My Favorite Pen: The Pilot Razor Point II, super fine, in black

My Favorite Pen: The Zebra Sarasa 0.4mm:

Black ink, of course. Been using it for a few years now, nothing else comes close. (Well, the Uni-ball Signo RT 0.38mm comes close.) Anyway, if you’re not buying pens from JetPens, your pen probably sucks.

[Well I haven’t bought from them (yet) but my favorite pen is the Pilot Razor Point II, super fine, in black (natch). It does not suck. 9That’s for general use (daily scribbling with a touch of sketching and whatnot.) Other uses demand other pens…]
Source: Daring Fireball



The lovely Jessica Hische just revealed her latest do-good-side-project called 52× here at BrooklynBeta.

The idea: 52× will help you give to charity, every week, for one year. Her site will act as a messenger, not a middle-man, asking you to donate $52 directly to the featured charity. If $52 is too much, donate $25, $15 or $10! Give whatever you can, each and every week for one year, and together we will make a giant difference. Here’s the site: 52×

If you want to help Jessica to make it easier to donate/give and help her build out the site, please get in touch with her!

[Nice idea.]
Source: swissmiss

Clayton Christensen and Siri

Clayton Christensen and Siri: But it takes time. Like any truly useful breakthrough, it takes a long time to mature. And also like any disruption, the potential of Siri is rooted in four principles:

  • Humble early goals which it accomplishes well
  • A large population of enthusiastic adopters who give it sustenance
  • Plenty of headroom in improvement giving it areas to grow into with positive feedback
  • A patient sponsor who makes a stable living

There’s no magic to it. In fact it’s banal. These are only the principles that every parent uses to raise a child.

[I’d love for a large population of enthusiastic adopters to give Noah sustenance. Queue starts on the right… thanks! :)]
Source: asymco

Was it ever mine?

Was it ever mine?: How different this notion is from a sense of scarcity, of needing to learn to let go each and every time we give.  I find this notion freeing.  We approach giving with the knowledge that what we are giving away was never ours; we approach giving with a sense of humility and with the knowledge that good fortune has played a role in our own good circumstances, and we are passing on a bit of that good fortune to another.

[Very well said. I can’t help wonder if this notion eases my ability to give. That is, if it was never mine, it’s easier to give. What if I consider it all mine? Is it harder? Still working on this for myself.]
Source: Sasha Dichter’s Blog

Samsung Lawyer Cannot Tell Samsung Tablet From Apple iPad

Samsung Lawyer Cannot Tell Samsung Tablet From Apple iPad: John Paczkowski, AllThingsD:

Fielding questions from U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, Samsung attorney Kathleen Sullivan was asked if she could distinguish between Apple’s iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, which Koh held up for all the court to see. Her reply, as first reported by Reuters: “Not at this distance, your honor.”

The distance in question was ten feet.

I bring this up not (solely) for mocking purposes, but because it underlines something that many people I’ve heard from about this case don’t seem to get. Apple is not, to the best of my knowledge, claiming that they’ve patented fundamental and obvious things about iPad-like devices, they’re claiming that Samsung deliberately copied the iPad. There are a lot of tablet makers that Apple is not suing, and Samsung was not chosen as an arbitrary example.

[every market has this. Designers do there thing and if it transits at all it gets knocked off. Talk to anyone in the jewelry or “shmata” business. That doesn’t make it right, good, or anything, but only the largest companies can actually afford to do anything about it.]
Source: Coyote Tracks