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Alexander Becker
Works at LYROIS Art, Design & Brand Laboratory
Lives in Berlin, GERMANY
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Alexander Becker — Renaissance man, advocatus diaboli, multi-disciplinary thinker, experienced industrial designer and ideation specialist, worth his weight in gold; political theorist, providing news & intelligence analysis and commentary beyond ideological boundaries, author of Serendicritique; part-time experimental artist behind the art scheme "Lyrois" and publisher of None of This is Real. Designer by trade, almost 20 years in the game, mostly industrial and by extension, everything which can be made better -- since 2005 via Alexander Becker Concepts. Experiences in project management, publishing, coding CMSs in the nineties, and ghostwriting PHD dissertations. Informed by a rare flavor of intelligence and described as sharing genes with Keith Haring and Brian Eno, among others...

Alexander Becker’s Law of Civilized Discourse

By the way, I’m making books; as in layout, typesetting, editing, cover art, and illustration — drop me a line if you need help.

For the interesting stuff, join my Totalitarianism Monitor community.

Yes. THE Alexander Becker — caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.

Quoting myself —
  • "Being a fan of an artist is not necessarily the same as being a fan of their work. Most often, it correlates inversely."
  • "The question: 'What's your favorite classical composer?' doesn't reveal anything. Instead, 'Which composer do you absolutely hate?' is much more insightful. Same with wine."
  • "The more you refine your eye, style, and technique, the better the ratio between level of detail and size of work becomes."
  • "In general, I don't care — In particular, I do care obsessively."
  • "Creativity is a collateral of insatiable curiosity."
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Designer, Creative Director
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Project Management, Conceptual Design, Book-Making, Writing, Negotiation Support, Intelligence Analysis, Pattern Manipulation
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  • LYROIS Art, Design & Brand Laboratory
    Creative Director, 2005 - present
    Lyrois' notoriously sampled signature shapes and shadows, customizations, independent design and commercial projects and collaborations, private and corporate commissions.
  • Alexander Becker Concepts
    Designer, Developer, Editor, 2005 - present
    Alexander Becker provides ideation services, conceptual and technical consulting, from visionary design to professional execution and presentation.
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What could POSSIBLY go wrong: Land Rover develops a smartphone remote control for its SUVs


What's better than a self-driving car? A car you can drive like a massive remote-controlled toy, of course. This week, Land Rover unveiled a new, prototype system that can control its Range Rover...
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Obviously, this needs to be implemented as a smart watch app. For so many reasons.... 
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Chrome Bookmark Manager

I have about 30k bookmarks in a custom-built folder structure. Unfortunately, the shiny new bookmark manager is trying to "help" me and is eventually out to create its own (auto-awesome) folders, ignoring mine. Literally. It takes a perceived 12 clicks to bookmark something and ensure it arrived at its correct location (mostly, it gets added to the root folder).

Here is help: Go to chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment and turn it off. Me personally, I'll be in the market for a third party bookmark manager until there is an AI that gets my taxonomy requirements.
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+Alexander Becker as you've probably already seen, the (default) experiment has been rather quietly rolled back... not that the original version is THAT much better in terms of UX (drag & drop errors galore, etc. etc.).

Industrial Strength solution coming this fall... :)
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My kinda guy....
 
May the Fourth be with you!









Had to be done. #geektroll  
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Ingress xD
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Let the speculations begin...

Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had become the new lead for both new products, Google Photos and Streams. 
Google is splitting Google+ apart, breaking the social network's photo element away from what it's now calling "Streams." Bradley Horowitz, a longtime Google VP of product, announced that he had...
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In the "data liberation" (I don't think it's called that anymore), the Photos and Streams always were separate archives for download. So, what does this change mean exactly? And what about YouTube? If we are breaking apart the realm, do we get to secede from that unholy alliance?
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"Software that can publish every draft of a book simultaneously shows the true beauty of the creative process"

How an author uses a versioning system to preserve states and hence history and evolution of his prose.

If you are interested in experimenting with technologies such as this one and publish versioned ebooks, or want to stay traditional in print, working on real paper, let's talk: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/
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Paul Graham posted an animation of his drafting an essay at one point, which was rather interesting.  Not necessarily what I'd need to see in all cases, but watching the creative process in others (and sometimes yourself) is almost always fascinating.
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(Bullet)-proof against the third kind, it makes you look bad
However many times you read your book, there will always be typos; especially the kind that automatic spelling systems do not catch. This is one of the running jokes in book-making. You print the first edition, having read th...
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I remember distinctly the sinking feeling the first time I opened my first novel in print and turned to a random page and found a typo. It is true. The problem is that the third type of error is the only kind of error that survives all the rigorous checking and rechecking. The other two errors are usually easy to spot automatically and manually. But the third kind is silent, invisible, and has evolved to survive in harsh environments. It has to, and the harsher the glare of proofreading, the more insidious the error. It's simple Darwinism.
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Yes, you can create a collection first and then add posts to it by clicking on the dropdown next to the sharing button.
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Why?

Why is it not possible to enter a keyword in the Playstore and sort the results by rating, or by number of downloads, or by price, for example? 
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+André Fachat Um. Given Google's entire raison d'etre I find that suggestion entirely implausible.
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Solar Eclipse

Picture taken with a Nexus 5 through a CD in Berlin.

(Reposted after G+ botched the first upload.)
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Is that a bogdonoshard?
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How to Comment on PDF Files (with the Free Version of Acrobat Reader)

If you are using my services and we are creating a book together; at some point, we are exchanging PDF files of your manuscript with my layout for you to review and annotate with comments and edits.

Otherwise, and always, if you have a book project, I'm available to help you: http://alexanderbecker.net/books/
If you are using my services and we are creating a book together; at some point, we are exchanging PDF files of your manuscript with my layout for you to review and annotate with comments and edits. Here is a short primer on ...
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Fine with me, Cindy. Feel free to nerd out on book making. Either way, starting a bibtex db rather sooner than later is a good practice, Edward. 
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War Archery

If someone is able to make it look that easy and elegant, they achieved mastery. 
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