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Entries from July 2008

Jul 31, 2008

Wordscraper is the new Scrabulous

Today, Rajat and Jayant Agarwalla resurrected their recently murdered Scrabulous app under a new name, Wordscraper. This incarnation works much like the original, with a few significant differences: You can create your own board layout (this includes layouts based on the original Scrabble board), or you can generate a random one. You can share your […]

Jul 21, 2008

The Perfect iPhone Pocket

Remember that little coin pocket in your jeans that you never use? Turns out, it’s the perfect size for your iPhone. The mini pocket keeps your Precious close to you while protecting it from scratchy keys and objects in your main pocket. No need for a stupid holster or bulky case. I’ve tested jeans from […]

Jul 15, 2008

Flashback: Charles Eames TV Interview, 1956

Check out this 1956 TV interview of Charles Eames, featuring the debut of the classic Eames Lounge Chair: Half a century later, it’s still amazing. I especially love the video of the chair’s assembly, and of course, the special appearance by Ray Eames at the end. Thanks to Hugh for sending this my way.

Jul 10, 2008

Portfolio 101: Just Use Your Own Name, Dammit

I’m seeing a lot of design portfolios with titles like “Beyond Imagination” or “Passions” or “Reflections” or “Curiosity.” With all these vaguely conceptual names, it’s like taking a nauseating stroll through the Macy’s perfume department. Instead of titling your portfolio like the latest celebrity scent, why not just use your own name? Here’s my rationale: […]

Jul 1, 2008

Not Clever: AT&T’s Lame “Upgrade Fee”

Okay, I have to rant. AT&T will be charging existing iPhone users an $18 dollars to upgrade to the iPhone 3G. This is in addition to the price of the new iPhone plus the increased voice and data rates. In short, if you’ve been a loyal AT&T customer, you’re getting a penalty to upgrade. Once […]

Jul 1, 2008

Ask LifeClever: Should I Omit Short-term Work from My Resumé?

Trisha asks: Should I omit any positions I have held for less than a year or insignificant ones? What is your opinion? I would rather explain a gap, like moving or staying at home with the kids, than explain why I left something after only 4 months. If it’s not relevant, leave it out. Think […]