Flattening Out Mental Time Distortion

“Whoa—it's already 11 o'clock?” “It's 2:48!?” “What have I been doing for the past hour?” I ask myself questions like these nearly everyday. You probably do too. We're all aware of how time seems to speed up and slow down. That's why we have expressions like ‘time flies…

Creative Drought, Shower Ideas

For the past couple months I've been in a creative drought. This neglected blog is evidence of that. I'm a big-time shower-thinker. Nearly all my good ideas come to me while my mind's wandering in the shower: design ideas, blog ideas, feature ideas, algorithm ideas, really just about all of…

Coherence

When I decided to start this new blog a couple of weeks ago, I set a few guidelines for how I'd go about writing on it: no long queue of articles to be written, no obsessing over whether I was had a 100% factual and logically-sound argument. And, that I'd…

Fun & (Addictive) Games

A few times now, I've seen Jonathan Blow (of Braid fame) question our obsession with "addicting" games. Though I'm normally not that into video games of any variety, lately I've joined millions of others in compulsively playing ‘Threes’ whenever I have an idle moment, and it's got me thinking about…

Millions of tools, but not one right for the job

Few things annoy me more than not being able to do a seemingly simple task on a computer. ("What do you mean I can't open this file on my computer?", etc.) I've spent hours and hours downloading obscure programs, and hacking together scripts, and scouring the internet trying to come…

A Blog Died

About 18 months ago I started a blog. I slowly, painstakingly designed it. I built it from scratch. I chose a set of topic areas I thought I could write on. Within each topic area, I made a long list of posts to write. I wrote some of them. I…