Facebook Paper was released today. I’ve been using the app all day, and I like it. It’s clearly inspired by the iOS 7 design language but adds its own unique style.
The name bothers me, though. Why did Facebook choose to name the app Paper when Paper by FiftyThree is one of the best iPad apps out there — and has been out there for years? Despite the obvious error on Facebook’s part, the CEO of FiftyThree politely handled the matter in a blog post: “We think Facebook can apply the same degree of thought they put into the app into building a brand name of their own. An app about stories shouldn’t start with someone else’s story.”
Last week’s tech column for The Daily Targum, written by Nis Frome and I about the nuances of landing an internship at a tech startup.
The internship application process is often complicated, grueling, and even when you do get the job, it probably won’t be easy. We interviewed some students who’ve had luck with internships in the past to figure out their success secrets — and their warnings on how to avoid failure.
Carl Zimmer, NYT columnist, on how to report and write well.
It took me a long time to learn that all that research is indeed necessary, but only to enable you to figure out the story you want to tell. That story will be a shadow of reality—a low-dimensional representation of it. But it will make sense in the format of a story. It’s hard to take this step, largely because you look at the heap of information you’ve gathered and absorbed, and you can’t bear to abandon any of it. But that’s not being a good writer. That’s being selfish. I wish someone had told me to just let go.
This is a refreshing take on how to pick a college major. Really love this part right here:
One reason English majors tend to earn less than business majors, for instance, is that many lit-loving 18 year olds aren’t particularly motivated by money, and want careers in, say, PR or journalism (or even teaching!) that are short on pay, but meet their interests. Saying business majors earn more only because of what they studied is like saying having lots of Nike running shoes in your closet makes you a faster runner. No. People who care about their mile times and love to run are more likely to have more running shoes, in the first place. Business majors tend to be more salary-focused than poetry majors. It’s a classic self-selection bias.
Awesome feature story from The Verge, about fanboys. Really like this bit:
The sports analogy, too, applies. Because fanboys pick a team and fight for it, obviously, but also because they derive intellectual satisfaction from their endeavors, much the same way sports fans do. Both memorize arcane stats, banter, and engage in endless analysis, all of which can seem totally boring to an outsider, but couldn’t be more compelling to the fan.
“I think that gadgets, like sports, allow us to work out some of our natural passions in an arena where there is much lower stakes,” says Freddie deBoer, a blogger who says one of his favorite things to do is argue about phones. “It’s tribalism where nobody dies.”
easter egg: try looking at this story from an iPhone and from an Android ;)
This was definitely my favorite of the three articles I wrote at CES.
ChefJet and ChefJet Pro are 3D printers that print real, edible, delicious candies of varying shapes and sizes — 3D Systems says they’re the world’s first 3D food printers.
Yeah, the world’s first 3D food printer. The candy tasted pretty good to me — I thought they had a similar feel and texture to the marshmallows you find in Lucky Charms cereal. This is a good thing.
A 3D Systems representative said the ChefJet Pro is even capable of printing out bride and groom models with detailed faces and clothing, like those you see on the top of a traditional wedding cake, but customizable to a face or outfit of your choice. Speaking of cake, there were several of them on display — the lattices (printed by both models of the ChefJet) were even sturdy enough to act as a base for one cake was that was several feet tall and had two levels of 3D printed support.
Another Verge story I wrote about about something with a weird name.
[The] new option will be called a ‘Framily’ plan — no, that’s not a typo — and it lets you share an account ID with up to ten of your friends (get it?) who are also on Sprint, while still being billed separately. The plans will start at $55 per month.
Each line added to the account cuts $5 off, all the way down to $25 a month, provided you can find seven or more willing friends who are also on Sprint.
This was the first time I’ve ever broken a news story — Dan Siefert later reported that the news was confirmed by Sprint CEO Dan Hesse during an investor conference.
Fugoo’s speakers set themselves apart with a two-part design made of an inner “core” — the actual speaker — with a swappable, durable outer “jacket” to protect it. For now, there are three different jackets.
The $199 Style is the slimmest, lightest, and best-looking of the three, but also offers the least protection against drops. The $229 Sport offers more protection than the Style while still maintaining a slim form and comes with a wireless smart remote, and the $229 Tough is fittingly tank-like — Fugoo calls it “virtually indestructible.”
I got to try out the speaker at Fugoo’s booth at Pepcom. Awkward name aside, the speaker felt really solid and sounded surprisingly good even in the loud ballroom we were in. I think the interchangeable jackets are a great idea too.
I’m not really a fan of New Year’s resolutions. It’s not that I don’t like the concept of resolutions — quite the contrary — it’s more that I don’t like the idea that it’s necessary to wait until a new year to make them.
Ironically enough, things worked out so that right around when I felt it was time to make some resolutions for myself was also right around the end of 2013. Admittedly, I’m glad this happened — new year, new slate, nice and easy.
I’m tired of looking at life the way I used to. It’s time to start getting shit done again, and I can’t wait. This blog will be part of that new philosophy, hopefully. I’ve resolved to start blogging/writing more times than I’d care to admit, but this time I really think I mean it.
So yeah, that means one of my resolutions this year is to do as much writing as possible. Another one is to read more. This place is going to be home to my thoughts on both of those topics. Everything I write in 2014 will be collected on this blog in some way or form that I’ll figure out as I go along (with papers and essays for school occasionally being exceptions). I’ll also link to writing by other people that I enjoy, take offense to, find enlightening or stupid, etc. But since this is tumblr, I’ll use it as a tumblog too, posting and reblogging stuff that I like. More than anything, I want to just have a place where I can share my thoughts in a longer (and less-public) fashion than Twitter or Facebook.
This tumblr’s url is “teconoces.tumblr.com.” The name actually wasn’t my idea — I stole it from a good friend (I don’t even think he knows I have the tumblr url. hi tom). But the meaning behind the name is something that strongly resonates with me. “Te conoces” is Spanish for “know yourself.” That’s what I want this blog to help me do — know myself.
To be honest, I’m afraid. I don’t know if I’m going to be able to follow through with this project. I don’t know if other people will like it, hate it, or just ignore it. But I do know that I need a project. I need something to devote my time and energy to, and a blog seems like the perfect thing. So here’s to the start of not just a new part of me, but a new year and a new outlook. I’m excited to get started.
The world’s first face transplant took place eight years ago, on November 27th, 2005. […] Since that groundbreaking procedure, which spawned a torrent of media coverage and elicited fierce ethical debates, some 30 patients around the world have received face transplants. The procedures themselves are at the frontier of modern medicine, but their inspiration — and the research that transformed them from science fiction to reality — stretches back nearly 50 years. “This has been my dream; it has been the dream of many people for a very long time,” says Jean-Michel Dubernard, MD, one of the surgeons who performed Dinoire’s procedure. “It has always been the goal.”
This is the most emotionally powerful story I’ve read in a long time: the incredible story of a face transplant. Sounds like something out of a book, but it’s real as anything.
Watch the video, it’s positively unreal.
Just a heads up, there are photos of the woman with severe burns on her face before the transplant.