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Wittgenstein 2022 is truth, poetry, and nonsense ex machina

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One hundred years ago, a breathtakingly confident Austrian published an influential and unique work of philosophy. The 1922 edition of Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is bilingual, with each page of the new English translation opposite one from the German original. …

How a few lines of code turned my Trump bot into a Musk bot

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Four long years ago, I introduced a project to ridicule and exploit our ex-president’s irresponsible use of social media.

[Trump] really likes to use Twitter. He uses it to express strong opinions about all sorts of things. Occasionally, those opinions are targeted at publicly traded companies. …

That time I put a Raspberry Pi inside an Apple iSight because nobody stopped me

Something is different about this iSight. Images courtesy of the author.

It’s a pandemic outside, many of us are working from home, and I found myself buying a webcam for the first time since the last century. I was not the only one.

The webcams out there today, they do the job. You just plug them in and get a pretty…

Sometimes no user interface is the best user interface

Paper on Thanksgiving Day, 2019. Content: © 2019 The New York Times Company

TThere’s something special about the layout of a print-edition newspaper. A news website has infinite vertical scrolling space, but a printed front page is fixed to the same size every day. This constraint creates a very particular aesthetic and — if done well — a sense of typographic balance.

I…

Why I created Accent, the smart picture frame with a pop of color and no cables

Do I have a thing today? Accent showing a monthful of calendar events. (Images courtesy of the author)

SScreens live a double life. They serve us dense information in bright colors, only to transform back into black mirrors. We have gotten used to it, but it doesn’t have to be this way.

As more and more connected devices arrive in our homes, it’s a good time to remember…

And it’s open source so you can help make it better

Artist’s impression

Like many who call the United States their home, I have been worried and confused by the start to Donald Trump’s presidency. It’s hard to know how to react to the misdirected anger, the blatant racism, and the “alternative facts”, which are increasingly threatening our civil liberties and our planet…

Max Braun

Everyday Robots. Formerly Google, X. Always inevitable technology. braun.design

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