In an epic speculative post about commercial home-mapping services, Jan Chipchase drops this lovely idea bomb:
After seeing the nano-quadcopter presentation at TED 2012 – including this, but with a lot more background, insights into their capabilities, and a video of a quadcopter entering and mapping a building in real time – technically impressive stuff. First responders. Military. Pornographers. Research. Retail. This changes many things.
I think it might take me a while to fully digest this post by Matt Webb of BERG about products. I have, for my entire career, staunchly fought against my work being called a product. But there are a variety of lessons here, old and new – here’s an old one, which easily applies to book/comics covers —
products have to be shelf demonstrable — they can tell their story in 15 seconds, with no interaction beyond looking.
— that I think will be very much worth my time to think about.
Young James Bridle here apparently quoted me at SXSW earlier today, according to the little flurry of @s on Twitter, including the mordant Bruce Sterling comment: “Now Bridle is quoting Warren Ellis. It’s like a radically pixelated old home week in here.” He was doing a thing about The New Aesthetic, which I’ve mentioned here before. (You can get a quick catch-up by checking out the New Aesthetic tumblr.) He’s now writing a fortnightly column for The Observer, and this link here should collect the pieces as they happen (first one’s up right now).
(Also: Bruce did his own fairly brain-burning NA capture of the NA thing at SXSW.)
2SLEEP1 is a 66-minute playlist of audiovisual performances in text mode, designed to make you fall asleep.
It’s the New Aesthetic Sleepbot.