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littlelimpstiff14u2:

Like the design of functional objects such as chairs or tables, it would seem new ideas for the humble door would be completely exhausted, and then along comes Austrian artist Klemens Torggler. This 4-panel entryway called the Evolution Door opens and closes in a surprisingly elegant way at the slightest touch, folding in on itself like pieces of paper. Torggler calls this system a “flip panel door” (Drehplattentür), and it’s almost more of a kinetic sculpture than functional door, but I would be happy to have one in every room of my house. And for those of you who envision a crushed finger or hands, he’s already solved that problem.

Currently the door is meant as a prototype, an extension of his artistic practice where Vienna-based Torggler has been creating similar kinetic doors for many years, several of which are available through Artelier Contemporary.

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

Beautiful

superdotcc

Add events to your calendar with Squarespace Note

superdotcc:

One of my favorite apps that has the coveted home-row placement on my iPhone is Squarespace Note

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I use the app to quickly send myself notes and reminders to my email inbox.

You can also customize it to post to different services like Twitter, Dropbox, Evernote and others.

So I thought it would be cool to see if I can set it up to send events to my calendar with the help of Super.cc 

It’s still rough around the edges but it works!

The following is a guide to set it up yourself:

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I outlined a quick & dirty way to use Super.cc from your iphone with the help of Squarespace note.

Also give the blog a follow, we will start posting things to help you optimize your life.

slavin
slavin:

I’m hating Secret in ways I haven’t hated software. It’s so close to what I care about, which is connecting strangers in new and thoughtful ways. But the use of “friends” in some posts without even fucking knowing who is on it makes it about supposition rather than curiosity, a halfass compromise between anonymity and conventional social graphs. As with all compromises, it diminishes meaning rather than augmenting it. It’s as if it was designed by people who have spent more time in social software than in cities.
But most of all what I hate about it is that the first users that I’m encountering are confirming this sensibility of users who experience the world in the banal and narrow framework of startup high school jackpot culture. This no doubt reflects the intersection of my social graph with early users of the app. But whisper was not and is not like that. Those aren’t my people and wasn’t that supposed to be the point? Isn’t that what’s interesting about strangers? Thinking about it helps me recall the genius of Karp’s social structure for tumblr. It requires such thoughtfulness. This ain’t it.

I chalk this up to secret spamming your feed with content you have no interest in. If it was truly just your “friends” IMHO it would be a richer environment for connection + the ability to share who you are.

slavin:

I’m hating Secret in ways I haven’t hated software.

It’s so close to what I care about, which is connecting strangers in new and thoughtful ways. But the use of “friends” in some posts without even fucking knowing who is on it makes it about supposition rather than curiosity, a halfass compromise between anonymity and conventional social graphs.

As with all compromises, it diminishes meaning rather than augmenting it. It’s as if it was designed by people who have spent more time in social software than in cities.

But most of all what I hate about it is that the first users that I’m encountering are confirming this sensibility of users who experience the world in the banal and narrow framework of startup high school jackpot culture. This no doubt reflects the intersection of my social graph with early users of the app. But whisper was not and is not like that. Those aren’t my people and wasn’t that supposed to be the point? Isn’t that what’s interesting about strangers?

Thinking about it helps me recall the genius of Karp’s social structure for tumblr. It requires such thoughtfulness. This ain’t it.

I chalk this up to secret spamming your feed with content you have no interest in. If it was truly just your “friends” IMHO it would be a richer environment for connection + the ability to share who you are.

Was just going through my spam folder and noticed that emails from my buddy Ivan ended up there.

After closer look, it wasnt actually Ivan’s email address that sent the mail but spam that used his name.

Thanks Google Bots for knowing the difference!

I guess the spammers are testing out aweissman's “Real Names Be Proof” mantra :P

I don’t think you’re ready for this Jelly

An update version of this post can be found over on Medium

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I was a huge fan of Aardvark.

Loved everything about their company and product.

They were the first company that I knew of that had testing built in the DNA of their company. They were going after the holy grail of social search (which IMHO twitter is the current winner) and then sold to Google which shut down the service.

This post isn’t really about them but I was reminded about them 2 weeks ago when my buddy Peter tweeted on the day Jelly launched publicly:

I agreed with him at the time, but after spending more time thinking about it, Joshua Shachter's product was Aardvark 2.0. Jig.com  was acquired by Walmart Labs and was also eventually shut down.

Is Jelly Aardvark 3.0?

It doesn’t make a difference, but its important to note that Jelly is a completely different beast.

Jelly was built for mobile.

It might seem like thats not a big deal but it creates a completely different experience due to the inherent constraints and deliberate choices that need to be made.

Jelly is misunderstood

After first blush, people don’t get it.

But heres the thing about open ended system with constraints: people dont understand how to use them until they start using it.

Twitter and Snapchat come to mind as major networks that exemplify this.

The UI is often times sooo basic and people are shocked.

Heck I was even a quasi-hater on day one*

The poor UX ends up making people question the utility or even need of yet another app in our life.

My buddy Micah has shared his thoughts and early reactions to Jelly that I think is common amongst the early adopter crowd.

Jelly UX is dumb

What I find fascinating most in the early days of Jelly is watching how the questions evolve.

People are still playing with it, testing the limits and seeing what kind of questions works and which don’t.

Once people get out all the dumb questions out of their system, they will start using it for more important question.

This form of play in the UX is important for creating a strong bond with the product. Think about all the dumb questions you don’t think twice about asking Google.

Jelly UX is smart

Intention and action are really important to cultivate in a fleeting mobile environment.

The disappearing nature of the questions forces intention.

If you’ve ever experienced the painful Tinder accidental swipe left of a hottie, then you know that this is a big deal.; it forces the user to pay attention instead of the habit of just casually glossing over facebook/instagram feeds and not taking action.

In order to pay attention to something, you need to take a deliberate action and follow a specific question. This is a strong data point for engagement [notify you to come back to the app] and interest [know which questions to show you in the future].

Forcing photos with every question is another strong design decision.

People process images better than text.

Forcing every question to have an image primes the user with context + excitement

Jelly has potential

There’s still alot more that needs to be done but the potential is HUGE.

Twitter’s potential wasn’t realized until Summize focused their energies on Twitter search. I think at scale, Jelly search can be a juggernaut. But time will tell if they even go in that direction.

What will be interesting to see is if Jelly opens up an API or they can go about building a massive network alone. They already are doing simple associative processing the facebook and twitter graphs but can they do it on the context side.

Either way I’m smitten by their potential and wish them well.  

Let’s just hope they don’t get acquired and then subsequently shut down.

BTW, Do you think the Jelly Team blasts Bootylicious all the time at their HQ or just when they push out new releases?

Snapchat is a product built from the heart – that is the reason why we are in Los Angeles. I often talk with people about the conflicts between technology companies and content companies – I’ve found that one of the biggest issues is that frequently technology companies view movies, music, and television as INFORMATION. Directors, producers, musicians, and actors view them as feelings, as expression. Not to be searched, sorted, and viewed – but EXPERIENCED.
Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat

Tweet Chamber

Naval’s point about incentives resonated with me this week.

I too noticed this twitter trend when my tweet about Uber became probably my most distributed of all time:

[308X my normal reach, 41 faves, 39 retweets 7 replies]

At first, I thought it was because lots of ppl love Uber and hate Taxi’s but after looking into who were among my the RT Uber posse it was pretty clear where the distribution came from.

The top Retweeters all have a financial stake in Uber.

These guys have a collective 1.6M followers on the platform.

I would do the same thing if I had financial involvement in Uber.

The power of twitter has always been its collective echo.

Hopefully, it doesnt get too noisy before I get a chance to join the party :P

In life, you will become known for doing what you do. That sounds obvious, but it’s profound. If you want to be known as someone who does a particular thing, then you must start doing that thing immediately. Don’t wait. There is no other way. It probably won’t make you money at first, but do it anyway. Work nights. Work weekends. Sleep less. Whatever you have to do. If you’re lucky enough to know what brings you bliss, then do that thing at once. If you do it well, and for long enough, the world will find ways to repay you.