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How to Solve a Rubik's Cube for BEGINNERS - With Animations! 7 Design Principles, Inspired By Zen Wisdom. One of the best-known photographs of the late Steve Jobs pictures him sitting in the middle of the living room of his Los Altos house, circa 1982. There isn’t much in the room, save an audio system and a Tiffany lamp. Jobs is sipping tea, sitting yoga-style on a mat, with but a few books around him. The picture speaks volumes about the less-is-more motive behind every Apple product designed under his command. As Warren Berger wrote on Co.Design, Jobs’s love for elegantly simple, intuitive design is widely attributed to his appreciation of Zen philosophy (Jobs was a practicing Buddhist). But while many people might be familiar with Zen as a broad concept, far fewer are knowledgeable of the key aesthetic principles that collectively comprise the “Zen of design.”

To understand the Zen principles, a good starting point is shibumi. James Michener referred to shibumi in his 1968 novel Iberia, writing that it can’t be translated and has no explanation. The Shibumi Seven 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.


How we end up marrying the wrong people | Philosophers' Mail. Anyone we could marry would, of course, be a little wrong for us. It is wise to be appropriately pessimistic here. Perfection is not on the cards. Unhappiness is a constant. Nevertheless, one encounters some couples of such primal, grinding mismatch, such deep-seated incompatibility, that one has to conclude that something else is at play beyond the normal disappointments and tensions of every long-term relationship: some people simply shouldn’t be together. How do the errors happen? It’s all the sadder because in truth, the reasons why people make the wrong choices are easy to lay out and unsurprising in their structure.

One: We don’t understand ourselves When first looking out for a partner, the requirements we come up with are coloured by a beautiful non-specific sentimental vagueness: we’ll say we really want to find someone who is ‘kind’ or ‘fun to be with’, ‘attractive’ or ‘up for adventure…’ All of us are crazy in very particular ways. Two: We don’t understand other people. Sortie en mer. MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch. We live in an age of touch-screen interfaces, but what will the UIs of the future look like? Will they continue to be made up of ghostly pixels, or will they be made of atoms that you can reach out and touch?

At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning. Created by Daniel Leithinger and Sean Follmer and overseen by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, the technology behind the inFORM isn't that hard to understand. To put it in the simplest terms, the inFORM is a self-aware computer monitor that doesn't just display light, but shape as well.

India Pakistan Partition BBC Special Presentation. Dadaviz. Live Streaming Player of Today's Match - FIFA World Cup 2014. Comic strip for 07/12/1989 from the official Dilbert comic strips archive. Choosing the Right Metrics for User Experience. By Pamela Pavliscak Published: June 2, 2014 “Metrics are the signals that show whether your UX strategy is working.

Using metrics is key to tracking changes over time….” Metrics are the signals that show whether your UX strategy is working. Using metrics is key to tracking changes over time, benchmarking against iterations of your own site or application or those of competitors, and setting targets. Although most organizations are tracking metrics like conversion rate or engagement time, often they do not tie these metrics back to design decisions. UX strategists need to take charge of the metrics for online experiences. The Signal Problem “The data that is available from off-the-shelf analytics, A/B tests, and even follow-up surveys does not always result in insights that inform the user experience.” There is so much data available on sites and applications that it seems amazing insights would be sure to surface, yet that does not happen without smart decisions.

The (U)X Factor Usability. Open Culture digs up a 1954 animated adaptation of... Coursekit is now Lore. What’s the Story? Culture & SocietyHistory & LiteratureMedia & Communication Open Culture digs up a 1954 animated adaptation of Orwell’s Animal Farm, funded by the CIA – the best thing since Ralph Steadman’s brilliant illustrations for it. Read the story here. #Animal Farm#George Orwell#lit#animation#film 69 notes. The 50 Coolest Book Covers Ever - Entertainment. Title: American Psycho Author: Bret Easton Ellis Artist: Marshall Arisman Artist George Corsillo, who designed the cover art for Bret Easton Ellis' first two books turned down the chance to design the artwork for American Psycho, stating "I was disgusted with myself for reading it".

However, this just opened up the door for Marshall Arisman, who responded with this haunting, and very cool, representation of Patrick Bateman as part-man, part-devil. Electromagnetic Leak (update 2014) 100 Most Creative People 2014. Kierkegaard on Anxiety & Creativity. By Maria Popova “Because it is possible to create — creating one’s self, willing to be one’s self… — one has anxiety. One would have no anxiety if there were no possibility whatever.” “Anxiety is love’s greatest killer,” Anaïs Nin famously wrote.

But what, exactly, is anxiety, that pervasive affliction the nature of which remains as drowning yet as elusive as the substance of a shadow? In his 1844 treatise The Concept of Anxiety (public library), Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) explains anxiety as the dizzying effect of freedom, of paralyzing possibility, of the boundlessness of one’s own existence — a kind existential paradox of choice.

Anxiety is a qualification of dreaming spirit, and as such it has its place in psychology. He captures the invariable acuteness of anxiety’s varied expressions: Anxiety can just as well express itself by muteness as by a scream. Donating = Loving Bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings takes hundreds of hours each month. Share on Tumblr. Buy Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter Kit 10-DOF with Crazyradio (BC-CFK-02-B) [ROB01315M. BlueCopter - Arduino Quadcopter. Hey, I spent the summer working with a new hobby of mine, Quadcopters =D! The quadcopter board is homemade (atmega32u4).

Because my board has the same pinout as a leonardo, I decided to go with the multiwii firmware. So I etched a shield for my board containing headers for the receiver, motors and the IMU (cheap chinese found on ebay, ADXL345, L3G4200D, HMC5883 and BMP085). I was happy with the quadcopter, it flew very nicely (after some PID changes of course).. Three days later, I got a working code.. Anyhow I'm not going to bore you out with my story. If there is a big demand for a code explanation/theory about quadcopters and how everything works, shout out here, and I'll come up with something for you...

Here is the code: See attachment for pinout.. And here is the video: Edit: I've updated the code.. //Basel. Beginner Quadcopter Kit Buying Guide - Hovership. I frequently get asked how much it costs to build a quadcopter or other multi-rotor helicopter. I usually try to add together a number real quick based on equipment I own. Which could come close to $1000. I decided to look closer at the real cost for a basic complete setup to get started flying (if you own zero RC gear). Below is a buying guide that includes everything needed to put a quadcopter in the air. Best news, it is less than $275 before shipping.

PLEASE NOTE: I picked these items based on their low cost yet good reviews. UPDATE: 02-23-2014 HobbyKing now sells a very similar ready-to-fly kit, just add batteries and a charger. The Frame – $14 Hobbyking X525 V3 Glass Fiber Quadcopter Frame This frame is based on a tried and true frame design for multirotors. Purchase the frame at »Purchase replacement parts at » Frame option #2 -$8 Purchase the frame at » The Motors – $57 Purchase the motors at » The Speed Controllers (ESCs) – $40. Factlink — Share your knowledge for a better world. Affordances. The concept of an affordance was coined by the perceptual psychologist James J. Gibson in his seminal book The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. The concept was introduced to the HCI community by Donald Norman in his book The Psychology of Everyday Things from 1988.

There has however been ambiguity in Norman's use of the concept, and the concept thus requires a more elaborate explanation. Norman's use of the term According to Norman (1988) an affordance is the design aspect of an object which suggest how the object should be used; a visual clue to its function and use. Norman writes: "...the term affordance refers to the perceived and actual properties of the thing, primarily those fundamental properties that determine just how the thing could possibly be used. [...] Norman thus defines an affordance as something of both actual and perceived properties. Gibson's use of the term An affordance according to Gibson exists relative to the action capabilities of particular actors. 1. 2. Designers & Books | Book lists and commentary from esteemed designers and architects.

Photoshop Etiquette. 21 examples of user experience innovation in ecommerce. I’ve been keeping a close eye on innovation in the ecommerce sector for more than a decade now, and it seems to me that we're living in exciting times. We have hit some kind of purple patch. Why is this? Well, ecommerce has massively matured. It's big business. As such I wanted to raise a toast to innovation by highlighting a bunch of - hopefully inspiring - examples to you. But first, a massive caveat: I would severely and mercilessly beat a few of these sites with a big best practice stick. Secondly, for ecommerce sites, it is all about the data. All of that aside, the ecommerce teams that take chances and push the boundaries of are to be applauded.

So let's take a look at some ecommerce websites (and one mobile app) that are trying new things, and that are noteworthy for their approach to the user experience. Jack Jones Clustering is one of the hotter trends in ecommerce. Folks Bonarium Two Socks For starters, take a look at the gorgeous presentation in the feature filtering area. Robstep. Yes I Saw Your Text, But Don’t Expect Me to Respond Instantly — Better Humans. Mind Mapping Software - Create Mind Maps online. He Barely Makes a Living Doing What He Loves. But Boy — What an Amazing Life Worth Living. Li Ka-Shing teaches you how to buy a car & house in 5 years. This article is translated from the original Chinese by Edmund Ng at CeoConnectz. Suppose your monthly income is only RMB 2,000, you can live well.

I can help you put money into five sets of funds. The first $600, second $400, third $300, fourth $200, fifth $500. The first set of funds is used for living expenses. It’s a simple way of living and you can only be assigned to less than twenty dollars a day. A daily breakfast of vermicelli, an egg and a cup of milk. For lunch just have a simple set lunch, a snack and a fruit. Second set of funds: To make friends, expand your interpersonal circle. Third set of funds: To learn. Fourth set of funds: Use it for holidays overseas. Fifth set of funds: Invest. Well, after struggling for a year and if your second year salary is still RMB 2,000, then that means you have not grown as a person. If your monthly income is at RMB 3,000, you must still work very hard.

Try to buy minimal clothes and shoes. Businessmen everywhere need help. The World's 25 Best Design Schools. As we enter the golden age of design in startups, highly talented user-interface and product designers are becoming ever more important. Some companies leading the charge are Apple, Path, Pinterest, Square, and Airbnb. What those companies have in common is that design is at the core of their businesses. But which school is best suited to get you the design job you want? Over the past couple of months, we conducted a survey to find the top 25 design schools in the world. All of these schools are comparable in terms of academics, quality of staff, and amazing campuses.

But what matters most is how valuable these schools really are. Of our 633 respondents to the survey, 87.8% said they studied or participated in a college-level design program. Most of the respondents were either art directors (26.9%) or product designers (30.3%). We ranked the schools by a simple metric: What percentage of respondents ranked the schools somewhat valuable, valuable, or extremely valuable? 18. Founded: 1907. Old Indian Photos. Melon: A Headband and Mobile App to Measure Your Focus by Melon.

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