Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cats as killers

Apparently, one of the most shared articles on The New York Times website this week is this hatchet job against your beloved Sassy, Patches or Tigger:

The estimated kill rates are two to four times higher than mortality figures previously bandied about, and position the domestic cat as one of the single greatest human-linked threats to wildlife in the nation. More birds and mammals die at the mouths of cats, the report said, than from automobile strikes, pesticides and poisons, collisions with skyscrapers and windmills and other so-called anthropogenic causes.

(I kid, I don’t doubt the validity of this report, and in fact, as I type this, an 18-pound tuxedo short-hair lies next to me and I fear for my life.)

The report even prompted an anti-cat editorial from the Old Gray Lady.

Mostly though, I just think the Times is late to this story, given this August piece on the same subject by our nation’s hotel-door-step paper of record.

The times even scooped themselves on this prowling pussy problem back in 1989.

OK, so maybe our nation does face a difficult cat problem, but let us please not let the people of Wisconsin decide what to do about it.

I would say more on this subject, but I must be going as the tuxedo cat has suddenly taken a keen interest in the cursor moving across my screen, and I think he has eyes on me next.


Tweetping is a pretty impressive real-time visualization of what is being tweeted around the globe.

The site has been up and down since yesterday, so here’s a screenshot in case you can’t access it:


It clearly isn’t working from the full Twitter fire hose, but the data it has is almost too much to take in already, so it works.

It is also made with a nice assortment of Javascript: Node.js,, Processing.js and Backbone.js.

The subtle touch of Jony Ive?

I noticed on the way into work this morning that the audio controls on my lately-upgraded-to-iOS 6.1 iPhone looked ever so slightly different.

Surer enough, as these two screen captures show, they are. Is this the subtle touch of Jony Ive’s new UX leadership in the post-Scott Forstall era? That scrubber control certainly bears resemblance to brushed al-u-min-ium.

iOS 6.1 on iPhone 5


iOS 6 on iPhone 4

iOS vs. Android version adoption

Gruber points to this Apple press release touting 300 million devices on iOS 6 in just five months.

Meanwhile, I was reminded via Timehop yesterday how much I hated the Android Honeycomb emulator two years ago, which got me wondering where Android version (specifically that two-year-old Honeycomb) adoption sits. Turns out, according to Google’s own numbers, that Gingerbread, the version prior to Honeycomb is the undisputed leader of the market with a 47.4 percent share.


That is a sad state of Android affairs. No wonder surveys continually show developer interest in iOS as leaps and bounds ahead of Android. Android has come a long way in the past two years, but what good are those advancements if you as a developer have to create for the lowest common denominator?

How to wear a fedora

I’ve been a fan of Goorin Bros. hats since three years ago when a friend turned me onto them, and I have been spending a fair amount of time at their new shop in Uptown Minneapolis since it opened a few months back, walking distance from my apartment. Well, it turns out they make some pretty entertaining brand content too (how many companies have you ever seriously said that about?), that is, entertaining if you love hats. Take this post about how to wear a fedora for example.

There’s one way you can wear it that I didn’t recommend, and that is to not wear it, a little taboo, I don’t recommend it. Wear hats. They say a lot about an individual.

That Grizum is looking mighty nice. That might be my next hat.

Young people, do the mayor a favor

This is just one of the many reasons I will miss Mayor R.T. Rybak when his term comes to a close at the end of this year.

Please, my millennial friends, do your part to help the mayor.