m@: überesque vägaries.

Jan 15

This is a sentiment you often hear from people: casual users only need «entry-level» devices. Even casual users themselves perpetuate it: «Oh, I’m not doing much on my computer, so I always just go with the cheapest option.» And then they buy a horrid, underpowered netbook, find out that it has a tiny screen, is incredibly slow, the keyboard sucks, and they either never actually use it, or eventually come to the conclusion that they just hate computers.

In reality, it’s exactly backwards: proficient users can deal with a crappy computer, but casual users need as good a computer as possible.

” — I really like this writeup about “Crappy Computers" by Lukas Mathis. In fact, it gave me comfort and assurance in myself when shopping around for my recent MacBook Air purchase. (I went with the base model, deeply discounted on Amazon around Black Friday.)

Jan 14

cabinporn:

Treehouse near the Embalse del Neusa, Cundinamarca, Colombia.
Submitted by Nick Perkins.

Ok, I’m going to admit it: I read and follow a blog called Cabin Porn. Just pictures of cabins. That’s it.

Psst: I’m even more obsessed with Beaver Brook.

cabinporn:

Treehouse near the Embalse del Neusa, Cundinamarca, Colombia.

Submitted by Nick Perkins.

Ok, I’m going to admit it: I read and follow a blog called Cabin Porn. Just pictures of cabins. That’s it.

Psst: I’m even more obsessed with Beaver Brook.

Jan 13

“The worst part of Songza is needing to keep another device with Spotify running nearby to keep track of all the awesome songs that play.” —

If you happen to be following my Twitter feed, you’ve noticed that I’ve taken a speedy liking to streaming “radio” service Songza. It’s a website, but most effective in its mobile incarnations.

How’s it different than Pandora or Spotify Radio or Rdio or any of the other 8zillion streaming services? Their human-curated playlists. As a moderate (but lazy) music snob, I can appreciate good taste, but I’m too lazy to compile my own for you.

Check out their “Concierge” feature—it’s a fun playlist discovery method that keeps you from suffering Restless Pandora Syndrome, where you only ever listen to the same few stations, or they all seem to merge into the same station. Concierge guides you to first pick a time-aware mood, drill down into a music style, then choose one of three eclectic playlists. You can click into each to get a feel for the artists, as well as enjoy a snarky, well-editorialized snippet to describe it’s style.

Songza

Still not convinced? Peep TechCrunch or Mashable. (I’ll be curious to eventually learn who the secret, strategic investor might be—Spotify? Pandora? Apple?) Regardless, take a sampling of my favorite playlists so far:

From the Runway to the Afterparty

The world is your runway and this is your afterparty. Dance to these deep and sultry rhythms from some of today’s most fashionable artists and DJs.

Indie Apartment Party

Fill your apartment with friends, neighbors and strangers; pour some drinks and dim the lights; start this playlist of new, cool and stylish songs; play it loud.

Walking on Sunshine

Some songs just have a certain je ne sais quoi; when you hear them you start skipping down a crowded public street. Embarrassing? Absolutely. Will you care? Not likely.

Bedroom Chillout

Nocturnal and textural electronica for long nights spent by yourself or with someone special. Listen to this until the sun rises.

Beach Grooves

A varied mix of smooth downtempo and electronic grooves handpicked for sitting by the ocean with a refreshing beverage.

Apparently you can follow me on Songza and spy on all my favorite and recent playlists.

Jan 12

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Jan 11

A man’s character shall be judged by his actions and/or the awesomeness of his socks.

A man’s character shall be judged by his actions and/or the awesomeness of his socks.

Sep 06

Dear terrifying plant,

You scare me. A lot. You look like a 5yo boy drew you with a crayon. Your leaves have leaves growing out of them. And recently some of those leaves sprouted Pinocchio-like stems that weren’t there a week ago. Wtf?

Tell me what you need plant, just don’t eat me. 

Love, 
Matt. 

(Taken with Instagram)

Dear terrifying plant,

You scare me. A lot. You look like a 5yo boy drew you with a crayon. Your leaves have leaves growing out of them. And recently some of those leaves sprouted Pinocchio-like stems that weren’t there a week ago. Wtf?

Tell me what you need plant, just don’t eat me.

Love,
Matt.

(Taken with Instagram)

Aug 10

Jul 26

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Jul 22

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Jul 18

Want to shriek a little bit? Just click this link and see what happens.
For an industry that’s already hemorrhaging customers, how can you possibly expect them to spend time with your brand when you subject them to a total assault of their senses before the page even finishes loading?
Before I could snap this screenshot, I had already closed the survey screen takeover, which in turn generated the popup, which covered up the glowing ad in the left-hand corner. We’re not even going to talk about the freakish footer layover (the screenshot doesn’t quite do justice to that throbbing, blinking and distracting menagerie).
Call me crazy, but I’m counting three banner ads, two micro-ads to subscribe to EW (a bit duplicative), and even two G+ chiclets, which are never good for your pageload time. It takes me three clicks just so I can read the content on the page.
Why?

Want to shriek a little bit? Just click this link and see what happens.

For an industry that’s already hemorrhaging customers, how can you possibly expect them to spend time with your brand when you subject them to a total assault of their senses before the page even finishes loading?

Before I could snap this screenshot, I had already closed the survey screen takeover, which in turn generated the popup, which covered up the glowing ad in the left-hand corner. We’re not even going to talk about the freakish footer layover (the screenshot doesn’t quite do justice to that throbbing, blinking and distracting menagerie).

Call me crazy, but I’m counting three banner ads, two micro-ads to subscribe to EW (a bit duplicative), and even two G+ chiclets, which are never good for your pageload time. It takes me three clicks just so I can read the content on the page.

Why?

Jul 17

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Jul 16

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Jul 08

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Jul 06

The Güg. (Taken with Instagram at Guggenheim Museum)

The Güg. (Taken with Instagram at Guggenheim Museum)

Jul 05

The tomatoes are now taller than we are. (Taken with Instagram)

The tomatoes are now taller than we are. (Taken with Instagram)