Before internet connectivity poured from the sky, I was able to get on a train, plug in my Mac and have nothing to do for four hours but write. And so I wrote. I once bought a round trip ticket to nowhere just to eliminate every possible alternative… pure, unadulterated mental bandwidth.
Seth Godin

Bodybuilding for your brain


We constantly text, ping and chat, instead of paying attention to the road, each other or the “analog world.” Multitasking is a myth. Our brains are being rewired. Our kids are growing up permanently attached to iPads. Armageddon is coming in the shape of a smartphone. It’s time to show our gadgets who’s boss. Instead of letting technology drive us to distraction, we can use it to cultivate focus. Mobiledia writes on our distraction problem and offers some solutions:

Plenty of stories highlight the dangers of distraction, whether it’s in driving, parenting or just a lingering sense that our relationships to gadgets have become dysfunctional. Beyond the much-researched and obvious, arguments also shed light on the importance of the quality of focus.

It’s no wonder we can’t focus. And with our close reliance on gadgets, and more workers employed in a mobile environment — either BYOD or working at home — we have an even greater tendency towards distraction. No co-workers, no boss looking over your shoulder. It’s up to you to concentrate, and often when left to our own devices, we lose it.

As distractions pile up, you’ll need to stay vigilant and cultivate focus and concentration. These tasks, which work out our brains as much as our bodies, will become even more paramount as younger generations, immersed in social and mobile from an early age, enters schools and workplaces.

“Teens find distraction while working, distraction while driving, distraction while talking to the neighbors,” Marcel Bullinga, futurist and author of “Welcome to the Future Cloud,” told the Pew Internet Project. “Parents and teachers will have to invest major time and efforts into solving this issue — silence zones, time-out zones, meditation classes without mobile, lessons in ignoring people on phones, texts and social networking.”

I’ve long thought of exploring meditation as a means to recover that sense of getting lost in a task I used to experience as a musician, my interim solution simply to unplug works very well for me, but that isn’t often an option for most.

Read more at Mobiledia.

Rome wasn’t built in a day

Trevor McKendrick describes his first year in the App Store, starting small and iterating:

I released my first app one year ago yesterday. It started as a small side project with the explicit goal of paying my rent.

As of yesterday it’s done $73,034 in net revenue, after Apple’s cut. While not considered “VC” successful, I’m extremely happy and proud of how well it’s turned out thus far.


All of this from a little app that I launched for less than $500. That’s the story.

Trevor McKendrick’s first year on the app. store

We Learn … 10% of what we read 20% of what we hear 30% of what we see 50% of what we see and hear 70% of what we discuss 80% of what we experience 95% of what we teach others.
William glasser

Axa Insurance: iPhone print ad

Perhaps this served as the inspiration for the aforementioned content-rich résumé, but without the ugly QR Code (I’ve changed my opinion on those). This is an old ad* but still seems fresh; here the ad agency intro: “AXA is Belgium’s first insurance company to launch an iPhone app. Their free application helps and guides you through some basic steps when you have a car accident. This product has been launched with an innovative print ad that requires your iPhone to complete the message”.

iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling

In iPhone Photography, from Shooting to Storytelling, Richard Koci Hernandez celebrates the art of iPhoneography–how to shoot, enhance, and share photos with an Apple iPhone. The course covers an actual iPhone photo shoot and includes details on how to select and edit photos using a variety of iOS apps and how to interact with the vibrant iPhone photo community by sharing photos using the popular Instagram app. In a bonus chapter, Koci and a lineup of iPhone photography enthusiasts and journalists meet at the 1197 conference in San Francisco to discuss shooting techniques, photo-enhancement tips, and inspiration in the art of photographic storytelling.

View this entire course and more in the Online Training Library.
It’s been years since I’ve read or used any material from Lynca Weinman (I think she helped me with HTML or some design basics for the early web) but judging from the intro alone this looks like a great introduction to taking great photographs using your iPhone.

How to take great photos using your iPhone

Chicago food photographer, Stephen Hamilton, shares his tips on how to take beautiful, yet simple photos on your smart phone. Some simple suggestions to overcome the limitations of your device. Thankfully no mention of filters, toy camera apps, Instagram or Hipstamatic, a craze I love and hate.

Kelli is CBNC

This makes me want to get on my bike and ride (it also makes me old as I am so removed from this culture). CBNC can be found here.

How Style Differs From Design

How Style Differs From Design
Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Charles and Ray Eames, arguably the 20th century’s most famous furniture designers, is the principal of the Eames Office, which sells merchandise related to the family’s namesake line of chairs and promotes their legacy. He answers a few questions in this edited interview with Kristiano Ang.

My grandmother said that what works good is better than what looks good. That’s because what looks good can change.
Newspaper put design stories in the style section, but style is different from design. Design is about problem-solving, addressing needs and working with constraints. I talk to a lot of young designers and say, “don’t worry about your style.” Take care of problems, and everything will take care of itself.
What inspires me is the richness and complexity of the world. It’s a completely magical phenomenon that includes humans, the built environment and the natural world.
My grandparents said the role of the designer is that of a good host and anticipating the needs of guests. This is a really beautiful idea. It puts the human being and their experience at the center of attention in a very pragmatic way. We’ve gotten into this habit that says design is different from function.

How Style Differs From Design

“You’ll never be the same again”

When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.

These are such wonderful words that even though you may have heard or read them before, they are worth seeing again. Jonathan Ive’s tribute is wonderful too. Via Brainpickings.

Nose & Ban Dang’s Story

Follow the story of two deaf brothers growing up in a remote hill tribe in Thailand whose lives were forever changed after moving to the Children’s Shelter Foundation in Chiang Mai. Beautiful heart wrenching story.

For the kids growing up in the hill tribes of Northern Thailand, home can be a tough place. Poor health conditions have left many vulnerable as orphans, and for those growing up with a disability a lack of understanding can lead to a life of total isolation. But at the Children’s Shelter Foundation a tough past is a rule rather than exception, and its also part of the reason these kids just can’t stop smiling in their new home.

More here.