Links For January 12, 2014

Some of what we did at Danger

We called the device hiptop (though T-Mobile sold it in the US as the Sidekick). It was the first always-on, internet-connected smartphone. The name hiptop came from the idea that you’d wear it in a belt holster, and thus computing had gone from the desktop, to the laptop, to the palmtop, and ultimately to the hiptop. That justification may have been invented after the fact, but, whatever, it was a great name.

Obit of the Day (Historical): Emperor Norton

When he returned in 1859 Mr. Norton was a changed man. And on September 17, 1859 his fellow San Franciscans learned how changed he was when he published the following edict:

At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the last 9 years and 10 months past of S. F., Cal., declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these U. S….

Although reprinted in the local newspapers as a joke, Mr. Norton was soon treated in a manner his title would suggest. He was referred to as Emperor Norton, given tickets to the opening night of any theater production, invited to dine for free in the finest restaurants, and even listed as “Emperor” in the San Francisco city directory. (The 1870 U.S. Census lists his occupation as “Emperor” as well.)

NBA Win Probability Game Box Scores – Borrowing from similar play-by-play charting in baseball, this is a really interesting way to look at the flow of a game.

Today in physical-digital game hybrids: Ozobot lets you play iPad games with an ‘intelligent’ robot

Today in motion-based music controllers: Vectr Open Source 3D Sensing Gesture Controller Fully Funded

Today in I want it now where the hell is it: Pillow Castle gives Portal a run for its money with its experimental puzzle demo