It’s not really different at all - all bacon is smoked, that is what makes it bacon. For years bacon was smoked by burning the wood of whatever wood was available, without much emphasis on flavor. Apparently, burning Applewood (wood from various apple trees) produces a better-tasting bacon. How much better - it’s hard to say, since a lot of flavor from bacon has to do with where it comes from on the pig and the curing process. It seems that “Applewood-smoked” or “Applewood bacon” have been made into buzzwords for marketing purposes rather than any real indication of quality.
"In 1993 DIESEL JEANS Italy hired Pierre Winther to pave the way for a new direction in image and style. In collaboration with the Diesel Headquarters and the agency Paradiset from Stockholm, Winther created and realized the campaign "Successful Living" which combined a complex staging and grotesque scenarios such as a car crash or a bizarre church event.This world is composed of twisted reality, dark humor, latent ambiguity and includes not uncommonly a comment on society and human behavior The campaign broke the pattern of common perception: The images caused a worldwide hype; consumers collected the sought after posters and other materials. The Diesel brand itself experienced a quantum leap in the matter of image global and brand awareness. Diesel evolved to one of the leading Denim brands around the globe."
House of Love, 1994

"In 1993 DIESEL JEANS Italy hired Pierre Winther to pave the way for a new direction in image and style. In collaboration with the Diesel Headquarters and the agency Paradiset from Stockholm, Winther created and realized the campaign "Successful Living" which combined a complex staging and grotesque scenarios such as a car crash or a bizarre church event.This world is composed of twisted reality, dark humor, latent ambiguity and includes not uncommonly a comment on society and human behavior The campaign broke the pattern of common perception: The images caused a worldwide hype; consumers collected the sought after posters and other materials. The Diesel brand itself experienced a quantum leap in the matter of image global and brand awareness. Diesel evolved to one of the leading Denim brands around the globe."

House of Love, 1994

Interfacing the news

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Before newspapers are completely extinct, and television programming looks like Idiocracy, here’s a brief overview of user interfaces creeping into traditional reporting.

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A progress bar for reading longer articles on The Daily Beast. Medium was one of the first to start measuring the word count and translating it to minutes, but I think this visual approach gives a more intuitive (and less distracting) representation than ‘minutes remaining’.

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Pioneers of entertainment news and above all else reporting sports results, the Sportcenter guys are way ahead the curve, with a good portion of the screen covered in charts, stats and assorted titles. They’ll stack talk points, and even attach a countdown timers. Bored viewers can gauge how long the hosts will be talking about each story, and be reminded of what’s up next. I think we’ll see more 'TV Aesthetics' creep into the web and apps as screens get bigger, touch replaces pointing and clicking things and data entry in general is reserved for business stuff and niche categories.

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The spread of the Caliphate is very far removed from a penalty for Peyton Manning, but even Vice News uses youtube annotations as controls, allowing viewers/users to skip segments, and get a better read of upcoming content.

So, will this intense focus on the ‘total reading time’ metric and other methods of attracting and retaining attention mean the loss of journalistic talent”?

Probably not, but the news is becoming more rawclickable, mechanised and closer to a superbowl action replay than reading the newspaper on a park bench.

Here is the logo for Flume, one of the many top level projects of the Apache Software Foundation. It turns out open source software is a hotbed for some of the most debased, absurd visual communication I’ve ever seen. (imgur)
But hey, you try and design a logical iconic representation of a “distributed, reliable, and available service for efficiently collecting, aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data.”
Yeah I did a log thing too.

Here is the logo for Flume, one of the many top level projects of the Apache Software Foundation. It turns out open source software is a hotbed for some of the most debased, absurd visual communication I’ve ever seen. (imgur)

But hey, you try and design a logical iconic representation of a “distributed, reliable, and available service for efficiently collecting, aggregating, and moving large amounts of log data.”

Yeah I did a log thing too.

Almost 25% of all mailpieces have something wrong with the address — for instance, a missing apartment number or a wrong ZIP Code. Can some of those mailpieces get delivered, in spite of the incorrect address? Yes. But it costs the Postal Service time and money to do that.

USPS Addressing Standards

Everytime you write an incorrect address a mailman dies a little bit inside.

the username fetish

Most facebook users know that they can choose a username for their page. This makes up a custom url, like mine: facebook.com/joshclement. Also, this becomes your facebook email: joshclement@facebook.com

Not surprisingly, most of the single letter usernames are owned by past and current facebook employees. Eg. Facebook.com/ A, D, G, H, J, K, L etc

Short usernames are known to be so valuable they become dangerous, but with url’s potentially disappearing for good, the ‘status’ of a desirable username of url might go away for good.

Last year I spoke at a conference to an audience of VCs. During our discussion about VC commitment levels, one frustrated VC raised his hand and asked “how much do I have to commit to make my investors happy?” That question reveals the most common attitude I encounter among VCs; they don’t ask how much they can invest, but rather, how little. They seek a minimum, not a maximum. When it comes time to put their own money where their mouth is, there’s a surprising lack of both interest and capital. Investors are well served to pay greater attention to this phenomenon, and watch what VCs do, rather than listen only to what they say.