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Raven’s Wings : The Making of Field Notes>


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Posted: November 4th, 2010
at 12:49pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: design,et cetera

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Ten Minute Writing Tutorial by Stephen King

I know it sounds like an ad for some sleazy writers’ school, but I really am going to tell you everything you need to pursue a successful and financially rewarding career writing fiction, and I really am going to do it in ten minutes, which is exactly how long it took me to learn. It will actually take you twenty minutes or so to read this essay, however, because I have to tell you a story, and then I have to write a second introduction. But these, I argue, should not count in the ten minutes.>

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Posted: November 2nd, 2010
at 4:08pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: weaponry,"ninja",et cetera,language

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My iPad Magazine Stand

Of course, small, nimble apps won't necessarily solve the long-term revenue problems of major magazines. So is there a bigger solution for magazines, one that will bring in significant revenue along the lines of what they saw in the pre-digital world?

This is an incredibly difficult question and I've stopped trying to pretend I have any response to it other than "I don't know," or, in less sanguine moments, "Probably not." There are no easy answers for content publishers right now, which is why in some ways they can hardly be blamed for their iPad enthusiasm a at the very least, they aren't ignoring the sea change that tablets represent. Perhaps like many of us, they need to fail their way to success. That's a legitimate strategy, and if they're nimble enough to recover from these wild miscalculations before it's too late, then I applaud them for it.

More likely, they will waste too many cycles on this chimerical vision of resuscitating lost glories. And as they do, the concept of a magazine will be replaced in the mind a and attention span a of consumers by something along the lines ofAFlipboard. If you ask me, the trajectory of content consumption favors apps like these that are more of a window to the world at large than a cul-de-sac of denial. Social media, if it's not already obvious to everyone, is going to continue to change everything a including publishing. And it's a no-brainer to me that content consumption is going to be intimately if not inextricably linked with your social graph. Combine Flipboard or whatever comes along and improves upon it with the real innovation in recommendation technology that we'll almost undoubtedly see in the next few years, and I can't see how the 20th Century concept of a magazine can survive, even if it does look great on a tablet.>

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Posted: October 28th, 2010
at 12:38pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: computers,web,design,et cetera,development

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Scott Thomas on Post Press

Scott Thomas who MNP chatted with in the DOJO was just interviewed in Imprint:

Scott Thomas, whose recent book Designing Obama was produced as POD (print on demand) and as an iPhone app, is trying to kick up some digital dust. He recently announced Post Press, which he says "is committed to producing fine books and reinventing publishing in the 21st Century." An admirable notion, yet he could be standing on quicksand. DH interviewed him about the terrain he's scoped out.>

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Posted: October 27th, 2010
at 8:10pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Focus: the Age of Distraction

'Our life is frittered away by detail … simplify, simplify.' ~Henry David Thoreau

We live in curious times. It's called the Age of Information, but in another light it can be called the Age of Distraction.

While humanity has never been free of distraction a from swatting those bothersome gnats around the fireplace to dealing with piles of paper mail and ringing telephones a never have the distractions been so voluminous, so overwhelming, so intense, so persistent as they are now. Ringing phones are one thing, but email notifications, Twitter and Facebook messages, an array of browser tabs open, and mobile devices that are always on and always beeping are quite another. More and more, we are connected, we are up to our necks in the stream of information, we are in the crossfire of the battle for our attention, and we are engaged in a harrying blur of multitasking activity.

When we're working, we have distractions coming from every direction. In front of us is the computer, with email notifications and other notifications of all kinds. Then there's the addicting lure of the browser, which contains not only an endless amount of reading material that can be a black hole into which we never escape, but unlimited opportunities for shopping, for chatting with other people, for gossip and news and lurid photos and so much more. All the while, several new emails have come in, waiting for a quick response. Several programs are open at once, each of them with tasks to complete. Several people would like to chat, dividing our attention even further.>

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Posted: October 22nd, 2010
at 11:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: life,weaponry,et cetera,development,internets

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The Future of Publishing? Esquire Will Sell $2,500 Couches and $200 Lamps

In an era of increasingly uncertain sales, magazines have to use their cultural currency as a form of financial guarantee. They’ve always excelled at selling things for other people, through both their advertising and their own editorial. So why not sell direct to their audience?

A deep-caramel leather sofa named Triple Whiskey Collins is evidence of smart thinking by a storied magazine brand that might not be making money the same way in 20 years. It’s a signature piece of Esquire Home Collection, a line of furniture and accessories launched by the magazine which is finding its way into retail locations this month.

While launching a furniture line may appear to be the latest gimmick to bolster sagging magazine subscriptions, Glen Ellen Brown, vice president of Hearst Brand Development, says that Hearst has actually been focusing on brand extension for 20 years, including popular product lines for other properties like Country Living and Seventeen. "We really have the expertise and depth of doing this for decades and we work hard to bring integrity to that," she says. "You have to be really careful because brand dilution is right around the corner from brand extension.">

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Posted: October 22nd, 2010
at 10:55am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: home,design,et cetera,development

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Seven Ways to Make a New Thing

Steven Johnson runs into trouble when he tries to construct a universal theory of how innovation happens in Where Good Ideas Come From

A peak moment in the history of innovation occurred millions of years before the arrival ofHomo sapiens, when feathered dinosaurs first soared above the Earth. Their feathers were not adapted for flight, having evolved as insulation: the dinosaurs hijacked a useful trait for a novel purpose, a classic case of what palaeontologists call exaptation.

According to Steven Johnson, many signal human inventions have followed the same pattern. For instance, Johannes Gutenberg pioneered book publishing by exapting the screw press, a grape-crushing technology that had been developed over the course of a millennium.>

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Posted: October 16th, 2010
at 7:47am by Koookiecrumbles

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Stephen Fry : What I’d Wish I’d Known When I Was 18

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Intellectual Hipsters and Meta-Contrarianism

WARNING: Beware of things that are fun to argue — Eliezer Yudkowsky

Science has inexplicably failed to come up with a precise definition of "hipster", but from my limited understanding a hipster is a person who deliberately uses unpopular, obsolete, or obscure styles and preferences in an attempt to be "cooler" than the mainstream. But why would being deliberately uncool be cooler than being cool?>

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Posted: September 27th, 2010
at 3:23pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,science,"ninja",et cetera,development

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