The People vs. Goldman Sachs

This isn’t just a matter of a few seedy guys stealing a few bucks. This is America: Corporate stealing is practically the national pastime, and Goldman Sachs is far from the only company to get away with doing it. But the prominence of this bank and the high-profile nature of its confrontation with a powerful Senate committee makes this a political story as well. If the Justice Department fails to give the American people a chance to judge this case — if Goldman skates without so much as a trial — it will confirm once and for all the embarrassing truth: that the law in America is subjective, and crime is defined not by what you did, but by who you are.

The People vs. Goldman Sachs | Rolling Stone Politics.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock May 15th, 2011 — No Comments


Jon Huntsman in Time

But if that’s what I’m up to, then torture really doesn’t work, because in several sittings and a couple of hours together over a week’s time, I don’t even come close to getting him to spill such puny secrets as whether he thinks we should be in Afghanistan or Libya (“There will be more to say about that”), in what ways he disagrees with Obama (“I don’t want to get into specifics”) or, for that matter, where he parts company with his fellow Republicans, including his distant cousin, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (“It wouldn’t be fair to offer an opinion without doing due diligence”). And as for whether or not Huntsman still belongs to the Church of Latter-day Saints, I know less than I did before I asked him. (“I’m a very spiritual person,” as opposed to a religious one, he says, “and proud of my Mormon roots.” Roots? That makes it sound as if you’re not a member anymore. Are you? “That’s tough to define,” he says. “There are varying degrees. I come from a long line of saloon keepers and proselytizers, and I draw from both sides.”)

I’d vote for this guy…

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Posted by Jake Spurlock May 13th, 2011 — No Comments


Stanley Kubrick – a filmography

via Stanley Kubrick – a filmography – on Vimeo.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 30th, 2011 — No Comments


The Difference in Apple Software

We were making great progress, but we couldn’t get it done alone. Creating sophisticated software requires a team effort. One person can use smoke and mirrors to make a demo that dazzles an audience. But shipping that to a million customers will expose its flaws and leave everyone looking bad. It is a cliche in our business that the first 90 percent of the work is easy, the second 90 percent wears you down, and the last 90 percent – the attention to detail – makes a good product. Making software that is simultaneously easy to learn, easy to use, friendly, useful, and powerful takes people with an incredible combination of skills, talent, and artistry working together with intensity and patience.

via Graphing Calculator Story.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 28th, 2011 — No Comments


The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid

This poster illustrates a change in design practice. Computation-based design—that is, the use of algorithms to compute options—is becoming more practical and more common. Design tools are becoming more computation-based; designers are working more closely with programmers; and designers are taking up programming.

The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid

via The 892 unique ways to partition a 3 x 4 grid.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 24th, 2011 — No Comments


Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Interviewer

Found this article, thought it was relevant.

During my lengthy job search, I’ve discovered two important things. One: I may have a lot of the answers; but two: I don’t have all the questions.

“Two” got me thinking. In the few interviews I’ve had, I’m bombarded with all kinds of HR-spawned psychological and philosophical questions, and often an online application—pre-interview—will have many similar questions. Some have been insulting, benign, or clearly meant to trip up an applicant with conflicting answers. You know the drill. “Explain a situation where you’ve missed a deadline and what you did to correct the situation.” Well, I’ve never missed a deadline! When an interviewer would ask if I had any questions for them, I’d have a few prepared, but they never seemed to be the right ones.

To correct that mistake and, frankly, turn the tables, I assembled a reference list of questions I thought should be addressed from a candidate’s viewpoint. I had been inspired by the story of Peyton Manning’s first meeting with Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. Irsay was impressed that Manning interviewed him as much Irsay interviewed Manning. Imagine Manning asking questions like, “How committed are you to winning?” or “What kinds of coaches am I going to work with?” Questions such as these are relevant for any job candidate.

via Questions You Absolutely Must Ask Your Interviewer | TalentZoo.com.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 23rd, 2011 — No Comments


Why businesses commoditize

Marco Arment:

It’s usually in a business’ best interests to commoditize its complements. Microsoft commoditized PC hardware because its software needed a home. Companies that contribute heavily to open-source, such as modern-day IBM, commoditize software because they sell consulting and support services. Google commoditizes applications, platforms, and web technologies because it needs places to put its ads and people to see them. (Google also tries to commoditize anything required to get online: web browsers, DNS, and in some cases, even internet connectivity.) Apple commoditizes apps to make iPhones and iPads more attractive (and exclusive).

via Marco.org – Facebook’s Open Compute Project.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 9th, 2011 — No Comments


3 questions Coudal asks before deciding to take on a project

Can we make money from it?

We’re a going business. We have mortgages to pay. We have tuitions to pay for our kids. We’re not ashamed of making money.

Are we gonna be proud of it when we’re done?

There’s nothing that will break your heart faster than working three months on a project and then, when it’s all done, you’ve sold your soul and compromised and you don’t even want anybody to see it.

Have we learned something new?

That allows us to continue to grow in the skills that we have. It allows us to be better filmmakers and writers and coders and art directors. And it keeps things interesting.

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: Coudal – 37signals.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock April 8th, 2011 — No Comments


Zombies!

Zombie attacks!


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Posted by Jake Spurlock March 18th, 2011 — No Comments


Conan Closing Remarks Kinetic Typography

In my Flash classes, one of the final projects is a kinetic typography assignment. It has grown to be one of my favorite projects. This is a steller example of the medium.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock March 7th, 2011 — No Comments