Monthly Archives: October 2015

October 22, 2015

The Lonely Death of George Bell

Each year around 50,000 people die in New York, and each year the mortality rate seems to graze a new low, with people living healthier and longer. A great majority of the deceased have relatives and friends who soon learn of their passing and tearfully assemble at their funeral. A reverent death notice appears. Sympathy cards accumulate. When the celebrated die or there is some heart-rending killing of the innocent, the entire city might weep.

A much tinier number die alone in unwatched struggles. No one collects their bodies. No one mourns the conclusion of a life. They are just a name added to the death tables. In the year 2014, George Bell, age 72, was among those names.

A heartbreaking read. No one should have to exit this life without someone by their side.

The New Yorker's piece on Hideo Kojima

Why would Konami drop its star game maker and shut down his studio? Although work on Phantom Pain is known to have been slower and more expensive than the company planned—a Nikkei report estimated the cost of development at more than eighty million dollars—Kojima’s instinct to hold off the game’s release until he was satisfied with its quality seems, by both critical and commercial standards, sound. As such, some people within the video-game industry contend that his resignation was less a result of personal or artistic differences than of tectonic changes in the business—namely, the move away from console games and toward the domain of the mobile device.

I have no choice but to admit that the rise of mobile gaming is making console and PC gaming increasingly irrelevant. I just wish it wasn’t so. I want Kojima to be given the time and resources he needs, because the results will most likely be spectacular.

A man can dream, right?

October 19, 2015

Preview links in Safari with a three-finger tap

In OS X Yosemite version 10.10.3, Quick Look’s functionality — and its three-finger tap shortcut — has been extended to Safari. Now, using the three-finger tap on a link will open the page or video in a Quick Look popover, letting you see its contents before committing to a new tab.

Mind blown.

Personal names around the world

How do people’s names differ around the world, and what are the implications of those differences on the design of forms, databases, ontologies, etc. for the Web?

A must-read for any programmer.

October 17, 2015

Solu: A flawed attempt to reinvent the PC

Because for Solu to succeed, Lawson and his team need to convince people to ditch an operating system they’re used to, on hardware they trust, and instead go for a mobile device that does less than the mobile you currently have in your pocket. The software subscription service is nice, but there’s no word on whether major developers actually want to do business on Solu’s terms.

Harsh, but I’m inclined to agree. I just don’t see a situation in which I’d prefer this over a phone/tablet/laptop.