I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon and share this [great little infographic about the Mantis Shrimp](http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp), a truly awesome animal! It has 16 color receptors, arms that can deliver a blow as powerful as a .22 caliber bullet, feet that move so fast they can boil water, and the ability to deliver an underwater shockwave! Houdoken!
Aaaaand, they look as awesome as they sound.
When Inbox was first announced I got excited and jumped at the chance to try it out. So did 500,000 other people apparently, because that is how many people were lined up in front of me waiting to use the product when I first downloaded it and fired it up.
After several weeks of patiently waiting, and by “patiently waiting” I mean I opened up Mailbox at least 2 or 3 times a day to inspect my place in line, I finally got the green light and gained access.
All that waiting though served only to raise my expectations around “a whole new inbox.” So when I finally first tried Inbox, I was disappointed. But not because it failed to meet my expectations, but because it didn’t exceed them.
You see, email doesn’t need a new or slicker way to categorize and filter incoming messages. That is a relatively solved problem, or at least everyone who uses email has ultimately adopted a systemology for processing email that works for them — even if their personal system is imperfect and ultimately leaves them perpetually with 1453 unread messages.
What I want is a *smarter* email client. Not a prettier one. I want an email client that:
* Makes mailing list management easier.
* Helps me to unsubscribe to unwanted email.
* Consolidates and organizes social channel notifications.
* Finds and recognizes events that should be on my calendar.
* Processes, saves and makes searchable all of my receipts and order confirmations.
As well as handling all of the other email I get on a daily basis that generally falls to the bottom of my priority list, but takes up my time or attention nonetheless.
What I want to some extent is the email equivalent of [tempo.ai](http://tempo.ai), a calendaring app that uses natural language processing to enhance my calendar in delightful and surprising ways… like somehow figuring out where my meeting is going to be when I never told it, or making available to me a complete profile of the person I am meeting with even though all I said in my event was, “Lunch with Jack.” In these and other ways my calendar is useful again, beyond simply regurgitating back to me a list of upcoming events I entered into it. It is responsive. It is intelligent.
I keep waiting for a new email client to surprise me, but they don’t. Email doesn’t have a UI problem, nor does it have a methodology problem per-se. Email clients have failed in that they haven’t done anything innovative with the most important part of email: the data. While the rest of the web has embraced things like [microformats](http://microformats.org), feeds, browser extensions like [Greasemonkey](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greasemonkey), and a plethora of other tools that do interesting things with data, all we seem to be able to do with email is hot link phone numbers and URLs.
I think we can do better than that.
The scale of this interactive art piece, created for Hyundai (yes, the car) by Korean artist JônPaSang, is almost beyond belief. It is 8 meters tall and 45 meters wide, comprising 3848 cubes each measuring 1 square foot. Each square can move independently of the rest to form pixelated 3D images, or to create a flat surface onto which images can be projected, or both.
> Now we must turn to the horrors of nature. I am afraid this is inevitable. Nature is not something to be coddled and accepted and held to your bosom like a wounded snake. Tell me, what was there before you were born? What do you remember? That is nature. Nature is a void. An emptiness. A vacuum. And speaking of vacuum, I am not sure you’re using the retractable nozzle correctly or applying the ‘full weft’ setting when attending to the lush carpets of the den. I found some dander there.
Dub step has been slowly creeping deeper and deeper into my music collection and listening habits. So naturally this caught my attention: the melding of tap dance and dub step:
(via [kottke](http://kottke.org/12/05/dubstep-tap-dancing), of course)
That video, led me to this video, which I will add to the conversation as an example of more “conventional” (if that is properly applied here) dub step dance moves. The way this guys moves in and out of a slow motion dance, with no camera tricks, is awesome.
A [great post from Mike Montiero](http://weblog.muledesign.com/2012/04/ill_do_it_if_you_do_it.php) about fear, going out on a limb and publishing his first book.
> But now, with my 13 year old boy in front of me, I had to admit that I was afraid. Afraid of failing. Of walking up there with my fly down. Of being discovered as a fraud. But, in that moment, with that 13 year old in front of me, I became more afraid of something else. Of failing him. Of passing my fear along to the person who needed me to be someone better.
By all means people, get his book: *Design is a Job*.
Because Gods, you look so awesome.
To say that I am looking forward to this would be the understatement of the year.