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  • I’ve completely moved to social media

    Robert Scoble
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    After giving it some thought I have completely moved to Facebook at I am putting TONS of great content into there. If you aren’t on Facebook, I’m also on Twitter at or on Google+ at Someday I might come back to the blog, but the world has moved and it is on social media.
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    Scripting News
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Scripting News: Facebook's algorithm isn't news.
  • Forgive yourself

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round. Forgive yourself for being afraid. But don't let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.        
  • World War II, the story of the 20th century
    Jason Kottke
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    World War II began 75 years ago today with Germany's invasion of Poland. A few years back, Alan Taylor did a 20-part photographic retrospective of the war for In Focus, which is well worth the time to scroll through. These images still give us glimpses into the experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today. Life has a collection of color photos of the invasion of Poland. Time has a map dated Aug 28, 1939 that shows how Europe was preparing for war, including "Americans scuttle home". Tags: Alan Taylor   World War…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 11: Diplomas, not GPAs

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    Gary Vaynerchuk
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? #LINKS: My AMA on Reddit – Music by T.Jay – Today’s Voiceover by Max Bass – #TIMESTAMPS 00:44 – If you owned a winery in Napa, what would your left jabs look like? 03:24 Do you respond to your post/tweets/emails/messages personally? or do you delegate? 04:52 What foods have you added to your lifestyle that you are enjoying the most? 05:23 How can I converge my vision of being…
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  • I’ve completely moved to social media

    Robert Scoble
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    After giving it some thought I have completely moved to Facebook at I am putting TONS of great content into there. If you aren’t on Facebook, I’m also on Twitter at or on Google+ at Someday I might come back to the blog, but the world has moved and it is on social media.
  • Knock, knock, is this thing on?

    Robert Scoble
    2 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    We’ve done some updates to the blog here. Hopefully the feeds and everything still works. Now on a modern server at Rackspace, thanks to Rob Collazo for helping me out. Got the latest theme. Improved security here. Updated to latest WordPress. Everything is looking good. Now the trick is to figure out what to do here that I can’t already do on Facebook, which is where I’ve been spending most of my time lately. Are you reading me there? Why not? That’s where you’ll see EVERYTHING I do. Here? I think I’ll start writing longer posts again here and see what…
  • Nokia's Trapster is too far over the freaky line

    Robert Scoble
    28 Jan 2014 | 11:22 am
    Why trust is the new currency in Age of Context and why Nokia lost it here. In the Age of Context lots of companies will go over the freaky line. What is that line? Where at least some people are uncomfortable with the privacy implications of the service. At EVERY speech I’ve given about our new book privacy comes up and people tell me they are scared by this new world that we’re heading into where systems like Google Now help you based on all sorts of private data, from where you are standing to who has sent you airline plans. But there are some “over the freaky line”…
  • Why I got Highlight wrong (and how Bluetooth Low Energy might save it)

    Robert Scoble
    24 Nov 2013 | 7:59 pm
    Back in March 2012 I hyped up Highlight something fierce. I thought it was going to be the next big app. I was wrong. Should have picked Snapchat (which I didn’t see coming because I personally don’t need it very much). Highlight just hasn’t proven to be very addictive to either me or my friends. We talk about it often. I keep running it. Now, what did they do right? They did fix their battery issues. It doesn’t put a major strain on my battery anymore. It does have some users, it’s just that the user count isn’t going up very fast and the UTILITY…
  • Here comes the age of the "personal cloud"

    Robert Scoble
    30 Aug 2013 | 5:34 pm
    Here Scott McGregor, CEO of Broadcom, shows me some new wireless devices, based on Low Power Bluetooth, which will be the “hub” of a new kind of “personal cloud” that will connect sensors and wearable computers to our smartphones of the future. These devices can support hundreds of other wireless devices, each with sensors, lights, or controllers for things on us or around us. This has deep implications for our contextual future (I’m writing a book, titled “Age of Context”). These new devices will cost less than $10 (wholesale) and run on a small…
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    Scripting News

  • 1 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    Scripting News: Facebook's algorithm isn't news.
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    Scripting News: A note to browser-makers.
  • Jackson Heights

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I went for a ride today in Jackson Heights, where I was a small kid, from pre-school to fourth grade. In most ways the neighborhood hasn't changed at all. It still has all the same basic features. There are some new buildings, and everything is a lot smaller than I remembered, when I was a very small person. What an interesting contrast to Doc's story of visiting the town he grew up in, Fort Lee NJ, which basically doesn't exist, having been replaced with superhighways and shiny huge buildings. It's not a neighborhood at all.
  • 31 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    My linkblog is in transition. Here's the newest stuff. The two streams will probably be joined tomorrow.
  • 31 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Today's background image is Nighthawks by Edward Hopper.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Forgive yourself

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Forgive yourself for not being the richest, the thinnest, the tallest, the one with the best hair. Forgive yourself for not being the most successful, the cutest or the one with the fastest time. Forgive yourself for not winning every round. Forgive yourself for being afraid. But don't let yourself off the hook, never forgive yourself, for not caring or not trying.        
  • It's a great book, it has no typos!

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    And you really have to check out this hotel, it's dark in your room at night. And quiet, too. Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable. Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.        
  • Turning passion on its head

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:03 am
    Instead of, "do what you love," perhaps the more effective mantra for the entrepreneur, the linchpin and maker of change might be, "love what you do." If we can fall in love with serving people, creating value, solving problems, building valuable connections and doing work that matters, it makes it far more likely we're going to do important work.        
  • Why don't authors compete?

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    There's an apocryphal story of a guy who went for his final interview for a senior post at Coca-Cola. At dinner, he ordered a Pepsi. He didn't get the job. And most packaged goods companies would kill to be the only product on the shelf, to own the category in a given store. Yet, not only do authors get along, they spend time and energy blurbing each other's books. Authors don't try to eliminate others from the shelf, in fact, they seek out the most crowded shelves they can find to place their books. They eagerly pay to read what everyone else is writing... Can you imagine Tim Cook at Apple…
  • Announcing a fall internship

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:12 am
    I'm hiring one or two paid interns. It's a great opportunity to learn, to experiment and to get some hands on experience. Find all the details right here. If you know someone who might be interested, I'd appreciate it if you would forward this to them.        
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  • World War II, the story of the 20th century

    Jason Kottke
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    World War II began 75 years ago today with Germany's invasion of Poland. A few years back, Alan Taylor did a 20-part photographic retrospective of the war for In Focus, which is well worth the time to scroll through. These images still give us glimpses into the experiences of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents, moments that shaped the world as it is today. Life has a collection of color photos of the invasion of Poland. Time has a map dated Aug 28, 1939 that shows how Europe was preparing for war, including "Americans scuttle home". Tags: Alan Taylor   World War…
  • Blogging

    Jason Kottke
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    I knew if I waited around long enough, blogging would be the hot new thing again: Sippey, Steele, Spiers. Tags: Elizabeth Spiers   Lockhart Steele   Michael Sippey   weblogs
  • The new fashion: phones, Dres, and Insta

    Jason Kottke
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:53 pm
    This year, your back-to-school shopping may have included more devices and downloads than pieces of attire. According to the NYT, today's teenagers favor tech over clothes. One retail analysts explains how his focus groups go these days: "You try to get them talking about what's the next look, what they're excited about purchasing in apparel, and the conversation always circles back to the iPhone 6." Tags: fashion   telephony
  • Making plans is difficult nowadays

    Jason Kottke
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    A plan used to be simple: you would agree to meet someone at a certain time and place and then you would meet them there and then. Now, a plan is subject to all sorts of revisions because "cellphones make people flaky as #%@*". A Plan: Once heralded as a firm commitment to an event in the future, a plan is now largely considered to be a string of noncommittal text messages leading up to a series of potential, though unlikely, events. A Cellphone: Your primary device for making plans. More specifically, the medium with which most plans are conceived and later altered. It's imperative that you…
  • Custom burgers at home

    Jason Kottke
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:24 am
    Advice from Tom Mylan, The Meat Hook's head butcher, about how to create your own custom burger blend for top notch burgers at home. Don't believe the "bedazzled blend" burger hype. Using fancy cuts of beef is not important and kind of a bullshit move, according to Mylan. What is important is making sure the meat is high-quality and comes from mature animals, and that your blend has the right fat content. Use cheaper cuts of beef from harder-working muscles, like chuck or round. Why? These cuts have more myoglobin, Mylan says, and myoglobin is what gives beef its "beefy" flavor and red color.
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • #AskGaryVee Episode 11: Diplomas, not GPAs

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? #LINKS: My AMA on Reddit – Music by T.Jay – Today’s Voiceover by Max Bass – #TIMESTAMPS 00:44 – If you owned a winery in Napa, what would your left jabs look like? 03:24 Do you respond to your post/tweets/emails/messages personally? or do you delegate? 04:52 What foods have you added to your lifestyle that you are enjoying the most? 05:23 How can I converge my vision of being…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 9: Ice Bucket Billionaire

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    #QOTD: Who in your family inspires you the most? Today we a very special episode of The #AskGaryVee show. I’ve been holding off on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for awhile now, but when my man Michael called me out, I knew I had to make the move! So now I challenge YOU, VaynerNation, to get out there, soak yourselves, and DONATE! #LINKS Donate to the ALS association – Special Guest: Michael! YouTube – Twitter –…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 8: Buy the Damn Cat!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #QOTD: What is currently your favorite single beverage? Things that I have decided are important: Keeping life spicy, wine, my health, and being honest. LINKS: Cyberdust – Music by T.Jay – TIMESTAMPS: 0:39 Do you believe in Jim Collins belief that we can only focus on 3 things? 1:38 What is the best way to grow a following or community from nothing? 3:36 Tea or Coffee? or wine? 3:57 As a business leader whats one thing that keeps you up at night? 4:54 Center or Edge? 5:01 What’s the best way for a right hook to seem like a jab?
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 7: Parents, Patience, and Pie

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Getting into some long-winded answers today! It’s a really great sign, too, because it’s clear that you guys are asking me amazing questions, so I really want to give some of them the time they deserve. Also be sure to hit me up on CyberDust tomorrow (@garyvee) so I can answer some of your more personal questions. #QOTD: What other personalities in the video world are you enjoying content from? #LINKS: Cyberdust – Matthew Santoro – Music by T.Jay – #TIMESTAMPS: 1:58…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 6: Friction Sucks

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    In this episode we talk about getting familiar with Facebook advertising, my love for my family, and the magic of red-headed quarterbacks. On top of that we get into being grateful, being right, and being patient. Three of my favorite things! LINKS: TIMESTAMPS 0:27 - What’s the best way to use Facebook dark posts? 1:51 - Is it still necessary to drive traffic from social to your dot com? 3:57 - How’d you deal with working in a family business? 5:03 - What did you think of the Dalton trade? 5:38 - Does the demand for your attention get overwhelming?
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    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.
  • Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014

    Charlene Li
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post is part of Altimeter’s Trends to Watch in 2014.  To kick off the new year, here are seven trends I’m following closely in my research at Altimeter, inspired by my conversations with clients, keynote audiences, social media communities, and very generous thought leaders. The list is not exhaustive of what is important, but […] The post Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
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  • MailChimp

    John Gruber
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    My thanks to MailChimp for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. More than 6 million people use MailChimp to create, send, and track email newsletters. Whether you’re self-employed, you manage projects for clients, or you work for a Fortune 500 company, MailChimp has features and integrations that will suit your email marketing needs. Create signup forms that match your brand’s look and feel, and send your subscribers product updates, event invitations, announcements, or editorial content. Use MailChimp’s reports to improve your campaigns and learn more about your…
  • Paczkowski: Apple Wearable Won’t Ship Until Next Year

    John Gruber
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    John Paczkowski: So that new wearable device Apple is introducing on September 9? It’s going to be a while before anyone is actually wearing it. Sources in position to know tell me it won’t arrive at market for a few months. “It’s not shipping anytime soon,” said one. So when does Apple plan to ship its eagerly anticipated wearable? That’s not clear, but my understanding is that we’re unlikely to see it at retail until after the holiday season — think early 2015. If true, why? I’m guessing something similar to why they pre-announced the original iPhone —…
  • Gizmodo Is Off Apple’s Shitlist

    John Gruber
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Brian Barrett, writing for Gizmodo: Apple has just sent out its invitations to an event on September 9th. You can expect at least one iPhone, and possibly an iWatch as well. And hey… we’ll be there! Some subtle changes so far in the post-Katie Cotton era. Gizmodo hasn’t been invited to an Apple event since the unpleasantness back in 2010. They’re holding the event at The Flint Center, a big venue the company hasn’t used in over a decade. And they sent the invitations out a week earlier than usual.  ★ 
  • Paczkowski: ‘Apple Plans to Announce Wearable in September’

    John Gruber
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    John Paczkowski, writing at Recode: Remember back in June when I said Apple hoped to schedule a special event in October to show off a new wearable device? Remember how I also said this: “Could things change between now and fall? That’s certainly possible.” Turns out that was a prescient hedge, because things have changed. Apple now plans to unveil a new wearable alongside the two next-generation iPhones we told you the company will debut on September 9. (Funny “joke,” Gruber.) The new device will, predictably, make good use of Apple’s HealthKit health and fitness platform.
  • Amazon Is Now Aggressively Going After Google’s Core Business

    John Gruber
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Dan Frommer: Amazon also is aggressively building out its advertising technology portfolio. The company is “developing its own software for placing ads online that could leverage its knowledge of millions of web shoppers,” the WSJ reports (paywall). Amazon supposedly has told potential partners that it could start testing a “new placement platform, dubbed Amazon Sponsored Links” this year. Amazon also recently debuted a new service that runs banner ads on other sites, called Amazon CPM Ads. (“CPM” is ad-industry jargon for “cost per thousand” ad impressions — referring…
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  • 5 Ice Bucket Envy Filled People To Avoid

    David Armano
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Like millions of others, I recently filled a bucket full of ice and water, shot a video and called on a few friends to do the same. While not required to, I also donated to the ALS association because it seemed like the right thing to do.  Is the infamous "Ice Bucket Challenge" working? According to the New York Times, the campaign has raised over 13 million dollars compared to the 1.7 million raised last year at this time. So is there a down side? According to my social feeds—kind of. While I don't agree with them, here's a snapshot of some of the feedback I've seen in addition to the…
  • Should You Help Someone You Don't Know? Yes.

    David Armano
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Meet Justin Levy.I know Justin, but in a world of having many connections, "knowing" someone doesn't mean much, and Justin and I don't talk every day—in fact we've have had only a handful of interactions. But a status update on social media caught my attention and hasn't lost it since. Recently, Justin posted the following: And since then, he's undergone one of several surgeries for his shoulders which were both badly injured due to the violent nature of the seizure. To make matters even more unnerving, a brain tumor has been found and he's scheduled to have the majority of it…
  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
  • Is Sharing Link Bait a Huge Mistake?

    David Armano
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    You've probably done it too. Shared an article you didn't fully read or absorb because the headline grabbed your attention. If you're guilty as charged—don't feel too bad as there is a legitimate reason we sometimes do this. As I've said many times before, content is currency and it's human nature to want to share things that resonate with us and we know will resonate with others. I did this recently with a Business Insider article titled:"We Got A Look Inside The 45 Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet" So here's what I did; I read the headline and…
  • The New York Times Innovation Report is Both a Manifesto and Warning For Entrenched Organizations

    David Armano
    18 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "To improve is to change; to perfect is to change often"~Winston ChurchillThere are few documents, articles or any media for that matter that capture and illustrate the complex yet efficient nature of disruption than the New York Times 2014 Innovation Report. Recently leaked, presumably in some connection with the dismissal of executive editor Jill Abramson the 91 page report has been somewhat eclipsed by the debate around Abramson. But while that story has been garnering the most attention in the media—it is the innovation report which needs to be read cover to cover by anyone whose work…
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    Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

  • A Glossary of Emerging Terms in the Collaborative Economy

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Harvest a thousand ideas. Above photo from popular photographer, and my friend, Thomas Hawk. Crowdfunding is the highest form of loyalty, but only a few big companies have deployed this crowd strategy. Big companies can learn from Indiegogo, and Kickstarter. You’ve heard of Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms for the tech savvy, but what does it mean to corporate product development and marketing strategy? Today’s crowdfunding projects include a panoply of products that never make it to the shelves. I jokingly refer to this as “this decade’s home shopping…
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  • Is Feminism Sexist?

    31 Aug 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…
  • Easiest Diet Plan Ever

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Disclaimer: Do not get your health advice from cartoonists. This blog is for entertainment only. If you see something here that interests you, please do your own research or talk to someone who actually knows things. --------------Here's the easiest diet plan of all time: Eat as much healthy protein as you can.That's the entire plan.Okay, your brain just came up with several reasons why this plan is dumb and incomplete. Allow me to anticipate those objections and address them.What about variety? You need a diet with lots of variety, not just protein. Wouldn't a focus on protein…
  • ISIS Strategies

    24 Aug 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.  ______________________________________ISIS is an interesting situation, in a terrible way, because on the surface there is no…
  • Israel and Hamas

    20 Aug 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.----------------------------------------------- Individuals are free to act on their moral convictions. But a secular government…
  • Creativity Hack

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Here are four well-known ways to boost creativity: 1.       Work near crowd noise, such as in a coffee shop. 2.       Take a walk (alone) 3.       Drive a car to a familiar destination (alone) 4.       Take a shower (yeah, alone) I've experimented extensively with all four methods and I can report that doing any one of those activities has a huge and immediate impact on my quality and volume of ideas. This is purely anecdotal, but the impact on idea flow is so immediate…
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  • A visit to the old ‘hood

    Doc Searls
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    A couple weeks ago I took a walk around the historic neighborhood in Fort Lee where my extended family had a home from the turn of the last century into the 1950s. It’s where my parents lived when I was born, and where my aunt and grandmother sat for my sister and me (taking us often for walks across the George Washington Bridge, which my father helped build) and holding big warm Thanksgiving dinners. It was all erased years ago, and the parts that aren’t paved over are now turning into high-rises, starting with The Modern, a 47-floor mirror-glass monolith that towers over the…
  • Rediscovering Junkie John, Tim Dawe and Penrod after 40 years

    Doc Searls
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    I used to have an open reel tape of song I recorded off some New York FM station in 1970 or so. It’s long lost now. I didn’t know the artist or the title. It was was half talked, half sung, about a loser in Greenwich Village, “Junkie John,” coming down in a fleabag hotel. Very haunting, which is why I never forgot it. I didn’t know what it was called or who did it. Every so often I’d ask people who knew music better than than I did, if they knew a song about “Junkie John.” A few said maybe it was a Blues Traveller thing, or John Mayall. But…
  • What’s Neutral about the Net

    Doc Searls
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    I posted this to a list I’m on, where a long thread on Net Neutrality was running out of steam: Since we seem to have reached a pause in this discussion, I would like to suggest that there are emergent properties of the Internet that are not reducible to its mechanisms, and it is respect for those emergent properties that drives NN advocates to seek policy protections for the flourishing of those properties. So let’s set NN aside for a bit, and talk about those. For example, whether or not “end to end” is a correct description of the Internet’s architecture,…
  • Link pile

    Doc Searls
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:21 am
    Closing some tabs here…. Tech Libby Clark in Cars should be open source hardware Darren Etherington in Techcrunch: Estimote Wants To Pioneer ‘Nearables’ With New Stickers Beacon Hardware Barry Levine in VB: Uber opens up its API – and creates a new platform Privacy and all that Tim Walsh of SAP in LinkedIn: Big Data — The New Tobacco Steven Tweedie in Business Insider: Use This Trick To See A Map Of Everywhere Google Knows You’ve Been Scott Adams: Information is the Cure for Privacy Thinkings David Ziff: Google Music on the Jurisprudence of Justice Breyer…
  • AM radio declared dead by BMW and Disney

    Doc Searls
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:09 am
    The BMW i3 may be the first new car to come without AM radio since cars starting coming with radios, way back in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Disney is unloading a big pile of AM stations carrying Radio Disney, a program service for kids focused mostly on “teen idols.” In Disney’s Devastating Signal About Radio, Eric Rhoads of Radio Ink spoke Big Truth about the heft of the harbinger Disney’s move delivers to the media marketplace. In a follow-up post he defended his case, adding (as he did in the first post) that “radio is not dead.” In Redefining…
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  • World Order

    Fred Wilson
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:06 am
    I’m sitting at the breakfast table while Gotham Gal does the NY Times Crossword puzzle and we are looking at this That’s Lake Como. I’m reading “the paper” on my phone and sipping coffee and enjoying the scenery. This op-ed by Henry Kissinger in yesterday’s WSJ caught my attention. It certainly seems true that the world order of the past 70 years is fading fast and that we are facing a search for a new world order. Kissinger has some suggestions in his op-ed and his new book which the op-ed is an advertisement for. I think my partner Albert’s thoughts…
  • Fuel Efficiency

    Fred Wilson
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Well the photoblogging experiment yesterday was mostly a failure. I posted images I took on my phone via my phone and they came out too large and loaded too slowly. The whole point of the experiment was to see if I could post quickly and easily from my phone and avoid the laptop entirely. I was seeking efficiency and did not find it. But one place where we have found efficiency on our trip is our car. We got this Peugeot convertible for our trip. It is a stick shift and takes diesel gas. The tank was almost empty when we got it so we filled the tank at the start of our trip. That cost 85…
  • Photoblogging

    Fred Wilson
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Several people suggested I do some photoblogging on my vacation. So here’s my first attempt. If it goes well there will be more. We woke up to this And then did this Then this That took all of twenty seconds on my phone. Very efficient. Now back to vacation.
  • Reblog: The Future Of Media

    Fred Wilson
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    I wrote this post almost nine years ago, before our investments in Twitter, Tumblr, Wattpad, SoundCloud, Kickstarter, and a host of other bottoms up media businesses. I can remember the moment. I was in my home office in our old home at 11 West 10th Street. That was a sweet office, top floor, with windows facing front and back. I wrote it on my laptop on the conference room table that I took from Flatiron’s offices when we shut that firm down. I have no idea what happened to that table. I’m going to find out what happened to it. I recall the feeling of writing this post. I was…
  • Reblogging

    Fred Wilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:35 am
    So we are heading off for four weeks in Europe this evening. I’m going to start reblogging a lot of older stuff as a way to keep AVC fresh while I’m not posting every day. So I thought about what posts would be the most worthwhile to dust off and bring back. I went to Google Analytics and looked at data from the past two years to see what posts that are older than that (ie written before August 2012) got the most traffic during that time. It’s an interesting list. There’s a lot of MBA Mondays content in there, particularly around employee equity and valuation…
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • Else 9.2.14: Don’t Worry, The Robots Are Our Friends. But the People?

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    The post Else 9.2.14: Don’t Worry, The Robots Are Our Friends. But the People? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. “All these moments…will be lost in time…” Else is back after an extended summer hiatus – thanks for taking the time off with me. I wasn’t sure if I was going to return to this newsletter, but its a good ritual for me to condense and annotate my daily and weekly reading habits, and enough of you have subscribed that I figured you might be missing the updates. I kind of was.  Like this newsletter? Sign up!  The pieces I…
  • “Facebook Is a Weatherless World”

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    The post “Facebook Is a Weatherless World” appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) This quote, from a piece in Motherboard,  hit me straight between the eyeballs: Facebook…will not let you unFacebook Facebook. It is impossible to discover something in its feeds that isn’t algorithmically tailored to your eyeball. “The laws of Facebook have one intent, which is to compel us to use Facebook…It believes the best way to do this is to assume it can tell what we want to see based on what we have seen. This is the worst way to predict the weather.
  • Writing Is Code, Reading Is Visualization

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The post Writing Is Code, Reading Is Visualization appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Yesterday I stumbled onto a fascinating PBS Newshour interview with book designer Peter Mendelsund, well-regarded for his cover treatments of titles ranging from George Dyson’s Turing’s Cathedral to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mendelsen argued that when we read, we visualize the text, each of us creating a different reality in our minds. Those co-created images – created by both the author and the reader – are unique and vital to the process of reading –…
  • NewCo New York 2014: My Chairman’s Picks To Visit

    25 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The post NewCo New York 2014: My Chairman’s Picks To Visit appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Last week I created my schedule for NewCo San Francisco, and wrote about them here. What many folks don’t know is that there are now nine confirmed NewCo festivals around the world. Three weeks after San Francisco, nearly 100 New York companies will be opening their doors and welcoming festival goers in our second annual NewCo New York, Sept. 30th-Oct. 2nd. If you live in NY, or are going there for Advertising Week this Sept.29-October 3rd, please register and visit some…
  • AdTech Is Alive and Well: I’ll Have the Full Stack, Please

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    The post AdTech Is Alive and Well: I’ll Have the Full Stack, Please appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Reading The Information’s piece on Facebook’s reported re-introduction of the Atlas ad-serving technology, I wondered – Does the market really need six or more full stack adtech solutions? Google is the undisputed leader in the field – it’s spent nearly ten years stitching its own technology into acquisitions like DoubleClick (the original ad server), AdMeld (supply side platform), AdWords (search), AdMobs (mobile), Teracent (targeting),…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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  • The Important Power of NEXT

    Chris Brogan
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m going through survey results as they relate to my recent webinar (now available on demand). Of the hundreds, who attended and purchased, I received surveys back from about 115. Of those, 111 people were positive to very positive, with some being effusive in their praise and kindness. Four people said fairly negative and disappointed things. They hated it. They thought it wasn’t worth it. They thought I was a bad man, whatever. Now, pop quiz: guess which feedback I’ve been thinking about for days? (Aw, you already know, because YOU do the same thing!)Continue Reading
  • Comfort is the Enemy

    Chris Brogan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    All of my work seems to be pointing to the same direction lately. People are struggling. They’re running out of time, running out of money, running out of motivation. If I’m to take everyone at their word, they’ve “tried everything” and “nothing works.” And yet, what I see, more and more, is that “good enough” or “you tried” or “why work so hard” are gaining momentum in every direction. Comfort is the Enemy The economy isn’t why people aren’t buying your product or service. Your competition isn’t…
  • How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole – or What Separates Me From Most People

    Chris Brogan
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 am
    Jacq and I work well together. She has this uncanny ability to point me towards interesting things that end up being passions of mine. She decides to get back into lifting weights, and then I rush out and get fanatical about it. She decides to work promoting Visalus, and then I go nuts. Jacq’s given me lots of ideas over the past few years. In talking about this, we both realized there something that separates me from lots of other people. I love to fail. How to Fail Your Way Out of a Hole I should probably rephrase that. I don’t love to fail. Who does? Last place? Yay! No, not…
  • War is Work, Not Mystery

    Chris Brogan
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    When we get antsy, we stop what we’re doing. When we are unsure, we grind to a halt. In Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire, there’s a great speech given by King Leonidas to his generals before the night of The Battle of Thermopylae (the movie 300 also covers this, kind of). Here are just a few excerpts from the speech: “Keep your men busy. If there is no work, make it up , for when soldiers have time to talk, their talk turns to fear. Action, on the other hand, produces the appetite for more action.”Continue Reading
  • Why I Switched to Rainmaker

    Chris Brogan
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    I recently moved to the Rainmaker platform, because I wanted to work more on my business, and less on the details of maintaining a website. In case you’re not aware, Rainmaker is a hosted WordPress solution with a very customized back-end so that everything is a lot simpler and cleaner and easier to understand. By “hosted,” I pay a monthly fee to run the site on Copyblogger Media’s servers, and for the platform and all the themes. Continue Reading
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    iJustine / Justine Ezarik

  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare XBOX ONE

    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

    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

    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!

    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!
  • Iceland Dogsledding

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    This was so fun!
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  • All the fixins

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    This time I'm not stepping too far outside of my comfort zone, but at least I won't be wearing yoga pants.
  • Sweet and senile

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    I guess this is what happens when you're in your sixties.
  • My smirking Butternut

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Shades of Daisy Hamilton are surfacing.
  • A staple of summer

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A bit of an ode to my favorite season as it takes its last breaths.
  • Choir director

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    All of this before 7AM. Life is so very wonderfully full.
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    AE on the Verge

  • Fundraising Idea: The Cupcake Challenge

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Cupcake Challenge - Here's how it works:Info cards are set on tables along with a copy of the cupcake sign, which is mounted on small dowel and when a table raises their flag they set it in a vase filled with sand to hold it up. The info card includes rules:  Each person at the table (who is eligible to contribute - which is a PAC rule) must contribute $5 (or other designated amount) or more for EVERYONE to win at that tableNo one can contribute for anyone else (which is a PAC rule - but may not apply to your rules)Can limit it to only credit cards…
  • 3 things that make me crazy at banquet events ...

    2 Oct 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Not only do I plan events, but I attend a large number of events. Here are three things that make me crazy:1. Centerpieces that block the view of half the table: What's the point of being seated with 8 or 10 people if you can't even see half of them because of the centerpiece, much less be able to engage them through the centerpiece? There are plenty of nice ways to decorate a table that won't block the view of others at the table.2. Those stretchy chair covers that totally cover the chair legs: Remember when our legs didn't bounce off the chair covers at events? Whoever created those…
  • 6 Words that Stop Change at Associations

    23 Feb 2013 | 8:11 pm
    There are 6 words that routinely stop change at Associations: "But that will set a precedent."  With a precedent of course being assumed to be a bad thing.Here are a few thoughts on getting past the dreaded precedent-setting:1.  Call it a pilot program.  Then it is clear it's a test and may or may not ever apply again.2.  Make it clear why it's one-time in an explanatory to a decision. "Due to the current market conditions ...", "due to an unexpected overage in the fund balance," or whatever provides explanation to do something even if it's never been done before or…
  • A Return to Blogging - and "Most Obvious Lessons"

    18 Feb 2013 | 4:45 pm
    The past few months have been filled with personal and professional transitions - left a job (and membership) I loved after 24 years due to a relocation, changed states, consulted, participated in a lot of association executives meetings, interviewed for a new job, facilitated a search for a new CEO, started a new job, bought a new house, and more.  Which means I have lots of association management blog topic content; so it's time to return to blogging.My first post has to be a highlight of my good friend Judith Lindenau's blog about what she learned as an Interim Association…
  • 3 Association Questions found at a Yard Sale

    1 Sep 2012 | 2:39 pm
    Prior to selling our house this week, we had a yard sale.  There are three questions we were asked by yard sale attendees that I believe are really relevant to association management too:1.  Are the prices firm or flexible?  Clearly regular yard sale attendees like to know if there is flexibility in pricing.  I thought it was actually really easy for them to find out, just by asking.  Anytime you get a quote for anything, ask if it's "firm or flexible."  You might get a lower price just by asking.2.  Do you have (fill in the blank)?  Several asked for…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs August Thirty

    John Jantsch
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Weekend Favs August Thirty 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: pablohart via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: Megalytic – really great way to create simple and useful Google Analytics…
  • The Top Google Analytics Reports for Assessing Mobile Activity

    Guest Post
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    The Top Google Analytics Reports for Assessing Mobile Activity 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 Mark Hansen – Enjoy! As the use of mobile devices continues to increase, understanding the needs and behaviors of our mobile visitors is increasingly important. Instinctively, we know that mobile users are on the go, so they’re more likely to lose patience with a slow mobile site or poor user experience (UX). But what we need to learn is how…
  • A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    A Visual Guide to Local SEO for Small Business Websites 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 Justin Sturges – Enjoy! How to Build a Perfectly Optimized Local Website by Following the Google Guidelines! Building a winning local website is no simple task. We need content about our business, a blog, location pages, photos and galleries, contact pages and more! All this can quickly overwhelm budgets and plans. So in order to help, we’ve built an…
  • What Does Charm Have To Do with Business?

    John Jantsch
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    What Does Charm Have To Do with Business? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with Jordan Harbinger My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Jordan Harbinger – cofounder of an amazingly successful business called The Art of Charm – a business with the tagline – where ordinary guys become extraordinary men. Now, to be fair, some amount of the work The Art of Charm does is teach guys how to meet women, but I for one believe that many of the elements regarding…
  • Why Dark Posts Are the Best Facebook Advertising Approach Right Now

    John Jantsch
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why Dark Posts Are the Best Facebook Advertising Approach Right Now written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Let me preface this post by highlighting the words in the title “right now.” photo credit: windy_sydney via photopin cc As with all things in this fast changing digital world, a killer tactic today may soon be worth very little when, for example, the network you’re using it on decides to change the rules or it simply becomes diluted due to the fact that everyone is doing it now. For today one of the most effective advertising…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Children with autism learn imitative behavior from socially assistive robot

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Representation of the ‘copycat game’ interaction between the child subject and the Nao robot. Using data from a Kinect sensor (shown here), USC Interaction Lab software compares the distances between human and robot joints to measure pose accuracy. (Credit: USC Viterbi) Humanoid robots could help autistic children practice imitation behavior, according to USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers, based on a new study. They examined how children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) react to humanoid robots that provide “graded cueing” — an occupational therapy…
  • Improving memory with transcranial magnetic stimulation

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to indirectly stimulate the hippocampus (credit: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine) Northwestern Medicine researchers have discovered that using high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) to indirectly stimulate the hippocampus portion of the brain (which is involved in forming memories) improves long-term memory. The discovery opens up interesting new possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain…
  • Atoms to product: aiming to make nanoscale benefits life-sized

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    DARPA’s Atoms to Product (A2P) program seeks to develop enhanced technologies for assembling atomic-scale items, and integrating these components into materials and systems from nanoscale up to product scale in ways that preserve and exploit distinctive nanoscale properties. (Credit: DARPA) DARPA has created the Atoms to Product (A2P) program to develop enhanced technologies for assembling atomic-scale components and integrate them into materials and systems from nanoscale up to product scale — in ways that preserve and exploit distinctive nanoscale properties. The new program also…
  • Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:02 am
    Innate immune cell distribution in regenerating bladder tissue, showing elevated levels of CD68+ macrophages (green) and MPO+ neutrophils (red) (credit: Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute) The research group of Arun K. Sharma*, PhD has developed a system for patients with urinary bladder dysfunction that may protect them against an inflammatory reaction** resulting from tissue regeneration, which can negatively impact tissue growth, development and function. The researchers treated a highly pro-inflammatory biologic scaffold with anti-inflammatory peptide amphiphiles…
  • Sorting out circulating tumor cells in the blood with sound waves

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    This microfluidic device uses sound waves to sort tumor from white-blood cells as they flow through the channel from left to right (IDT, or interdigital transducers, are sound source) (credit: X. Ding et al.) A research team has developed a device that could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread. Developed by researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University, the dime-sized device separates out tumor cells from white blood cells by exposing the…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Fight Club A/B Testing

    Matt Mullenweg
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Luca Sartoni writes The Rules of A/B Testing by Tyler Durden. “1st Rule: You don’t talk about A/B Testing.”
  • You Can’t Tell This is 3D Rendered

    Matt Mullenweg
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Khoi Vinh writes about How 75% of the real-looking photographs you see in an Ikea catalog are actually 3d-rendered. Hat tip: Hafiz Rahman.
  • Why LaTeX?

    Matt Mullenweg
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Posts like this are why @wordpressdotcom and @jetpack offer LaTeX / Beautiful Math support. — George Stephanis (@daljo628) August 26, 2014
  • Journalism vs Mass-Media

    Matt Mullenweg
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Matthew Ingram writes for Gigaom: Journalism is doing just fine, thanks — it’s mass-media business models that are ailing. Hat tip: Ben Thompson.
  • Everything Is Bloated

    Matt Mullenweg
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Tom McFarlin writes Everything Is Bloated, Nothing Is Good.
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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 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

  • 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.
  • Update: Moral Bedrock

    Cathy Mosca
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    What should you focus on right now to make Excellence happen in your organization? That’s the question that’s always on Tom’s mind. He’s been working on a document called Excellence. NO EXCUSES! (available here) for months. This collection of Twitter conversations now encompasses all the topics Tom sees as important right now for excellence in […] The post Update: Moral Bedrock appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Some StuffTweets18 July 2014

    Tom Peters
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Brief snippets FYI … Topic ONE: Generational management. I’m sick-to-death of the “How do we manage ‘Gen Whatever’” bullshit. My response thereto: As leader, commit yourself fully to helping everyone grow every day. Gen A. Gen B. … Gen X. Gen Y. Gen Z. Nothing new. Damn it. People you work with can smell your […] The post Some StuffTweets18 July 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Detroit

    Shelley Dolley
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Did you see the recent article, “The Post-Post-Apocolyptic Detroit”? Before I met Tom Peters, I lived in Detroit. My husband had an idyllic, cookie-cutter suburban ’60s upbringing there with a family full of auto workers. All his grandparents were immigrants, happy to see their children thrive in post-WWII Detroit. He spent the ’80s in downtown […] The post Detroit 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 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

  • Substitution, Alignment, Saying and Doing Better

    Valeria Maltoni
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:33 am
    Making Sense: Substitution Apparel is next. Asymco: it’s clear that computers are becoming small enough to be worn. Many prototypes exist and even small companies can build them. All that is needed is a new user interface and a new platform will be born. Once a platform is born, the creativity of millions can be unleashed to expand the problem set that can be solved. So it’s obvious that as a computer becomes wearable it will affect the industry that currently is hired to also be worn: apparel. Curiosity Is as Important as Intelligence. HBR: [...] perhaps the right question is not “Is…
  • Top Reasons Why...

    Valeria Maltoni
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    To kick off the holiday weekend (U.S.), let's have some fun by going down memory lane. You know you are spending too much time on Twitter when: You think @Twitter is mostly about YOU! Your emails are 140 characters long You write @Mom You are actually paranoid about NOT being followed You look forward to summer so you can hang out on TweetDeck You don't understand why your company event is not being tweeted You find out you have been appointed to a vacant Senate seat before the Governor has called you You have a framed picture of your avatar on your desk instead of your kids You find out that…
  • Wish we Could Say More

    Valeria Maltoni
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Much of the conversation about Apple is driven by knowledgeable analysists, fans, and the developer community. Horace Dediu weighs in @asymco# with a most likely scenario of what is going to be unveiled on Sept 9. The Critical Path Show #119, before the predictions of the iPhone Portfolio, big screen phones and what they are good for, and a tentative review of Ed Catmull's "Creativity, Inc" the co-hosts mention Iconic: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation#. The book includes more than 150,000 photos of nearly every product Apple has made, including rare prototypes and even packaging and…
  • Predictability and Perception: We Notice What we Want to See

    Valeria Maltoni
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    Not long ago, I was thinking about trading in my car for a new one. In the consideration set were several known brands. Through conversations with friends and colleagues, I narrowed my research down to a model per brand. While I could not remember most cars on the road before my conscious desire to trade in the car, once I began my research, I started noticing those exact models everywhere. They were there before, likely, mixed in with all the cars on the road. Because I was focusing on them I started seeing all these cars that were invisible before. I was noticing what I wanted to see, in a…
  • Explore Lots of Ideas and Get Feedback, Systematically

    Valeria Maltoni
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    It was about three years ago that I discovered study hacks advice on a blog authored by Cal Newport. I have been reading since. Cal is an Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. He has written a few books over the years. The ideas he put forth in his most recent one, while deceivingly simple, are the most interesting to me -- because they run counter the prevalent cultural belief that all you need to succeed is to “follow your passion.”  So Good They Can’t Ignore You debunks that long-held belief and advice we may receive and provides the path for building a body…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • 4 proper steps to follow up a sale

    Andy Sernovitz
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    We had a great adventure with Arkansas Valley Adventures on our family trip to Colorado. AVA really nailed the customer follow-up experience too. What they got right: Say “thank you” Ask for feedback  Ask for reviews and sharing in social media Offer a discount for a future purchase  Try these four things and you’ll turn one-time customers into long-time fans who promote you and come back for more.
  • Newsletter #1003: The “Blank Walls” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    28 Aug 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.] So much amazing potential is in a blank wall. It can bring a community together, help you spread the word about your stuff, and help your customers feel at home — you just have to tap into it. Don’t believe us? Here are three examples from businesses both big and small: 1. Make it beautiful 2. Make it complimentary 3. Make it a conversation-starter 4. Check it out: Your World of Text 1.
  • You need a 14-year-old boy

    Andy Sernovitz
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every so often companies get in trouble for an ad campaign that has some dirty double entendre. Sometimes they do it on purpose, but usually they miss it. Because mature professionals aren’t looking for crude sex references in everything. Maybe you need a teenager or frat guy to help avoid unintentional scandal or offence. A few examples: (Acronym)
  • Steal?

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have a new method for creating websites: We sort of steal things. It’s hard to come up with a perfect vision for a new site on a blank screen. So we have the entire team surfing for inspiration. We look at hundreds of sites and see what we love. A little of this color palate, that page structure, some of this navigation…  and we keep going until everyone says “THAT’S IT!” What we get is completely unlike any of the sites we’re inspired by, and it’s more of a mash-up. It’s uniquely ours, and it’s great.  Most important: We save months…
  • Hi! I’m back.

    Andy Sernovitz
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I haven’t written my daily blog posts in a few months, but I’m back, and plan to hit it regularly again. This is my biggest break since I started writing in 2001, and I’m glad I did it. I had a lot of deep strategic and marketing writing to do for the company, so I put blogging on hold. It was too much to try to keep all those ideas in my head while also thinking about great blog posts.  There’s a lesson for anyone who’s committed to long-term blogging (and blog excellence): Write when you love it, and write when you have something to say — not because you…
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  • Top 5 SEO Techniques That Will Hurt Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    This is a guest contribution by Greg Whelan of RankExperts. 5. Relying on Backlinks Alone The use of SEO has been on the rise for a long time, especially for people who venture in online business. However, while SEO is considered a core tool in enhancing online businesses, the same trend can trigger adverse effects if not implemented in the right way. There are certain limits that you must observe when employing SEO for your business – in other words, SEO for business should never be used blindly. A great number of online businesses are established each day with most of them turning…
  • How to Create Massive Value Content & Blow Your Readers’ Minds

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pooja Lohana. Let’s face it. Your readers are selfish. The moment they land on your blog, they look for “what’s in it for me?”. And that’s not such a bad thing after all. Knowledge is power. Once you know what they are looking for, you can serve it to them. At the time of writing this, there are 152,000,000 blogs on the Net. That means every half a second, a new blog is created somewhere in the world. It’s getting harder and harder to be found in the blogosphere and this is not changing in the future. If you’re passionate about your topic,…
  • How to Write Smart Content on Days You’re Feeling Dumb & Distracted

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    This is a guest contribution from Pratik Dholakiya. It’s Wednesday morning, you barely slept last night, missed your morning coffee because you were running late, and are now sat in front of your computer staring at a blank Word file wondering what on earth you’re going to write about. You know you should get on with the task but your hands don’t move and your brain refuses to boot up. You’re longing for Saturday already, but it’s only the middle of the week.  Yeah, the world is a cruel place. Especially for writers who need to hammer out reams of authentic material every single…
  • How to Optimize Your Content for Authorship Success

    Guest Blogger
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jaclyn Freeman. Who are you? Don’t fret – this isn’t philosophy class and no, we’re not trying to steal your identity. One of the most important things you can do in 2014 as a content creator, is identify who you are as a personal brand by monitoring how you come across online. As a writer, it is essential that you are taking advantage of every opportunity you have to turn yourself into a developed brand.  Twitter, that always-on social network that is constantly abuzz, and Google+, a social network claimed to offer incredible SEO benefits, offer…
  • 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    This is a guest contribution from John Philips. 10 Vital WordPress Security Tips Security should be of paramount concern to any blogger or website owner. It may seem like a tedious task, but it could protect your website from becoming a hacker’s playground. If your site has a revenue stream, then some time invested into security could also protect your livelihood. This article overviews a few key security tips for WordPress blogs. There’s an ever growing collection of useful plugins, but it’s dangerous to think that there is a single solution to website security. It’s important to…
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    Brian Solis

  • 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…
  • Your Workforce is Disengaged: Here’s What To Do About it

    Brian Solis
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Change is in the air. With disruptive technologies hitting businesses from the outside in and the inside out, how companies invest in technology and ultimately how people use it to get work done is under significant re-evaluation. At the same time, the rising workforce clash between older and younger generations is also pushing HR to radically reform management processes and education programs. Indeed, change is the air. In fact it’s imminent. But change is never programmatic nor is it ever easy.  And, all too often, change is a reactive response to areas of disruption rather than a…
  • Made in Detroit: How Shinola’s Good Ole Fashioned Business Values Outperform the Status Quo

    Brian Solis
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    You don’t know shit from Shinola. Ever heard that saying before? This World War II era colloquialism caused a movement to revive the American watchmaking industry and with it bring to Detroit yet another chapter in its storied history in manufacturing. This year at SXSWV2V, I was fortunate enough to interview Shinola president Jacques Panis live on the main stage. He’s not only the president of a thriving lifestyle company contributing to the resurgence of Detroit, he’s also incredibly genuine and humble. More so, Panis is building a business that’s focused on people,…
  • Let Digital Natives Be Your Guide in Defining the Future of Work

    Brian Solis
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Don’t let complacency undermine your company’s hyperconnected present and future. Pervasive technology fundamentally changes how people communicate, discover and connect. With smartphones and tablets serving as digital ­appendages, we focus on small screens throughout our day, every day and in all we do. Technology’s biggest impact, however, is not so much on the devices or the apps we use, but on our behavior. Specifically, it affects how we learn, how we buy, how we work, and how we influence and are influenced. This behavior modification is ­significant because we take for granted…
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    Joho the Blog

  • The problem with civility

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:52 am
    Talk about “civility” on the Internet always makes me a little nervous. For a bunch of reasons. First, I generally try to be civil, but I’d hate to see a Net that is always and only civil. Some rowdiness and rudeness is absolutely required. Second, civility as a word feels like it comes from a colonial mentality, as if there are the civil folks and then there are the savages. I’m not saying that’s what people mean when they use the term. It’s just what I sometimes hear. Third, civility is so culturally relative that demanding that someone be civil can…
  • Have social networks replaced groups?

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Maxim Weinstein responded in an email to my post about what the social structure of the Internet looked like before Facebook, making the insightful point that Facebook meets the four criteria Clay Shirky listed for social software in his 2003 keynote at eTech. Here are the four with Max’s comments appended: 1. Provide for persistent identities so that reputations can accrue. These identities can of course be pseudonyms. 2. Provide a way for members’ good work to be recognized. < "Like" buttons, sharing 3. Put in some barriers to participation so that the interactions become…
  • The social Web before social networks: a report from 2003

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Web was social before it had social networking software. It just hadn’t yet evolved a pervasive layer of software specifically designed to help us be social. In 2003 it was becoming clear that we needed — and were getting — a new class of application, unsurprisingly called “social software.” But what sort of sociality were we looking for? What sort could such software bestow? That was the theme of Clay Shirky’s 2003 keynote at the ETech conference, the most important gathering of Web developers of its time. Clay gave a brilliant talk,“A Group Is Its Own Worst Enemy,” in…
  • fadeOut, fadeIn jQuery-style

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Time for another in my series of occasional posts over-explaining simple programming tasks that took me longer to figure out than they should have. Let’s say you’re writing a bit of JavaScript and want to fade the text of a component out, change the text, and fade it in. Assume you’re using jQuery to handle the fades. Assume that the component has an ID of “fader” and you want its initial text of “First” to be replaced by the text “Second.” Ok? Here’s the simple HTML: <div id="fader">First</div> With jQuery, you fade an…
  • Reason #554 we need gigabit Internet connections

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Despite the claims of some — and unfortunately some of these some run the companies that provide the US with Internet access — there are n reasons why we need truly high-speed, high-capacity Internet access, where n = everything we haven’t invented yet. For example… If we had truly high-speed, high-capacity Internet access, protesters in Ferguson might have each worn a GoPro video camera, or even just all pressed “Record” on their smartphones, and those of us not in Ferguson could have dialed among them to see what’s happening. In fact, it’s…
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  • 6 Women Run Startups to Check Out

    Craig Newmark
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    1. Love With Food - Aihui Ong, Founder and CEO. Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks delivered to your door every month. Their subscription membership starts at $10/month. For every box sold, they donate a meal to several food banks, like the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. 2. TurboVote - Kathryn Peters, Co-founder & COO. A reminder system for voters so that you don't miss an election. They make voting easy by helping you register to vote (or updating your voter registration), helping you get absentee…
  • Why Men Must "Lean In" to Support Women's Leadership

    Craig Newmark
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Our times call for  some innovators and women leaders who work in partnership with men. Again, this is about my commitment to fairness. Basically, it's time we get more women into public office. I recorded this video about fairness and getting better government everywhere, maybe indulge me? It's about creating real social change, for the better. I've joined up with the Women In Public Service Project to play my part. I'm working with them to host a call to action to champions of change around the world. You can be a part of this movement, too… (I also recorded a…
  • How to Use Social Media Better, For Equality

    Craig Newmark
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hey, I have a commitment to fairness, based on a (naive) nerd desire to make life less unfair. I've created a video asking you to help create a more fair world, please indulge me and watch, and share it. It's for a good cause, and is a brief discussion of social media for the Women in Public Service Project. The thing is, social media can be harnessed for policy-making, and remember that real change doesn't happen from the top down. That is, the act of discussing policy in social media helps participants buy into it, and later, the discussion record helps other join the…
  • 6 Inspirational Women In Tech

    Craig Newmark
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Hey, it's a priority of mine to promote the work that good people are doing. A lot of times women don't get the recognition they deserve in the tech industry. In the last  few blog posts I've shared about really good women in tech, we asked folks to suggest women they thought really had their boots on the ground. My team (which includes Justyn Hintze of Rad Campaign and Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign) and I researched your suggestions, and created a list of 6 women (or orgs run for women, by women) who are doing tech right. You should follow and…
  • 5 Reasons We Need Social Change

    Craig Newmark
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Folks, I started this craigconnects thing because I really want to use tech to give a real voice to the voiceless, and real power to the powerless. Ever since starting craigconnects, I've created a list of issues areas that I'm really focusing on. It's important that we work together, as a community, and collaborate to create real social change. You can't change the world from the top down. Here are just 5 (of many) reasons we need social change: We seem to throw money into food and housing, yet a lot of folks are still in need, so something isn't working right.
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    The Dish

  • God In The Hands Of American Sinners

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    by Dish Staff In an interview about his new book, Our Great Big American God, Matthew Paul Turner dissects the problems with an all-too-Americanized God, our habit of “affecting, reimagining, shaping, and changing God’s story”: God was never meant to be a nationalized deity. The very idea that God would showcase geographical favorites or advance the kingdom of one at the expense of another or several others goes against many of Jesus’s basic teachings. Moreover, our relationship with God has caused a large majority of America’s Christians to posses an elitist attitude or…
  • Dogs vs Cats: The Great Debate, Ctd

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Henri Cole cites Rilke’s thoughts on the age-old divide: Look at the dogs: their confident and admiring attitude is such that some of them appear to have renounced the oldest traditions of dogdom in order to worship our own customs and even our foibles. It is just this which renders them tragic and sublime. Their choice to accept us forces them to dwell, so to speak, at the limits of their real natures, which they continually transcend with their human gazes and melancholy snouts. But what is the demeanor of cats?—Cats are cats, briefly put, and their world is the world of cats…
  • A Founder Left Behind By The Left

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    by Dish Staff Christian Parenti advises liberals to look to Alexander Hamilton for inspiration, not Thomas Jefferson. He especially praises Hamilton for his far-reaching economic insights: Hamilton was alone among the “founding fathers” in understanding that the world was witnessing two revolutions simultaneously. One was the political transformation, embodied in the rise of republican government. The other was the economic rise of modern capitalism, with its globalizing networks of production, trade, and finance. Hamilton grasped the epochal importance of applied science and machinery as…
  • The Disparities In Dining Out

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    by Dish Staff Roberto Ferdman flags a report that reveals gender wage gaps in the restaurant industry, even when tips are accounted for: The median hourly wage paid to women is less than it is for men in all but one of the eleven jobs surveyed in a report by the Economic Policy Institute. In some cases, the gap is slight—for cashiers, dishwashers, food preparation workers, and hosts and hostesses, it’s a matter of cents. But in others, including supervisors and bartenders, the difference is well over a dollar. For managers, the highest earning occupation, the disparity was nearly three…
  • Slight Is Right?

    Dish Staff
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    by Dish Staff Research suggests that people are willing to pay a premium to support small businesses: In one experiment, the researchers gave subjects a $5-off coupon upon entering a local bookstore. Some of the coupons had short blurbs explaining that the store was in direct competition with a store on the scale of Barnes and Noble, and some explained that the store was competing with another mom-and-pop bookstore. (A control group was given coupons without any text like this.) Those who received the large-competitor coupon were far more likely to make a purchase than those who got…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • If You Must Have a Mommy Makeover Buy A New Lipstick. The End.

    Jessica Gottlieb
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There have been a rash of publicists emailing Mom Bloggers asking them they’d like a Mommy Makeover. Maybe they think that since the kids went back to school we are all going to collectively look in the mirror and shriek, “What happened to me!?” If, like me, you’ve enjoyed the summer with your kids, you’re probably past due a trip for a haircut but nicely tanned and looking relaxed. Not to worry, the Mommy Makeover can fix that too. They’ll fix everything, whether it needs fixing or not. By far my favorite predatory Mommy Makeover came from Lucid PR.
  • Apparently Mojo Is Not a Poodle

    Jessica Gottlieb
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Remember when I had a well behaved rescue dog and wrote a post about how to bring one into your home? Well, you can ignore that because Mojo was a straight up asshole these last few weeks. I brought the dog trainer back in (along with the cat specialist – yes, I deserve to be mocked for this) and found out that Mojo is not a poodle. Which is weird because he totally looks just like Junior. According to the trainer Mojo is feeling insecure because Junior is the alpha dog around here and there’s no work being done. I’ve had 24 years of poodles and the big one was eight pounds.
  • Tocaloma: Thank You Gifts

    Jessica Gottlieb
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Every August as camp winds down I go in search of the best gift ever for the owners of Jane and Alexander’s favorite camp. They’re both women so we’ve done candles, purses and keychains. We’ve done wine and food and the only gift I’ve never given them is a public referral. This is the problem with owning a summer camp. My kids each started at Tocaloma when they were four years old. In the first years they went the minimum number of days in part because it was expensive and in part because they were little, and how much time does a four year old really need at…
  • Don’t Go To Nate ‘n Al’s at Lunchtime

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Recently I dropped kids off for lunch at Nate ‘n Al’s. These are kids who eat at restaurants regularly. They’re polite, they know how to order, they know how to tip. Unfortunately, their age prevented them from getting service at Nate ‘n Al’s in Beverly Hills. I almost joined Yelp just to be able to review them but then I remembered I don’t care. Every few years I forget just how awful the food and service is at Nate ‘n Al’s and I’ll find myself there for lunch, or even worse for dinner. Even with 40 years of experiencing their dreadful…
  • Blessings in the Bible Belt

    Jessica Gottlieb
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    This week in Tenessee a teenager was given an in school suspension for her godly words. In fact her relative shared on facebook that she was suspended because she said God Bless You to a fellow student who sneezed. I wasn’t in the classroom, I’m not a teacher, but I’m a blogger and I read between lines fluently and I’d say that it’s unlikely that Bless You got this holy roller suspended. Post by Virginia Higgins. Further had a great write up wherein she quoted the student as saying: A girl sitting right next me sneezed in class. I said “Bless…
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    Bijan Sabet

  • James. August 2014"In all things of nature there is something of...

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    James. August 2014"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" — Aristotle
  • "What’s the moral here? For years, pundits and politicians have insisted that guaranteed health care..."

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    “What’s the moral here? For years, pundits and politicians have insisted that guaranteed health care is an impossible dream, even though every other advanced country has it. Covering the uninsured was supposed to be unaffordable; Medicare as we know it was supposed to be unsustainable. But it turns out that incremental steps to improve incentives and reduce costs can achieve a lot, and covering the uninsured isn’t hard at all. When it comes to ensuring that Americans have access to health care, the message of the data is simple: Yes, we can.” - The Medicare Miracle -
  • Exploring the west coast of Ireland — August 2014.  "My heart...

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:06 am
    Exploring the west coast of Ireland — August 2014.  "My heart is quite calm right now. I will go back." — James Joyce (All photographs above were taken with a Hasselblad 503cw and a Carl Zeiss Planar T* 2.8/80 lens on Kodak Portra 400. Film was processed and scanned at Richard Photo Lab in California.)
  • Wild Horses — The Sundays Happy cover Friday and enjoy the long...

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Wild Horses — The Sundays Happy cover Friday and enjoy the long weekend everyone!
  • Where is the pause button?

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    My oldest daughter is going into 10th grade. School starts next week in our town. Over the summer her AP world history teacher assigned over 300 pages of reading and a lengthy writing assignment. Her english and biology teacher also assigned summer reading. She has a test during the first week at school.  My other daughter who is 12 had summer work and so did my 8 year old son. I was an active kid growing up. But I also had free time. I could attend school, play sports and have time to teach myself guitar and play in an awful cover punk band. I hung out with my friends and spent time hacking…
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  • The Atlantic on Twitter

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    In April of this year, The Atlantic published A Eulogy for Twitter: People are still using Twitter, but they’re not hanging out there. (Via The New Atlantis.)
  • [Sponsor] thoughtbot

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
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  • Stimulus Program

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    Dave Winer, How to stimulate the open web: If I create a tool that’s good at posting content to Facebook and Twitter, it should also post to RSS feeds, which exist outside the context of any corporation. Now other generous and innovative people can build systems that work differently from Facebook and Twitter, using these feeds as the basis, and the investors will have another pile of technology they can monetize.
  • Waffle on Open Standards

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    The New Old World: …more than anything Twitter and Facebook needs to get some competition from something that’s as approachable as Twitter and Facebook and has a clear road ahead to being an open standard. There are many people clamoring for open standards. I don’t want them because I love open standards, I want them because they are brilliant means to an end.
  • 297,897 Social Media Gurus

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    B.L. Ochman, writing in June of this year: Twitter bios show epic growth — to 297,897 — of self-proclaimed social media gurus. The list now tops 297,897 — up from a mere 16,000 when we first started tracking them in 2009. By January, 2013, the count has swelled to 181,000, causing us to note that social media experts were multiplying like rabbits. (Via Jamie Zawinski.)
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  • 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…
  • The Story-telling Power of Maps

    Rex Hammock
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    I continue to be amazed by the story-telling power of maps. This New York Times interactive map of recent fighter jet and drone strikes in northern Iraq makes me wonder how the use of visualized data used by news media in the form of maps would have changed the way people understood, in real-time, previous wars and conflicts. Yes, social media is changing the face of journalism, but so is data-driven journalism and visualized data of this quality. (Not to be confused with the lack of quality found in the vast majority marketing-oriented infographics.) A couple of weeks ago, for the Hammock…
  • Robin Williams, RIP

    Rex Hammock
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Six years ago, I wrote a blog post about “Why I’m Mourning Michael Jackson’s Death” in which I said this: “I think we all get crazy in our obsession with the deaths of someone like Michael Jackson because he was there, singing in the background, when we experienced so many things we hold dear. The music is still there. The memories are still there. But if Michael Jackson can die, does that mean a part of us dies with him? I think that’s what we mourn. Two years ago, I tweeted this about Whitney Houston: When someone whose music has been part of your…
  • Gonenett

    Rex Hammock
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Today, the company that owns the former hometown newspaper of Nashville and 80 other cities in the U.S. announced its plans to split into two companies. (1) Gannett Good Stuff Inc. and  (2) Gannett Bad Stuff Inc. Gannett Good Stuff will be lots of TV stations and internet companies like and Gannett Bad Stuff will be 81 former local newspapers that will continue their transition into local delivery van companies specializing in distributing bundled advertising circulars to the front doors of local residents each Sunday morning. The rest of the week, the vans…
  • The NYT’s Chronicle: A Timeline of the Usage of Words & Phrases

    Rex Hammock
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (Above: According to Chronicle, the word “Rex” peaked a century ago. Oh well.) The New York Times has opened to the public a graphing tool called Chronicle, an N-gram viewer that generates a timeline chart of the usage of a word or phrase appearing in the New York Times during the past 162 years. The tool is very similar to Google’s Ngram Viewer a graphing tool that generates a timeline of words or phrases appearing in books scanned into the database of Google Books. Alexis Lloyd, Chronicle’s creator, explains it in this blog post. Quote: Two years ago, I created…
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  • 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,…
  • Fix-It Weekend

    Berkeley Blog
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Things tend to break sequentially in my life, much like the Fukushima meltdown. This weekend, I had my first flat tire in years, high up in the Berkeley hills. Although it was a Sunday and lots of cyclists pedaled past asking if I had everything, I would have never asked for help. Cyclist’s Code of Honor: Fix Your Own Flats. I remembered all the techniques my former bicycle racing coach, Mike Cox, had showed me for changing a flat, so I put the bike upside down, resting it on the seat, removed the front wheel, and got out my tools. While a single mosquito water-boarded me with its buzz, I…
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