Q&A With Steven Pinker [Link]

May 26, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

I've always enjoyed Steven Pinker's books and essays. He's a truly thoughtful scientist. This question and answer piece on parlio is a great example of his clear and logical thinking. Even when the questions veer toward unimaginative or ignorant, his responses are still thought provoking and to the point. There's too many good ideas to quote them all so I'll leave the core principle here as bait.

That the human condition is improving. It's not just violence, but every other measure of human well-being that is on the rise: longevity, literacy, health, affluence, education.

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    May 26, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I recommend starting with the documentation. While the Action Builder is a huge step forward, it's still not beginner level stuff. If you have experience with Keyboard Maestro, this is still more complicated.

    Access the new Action Editor from the main LaunchBar menu:

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  2. Nerds on Home Brewing [Link]

    May 21, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

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  3. You Have Pain

    May 19, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

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  4. Inside ILM [Link]

    May 19, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

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    May 15, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    A wonderful heartbreaking essay By Robin Marantz Henig:

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  6. On the Design of 1Password for Apple Watch [Link]

    May 15, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    From the 1Password blog (which is totally worth subscribing to):

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  7. Oral History as a Gift

    May 14, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

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  8. Thing Explainer Book by Randall Monroe

    May 13, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    I really enjoyed the Randall Monroe book "What If?" and now I get to look forward to his latest work Thing Explainer. I love his approach to story telling through obscure problem statements. Each "answer" is really just a new problem to unpack. Thing Explainer builds on the xkcd comic ...

  9. Beware Simple Stories

    May 12, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

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