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What a great post this is!  Don't miss it.  It describes the deep change effected by an application that was originally just a toy.  “Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are preludes to serious ideas.” (Charles Eames)
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This is the longest I ever took to write something, although in my defense I also created some bespoke UIs to accompany the whole thing. :·)

It’s an essay about a road trip, urban design, San Francisco, New York, Robert Moses, highway revolts, and a book that perhaps has already changed my life (but I don’t know it yet).

Hope you enjoy: http://www.aresluna.org/stories/in-the-footsteps-of-robert-moses/
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Great to know. Thanks for sharing!
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Today we're marking the birth of a someone who is a hero to many of us at Google. Alan Turing was born 100 years ago into a world very different from our own—but he’s a founding father of every computer and Internet company today. In 1936, his paper “On Computable Numbers”  introduced two key concepts, “algorithms” and “computing machines," which now rank among the most important intellectual breakthroughs of the 20th century.

In the evolution of computing, all paths trace back to Turing—so we're proud to help commemorate and preserve his legacy. In 2010 we helped raise funds to preserve Turing's papers at Bletchley Park, and recently we’ve worked with curators at London’s Science Museum on their new exhibition “Codebreaker - Alan Turing’s Life and Legacy.” And of course, we couldn't let this occasion pass without a doodle. If you visit our homepage today, you'll find a simulation of his “Turing machine"—try your hand at programming it, and read more about Turing in our blog post: http://goo.gl/ByYbV
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“His name had faded from the headlines in New York City long before. For a while after Newsday no longer published his column, its reporters still telephoned him for comment on stories involving public works on Long Island, and played his statements prominently, as did the Long Island Press. But as time went on that all but stopped, too. This man who for decades had read the newspapers first thing every morning no longer found his name in them except on rare occasions – and on those occasions almost invariably in a derogatory context, as a man who had been responsible for housing and highway mistakes. He had built Jones Beach and Sunken Meadow State Park, and Heckscher, and the Massena and St. Lawrence power projects – but no one remembered those. He was forgotten – to live out his years in bitterness and rage.

In private, his conversations dwelt more and more on a single theme – the ingratitude of the public toward great men. And once, invited by the Church to speak at the dedication in Flushing Meadows Park of the Excedra, a huge, marble bench for reflection donated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of New York, he gave vent to his feeling in public. Turning to a high church official who was also an old friend, his voice booming out over the public address system, he said:

“Someday, let us sit on this bench and reflect on the gratitude of man.”

Down in the audience, the ministers of the empire of Moses glanced at one another and nodded their heads. RM was right as usual, they whispered. Couldn’t people see what he had done?

Why weren’t they grateful?”
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Yeah, I devoured The Power Broker like there was no tomorrow and it was that book that actually inspired the whole series of road trips. One of the best books I ever read.
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One of Robert Moses’s best-received creations, and Long Island’s most popular beach – with huge, beautiful bath houses made of then-rare building materials, the concealed (water) tower, and inspiring attention to details. But, also, the Marine Theater originally built mostly to entertain Moses’s friends.
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I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
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We're looking for another designer at Medium. Someone well rounded but strong on visuals would be ideal. Anyone know interested people they'd recommend?
The sharing of ideas and experiences is what moves humanity forward. We’re looking for a designer to help us shape the future of Medium. We’…
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Talented engineers and illustrators created today’s Hurdles 2012 homepage doodle; one of my contributions was creating a library to use the brand-new Gamepad API.

I also wrote an article about it for HTML5Rocks:
http://www.html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/doodles/gamepad/

It includes a gamepad tester you can use to learn about or check out your gamepad. Perversely, for the first time in my life, I used <marquee> in its construction. :·) HTML2Rocks!
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Finally got around to post-processing photos from the Dieter Rams exhibition at SFMOMA.
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If Jones Beach was Moses at his best, Randall’s Island might be Moses at his worst: an island forever destroyed by the hideous concrete slabs of various spans of the monstrous Triborough Bridge; constant traffic noise wherever you are; functionality over beauty; cars over people. Even the footpath to Manhattan looks uninviting.

Somewhere here, tucked inside, are the headquarters of Triborough Bridge Authority, and the former office of Robert Moses himself.
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You have me officially interested. And great pics.
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Three more Long Island parks (off-season, in the rain): Sunken Meadow State Park, Heckscher State Park, and the eponymous Robert Moses State Park connected through Robert Moses Causeway. Note the huge parking lots next to each park.
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I hope I can visit it one proper summer…
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The Great Park That Never Was. The site of both the 1938–39 and 1964–65 World Fairs, it was the revenue from the latter that was supposed to help turn Flushing Meadows–Corona Park into something wonderful, surpassing even the Central Park. However, the new fair, like the old one, lost money, and Robert Moses’s dream was never fulfilled.

Some of the structures you see – the Unisphere, the towers made famous by Men in Black, the heliport turned into Terrace On The Park venue – are the last remainders of that World Fair from almost 50 years ago.
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The best place to go
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