Ben’s weblog

  1. Week in Review • April 6–12

    What I wrote

    What I read (and liked)

  2. Week in Review • March 16–22

    What I wrote





    What I read (and liked)

  3. Field Notes notebooks are my notebook of choice, and they just came out with their spring edition. It looks beautiful, and the how-it’s-made video is great.

  4. ☛ Adobe Garamond Pro

    Dave (I couldn’t find a last name.) recently moved into a new house, and with every new house, he chooses a wall to paint a mural on. In his latest house, he decided to paint a page from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes onto the wall under his staircase.

    Then he had to choose a typeface:

    We both wanted a classic serif font, resembling what might have been used in turn-of-the-century publishing. After narrowing the choices to Adobe Garamond Pro and New Century Schoolbook, we went with Garamond.

    Nice choice. Garamond is one of my favorite typefaces.

    This whole project is great, and I love Dave’s attention to detail.

  5. Microsoft released this concept video in 2011. The video was strongly criticized and resulted in two of my favorite essays on the web:

  6. ☛ Wearing Apple

    A couple weeks ago, Craig Hockenberry tweeted his thoughts about Apple and wearables, and said he should write a post about it. He did just that, and it’s a doozy.

  7. Week in Review • March 9–15

    What I wrote





    What I read (and liked)

  8. Tumblr celebrates Pi Day. And notice that the hover text changes each time you load the page.

    Tumblr celebrates Pi Day. And notice that the hover text changes each time you load the page.

  9. ☛ Drone captures scene at East Harlem explosion that flattened two buildings

    Interesting use of a drone. It’s at the intersection of journalism, technology, and law enforcement.

    Jeff John Roberts explains some of the ramifications of drones over at GigaOm.

  10. ☛ Feedbin’s First Year

    I’ve been using Feedbin as my RSS reader for a while now, and I’ve been very happy with it. It has a nice, clean design, and it’s easy to use.

    If you’re not sure what RSS is or why you should use an RSS reader, here’s a good explanation by Brent Simmons.

  11. This video is promoting 1Password, which is a great app, but the video also serves as a great explanation of what a password manager is and why you should use one.

  12. ☛ Digital Hub 2.0

    The Mac was the original digital hub. Apple claimed iCloud would be its successor, but so far this hasn’t worked as seamlessly as promised. Ben Thompson has some great thoughts what the next digital hub could look like:

    What is your iPhone if not a digital hub? And, if that is true, might we be entering a new smartphone golden age?

    The future looks bright for Apple.

  13. ☛ On the 25th anniversary of the web, let’s keep it free and open

    The World Wide Web turned 25 years old today. It’s inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, wrote a nice post about it for Google’s official blog.

  14. ☛ Scott Aukerman of ‘€˜Between Two Ferns’ on How They Got President Obama to Play Along

    Aukerman makes lots of interesting points. He says Obama and the White House were easy to work with:

    Zach and I both at a certain point in the process were looking at each other going, “I can’t believe they’re letting us do this,” so pretty much the whole thing — we definitely couldn’t believe it. We kept expecting resistance, but there wasn’t any.

    He also addressed criticism that the video was demeaning to the office of the president:

    The great part about it is, this president knows how to reach young people in a way that no other president has…. This is so much better and will attract so much more attention than him going on a Sunday morning show and talking about this issue when most people I know of this generation aren’t even up that early on a Sunday morning. The outrage about it is from a different generation, and the younger people really get it.

    There is already at least some evidence that it worked:

    (via On the Media)

  15. YouTube for music

    Someone should make a YouTube for music. Why? Because sharing music is still a pain. Spotify and Rdio help, but both require the person you share music with to have an account and/or a subscription to listen to a song. Both Spotify and Rdio require users to have accounts, and if you’re on a smartphone, both services require you to have a subscription. So if you share a link to a song on Spotify or Rdio, you have to hope they have an account with the service you linked to and are not on their smartphone.

    Why not just use YouTube? Because YouTube is for videos, not music. You shouldn’t have to stream an entire video just to listen to a song.

    So what do we need? A web-based, mobile-friendly music-streaming service that doesn’t require an account or a subscription. I realize this would not be easy, but YouTube found a way to make this profitable with videos, so I imagine it could be done.