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Michael Burgstahler @twotribes Stuttgart, Germany

Theoretical physicist gone designer since 1992. Founding member of @thevirtualbrain project, lover of everything @rikiki_bonjour does.

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Put programmers in a bag. Shake the bag. Get code. It may not do things anyone wants, but you WILL get software. @MrAlanCooper
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12/19
2014
HEALTHY WRITING PROCESS: -I love it! -hmmm -I hate it -this will ruin me and my bloodline for generations -burn down the world -it's fine
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12/17
2014
Turns out that even latest Firefox doesn't like CSS background: url("data:image/svg+xml;utf8,<some svg>") Because open is awesome. @thijs
12/15
2014
Current status: http://t.co/q5boGydwxa
12/12
2014
Very comprehensive article looking at the design details between Google Maps and the Apple Maps interface. https://t.co/z374JZnfLz
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12/11
2014
"A Taxonomy of Torture Defenses" http://t.co/qjkEhG9pU8
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerProgrammers aren't always "in the zone", don't design a workplace to maximize hours. Design one to maximize getting humans IN THE ZONE.
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12/10
2014
@dawuss Right and good for them. Can't have your cake and eat it too.@thijs I think most non-scam crowdfunded hardware projects are 2 ambitious on target price & underestimate quality issues in mass production@dawuss People still keep bashing for the Apple watch _presumably_ only lasting barely 24h. Expectations of laymen are brutal.@dawuss Right. Good luck with the Bluetooth hookup to the smartphone.@thijs Agreed. But these r niche products where they can survive w/ higher prices and less volume, i.e. more handiwork. Watches r different.Always amusing how hardware startups believe they can out-smartwatch the big guys: https://t.co/hjIemzLjiW Compare: https://t.co/gLm5QnMVNg
12/9
2014
CSU. German for WTF.
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12/8
2014
CHRISTMAS DRINKING GAME Place a Santa hat on the corner of your TV and every time someone wears it... DRINK http://t.co/maUoKcvi2K
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12/5
2014
Is The Grid a better web designer than you? http://t.co/TUjf73JTot
12/2
2014
The good and smart browser people are leaving Mozilla at a rather scary rate right now.
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11/27
2014
Frankfurt airport, train station lobby https://t.co/gxzpYDc5VlFrankfurt airport, train station. https://t.co/5K64ASo40iIf you watch Twitter backwards it's about millions of people becoming increasingly more sensible and well adjusted
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11/26
2014
Washington Dulles airport. https://t.co/tWTYnV4qHE
11/24
2014
Big meat for big science at #SfN14 http://t.co/guxDWolFVM
11/19
2014
Neuroscientists know damn well how to cook 😛 http://t.co/sC9WvnHjZHReward for first successful #SfN14 day for @thevirtualbrain http://t.co/kT8oqU5HVJ
11/17
2014
#SfN14 is as massive as every year 😛 Meet us @thevirtualbrain at booth 3234 http://t.co/aBy4gp1NFC#SfN14 LIVE DEMO at booth 3234 at 10:30am! Resting state brain simulation using #TVB Come check it out!
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11/16
2014
Wild boar & rabbit sausage for @thevirtualbrain team tonight 😛 http://t.co/L1m37k9KAO
11/15
2014
Yay, Science! @thevirtualbrain Node#2 http://t.co/s2bg7sHdUoMean field theory on repellent neurons. Boy, I need more coffee! @thevirtualbrain 😛 http://t.co/eRdfBDrIVbLooks like I got locked up in the Overlook Hotel. Now I have to find the twins. http://t.co/ZJRzkUu9c0Differential equations on cerebral phase planes for breakfast @thevirtualbrain Node#2 http://t.co/JMQrIlg0YMNode#2 for @thevirtualbrain is about to start @ Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel http://t.co/x30cUeg81POf course Washington welcomes us with cold, rain and traffic jams http://t.co/t27CFM1jjR
11/14
2014
Stuttgart --> Washington DC. Meeting @thevirtualbrain for #SfN14 http://t.co/GaOnM0qT1K
11/13
2014
Big Xmas party @rikiki_bonjour just about to start http://t.co/3Fb8IrFhUA@sammywalrusiv We've switched from MailChimp to CampaignMonitor long ago for sending out newsletters on behalf of clients. More streamlined.
11/12
2014
@janl Damn. You took the course for advanced debating :DPro tip: When you run out of arguments, accuse your opponents to be on the wrong side of history.@thijs Boy, how could you dare 2 dissent from the ind.ie Kool-Aid & end up on the wrong side of history? Weren't you a Thought Leader™? :D
11/11
2014
Design is just rectangles inside other rectangles, then Helvetica, then profit.
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerI fail to see any innovative feature in Mozilla's "Developer Browser". Like @thijs said: It's black because awesome. https://t.co/69Wu31sniD@thijs True, true. Dispatches you from the realities of actual execution of grand schemes.@thijs All the more worrisome. Boredom or hubris, I guess.@thijs Strange. Aral Balkan and Laura Kalbag were actually respected designers. Wouldn't have expected them to follow pipe dreams.The `backdrop-filter` is coming to WebKit, get ready to apply iOS-style blurs to your elements' backdrop! http://t.co/zsIhZELuhv #css
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11/10
2014
If you understood what was happening in my head when I was truly and really focusing, you’d never interrupt me.
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11/9
2014
8 Hobbits = 1 Hobbyte
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11/8
2014
This is a million dollar idea. http://t.co/5DmFETfflt
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerWhy some people simply won't admit they were wrong, even when presented with evidence: http://t.co/kQvkY0irAT
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerAmazon's Echo Chamber. http://t.co/pL3CIQgHSf"Amazon is incapable of understanding fashion, because it has no taste, and its hardware is completely unfashionable and tasteless."
11/7
2014
@hhpapazian @davelab6 They want to be a responsible, inclusive, good, open source citizen. Toxic assets don't really fit their stance.@hhpapazian @davelab6 True, it's a "small" amount. Just strikes me as odd that Mozilla, of all foundations, would invest in toxic assets.@agebhard Also check some replies to Thijs and Ed Bott.@agebhard Lots… too many tweets before and after that statement in my timeline to cite them all here :)@edbott It will be interesting to see if they can renegotiate with Google when their contract ends this month. Was quite a drama in 2011 :)@edbott Hm… actually, they released their 2012 statements already one year ago: http://t.co/YGOqfrvI3t@edbott Seems so, yes. I wasn't aware that this was only recently released. Just motivated to look for their numbers today :)Mozilla had invested about $7M in toxic mortgage-backed securities at the end of 2012. They're also investing millions in hedge funds.If Google doesn't prolong its deal with Mozilla now, the foundation would have enough cash to sustain current operations for about 18 monthsIt's fun to actually study the numbers and details in the financial report of Mozilla Foundation. Shines a different light on recent events.@thijs Re: November 2014 Timely coincidence :) http://t.co/Oeom63CgA5@thijs The juicy part in Mozilla Foundation's Financial Report 2012: Their contract w/ Google expires in… <drumroll> November 2014@thijs Although this isn't on Wikipedia yet, Google's portion of Mozilla's income has increased to 90% of revenue for fiscal year 2012.
11/5
2014
How to write good code… http://t.co/isBHsgHNz7
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerThis is how McDonald's makes its McRib from beginning to end http://t.co/NslPKlBfS5
Retweeted by Michael Burgstahler@thijs Can't be long until Google finally pulls the plug for Firefox' income. Given its non-presence on mobile, ad returns must dwindle.Basically, Mozilla is just a group of people scratching their own itches because they like to dick around on interesting research projects.
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerInstead of trying to make its browser half as decent as the competition, Mozilla again wastes effort on yet another bullshit hobby project.
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerLearning German involves learning to avoid the word 'Nachtschicht' unless your mouth is completely, totally, utterly empty.
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11/4
2014
@rands I hear what you're saying but… http://t.co/CYAj8jwmDE@benlower I think the irony won't get lost on a considerable portion of the public as the media will have a field day making fun of it :)@benlower Yes, of course it never rang true – 4 tech insiders like us. But it stuck w/ the general public. A change now will do some damage.@tehgrumpydude "The world is not enough" – G007gleIt turns out it's really hard to be a successful multinational corporation without being at least a LITTLE evil.
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerThe problem with having the mission statement "Don't be evil" is that ANY replacement inevitably makes you evil. http://t.co/N6lCU4ceHjAt least 30 million Android users actually want an iPhone. http://t.co/49M0zkQo1M“iOS is known for being the easiest to use mobile operating system… Our goal is to make Android as cool as iOS” http://t.co/49M0zkQo1M
11/3
2014
Some war parties from World War I (e.g. UK) are still paying off their resulting debt: http://t.co/wBIfRS3IM0 War is expensive. Bad idea.
11/2
2014
Sony has a terrifying patent on making viewers yell product names out loud to end TV ads http://t.co/abgiAFxb69 http://t.co/uO8Umlz6dx
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11/1
2014
Scary fish http://t.co/7tfIb6pYyp@thijs Really lovely! :PUsing readable <svg> code w/o base64 encoding as CSS background-image for the first time. Boy, this is so awesome! Thanks, @thijs!!Last day to register for #TVB NODE#2! #SfN14 http://t.co/KCxD0LOEvK
Retweeted by Michael Burgstahler.@asymco: "The market for Apple Watch is the number of wrists in the world." http://t.co/LE0wUFpgfSThere are no grammar Nazis in Germany. Not because Nazis are banned (they are), but because no one has actually mastered German grammar.
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10/31
2014
@GrumpusNation Comes in handy for Stacy when shopping for Xmas :P http://t.co/R63ghgzc0dTim Cook is the only CEO in the Fortune 1000 who is out.
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerWhen I'm working with familiar tools. http://t.co/zFMaryKoKjSamsung just announced it's gay too
Retweeted by Michael BurgstahlerRespect, @tim_cook http://t.co/gsCtUxkb2u"Think about what this means for us as an industry. When we're rejecting 75% to 85% of the impressions available, that's a problem."Welcome to online advertising: "Kraft Says It Rejects 75% to 85% of Digital Ad Impressions Due to Quality Concerns" http://t.co/JpkdeU2KFg@asymco Wasn't aware that he tried before :)Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company: http://t.co/ZmdwyXS3K8 /cc @asymco
10/30
2014
1989: The WWW. Text-only 1993: The <img> tag 2006: Twitter 2012: Medium 2016: All webpages are 140 chars below a 10-page-high header image
Retweeted by Michael Burgstahler@monkbent Orthografieannäherungstaktik
10/29
2014
If nobody comes from the future to stop you, how bad can the decision really be?
Retweeted by Michael Burgstahler51% of Americans believe that stormy weather has an effect on cloud computing.
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10/28
2014
"2 massive, hairy hairballs of people that want little to do w/ one another, only listening to their side & firing volleys across the chasm"
10/27
2014
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