestral…

May 23

The Nokia Lumia 900 →

parislemon:

I think Farhad Manjoo has this exactly right on Twitter:

I have yet to touch this (or the Lumia 800 for that matter), but what was shown today immediately makes every Android phone look like shit. Well, the iPhone has done that for years. Even more like shit, let’s say. 

This is how you need to make a phone in the post-iPhone world. I fully intend to try this phone out to see how it stacks up against the iPhone.

See, it’s not that hard. Make something that looks awesome with a clear attention to detail and people like me will want to try it out. Hopefully this quiets the notion that anything that’s not the iPhone will get no love simply because it’s not the iPhone. (Sadly, it won’t.)

The iPhone is a great product. To beat it, you need to be better than it. No one has done that yet — but even worse, it hasn’t looked like anyone was even trying until now.

Coincidentally, it was exactly 5 years ago today when the iPhone was first unveiled on stage during the Macworld keynote in 2007.

May 23

My Favorite New Band →

greysonchance:

So as you all know…I listen to a lot of music! All the time, everywhere I go. I love finding new bands and new different types of music. One of my newest favorites is a DJ called Washed Out! He makes a very electronic but relaxing type of music that I love listening to in the car. You all should go check him out! Finding new music these days is very easy, but if you are unsure about how to go about it, you can always do what I do! To find new music, I log on to my iTunes account and just go through each genre of music. Whether it is dance, electronic, indie, jazz, pop, anything! And I spend some time on each genre and just listen. You will be amazed at what you can find. Check it out!

May 23
timelightbox:

John Topham
When Canadian brothers Jeff and Andrew Topham returned to the war torn West African country of their childhood to re-shoot their father’s photos for a documentary, they found a nation whose photographic memory had been destroyed by war. See more here. 

timelightbox:

John Topham

When Canadian brothers Jeff and Andrew Topham returned to the war torn West African country of their childhood to re-shoot their father’s photos for a documentary, they found a nation whose photographic memory had been destroyed by war. See more here

May 23
washingtonpoststyle:

Maned wolf pups at three weeks old. Read more on the rare breed.
Photo by Lisa Ware (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)

washingtonpoststyle:

Maned wolf pups at three weeks old. Read more on the rare breed.

Photo by Lisa Ware (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute)