Gofor: Drones on Demand

Gofor provides drones on demand. Using the mobile app, you can task a drone to complete a variety of helpful tasks. Drones are summoned much like taxis in other popular service apps. Your desired task is either noted at the outset using presets, or customized using voice commands.

Just a concept, or a well produced gag, but an interesting look into what the future could hold.


A clear dividing line between important work and busywork

A clear dividing line between important work and busywork. Before there was email, there were letters. It amazed (and humbled) me to see the amount of time each person allocated simply to answering letters. Many would divide the day into real work (such as composing or painting in the morning) and busywork (answering letters in the afternoon). Others would turn to the busywork when the real work wasn’t going well. But if the amount of correspondence was similar to today’s, these historical geniuses did have one advantage: the post would arrive at regular intervals, not constantly as email does.

Sarah Green summarises some of the ideas in the book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry.

I loath checking email and I resent the amount of time I have to devote sorting through the noise to get to those 2-3 meaningful letters I receive a week. If Gmail’s spam algorithm stopped working I would abandon it completely (like I would if I had to depend on Apple mail). Would you continue to use postal mail if you received 3000+ spam letters a week?

But the older I get, or perhaps the less the sheen of new devices and services fails to dazzle me, I find much of what we/I experience online has little in the way of importance, value or permanence.


Own Your Words

Article-dump sites take away your editorial control, and reduce you to one voice amongst many. You have no influence over who’s up before or after you, and you have no deeper identity. There’s no sense of inviting the reader in to try what you have to offer, then hoping they’ll stay for more.

I think a lot of people haven’t made that realisation, and that’s a sad thing. Your words, and the stories they tell, deserve more than being the latest morsel on a buffet of tiny, fashionably-circular author photos, to be sampled and then forgotten as the next thing rolls around. Where’s the identity? Where’s the commitment?
Own Your Words

Matt Gemmell writes why he doesn’t post on sites like Medium and instead writes for his own site. This has been my reluctance from the very beginning, when sites like these have appeared, not just for words, of which I write infrequently, but also with my photographs, which I used to share a great deal. This isn’t an activity I pursue with the interest I once had but I still hesitate to share much of anything on services that stand to gain, how ever small, from my thoughts, my content. But mostly it’s a question of warmth and ownership. It just feels different reading words amongst the noise and crassness of Facebook compared to a purpose built space.


原始的作法成為一種健康的生活方式

十年來台灣人民生活中的一些改變很明顯,營養的知識漸漸迷失了,他們的飲食消費習慣是跟他們父母不一樣的,不但太愛加工精緻類的食物,不珍惜健康,而且避免到戶外運動。現代台灣人這種趨向方便文化的飲食方式,導致許多人的身材從全身細長變得充氣球一樣,引發身體疾病或肥胖症。因此,為了健康,許多住在海外人開始回歸古代生活方式,多吃自然的不加工的食物,吃有機產品,做一些自然運動,甚至於遵循舊石器時代的飲食原則。

舊石器時代飲食的食材僅僅來自於他們便於採摘或是捕獵到的,最主要的是肉類,還有蔬菜、水果和堅果等。實際上,現代人想追求這個時代的飲食原則得避免一些材料和食物,譬如:糖,高果糖玉米糖漿,穀物,豆類,和澱粉塊莖等,因為這些東西不能生吃,而且不是天然食品。簡單的說,追求舊石器時代的飲食原則就是避免吃加工品和精緻的食物。

有人會問,我們生活在現代, 經歷了農業化和科學化,而且生物化學家,科學家,營養師和醫生都會提出關於營養的建議,為什麼我們要回顧我們的祖先如何吃?眾所週知,發達國家健康跟疾病的問題更嚴重,而解決這個問題,社會上每個人都責無旁貸,所以有一些科學家認為如果我們從人類進化觀點看飲食,遵循人類進化歷史中存在了上百萬年的飲食原則,我們可以減少甚至消滅現代飲食導致的有關疾病。

我拿我自己的親身經驗做個例子: 五年前,我在我的老家加拿大愛德華王子島看到一些年輕人爬上樓梯去,他們的左手帶著大杯的可樂,右手帶著許多垃圾食品,他們的身體看似不健康,體重明顯過重。他們爬上冰球場的第四排就都上氣不接下氣,也大聲的埋怨他們得爬那麼高的山。我的家人也面對類似的問題,因為他們失去了營養知識,而且越老越沒運動,他們得忍受身體疾病或肥胖症的痛苦。這些悲傷的情景和我家人身體健康的情況給我會下深刻印象,並讓我自我反省,如果我繼續吃不健康的食品,懶得去戶外做運動,可能我的身體的情形會變成跟他們一樣。雖然我從小到大努力減肥,但我沒有持久,節食減肥的方法只有短期的效果。

近幾年,我終於有所成就,我減肥也變瘦,我的身材跟我家人不一樣,而且雖然我還沒開始努力地運動,我對強體力活動沒有什麼問。我並不完全遵循舊石器時代的飲食原則,但是我盡力遵循以下的原則:

  • 你的身體寧可燃燒脂肪而非碳水化合物,不要怕脂肪飽和。
  • 吃很多肉類,蔬菜,一些水果和堅果 (最好是有機農產品)。
  • 不吃加工食品。
  • 多到處走動、散步,少坐。每天都要曬太陽。有的時候你也要做激烈的運動。
  • 避免穀物,穀物是完全不必要的(尤其是小麥)。
  • 為了體重管理運動是無效的。
  • 珍惜吃某些小份量但給予快樂的食物。

如果我們都試著遵循以上的原則,那我們不只能減肥和達到健康的生活,也可避免因飲食導致的有關的疾病。不會馬上就盡如人意,但是要堅持你健康的生活方式,結果會證明這些努力完全是值得的事情。


Kids Planting Rice

This is a wonderful educational opportunity for the kids and allot of fun. We can give kids books to read, iPad apps to play with, and teach the essential concepts, but nothing beats hands on interaction to gain an understanding of a topic. I’m quite pleased that my kids have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the natural environment, and grow and eat their own food. So many schools focus on technology initiatives and the latest ‘big thing’, when resources might be better allocated on improving and supporting what they already have, teachers and their learning environment.


Moff – a wearable smart toy

Moff bills itself as a “wearable smart toy”. Grab a broom and strum, and the Moff bracelet will emit a guitar sound. Grab a banana and point it like a gun, and your shots ring out. A pretend tennis racket, you’ll hear a swat sound when you swing.

I love this idea, it’s weakness and strength is it’s reliance on a smartphone.


Timbre Speaker

Timbre Speaker by young designer Casey Lin.

“Timbre Speaker trims the essence of a speaker down to the very bare minimum, allowing the inherent qualities of the materials to become the centerpiece of the design. All superfluous detail is stripped away, leaving only the necessary audio and power ports at the rear, and combined power and volume dial. Wood and glass were selected for their favourable acoustic qualities which enhances the audio experience of the user. The Black American Walnut wood adds a warmth to the tone, while the addition of the glass vessels bring a more reverberant characteristic to the music.

Surface transducers are mounted on the interior of the wooden box, vibrating the surface and turning the box into a speaker. The glass vessels act as physical equalizers, where the vibrations transfer through the wood into the glass and changes the timbre of the sound. The wooden box can act as a standalone speaker, or alternatively, vessels of other material, size or shape can be placed on the speaker to change the sound according to the users taste.

Timbre Speaker has an elegant, yet playful feel to it, users are encouraged to experiment with different objects and placements to find the timbre they enjoy the most.”


Chromophore, Lumophore

Projected onto the dome of the Kaluga Planetarium and Space Museum in Russia, Chromophore, Lumophore – “a fixed media work, explored(s) the potential for inter-modal colour-shape-sound synergies to create an abstract narrative of architectonic forms in relation to sound. A lumophore is an atom or atomic grouping in a chemical compound that manifests luminescence”.

The projected version looks wonderful.