so so epic

this app, uzu, looks sick. by it’s own description: “technically speaking, Uzu is a kinetic multitouch particle visualizer.” basically it lets you do awesome things with billions of lil light particles on your ipad. and it responds differently to being touched with one finger, two fingers, etc.

the author has a great line right when he get’s to the part about what you can do when putting more than five-fingers on the ipad:

past five fingers i recommend, of course, using two hands. um most of you – of course – have no choice.

i was exploring this after reading an article about edge gestures, and how apple bogarted a bunch of the best gestures, and not only that, but they’ve also made them usable inside the ‘canvas’ thereby limiting the flexibility of apps.

this is hilarious stuff

note: this is just a quick blog post with ramblings off the top of my head about somebody who had a tremendous impact on my life. however, it doesn’t talk much about the man himself. if you’re looking for good reads on steve jobs i’d start with this 1985 playboy interview. you can also read his obituary in the times.

steve jobs died last night.

i’ve been using computers for a long time. over twenty years i’ve been in their guts, coding, exploring, taking apart and building. i’ve always been fascinated by the potential that computers held.

forever growing up i used windows machines. i remember messing around in DOS for hours. i remember when windows 95 came out just being blown away.

but i also remember always being frustrated with computers. they were never reliable. they crashed all the time. there was always roundabout ways to do the most basic things. it seemed like every one was different, depending on the brand, and each had it’s own problems.

still i used computers and loved computers. but my love was mostly driven by the fact that my pc connected me to the internet. and the internet was what i really loved. so my frustration with my actual computer was tempered by my love for the internet.

in college, when doing computer science, i used mostly linux. linux was great. about 5% of the time. the rest of the time it was the biggest pain in the ass ever. doing THE most basic shit was impossible. i remember writing breadth-first searches on linux boxes and displaying them with an ascii map of pipes and stars. i learned a lot, but if most people had used linux boxes when learning how to use a computer… well let’s say the united states postal office would still have a viable business model.

when i went to graduate school i bought my first mac. a macbook pro. and it’s not an exageration to say that my life changed forever, in part because of that computer.

you see, i was trying to find a middle ground. somewhere between the forsaken land of linux, and the disease-riddled angst of windows.

my mac was the middle ground. it allowed me to start doing multimedia projects. i was able to incorporate this fabulously designed device, with the best operating system in the world, with the best multimedia software in the world, and in the end it led to me having the best career i ever could have hoped for.

my mac worked so well, and made so much sense, and was so beautiful, that it not only encouraged me to strive to do the same, it showed me that it was possible.

windows always felt like unfulfilled potential. bill gates introduced me to computers, but steve jobs made me love computers.

i use an iphone, work on an imac, and right now am writing this post on an air. just the other day, i told somebody that my new air was the single greatest device i’ve ever owned. the previous title holder? my iphone 4. before that? my macbook. before that? i never really had a favorite… i didn’t even imagine that you could.

steve fuckin jobs ftw man.

moving pictures. some sweet stuff on this blog.

kinda like one type of evolution of what we were trying with some of a year at war.

From Me To You

these are some awesome old skool posters featuring the world’s finest soccer players

The Kodiak Project

Three fly fishermen (Conway Bowman, Kirk Deeter and Chris Santella) head up to Kodiak Island, Alaska to fish a legendary river that’s a bit like a unicorn – everyone has heard about it, but no one seems to have seen it, been there or fished its shallow waters. The river is the Karluk and was considered the greatest salmon river in the world in the late 1800’s before 10 canneries and intense commercial fishing devastated the salmon run (an important lesson as to what man can do if he’s not respectful of the delicate balance of the environment).

What remains of the Karluk today is Alaska’s second largest steelhead run along with a robust run of all five salmon species that has recovered. The 22-mile Karluk is almost entirely knee-deep, so it is a rare place you can sight-cast for steelhead.

The Karluk’s remote location and Kodiak Island’s highly variable weather make it a difficult place to access to chase the large numbers of fall-run, wild steelhead that can range as high as 11,000 fish per year. Most Alaska fishing lodges wind down their seasons in August or September due to shortening days and worsening weather, but Kodiak Legends stays open late. In addition to steelhead, the crew will do some fishing for salmon sharks, cohos, rainbows and dollies.

The technical name of the program that Mack and Karches took advantage of is TALF, short for Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility. But the federal aid they received actually falls under a broader category of bailout initiatives, designed and perfected by Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, called “giving already stinking rich people gobs of money for no fucking reason at all.”

How do we explain the $2.2 billion in loans that went to the Korea Development Bank, the biggest state bank of South Korea, whose sole purpose is to promote development in South Korea? And at a time when America is borrowing from the Middle East at interest rates of three percent, why did the Fed extend $35 billion in loans to the Arab Banking Corporation of Bahrain at interest rates as low as one quarter of one point?

Even more disturbing, the major stakeholder in the Bahrain bank is none other than the Central Bank of Libya, which owns 59 percent of the operation. In fact, the Bahrain bank just received a special exemption from the U.S. Treasury to prevent its assets from being frozen in accord with economic sanctions. That’s right: Muammar Qaddafi received more than 70 loans from the Federal Reserve, along with the Real Housewives of Wall Street.

Perhaps the most irritating facet of all of these transactions is the fact that hundreds of millions of Fed dollars were given out to hedge funds and other investors with addresses in the Cayman Islands. Many of those addresses belong to companies with American affiliations — including prominent Wall Street names like Pimco, Blackstone and . . . Christy Mack. Yes, even Waterfall TALF Opportunity is an offshore company. It’s one thing for the federal government to look the other way when Wall Street hotshots evade U.S. taxes by registering their investment companies in the Cayman Islands. But subsidizing tax evasion? Giving it a federal bailout? What the fuck?

via The Real Housewives of Wall Street | Rolling Stone Politics.