Watched Grand Budapest Hotel tonight; wow, how cool! Entirely different from any other movie you'll see this year, and visually amazing. Capped an interesting weekend ... a little riding, a little sailing, a little coding, and a lot of thinking. Meanwhile, it's all happening...
So ... didn't pick the final two did I? Who knew we'd end up with a #7 against a #8 in the final (Connecticut vs Kentucky)? So my final pick now is ... UConn. They looked very good against Florida. We'll see!
Did you see this? The enchanting Tesla ad that wasn't made by Tesla. So awesome... In 2014 you know you have a cool product when your customers are making ads for you.
Knolling. Okay, now there's a word for what I do. "Knolling is the process of arranging like objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organization." Aka, minimize entropy wherever possible :)
Looks like Adobe's transition from one-time sales to subscriptions is working. Good for them. This is a tough change for a public company to make, because revenue drops during the transition, but long-term it is a much better model. For the company and the customer.
Excellent: The massive soviet sub that inspired Hunt for Red October. Too bad such a cool thing was built for such a bogus purpose.
Interesting: Livestrong without Lance. I *still* wear my Livestrong bracelet every day; I started because of Lance, but continued because of Livestrong. This is my conflict with Lance; yeah, he cheated at bike racing, and that's bad, but he founded an amazing organization which has done incredible work to fight cancer, and that's good. Maybe in the end the good outweighs the bad.
Do you understand Secret? Me, either. So you can share things anonymously, so what? You could always do that before, and it was always uninteresting. (Apparently there was a secret version of iMessage called Rumor Monger.) If people aren't willing to self-identify with their message, it's questionable.
Not surprising: Sony turns down Android Wear in favor of its own tech. This is interesting... we'll have to see whether the devices themselves win out, in which case proprietary approaches have a chance, or whether the platform will turn out to be more important. Given the need for Apps to make a smartphone smart, I think the best platform might win.
Stephen Hawking: Space exploration is vital to our future. Well yeah. "We'd be 'castaways on a desert island not trying to escape' if we don't explore." Agree.
ZooBorn of the week: A pygmy Slow Loris. You're welcome :)