A very thought-provoking article from my former inThirty co-host, Chaim Cohen, on his (almost) year with Google Glass:
Glass is supposed to help us get information fast, and easy. The goal is to not try and force a use for it. If it is easier to get the job done on your phone, then do it. The new explorers in my mind are forcing actions that it is not. If you cannot talk in the space you are in, then pull out your phone and send that text message. Don’t annoy others because you HAVE to use Glass.
I thought his point regarding the lack of positive news was especially intriguing:
Glass Explorers are supposed to be advocates. If you want Glass to succeed, positive news must be shared. Being creepy in public does not set a great example. Remember, our goal is to show that this is a useful product. Be smart about it. We are supposed to take the negativity and show people the future of wearables.
Definitely read what he has to say—he’s a Glass wearer who understands what he’s bought into.
Sadie Stein tells a story about her father’s typewriter collection and about the one he passed on to her:
A few years ago, my father gave me a very beautiful typewriter—an olive-hued second-model Royal Portable. At the time, he sent me the following note:
I forgot to ask how you like the typewriter. I thought it was the best in my collection; not just the most attractive, but the one with the crispest action and, hardly to be underestimated, the most satisfying sound. In fact, all of this was confirmed by my just-concluded visit with the gentlemanly proprietor of Gramercy Office Equipment, apparently the last old-time typewriter repair shop in the city…
I couldn’t help but laugh—that’s exactly where I bought mine.
Far removed from drives and folders, Everyday focuses on a file’s relationships. What project does it belong to? What contacts are linked with it? Everyday knows the answer to these questions.
I backed this project on IndieGoGo the other day. It looks like a great product and I’m really hoping they reach their $20,000 goal. With 18 days left, they’re a little over $2,300. Head on over to the site and watch the demo video and if it tickles your fancy, show them some monetary love.
Amtrak is offering writers of all kinds one round-trip ticket for a 2-5 day residency aboard its trains. Ride the rails and finish that novel you’ve been working on.
However, be very aware of the terms of service. Specifically:
In submitting an Application, Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, and to sublicense such rights to any third parties.
The writing sample you upload as part of your application can be used by Amtrak and modified for advertising without you ever seeing a dime.
Joshua Benton for Nieman Journalism Lab:
And yet I’m not blowing through Harvard’s budget by putting those four photos up there. I’m legally and ethically publishing them all here because Getty has, remarkably, decided to allow 35 million of its images to be used for free for noncommercial purposes.
I can now embed all the images of “women laughing while eating salad” I want without spending a dime.