October 25, 2007
"Designed in California"
Sometimes I see an article that I wish I’d written, as it just nails something I’ve been thinking for a while. Joel Spolsky’s piece on the phrase "Designed by Apple in California" neatly captures my thoughts–especially on the idea of California as an idea (very resonant for someone growing up in rural Illinois). Thank you… thank you for giving a damn.
As for the Zune team apparently aping Apple’s phrase with their "Hello from Seattle," I feel like pulling the Conan O’Brien move that occurs roughly 2:20 into his brilliant visit to ILM, stamping the whole effort "SAD!" [Via]
PS–The "Hello" thing was charming in 1998, too.
Gigapixel panos through Flash
GigaPan.org is "sort of a Flickr for zoomable panoramas," notes Photoshop engineer (and Photomerge creator) John Peterson. The site makes it possible to upload & browse gigapixel-sized images, then navigate through them via a Flash interface. Here’s a shot of Adobe HQ, taken from nearby Caesar Chavez park* in downtown San José. (Bustling, isn’t it? ;-)) The site is labeled "beta," and the viewer currently leaves much to be desired (quit squirming around, dammit!), but it’s a very cool project nonetheless. [Via]
* I’m sure I walk by it all the time, but until seeing this image I never noticed the deeply gross sign in the park. Click the second of the two snapshots below the Adobe pano to read it. I’ll never think of the fountain in quite the same way.