Author Archives: Matt W

Moving time

Please excuse the interruption… I’m doing a little site maintenance today and mindhacks.com is moving over to a new server. Since you can see this message, you’re looking at the new server which means the maintenance worked. If you notice anything broken around the place, please do let me know (matt at mindhacks dot com). […]

Week 4, book draw winners

Sunday night means entry to this week’s Mind Performance Hacks book draw is now closed. A drumroll, please, while I pick this week’s winners (as before, with an added sort to make the uniq command work properly)… and our two winners are John Doppke and Jose Antonio Ortega. Congratulations! I’ll be in touch to get […]

Last chance to win Mind Performance Hacks

If you’ve caught my posts the last few Mondays, you’ll know that I read and commented on Mind Performance Hacks, a new book from Ron Hale-Evans and O’Reilly (with some of the regulars of this blog contributing a hack or two) some weeks ago and we’ve been running free draws since. If you want to […]

Week 3, book draw winners

Hello folks, it’s time to pick out the 2 winners for this week’s Mind Performance Hacks free book draw (I’ll do it the same way as a couple of weeks ago)… Congratulations to Mark Atwood and Monique Milgrom! Well done, and I’ll email you soon to get your postal addresses. Everyone else, bad luck but […]

Week 3 book draw

A couple of weeks ago, I posted some thoughts on Mind Performance Hacks, a new book from Ron Hale-Evans and O’Reilly (there are sample hacks online and you can browse the support site for it). When I made that post, we got hold of some copies from the publisher, and we’ve been having a weekly […]

Week 2, book draw winners

Entry to the second Mind Performance Hacks free book draw from last Monday is now closed. All that’s left to do is randomly select the 2 winners. Here we go (I’ll do it in the same way as the first draw)… And congratulations Jacob Krall and Chris Berry–well done! I’ll be in touch shortly to […]

Week 2 book draw

If you missed it last week, I posted some thoughts on Mind Performance Hacks, a new book from Ron Hale-Evans and O’Reilly (you can read sample hacks and browse the support site for it). We managed to get some copies from the publisher, as they also published Mind Hacks, the book this blog spun out […]

Book draw winners, week 1

Hey folks, entry to the Mind Performance Hacks free book draw from last Monday is now closed. The email address has now been deactivated, and all that’s left to do is randomly select the 2 winners. Here we go (see how I did the selection after the jump)… And congratulations Adrian Neumann and Chris Elliott! […]

Mind Performance Hacks

While I’ve been away, I’ve been reading Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans. (Full disclosure: There are a couple of Mind Hacks pieces in the book, so O’Reilly sent me a free copy.) What follows are some brief thoughts, so if you already know about the book then skip to the end of the post […]

San Diego Serenade

Well, okay, not really a serenade but the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, which kicks off in San Diego next week, on 6 March. I (Matt) will be there, speaking about my new project, playsh, the Playful Shell. And since the conference organisers also published Mind Hacks, I figure a few readers of this blog may […]

Iconic

Just a quick note to say thanks very much to Mark Brown who got sick of mindhacks.com not having a favicon… and made us one. You can see it up there in the address bar, or – possibly – by the title for your RSS feed. Much appreciated, cheers!

Ajatus (Finnish Mind Hacks)

The translations come thick and fast! Ajatus (which means “Thought”, I understand) has now been released by publishers readme.fi in Finland, in hardback no less. Many thanks to Chris Heathcote for picking a copy up for me in Helsinki. He took a photo of the book too, if you’d like to see. Grab Ajatus at […]

Japanese-language Mind Hacks

Mind Hacks has been available in Japanese since December 2005, and according to the reviews on Google’s translation of the Amazon.co.jp page, the book’s been exceptionally well translated. (Also, very well received which is gratifying!) I believe this is the translator’s blog and, if so, thanks very much and well done. Looking at a few […]

Nothing to see here!

I’ve taken advantage of the holidays to have a big server move and shift mindhacks.com to a different machine… If you see this post, it worked! If you notice any glitches around the site, please do let me know at matt at mind hacks dot com. Thanks!

The Magnetic Sense

To add to Vaughan’s post about cyborg senses the other day, here’s another group experimenting with new ways of perceiving the world. Steve Haworth and Jesse Jarrell are body modification artists, and one of their clients was Todd Huffman, who has had a small magnet implanted in the tip of his finger. In an interview […]

Scott Adams and focal dystonia

Scott Adams, the artist behind the comic Dilbert, has a movement disorder called focal dystonia that prevents him from drawing in the regular way. It, and his response to it, are discussed in an article in the Washington Post. Focal dystonia, which can affect the hand (where it’s commonly called “writer’s cramp” when it affects […]

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