Mike Ashley


August 25, 2013

A Personalized Companion for Older People
Very cool prototype from a European consortium working on multiple approaches to embedding sensors and actuators into the home environment of the elderly.
Kivo: Making Powerpoint Collaboration Painless
Uses git for the back end. I'm going to kill myself trying to collaborate with marketing using Sharepoint. Brilliant to start with slides since the granularity of edits is so much coarser than spreadsheets and documents.
Butterick's Practical Typography
Full of practical advice on how to get decent-looking documents out of standard word processors. Think of it as a practical version of the Elements of Typographic Style. Note: LaTeX gets most of this correct out of the box.
Tech Industry Slips into Surprising Slump
People aren't buying the crap the tech industry is making. Big surprise.
A Cypherpunk's Manifesto
Seems like a good time to revisit this. The cypherpunks failed, and we're all paying for it now. There should be another try at this with more focus on practical operational security needs.
FTL: Faster Than Light
A rouge-like space simulation game. Lots of fun and very much like Rogue in the core game mechanics. Downside is that it lacks the charm and humor that has made Nethack endure for 20+ years. (Well, 20+ years for me.)
Tahoe Tweezer
With only Dick's left in Phish's 2013 summer tour, this Tweezer has emerged as the best jam of the year, and some are saying it's the best in Phish's history. Clocks in at 36 minutes but worth listening to every minute of it.