Apr 29, 2011 thinking design
Photo Above: Sanzhi
Location: Sanzhi district, New Taipei, Taiwan
Story: This area called Sanzhi was originally a vacation resort catering to U.S. servicemen north of Taipei. The architecture could be called UFO futuro chic, and the abandoned resort community had difficulties from the beginning. During construction, many workers perished in car accidents, and other freak accidents were common. The urban legend online search trail places the death count close to twenty. The deaths were attributed to supernatural causes. Some speculated that the resort was built on a Dutch burial ground while others attributed the misfortunes to a dragon statue destroyed during construction. Either way, the ruins never took their first guest, and the stillborn project was abandoned.
Abandoned since: 1980
From an AOL post by Justin Delaney:
Some cities die. The people leave, the streets go quiet, and the isolation takes on the macabre shape of a forlorn ghost-town – crumbling with haunting neglect and urban decay. From Taiwan to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, these abandoned cities lurk in the shadows of civilization. Their histories are carried in hushed whispers and futures stillborn from the day of their collapse. Some have fallen victim to catastrophe while others simply outlive their function. I think we can all agree on one thing – they are all very creepy.
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Apr 20, 2011 thinking design
Apr 19, 2011 thinking design
All I need…another ‘reason’ to buy another Apple product. But, just imagine how “Apple would do it”…boggles the creative mind. Just think of all the cool features that the “iTV” would incorporate…plus the Apple design execution.
From The Next Web:
The net is freshly abuzz with rumors about Apple’s plans to manufacture their own television. Although reignited by the reports of an analyst visiting china this week, this is a long-discussed topic. But what exactly are the chances that Apple will enter the TV business?
Back in 2005, if you told someone that small panel maker Vizio would be the market leader in less than 2 years, they would have given you the crazy eyes. But in 2007, Vizio, with a 76% growth over the year before, had become the number one seller of TV’s. Displacing previous leader Samsung in the process.
Once again, though, Vizio made its move based on price, becoming the low-cost leader. Surely, this is a strategy that Apple would never adopt?
The iPad for instance isn’t the absolute lowest cost tablet on the market, but back in April of 2010 people didn’t realize exactly how well priced it was. A fact that we’re all coming to realize now that manufacturers are trying to equal Apple’s technical feats at a similar price point…
Read full article at the link above.
Apr 19, 2011 thinking design
From The Next Web (TNW):
For the past two years, Weinberg has been using Wolfram|Alpha‘s API, but today officially marks their partnership, a partnership that should very well make Google shudder.
Why should Google beware? Because Wolfram|Alpha, “the computational knowledge engine,” which launched in May 2009, is considered to be the biggest Internet revolution since the invention of search. In fact, many consider its goal to be the ”Holy Grail of the Internet,” a global store of information that understands and responds to ordinary language in the same way a person does.
Dr. Stephen Wolfram, the engine’s designer is a 51-year old British physicist who completed his PhD in particle physics by the time he was 20 and has recorded nearly every word that’s come out of his mouth in his professional life. According to Wolfram, the engine can compare the height of Mount Everest to the length of the Golden Gate Bridge and answer questions like what the weather was like in London on the day John F Kennedy was assassinated in an instant.
Great overview on the difference between Google and DuckDuckGo:
Fun “Goodies” for research:
Apr 18, 2011 thinking design
Richard Ford, a Pulitzer-prize winning author, is the editor of the coming collection “Blue Collar, White Collar, No Collar: Stories of Work” (Harper Perennial). Looks like a wonderful read on the many definitions of “work”. The Wall Street Journal asked him to write an overview on the “Meaning of Work”. Below is an excerpt from the article published on April 18, 2011.
“I’ve always had uneasy loyalties about the relevance of the term “work” to the activities I perform every day, and which occupy the hours when most other people are in fact “working.” I write novels and stories and essays for a living. And while I fairly mindlessly refer to what I do as “work” (“I’m working, I can’t help you shovel the driveway”; “I start work every day at eight and work on ‘til cocktail hour”; “I’ve been working way too hard, I need a trip to Belize”), it’s hard for me to think that work is what I really do.
Work, after all — to me, anyway — signifies something hard. And while writing novels can be (I love this word) challenging (it can also be tedious in the extreme; take forever to finish; demoralize me into granite and make me want to quit and find another line of work), it’s not ever what I’d call hard. A hard job, okay, would have to be strenuous and pressurized (writing’s almost never that way). It would have to be obdurate, never offering me a chance to let up (I can quit writing any time I want to and come back tomorrow, or never). And it would have to be skimpy on personal-spiritual rewards (I’m always trying to do what Chekhov did…change the way some reader sees the world; so big rewards are always out there). In my view, being a first-year law student at Harvard would not be hard; but being a non-partnered associate at Skadden, Arps would be. Learning to play “The Flight of the Bumble Bee” on a Sousaphone would not be hard; but working on the dashboard assembly team for the Ford-150 would most certainly be. You see what I mean. Hard is staring into one of those mind-corroding x-ray machines at LaGuardia. Or taking tolls on the Jersey Turnpike…”
Please read the full story at the above link at The Wall Street Journal.