October 2009

Abhorrent to nature

Via the “otherwise distinguished” New York Times: “A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler…more

Kashiwa Mystery Cafe

The Kashiwa Mystery Cafe – “At this cafe, you get what the person before you ordered. The next person gets what you ordered.” I love that people use this to do something nice for a stranger.

To Insure Prompt Service

There’s a story ([apocryphal, it turns out](http://www.snopes.com/language/acronyms/tip.asp)) that “tipping” at restaurants first emerged as a way of making sure you’d get good treatment, hence the word “tips” itself–“to insure prompt service”. A friend uses this strategy at hotels, tipping on the first day so that he will benefit while he’s there. Today [President Obama was…more

The future of professional design

Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, spoke yesterday at Google on his new book tour. While many themes of it were familiar to designers, one long-standing trend finally stood out for me. If, as he argues, the future of design is with engineers, marketers, politicians, nurses, and other regular professions taking up the broad practices of…more