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In this episode of The MechCast, Team Mechanism gathers to discuss the connected world in which we live, better known as The Internet of Things. We take a slightly different approach to this episode, in the form of a QI episode. We hope you enjoy!

Howard Goodall – QI Theme Song
Aphex Twin – Taking Control

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Nicholas Felton
Nike Fuelband
Jonathan Harris: “We Feel Fine”
Jonathan Harris: “The Whale Hunt”
David Pogue on Glassholes
Randall Meeks on Google Glass (SNL)
Foxtel Alert Shirt



After a long deadline-mandated hiatus The MechCast returns with a promised discussion on productivity. We begin by introducing new members of our growing team and then get into a passionate discussion on how we each define being productive and in turn productivity. We then talk about the tools and inspirations of our productivity.

Related Links:
John Cleese On Creativity
Gerhard Richter “The Daily Practice of Painting”
David Allen “Getting Things Done”
Merlin Mann Inbox Zero
Post-it Notes

Kraftwerk Home Computer
Kraftwerk Pocket Calculator


Thursday is the Mustang’s 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Ford plopped a 2015 Mustang GT convertible onto the observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Ford pulled the same stunt with the original Mustang, but five decades of technological advancements haven’t made it any easier to pull off. The deck is 1,000 feet up, so using a crane is out of the question. And the building’s tall spire rules out lowering the car from a helicopter.

That leaves the freight elevator. So, just as they did in 1965, Ford had the automotive wizards at DST Industries chop a Mustang into six pieces for the ride to the 86th floor, where the car was reassembled in the wee hours today.

Wired has a fantastic blog post with images and video of how this was accomplished.

Our friends at the James Beard Foundation are doing something very exciting. Starting tonight they are launching #JBFKitchenCam:

Anyone who has ever dined at the Beard House knows that the experience includes an opportunity to pass through the townhouse’s historic kitchen and see our visiting chefs at work. Starting next Monday, anyone with a computer or a mobile device will get to peep the action, too.

On March 31, we’re launching the JBF Kitchen Cam, a live, three-angle camera feed that captures the excitement and atmosphere of the 200+ dining eventsthat take place at the Beard House over the course of a year. The official launch coincides with a special dinner by JBF Award–winning chef Daniel Boulud, featuring a menu inspired by his latest cookbook and memoir, Daniel: My French Cuisine.


Looking forward to checking it out tonight.


When you started Microsoft, you had a crazy-sounding idea that someday there would be a computer on every desktop. Now, as you return to Microsoft 40 years later, we have computers not just on our desktops, but in our pockets – and everywhere else. What is the biggest surprise to you in the way this has all played out?

Well, its pretty amazing to go from a world where computers were unheard of and very complex to where theyre a tool of everyday life. That was the dream that I wanted to make come true, and in a large part its unfolded as Id expected. You can argue about advertising business models or which networking protocol would catch on or which screen sizes would be used for which things. There are less robots now than I would have guessed. Vision and speech have come a little later than I had guessed. But these are things that will probably emerge within five years, and certainly within 10 years.

via Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview | Rolling Stone.

That’s how the must-read interview begins.

Obama administration officials moved late Friday to end the U.S.’s role in overseeing Internet domain names and addresses, announcing plans to relinquish its role by the end of next year and turning the keys over to the global Internet community.

Commerce department officials announced that the U.S. government would relinquish its role overseeing Internet addresses in favor of a to-be-determined global body.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has managed the use and governance of domain names and Internet addresses for the U.S. government since 1998, when it was awarded the task by the Commerce Department. Based in Los Angeles, ICANN oversees the Internet’s address system and has moved in recent years to open up new domain names.

via U.S. to Give Up Key Internet Governance Role | Re/code.

Pair this announcement with An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web.

I Heart NY

September 25th, 2013  |   The Design Mechanism

By now, the story is well known. A man sits in the backseat of a cab, sketching on a notepad as night falls over a crumbling city. He scribbles the letter I. He draws a heart. And then an N, and then a Y. Right away he knows he’s got something. This is it, he thinks. This is the campaign.

The man was a designer named Milton Glaser. The city was New York. The year was 1977. A time and place commemorated by an entire genre of movies dedicated to making it look like a horrifying place to live.

via 99% Invisible.

The fantastic podcast 99% Invisible takes an in-depth look at the iconic design.

How can we apply the idea of method acting to our business lives? This is the question that lifehacker and bestselling author AJ Jacobs tackles in this insightful (and highly entertaining) talk on the benefits of faking it until you make it. Through a series of examples from his own life, Jacobs shows just how much our behavior shapes our thoughts and our perceptions. Thus, if we want to change our attitude about something, the best way is to “act as if.”