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Empowering Discovery

I’ve just fallen in love with “The Flavor Thesaurus” by Niki Segnit. The book takes 99 basic flavors and examines how each pairs with the remanding 98. The author acknowledges that the list of 99 and the pairings were only semi-scientific — instead it’s more a way of exploring pairings, categorizing recipes, and sharing personal […]

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Lines

I love the idea of annotation. To be able to add layers of history and interpretations and notes and all sorts of other layers onto a text (or image, or video, or whatever). It’s a great way show sources to ideas, or links to other thoughts. The challenge, always, is giving access to these annotations […]

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Searching for Serendipity

I’ve always thought serendipity is important — something that I’m not sure I’d normally even bother to mention. But a couple recent things have made me want to not only build more experiences that support increased serendipity, but find ways in get more of it in my life, too. Ethan Zuckerman’s CHI keynote “Desperately Seeking […]

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Chromaroma

Check out Chromaroma – a just-launched, cool-looking, London-based, travel game created by Mudlark. Its creator Toby Barnes, in this Guardian article, describes it as “the world’s first 3D space Flash live data mashup thing.” The game takes London travel and enables users to experience it in a wide variety of ways, ranging from ambient play […]

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Serendipity and the Unexpected

It’s a common presumption that media will become increasingly personalized, but a recent article on ReadWriteWeb reminded me about the dangers, or at least dullness, of such a future. The article was commenting on Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, who said “People don’t want something targeted to the whole world — they want something that reflects […]