Since its launch in November, 2011, OneThirtySeven has seen over one thousand posts grace its front page. Given the pace of content production and the fleeting nature of online media, I have accordingly created a curated repository for some of my best and most popular writing.
For newcomers to OneThirtySeven, I highly suggest beginning here. Looking over some of my better content — both long and short — from the history of this weblog, should help extend the hard-fought semblance of personality I have attempted to instill in these pages.
Although the list isn't always perfectly up-to-date, I endeavor to spend time every week or so attending to it.
Maybe I'm being unfair, but I just find the discrepancy between consumerism and business, and the world of geopolitics to be growing. Where the newspaper reader may've once read an article about the potential for impending war, and then moved on to read some other goings on in the world, there was no capacity to completely shut it out. Today we have so many ways to hide.
In Facebook's eyes, they're building a playpen for their users. Just like you put your child into a sandbox and hope they'll be occupied for a while, Facebook is dropping its users into a rich, involving environment that they can revel in without easily tiring.
I have nothing against Android as a platform, but what frustrates me is the sentiment that Android is some sort of unified front. Realistically these manufacturers are competing with each other and just happen to be using extraordinarily similar weapons with different camouflage painted over the top. These devices are being sold side by side, and yet there is this misguided impression that they are some sort of device brethren. Do you really think rival manufacturers are patting each other on the back when they release their latest Android device? Of course not.
Unlike any other consumer electronic device on the market, it is easy to observe the limits of the e-reader and, therefore, to perceive its eventual obsolescence. It is not often that you can look at a piece of consumer electronics and make such a statement -- that is what is striking to me.
The assumption that religion cannot facilitate reason, and reason cannot engender faith, is fundamentally flawed. Further, the judgment of all religious peoples based upon this implication is callous. The existence of religion in humanity is not a clear cut case of right or wrong, it is a matter of personal choice. Some people do, indeed, use religion as a justification for ignorance and hate, but that's not to say that rational and progressive individuals are incapable of the same vices.
The exertion of control provides the customer with invaluable peace of mind. It shows confidence, foresight, and a protective instinct for the integrity of the product. When you simply ship as many devices as you can in an attempt to fill any potential market desire, your company's motives are cast askew, damaging the brand and perpetuating the feeling of inevitable obsolescence. Confidence and accountability are important to the consumer, and foregoing those, while it might allow for impressive sales statistics, will never foster lasting loyalty.
Ideas flicker to life from time to time, but it's all-too-easy to leave them behind -- to promise yourself that you'll think about the idea's contents in detail a little later. This is one of the worst forms of self-betrayal an individual can commit.
Knowing that there's plenty of real people out there thinking a lot like I do is of wonderful comfort, and I'm unquestionably better for it. As so many people have written in the past few days, this community is truly astounding. You might scoff at that, or cringe at the slew of post-Macworld "people" posts, but the message is unilaterally positive, and that says a lot.
Moving In Together (The Loop)
As with real life, change is often difficult to comprehend. Particularly when it’s coming from an old friend.
And then yesterday, OS X and iOS announced an impromptu decision. Many had already (reluctantly) seen it coming but most chose to ignore the possibility, hurt that OS X might do that to them (to them!). But now it's real, the two are moving in together, and that means a lot of things for the end-user.
There is plenty to be positive about. We are graced to live in an age of communication, dazzling technology, and heretofore unseen human progression. The mere fact that we can look at a BlackBerry and judge it as we do is a resounding endorsement of the quickening pace of human ingenuity. Take each piece of technology at its true value - at all of the good of its design - rather than merely undercutting and assaulting a feature or two you might perceive as negative. Obviously some technology and products are terrible and deserve criticism, but such criticism should be built upon a foundation of reason.
The matter is no longer about OS X or iOS, the importance lies with the user's interactions, the seamless experience, and the forthcoming marginalization of the operating system. As with any system, operating systems are defined by their boundaries. With iCloud, this is need not be the case.
Hierarchy is, indeed, a cornerstone of the working world. That is not to say, however, that it need be the guiding force for work and productivity. Emphasize trust, allow people to work to their strengths, and embrace the innovations and intelligence of subordinates. In doing so, a leader will generate respect and, evidently contrary to popular belief, firmly instantiate their position as leader.
For all of the words in this post, I simply mean to say that I've found my place, I've found my pace, and I plan to keep writing -- without any expectation for reward -- for as long as my mind may allow it.
Thus, as I sit here writing, the words flow easily — my impact upon the digital world endlessly easy to share with as many people as might enjoy to observe it — I have come to appreciate that it is this seamlessness between person and digital world that has facilitated such positivity. That the tension between excitement and learning, and appreciation and fairness has come to constitute an environment in which I willingly choose to pursue the path less travelled. I choose to embrace the stigma, and I choose to enjoy the wonderful benefits of being an apologist for the brilliance of creativity, ability, and human endeavor.
Regardless of Readability’s various flaws, Arc 90 has contributed something measurably new to the debate concerning content monetization. Perhaps the experiment failed, broached copyright, and any number of other touchy buzz-words, but the service unquestionably furthered the discussion. Dialectic discussion is the foundation of the Western socio-political environment, insofar as it allows for two ideas to compete in debate, and for compromise to be made. As long as this process continues, change and improvement can be facilitated.
Expectations (The Loop)
Accordingly, the average reader is all-too-frequently bombarded with “news” skimmed from a thinning, festering pile of unsubstantiated rumor, analysis, and definably faulty reasoning. In turn, consumer opinions and expectations are honed and weathered into poorly considered and utterly unrealistic perceptions of the company or product toward which they arrogantly feel entitled to submit demands and pre-emptive feedback.
Perhaps the Nexus Q is a abject failure in terms of pricing and execution, but the ideology beneath it is endlessly indicative of a responsive and consumer-focused Google. Accordingly, in my eyes, I tend to regard yesterday’s announcements as Android 1.0. Shedding complexity, focusing upon the user, and relying upon increased practicality, Android has arrived at a point of relative market readiness. Insofar as Google now owns its own hardware wing and has demonstrated its willingness to exert control over this hardware and software marriage, it is from now on that Android re-embarks upon a process of intrigue for the broader technology community.
Bionic is not a treatise into the superiority of one environment over another, rather, it seeks to deconstruct the hyperbole and cut to the very core of the competitive landscape in a truly agnostic manner. From deep within the Apple-centric community, Myke and I wish to venture out into the unknown and report back with our findings. To construct a new level of discourse, and perhaps comprehend the nuanced relationships between even the most disparate of competitors.
Boasting a colorfully angular interface, the promise of smooth transitional animations, and a design pandering toward extreme minimalism, Metro is perhaps the most ill-fitting of titles for such a barren landscape.
In my eyes, the rise of Adderall poses many of the same troubles as the introduction of calculators into the classroom. With the ubiquity of tools capable of solving complex mathematic equations with little human intervention, the learning mind foregoes the historically necessary process of logical discernment. Without careful regulation, the learning mind can become dependent upon such tools — their minds incapable of contending with such complexity without help. Such is the concern with Adderall, insofar as its usage enables far greater human capability for intellectual work.
Weeks into life with the HTC One X and the Nexus 7, Ryan’s reflections on the rift between Android and iOS are utterly resonant with my own. Stock Android is truly a good — and ever-improving — operating system, there is no scarcity of compelling apps, and the peculiarities of Android are rapidly being quashed.
Perhaps the only remaining problem I perceive — as does Ryan, albeit somewhat differently — is the distinct lack of an independent community.
For all of the discussions of mindless link-posts and the incestuousness inherent to the technology community, regardless of whatever lapses I may have committed in the past, I can proudly and confidently state that this weblog is solely a projection of my personality. Beyond any advertising, paywalls, memberships, subscriptions, newsletters, and podcasts, ONE37 is — and always shall be — simply a product of my true self.
In the ten months since its launch, my rushed project has come to thrive. Somewhat miraculously, people have come to visit, read, and even enjoy my writing. The voice I had hoped to hone and define has solidified, and my conception of what further I might want from my Internet outlet has become clear.
Without fighting for what you wish to do or be, how could any other person possibly do so on your behalf?
Focusing not upon the achievement and ability of a group of fallible engineers and designers, the Internet's eye has instead fallen upon the sprinkling of evidence that Apple's employees are, in fact, human.
We each have a vested interest in the ongoing process of innovation in the technology community, hence our involvement. And yet, day after day, we seem to be losing sight of that originating sense of optimism that once drew us into the community in the first place.
The fact of the matter is, though, that what I witnessed last Friday was several years late. As much as I was genuinely impressed with the Surface, I was grading it, and Microsoft, on a curve.
12 months gone, over 800 articles written, more than 30 podcasts recorded, and too many new friends to count.
With one lesson for each month, here's some of the most fundamental things I've gotten wrong, observed, and learned over the past year.
Self-doubt and impatience haunt the actions and behavioral traits of bold people. And yet, with heaping piles of GTD apps, mute filters, and endless articles explaining away our mistakes and faults, even the most bold of us seems to have forgotten the value of these feelings.
Rather than rushing to call your signature "bullshit" judgment (Oh, look at how controversial you are!) or incite a premature ethical response to something you fundamentally do not understand, perhaps it'd be best for all of us to collectively wait until someone with some pertinent experience might explain the situation.
Entertaining stimuli and quick, unfulfilling routes to monetary success have replaced the benefits of thinking and confronting our troubles. We've fooled ourselves into this false sense of catharsis, wherein the technology aids us and our problems simply melt away. Where the study of business is the sole route toward success, the works of great thinkers relegated to the realms of monetarily irrelevance.
Although it's certainly positive that we've all announced our intentions to "work harder" in 2013, I cannot help but wonder why this is such a remarkable feat. I appreciate our collective candor, but surely working harder should be a progressive act that continues without any particular acknowledgment. (Whilst we're at it, I consider getting in shape, improving Internet etiquette, and generally lending some semblance of responsibility to our lives in the same light. These shouldn't be remarkable things.)
So, you know, shame on us.
Accompanying my many long-form articles, I also produce a variety of product reviews. Unlike many other reviewers, I have chosen to forego the typical items of measure in my reviews. Specifically, when reviewing a product, my criteria is not limited to performance and specifications -- my focus falls upon the nature of the experience and the real world impact therein.
- Kindle Touch Review
- The Jawbone UP In Real Life
- Hard Graft All In One Laptop Folio "Review"
- Redefining Touch: A Review of Clear
- Sparrow for iPhone: A Review
- Coming of Age: A Review of The New iPad
- Concise, Memorable, and Enjoyable: A Brief Review of Bartending
- Enhancing Productivity: A Review of Launch Center Pro
This Week Myke And Terry Are Joined By Matt Alexander and they discuss:
- Facebook Buying Instagram
- The Theory Of A 3.99 iPhone
This Week Myke And Terry Are Joined By Matt Alexander and they discuss:
- Marissa Mayer Joining Yahoo!
Perspective is about the views of our current landscape by those who make, write, speak, code, and design our future. Those who aren’t afraid to walk a different road, those who say no to the status quo. Today, in our inauguratory episode, Matt Alexander of OneThirtySeven fame sits with me to discuss the current journalistic landscape and what he thinks could be done to improve it.
“The Mikes” are joined by Matt Alexander of OneThirtySeven and the Bionic podcastpodcast for a bit of back and forth about productivity immediately following The OmniFocus Setup.
Note: This was recorded live at Macworld at a coffee shop, so please forgive the audio, especially the coffee grinding during the intro.