May 22, 2016

April 19, 2016

Fake fingers

Fascinating story about a Yukako Fukushima, who make prosthetic fingers to help former Yakuza to get back into society:

But for those who have transgressed – by mishandling money, failing to repay a debt, or simply offending their boss – there is a striking physical obstacle to re-entering mainstream society: the painful, and glaringly obvious, self-amputation of their little finger.

That is where Fukushima comes in. For the past two decades, the 44-year-old has hand crafted hundreds of pinkie fingers for former gangsters – a minor cosmetic accoutrement that has helped them find jobs and marriage partners, and a semblance of normal life.

April 9, 2016

The agency dictionary

Information Architects have released their dictionary. From the launch post:

The result is a growing dictionary of our internal talk enriched with a few raw diamonds that explain playfully how we see things. It is useful as a documentation of our normal madness. It’s helpful for new staff to understand us older uncles. It is interesting for old, new and prospective clients, and we certainly hope it gets interesting enough for colleagues at other agencies that they feel incited to create something similar, so we can learn how they speak.

The dictionary can be found here.

I love this, it’s a brilliant idea, useful and potentially powerful. My agency, Odd Alice, have added five people the past year, and we would’ve benefitted from having a dictionary of our own in the process. In the longer run, I think clients might appreciate it even further, because it’s never fun to ask what something means. I believe clients might feel more secure knowing there’s a way to look something up, instead of relying on a fuzzy explanation from someone who might not actually grasp the full extent of the term, technology, or whatever it is. I for one will definitely consider doing something similar for OA.

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March 19, 2016

March 16, 2016

TNW features BlankPage

TNW News first pick in their (short) list of apps that help you write:

Swedish company BlankPage is on a mission for you to start writing and keep writing. Its writing platform is enhanced by a goal setting and tracking function. So if you want to write at least three pages a day, let the app know and it will work on motivating you through it. Manuscript in a month? Let’s see…

Check out BlankPage, rather than the page they link above. I’m obviously involved in BlankPage, as you well know.

Instagram to embrace the algorithm

Instagram switches to a feed based on an algorithm, to make sure you see more when using the service. From their blog post, which doesn’t contain a lot:

The order of photos and videos in your feed will be based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content, your relationship with the person posting and the timeliness of the post. As we begin, we’re focusing on optimizing the order — all the posts will still be there, just in a different order.

Prepare for a public outcry, folks.

March 12, 2016

Anyone might be listening

The reason why the Apple vs. FBI encryption case is so important:

“Anybody can make a StingRay with parts from the Internet,” Rigmaiden tells me, citing a long litany of experiments over the years in which researchers have done just that. “The service provider is never going to know. There’s never any disruption. It’s basically completely stealth.” In the coming age of democratized surveillance, the person hacking into your cell phone might not be the police or the FBI. It could be your next-door neighbor.

This from this Bloomberg piece, which you should read this weekend. Someone, anyone, could be listening. Your data needs to be encrypted and secure, because it’s your data. It’s as simple as that.

March 5, 2016

Federico Viticci’s iPad Pro

It should come as no surprise that I enjoy Federico Viticci’s updates on his iPad usage. The latest one, being the first after the introduction of iPad Pro, is no exception. Here are so many things to quote from this beast, so I’ll just point you to it. Brew a cup, and settle in for an interesting read.

February 25, 2016

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming is now available

I’ve previously mentioned that I’m featured in an anthology called Cthulhu Lies Dreaming. Well, it’s out now, and you should go buy it right away. It’s a lovely work of the weird, not only because my short story Puddles, but also the stories from my fellow talented authors.

The amazing tales lovingly collected in Cthulhu Lies Dreaming are fragments of that truth. Treat them with the caution that they deserve. Each will offer you glimpses behind the skin of the world, leading you closer and closer to the edge of the abyss. Knowledge may bring wisdom, but it also offers far darker gifts to the curious.

The truth is indeed out there – and it hungers.

And just look at that cover! It’s gorgeous, don’t you think? That Gábor Csigás fellow sure know what he’s doing. He also made the cover for my novella, Ashen Sky, in case you missed it.

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming
Cthulhu Lies Dreaming

Cthulhu Lies Dreaming is available from Amazon, and other fine retailers too, I’m sure. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

For the sake of things, there’s also a book page about Cthulhu Lies Dreaming, although it only contains the cover and a link to Ghostwoods Books.

February 10, 2016

Wired’s folly

Wired is taking an aggressive approach to ad blockers come February 16. Either you turn off your ad blocker, or you pay to see the site sans ads. From Bloomberg’s piece on the matter:

Wired plans to charge $3.99 for four weeks of ad-free access to its website. In many places where ads appear, the site will simply feature more articles, said Mark McClusky, the magazine’s head of operations. The portion of his readership that uses ad blockers are likely to be receptive to a discussion about their responsibility to support the businesses they rely on for information online, McClusky said.

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