Thinking Differently

I’m Abhimat and this is my personal log.

#geekiness

The Panic Office »

Panic’s office is designed just like their software: clever, witty, and full of brilliant little details. I especially love the Super Mario 3-styled hills.

My final project for the Doctor Who DeCal class I took this semester. I decided to make logos for imaginary companies in the Doctor Who universe.

“In terms of historical user interface traditions and conventions, Unix and the Mac could hardly be more different, but there is one similar philosophy shared by both cultures — a preference for using a collection of smaller, dedicated tools that work well together rather than using monolithic do-it-all apps.”

– John Gruber, Daring Fireball: Coda

Random Break

Sometimes I wish I could sleep for random amounts of time between 1 and 5 seconds:

sleep $[($RANDOM % 5) + 1]

Attention to detail.

the-overlook-hotel:

Stanley Kubrick lines up a shot on The Shining’s walk-in pantry set. The shot he’s preparing is the extreme low-angle shot of Jack toying with Wendy after she locks him in the pantry.

I decided to see how Astronomy and Space looked on the new iPad, and I immediately realized that I never updated the header for the retina display. It didn’t look terrible, but it kinda looked out of place among all the other really sharp body text and headings . So I decided to redraw the header as a vector image and export at a higher resolution for the retina display. Much better! I also cleaned up some of the kerning and letter shapes as well while I was at it.

(By the way, the iPad’s retina display is jaw-droppingly stunning! It looks and feels like a dynamic and interactive glossy magazine. You really have to see it in person.)

I decided to see how Astronomy and Space looked on the new iPad, and I immediately realized that I never updated the header for the retina display. It didn’t look terrible, but it kinda looked out of place among all the other really sharp body text and headings . So I decided to redraw the header as a vector image and export at a higher resolution for the retina display. Much better! I also cleaned up some of the kerning and letter shapes as well while I was at it.

(By the way, the iPad’s retina display is jaw-droppingly stunning! It looks and feels like a dynamic and interactive glossy magazine. You really have to see it in person.)

New iPad: How Apple's tablet strategy parallels its unbeatable iPod success. »

As Farhad Manjoo explains, it is becoming increasingly difficult to compete with Apple in the iPad’s space. One point I think the article did not stress quite enough was how Apple is very uniquely tuned to succeed in this market. Customers are expecting very well designed hardware, and Apple keeps fine-tuning and improving the hardware and specs of the iPad every year. Customers are also expecting well-designed software fitting that hardware like a glove. Right now, Apple is the only company that can deliver on these two fronts that have become priorities for the tablet space. And each year, it is becoming more and more difficult for a competitor to perform well in both areas.

While this is fine and dandy for Apple, as somebody who likes Apple, I actually want a stronger competitor. Apple performs well under competition, and competition is the fiercest and fastest way to force Apple to keep innovating. Yes they keep improving the iPad each year, but competition is what will force them to not just improve, but make more drastic changes and innovations.

“The btr part in btrfs is short for btrees. It’s another victim of the Great Vowel Shortage of 1972 which has stricken the Unix landscape and continues to be a problem”

John Siracusa, on Hypercritical

I can attest to the annoyance brought upon by the Great Vowel Shortage.