Communication Through The Ages Infographic

Infographic produced by Atlassian

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Posted by Jake Spurlock September 12th, 2011 — No Comments

Make It Better

Love this video. Excellent typography, and you know I have a soft spot for all things kinetic

via Make It Better Video blog.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock July 13th, 2011 — No Comments

Computer Security by Robert Morris

The three golden rules to ensure computer security are: do not own a computer; do not power it on; and do not use it.

via RIP Robert Morris — Global Nerdy.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock July 1st, 2011 — No Comments

The difference between customization and tailoring

What’s the difference between customization and tailoring? Both are made to fit one, it’s just that there is an inversion of control. In customization, I choose amongst many options; with tailoring, I relinquish control and let some one else create the final result. Things are typically one or the other, and to invert them seems odd. Would you ever let someone else choose the options on your car or the car itself for you? Would you ever demand that you measure yourself for a bespoke suit? I’ve tried, it’s difficult. What’s the value of expertise? If I pay more to have a bespoke suit made for me, I’m choosing to lose control in the final result. With lower price-points, I gain control and more say in the outcome. And, just so you know, it’s also difficult to measure yourself for a fitted cap. I’ve tried the whole thing with wrapping the string around your head and measuring it, but it never works. You just have to try them on. Is just trying things the midpoint between self-made customization and inflicted tailoring? Just so you know, this is a thinly veiled analogy for client work.

via Frank Chimero’s Blog.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock June 10th, 2011 — No Comments

The People vs. Goldman Sachs

This isn’t just a matter of a few seedy guys stealing a few bucks. This is America: Corporate stealing is practically the national pastime, and Goldman Sachs is far from the only company to get away with doing it. But the prominence of this bank and the high-profile nature of its confrontation with a powerful Senate committee makes this a political story as well. If the Justice Department fails to give the American people a chance to judge this case — if Goldman skates without so much as a trial — it will confirm once and for all the embarrassing truth: that the law in America is subjective, and crime is defined not by what you did, but by who you are.

The People vs. Goldman Sachs | Rolling Stone Politics.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock May 15th, 2011 — No Comments

Jon Huntsman in Time

But if that’s what I’m up to, then torture really doesn’t work, because in several sittings and a couple of hours together over a week’s time, I don’t even come close to getting him to spill such puny secrets as whether he thinks we should be in Afghanistan or Libya (“There will be more to say about that”), in what ways he disagrees with Obama (“I don’t want to get into specifics”) or, for that matter, where he parts company with his fellow Republicans, including his distant cousin, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (“It wouldn’t be fair to offer an opinion without doing due diligence”). And as for whether or not Huntsman still belongs to the Church of Latter-day Saints, I know less than I did before I asked him. (“I’m a very spiritual person,” as opposed to a religious one, he says, “and proud of my Mormon roots.” Roots? That makes it sound as if you’re not a member anymore. Are you? “That’s tough to define,” he says. “There are varying degrees. I come from a long line of saloon keepers and proselytizers, and I draw from both sides.”)

I’d vote for this guy…

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Posted by Jake Spurlock May 13th, 2011 — No Comments

Stanley Kubrick – a filmography

via Stanley Kubrick – a filmography – on Vimeo.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 30th, 2011 — No Comments

The Difference in Apple Software

We were making great progress, but we couldn’t get it done alone. Creating sophisticated software requires a team effort. One person can use smoke and mirrors to make a demo that dazzles an audience. But shipping that to a million customers will expose its flaws and leave everyone looking bad. It is a cliche in our business that the first 90 percent of the work is easy, the second 90 percent wears you down, and the last 90 percent – the attention to detail – makes a good product. Making software that is simultaneously easy to learn, easy to use, friendly, useful, and powerful takes people with an incredible combination of skills, talent, and artistry working together with intensity and patience.

via Graphing Calculator Story.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 28th, 2011 — No Comments

The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid

This poster illustrates a change in design practice. Computation-based design—that is, the use of algorithms to compute options—is becoming more practical and more common. Design tools are becoming more computation-based; designers are working more closely with programmers; and designers are taking up programming.

The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid

via The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid.

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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 24th, 2011 — No Comments

Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Interviewer

Found this article, thought it was relevant.

During my lengthy job search, I’ve discovered two important things. One: I may have a lot of the answers; but two: I don’t have all the questions.

“Two” got me thinking. In the few interviews I’ve had, I’m bombarded with all kinds of HR-spawned psychological and philosophical questions, and often an online application—pre-interview—will have many similar questions. Some have been insulting, benign, or clearly meant to trip up an applicant with conflicting answers. You know the drill. “Explain a situation where you’ve missed a deadline and what you did to correct the situation.” Well, I’ve never missed a deadline! When an interviewer would ask if I had any questions for them, I’d have a few prepared, but they never seemed to be the right ones.

To correct that mistake and, frankly, turn the tables, I assembled a reference list of questions I thought should be addressed from a candidate’s viewpoint. I had been inspired by the story of Peyton Manning’s first meeting with Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay was impressed that Manning interviewed him as much Irsay interviewed Manning. Imagine Manning asking questions like, “How committed are you to winning?” or “What kinds of coaches am I going to work with?” Questions such as these are relevant for any job candidate.

via Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Interviewer |

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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 23rd, 2011 — No Comments