I’m bullish on the future of computers and software. Now, let’s work on all these defects in humanity.
Brian Michael Bendis on the All-New All-Different Guardians of the Galaxy and their new lineup:
The other cool thing is that with Kitty Pryde and Ben Grimm on the team, we have my goal of having a “Jews In Space” book which is what I pitched when I first came to Marvel.
I hear the new volume of Awesome Mix leans heavily on 70s-era Dylan, Lou Reed, Neil Diamond, and Billy Joel.
Link via Seth (who’s really more of a Beastie Boys man, in these matters).
Don’t hate the silicon, hate the valley:
[I]t’s just very hard to make people start asking critical questions about technology companies in Silicon Valley. These companies have managed to discursively construct the field in such a manner that anybody who questions technology and their products is seen as attacking science or enlightenment or modernity itself. So, for example, any time that I attack Google or Facebook, the default assumption is that I must be this technophobe who lives in the forest and hates modern dentistry. Nobody would say anything of the kind if I was attacking, say, Wall Street or the oil companies.
– Evgeny Morozov (via Buzz)
Proposed Campus Carry seems waaaaaay out of proportion as a way to punish UW–Madison for being a patent troll.
Indie is dead.
Pour out some Tabasco Sauce for this guy at dinner tonight.
The Bible says, beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading, you know, noise about how much can get done…. We got groups here in town, members of the House and Senate here in town, who whip people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things they know – they know! – are never going to happen.
– Speaker of the House (for a little bit longer) John Boehner (R-OH), on the unrealistic legislative demands being made by some of his fellow Republicans
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2014) ★★★☆☆
Apple TV does not have a mouse that allows users to directly select and interact with an app. Nor are users able to use gestures and touch to interact with an app. Instead, users use the new Siri Remote or a game controller to move around the screen.
On top of new controls, the overall user experience is drastically different. Macs and iOS devices are generally a single-person experience. A user may interact with others through your app, but that user is still the only person using the device. With the new Apple TV, the user experience becomes much more social. Several people can be sitting on the couch and interacting with your app and each other. Designing apps to take advantage of these changes is crucial to designing a great app.
– Apple’s App Programming Guide for tvOS: The New Apple TV
Thomas Edsall caps a short survey of our attempts at campaign finance reform with a recommendation to return parties to the center of the political money universe:
Reinvigorating political parties by lifting all restrictions on the contributions they receive and on the way they spend their money — with maximum transparency — is the best option to encourage politicians to respond more to the public will and less to special interests.