tech & coffee

File this under “things I need now for my Death Kit Gift to those left behind”:

Joanna Stern interivews the inventor of iPhone autocorrect, Ken Kocienda.

Couldn't help but notice that Ken is using the gorgeously designed Opal webcam.

brew methods Tommy Siegel with a great illustration.

Whether you agree or disagree with what these may say about you, they're hilarious.

Does a Toddler Need an NFT?

Article from NY Times (soft paywall):

Does your toddler need an NFT? Zigazoo says yes. The app’s mission is to “empower kids to shape the very landscape and infrastructure of NFTs and Web3,” to help them “express themselves through art and practice essential financial literacy skills” and to allow them to grow into “tomorrow’s digital citizens.”

No. Fuck. This.

Paper App 10 Year Reflections

𝐀𝐍𝐃𝐘 created a lovely ode to Paper app in this Twitter thread.

Paper app icon—We leaned on what we felt was most unique about the app—it's expressive ink and book-like navigation.

Paper has long been one of my favorite iPad apps. I use it. My children use it. I’ve created things there that have blown my mind at being able to create so easily. The app icon is a thing of beauty.

Thanks for sharing these reflections with the world, Andy.

Severance’s Office Dance Party

Roxana Hadadi writing at Vulture:

The morning was devoted to the dance number, which Tillman estimates took about 10 takes. “Many years in theater definitely prepared me to be able to dance and be open, because I needed to get information from them and that information was in their dance,” he says. The MDR space, which is Gagné’s favorite set inside Lumon for its contrasting tones and geometric lines, comes alive in shades of purple, blue, and pink as Tillman winds across the floor, doing a ʼ60s-style Mod dance with Helly, soldier-marching with Mark, and getting down with Irv. (Among the takes that didn’t make the final cut were “the Bump with Mark and a little Snake with John Turturro,” Tillman says.)

Easily my favorite scene in the show’s spectacular first season.

Simply amazing to watch.

Fascinating project. I could see this becoming the norm, especially with the cost of lumber skyrocketing.

In the city of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) five 3D-printed concrete houses will be built. The project is the world’s first commercial housing project based on 3D-concrete printing. The houses will all be occupied, they will meet all modern comfort requirements, and they will be purchased and let out by a real estate company.

Confessions of a brain surgeon

An amazing interview with neurosurgeon Henry Marsh on Big Ideas with Paul Barclay.

Hearing this episode made Marsh’s book Do No Harm a no-brainer purchase for me. I wonder what part of my brain makes an intentionally cringe-worthy pun unavoidable.

Disconnect

Derek Sivers writing on his site:

That lack of interruption is a great ingredient for flow.

Every business wants you get you addicted to their infinite updates, pings, chats, messages, and news. But if what you want out of life is to create, then those things are the first to go.

While the post is from 2016, the need to disconnect for the reasons Derek outlines are more attractive than ever.