Boris Smus

interaction engineering

Book: Timefulness by Marcia Bjornerud (audio)

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Toddler’s First Music Box

Toddler toys are stacked with blinking lights, loud attention seeking noises, and earworm songs. They are often made of plastic and sadly, feel cheap. My daughter deserves better!

So I set out to design her a perfect music box: an old concept infused with modern technology, without subjecting her to the hazards of screens. I wanted the box to play her favorite songs, be durable and portable, have long battery life, all while being a beautiful object. This is the result:

My daughter’s music box

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Link's Awakening LEGO Mosaic

A parismonious use of pixels (160 x 114) and color (four-color greenscale) lends itself super well to reproduction as a LEGO mosaic! LEGO has this amazing service called Pick-a-Brick where you can buy spare parts that accidentally ended up in your vacuum cleaner's dustbin. Or you can buy tiles and flats and make an awesome mosaic based on your favorite 2-bit sprite. But how many tiles of each color do you need? Not to worry, I've got you covered with this color counting script. Fully assembled, two-bit LEGO Link makes an excellent coaster for the office mug.

Link coaster assembled

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Book: Diamond Age by Stephenson (audio)

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Book: Hyperion by Dan Simmons (audio)

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Book: Asimov's Chronology of Science and Discovery

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Book: The Odyssey translated by Emily Wilson (audio)

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Avoiding local maximums

Easier said than done.

Don't focus on local maxima: easier said than done.

Book: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Book: Seeing Like a State by James Scott

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Book: Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

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Book: The Story of Medieval England (audio)

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Book: The New Father

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Book: Tribe by Sebastian Junger

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