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October 2013


October 19, 2013

The meaning behind iOS 7’s kaleidoscope of colors

A few of the color world’s most influential experts like the choices because they fit current design trends towards lightness and harmony.

A color trend is the end result of a long process. It usually starts with designers analyzing the emotional outlook of the culture, which includes political and economic movements. When U.S. mood was uneasy leading up to Y2K, colors reflected that. Today, at the tail end of a long war and recession, many of us want to feel happy and secure. That’s why we’ve gravitated towards colors that bring about those emotions, like the purples and orange-tinged reds in iOS 7.

I found this to be a very in-depth analysis about the color pallet used in iOS 7. There are a handful of people that don’t like the new look, but for the most part, all of my friends including myself really love it.

The top 3 supplements for surviving the singularity

1) Coenzyme Q10 is very important, particularly at my age, as an antioxidant.

2) Phosphatidylcholine addresses all by itself a major aging process because that substance depletes from your cell membrane and that’s why the skin in an elderly person loses suppleness and your organs don’t work very well.

3) I’d throw in Vitamin D. It’s very important—maybe the most important vitamin to take. There’s tremendous amount of research and a consensus that that really does help prevent cancer and other diseases.

Personally, I take 3000 IU of Vitamin D every day. I used to take a little map every afternoon, but I take 3 tablets of Vitamin D after lunch and I’m good to go until bedtime. I plan to add cucurmin/tumeric to my regimen tomorrow.

Banksy paid $50,000 on security for his latest art piece

“Are you the sort of person who enjoys going to art galleries, but wished they had more gravel in them? Then this temporary exhibition space is for you,” says Banksy.

This is probably due to the fact that people are vandalizing his vandalism art work.


October 15, 2013

Apple hires Angela Ahrendts as new retail chief

“She cares deeply about people and embraces our view that our most important resource and our soul is our people. She believes in enriching the lives of others and she is wicked smart. Angela has shown herself to be an extraordinary leader throughout her career and has a proven track record. She led Burberry through a period of phenomenal growth with a focus on brand, culture, core values and the power of positive energy.” – Tim Cook

I’m actually really glad that Apple finally found a good person to take over the role of Senior Vice President of Retail & Online Stores. I’ve seen Angela’s TED talk on “human energy” and I believe that she is an excellent pick. She is the current CEO of Burberry and I’ve been noticing that Apple has been hiring from great places like Nike and Yves Saint Laurent. I wish her the best in her new duties.

Apple’s hire of Ahrendts shows its future is in lifestyle , not tech

By hiring Ahrendts, Cook and his team are signaling their desire to keep Apple just as fresh and upmarket as Burberry.

Overall this is a fantastic analysis of what Ahrendts brings to the table. However, the title of the article makes it sound like Apple isn’t interested in the technological aspect of the industry. I must strongly disagree. Ahrendts is known to be very serious about technology. We must remember what Steve Jobs said: “It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our heart sing.” This is exactly what the Burberry CEO offers. She is a exceptional balance between the humanities and tech. This is what separates Apple from Google, Microsoft and the rest.

GoBaddy buys Media Temple

Part of the reason for this, GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving says, is because of Media Temple’s existing size and position in the market. It has 125,000 customers for its premium website management services, and it hosts over 1.5 million websites, with some 88 percent classified as being for “advanced web and IT services”.

I’m waiting for the riots to start.

BlackBerry breaks silence in open letter

The ad also boasts about apps that will allow Android and iPhone owners to use BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging, noting that the six million people who have signed up for notices about those apps “speaks to the tremendous opportunity we have to expand BBM beyond BlackBerry smartphones to make it the world’s largest mobile social network.” Absent, however, is any reference to how the release of the apps was abruptly stopped last month because of technical problems.

Is this enough? BlackBerry touts 6 million iOS and Android users are eager to install the BBM app. So where in the world is it guys? You need to deliver ASAP.


October 14, 2013

This is how a Helsingin Sanomat journalist tried to save Nokia

In the evening as the parents were going to bed, the drowsy four-year-old appeared at their bedroom door with a question: “Can I take that magic telephone [iPhone] and put it under my pillow tonight?”

It was at that was the moment that the Nokia executive understood that his company was in trouble.

That is an absolutely powerful observation by the Nokia exec. Apple’s manifesto of delight, surprise, love and connection shine bright here.

Banksy sells original art works for $60 in New York

Many of the pieces, estimated to be worth up to £20,000 each, remained unsold at the end of the day.

What a genius stunt pulled off by a genius artist. I wish I was there, not to ever make a profit off them, but I always wanted an original Banksy painting. Please lurk in Toronto!

Ray Kurtzweil: When Man and Technology Merge

Despite being perceived as an extreme optimist, Kurzweil is the first to admit that this technology could very quickly bring an end to the world as we know it. Stuff like gray goo is a concern, but a biological terrorist attack could happen tomorrow that is based on the very same type of technology he touts as the harbingers of the unimaginable future. He believes we’ll exist in a permanent virtual/”real”-reality hybrid.

Kind of cool and kind of scary all at the same time.

Timelapse of Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles at Nuit Blanche

Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles, a colossal assemblage of 3,144 bikes, took a crew of workers more than two weeks to put together in Nathan Phillips Square.

This was one of the featured projects at this years Nuit Blanche event in Toronto. Boy was it beautiful.



Sebastian Salgado’s “GENESIS” exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum was one of the most awe inspiring photography exhibits I’ve ever seen. Here is a little behind the scenes and the thoughts that we put into making this modern classic.