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Merlin Mann | Oct 20 2005
Science tackles candy nibbling: clear containers close by get patronized more often than opaque containers a bit further away.
Sure, no duh, right? Put candy out and people eat it. Big whup. Well, maybe. But try processing this from a slightly different angle.read more »
Merlin Mann | Oct 14 2005
_New York Times_ Select subscribers (coughFreeTrialcough) can login to preview an article by Clive Thompson that runs in the Sunday Magazine. It's called "Meet the Life Hackers" and it's a terrific overview of how people, companies, and products are responding to information overload and our (sometimes self-imposed) culture of interruption.
Danny and I pop up, as well as heroes like Mary Czerwinski and the late Bluma Zeigarnik. Clive did a hell of a job with a big and complicated topic, and I'd encourage you to check out the full article when it becomes available for free (Saturday night?). It's really good--I'd never heard, for example, about the research on interrupting telegraph operators. Awesome.
Update 2005-10-15 19:04:08
Now available online for free: Meet the Life Hackers - New York Times
Extended excerpts on Danny and the Genesis of the life-hacking movement:read more »
Merlin Mann | Sep 21 2005
I keep hearing rumblings about the AlphaSmart Neo, but haven’t put my hands to one yet. Anybody out there got one? Tried one? Seems a bit steep at $250, but I’d love to play with one
Kendall Clark seems to think Neo’s part of a larger trend:read more »
Merlin Mann | Jul 25 2005
Really good article on the problems and implications of the interruption-driven lifestyle. Full of great bits, including this:
I really do encourage you to read the whole article, because it gets to the heart of a problem that’s contributing to most everyone’s stress and feeling of being constantly overwhelmed. And you might want to follow it up with seeing how Billy G. reportedly carves out a “Think Week” each year.read more »
Merlin Mann | May 9 2005
"A calm technology will move easily from the periphery of our attention, to the center, and back...."read more »
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