So true!

There are two possible future chapters to this story that should keep us up at night.

The first possibility is that the Ebola virus spreads from West Africa to megacities in other regions of the developing world. This outbreak is very different from the 19 that have occurred in Africa over the past 40 years. It is much easier to control Ebola infections in isolated villages. But there has been a 300 percent increase in Africa’s population over the last four decades, much of it in large city slums. What happens when an infected person yet to become ill travels by plane to Lagos, Nairobi, Kinshasa or Mogadishu — or even Karachi, Jakarta, Mexico City or Dhaka?

The second possibility is one that virologists are loath to discuss openly but are definitely considering in private: that an Ebola virus could mutate to become transmissible through the air. You can now get Ebola only through direct contact with bodily fluids. But viruses like Ebola are notoriously sloppy in replicating, meaning the virus entering one person may be genetically different from the virus entering the next. The current Ebola virus’s hyper-evolution is unprecedented; there has been more human-to-human transmission in the past four months than most likely occurred in the last 500 to 1,000 years. Each new infection represents trillions of throws of the genetic dice.

Well, fuck.

Ben Thompson:

[T]he problem is that the Smart Watch needs that explanation: what exactly is the point?

Obviously, [I was way off]( I’ve been thinking about it and I suppose that it says more about me and what I want than what Apple should do. I’ll probably read other peoples speculations like that from now on.

I’ll also be thinking about what I want in a watch.

Adam Belz, for the Star Tribune:

Minnesota’s economy has outperformed much of the nation in recent years partly because of its strength in diverse industries like medical devices, health care and food. Giants such as Medtronic, UnitedHealth and Cargill regularly acquire smaller companies in their industries for hundreds of millions of dollars.

No such giant exists in Minnesota when it comes to tech, an obstacle to growth in an economy that is becoming ever more digital.

I’ve thought for the past year that Minnesota is ripe for that sort of tech company. A clear leader, a place I hope would be a genuinely good place to work, somewhere that people can point to and say “fuck yeah, I want to work there.”

Minnesota tech firms will continue to be sold to companies elsewhere until the state grows a publicly traded tech company with gravitational pull of its own.

What about Best Buy? Target? 3M?

3M is the most likely to recognize that potential. Though I have no idea if they’d be inclined to do so. Target and Best Buy are focused internally because of their blunders in the past few years and both are rebuilding their respective web technologies (again) and hiring an army of freelancers to do so. It’s not encouraging.

Therefore my guess is that a new company would need to rise and become that tech giant.

Dave Winer has been around a while, and I appreciated his no-nonsense approach to writing web apps. It’s a refresh difference from the younger, more vocal, crowd constantly chasing the new shiny.

Boringly, let’s begin by assuming that it exists and it’ll be revealed Tuesday. Now with that out if the way, let the fun begin.

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You know how hard it is to read on a screen in sunlight? That’d be unacceptable on a watch.

Which got me wondering… what if the iWatch is, first and foremost, an excellent watch? I imagine a modern design with a physical display, something a connoisseur would appreciate.

What makes it worth the hype would be a collection of high calibre, low energy, technology packed inside. The motion chip from the iPhone 5s seems a natural choice, an NFC chip seems highly likely given the recent rumors, and Apple typically finds a way to add a little something extra when they want to.

If an iWatch is purchased and worn as a “mere” watch then the tech would be dormant. It would come alive only when connected to another Apple device. The how is tricky, so I’ll simply speculate that the other devices will do the heavy lifting of making a connection with the watch in order to set it up. Or perhaps a friendly genius at an Apple store.

Once unlocked, an iWatch could monitor, record, and transmit information to your iPhone and a variety of health and fitness apps on it, like Health Kit.

If the watch itself is priced reasonably, say $150–$250, which is a pittance compared to high fashion wrist watches out today, one could purchase an iWatch alone and be pleased with their stylish purchase. Then, when paired with Apple’s platform, they’re able to unlock significantly more power. Which, in the same way iPods were a gateway tech to other Apple devices, the iWatch’s potential could encourage people to buy more iThings, a win-win for everyone.

Freelancing has been a good, rewarding, refreshing experience, despite the challenges of running what’s effectively a customer service business that feels a lot like being a teenage busboy/waiter all over again.

Despite it all I’ve hardly been nervous, scared, or worried. Jobs are easy to find, the pay is so dramatically better that I’m making nearly double what I was “earning” in salary last year, which, with a budget kept the same, means I’m comfortable even when in between jobs. In short, it’s good.

This week, however, has been nerve wracking. I’ve been interviewing for a job. A good job. A job I actually want. A job I care about getting because the outlook of not getting it feels disappointing. Not awful. Not the end of the world by any means, just…not what I want right now. I want the job.

So, of course, I’m double checking every word I’ve written on an email after spending an hour writing three paragraphs and reading them over five times and yelling at myself because I think I should have sent that email an hour ago. It’s just an email, I tell myself, I should stop overthinking it, but then I’m thinking about overthinking my thinking, so I want to say “fuck it” and send it already, but I’ve done that in the past and regretted it because I always think of what to say after I send it, so I should probably step away and send it later, but I don’t want the guy to think I don’t care about the job because I really do, so I try to play it cool and reread the email a sixth time while thinking about maybe getting a coffee. AGH!

In the end, whatever happens, happens. I don’t have any control over the situation. All I can do is give myself the best possible shot to achieve what I want. I think I’ll get that coffee now.

A colour palette generator tool I built.

I’ve been working on it off and on (mostly off) for the past 8 months, and I’m happy to finally get this version of it out the door.

I hope you find it useful.

"For Google, devices are dumb glass and the intelligence is in the cloud, but for Apple the cloud is just dumb storage and the device is the place for intelligence."