October 2013

Bike shop innovation

Was manned flight a victory for rapid prototyping? You can credit the development of manned aircraft not to the Wright brothers’ glider flights at Kitty Hawk but to the six-foot wind tunnel they built for themselves in their bicycle shop using scrap metal and recycled wheel spokes. While their competitors were testing wing ideas at…more

Speculative spending

It’s actually very difficult to spend meaningful amounts of money, relative to Google’s scale, on things that are speculative. Larry Page One of my favorite Larry moments was when he used to regularly ask the whole company to work on artificial intelligence and no one would do it: My own experience within Google is that…more

Make of yourself a work of art

During World War II, Henry Miller wrote an interesting essay called “Art and the Future”. This article on it piqued my curiosity enough to track down a print copy–my first physical book purchase in a while–and jot down a few quotes. On the purpose of art: To put it quite simply, art is only a…more

The split-brain notebook

Mark Parker’s sketchbook is pretty cool…one page for each side of the brain.

No small ideas

This is why I love SF. I love to read it; I love to write it. The SF writer sees not just possibilities but wild possibilities. It’s not just ‘What if’ – it’s ‘My God; what if’ – in frenzy and hysteria. The Martians are always coming. Philip K. Dick