Predatory Thinking by Dave Trott. First physical book I’ve read in months.

Predatory Thinking by Dave Trott. First physical book I’ve read in months.

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Breaking Bad [MetroGnome COVER + REMIX]. This is how you do it. Yeah, bitch.

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Siri and Cortana are modeled to be our robotic companions and servants. Google Now is omniscient, all-powerful ether. Google Now is not a friend. It’s a silent god that takes our calls.
Why Microsoft Turned Cortana Into A Chatterbox
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Love the British villain positioning for the Jaguar F-Type. Kya feeling aati hai.

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This is why I love French windows in homes.

This is why I love French windows in homes.

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India’s iconic Ambassador car: BBC’s readers share their memories


  About 15 years ago I was in an Ambassador - the only one in a long cavalcade of vehicles, all others being big, new seven-seater SUVs like Tata Sumos. We were going up to the Himalayas and my car was always way behind the others as we had to frequently stop and throw water over the bonnet and radiator to cool it down. When we came to ford a tumbling rocky river, the SUVs sailed through no bother. I didn’t think we could possibly do it in the Ambassador but my driver revved the engine and charged into the river. Almost immediately the water poured into the car and I put my feet up on the dashboard as it filled the footwell. We crunched, coughed and staggered through that river with the throttle at full whack to keep the spluttering engine alive, the rocks throwing us all over the place - but we made it. It was a hilarious triumph for mad Indian tenacity plus the astonishing Ambassador. Liz Kingsnorth, Chennai, India

India’s iconic Ambassador car: BBC’s readers share their memories

About 15 years ago I was in an Ambassador - the only one in a long cavalcade of vehicles, all others being big, new seven-seater SUVs like Tata Sumos. We were going up to the Himalayas and my car was always way behind the others as we had to frequently stop and throw water over the bonnet and radiator to cool it down. When we came to ford a tumbling rocky river, the SUVs sailed through no bother. I didn’t think we could possibly do it in the Ambassador but my driver revved the engine and charged into the river. Almost immediately the water poured into the car and I put my feet up on the dashboard as it filled the footwell. We crunched, coughed and staggered through that river with the throttle at full whack to keep the spluttering engine alive, the rocks throwing us all over the place - but we made it. It was a hilarious triumph for mad Indian tenacity plus the astonishing Ambassador. Liz Kingsnorth, Chennai, India

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British rocket scientist says he’s designed a better saucepan. 40% more energy efficient. Starts at $85. Article reports that it cam be ordered via Lakeland’s website. Wonder if their store in Pune stock it.

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Why the Best Designers Don’t Specialize in Any One Thing

Those who treat UX like a rigid set of tasks and capabilities will be left behind, outpaced by digital natives who intuitively break down disciplinary boundaries.

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June 26, 1997: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Published. The Harry Potter series is officially 17 years old today.

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You cannot have “no design”. There is only careless design or thoughtful design. Choose to design thoughtfully.
What CEOs should know about design
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Ari Gold gives Turtle business advice.

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They just coexist together. #VSCOcam

They just coexist together. #VSCOcam

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Six pack from @thecubaguy and team dropped off. Very similar to the Nescafé+Thumsup I have at times. Me likey.

Six pack from @thecubaguy and team dropped off. Very similar to the Nescafé+Thumsup I have at times. Me likey.

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Pune Speak Up: Is online retail the next boom?

Was quoted in today’s DNA Pune along with five other people. Oddly, four of them seem skeptical.


  The real growth in online retail in India will happen once they crack the mobile space
  
  Online retailing has already shaped how we shop – even if we’re not buying via e-commerce stores, we’re definitely checking out products online, reading their reviews, and comparing prices.
  
  Existing players and new entrants are trying everything possible to make people more comfortable purchasing online, but I believe the real growth in India will happen once they crack the mobile space. There’s a larger demographic which has access to internet on their mobile devices than on desktops or laptops.
  
  Though the e-commerce companies do have mobile apps, I’ve found the experience very clunky and frustrating. Paytm, which has nailed the payment experience on mobile and earned the customers’ trust, recently introduced a marketplace on their mobile apps and definitely feels better to use than other shopping apps. OLX’s app allows its users to quickly take a photo using their mobile and upload an item to be sold – a far more convenient way than having to transfer the photo to a desktop and then create an entry.
  
  Of course, all these brands are heavily dependent on smartphone users, but with hardware prices falling rapidly, they’ll be seeing an increasing audience.

Pune Speak Up: Is online retail the next boom?

Was quoted in today’s DNA Pune along with five other people. Oddly, four of them seem skeptical.

The real growth in online retail in India will happen once they crack the mobile space

Online retailing has already shaped how we shop – even if we’re not buying via e-commerce stores, we’re definitely checking out products online, reading their reviews, and comparing prices.

Existing players and new entrants are trying everything possible to make people more comfortable purchasing online, but I believe the real growth in India will happen once they crack the mobile space. There’s a larger demographic which has access to internet on their mobile devices than on desktops or laptops.

Though the e-commerce companies do have mobile apps, I’ve found the experience very clunky and frustrating. Paytm, which has nailed the payment experience on mobile and earned the customers’ trust, recently introduced a marketplace on their mobile apps and definitely feels better to use than other shopping apps. OLX’s app allows its users to quickly take a photo using their mobile and upload an item to be sold – a far more convenient way than having to transfer the photo to a desktop and then create an entry.

Of course, all these brands are heavily dependent on smartphone users, but with hardware prices falling rapidly, they’ll be seeing an increasing audience.

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“Every 10-15 minutes someone comes by and stops in their tracks. They’re curious what it is we’re working. They’re surprised that we’re using brush to paint these things they’re used to seeing such big posters. It’s a very effective method to get the message, because if people to stop to see how we’re painting it then by default they pay attention to what the message is.” – Wall Dogs. The real Mad Men of New York advertising.

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