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Do Men Suck at Friendship?

According to the Male Deficit Model, friendships between men function and falter within strict pragmatic categories: “convenience friends,” for example, exchange helpful favors but don’t interact much otherwise; “mentor friends,” who connect primarily through one man’s tutelage of the other; or “activity friends,” which Matt and I became by surfing in San Francisco.
The theory holds that men tend to drift apart whenever the shared convenience, mentorship, or activity ends. That’s precisely what happened to Matt and me when I got married and became a father and no longer had much time to spend in the water. Our friendship only rekindled after Matt and his wife bought a fixer-upper in my neighborhood. I brought over my sledgehammer and Sawzall and we had a blast demolishing the walls of his old kitchen. Then his wife had a baby and we’d push our strollers around the neighborhood.

So your social life could be better. Big deal, right? Actually, it’s a bigger deal than you might know.

That’s because nearly all research into healthy aging has found that the key to a long, happy life is not diet or exercise but strong social connections – that is, friendships. Loneliness accelerates age-related declines in cognition and motor function, while a single good friend has been shown to make as much as a 10-year difference in overall life expectancy.



Death e-mails Google in Cirocco Dunlap’s humorous piece:

Subject: Questions!


Death here. Just writing to see if we can’t do anything about my Web presence.

When I type my name (“Death”) into Google, some of the related searches that pop up are things like “death poems,” “death quotes,” “Death of a Salesman,” etc. Super depressing stuff!”

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Photograph by Jan Stromme/Getty.

LOL! Can’t wait for Google’s response ;)

Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work? | Smashing Magazine

Tutorials 101” lays out some basic rules for crafting an effective game tutorial that we can extend to the world of mobile design:

  1. Use less text.
  2. Don’t frontload.
  3. Make it fun.
  4. Reinforce learning through play.
  5. Listen to your players.

How to be a great software developer


Disclaimer: This is a very long piece, much longer than I would normally write on any subject. I have edited it back but on sending it to friends to read they agreed that there was no one bit that should be cut. I hope that you feel the same.

If there’s one thing that software developers care…

Great developers are not people who can produce bubble sorts or link shorteners on demand. They are the people who when you harness them up to a project, never stop moving and inspire everyone around them to do the same. Fuck Rockstars. Hire workhorses. Here’s some ways to become one:

Toward an open Internet of Things - O'Reilly Radar

History proves this to be true


Google just revealed the incredibly simple formula for killer résumés

Read How to Get a Job at Google, Part 2

Online Tools to Extract Colors from an Image


Color Extraction powered by MulticolorEngine

Upload an image, paste an image URL or use drag and drop to extract the colors from your image. MulticolorEngine will display a color palette for all the colors identified in your image. Color extraction works for JPEGs, PNGs, and GIFs.

Color Explorer

With this tool you can quickly extract individual colors or a complete color palette from any image.

The advanced image analysis algorithm allows you to e.g. base the colors of a layout or graphic design on a photo or other type of artwork that you upload.

To get started, simply upload an image file (JPG or PNG format) using the toolbox at the left.


Upload your image and generate a color palette. (PNG, GIF, JPG only. Files cannot be larger than 500k)

Pictaculous has an option to download the resulting Adobe Swatch

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