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Jun 15

What I Have Lived For

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
 I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy - ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. I have sought it, next, because it relieves loneliness—that terrible loneliness in which one shivering consciousness looks over the rim of the world into the cold unfathomable lifeless abyss. I have sought it finally, because in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of the heaven that saints and poets have imagined. This is what I sought, and though it might seem too good for human life, this is what—at last—I have found.

With equal passion I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which number holds sway above the flux. A little of this, but not much, I have achieved.

 Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, led upward toward the heavens. But always pity brought me back to earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a burden to their sons, and the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be. I long to alleviate this evil, but I cannot, and I too suffer.

 This has been my life. I have found it worth living, and would gladly live it again if the chance were offered me.

The Prologue to Bertrand Russell’s Autobiography (via stephen-fry-me)

May 11
jofamo:

Finished! I actually finished something for once! 
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind X Pokémon. 
This was a great learning experience, first time I’ve painted a background with no outline too, which for me is much harder than it sounds.
I really really want to do Porco Rosso next. Stay Tuned!



Good ol’ mashups.

jofamo:

Finished! I actually finished something for once! 

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind X Pokémon. 

This was a great learning experience, first time I’ve painted a background with no outline too, which for me is much harder than it sounds.

I really really want to do Porco Rosso next. Stay Tuned!

Good ol’ mashups.


May 8
I am enjoying the Tumblr app for Windows Phone quite a bit. Needs a couple of small improvements, but still good. Windows Phone has been getting lots of decent support recently, in general. I have not been unable to find an app I wanted in quite some time.

I am enjoying the Tumblr app for Windows Phone quite a bit. Needs a couple of small improvements, but still good. Windows Phone has been getting lots of decent support recently, in general. I have not been unable to find an app I wanted in quite some time.


May 3
jofamo:

Feels good to be drawing again, when 2 hours fly by and you don’t even notice.Work in progress. Pokémon x Studio Ghibli. “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” seems so right for this kind of crossover.
Can’t wait to finish it up. Thinking of doing a whole Pokémon x Studio Ghibli project thing.

Fuck yes.

jofamo:

Feels good to be drawing again, when 2 hours fly by and you don’t even notice.

Work in progress. Pokémon x Studio Ghibli. “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” seems so right for this kind of crossover.

Can’t wait to finish it up. Thinking of doing a whole Pokémon x Studio Ghibli project thing.

Fuck yes.


Mar 29

fiasko0:

Syd Mead’s concept art for Blade Runner

So awesome.


Nov 28

fuckyeahconceptart:

Unknown artist for Bungie’s leaked IP: Destiny

Fuck yeah.


Nov 10

insteadofwatchingtv:

Are You Lightest in the Morning?

No.


Oct 13

Developers, Developers, Developers

What’s the difference between OS X and Windows? That’s not a simple question. Perhaps ‘what’s the biggest difference’ is more easily answered, certainly for me. 

For me, what it comes down to is essentially apps. Windows has a bigger catalogue of apps than OS X, but the differentiator is the quality. Mac apps are, for me, just better. They look nicer and they are often more intelligently designed. The best are aimed at simple problem solving, or presenting a service in a useful and usable way. That isn’t to say that great apps don’t exist on Windows, they surely do, but it is a general statement that I think holds true.

What Apple have done for software is to attract the kind of developers who make great apps. I’m confident that if these developers took their hands to any OS they could produce great apps. But they’re doing it for OS X and for iOS.

This makes me somewhat uneasy about the imminent release of  Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8 will finally bring the kind of app development environment that will make apps of iOS quality possible but I’m not remotely convinced that we’ll suddenly see great developers and great apps. The difference between OS X and Windows proper illustrates this; both are equally capable OS’s, but Microsoft just haven’t attracted the right developers for Windows. 

Windows Phone’s status as a second class OS, an afterthought, makes the current software situation less than rosy. This is why, despite there being 100,000+ apps in the Marketplace, the software selection is so sparse. The quality of all of these apps is remarkably poor, and there isn’t a top tier of well-designed and thoughtful apps to displace this, as there is on iOS.

It’s back to the chicken and egg. Microsoft and their partners must sell a tonne of Windows Phones in the next few months, I mean a shitload, for this to change (though even then, it’s no guarantee). There are no indications currently that this will happen. If Apple are selling 27 million iPhones a quarter, the baseline should be about half of that. Given that it’s a launch/holiday quarter coming up, it should be even higher.

I’ll make a prediction. If we don’t see a marked improvement in Windows Phone sales over the next few months, the app situation will barely change. If we do see this improvement, the app situation will gradually improve over the next six months. That’s a vague prediction, but there is just so much that is unknown right now, it’s hard to be any more specific.


Sep 30

I’ve been thinking that smartphone keyboards should store your email addresses (maybe your passwords with a pin to protect?) so you don’t have to reenter them all the time. On windows phone it could be in the copy paste pull out tray in the keyboard. Would be pretty neat, I think.


Sep 20

Dan Seifert:

The only problem? Two years on, no matter how colorful, Windows Phone has yet to prove that it can turn any of these companies a profit.

Here’s the thing though, what companies are in the black with Android? After the meteoric rise of Android in terms of sales, only Samsung actually turn profit. I’d say that should cast the viability of Android into an unfavourable light for HTC, and my guess is that is the explanation for their renewed faith in Microsoft. Let’s face it, Android is in trouble. Samsung only make money from ripping off iOS, and it’s doubtful whether that can continue, given their recent loss in court (as a side note, the damages from that court case pretty much destroyed the profit they have made from Android). OEMs don’t have any other option. Android means a race to the lowest price point, and they can’t make any money that way. 

It’s WP8 or nothing now. Thankfully Windows Phone is actually pretty nice.

But I don’t get how Seifert can cast doubt on HTC’s push for Windows Phone when Android has demonstrably proven that despite incredible sales, it cannot turn a profit.


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