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@miketatum awesome. I see here on my MacBook that it looks great! :)
2 years ago on Welcome to the new, more reader and device aware PandoDaily!
With the caveat that I read Pando almost exclusively in Google Reader so only use the site when I'm clicking into a story to comment or convert it to Readability, my first impressions of the redesign is that it's much nicer looking than the old. (And FASTER (which in my case is probably the one thing I cared most about!)). I never understood the criticism of the old site as "too plain" or whatever, but this one does feel much more...modern, I guess? It reminds of The Atlantic's Quartz, which is really neat, in my mind.
I haven't used it on anything other than my 1920px wide display, so I can't speak to other form factors, but on this one it might be nice to have it use up a little more width. Right now there's probably 15-20% white space on either side of the content, which feels like a lot. In addition, the Ticker frame feels kinda "boxy." I wonder if just some tweaks there might make it feel less like it's just hanging out there uninvited. :p
But overall I think it's a great redesign. Not to belittle other commenters but I do think there's something to be said for the automatic screams of "hate it!" just because it's different.
@oilburner Interestingly Farhad notes that he likes West Wing, so he doesn't dislike all of Sorkin's storytelling...just when it's about tech CEOs. I would guess that if he wrote about politics in Washington he'd hate West Wing and like TSN.
2 years, 5 months ago on Can You Handle the Truth? Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie is Going to be a Disaster
So, you're arguing that Hollywood shouldn't base movies on true events but then take creative license? Than make that argument. I'm sure things don't actually work in the White House the way The West Wing portrays; it's fiction based on reality. I actually find it GOOD that Sorkin says things like “I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling.” Are you saying he shouldn't have said that, or shouldn't have DONE it that way?
If we're going to have a debate about how Hollywood tells stories we're going to have to look at a lot more than just Sorkin's movies, all of Hollywood is based on telling stories based in varying degrees on truths, that's why we love them (when we don't hate them).
Seems to me Sorkin told a good story that wasn't exactly the truth. And he's going to do it again. I say, good for him. It's a free country.
P.S. was it Pando or someplace else where I read recently that people who've seen The Social Network have a more favorable view of Zuck than those who haven't seen it? If that's indeed true, it seems Zuckerberg fans owe Sorkin a thank you.
I'm interested to know if only ex-Goolgers speak out against their former company, or if ex-Facebookers, ex-Twitterers, etc do so as well, and PandoTicker only reports the ex-Googlers for whatever reason (perhaps because the boss is a Google bear?).
P.S. I'm not trying to be sarcastic or smart-assy.
2 years, 5 months ago on Ex-Googler Speaking out Against Google+ (Quote) | PandoDaily
Sad to see you go, but happy for the reasons, I guess!
Looking forward to what you build next, and good luck Greg!
2 years, 6 months ago on Greg Kumparak, Signing Off
He successfully founded a start-up in the video space? Maybe he's being brought on as a high-level Hangouts engineer/project manager. By most accounts that feature has been one of the stand-outs of G+.
2 years, 6 months ago on Dmitry Shapiro to Join Google+ as Head of Product
@AndujarCedeno actually the Acela line is profitable. Can't say that about the rest of Amtrak's network, but Acela is.
Also, I think he may have said this in the article but it bares saying again: the federal government spends billions every year on highways. So it's not like we don't spend on transportation. Government overspending and where we should be spending and how much is a much broader issue.
2 years, 7 months ago on Let’s Build a Future Without Cars
Your two links supporting your arguments both reference Steve Jobs, which is cool except that everyone is not Apple, and Google isn't run by Steve Jobs. Google has always been more open about things than many other big Valley companies (notably Apple, they're kinda on opposite sides of the spectrum in fact). Despite how it might seem during their keynotes, Apple doesn't own the word or concept of technology "revolution." Linux was a technology revolution, and it started with a "hey I wrote some software" listserv message. The community of potential users then gave feedback. Google has always been closer to that open source model than to Apple. It seems like they're continuing that trend here.
You speak of "leaks" building hype but that has already been happening over the past several months. Everybody knew that Google was working on these glasses. I, for one, was happy to have some official word from the company on it as well as a video showing some potential use cases and a Google+ page where I can get updates and perhaps even interact with the team.
tl;dr: Google isn't Apple and doesn't operate like them. This may end up being the hardware version of Google Wave, but nobody's making you buy it. Did watching a 2-minute video really offend you that much?
2 years, 7 months ago on The Problem with Google’s Concept Video
@nathanielmott well, we want to get technology "out of the way" but we've also been pulling our computers closer and closer to us over the years. In the 60s computers were mainframes with terminals. The 80s PC revolution made computers much more accessible, but they were still mostly immobile. Laptops were great, but you had to sit down and boot them up. Smartphones are little computers in one hand that don't need boot-up time!
Maybe wearing the computers on our faces finally crosses some line, but history (and science fiction) says no.
@godofbiscuits Right. Once there's a trailer there's also most likely a rough cut of the movie floating around for those connected to the project to view. Just like how Sergey Brin showed up at a big charity dinner full of movers and shakers RIGHT after that video wearing said glasses? Someone should tell him they don't exist yet....
@godofbiscuits your second paragraph there sounds a lot like the iPad.