Thursday, February 16, 2012

Inventing on Principle

Thanks to @bryanrieger and @jonarnes,  I was guided to the Bret Victors great talk at CUSEC 2012 :
"Inventing on Principle". The most inspiring talk Ive seen since my TEDx day in November. He really openens new perspectives on programming and creative processes using computers. It is really worth watching for anyone that consider themselves as creative, or aspire to be so. (Those of you that manage to stay through the programming examples, will be rewarded)

His guiding principle is:

"Creators need an immediate connection to what they create"

This connects to what I already know - immediate feedback is a good thing. It explains why dynamic programming languages like JavaScript, PHP, JSP, Grooy,  etc. are so popular, because they speed up this feedback cycle by removing the compile step. Bret Victor, however takes this principle so much further.  In his demo he doesn't even have to press refresh in a browser to see the results of the changes he makes. Simulation is much stronger than feedback, and I guess connection is even a deeper concept.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Best selling author revealed as less intelligent and arrogant on prime-time scandinavian television

Author John Gray of bestselling "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus",  made Friday night  an embarrassing appearance on a talk show jointly broadcast in Norway and Sweden on Friday evenings.

Anyone who tries to understand fellow humans in terms of only two categories is by definition less intelligent.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Testing my Kindle under extreme conditions

This weekend I spent one night in tent in -13°C, and used the opportunity to test my Kindle under these conditions.

Since I got my Kindle in November it has been a dear companion on travels.

Its best features are what it does not have :
  • Apps
  • Good browser (it only has one that sucks)
  • E-mail
  • Games