Google’s new Material Design initiative is certainly promising. A coherent design across third party apps is something that Android has needed for a while. But Android has serious competition from the iOS ecosystem. iOS 7 has been out for less than a year, and already, almost all popular apps have adapted to the new design language and created their own designs that work well with the language of the new design. It will be interesting to see if Android’s ecosystem can step up to create an equally great end-to-end experience.
Here are some of the best-designed iOS 7 apps on my phone.
John Oliver’s excellent take on income inequality
74% of millennials, according to Reason, want the government to guarantee food and housing to all Americans.
So I got my hands on a friend’s DLSR…
It’s not that the government should never act in secret. Quite obviously that’s neither advisable nor practical. But when it comes spying on citizens by the government — which has the power to take away one’s life, liberty, and property — it would be irresponsible of us to assume that because our view is obscured, there is nothing to see.
It’s a little simplistic, because at least at the outset there couldn’t have been a way to know that the F-35 program was going to be so disastrous. But now that it’s still being funded 7 years past its deadline, the point must be made.
There is a massive problem with how funding is allocated and viewed in this country. Military operations are necessary and always expensive, but the amount of overhead that this country tolerates for military projects, epitomized by projects like the F-35, is shockingly large compared to the money we would need to fix our societal issues. But military spending is approved every single time, while social investments are deemed “too expensive” and often — especially in the case of basic income — written off as somehow “socialist.”
The five Americans whose email accounts were placed on the list come from different backgrounds, and hold different religious and political views. None was designated on the list as connected to a foreign power. Some have come under sharp public scrutiny for their activities on behalf of Muslim-Americans, and several have been investigated by the government. But despite being subjected to what appears to be long periods of government surveillance, none has been charged with a crime, let alone convincingly linked to terrorism or espionage on behalf of a foreign power. Taken together, their personal stories raise disturbing questions about who the government chooses to monitor, and why.
“Hunger Of The Pine,” the first single off alt-J’s second album, This Is All Yours. This makes me hopelessly excited for the LP’s September release.
The system seems too full now of opportunities to grind and to bully. We have politicians, most of whom will never have to work another day in their lives, making the argument seriously that there is no role in self-government for the protection and welfare of the political commonwealth as that term applies to the poorest among us. We have politicians, most of whom have gilt-edged health care plans, making the argument seriously that an insurance-friendly system of health-care reform is in some way bad for the people whom it is helping the most, and we have politicians seriously arguing that those without health-care somehow are more free than the people who have turned to their government, their self-government, for help in this area. In the wake of a horrific outbreak of violence in a Connecticut elementary school, we have enacted gun laws now that make it easier to shoot our fellow citizens and not harder to do so. Our police forces equip themselves with weapons of war and then go out and look for wars to fight. We are cheap. We are suspicious. We will shoot first, and we will do it with hearts grown cold and, yes, cruel.