Goodbye, old friend.
Jason Torchinsky at Jalopnik offers a wonderful goodbye to the faithful Volkswagen Microbus. This year marks the end of production, which continued in Brazil. The cab-over design that makes the Bus (and Vanagon) such a pleasure to drive resists meeting current safety standards.
So much of my driving experience has been rear engine, VW boxer designs. The Bus, the Beetle, the Vanagon, Porsche's 356 Speedster and 911. They are truly beautifully designed and a pleasure to drive, each within its limitations (or in the case of a modern 911, lack thereof.)
I've harbored the fantasy of buying a new Brazilian bus for years. I'm sorry to see it go.
Old-School VW Microbus Will Finally End Production This Year via Jalopnik
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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