2 weeks ago
How animals ended up on O’Reilly books:
The last question touches on a bit of early O’Reilly history. Edie Freedman (now O’Reilly’s Creative Director) was hired to design the first book covers. She thought the books had the strangest titles—sed and awk?—that evoked images of the popular fantasy game, “Dungeons and Dragons.” While looking for imagery, she came across the Dover Pictorial Archives, a series of books (and now CD-ROMs) containing copyright-free collections of 18th- and 19th-century wood and copperplate engravings of animals. She encountered a pair of slender lorises and had an epiphany. “That’s sed and awk!” She scanned several animals from the archive and placed them on mock-up covers, which she then presented to everyone at O’Reilly. O’Reilly had ten or so employees at the time, and people wondered if the animals were appropriate. But Edie convinced them to follow her instincts. Customers wound up loving the covers, and a brand was born. (via Animal Magnetism: Making O’Reilly Animals - O’Reilly Media)
What are the big challenges facing hardware companies today?
There are many of them. The difficult thing we are starting to overcome is that a lot of hardware companies have to relearn the same thing over and over again that other hardware companies also have to learn. Things like how to warehouse, how to do inventory management, how to forecast, how to get something from a prototype to a project. Things that every single company has to figure out.”
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1 month ago
That’s what drove me to start doing working with the Open Hardware movement, because I believe the barrier is just sharing that knowledge. We used to think it’s like a trade secret and you want to hide it, but now we believe it’s in our best interest to share it. Once you make that available, people’s starting points will just get higher and that’s happening. I believe its one of the big reasons why we’re seeing so many more [hardware startups].
2 months ago
Facebook’s Data Science team has published a thought provoking post that examines the statistical correlation between couples’ timeline posts and their burgeoning relationships.
By looking at how the frequency of timeline posts varies in the days leading up to and following the start of a new relationship, the team has identified a sort of digital courtship curve:
During the 100 days before the relationship starts, we observe a slow but steady increase in the number of timeline posts shared between the future couple. When the relationship starts (“day 0”), posts begin to decrease. We observe a peak of 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship begins, and a lowest point of 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship. Presumably, couples decide to spend more time together, courtship is off, and online interactions give way to more interactions in the physical world.
(via The nature of online courtship, visualized)