Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I had three pieces of limestones on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and I threw them out the window in disgust.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Monday, March 15, 2010

Powerful and tragic.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Ruby Programming Language
David Flanagan & Yukihiro Matsumoto
In case you couldn't guess all these months, I am in love with Ruby, the programming language. I love it so much that whenever I am working in it (usually in combination with Rails) I completely lose track of time. One of my greatest nocturnal fears is NOT to start working in it near the middle of night or I would sleep most likely at sunrise. The most recent incident happened few days ago and it ruined by sleep schedule. Anyway, this book covers all aspects of it and I know most of them already. I even have a pdf version of it but why did I buy it, you ask, in original and expensive print? Well, check this twisted logic of mine out: I bought it simply because I wanted to support the authors. I love their work and contribution to Open Source community and, in fact, their contribution has earned me few bucks. So, it was time to say thanks, and I wanted to do it with my first Amazon purchase. Crazy, eh?

Designing Design
Kenya Hara
Well, you shouldn't underestimate a Paindoo too much. When I was kid, even in a rural area, I had a "thing" for good designs. I always wondered why things were designed the way they were, and what made them more useful than the counterparts. The first time I handed a sickle I marveled upon how could the handle be better and these kinds of crazy things. In this society design means a truckload of ornaments and twists and colors, which I absolutely disagree with. A design is something that makes things (1) useful, and (2) look good. Recently after watching Objectified I went all crazy about design. Kenya Hara is one of the best designers in the world and Designing Design summarizes his theory about design which I happen to love too: Simplicity. Making designs is all philosophical and to me, a bit spiritual.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Isn't it crazy that we spend a lot of money on unnecessary food and snacks and get fat, and then spend even more on diet food and exercise programs or maybe liposuction to get thin?

Friday, March 5, 2010

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me ... Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful... that's what matters to me.
Steve Jobs

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Monday, March 1, 2010

One of the best novels, ever!