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[...] The steam from the coffee rose slowly and mingled with the breath from my mouth. On the school playground that lay squashed between two blocks of flats twenty meters up from my office the shouts of children suddenly fell quiet, it was only now that I noticed. The bell had rung. The sounds here were new and unfamiliar to me, the the same was true of the rhythm in which they surfaced, but I would soon get used to them, to such an extent that they would fade into the background again. You know too little and it doesn’t exist. You know too much and it doesn’t exist. Writing is drawing the essence of what we know out of the shadows. That is what writing is about. Not what happens there, not what actions are played out there, but the there itself. There, that is writing’s location and aim. But how to get there?

You know too little and it doesn’t exist. You know too much and it doesn’t exist.
Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle

Writing

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I didn’t make this as universal as possible, it’s actually for a specific shopping scenario, but if it helps your decision by some chance then all the better!

My specifics:

I’m on a shared/family plan with a total of three lines and three iPhones. All are due for an upgrade (although we might just upgrade two of them).
Average data consumption is a bit over 3GB, so any plan needs at least 4GB of data. Average call time per month is about 1,200 minutes total, but nowadays all carriers have unlimited calling and texting as we shift to a data-only model. Lastly, each person would be upgrading to the iPhone 6 with 16GB storage.

Findings:

comparison of carrier cost for new iPhone

Lastly, I didn’t include the trade-in discounts with the grand totals, but you can find the respective trade-in offers in the “fine print” at the bottom of the chart.

Visual Mockups

Comparing phone plans for the latest iPhone upgrade

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infographic about theories of consciousness

Musings

What is consciousness?

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Japan, Reblog

This might be something unique to see (out of endless uniqueness) in Japan. Pulled from an article, but follow the link at the end if you want to see all the pictures.

“The Maneki Neko, or “Beckoning Cat”, is one of Japan’s most iconic images. Thought to bring luck and prosperity to its owner, these cats are frequently found outside businesses and within homes. And in the neighborhood of Setagaya, we found the Gotoku-ji temple, where the Maneki Neko plays a starring role.”

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Your “personal stock”

I don’t necessarily agree with everything said in the following, but I stumbled upon this question in Quora, which was by pure chance that I didn’t instantly delete the newsletter from my email, and found it refreshingly plain, yet (mostly) accurate. My reservations are on the part of social performance and skills of entertaining – i.e. playing the guitar – but I get the main idea. I suppose some of these aren’t interesting to me, but they would apply to someone far more successful than I. Either way… just sharing:


Q: What can I start doing now that will help me a lot in about five years?
I will appreciate any suggestion. You might want to know that I’m 23 years old and currently a physics student with large desire for progress, not only in my profession but also in all aspects of life.
A: Want to see your personal stock double or more in five years? Here’s the prescription.
We are all evaluated and judged in social and work settings all the time and usually in a brief instant. We are not judged on education. We are not judged on grades. We are not judged on IQ.

We are judged on skills, pretty much solely. People prefer the company of those who are physically handy and socially adept. Competence counts. In fact, people with high IQ or lots of schooling but low skill levels can be judged quite negatively.

  • Can you change a flat tire or swap out a dead car battery?
  • Can you pick up a guitar and entertain a room?
  • Are you handy at crafts?

Even more important are the social skills, particularly…

  • Are you an excellent listener?
  • Can you instantly make people at ease in your presence?
  • Can you control the atmosphere in a room, making it light or serious as appropriate?
  • Do you have moral courage? Are you willing to say and do the necessary in any circumstance rather than shrink back?

Other social skills are important…

  • Can you speak from the heart?
  • Are you free from glib, gratuitous, offensive and non-productive remarks?
  • Can you compete when necessary, collaborate when necessary?

The social graces are also important…

  • Can you dance? play the piano? sing? tell rousing stories? etc.

There are bonus points for gender cross-over skills. When a woman can…

  • Use common tools competently.
  • Not shrink in the company of males.
  • Roll up her sleeves and do hard physical work when necessary.

Or a man can…

  • Comfort an upset child.
  • Cook, sew, do laundry.
  • Feel at home in the company of women.

Such cross-over skills indicate androgyny, or high skills across the masculine and feminine range. The highest slots in society are usually home to the androgynous.

Figure out the skills you’d like to possess. Take classes. Read books. Practice every day. Push yourself. Build on your strengths and eliminate your weaknesses. It’s fun, a great way to make friends, and your stock will rise quickly.

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Project Planning

Concept sketch

I took a Friday off from work and honestly it’s hard to get my head out of work, and although I might still be thinking of interfaces, I’m playing and attempting to abstract.

I have been trying out some of the new Adobe apps for iPad and I’ve thus far created one sketch of a UI for work purposes, but attempting to come back to the Sketch or Line apps as a utility has been difficult – it’s just not quick enough for sketching and hardly flexible enough for real work. This doesn’t mean the apps are pointless, however. I think they’re a great place to let your mind wander, and without any specific objective, letting the unique toolkit shape your imagination can produce something unexpected. I think it’s impractical for productivity, but sufficient for creativity.

I’ve recently returned to my chrono-map concept – definitely needs a real name – and I’ve been encouraged by some new sources of research. This afternoon in a calm, but rhythmic Swedish café I aimlessly sketched and it surfaced an initial outline of how I want the service to look.

A simple place of pure fiction

chrono-map concept sketch

Emphasis on map. Subtle timeline, yet hinting at how much change or how many events occur along the line. Brief (optional) background info cards. Option to add new data point, or edit existing moments. Open wiki style sourcing of content.

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orbit
Minimal illustration by Kuvva’s featured artist, Laurens Segaert

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Orbit

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