Are we gonna see power laces in 2015? To that, I say YES! —
Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, referring to the fictional sneakers Marty McFly wore in Back to the Future II (part of which took place in 2015).
Nike actually made and auctioned off 1,500 pairs of these on eBay in 2011, but not with the key feature: power laces.
picture by dxrkgreen
Fishing for Steelhead on Vancouver Island, Canada. Photo by Jeremy Koreski
The Anatomy of A Hardcover [source]
(It’s so sexy.)
People never really stop loving books.
Oregon Trail: How three Minnesotans forged its path -
A little old (2011), but a great story by Jessica Lussenhop. Here’s one fun anecdote about the Minnesota Education Computing Consortium (MECC), under which Oregon Trail was developed:
IN 1978, MECC opened up the bidding process for a new kind of computer to distribute in its schools. Huge multimillion-dollar mainframes the size of rooms and teletypes were being replaced by compact units with screens. MECC was looking for the right microcomputer to put in its schools. Bids from the biggest computer companies came in.
On the final day, just minutes before the bidding was set to close, a husky courier screeched up to the office in St. Paul and ran to the front desk with a hand-scrawled bid. He slapped it down with just seconds to spare.
The handwriting extolled the virtues of something called the Apple II. The letter was sent by two no-names in their twenties—Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby