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Before you object that these things do help you be more productive: I believe you. I do. But when you’re writing a new web app on top of two frameworks, two template systems, three “pre-compilers,” a half-dozen “helper” modules and everything all of those rely on, you’re taking a lot on faith. Prioritizing development speed over all else is a fantastic way to accumulate technical debt. I’ve heard the problems this causes described as “changing your plane’s engines while you’re in flight.” In a couple years the #1 killer for companies in this situation may just be “slower” startups that took the time to get the damn engine design right in the first place.
Coyote Tracks: Ferret-induced developer fatigue 

Disney Picks 11 Tech and Media Firms for Startup-Accelerator Program »

The 11 companies selected to participate in the Disney Accelerator program are:

  • Buzzstarter: billed as the world’s first scalable, programmatic content-marketing platform
  • ChoreMonster: web and mobile platform that makes chores fun for kids and turns parents into superheroes
  • Codarica: provides a kid-focused introduction to world of computer programming with help from characters Cody Coder and Holly Hacker
  • Cogo: provides video monetization solutions for content creators
  • Jogg: lets users gather, edit and share video and other content from their devices
  • Sphero: develops a “connected play” system that lets users create robots controlled with a smart device
  • Sidelines: sources high-quality online discussions from a team of 400-plus experts, and distributes these discussions to publishers based on relevance
  • SnowShoe: created an interactive-play system with “magical” pieces of plastic that interact with touchscreens to create a bridge between physical items and digital content
  • Twigtale: provides parents with personalized expert advice for major childhood transitions
  • TYFFON: an entertainment app-development company and creator of the ZombieBooth series with more than 25 million total downloads
  • Ubooly: a learning toy that talks and listens to kids that can be customized to know a child’s name, teach lessons and more.

That’s what makes these fiascoes so unsettling—somebody is getting driven to financial ruin and having their wildest dreams crushed.

What’s far more troubling, though, is that each failed convention yields a group of gobsmacked fans, who believe they’ve witnessed an unprecedented, unrepeatable debacle. Which makes sense, if you think about it. The odds aren’t great that My Little Pony fans would know about WrestleFanFest. Minecraft gamers aren’t likely to remember a Star Trek convention from over 30 years ago. So fandom as a whole is never fully inoculated against this problem….

Dashcon, and what you can do about it (via fluffy)

Can knowing how a piece was composed make you appreciate it more? »

Alatariel Elensar:

The LEGO Group granted me the honor of being the first to reveal and review the new LEGO® Ideas set 21110 Research Institute. I’m extremely excited to have the final set in hand, especially because I only ever built the chemist’s lab for real. As a scientist critical and objective reviewing is part of my job so let’s get started.
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Alatariel Elensar:

The LEGO Group granted me the honor of being the first to reveal and review the new LEGO® Ideas set 21110 Research Institute. I’m extremely excited to have the final set in hand, especially because I only ever built the chemist’s lab for real. As a scientist critical and objective reviewing is part of my job so let’s get started.

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3d animation is at a stage where many people have access to the tools but very few have any meaningful guidelines on how to use them. The problem is that there is simply too much power and very little control, essentially you get too much for free. Other forms of animation have benefited from their inherent limitations, but largely these do not exist with 3d.
DAVID OREILLY: Basic Animation Aesthetics (2009)
I see my role much like a small-town prairie banker in the 1880s. My job is to project an aura of calm, solvency, and permanence in an industry where none of those adjectives applies.
Pinboard Turns Five (Pinboard Blog)