minecraft, longnow

The Longnow of Minecraft

minecraft, longnow

At the weekend my son pestered me to watch the video below. He's pestered me to watch plenty of minecraft videos in the past, but this one's different;

So here we have a film about the biggest of concepts, time, the extinction of the human race, the end of the universe, nothingness, explained using one of the most popular tools in a young geek's life. Minecraft.

Brilliant stuff.

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Something's missing

record store

The most anachronistic thing in Before Sunrise (1995) isn't Julie Delphy and Ethan Hawke browsing vinyl in a Vienna record store, but the fact that they connected in the first place.

Nineteen years ago was simpler times. People apparently read books on trains, struck up conversations with strangers, walked the streets of a city for hours on end engrossed in conversation without the distraction of twitter, the need to consult G-Maps or the desire to share their stories with their

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logos, brands, memory

Logo Echo

logos, brands, memory

(a repost from acmeideas.com)

I must have been around five or six when I at least subconsciously realised that my dad worked for 'a brand'.
Taxiing through Schipol yesterday I saw the iconic KLM logo everywhere and it was for the Dutch airline, with its consistently modern, clean, emblematic branding, that my dad worked.

klm logo

As children my sister and I saw plenty of that logo. On company Christmas cards and letterheads that lay around our home. On the multilayered

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email, innocence, tinyletter

Unbreaking email

email, innocence, tinyletter

email icon

Is it really possible that in January 2014, email might be becoming a 'thing'? How come clever, engaged, experienced internet professionals are playing with email as a channel? Surely email is the enemy, the burden, the channel that floods our lives with a joyless deluge of spam, phishing requests, bad news and work.

There's something good and unexpected about this re-engagement with such a maligned format. When companies are spending millions developing highly sophisticated consumer databases and differentiated CRM strategies

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magazines, screens, texture, irl

Shiny Paper

magazines, screens, texture, irl

some magazines

In 2013 I spent more on magazines than in any other year of my life and fully intend to spend as least as much again this year.

This isn't a rejection of online reading (and writing). Far from it. My instapaper account is full'o'stuff and my feedly account is refreshed regularly.

But more and more, online reading feels like work. The stream is a constant, a current. It doesn't stop. Like email, the items unread count is a negative pressure

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Please get Unstuck

We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious. Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities. Own your attention — it’s all you really have.

In the tradeoff between timeliness

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