Tac Anderson

The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet

This shelf holds nearly eight years of my hand written notes, taken almost daily, starting in June of 2006, filling 58 notebooks. #GTD at Tac’s office – View on Path.

This shelf holds nearly eight years of my hand written notes, taken almost daily, starting in June of 2006, filling 58 notebooks. #GTD at Tac’s office – View on Path.

theatlantic:

Why America’s Essentials Are Getting More Expensive While Its Toys Are Getting Cheap

The past decade in prices—and the story it tells about poverty and America.
Read more.[Image: Reuters]


Seems like simple economics to me. We will pay more for essentials because, by definition, we need them. Toys are more subject to price elasticity because we don’t need them.

theatlantic:

Why America’s Essentials Are Getting More Expensive While Its Toys Are Getting Cheap

The past decade in prices—and the story it tells about poverty and America.

Read more.[Image: Reuters]

Seems like simple economics to me. We will pay more for essentials because, by definition, we need them. Toys are more subject to price elasticity because we don’t need them.

Zero Translation: Why some English words are controversial in China

“Why is zero translation so prevalent?” screams the headline in a recent commentary piece, citing as a bad example the text below, which considers the merits of an open source platform.
"采用了基于OpenEdX开源平台,开发了HTML5视频播放器,不再依赖国外课程播放首选的YouTube,解决了国内用户无法访问国外edX平台问题。"
"Why do we have translations for Nokia and Motorola, but not for iPhone or iPad?" ask the authors.

I work with two Chinese colleagues, who both speak English very well, but still speak Chinese to each other at work. There conversation is interesting to listen to, because it jumps around between Chinese and English, like the above text demonstrates. I think part of it is also partly because of the context at work, and our very American (yes I said American, not English), tech and business words, and partly, I suspect, because they have both lived in the US for so long that sometimes it’s easier to use the American word than remember the Chinese word. 
This behavior at work was the same thing I experienced working with the Germans and the French, although it’s a little different because English is derived mostly from German and French and use the same alphabet, but even then the French have been very diligent about creating official French versions of new words. 

Zero Translation: Why some English words are controversial in China

“Why is zero translation so prevalent?” screams the headline in a recent commentary piece, citing as a bad example the text below, which considers the merits of an open source platform.

"采用了基于OpenEdX开源平台,开发了HTML5视频播放器,不再依赖国外课程播放首选的YouTube,解决了国内用户无法访问国外edX平台问题。"

"Why do we have translations for Nokia and Motorola, but not for iPhone or iPad?" ask the authors.

I work with two Chinese colleagues, who both speak English very well, but still speak Chinese to each other at work. There conversation is interesting to listen to, because it jumps around between Chinese and English, like the above text demonstrates. I think part of it is also partly because of the context at work, and our very American (yes I said American, not English), tech and business words, and partly, I suspect, because they have both lived in the US for so long that sometimes it’s easier to use the American word than remember the Chinese word. 

This behavior at work was the same thing I experienced working with the Germans and the French, although it’s a little different because English is derived mostly from German and French and use the same alphabet, but even then the French have been very diligent about creating official French versions of new words. 

So are suit-shorts a thing now? on Flickr.So are suit-shorts a thing now?

So are suit-shorts a thing now? on Flickr.

So are suit-shorts a thing now?

Putting out something that’s new in the world requires temporary removal from it.

Sarah Lewis, author of the indispensable The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, on the importance of our private domains and inner worlds, speaking at the 2014 99U conference.

Complement with philosopher Martha Nussbaum on honoring your inner world.

(via explore-blog)

I wonder than if people’s increasing connectedness to the world around them will decrease the amount of new things brought into it. 

(Source: explore-blog)

Kid Wearables? LeapFrog Debuts Fitness Tracker for Training Wheels Set

The LeapBand, designed for kids ages 4 to 7, gives kids commands like “wiggle like a worm” or “pop like popcorn” and then rewards the activity by giving points that can be used to unlock special game features on the band. When kids get a certain amount of points, they can redeem a virtual pet like a cat, dog, donkey or unicorn. Additional points are accrued to let children interact with their pets in different ways.
The device connects to a website or app, where parents can monitor their kids activity and select from a list of physical challenges. It gamifies fitness for kids, at a time when childhood obesity is getting attention as a public health issue and encouraging physical fitness for kids has been adopted by First Lady Michelle Obama as a favored project.

I can remotely monitor and control my character…. I mean, reward my child. So basically this turns your children into a role playing game? 

Kid Wearables? LeapFrog Debuts Fitness Tracker for Training Wheels Set

The LeapBand, designed for kids ages 4 to 7, gives kids commands like “wiggle like a worm” or “pop like popcorn” and then rewards the activity by giving points that can be used to unlock special game features on the band. When kids get a certain amount of points, they can redeem a virtual pet like a cat, dog, donkey or unicorn. Additional points are accrued to let children interact with their pets in different ways.

The device connects to a website or app, where parents can monitor their kids activity and select from a list of physical challenges. It gamifies fitness for kids, at a time when childhood obesity is getting attention as a public health issue and encouraging physical fitness for kids has been adopted by First Lady Michelle Obama as a favored project.

I can remotely monitor and control my character…. I mean, reward my child. So basically this turns your children into a role playing game? 

Oh what’s that you say? The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming out this weekend? Why yes I am planning on seeing it.
(I don’t care what you say, Spider-Man 3 was AMAZING!)

Oh what’s that you say? The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is coming out this weekend? Why yes I am planning on seeing it.

(I don’t care what you say, Spider-Man 3 was AMAZING!)

Listening to Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67 “Fate”: London Symphony Orchestra

I just realized classic composers used to name their pieces like engineers name product releases. – Preview it on Path.

This Is How Google’s Driverless Cars Navigate Tricky Roadblocks

Google’s self-driving fleet of Prius and Lexus vehicles have a stellar safety record, and, at least according to Google, are now safer than human drivers. That’s partially because machines aren’t distracted by things like spilled coffee or an obnoxious song on the radio. They also don’t get tired after a 10-hour day at the office.

These cars are safer because they are the most passive object on the roads. There is no aggressive driving. If you watch at minute 1:04 you’ll see the cyclist just messing with the car. Now I’m sure this is done for testing and demonstration purposes, but I guarantee the first driverless cars are going to be cut off constantly, because the other drivers on the road will know that they’ll stop. 

See Atari’s Buried Treasure: E.T. Among 30 Retro Games Unearthed In The Desert
Dozens of games besides ET were found, including: 
Raiders of the Lost Ark. 
Archeology FTW!!! 

See Atari’s Buried Treasure: E.T. Among 30 Retro Games Unearthed In The Desert

Dozens of games besides ET were found, including: 

Raiders of the Lost Ark. 

Archeology FTW!!! 

skottieyoung:

How about a little Rocket Raccoon sneak peek? Ongoing series written and drawn by me, colored by my main man Jean Francois Beaulieu. In stores in July.

A little more info on CBR 

Can’t wait. Looks awesome.

designersofthings:


3D Printed Cast Design Heals Patients 40% Faster
A Turkish student has designed a 3D printed cast prototype that could help speed up the healing process by 40% when worn. The prototype, called Osteoid, utilizes proven healing benefits from low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. Its design focuses on comfort and improvement of overall healing for the patient.
Read More

This is great. Plus it looks cool and you’ll have a crazy tan line when it comes off.

designersofthings:

3D Printed Cast Design Heals Patients 40% Faster

A Turkish student has designed a 3D printed cast prototype that could help speed up the healing process by 40% when worn. The prototype, called Osteoid, utilizes proven healing benefits from low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. Its design focuses on comfort and improvement of overall healing for the patient.

Read More

This is great. Plus it looks cool and you’ll have a crazy tan line when it comes off.

Bought some comic books, uh, for the kids….

Bought some comic books, uh, for the kids….

emergentfutures:

Ninety percent of the news could be written by computers by 2030.
Software is writing news stories with increasing frequency. In a recent example, an LA Times writer-bot wrote and posted a snippet about an earthquake three minutes after the event. The LA Times claims they were first to publish anything on the quake, and outside the USGS, they probably were.

Full Story: Impact Lab

There’s lots of talk about algorithms writing the news, but what about books? Novels might be harder, but how hard would it really be for an algorithm to turn out non-fiction? 

emergentfutures:

Ninety percent of the news could be written by computers by 2030.

Software is writing news stories with increasing frequency. In a recent example, an LA Times writer-bot wrote and posted a snippet about an earthquake three minutes after the event. The LA Times claims they were first to publish anything on the quake, and outside the USGS, they probably were.

Full Story: Impact Lab

There’s lots of talk about algorithms writing the news, but what about books? Novels might be harder, but how hard would it really be for an algorithm to turn out non-fiction?