Josh Mack blogging at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts, and occasionally on; bicycles, politics, Brooklyn, parenting, crafts, and good reading. Currently helping to build a new NYC neighborhood news site - nearsay.com, that celebrates the voices that make our city. Subscribe to the daily newsletter it gives you what you need to know.
A kid just built a Facebook app called FreeRice wich copies the actions and donation strategy of freerice.com. So if freerice.com wants to launch a facebook app they will need to name it something else or buy the app from the developer. sort of unfair.
Shortly after helping bring Daylife to life with all of its glorious interfaces, Jonathan Harris, decamped to a remote region of Alaska to spend a two weeks with the Inupiat Eskimos as they went on a whale hunt. He took over 3,000 photos and combined them into another unique storytelling interface. It pulls from some of his other work for both Daylife and Seed magazine in giving a visitor different ways to interact with the story of the trip and the hunt in a really amazing piece of multimedia. He consistently creates things I really admire.
Things I really liked at the ITP Winter Show. This year felt more artistic and less commercial than last years. There were some really graceful and funny projects. Some of the ones I liked most are below:
Several letters to the Editor's of Babybug from their young readers...."I read with particular delight your April feature on monkeys, a topic for which I must confess I have an inexhaustible enthusiasm..."Funny.
Luc Sante's new very wordy blog has a post per image. Love his writing, torn about this. Really don't like "the magic of clicking" text to tell users that images have a larger version. Think he may not have the magic of blogging but inclined to give it ti
I've noticed that some of W's new clothes have pockets. What is she supposed to put in them? She can barely grasp an object let alone pick it up and put it into a tiny pocket. Am I supposed to put tiny things that she could try to eat in them? Will she be wondering why her pants don't have pockets when other kids might have them? These pants actually have four pockets. Hmm...where did I put that binky?
"I would love it if it just fell off the face of the earth....I don't want to say the meanest thing or the most shocking thing possible anymore, because it gets so old and so soul-killing. There is stuff I really care about. I'm not interested in tearing it down as much as describing it." - Emily Gould Gawker's departed Editor.