Information wants to be free

“On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.” – Stewart Brand

The flaw of Wikipedia

Wikipedia volunteers have to spend hours reading long texts, just to understand how things work, and what’s going on. It’s a flawed system. All other platforms have integrated human interfaces where all the important info is indicated to users, in a way that is easy for them to consume. If only we could start from scratch.

Drugs

List of drugs that I have used recreationally:

  1. MDMA Crystals
  2. XTC
  3. Ketamine
  4. 4FA
  5. 4FMP
  6. 2CB
  7. Magic Mushrooms
  8. Magic Truffles
  9. Nitrous Oxide
  10. Alkyl Nitrites
  11. Amphetamine
  12. Cannabis
  13. Alcohol
  14. Ritalin
  15. Codein

Examples of good monopolies

  • Google Search
  • Facebook
  • Uber
  • Monsanto
  • Netflix
  • YKK
  • WD-40

Graham on history

“It seems to be a constant throughout history: In every period, people believed things that were just ridiculous, and believed them so strongly that you would have gotten in terrible trouble for saying otherwise.

Is our time any different? To anyone who has read any amount of history, the answer is almost certainly no. It would be a remarkable coincidence if ours were the first era to get everything just right.” – Paul Graham

Harf Videochat

I built a simple videochat platform, it’s called Harf. It allows anyone to create a room to broadcast video to people who can watch. All the rooms are listed on the front page. The next step is to add chat, so that users can interact with the people on camera.

Pando Interview

In 2013 I was featured on Pando for an interview about Wordo.

“It’s not often that someone starts an interview with me by insulting PandoDaily, but that’s exactly what Amin Eftegarie did when I asked him how he came up with his startup idea.”

Systrom on learning

“Sometimes it’s not about the idea that you are working on, but instead the skills that you learn while you are working on it” – Kevin Systrom

Mental firewall

When you are in love with what you are doing, you automatically develop a mental firewall to block anything remotely distracting.

Shrekli on profits

“I have a sworn duty to my shareholders to maximize profit.” – Martin Shkreli

I made a free Alexa tracker

I needed a tool that tracks the Alexa rank of my website. Alexa wants $100 a year to do this simple task. So my friend Anas and me created a site that does the same for free: AlexaRank.io.

Believing untrue things

results in believing more untrue things.

Disney on money

“We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies” – Walt Disney

School

is prison

Identifying smart people

“It’s easy to tell how smart people are. In 10 minutes, hit a few tennis balls over the net, and do they hit back at you, or into the net?” – Paul Graham

Refugee

I’m born in Iran.
I once came here as a refugee.
I am a business owner and employer.
I am 26, and have paid more taxes than others my age.
At 17 I read The Selfish Gene and left Islam for atheism.

Apple on app rejection

“We will reject Apps for any content or behavior that we believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see it”.” – Apple App Store Guidelines

Zuck on doing things

“I have this big fear of getting locked into doing things, that aren’t actually the most impactful things.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Parker on social media

“I’m a father now, and I have two children. And I constantly think about what will I do when they grow up using products that I helped design. And I generally think that I’m going to discourage them from using those products the way I tried to trick people into using them when I was younger.” – Sean Parker

Jefferson on government

“The best government is that which governs least.” – Thomas Jefferson

Buffet on his cola consumption

“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola” – Warren Buffet

Immortality

is the only thing worth pursuing.

Dissonance

The willingness to undergo cognitive dissonance, although painful, is admirable.

Spend time alone

“There are many things you can accomplish, many thoughts you can have, that are only possible during long stretches of solitary time. You may even wish, at times, to be painfully alone – longing for social contact. Sometimes this is a period of maximal productivity.” Patrick McGillivray

Steve on innovation

Q: How do you systematise innovation?
Steve Jobs: The system is that there is no system.

We are wild Homo Sapiens

born in the civilised world.

School

Fuck school.

Kanye on close mindedness

“I think there are people who are wired by their parents to understand what I’m saying.
And there are people who are wired by their parents to reject what I’m saying” – Kanye West

David Lynch on School

“For me, back then, school was a crime against young people. It destroyed the seeds of liberty. The teachers didn’t encourage knowledge or a positive attitude.” – David Lynch

Simplifying

is the hardest thing.

Larry Ellison on school

“The things that caused problems for me in school are the same things that helped me succeed in the world.”

What great company

is nobody starting?

Privacy

is the new celebrity.

Kanye on Bateman

“I kind of embody the character of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, which I really related to when I saw the movie.” – Kanye

I’m unable to conform

to something I don’t agree with in the first place.

The government

Fuck the government.

Numair on life

“Most of the best things that have ever happened to me have been a direct result of completely accidental situations that might have otherwise been considered “mistakes.” – Numair Faraz

Autodidacticism

is the new Harvard.

Privatise

Everything.

Response times on touch displays

I’m a nazi when it comes to snappiness in user interfaces. Everything has to be super-snappy. This video (by Microsoft no less) shows how important those ‘small’ differences can be to the user experience.

Einstein on Income tax

“The hardest thing to understand in this world is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein

Wordo

Today Chi and I launched Wordo. Wordo is the clean dictionary. It’s made within 3 hours. It gives you definitions of English words, that’s all it does at this moment. But gosh, it’s so refreshing compared to what some of the other guys are doing. For example, check the definition for a random word Detail and compare them yourself:

Compared to the biggest and most used online dictionaries, Wordo is the clutter-free alternative. If anything, we removed too much, and if that’s the case we will gladly add things others find useful (synonyms, related words, other languages etc).

The greatest pleasure

is solving problems. – Paul Rand

Balancing out

I give credit to things that I find underrated while ignoring things I find overrated. I have the need to balance out the world.

Response times & UX

Hello!

Managing complexity

The best way to manage complexity, is to prevent it from happening.

Insanely great

“Steve wasn’t just using “insanely” as a synonym for “very.” He meant it more literally—that one should focus on quality of execution to a degree that in everyday life would be considered pathological.” – Paul Graham

PS vs Pixelmator

Photosohop: 1,5GB
Pixelmator: 40MB

Ignore the good things,

focus on great things.

Ideas are nothing

Execution is everything. The same idea executed by different people will result in completely different things. If it were startups with the same idea, executed by different people in parallel universes, one might be worth billions while the other is worthless.

HAL 9000 on the purpose of life

“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do”

A busy man..

is a happy man.

Ayn Rand

Click.

John Nash in school

“Nash rarely attended class, claiming it would blunt his originality.” – A Brilliant Madness

It’s not about the name

It’s about the brand.

GUI Galaxy, SurfStation and Kaliber10000

It’s OK if you don’t get it.

RyanAir CEO on efficiency

“We have over ten thousand passengers per employee. Britsh Airways has 750 passengers per employee. Our people are 14 times more productive.” – Michael Cawley (Interim CEO RyanAir)

Good designers

should not try to be good programmers, and vice versa.

Apple & 2001 A Space Odyssey

Sometimes I think Steve Jobs was just as fascinated by Kubrick’s 2001 as I’ve been.

iPod // “Open the pod bay doors hal”
iPhone 5 // Black monolith
Siri // Hal 9000 Apple Hal 9000 Ad

Friedman on governments

Throughout the world governments always professed to be forward looking, in practice they are always backward looking, either protecting the industries that exist or making sure that whatever ventures they have decided to undertake are encouraged and develop. – Milton Friedman

Zuck on the web

“Virtually every important service that you use, online but eventually offline too, are going to get remade and designed from the botom up with people at their center.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Aaron Swartz

“The only thing I’ve really done is followed my curiosity wherever it led, even if that meant crazy things like leaving school or not taking a “real” job.” – Aaron Swartz

Being broke

If you think it’s cool to be rich, think again. It’s cooler to be broke. Being broke forces one to think outside the cube. You have no other choice than to carefully choose what horses to ride on. It breeds creativity and thoughtfulness. It makes you a jazz performer – you have to improvise with whatever tools you’re given.

Paradox of choice

The more choice you’re given, the less likely you are to choose anything.

Only dead fish

swim with the current

Path Dependance

“Path dependence explains how the set of decisions one faces for any given circumstance is limited by the decisions one has made in the past, even though past circumstances may no longer be relevant.” – Wikipedia

What do you believe very strongly

that nobody else agrees on?

Voltaire

“Common sense is not so common” – Voltaire

Being personal

is more professional than being professional.

School

Has been the biggest barrier preventing me from learning.

Dribbble invites

I’ve got two invites for Dribbble. Shoot me an email and I will consider your work.

Larry Ellison on Microsoft

Oracle founder Larry Ellison explains why Microsoft is a huge dickhead.

What are some of mankind’s stupidest concepts?

“That 30 people learn best by sitting silently for 50 minutes while someone talks at them.”

Fuck school.

Hamming on productivity

“Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the more you learn, the more you can do; the more you can do, the more the opportunity – it is very much like compound interest.”

Richard W. Hamming

Thoughts on

Thoughts on Design, Paul Rand
Thoughts on Flash, Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs on Paul Rand
Thoughts on Beacon, Mark Zuckerberg

LinkedIn

Fuck LinkedIn.

Branson on school

“I wasn’t a student for very long, but I was more a student of life once I left school” – Richard Branson

Wilde on dandies

“The future belongs to the dandy. It is the exquisites and rare who are going to rule”. – Oscar Wilde

If it’s important to you

You will find a way.

If not,

You’ll find an excuse.

Popular Followers

I’ve been working on a fun project which is called Popular Followers. It allows you to sort your twitter followers on the amount of followers that they have. I wanted to find out if my trashness twitter account had any celebs/high-profile people following it, and didn’t want to manually scan our 1500 followers. Google showed me there was an awesome programmer (Raymond Camdon, he works for Adobe, is extremely productive, has adopted children) who had already tried to create such a tool, I emailed him to ask if he’d be interested to collaborate with me on creating this simple tool for the masses. His job, to code, my job, to built the interface. His job was done in about an hour, mine too. But designing such a small tool is easy, since we didn’t need much more than a background, and a big-ass form box. The complete project, from my initial email to him, to deciding on a name, registering a domain, was finished in 24 hours. It took a bit longer before we actually launched, though, but this was nevertheless the most productive collab I’ve ever had. So hereby, dear readers of my blog (facking nobody), I proudly present to you what is probably the tiniest Twitter tool of all times: Popular Followers.

Everyone you will ever meet

knows something you don’t.

iPhone sales

“Each new generation sold approximately equal to all previous generations combined.” – Phil Schiller

Dean on greatness

“The only greatness for man is immortality.” – James Dean

Picasso on life

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

Concise definition

“Brief, yet including all important information.” – Wordo (the clean dictionary)

MacBook Air 2011 vs 2012

So, two days after I received the latest MacBook Air 13″, it’s time for a very short comparison with the previous 2011 13″ model, nobody reads my website anyway so a long review is not in place here. Here’s a list of differences I’ve noticed so far:

  • They’re both extremely fast. It’s hard to say the new one is faster, even though benchmarks will tell it is, but I haven’t used it for extremely CPU intensive tasks. Photoshop, HD video editing and such things already were lightning fast on the previous model. The difference in speed is hardly noticeable.
  • Update: Holy smokes. I just ran the stopwatch while booting the 2012 Air. It’s fully loaded within 11 seconds. Sweet Moses smell the roses!
  • From the outside, you won’t be able to tell ’em apart, but if you look closely, you might notice that the keyboard is slightly better looking, the buttons are thinner, but somehow feel much better while typing. This is the most noticeable difference. Typing is heaven on this thing. It’s a $80 MIDI keyboard versus a Bosendorfer grand piano, the buttons have a soft, organic pressure to them. It’s details like these that only Apple is anal about.
  • When waking up from sleep, the Wi-Fi reconnects even faster than the previous model. By the time you’ve opened your Air you can already browse the internet (it’s like 1,5 sec vs 2,5 sec).
  • The internal speakers sound a bit different. The 2012 model has a much better, cleaner sound, but is lacking bass compared to the 2011 model. As if we weren’t lacking bass already. To be honest, I prefer the sound of the previous model.
  • The new FaceTime HD built-in webcam is much, much better. Not only a shitload sharper, but more frames per second and greater dynamic range as well. A huge plus for avid video-skypers or Photo Booth bombers.
  • On the older models, audio output was a bit laggy. When you’d plug in your headphones while playing music, you’d hear complete silence for 3 or 4 seconds before the audio finally came out of the headphones. This is now instant.

This post turned out much longer than I intended it to be.

My favorite movies

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Baraka
  • Fucking Amal
  • Leaving Las Vegas
  • The Science of Sleep
  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Dancer in the Dark
  • The Truman Show
  • American Psycho
  • Clerks
  • Beijing Bicycle
  • Turtles Can Fly
  • Full Metal Jacket (The first 40 minutes ♥)

Wikipedia on eccentrics

“They are simply unconcerned by society’s disapproval of their habits or beliefs.”

Kerouac on crazy people

“The only ones for me are the mad ones.” —Jack Kerouac

Underscores vs dashes

Fascinating.

Fitts’ Law

Only interesting to usability nazi‘s.

Aristotle on criticism

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

Donal Trump on his hair

“I wash it with Head & Shoulders. I don’t dry it, though. I let it dry by itself. It takes about an hour” – Trump

Language / programming

Just because you know English, that doesn’t mean you’re a good author. In the same way, just because you know a computer language very well, that doesn’t make you good programmer.

Sean Parker on drugs

“I’m a believer in any method of mind expansion whether facilitated by meditation, religious experience or drug use. There is a value in using tools available to us, even if it is pharmacological in nature, if it expands the mind.”

Sean Parker when asked whether he had used drugs

Twister Random Generator

A while ago we decided to play Twister at a party, we had the floor mat but somehow lost the spinner board (we’ve mostly used it while we were drunk). I told my friends not to worry and created this little Twister Random Generator.

Eastpak’s new tag line

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

Cyberpunk is an attitude

“There seems to be a common attitude or philosophy among those attracted to cyberpunk. They often find themselves caught in the romantic struggle between themselves and the system.[..] When pushed they feel free to use anything and everything at their disposal: including hacking, deception, and intrusion. Do not fuck with us.”

The Strokes on drugs

Nick Valensi: “If half the band does drugs and the other half of the band doesn’t do drugs, you will break up in the next six months.”
Julian Casablancas: “So we all do drugs.”

Oscar Wilde

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” – Oscar Wilde

Kowtow

“I didn’t want to kowtow to the system.” – Sean Parker

Karen Lamb

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

The “hacker” word

“To the popular press, “hacker” means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer.” – Paul Graham

Forward Slashes

Why do urls need two forward slashes (http://)?
“The forward slashes are there solely for aesthetic purposes”

Jobs on Super Bowl

“I don’t know a single person who watches the Super Bowl.” – Steve Jobs