Nathaniel Salzman

Chicago area designer, writer, maker and journalist.


October 6, 2011

Thank You Steve

All the things that can be said about the passing of the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs have been said at this point. I couldn’t begin to summarize his legacy like Stephen Fry does so brilliantly in this essay, or pay a better aggregated tribute than Wired or Fast Company or a dozen other tech sites – Read More –

August 25, 2011

On the retirement of Steve Jobs

In an attempt to be timely, I wanted to capture my thoughts on yesterday’s news that Apple founder Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO. He remains Chairman, heart and soul of the now iconic technology company, but there’s little doubt that his unfortunately poor health has pushed him to this. The internet is buzzing – Read More –

March 18, 2010

Second thoughts on the iPad

Upon its debut, I was summarily unimpressed with Apple’s upcoming iPad tablet thingy. I don’t hate the thing, I’m simply disappointed by several of its hardware and software omissions. Those gripes remain, but this Engadget story has opened my eyes to what will be the killer feature of the iPad: content.

February 5, 2010

The golden nose: A mystery solved

About 15 years ago, my dad built a 1/6th scale radio controlled flying model of Charles Lindbergh’s iconic Ryan NYP, better known as The Spirit of St. Louis. In the two years he spent constructing his 91″ replica, dad extensively researched Lindbergh’s life and seminal, 1927 New York-to-Paris flight. This research showed in the meticulous detail – Read More –

January 28, 2010

My take on the Apple Tablet

This is getting talked about absolutely to death right now, so I’m going to say my bit, hopefully add something, then be done with talking about it.

October 6, 2009

Ride log: Ingenious contraption

October 4, 2009 — Today I went for the best ride I’ve had all season. It wasn’t a long ride, only about an hour. What made it such a great ride was two things: I met someone interesting, and I rediscovered a great stretch of scenic road.

September 21, 2009

NS Recommends: Jonathan Coulton

It’s been a while since I did a recommendation. Not because I’m lacking in fabulous things that I’d like the world to embrace, but because I’ve been otherwise busy. However, about a month ago I was introduced to the music of Jonathan Coulton and I’m not the same. Music recommendations are always really tricky because

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