Banksy shreds for $1.7 Million

This is what sets Banksy apart. And on a broader scale, what sets artists apart. It's not about the art, but rather the intellectual presence to create the idea. Sure, anyone can do "that". But not everyone can think to do "that". The work, “Girl With Balloon,” a 2006 spray paint on canvas, was the … Continue reading Banksy shreds for $1.7 Million

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How Skype almost wrecked my career with bad UX! Video Transcript I upgraded Skype and it almost wrecked my career! Give me a minute and I'll tell you how it happened, how you can avoid it, and why a good user experience is more than just creating a bright and shiny user interface. So it all began when I finally relented to upgrading … Continue reading How Skype almost wrecked my career with bad UX!

Lava Lamps for Encryption

This is a remarkable piece of lateral thinking by the folks at CloudFlare. It's well known that random numbers are difficult to generate. It can be simulated, but any coded algorithm that generates the numbers can potentially be reversed engineered. So CloudFlare borrowed an idea from Silicon Graphics to use a wall of lava lamps … Continue reading Lava Lamps for Encryption

The Esoteric Composition of Radiohead’s song Videotape

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Radiohead recorded one of my favorite songs of all time. But for the life of me, I have not understood what puts them in that group of bands that exists above the fray. Popular but not.  Legendary but not massively. Contemporary yet throwback. This episode of Earworm by Estelle Caswell on Vox answers it for … Continue reading The Esoteric Composition of Radiohead’s song Videotape