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  • 18 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm

    Scripting News
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Flickr: Hudson River as summer fades.
  • Two elements of an apology

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Compassion and Contrition "We're sorry that your flight was cancelled. This must have truly messed up your day, sir." That's a statement of compassion. "Cancelling a flight that a valued customer trusted us to fly is not the way we like to do business. We messed up, it was an error in judgment for us to underinvest in pilot allocation. Even worse, we didn't do everything we could to get you on a flight that would have helped your schedule. We'll do better next time." That's what contrition sounds like. We were wrong and we learned from it. The disappointing thing is that most people and…
  • Every comment on recipe blogs

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    Jason Kottke
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    From Mallory Ortberg, a hilarious send-up of the comments you see all too frequently on recipe sites. "I didn't have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible." "I don't have any of these ingredients at home. Could you rewrite this based on the food I do have in my house? I'm not going to tell you what food I have. You have to guess." "I don't eat white flour, so I tried making it with raw almonds that I'd activated by chewing them with my mouth open to receive direct sunlight, and it turned out terrible. This recipe is…
  • Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer

    Charlene Li
    Charlene Li
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    While most of the tech and business press focused on the functionality of the Apple Watch (digital crown, battery life, taptic engine, yadda yadda…) discreetly milling around the event were the fashion press, invited by Apple’s new fashion and design team. The fact that Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Sport, and Apple Watch Edition […] The post Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • ★ On Switching and Lock-In

    Daring Fireball
    John Gruber
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This piece by Joshua Brustein for Businessweek — “Hey, Android Users, Don’t Buy the New iPhones” — is profoundly shallow: For a Galaxy Note user, then, going over to the iPhone 6 Plus means building up again from zero. And for what? Apple’s operating system may be more intuitive to someone who has never touched a smartphone before, but it’s not going to be any easier for people who have spent over an hour staring at their Android phone every day for the last two to four years. Any benefits are probably outweighed by the drawbacks to abandoning the investment…
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  • 18 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Flickr: Hudson River as summer fades.
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    18 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Scripting News: Why we give it up for Apple.
  • TV programming idea

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    About six million people will receive new iPhones tomorrow. What will we all be doing, on Friday night? Unboxing of course! And swapping out the SIM from our "old" phone into our new phone. And hopefully having it work. Backing up the old phone, and restoring it into the new phone. It seems that there is an opportunity for one of the news channels to have some kind of news show with the experiences the six million people, all around the world, will be sharing at the same time.
  • 18 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am

    18 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Simple: When you think of something funny when reading someone else's message, ask yourself if they'll get it. If not, don't send it.
  • 17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Video: Riding south on the Hudson path.
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Two elements of an apology

    Seth Godin
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Compassion and Contrition "We're sorry that your flight was cancelled. This must have truly messed up your day, sir." That's a statement of compassion. "Cancelling a flight that a valued customer trusted us to fly is not the way we like to do business. We messed up, it was an error in judgment for us to underinvest in pilot allocation. Even worse, we didn't do everything we could to get you on a flight that would have helped your schedule. We'll do better next time." That's what contrition sounds like. We were wrong and we learned from it. The disappointing thing is that most people and…
  • Avoiding S-curve error

    Seth Godin
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The future is bumpy. It comes in spurts, and then it pauses. It's tempting to connect two dots and draw a line to figure out where the third dot is going to be.  In the long run, that's a smart way to go. For example, if we look at the cost per transistor in 1970 and again today, we can make a pretty smart guess about where it's going in the future. But we won't get there in a straight line. Consider this graph (from this must-read article): If you connected the first two red dots (1885 and 1925), your prediction for dynamic range today would be have been way off, far too low. If you…
  • People who like this stuff...

    Seth Godin
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    like this stuff. When you work in a genre (any genre), break all the rules at your own peril. Sure, you need to break some rules, need to do something worth talking about. But please understand who the work is for. If it's for people outside the genre, you have a lot of evangelizing to do. And if it's for those that are already in it, you can't push too far, because they like the genre. That's why they're here. Those who have walked away probably aren't just waiting around for you to fix it. Those who have never been don't think the genre has a problem they need solved. Blue sky thinking…
  • The most important thing

    Seth Godin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.        
  • Without a keyboard

    Seth Godin
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    When the masses only connect to the net without a keyboard, who will be left to change the world? It is possible but unlikely that someone will write a great novel on a tablet. You can't create the spreadsheet that changes an industry on a smart phone. And professional programmers don't sit down to do their programming with a swipe. Many people are quietly giving away one of the most powerful tools ever created—the ability to craft and spread revolutionary ideas. Coding, writing, persuading, calculating—they still matter. Yes, of course the media that's being created on the spot, the…
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  • Every comment on recipe blogs

    Jason Kottke
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:06 pm
    From Mallory Ortberg, a hilarious send-up of the comments you see all too frequently on recipe sites. "I didn't have any eggs, so I replaced them with a banana-chia-flaxseed pulse. It turned out terrible; this recipe is terrible." "I don't have any of these ingredients at home. Could you rewrite this based on the food I do have in my house? I'm not going to tell you what food I have. You have to guess." "I don't eat white flour, so I tried making it with raw almonds that I'd activated by chewing them with my mouth open to receive direct sunlight, and it turned out terrible. This recipe is…
  • Star Wars Episode II: The Friend Zone

    Jason Kottke
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Amidala friendzones Anakin, Obi-Wan hunts for drugs, and Jango Fett pumps the bass in this hilarious Auralnauts reimagining of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. You may have also seen their recent video of the Throne Room scene at the end of Star Wars without John Williams' score (reminiscent of these musicless musicvideos) or Bane's outtakes from The Dark Knight Rises. Still champion though: bad lip reading of NFL players. (via @aaroncoleman0) Tags: movies   remix   Star Wars   video
  • As You Wish

    Jason Kottke
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Actor Cary Elwes (Westley, The Dread Pirate Roberts) has written a book about the making of the Princess Bride, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer…
  • 1984, pop culture's best year ever

    Jason Kottke
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    According to Rolling Stone, 1984 was the greatest year in pop music history. And they made a list of the top 100 singles from that year; here's the top 5: 5. Thriller, Michael Jackson 4. Let's Go Crazy, Prince 3. I Feel for You, Chaka Khan 2. Borderline, Madonna 1. When Doves Cry, Prince 1984 was also a fine year for movies and the most 1980s year of the 1980s. Both Bill Simmons and Aaron Cohen agree, 1984 was the best year. Tags: Aaron Cohen   best of   Bill Simmons   lists   music
  • Insane but fictional traffic patterns

    Jason Kottke
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    In this video entitled Rush Hour, cars, pedestrians, and cyclists have been edited together to produce dozens of heart-stopping near misses. Reminds me of the world's craziest intersection, traffic organized by color, intersections in the age of driverless cars, and the dangerous dance of NYC intersections. (via colossal) Tags: traffic   video
 
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  • Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer

    Charlene Li
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    While most of the tech and business press focused on the functionality of the Apple Watch (digital crown, battery life, taptic engine, yadda yadda…) discreetly milling around the event were the fashion press, invited by Apple’s new fashion and design team. The fact that Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Sport, and Apple Watch Edition […] The post Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Content Marketing Software: How to Make Smart Choices

    Charlene Li
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    If you are involved in any shape or form with content marketing, you know what a big headache it can be for your organization. It extends beyond the Marketing department — Sales can’t get detailed, localized information to salespeople in the field. The social team needs more granular, atomized content produced multiple times a day. […] The post Content Marketing Software: How to Make Smart Choices appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital

    Charlene Li
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Digital transformation is hot — in a new Altimeter Report, “The State of Digital Transformation”, we found that 88% of organizations we surveyed said that they were undergoing a formal digital transformation effort, which Altimeter defines as “the re-alignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital consumers at […] The post How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

    Charlene Li
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’m passionate about Open Leadership, and the imperative to be open, authentic and transparent in the way we lead. This is all the more important when looking at how to engage employees, and tapping them for the bright shiny object de jour “employee advocacy”. To that end, my colleague Jon Cifuentes and I are working […] The post Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • State of Research & Consulting: The Smartest Network, Not People, Will Win

    Charlene Li
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    This post was originally  cross-posted on LinkedIn. You can read the original post here. My background as an industry analyst at Forrester Research and management consultant at the now-defunct Monitor Group gives me a unique point of view into the intersection of two industries, Industry Research firms (dominated by companies like Forrester, Gartner, and IDC) […] The post State of Research & Consulting: The Smartest Network, Not People, Will Win appeared first on Charlene Li.
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  • ★ On Switching and Lock-In

    John Gruber
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This piece by Joshua Brustein for Businessweek — “Hey, Android Users, Don’t Buy the New iPhones” — is profoundly shallow: For a Galaxy Note user, then, going over to the iPhone 6 Plus means building up again from zero. And for what? Apple’s operating system may be more intuitive to someone who has never touched a smartphone before, but it’s not going to be any easier for people who have spent over an hour staring at their Android phone every day for the last two to four years. Any benefits are probably outweighed by the drawbacks to abandoning the investment…
  • Vesper 2.004

    John Gruber
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Dave Wiskus: There are a number of technical details that Brent can clarify, but the bottom line is that UITextView on iOS 7 had a number of significant technical problems. iOS 8 brings fixes for most of them, which allowed us to work around the rest fairly reliably. If you find any lingering problems, please let us know. Also, while not technically a feature, we did use 2.004 as an opportunity to provide support for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. When you get your new phone, Vesper should look great. First thing I did with my iPhone 6 review units was install Vesper, and I can testify…
  • ‘I’ll Walk From Here’

    John Gruber
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Speaking of Derek Jeter and his impending retirement, if this new spot from Gatorade doesn’t make you feel something, you’re not hooked up right.  ★ 
  • 342,000 Swings Later, Derek Jeter Calls It a Career

    John Gruber
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Fascinating data visualization from the New York Times. As Kottke wrote, “This is like Powers of Ten, but with Derek Jeter bat swings.” (Web dev nerds: be sure to check it out on your phone, too. It runs smoother and looks better on my iPhone than it does my aging MacBook Pro.)  ★ 
  • Apple Says iOS 8 Update Keeps Data Private, Even From the Police

    John Gruber
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Brian X. Chen, writing for the NYT: “Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” the company said on the new webpage. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.” Christopher Soghoian, a principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said Apple’s new privacy policy reflected the revelations of the government surveillance programs revealed in documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden. “The public has said…
 
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  • Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values

    jeremiah_owyang
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    This was originally posted on VentureBeat, with a wide array of comments and reactions. Silicon Valley has been espousing sharing, making, community through the latest startups like Lyft, Airbnb, LendingClub and more. Yet is Silicon Valley really leading the example?  While generalizations can put people off, I wanted to take a stand on some broader trends we see. I’ve received reinforcing and disagreeing feedback, all which I’m open to learning more from. Photo by Adam Foster Here’s what Silicon Valley can learn from good old Midwestern values Silicon Valley startups like…
  • A Glossary of Emerging Terms in the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Photo :”Conversation” by Steve Bridger, used with Creative Commons license.  Buzzwords, buzzwords, buzzwords! Nothing is more fun than using buzzwords – except one thing: Reading all the buzzwords on a single page. Impress your colleagues at the co-working spot, your tatted Lyft drivers, and your hot Tinder dates with your immense knowledge on the latest hipster technology terms. New terms and phrases emerge as new movements are born. The purpose of this post is to help clarify, from one single location, some of the jargon you may hear out in the industry. I plan to update…
  • Slides: Cold Hard Facts on the Ice Bucket Challenge #IceBucketChallenge

    jeremiah_owyang
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Icebucket Challenge: Cold Facts and Stats #icebucketchallenge from Jeremiah Owyang Crowd-based business models and marketing are no stranger to the Web Strategy blog –and now we’re seeing the same effect impact non profits, including the much discussed (and debated) ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I was curious on the actual impacts of this controversial crowd challenge, and decided to tally up some of the numbers. In this above embedded slideshare, you’ll see facts on buzz, assumptions on water usage, influencer impact, money raised, and bottom line of total donated dollars.
  • The Collaborative Economy APIs Mean Changes to Commerce

    jeremiah_owyang
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
      The Collaborative Economy continues to mainstream –with at least two of the key players launching APIs; this spells significant ecosystem change that will impact commerce, this post will attempt to answer what it means to the greater ecosystem.   [This is as significant as Facebook launching their API and Platform. This will spur thousands of apps, APIs and new businesses models] News: Uber has launched an API, with key launch partners, including traditional companies like Hyatt (Disclosure: Hyatt is a Crowd Companies member). Hailo also announced an API a few hours after…
  • Ecosystem Guide: The 12 Players of the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Collaborative Economy is a complex ecosystem composed of many unique players. These many players are jostling about, partnering, competing, and disrupting each other. It’s key to understand the many players in this movement before blindly stumbling into this market. This post took weeks to prepare, and it’s my attempt to catalogue a very complex market that has broad, global economic impacts being felt by many people. By no means is this market breakdown complete, so I seek your feedback in the comments. This space is diverse. There’s a wide range of political groups: from…
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  • More ISIS Strategies

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I have two new strategies for fighting ISIS. As you know, all strategies for fighting ISIS are impractical, expensive, and terrible. I'm just adding two more bad ideas to the mix.The only strategies on the table at the moment are these: 1.       Seal the borders of the Caliphate and kill every living creature within. 2.       Surrender and convert to Islam. 3.       Kill some but not all ISIS fighters and guarantee permanent war plus an eventual strike on the homeland. (Current plan.)…
  • Wizard Wars

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I have dubbed the coming decades the Age of Magic because our smartphones and other technology will soon allow us to navigate our environment as if we are wizards. Doors will identify us as we approach and unlock for the right wizards only. Lamps will respond to wizard hand signals from across the room. Cars will drive themselves. You get the picture. In about ten years you won't need to physically touch anything you want to control. Your location and identity will be continuously broadcast from your smartphone, and because of that your environment will respond to your preferences as if…
  • Book Cover Contest - What Do You Think?

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    As promised, below are the reader submissions for an improved book cover for my book, How to Fail...The images are small and fuzzy because my blog software was invented in the sixties. I hope to have that solved soon. But it probably doesn't matter for this purpose because I'm looking for your visceral reaction. Assume the text is the same on all versions.Do any of the proposed covers look better than my original that appears at the top of the…
  • The Shit Sandwich Generation

    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I call my generation the Shit Sandwich Generation. That's because when I was a kid the most important people in the family were the adults. That was the cultural norm. By the time I became an adult, eager for my time in the sun, society in the United States decided that kids were the top priority. I can see why the shift happened. Life got complicated, and dangerous, and more competitive, so it was no longer feasible to raise "free range" kids the way my generation was raised. On weekends as a teen I would leave my house in the morning, on my bike, and had no obligation to check…
  • The NFL Punches Ray Rice's Wife

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.Note to Jezebel, Gawker, and Huffington Post: When you quote this post out of context be sure to leave out the text that doesn't…
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  • Remembering Uncle Chris

    Doc Searls
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:50 am
    Yesterday was my Uncle Chris’s 100th birthday. When he passed fifteen years ago, I wrote the following, which I just unearthed from the Old Web. Now seems like a good time to expose it to the world. He was the embodiment of a Good Man, I still miss him, and I’d like his many great-grandkids to know more about the kind and strong root stock of their amazing family. The Good Doctor December 17, 1999 My Uncle Chris died yesterday morning, just before dawn, surrounded by his wife and five sons, at his home in Graham, North Carolina. In addition to his immediate family, he is…
  • Giving respect to brand advertising

    Doc Searls
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    I wrote the first half of the following two years ago for a name-brand Web magazine that decided not to run it. You can guess why. I later turned it into a shorter piece for Wharton‘s Future of Advertising collection. For this post I took out some cruft and added a new second half. As usual, if I had more time, I could have made it shorter. But I’m in a hurry between meetings in London and want to get something up. For most of its history, we knew what advertising was. As a metonym, “Madison Avenue” covered the whole thing. Madison Avenue’s specialty was…
  • Public radio explodes in Santa Barbara

    Doc Searls
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    When we moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, the public radio pickings were pretty slim: 88.3 KCLU, a faint signal from Thousand Oaks. 88.7 KQSC, a strong local station on Gibraltar Peak carrying the classical music programming of Los Angeles’ KUSC. Santa Barbara also had classical KDB on 93.7, an equal-sized signal on Gibraltar Peak. 89.1 KCRU, a weak signal from Oxnard carrying Santa Monica’s KCLW. 89.5 KPBS, San Diego’s public station, which came and went depending on weather conditions over the 200 miles of Pacific Ocean it crossed on the way. 89.9 KCBX from San Luis…
  • #10books that changed my life

    Doc Searls
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    There’s a challenge going around Facebook: to name ten books that have changed your life. So I’ve thought about my own, and kept a running list here in draft form. Now that it’s close enough to publish, methinks, here they are, in no order, and not limited to ten (or to Facebook) — War and Peace by Leo Tolstloy. I’ve read and re-read it many times, though not in the last two decades. I got turned onto it by this broadcast on WBAI in New York, back in 1970. Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. I sound my barbaric yawp across the roofs of the world. More here. Annals…
  • Frontiers of Typicality

    Doc Searls
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Dear Student Name, Your Remarkable Candidate Application for admission to Uncanny Valley University is already mostly done. Click here to see. We’ve pre-filled lots of stuff to make sure you get a personalized application experience. And, your Remarkable Candidate status also qualifies you to get these Remarkable Advantages: No essay (we’ve written that for you too) Some kind of scholarship Short cut to admission Student Name, just like your Remarkable Candidate Application, your education at Uncanny Valley will be tailored to suit you, with more than 900 majors to…
 
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  • The Coin Center

    Fred Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:21 pm
    We have found that the best way to deal with policy makers and regulators when something new and threatening and dangerous looking comes around is to educate, educate, educate, educate. You can hire expensive lobbyists, you can try the “ignore and deal with it later” approach, and you can try operating in other more welcoming locations. But in our view the best approach is to take the time and effort to explain things, listen to the concerns, get the best and brightest minds involved to work things out together and come to the right answers. It is in this spirit that a new…
  • Search Vs Social

    Fred Wilson
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Back in 2008 and 2009, probably because of our investment in Twitter, I was obsessed with looking at acquisition traffic from search and social and comparing the two. Here’s an example of a post I wrote at that time looking at the two channels and comparing them. At some point, I became convinced that websites would eventually see more acquisition traffic coming from social than they were seeing from search, which was the king dog of Internet traffic at the time. It was a hotly debated issue but, again maybe because of how long we were on Twitter, I was convinced social would be king…
  • Toshi

    Fred Wilson
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Our portfolio company Coinbase announced something yesterday that went largely unnoticed, but might be one of the most important things to happen in the Bitcoin space in a while. They put out a bunch of developer tools under the name Toshi, including a full open source version of their Bitcoin node. When you combine Toshi with the core Bitcoin APIs it comes with and the Coinbase APIs, you get a platform for building Bitcoin applications that is unmatched in the market. The reality is building on top of the Bitcoin Core is not a simple task. There is a lot you need to do to make it work.
  • Burn Baby Burn

    Fred Wilson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Andy sent me a WSJ piece with Bill Gurley yesterday. I don’t like to link to paid content so here’s a good Business Insider summary of the article that is open for anyone to read. Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of Bill’s. He’s as smart as they come and I generally agree with him on things. As I was reading the WSJ piece, I found myself nodding my head and saying “yes”, “yes”, “yes”. The thing I like so much about Bill’s point of view is that he does not focus on valuations as a measure of risk. He focuses on…
  • Doubling Down On Ridesharing

    Fred Wilson
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Back in February, I wrote about our investment in Sidecar. At that time, Sidecar had recently launched a marketplace model where riders can choose the drivers they want to ride with. That model has proven very popular and Sidecar’s ride volumes grew significantly after it launched. Sidecar followed up that innovation with the launch of Shared Rides this summer and is already matching thousands of shared rides every week in San Francisco. The tech industry has grouped many different apps under the label ridesharing. The name comes from the idea that anyone can be a transportation provider by…
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  • A Print Magazine Launch? What?!!! California Sunday Is Coming

    jbat
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    The post A Print Magazine Launch? What?!!! California Sunday Is Coming appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. A year or so ago Chas Edwards, a colleague, pal, and member of the founding team at Federated Media, came to my office for a catch up. I had heard he was cooking up a new venture, but I didn’t know the details. Little did I know what Chas and his new partner Douglas McGray had up their sleeve – a new *print* magazine built specifically for California. But…print is dead, right? Apparently not. Chas and MacGray have a thesis that California is ready for a…
  • Else 9.15.14: Ma, Thiel, Apple Pay, and Minecraft

    jbat
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    The post Else 9.15.14: Ma, Thiel, Apple Pay, and Minecraft appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. I’m easing back into this weekly Else column, or put another way, I missed last week’s Else due to preparations for NewCo SF, which I’m proud to say was a huge success. This week is Detroit, then New York, London, Boulder, LA, Palo Alto, but I get ahead of myself. For today, I’ll just focus on the best stories of the past 14 or so days. Much has happened in that time period, including Microsoft buying Minecraft, Alibaba filing for an IPO in the US, and yet…
  • Life Break: Go See “Take Me To The River”

    jbat
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    The post Life Break: Go See “Take Me To The River” appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. It’s rare I write about things not directly related to the Internet industry, but the film Take Me To The River, a multi-year project helmed by my friend and colleague Martin Shore, is certainly worthy of a detour. If you love music, any kind of music, this film is a must. Martin first told me about this project more than five years ago, back then, it was going to be an album bringing together R&B legends with emerging rap artists from the Memphis area. But as he…
  • A Big Day For The Internet

    jbat
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The post A Big Day For The Internet appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Today scores of big companies are taking symbolic action to defend the essential principles of an open Internet, and I support them. That’s why, on your first visit here today, you’ll see the “spinning ball of death” up on the right. For more information about the Internet Slowdown, head here. The post A Big Day For The Internet appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.
  • Early Lessons From My Mobile Deep Dive: The Quickening Is Nigh

    jbat
    6 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    The post Early Lessons From My Mobile Deep Dive: The Quickening Is Nigh appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Do you really want to eat them one at a time? Me, I prefer mashing ‘em up. Recently I began a walkabout of sorts, with a goal of ameliorating my rather thin understanding of the mobile marketplace. If you read me closely, you know I’ve been more than frustrated with what I call the “chicletized world” of disconnected mobile apps. It’s rise was so counter to everything I loved about the Internet, I’m afraid as a result I…
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  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
  • My Take on Inbound Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    I’m presenting at Hubspot’s Inbound conference today, which marks my second time there with about six years distance in between. Has anything changed? No. Yes. But it would depend who you ask. There have been some really smart posts about the future of inbound marketing. I want to give you a simpler take than all that. The Value of Inbound Marketing Jacqueline and I completed our first Spartan race in August of 2014. Note that I say “first.” This is your first clue that the organization is doing something right. My friend, Chad, just completed what’s called a…
  • Find Intensity

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    I’ll admit it. I’m obsessed at the moment with this video with CT Fletcher, Kai Greene, and Dana Linn Bailey. (NOTE: this video is FULL of curse words, so if you’re a bit sensitive to such, do not push play). I’m obsessed for a reason. I’m thinking a lot about intensity. The Vast Distance Between “Doing” and Intensity I’ve been working on my fitness for a while. Those of you who follow me on Instagram have been subjected to my sweaty selfies for years. But two major changes have happened back to back, and in them, I’ve found a lesson…
  • Get Some Chris Guillebeau

    Chris Brogan
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    There are few people who I think have the opportunity to start and maintain a cult. Chris Guillebeau is one of them. He’s so lovable, so damned addictive, and his ideas are YOUR ideas. He gives them to you and hopes you’ll do what he did: work and make them real. Pick up this book by Chris Guillebeau – The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. The deal is this. You’ve got to read the book, but you have to DO something with it. Oh, and here’s my interview with him: Continue Reading
  • How to Blog for Business

    Chris Brogan
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Writing posts on this blog has been a cornerstone of my business for quite a while now. I started blogging in 1998 (we called it “journaling” back then), but it wasn’t really until somewhere around 2005 that I started figuring out how it would be part of my actual business (and by that, how it would be a way to make money). How to Blog for Business There are so many ways to look at this. You can choose to think of your blog as a media company, and stuff ads on it. I love ads, well, ads for things that make sense. The sidebar at [chrisbrogan.com] is full of companies I…
 
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    iJustine / Justine Ezarik

  • The NEW iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch

    ijustine
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    What do you guys think of the new devices? I’m pretty excited!
  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare XBOX ONE

    ijustine
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    It’s so beautiful! Guess it’s time to sell my old one for this upgrade! It has a 1TB HD up from the 500GB from the day one consoles. Here’s a pre-order link! I’m a bit torn though, because this white Sunset Overdrive one is pretty SICK. It has the 500GB HD still and I’m way more of a Call of Duty fan!
  • iJustine’s 2014 Vidcon Schedule

    ijustine
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:21 am
    Hey guys! I’m so excited to see you all at Vidcon this year – my full known schedule is below.. lots of random things come up and change last minute so be sure to follow me on twitter for all the real time updates! My meetup is Saturday in Hall B starting at 3:00PM – I will have some already autographed things for you guys so we can save time and make sure we get a picture! Last year they were pretty strict and tried to keep the lines moving so I wanted to make sure we all had as much time as possible! THURSDAY 26TH, JUNE 11:00AM Panel:Brands at Vidcon Q&A 3:00PM Panel:…
  • Extreme Offroad ATV in Iceland

    ijustine
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    We did some extreme off roading in Iceland and before you ask… no, that was not me and Jenna falling off the ATV!
  • Hot Blue Lagoon Swimming in Iceland!

    ijustine
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:36 am
    Had so much fun in Iceland at visiting the Blue Lagoon! This was such a magical place that I can’t even believe that it exists!
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    dooce®

  • From my courageous friend to those of you who need it

    dooce
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    "I am stronger now not because the feeling is any less intense than it was years ago, but because I understand it. I know it will go away and that alone has saved me."
  • Family colors

    dooce
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    I could decorate her room with bottles of Pepto-Bismol and she'd be perfectly happy.
  • Happiness is a puppy

    dooce
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    I'm cherishing all her smiles these days. Coco is enduring all her constant attention.
  • This is my Christmas list

    dooce
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Everyone has a home office these days, whether you're running your own business or need the space to organize your fantasy football team.
  • New tricks

    dooce
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The canine version of crossword puzzles and Sudoku.
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • The story of Darby Stott

    Matt Cutts
    13 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I haven’t really written about what it was like to run the Boston Marathon, but I wanted to share one story with you about a woman named Darby Stott. I’m a slow runner (our running group in San Jose likes to call ourselves “a social group with a running problem”). So to make it to the Boston Marathon this year, I applied to the raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which helps patients with cancer and funds promising research to tackle cancer. I don’t mind telling you that I was nervous about the Boston Marathon, even though I’d run several…
  • On Leave

    Matt Cutts
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I wanted to let folks know that I’m about to take a few months of leave. When I joined Google, my wife and I agreed that I would work for 4-5 years, and then she’d get to see more of me. I talked about this as recently as last month and as early as 2006. And now, almost fifteen years later I’d like to be there for my wife more. I know she’d like me to be around more too, and not just physically present while my mind is still on work. So we’re going to take some time off for a few months. My leave starts next week. Currently I’m scheduled to be gone through…
  • Fun summer book reading suggestions?

    Matt Cutts
    9 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hey everybody, I’m looking for some fun books (mostly fiction) to read this summer. What would you recommend? One book I recently enjoyed was The Martian, a novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars who needs to figure out how to survive and get home with minimal supplies. It was a little heavy on the science, but I liked learning a couple things while reading it. I also enjoyed Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, even though it wasn’t fiction. I’m not much of a fantasy reader (normally I prefer sci-fi), but I did enjoy The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and his follow-up…
  • 30 day challenge for June: treadmill desk!

    Matt Cutts
    1 Jun 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Okay, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Let me tell you about the 30 day challenges I’ve been doing and what I learned: – March 2014: I went back to doing no external email, and I learned this one weird, simple trick that helped. In previous “no email” challenges, I relied on sheer force of will not to reply to email. That didn’t work so well. In March, I tried something different: I used Gmail filters to take outside email, add the label “march2014″, and then made the outside emails skip my inbox. It turns out that getting those…
  • 30 day challenge for March: no external email

    Matt Cutts
    26 Feb 2014 | 12:41 am
    In January 2014, my 30 day challenge was to limit my social media. That was a productive month. In February 2014, my 30 day challenge was to eat more slowly. I did that by counting to ten between chewing bites of my food. I tend to wolf down my food, which doesn’t give my stomach time to say “Hey, I’m full enough to stop.” I was also raised to finish everything on my plate, but sometimes it’s better to stop eating and leave leftovers on the plate. It’s actually been a really great challenge, and one I hope to keep doing in some form. For March 2014, my 30…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Why Online Reviews Are Almost As Good As Actual Referrals

    Guest Post
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Why Online Reviews Are Almost As Good As Actual Referrals written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Jason Keeler – Enjoy! As a business owner, there isn’t much better than a good referral. It shows that you’re doing something right, and that your customers think highly enough of you as a partner to tell other people in their circle about their great experience. Referral leads have a tremendously high closing percentage as well versus other cultivated…
  • 20 Free and Low Cost Tools for Everyday Productivity

    John Jantsch
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    20 Free and Low Cost Tools for Everyday Productivity written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Every so often I sit back and take inventory of the tools I’m using with an eye on weeding some out and adding some in. Technology can be a tremendously useful thing when it comes to getting more productivity, but you must continually monitor what’s working and what’s not. Below are the twenty tools I rely on most for productivity in communications, marketing and collaboration. Workflowy – this is a simple outlining tool and I use it everyday…
  • Weekend Favs September Thirteen

    John Jantsch
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Weekend Favs September Thirteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. photo credit: blmiers2 via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: GifDeck – Interesting free tool turns Slideshare decks into animated…
  • Five Selling Mistakes that Cost You Marketing Dollars

    Guest Post
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Five Selling Mistakes that Cost You Marketing Dollars written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Mike Montague– Enjoy! Most businesses these days seem to take a sales or marketing approach to business development instead of a sales AND marketing approach. These common mistakes in sales can cost you marketing dollars and a lot of revenue from potential sales. If you are looking for a better return on your marketing budget, you might try looking at your sales…
  • How Networking Can Increase Your Sales and Help Your SEO

    Guest Post
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    How Networking Can Increase Your Sales and Help Your SEO written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Samantha Pena – Enjoy!  photo credit: Thinkstock You know the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know”? Although your skills and dedication play a large part in starting your business, your chances of success rise when you know the right people. Networking is one of the most valuable business tactics in growing your business, because it gives…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • A long-lasting, water-based nuclear-energy-powered battery

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Schematic diagram of the Platinum/titanium dioxide electrode in the new nuclear-powered battery design (credit: Baek Hyun Kim & Jae W. Kwon/Scientific Reports) University of Missouri (MU) researchers have developed a prototype of an efficient nuclear-energy-powered* battery that does not require recharging and could be a reliable energy source in automobiles and space vehicles. “Betavoltaics [a battery technology that generates electrical power from beta-particle radiation] has been studied as an energy source since the 1950s,” said Jae W. Kwon, an associate professor of electrical…
  • Capturing the motion of a single molecule in real time as it oscillates from one quantum state to another

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    (Credit: Nature Photonics) UC Irvine chemists have scored a scientific first: capturing moving images of a single molecule as it vibrates and shifts from one quantum state to another. The groundbreaking achievement, led by Ara Apkarian, professor of chemistry, and Eric Potma, associate professor of chemistry, could lead to new insights in developing quantum computers. It also moves researchers a step closer to viewing the molecular world in action — being able to see the making and breaking of bonds, which control biological processes such as enzymatic reactions and cellular dynamics.
  • Measuring the motion patterns of bacteria in real time

    18 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    Illustration of a microcantilever sensor with E. coli bacteria attached and a close-up illustration of a single bacterium (inset). The motion of the bacteria couple to the cantilever and the cantilever motion is detected from laser-beam deflection. (Credit: L. Li and C. Lissandrello/Boston University) Researchers at Boston University and Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a  clever new way to study the motion patterns of bacteria in real time — a potential new screen for antibiotics and cancer drugs. The researchers chemically attached colonies of Escherichia coli…
  • Twisting radio beams to transmit ultra-high-speed data

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    A graphic showing the intensity of the radio beams after twisting (credit: Alan Willner / USC Viterbi) Building on previous research using twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radio waves, reaching high speeds without the problems with optical systems. The researchers, led by electrical engineering professor Alan Willner of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, reached data transmission rates of 32 gigabits per second across 2.5 meters of free space in a lab — “one of the fastest data transmission via radio…
  • Smallest known galaxy with supermassive black hole discovered

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    This Hubble Space telescope image shows the gargantuan galaxy M60 on the left and the ultracompact dwarf galaxy M60-UCD1 below it and to the right, and also enlarged as an inset. A new international study found that M60-UCD1 is the smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its center, suggesting that the dwarf galaxy originally was much larger but was stripped of its outer layers by gravity from galaxy M60 over billions of years. M60’s gravity also is pulling galaxy NGC4647, upper right, and the two will eventually collide. (Credit: NASA/Space Telescope Science…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Tim Cook on Privacy

    Matt Mullenweg
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:24 am
    Tim Cook’s letter on Apple privacy is pretty amazing and a shot across the bow of Google.
  • Merchbar

    Matt Mullenweg
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    Merchbar is an iPhone app that makes it easy to buy merchandise from your favorite artists. It also was the first investment I made through my Angellist Syndicate, and I’m excited for the team on its launch. (Although it’s good to remember that launching is a halfway point — you should expect to spend at least as much time as you did leading up to launch to get to something you’re happy with. Something I’m thinking about a lot in Automattic these days.)
  • Fast Company Profile

    Matt Mullenweg
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Every second, somewhere in the world four babies and two WordPress blogs are born. That great line comes from Shane Snow’s profile of myself, Automattic, and WordPress called “How Matt’s Machine Works.” If you’re interested in the latest on how Automattic works as seen from the eye of a journalist with a background in product and technology, check it out. A few comments: Since it came out my colleagues have been making fun of me for “trolling.” The term “benevolent dictator for life” goes back to at least 1995 and is common in open source…
  • Ultimate Office Perk

    Matt Mullenweg
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    We’ve had some really good press the past week, the first I’d like to share with you comes from Aimee Groth writing for Quartz: The makers of WordPress.com learned years ago that the ultimate office perk is not having an office. The funny thing is I’m writing this from the once-a-year Automattic Grand Meetup, which is in Utah this year, there are over 250 of my colleagues here and it’s great fun meeting and hanging out with everybody.
  • White House Goes On Lockdown After Sneaky Toddler Breaches Fence

    Matt Mullenweg
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    “We were going to wait until he learned to talk to question him,” Secret Service Agent Edwin Donovan said in a statement, “but in lieu of that he got a timeout and was sent on [his] way with [his] parents.” Pretty funny article from White House Goes On Lockdown After Sneaky Toddler Breaches Fence.
 
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    blog maverick

  • Another interview about streaming media from 1999

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:35 pm
    As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media.  This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and the bad At 02:48 PM 8/9/99 -0400, Kevin Werbach wrote: Thanks for your message.  I’ll definitely be in touch when I put the piece together (probably either September or October), as your perspective would be very helpful. The primary question I’m asking is how streaming video…
  • The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    There are no shortcuts in business.  In order to be successful there are some things that you must know.  These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important   1. Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job,  will make things better. Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping. 2. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer If you know how to put the person you are dealing with in a position to succeed, you can be successful. In order to do this, you…
  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at Broadcast.com The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    First, let me say what you read here is going to be wrong in several ways.  HFT covers such a wide path of trading that different parties participate or are impacted in different ways. I wanted to put this out there as a starting point . Hopefully the comments will help further educate us all 1.  Electronic trading is part of HFT, but not all electronic trading is high frequency trading. Trading equities and other financial instruments has been around for a long time.  it is Electronic Trading that has lead to far smaller spreads and lower actual trading costs from your broker.  Very…
  • High Frequency Trading, and Proof that the SEC Approach to Insider Trading is Completely Wrong

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Got to love Mary Jo White, the Chairwoman of the SEC.  While Michael Lewis’s book Flash Boys was getting all the headlines and was the topic of some of the best television  on CNBC, ever, Ms White used the firestorm to ask for more money for the SEC. Shocking ? The only shock would be if she didn’t use any occasion the SEC was in the public eye to ask for more money. It is unfortunate because there is no greater waste of money than what the SEC spends trying to enforce  insider trading laws. Let me give you some examples of just how poorly the SEC manages our tax dollars when…
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    Tom Peters

  • Edmonton

    Cathy Mosca
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The E-Town Festival, an Edmonton Economic Development initiative, finds Tom in Canada today. Quote from their website: “E-Town Festival feeds the mind and heart of people who get excited by innovation, creativity and disrupting common thought.” Sounds like Tom is a good fit as one of the headliners! PPT presentations for downloading: E-Town Festival, Edmonton […] The post Edmonton appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • MOOC with a Cool Friend

    Cathy Mosca
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Trying to grow your organization? Spread pockets of excellence? There are two days left to sign up! Cool Friend Bob Sutton, a Professor in the Department of Management Science & Engineering at Stanford, is offering a MOOC in scaling. Bob tells us that lots of people are involved in the design of the audio/video, etc., […] The post MOOC with a Cool Friend appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Training = Investment #1

    Tom Peters
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    I have ratcheted the volume WAAAAAAY up re training. I unloaded on the topic last week at Indiana HR in Indianapolis. I have subsequently upgraded a document titled “Training: Investment #1.” All yours … [Ed. And, there's an update to Excellence. NO EXCUSES! to reflect the changes to the training piece.] The post Training = Investment #1 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • A Few Quotes …

    Tom Peters
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Call me a “motivational speaker”—and I’ll be tempted to punch you. On the other hand, I have collected a passel of “inspiring” quotes over the years. I put this little set together for a colleague. All yours … “This is the true joy of Life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as […] The post A Few Quotes … appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • HR Indiana

    Cathy Mosca
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    Tom is speaking at HR Indiana, the largest HR conference in the Midwest. As you know, he has been working for the last few months on an essay, “The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development.” In many ways, he says, that essay will be the basis for his speech. “I try to do […] The post HR Indiana appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Intuitive Systems

  • “Sponsored data” is a step towards free cellphones

    Dave Taylor
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Was just checking my bill on the AT&T Wireless site and was rather surprised to find that I now have a feature called “sponsored data” enabled, without any notification or promotion from AT&T. In fact, I bet you do too. It’s described by the company thusly: This is actually really cool because it means that a company like Ford or Apple could “sponsor” visits to their Web sites such that you exploring what they have to offer, toy with the idea of buying a new car or shiny new laptop, whatever, wouldn’t come out of your data pool. For these companies,…
  • Buy Now buttons in the Twitter stream

    Dave Taylor
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:54 am
    Jason Del Ray over at Re/Code is reporting that “Buy Now” buttons showed up for a short period of time in the mobile Twitter app, likely as a test. Apparently it’s related to a partnership that Twitter.com has been building with a shopping site called Fancy. Here’s how it looked when it was being displayed by Twitter user Federica Merigo: Very interesting! And I won’t comment on the proposed price of those sneakers, other than to say, holy cow, that’s an expensive pair of shoes! More seriously, go look at a similar tweet from Federica on Twitter now,…
  • Don’t Request Endorsements from Strangers

    Dave Taylor
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:28 pm
    There’s a temptation in social media to push every button, flip every switch, and share everything with everybody. Privacy? Bah. That’s for old schoolers. Nowadays all the cool kids are oversharing, right? To some extent, that’s true, but there are still certain things that people need to be more thoughtful about, and an email I got this afternoon from a fellow Linked-In user highlighted this rather forcibly. Here’s what I received. The name’s been blanked out to protect their privacy: Here’s what’s important to know: I have no idea who Karin J is,…
  • What’s a Blog Brand Ambassador?

    Dave Taylor
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:39 am
    I’ve been talking with a couple of different tech firms about the possibility of serving as a brand ambassador. “What’s that?” I can hear you ask. It’s where you serve as a band spokesperson in return for product and, quite often, financial compensation. To find out what kind of deals are the norm, I asked a few colleagues about how they work with companies in the role of spokesperson or brand ambassador. Here are the answers I received (scrubbed for anonymity): I have been on both sides of the equation with Brand Ambassadors and Paid Celebrity Spokespersons for…
  • Interview with Sergio Troiani, inventor of the KLOQE

    Dave Taylor
    9 Feb 2014 | 7:05 am
    I received an email pitch from Sergio Troiani about his Kickstarter campaign for a new iPhone case. A new case? After I’d seen thousands of different cases at CES less than a month ago? I was intrigued, and our subsequent discussion about what he was doing turned into this Q&A. Keep in mind when you’re reading that he’s a 19yo sophomore in college… Q: What’s KLOQE and why is it interesting? KLOQE is the only all-alumimnum iPhone case on the market that mimics the look and design of the iPhone without interfering with cell phone reception. Q: An interesting…
 
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • What if Customers Were the Service?

    Valeria Maltoni
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:45 am
    Below is a post I wrote circa 2007 for FastCompany.com where my contributor role was to write about customer conversation. In the early days of blogging we had quite the discussions in the comments section -- an example of collaboration in thinking together about a topic. Collaboration is one of the three themes I will highlight in my bold talk at Inbound (tomorrow). Thanks to technology, marketing and business have become more complex. Complexity requires, actually demands, collaboration. Our skills and experience are not just additive when working together: they are exponential. Because in…
  • Tentpoles, Persistent Platforms, and Innovation

    Valeria Maltoni
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Making sense: Tentpoles Tentpoles. Asymco: this does not mean that the tentpoles used at launch are in any way in error. They are necessary to explain the value of a new category. The audience can’t be told [...] Apple Watch: Asking Why and Saying No. Ben Thompson: The good demos are all activities that extend your phone in a way that simply wasn’t possible before. They are also activities that make the Watch seem less capable as a self-contained unit. This is why I’m worried that the lack of explanation about the Watch’s purpose wasn’t just a keynote oversight, but something that…
  • Quotables from Kevin Spacey's Keynote at Content Marketing World

    Valeria Maltoni
    13 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Any time tech moves forward, there is that question about how things are not going to be the same anymore. That's always been the case. Very often the best experiences were with studios and movies that did not have any money. When I live tweet at events, I typically paraphrase to allow for space limitations by translating big concepts into many bite-size, as self-contained as possible posts. This post captures some of the key themes Kevin Spacey touched upon during the closing keynote speaker at Content Marketing World 2014. On audience The audience doesn't care about the platform, they care…
  • CMWorld: Financial Services Industry Lab

    Valeria Maltoni
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today I am leading and facilitating a conversation on content marketing strategy for the financal services industry at CMW2014. This is one of the industry labs the Content Marketing Insitute organized to follow its main event where I had the pleasure of introducing the content strategy track speakers. The flow for the day, after introductions will be participatory. In the late morning and again after lunch, attendees will collaborate on: Identifying a pilot program as a use case Building a full implementation plan that takes into account regulatory constraints and organizational structures…
  • Internet Slowdown Day for Net Neutrality

    Valeria Maltoni
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today is the Internet Slowdown day. If you dread seeing the loading icons on Web sites, imagine how much you will dread your site functionality being reduced. Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson explains the implications to commerce in a post for Wired#: For years, cable and phone providers have lobbied for the right to charge companies a fee to reach users, creating fast lanes for those willing and able to pay, and slow lanes for the rest of us. Earlier this year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler put out a proposal that would give these companies everything they asked for. And it would kill permissionless…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • One Hug

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    JUST WEEKS ago, my daughter’s mother moved out of state. The kid’s been having a tough time with it, and with school, and with her upcoming tenth birthday, which won’t work out the way she hoped. And then, over the weekend, her laptop and mine both broke—hers by cat-and-ginger-ale misfortune, mine by gravity abetted by my stupidity. To lighten the mood, this morning broke grey, pounding rain. We pulled on our hoodies, scooped up our bodega umbrellas, and shrugged on our backpacks—hers heavy with school books, mine with gym clothes, a camera, and two busted laptops. We were standing…
  • Online Training to Make Sites and Apps Accessible

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    ACCESSIBILITY IS LIKE the weather: everyone talks about it, but not enough of us do anything about it. Austin-based Knowbility is one of the few groups in the world with the commitment and expertise to change this. If enough of us fund their new IndieGogo project, they’ll gain the resources they need to create online modules that teach the world how to make our sites work for people with disabilities. This is a cause any web designer or developer should be able to get behind. I love the web because it is democratic, agnostic, and empowering. Progressive enhancement, responsive design, and…
  • Original Hip Hop Art

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    WHY THE INTERNET was invented: this single-page, no-frills website presents a trove of original, old-school hip hop party posters mainly designed by Buddy Esquire and Phase 2, and featuring legendary rappers before they got famous. Word to your mother. Hat tip: Fred Gates Design.
  • Netdiver returns

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    PIONEERING design ‘zine Netdiver is back, baby! Founded by my friend and colleague Carole Guevin in 1998, Netdiver was one of the first web ‘zines to seriously explore and promote design and design culture on the web. In its pages, you would discover pretty much everything exciting that was happening in web and digital design, photography, industrial design, and digital filmmaking. Sites as fine (and as different) as Swissmiss and The Great Discontent can trace more than a strand of their DNA back to Netdiver and its creator. Like many of the great zines and blogs from the first…
  • The Color Purple

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    WHEN my daughter was little, she used to ask me my favorite color. I was a grownup, and could only supply a grownup’s answer: “I love the way light looks in late afternoon,” I might say. Or, “Red and black can make powerful statements in graphic design.” Grownups don’t have favorite colors. But children do. Rebecca Meyer had a favorite color. It was purple. A color that might be expressed in the hexadecimal language of web design as #663399. As many of you know, Eric and Kat Meyer lost their daughter Rebecca to cancer on Saturday. Rebecca Alison Meyer was a ray of light. She was…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • 5 good reasons to work at GasPedal

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    My company, GasPedal, and its brands, SocialMedia.org and WordofMouth.org, are growing fast. We’re looking for talented, passionate people to join our team in Austin and Chicago. Here are five reasons why we love working here — and why we think you will too: 1. Good Mission: Make real change by helping the good guys win. 2. Good Jobs: Do challenging, interesting, and satisfying work. 3. Good Workplace: Enjoy a healthy culture, sensible policies, and a personal life. 4. Good People: Work with hardworking, passionate team of people you’ll like. 5. Good Living: Earn nice pay at a…
  • Newsletter #1006: The “Problem Solved” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Every once in a while, a product comes along that solves an issue everyone understands in a way that no one’s thought of yet. It’s the kind of stuff that’s so simple, yet so remarkable, it makes people say, “Damn! I wish I’d thought of that!” Here are three examples: 1. Shoe vending machines 2. A better butter knife 3. An easier way to unsubscribe 4. Check it…
  • Why do the most sophisticated marketers still use YouTube?

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I noticed this video about a product launch for ExactTarget/Salesforce.com. It’s hosted on YouTube. Q: Why would one of the most sophisticated marketing tech companies put their videos on a free site like this? (I’m sure they have some super-duper video tool they can use.) A: For the same reason that people used to advertise in the Yellow Pages — that’s where the customer are. YouTube is where people are looking for video — so you get discoverability: People find your content. Put it on a private server, and nobody ever stumbles across it. More important —…
  • Kate Alini on BMW’s super-fan surprise and delight social media campaign

    Andy Sernovitz
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from my company, SocialMedia.org’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. BMW Social Media and Emerging Technologies Manager Kate Alini sat down with us to talk about an amazing case study she presented at our Member Meeting in Dallas. We’re proud to have had Kate as a member since 2013. For all of the loyal fans and fanatics big brand carmakers enjoy, they also have their fair share of criticism and skepticism — sometimes from those die-hard fans. That was what BMW faced as they prepared to…
  • Your problem is the simplest thing

    Andy Sernovitz
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Webcam doesn’t work. Could be the drivers, sound card, software conflict, cables. Hours of troubleshooting. (And once you start messing with setting and software, you’re causing new problems. Or maybe it’s this cute (but crappy) USB hub. Lesson: Always check the simplest thing first.
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  • Q&A: Your Social Media Strategy

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    There’s not much Darren hasn’t tried in the way of social media, and using it as a complement to his blog. In this webinar (available in full to ProBlogger.com members), he outlines his method for success, as well as answering your questions about how to make the best use of this media. Darren covers: Where social media fits in your blogging journey What hierarchy of importance social media should go in (because you can’t be across everything!) How to find readers How to build a presence How often you should update your social media channels Hints for scheduling your content…
  • Case Study: My Experiment with Starting a 2nd Facebook Page for My Blog

    Darren Rowse
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    Regular readers of ProBlogger would know that over the last 18 months, I’ve put a lot of effort into Facebook – particularly by building up the Digital Photography School Facebook page. I’ve worked hard in that time to grow both the reach and influence of the page and while there have been ups and downs along the way, it has paid off in a fairly major way – with Facebook becoming the second-biggest referrer of traffic to Digital Photography School on any given day. In the last year and a half I’ve developed a publishing rhythm on the dPS Facebook page that works…
  • Four Ways to Crush Your Email Challenge and Build the List

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    This is a guest contribution from Luke Guy. I support building your email list more than any other thing. It’s the building block to any platform-building. You should be collecting emails before you even build the blog or write the book. I Wish I did it this way to begin with. Why? Collecting emails has got to be the fastest, easiest, cheapest way to build a community. You can approach someone and more likely get their email than a “like” on Facebook. Email is about discovery. Facebook is about liking what we already like. You know this though. You know that email is the way to build…
  • Creating and Selling Ebooks Webinar

    Stacey Roberts
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:48 pm
    This webinar (available in full for ProBlogger.com members) features ProBlogger Marketing Ninja Shayne Tilley outlining the strategy for getting the best return on your efforts creating and selling eBooks. It covers: Sell Sheets: Do you need one? What is it? How to make a good one. What content to have in your book – what shouldn’t you miss? An effective book outline Thinking about your audience Your review process Writing tips – not only to get content written, but also tips about format, consistency and even mindframe mid-book The editing process Adding visual elements…
  • How to Craft a Blog that Attracts Customers and Converts Like Crazy

    Stacey Roberts
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    This is a guest contribution from entrepreneur Natalie Sisson. So, you want to turn your blog into an online business? Congratulations, so does every other person with wifi. Now, I don’t mean to to bust your buns right off the get go, but if I’m being honest (and I always am!) then you need to know one thing: A blog that doesn’t make money is a hobby, and a hobby is not a business. The truth is, many of us don’t know what we’re doing when we’re first starting out online. Learning how to create a website, identify your ideal customer and convert them into sales will be a process,…
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    Brian Solis

  • A New Era for Search: The Zero Moment of Truth is Now Defined by Shared Customer Experiences

    Brian Solis
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    This is the story of when ZMOT met UMOT… Search is a natural step in the discovery process. In a web world, search engines offer a lens into a qualified and structured view to help online consumers focus and make informed decisions. With Google dominating search, marketers concentrated on improving search ranking through tried and true techniques to ensure that what they were marketing earned a coveted position in the likely search results a customer might consider clicking. Search is only part of the story now. The experiences that people have and in turn share is created a powerful…
  • Digital Transformation and the Race Against Digital Darwinism

    Brian Solis
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Digital Darwinism is a fate that threatens most organizations in almost every industry. Because of this, businesses not only have to compete for today but also for the unforeseeable future. Digital Darwinism is the phenomenon when technology and society evolve faster than an organization can adapt. There are many reasons for this of course. Every fabric of a company is strained due to internal and external influences. The challenge lies amongst the very leaders running the show today. Their mission and the processes and systems they support today may already be working against them.
  • Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

    Guest Author
    4 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Guest post by Jacob Morgan, author of the newly released, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization. You can connect with Jacob on Twitter or email him directly: Jacob@ChessMediaGroup.com. If there’s one thing that we can all agree on it’s that the world of work is changing…quickly. The way we have been working over the past few years is NOT how are we are going to be working in the coming years. Perhaps one of the most important underlying factors driving this change is the coming shift around who drives how work gets done.
  • The Maker Movement and Its Impact on Supply Chain Transformation

    Brian Solis
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    I follow the Maker Movement as a consumer, analyst and also as a maker. What is the maker movement? It a manifestation of the DIY (Do It Yourself) or DIWO (Do It With Others) culture where everyday people design, build and/or market something that they want or need on their own rather than buying something off the shelf. The maker movement has led to the creation of a number of technology products and solutions by typical individuals working without supportive infrastructure. This is facilitated by the increasing amount of information available to individuals and the decreasing cost of…
  • Born Digital: Meet Generation C, a new generation of connected customers

    Brian Solis
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Businesses today are met with unique challenges and opportunities that necessitate pause. For years, management models were developed to optimize the pursuit of business objectives. Processes were established and hierarchies, technologies and reporting systems supported them. Everything was business as usual until it wasn’t. Nothing is permanent. As in life, things change. And so is true in the world of business. The models and practices that have been taught for generations are tested in a time when customer and employee behaviors and resulting expectations are evolving without official…
 
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    Joho the Blog

  • Et tu, U2?

    davidw
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    A few days ago, when Apple pushed the latest from U2 into everyone’s iTunes library, you could hear the Internet pause as it suddenly realized that Apple is its parents’ age. Now in the ad-promotion succubus occupying the body of what used to be Time Magazine, you can see U2 desperate to do exactly the wrong thing: insisting that it wasn’t a gift at all. You can learn more about this in the hilariously titled cover article of Time: “The veteran rock band faces the future.” This a future in which tracks we don’t like are bundled with tracks we do (the return…
  • The problem is not with our imaginations

    davidw
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Yet another brilliant post by Ethan. (I think I’m going to turn that into a keyboard macro. I’ll just have to type ^EthanTalk and that opening sentence will get filled in.) It’s a reflection on the reaction to his piece in the Atlantic about advertising as the Net’s original sin, and the focus on his “confession” that he wrote the code for the Net’s first popup ad. But I think I actually disagree with one of his key points. In other words, I’m very likely wrong. Nevertheless… Ethan explains why the Net has come to rely on advertising…
  • [liveblog] Hendrik Hertzberg on the quick fix for our Constitutional morass

    davidw
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    I’m at a Shorenstein lunch talk where Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker is talking about the difficulty of electing a government with the infrastructure we have. The place is packed. HH was one of the very first Shorenstein fellows. When he was here he was covering the 1988 presidential campaign. (I’m sitting immediately behind him, so I will be able to report in detail on the expressiveness of the back of his head.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing…
  • Linux on an old Mac

    davidw
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    It looks so far like Mint (a Linux distribution) is working on my 2006 MacBook — one of them old white plastic models. I wiped out the entire disk, so there’s no Mac left except what Apple burned into the hardware. As far as I can tell, everything is working, from audio, to trackpad, to wifi. Here’s how I did it: I tried everything. Unfortunately, I can’t quite remember what worked, except that I used Mac Linux USB Loader to create the USB stick from which I booted the Mac into Linux. I also used Iso 2 USB EFI Booter to get the Mac to boot into Linux, although…
  • Something positive about Ronald Reagan

    davidw
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    On Christopher Lydon‘s excellent Radio Open Source program, I heard him interview the historian Rick Perlstein about his book The Invisible Bridge. Kissinger tells it in his memoir. When Kissinger was in the White House, he had to call Reagan, whom he despised. This was during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. In the course of the conversation he said that the Egyptians were claiming to be shooting down an absurd number of Israeli planes. Everyone knew they were lying, but the White House wasn’t sure how to counter the propaganda. Ronald Reagan immediately said, “Well, Henry,…
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    craigconnects

  • 6 Impresive Women in Engineering

    Craig Newmark
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    It's important to acknowledge and support the people on the backend doing good work. Too often, women engineers get little to no acknowledgement for the work they're doing. As a nerd, it's my philosophy that everyone gets a fair chance to be heard. It's one of the reasons I started craigconnects.org. My team and I have compiled a list of women in engineering who are the real deal. These women work and build the companies that many of us use every single day, but you may have never heard of them. This is a selection that people don't hear enough about, as opposed to…
  • 5 Voter Rights Orgs You Should Follow

    Craig Newmark
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    Hey, the Founders of the US tell us that everyone's equal in the eyes of the law, meaning that citizens have the right to vote. However, there are politicians who don't like that, and they're attacking the integrity of the election by making it hard for people to vote. Fortunately, there are some organizations doing really good work to ensure that any barriers to voting are removed for everyone who's got the right to vote. We also gotta vote and make sure the politicians hear our voices and know we count and we matter. I'd like you to help out all Americans…
  • La Vida Craigbert

    Craig Newmark
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Craigbert, or a really accurate portrait During my IBM and Charles Schwab years (1976-95) I lived La Vida Dilbert [dilbert.com], seriously hardcore. Dilbert really captures the truth of much corporate life, and does so perfectly from the software worker's perspective. It's also a brilliant commentary on organizational behavior. Personally, I have to always commit to the Dilbert attitude, that things can be better, and that can be very trying when I spend time in Washington or in the nonprofit world. It'd be too easy to lose hope, and then to work the system much like Wally, or…
  • Are You Ready to Vote?

    Craig Newmark
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Folks, we're only 2 weeks away from National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), on September 23. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn't vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn't know how to register. In 2014, NVRD's continuing their efforts to make sure everyone has a fair chance to vote. And please remember that the Declaration of Independence reminds us that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes voting rights. You may wonder what NVRD will actually accomplish, and according to their site, the purpose of this day is to:…
  • 8 Things Only a Nerd With an Appreciation for Nature Will Understand

    Craig Newmark
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Craig and the Mrs are ok with our four 2am visitors…they hang out in the birdbath that the pigeons dominate in the day. It's imperative to photograph home office visitors. A recent visitor to my home office, right from The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill…. Always use the Squirrel-resistant Suet Palace, or risk full takeover from the squirrels. (note to self: refill the Palace) New bird alerts are included in my list of important news. For example, recently spotted a Swift, possible a Vaux's. Will assign spouse to get a photo. Home cooking at Eileen and Craig's…
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    The Dish

  • Tweet Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Congratulations to Scotland on its Declaration of Dependence. — God (@TheTweetOfGod) September 19, 2014
  • Live-Tweeting The Scotland Vote

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Originally posted at 8.49 EST. Scroll down for the latest updates, in rough chronological order: Will Scotland be the next country to join this list? http://t.co/9EmPmffRsw pic.twitter.com/QZuEhTkfJ3 — GlobalPost (@GlobalPost) September 18, 2014 Looking like turnout will end up around 87%. Yes would want that way higher ideally. #indyref — Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) September 19, 2014 Highest-ever turnout in a Scottish national poll: 81.2% in the 1951 general election blogs.ft.com/the-world/live… #indyref http://t.co/LytT4ukJr1— Martin Stabe (@martinstabe) September 18, 2014…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Ballots are counted at the Emirates Sports Arena in Glasgow on September 18, 2014, after the polls close in the referendum on Scotland’s independence. The question for voters at Scotland’s more than 5,000 polling stations is “Should Scotland be an independent country?” and they are asked to mark either “Yes” or “No”. The result is expected in the early hours of Friday. By Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images.
  • Defaulting On Venezuelans

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    This article by Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos is getting attention from Venezuela-watchers (and President Maduro, who hated it – so you know they’re on to something). The pair argue that the country should default on its sovereign debt, because the government’s commitment to paying its creditors effectively means it’s defaulting on its citizens: Severe shortages of life-saving drugs in Venezuela are the result of the government’s default on a $3.5 billion bill for pharmaceutical imports. A similar situation prevails throughout the rest of the economy.
  • Sleep Is For The Rich

    Andrew Sullivan
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Olga Khazan explains: Though Americans across the economic spectrum are sleeping less these days, people in the lowest income quintile, and people who never finished high school, are far more likely to get less than seven hours of shut-eye per night. About half of people in households making less than $30,000 sleep six or fewer hours per night, while only a third of those making $75,000 or more do. Unsurprisingly, shift workers face the greatest risk of sleep deprivation; they get two to four hours less sleep than average. The consequences can be dire: Exposure to bright light when it’s…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Those Injections

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:57 pm
    This afternoon Mr. G was uncharacteristically available. He piled on the doctor’s appointments and mostly ran from one to the other. So at 3pm when I had Alexander in the car we caught Mr. G on the phone and had a chat about things to pick up from the pharmacy. He’s got a little back pain (cue the flood of chiropractors and MLM mommies) and was headed to a physician who was going to give him a cortisone injection. We chatted a bit and then hung up the phone. At that point Alexander and I had the following conversation. ALEXANDER: Is Dad sick? ME: No, he’s just dealing with…
  • Yesterday I Had a Haircut and It Saved Me $1,500

    Jessica Gottlieb
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    About a month ago I was on CNN with my as-promised curly hair. When I hit the makeup chair they just added a little definition to my curls with this tub of goo from Oribe. I ended up loving it and a quick google search told me that I could buy it at Barneys. So I did. I dutifully went to Barneys but everyone knows you can’t go to Barneys without first having lunch at Neiman’s because their popovers are the base of a perfect day. Somewhere between the basement at Neimans and the front door on Wilshire I snag a book about France for my daughter and a lipstick for me. Since…
  • Dog Blood

    Jessica Gottlieb
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Earlier this summer Junior had a blood transfusion. He was bitten by a larger dog and blood was sort of spurting everywhere. We had this horrible moment where we handed him over to the vet tech who asked us some questions: If he needs blood do we have your permission to give it? We both nodded. If he crashes do you want us to resuscitate? Mr. G nodded. I shrugged. I could have gone either way with it. I don’t personally want to be resuscitated in every instance. Junior didn’t crash and wasn’t resuscitated but he did have a fairly involved surgery and was put back together…
  • My Family is Weirder Than Your Family

    Jessica Gottlieb
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:36 pm
    My Mom and Doc are in New York City for her BFFs from Kindergarten’s 50th anniversary surprise party. This means that Mom and her BFF have been friends for approximately 900 years, give or take a few. In any event, My Mom’s been texting and emailing pictures of her trip as she goes. First they had a snafu with the packing. Then they arrived in the city, fortunately without the dog in the suitcase. I received an email with the subject line “NY after dark” and this photo was the only content. My aunt was copied too and she replied with her view at twilight, which is…
  • Monday Envelope is Going to Give You a Million Dollars – or a Hundred. Same Diff, Right?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:28 pm
    I’ve been completely ignoring my blog and focusing on everyone else’s because, well, I don’t know. Because it’s more interesting for me to work with brands and bloggers and play matchmaker. The last couple of weeks I’ve been working with Monday Envelope and the timing is perfect. It’s a website that allows team and room parents to send group alerts, manage calendars, collect money and basically get some of your life back after you’ve made the mistake of volunteering to be room mom again, thinking you have the time and talent to get things done and…
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    Bijan Sabet

  • Car Jamming — The Clash (Combat Rock, 1982)

    18 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Car Jamming — The Clash (Combat Rock, 1982)
  • The last few nights have been quite cool in the Boston area....

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 am
    The last few nights have been quite cool in the Boston area. When I took our dog Sam for an evening walk last night, my phone told me that it was 47 degrees outside. I threw on my denim jacket and a scarf. The flip flops were pushed to the back of the closet. So here are some of the last photographs of summer. Over Labor Day weekend we made a day trip to Crane Beach which is about an hour from our house. It was our first time there. The beach just beyond the parking lot was extremely crowded. But a 15minute walk south along the water, was quiet and wide open. It was a gorgeous day. The sun…
  • Sam 

    16 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Sam 
  • The Dead Sea — The Lumineers

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Dead Sea — The Lumineers
  • San Francisco, California. August 2014. A few weeks ago I was in...

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    San Francisco, California. August 2014. A few weeks ago I was in San Francisco and went exploring with my friend Aaron. Tyson Wheatley joined us as well. I had never met Tyson but I’ve been enjoying his beautiful photographs for some time. It was a thrill to meet and hear his life story over a photowalk and dinner. Such a talented and super cool person.  (All photographs taken with a Mamiya 7ii and Kodak Portra 400 film scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California)
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    inessential.com

  • Nick on Privacy

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:38 pm
    My co-worker on Glassboard Nick Harris talks about privacy: Apple’s decision to make it impossible to decrypt data on the device without the users password is the real reason they can say no to warrants. This was another idea we had tossed around. It would have been a paid feature where the board would be encrypted from end to end with only the chairperson having the keys. I had a plan for this and pushed it but didn’t win over the team on getting it built. Privacy was a huge big deal with us with Glassboard. (And I brought those lessons with me to Vesper.) With Glassboard we definitely…
  • Charlie on Democracy

    18 Sep 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Charlie Stross, in 2013: Political failure modes and the beige dictatorship: So the future isn’t a boot stamping on a human face, forever. It’s a person in a beige business outfit advocating beige policies that nobody wants (but nobody can quite articulate a coherent alternative to) with a false mandate obtained by performing rituals of representative democracy that offer as much actual choice as a Stalinist one-party state.
  • Facts and Thinking

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    I was reading about Texas and the AP History course — and the thing I was bugged about wasn’t Texas. (The article doesn’t provide enough information to form an opinion.) Instead, I was bugged by this statement: The controversy stems from the recent overhaul of the AP test, administered by the New Jersey-based College Board, that was meant to de-emphasize memorization. Lots of people are nodding their heads. Why memorize things? Of what value is knowing a bunch of dates and the names of dead generals? The point of school is to teach us how to think, after all. But that always sounds to…
  • Code-Signing Confusion

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Daniel Jalkut documents recent issues regarding code-signing. While WWDC 2014 was the best Christmas ever, and while the new iPhone models and the Apple Watch look very cool (I’ll be getting a 6+ and a watch), I still can’t help but worry. What worries me these days is bugs. Developers know what I’m talking about. To start listing them would seem like Apple-bashing, which isn’t my point. Bugs make developers reluctant to adopt new things. A developer thinks: I’d love to do x, y, and z — but I think I’ll let everybody else go first. I’ve said before recently that OS X 10.11 and…
  • Spam

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I’m not using Gmail or similar — I use the mail server my hosting provider gives me. That mail server has SpamAssassin, so I have that enabled and set to quarantine everything that scores a 1 or above. A fair amount of spam gets through to my mail client — Apple Mail — anyway. And so I have junk mail filtering turned on there too. But Mail’s junk mail filtering doesn’t do a very good job. To be fair, it’s dealing with messages that SpamAssassin didn’t catch either. The tough ones. But there are a lot of those. Tonight I got fed up and went back to SpamSieve. It had been years…
 
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    Rex Hammock's RexBlog.com

  • Direct-to-customer media was the promise of the internet. What happened?

    Rex Hammock
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    From the current Hammock Idea Email: “As a marketer, you should be focused first and foremost on developing media and content that serve your customers, that add value to your products by helping fulfill the promise made when the customer purchased them. Everything else, all the social media and SEO investment, should be viewed as support for the only media you own and control: the content that connects you directly to your customer.” (Continue reading: “Idea: Don’t Rein In New Marketing Opportunities With an Old Marketing Strategy”…) Related posts: Customer…
  • How Apple Masters “The Prestige”

    Rex Hammock
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    The current Hammock Idea Email is about what you can learn about Apple’s new product launch magic by ignoring the products Apple unveils on Tuesday and focusing, rather, on how they handle the “third act” of any trick, “The Prestige”: Next Tuesday, Apple will hold one of its famous new product unveilings. If you want to learn why Apple is the master of such unveilings, here’s our advice: Ignore the products they launch. Concentrate instead on watching Apple’s mastery of “The Prestige.” Continue reading (…) Sidenote related to obscure blogging thing:…
  • And instagram’s Hyperlapse is Cool, Too

    Rex Hammock
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    This is a followup to my post yesterday about Vine. If you haven’t checked out Instagram’s new feature called Hyperlapse, it also is worth playing with to understand how tools you play with can become tools you can’t do without one day. Anyone who has used the time lapse feature on a GoPro camera to speed up the action and get rid of the bumps will recognize what’s taking place. Read more about it here and check out this video below to see what it will do: Related posts: How Could One Not Buy a GoPro Camera After Watching This? Some gimmicky magazine technology that…
  • Vine is going to be a next kinda somewhat bigger thing

    Rex Hammock
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Vine has been around for a couple of years, but it seems to be gaining some traction, or perhaps that’s just because I’m seeing people use it differently than before. (Translation: Cats). As it’s owned by Twitter, Vine is not going anywhere, even if it’s not going anywhere, if you know what I mean. However, recently the app was beefed up a bit with some new edit features added that make it more compelling (and fun) to use. As I’ve indicated before, I’m a fan of animated GIFs and Vine is, well, sort of an animated GIF (they call them “looping…
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is Fun(d)raising at its Finest

    Rex Hammock
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Forgive me, but you’ll find at the bottom of this post yet another Ice Bucket Challenge video. I was on vacation and somewhat off the grid a couple of weeks ago when the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Ice Bucket Challenge meme hit, so I wasn’t quite sure what the shout-out from Hammock president John Lavey was all about when it hit my in-box. By the time I could get around to responding to his challenge, the meme had grown to epic status. How epic? Today (August 24, 2014), the ice bucket full of contributions being poured onto the ALS Association has crossed the $70 million…
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  • Getting Lost and Abandoned by Public Transit on Labor Day

    Berkeley Blog
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I proposed to two friends who also happen to be lawyers -- Joan Blades, cofounder of moveon.org, momsrising.org, and livingroomconversations.org as well as a former mediator, author, and avid hiker; and Floy Andrews, a former real estate lawyer turned into a bioethicist starting a practice in elder trust law and also an avid hiker -- that on Labor Day I lead us on a 7.5 mile hike on the Dipsea Trail, starting with a climb of 688 steps in Mill Valley, a descent into Muir Woods, another ascent along the southern flank of Mt. Tamalpais, and then a descent into the Stinson Beach crescent. I was…
  • Why does John Perry Barlow land in the weirdest places?

    Berkeley Blog
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    So the New York Times science section this week mentions that Barlow is vice president (doing what?) of a new energy company sourcing algae and located somewhere near a swamp in Alabama. Considering that Barlow started as an patrilineal cattle rancher in Pinedale, Wyoming running for governor of that state as a Republican, became a contributing writer for both Wired and NeXT magazine chronicling Steve Jobs’s boomerang hiatus from Apple, then cofounded the libertarian Electronic Frontier Foundation, and has consorted with more women than Don Juan (perhaps his inspiration), including a…
  • I Want a LinkedIn That Says Who's Rich and Who's Dead/Retired

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    LinkedIn sometimes works when I'm looking for someone who works for a company I want to connect with, like LinkedIn.  But what I'd really like LinkedIn to do -- and I think many of my nonprofit clients would appreciate this as well -- is to link me with individuals worth more than a few million dollars or euros and aggregate those folks by what causes they might support. LinkedIn's got such a big network, they could easily add a new category: philanthropy. What happens when LinkedIn people retire or die? Recently a friend and former colleague of mine passed away, and someone…
  • It Takes a Family to Feed One Athlete

    Berkeley Blog
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    t’s July and once again I’m sucked into the vortex of the Tour de France. In the first week of the race, a young rider from Toulouse who was in an early breakaway, won in on a steep but short summit finish in a drenching downpour. One of the race moderators, mentioned how the winner, Biel Kadri, used to raid his mother’s small grocery store after a ride and scarf all her remaining baguettes and cheese. This reminded me of feeding my former bicycle-racer son before and after a ride, and I thought of all the mothers, and fathers, who similarly fueled their children’s racing careers over…
  • Another Publishing Magnate Bites the Dust

    Berkeley Blog
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A publisher whose print magazines, including Maxim and The Week, are still in full swing despite the detritus of print media, died this week. Felix Dennis, a gaminlike Brit and underdog of the ruling class, made his hundreds of millions by playing to the baser instincts of human nature....much as Shakespeare once did. He loved porn -- whether it was sex porn as in Maxim or computer porn as in Computer Shopper or pop music porn as in Blender -- and hired the best writers, like Charlie Cooper, to write great prose about porn for the people. A poet himself, he not only wrote thousands of rhymes,…
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  • I love being wrong

    Derek Sivers
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most of the time I feel smart, successful, and driven - like I’ve got it all figured out. But last month my wife and I broke up after four years of trying to make a bad match work. It knocked me on my ass, hard. I’ve never felt so wrong and lost. It hurts, bad. I vulnerably called on friends for help. Amber reminded me to pull my head out of today, and think long-term again. Jeff told me to get my swagger back and hook up with every hottie in town, just relishing the moment. Ariel said I should really accept and feel this pain, instead of moving on so fast like I always do. Each different…
  • The philosophy of great customer service

    Derek Sivers
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was honestly surprised that my company, CD Baby, was such a runaway success. But I was even more surprised to find out why. CD Baby had lots of powerful well-funded competitors, but after a few years they were all but gone, and we dominated our niche of selling independent music. 150,000 musicians, 2 million music-buying customers, $139 million in revenue, $83 million paid directly to musicians. What was the secret to CD Baby’s success? I never did any marketing. Everyone came by word-of-mouth. But why? I honestly didn’t know. So whenever I was out talking with my musician clients,…
  • Loving what I used to hate

    Derek Sivers
    17 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From now on, when I say I hate something, remind me to add “… today” to the sentence. Here's why: Tom Waits The first time I heard Tom Waits was this performance on David Letterman. I hated it. I hated it passionately. I complained to my friend that it was the worst thing I'd ever heard, and it must be some kind of joke. The second time I heard Tom Waits was a year later, when my roommate played me “Singapore”, and I hated it just as much. I still thought it must be some kind of in-joke. Maybe it's a dare, like hákarl? Someone wouldn't actually listen to this for pleasure, would…
  • The Meaning of Life

    Derek Sivers
    4 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let's just figure out the meaning of life, once and for all, in under 20 minutes, OK? This is a 19-minute talk I've given at four conferences in Ireland, Taiwan, India, and New Zealand. I've improved it after each, and finally consider it done, so this is now the best and final recording of it. The video doesn't add much, so if you would rather just listen, download the MP3. The video should be visible below, but if not, download the MP4 video. Huge thanks to some friends who suggested great improvements: Michelle Welsch, Tynan, Aly Tadros, Jeff Marx, and Saj. Also thanks to a hundred drunk…
  • Change careers like Tarzan

    Derek Sivers
    29 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I get emails from many people who want to make a big change in their career. Each one wants to quit their current career, and boldly leap into their new venture or preferred lifestyle. When they ask my advice, they think I'm going to say, “Yes! Quit! Go for it!” But instead, they're surprised at my suggestion: Remember how Tarzan swings through the jungle? He doesn't let go of the previous vine until the next vine is supporting his weight. So my advice is: Change careers like Tarzan. Don't let go of the old one until the new one is supporting you. And make sure you don't lose momentum.
 
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