Archive for January, 2012

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The ultimate breakfast smoothie

I’ve used this same recipe for three things: weight loss, after-exercise protein, and sore-teeth liquid diet. It’s great.

1 cup 2% milk

1 cup Dannon Fit & Light vanilla yogurt

1 scoop Syntha-6 protein powder (banana is great)

Mix.

This yields 450 calories with a whopping 39g of protein, 48g of carb (but only 30g of that simple sugars), 11g of fat, and 5g of fiber.

You could live off 3 or 4 of these a day. (and I have)

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Five iOS keyboard tips you probably didn’t know

Check out these tips. The article talks about iPad, but they work on iPhone too, even an old 3G.

One one hand, it shows the intense amount of careful thought Apple puts into the user experience. But on the other hand, it highlights the discovery problem. I know people who have been using iOS since before it was called iOS, and still didn’t know about these. How do you put these kinds of finishing touches into a product and make sure the target audience can find out about them? -m

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Call a Spade a Spade

A cautionary tale of language from Ted Nelson:

We might call a common or garden spade–

  • A personalized earth-moving equipment module
  • A mineralogical mini-transport
  • A personalized strategic tellurian command and control module
  • An air-to-ground interface contour adjustment probe
  • A leveraged tactile-feedback geomass delivery system
  • A man-machine energy-to-structure converter
  • A one-to-one individualized geophysical restructurizer
  • A portable unitized earth-work synthesis system
  • An entrenching tool
  • A zero-sum dirt level adjuster
  • A feedback-oriented contour management probe and digging system
  • A gradient disequilibrator
  • A mass distribution negentroprizer
  • (hey!) a dig-it-all system
  • An extra terrestrial transport mechanism

Spades, not words, should be used for shoveling. But words should help us unearth the truth.

–Computer Lib (1974), Theodor Nelson, p44

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