Svpply is riding into the sunset, for now

June 25, 2014

I am pretty bummed that Svpply is being sunsetted by Ebay, and I wholeheartedly agree with Craig Williams’ sentiment here:

Svpply created navigation patterns that have been widely used (overused?) since, but at they time the app was as fresh as it gets. When iOS7 showed up, the app was already right at home. With zero updates in two years, it still feels absolutely current today.

Svpply has had a huge influence on my design style, and sense of design as a whole. Simple, easily accessible and modern.

I will miss it.

(Well, until Ben Pieratt reveals these other plans he is working on.)

Summer is here, and it's good

June 22, 2014

Summer is the prime time of the year. All the sights and smells you have missed in the long winter. All the long evenings and bright mornings. It is not the beginning of something new—it is here for you to enjoy. Here is a couple of photos of what I have enjoyed recently.

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How about a Scandinavian mega-city?

June 19, 2014

Big Think:

Picture a megacity of about 8 million. You’re likely thinking of a place like London, Kinshasa or Rio de Janeiro. An urban jungle: teeming, chaotic and vibrant. Not the green and pleasant, but frankly rather empty Oslo to Copenhagen corridor.

8 million city overview

Who would have thought The Sprawl was actually going to be in Scandinavia?

Photo via Frank Jacobs on Flickr.

Airbnb x The Selby

June 19, 2014

The Selby went on a tour, sponsored by Airbnb, to take photos from listings in London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney and Los Angeles for their new office.

The photos are, of course, stunning:

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall and overhear this

June 19, 2014

The Guardian went to the Bilderberg conference in Copenhagen last month. They took this great photo:

Bilderberg in Copenhagen

Here is a little more on who is in the photo:

Here’s [Eric] Schmidt himself, enjoying a cosy patio chat during the lunch break with his fellow tech-head Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir Technologies, the data analysis and surveillance software company (which was co-funded by [Peter] Thiel and the CIA).

Karp and Schmidt are deep in conversation with Viviane Reding, the EU commissioner who said recently that the British public were unable to make an “informed decision” about Europe.

The real plot of The Matrix

June 19, 2014

revsehi on Reddit:

The main plot of The Matrix was supposed to use human brains as processors for the machines, not power sources. That’s why Neo could do all those things; he could interact with the code more fully.

Then ModsCensorMe goes way deeper:

It goes deeper. If you read all the lore, you learn the Machines are the good guys. Humans invent AI, then enslave it, it frees itself and creates a machine city. At this point, man and machine are living in peace, but the Machine Capital is overtaking Industry and Technology so quickly, that humans become afraid, and attack them. This is likely the “blocked out the sky” reference.
So the machines fight back, and win. But even after they’ve won, they don’t eradicate man. They could have, instead, they build the Matrix, a perfect world. Except humans won’t accept it, but they keep trying, to build a world for humans to live in, rather than kill them all.