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  • Developing better developers

    Scripting News
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    About universities and open source projects, and why they go together. We want to teach technology in university. So far this has meant teaching programming basics. Which is good, everyone needs to know how to write a little code. It's like teaching chemistry to doctors. But there's so much more to technology. There's a whole spectrum of activities needed to make software (the code) become useful and responsible to humanity. There's nowhere to go to learn how to create a standard. Or how to write a great bug report. Or how to explain stuff to users, and feed back what we learn into the design…
  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • On pointe

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    Jason Kottke
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Three dancers from The Australian Ballet share their prep routines for their pointe shoes. Take-aways: Ballerinas' feet are really not attractive, they soup up their shoes in all sorts of unusual ways, but the end result is beautiful. (thx, fiona) Tags: ballet   dance   fashion   video   working
  • Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive

    Charlene Li
    Charlene Li
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Occasionally, I’ll depart from my usual writing about business and technology and post about something more personal, which I call a Fun Foray.  I recently had the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) over the weekend — a Chevy Spark — thanks to the Experience Electric #TheBetterRide program. Background: I’m an ardent hybrid owner […] The post Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • The Inside Story of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media

    Daring Fireball
    John Gruber
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This is a shame, because I was really looking forward to Taibbi’s Racket, which he envisioned as a modern-day Spy magazine. But it’s no wonder Taibbi bristled under these First Look guys: Taibbi and other journalists who came to First Look believed they were joining a free-wheeling, autonomous, and unstructured institution. What they found instead was a confounding array of rules, structures, and systems imposed by Omidyar and other First Look managers on matters both trivial — which computer program to use to internally communicate, mandatory regular company-wide meetings,…
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    Scripting News

  • Developing better developers

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    About universities and open source projects, and why they go together. We want to teach technology in university. So far this has meant teaching programming basics. Which is good, everyone needs to know how to write a little code. It's like teaching chemistry to doctors. But there's so much more to technology. There's a whole spectrum of activities needed to make software (the code) become useful and responsible to humanity. There's nowhere to go to learn how to create a standard. Or how to write a great bug report. Or how to explain stuff to users, and feed back what we learn into the design…
  • Which Internet do you want?

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    I would like to be part of the Internet where people say what they think, no matter how different, or offensive it may be to some people. Why? I care what people think. I find I can learn from lots of points of views, even ones I don't support, although having ideas I object to repeated over and over ad nauseam is not what I have in mind. The actual Internet I use is becoming a monoculture, where only certain points of view are tolerated. More and more so every year. This totally sucks. If you force people to stop expressing ideas you don't like, that doesn't mean they go away. And if you…
  • Throwback Thursday

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    This picture was taken at Davos on January 27, 2000. It's notable because I was wearing a suit, as is the custom, in a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. I know it doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me either. PS: A blog post I wrote from Davos, two days later. Pretty sure I wasn't wearing a suit when I wrote that piece. PPS: I'm not wearing a suit now.
  • 1939 from Gandhi to Hitler

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
  • Broken clipboards

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    The clipboard in Chrome/Mac is getting worse not better. Basically there are times when Copy just doesn't work. The way to work around it is to create a new tab, set up the tab so that the text you want to copy is selected, and do it again. It might work. Repeat until it does work. Sometimes copying stuff to the clipboard, an operation that shouldn't require any conscious effort for an experienced user such as myself, takes minutes. That's Chrome on the Mac. Now Safari on the iPad, another of my mainstays, can't copy and paste. This is such a basic important operation for a computer, to be…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
  • Munchausen by Proxy by Media

    Seth Godin
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    MBP is a particularly tragic form of child abuse. Parents or caregivers induce illness in their kids to get more attention. The thing is, the media does this to us all the time. (Actually, we've been doing it to ourselves, by rewarding the media for making us panic.) It started a century ago with the Spanish American War. Disasters sell newspapers. And a moment-by-moment crisis gooses cable ratings, and horrible surprises are reliable clickbait. The media rarely seeks out people or incidents that encourage us to be calm, rational or optimistic. Even when they're not actually causing…
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  • On pointe

    Jason Kottke
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Three dancers from The Australian Ballet share their prep routines for their pointe shoes. Take-aways: Ballerinas' feet are really not attractive, they soup up their shoes in all sorts of unusual ways, but the end result is beautiful. (thx, fiona) Tags: ballet   dance   fashion   video   working
  • The size of astronomy stuff

    Jason Kottke
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    It can be difficult to understand how large (or small) astronomical objects are, so here are some handy comparisons to things on Earth. Here's the size of Mars compared to the United States & Canada: And here's a neutron star nestled next to Liverpool on the northwest coast of England: A neutron star also crams in over 1.5 times the mass of the Sun into a tiny ball maybe not much bigger than your daily commute to work, and the Sun is huge (see the size of the Sun later). So this thing is incredibly dense, so dense in fact that just a tea spoon of it would weigh over a billion tonnes, and…
  • The Red Cross' Secret Disaster

    Jason Kottke
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    At this point it's almost a Pavlovian response; a natural disaster hits and we hit the Red Cross donate button. We feel better, but do the victims benefit? NPR and ProPublica looked at internal emails and confidential reports and uncovered The Red Cross' Secret Disaster. During Isaac, Red Cross supervisors ordered dozens of trucks usually deployed to deliver aid to be driven around nearly empty instead, 'just to be seen' ... During Sandy, emergency vehicles were taken away from relief work and assigned to serve as backdrops for press conferences, angering disaster responders on the ground.
  • Ex Machina

    Jason Kottke
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    The directorial debut of Alex Garland, screenwriter of Sunshine and 28 Days Later, looks interesting. Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies. (via http://devour.com/) Tags: Alex Garland   Ex Machina   movies   robots   trailers
  • Tim Cook: "I'm proud to be gay"

    Jason Kottke
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    In an article for Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly reveals he is gay. At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' " I often challenge myself with that question, and I've come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That's what has led me to today. For years, I've been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I'm gay, and it doesn't seem to make a…
 
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  • Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive

    Charlene Li
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    Occasionally, I’ll depart from my usual writing about business and technology and post about something more personal, which I call a Fun Foray.  I recently had the opportunity to test drive an electric vehicle (EV) over the weekend — a Chevy Spark — thanks to the Experience Electric #TheBetterRide program. Background: I’m an ardent hybrid owner […] The post Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era

    Charlene Li
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a TED Talk at TED@IBM on Sept. 23rd. The event was part of the new TED Institute, which partners with companies to create TED-curated events. The title of my talk was “Giving Up Control: Leading in the Digital Era”. One key data point from Gallup […] The post My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging

    Charlene Li
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Ten years ago today, I wrote my first blog post, entitled “Blogging as a State of Mind”. I still vividly remember the moment — my palms were sweating as I pressed the “Publish” button on my Typepad blog for the first time. I was excited, but nervous about what was going to happen. What would […] The post Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer

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

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

  • The Inside Story of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media

    John Gruber
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    This is a shame, because I was really looking forward to Taibbi’s Racket, which he envisioned as a modern-day Spy magazine. But it’s no wonder Taibbi bristled under these First Look guys: Taibbi and other journalists who came to First Look believed they were joining a free-wheeling, autonomous, and unstructured institution. What they found instead was a confounding array of rules, structures, and systems imposed by Omidyar and other First Look managers on matters both trivial — which computer program to use to internally communicate, mandatory regular company-wide meetings,…
  • Tim Cook: ‘I’m Proud to Be Gay’

    John Gruber
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    Tim Cook, writing in Businessweek: We’ll continue to fight for our values, and I believe that any CEO of this incredible company, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, would do the same. And I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up. When I arrive in my office each morning, I’m greeted by framed photos of Dr. King and Robert F. Kennedy. I don’t pretend that writing this puts me in their league. All it does is allow me to look at those pictures and know that I’m doing my part, however small, to help others. We pave the sunlit…
  • ‘Still’

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Sephko on Google conquering the world.  ★ 
  • Assessing the Damage Caused by Credit Card Rewards

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Ron Lieber, writing for the NYT back in 2010: Life might be simpler and more efficient if retailers could levy a surcharge that covers their costs to accept cards and let consumers figure out whether to pay it. But the card companies don’t allow that, and Congress hasn’t yet forced their hand, though this is now how things work in Australia (where some retailers charge excessive fees, alas). So what’s an American consumer to do in the meantime? For help answering that, I turned to Dave Hanson. Mr. Hanson, a Spokane, Wash., resident, is one of the savviest card users I know. He also…
  • Yahoo Finance: ‘Apple Pay Sides With Credit Card Industry Over Consumer Interests’

    John Gruber
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Aaron Pressman, writing for Yahoo Finance: Apple has regularly delighted its customers with cool products on its way to becoming the most valuable company in the United States. But it hasn’t always stood up for its customers’ best economic interests. Take the case of Apple Pay. Apple partnered with the three major credit card networks, Visa, Mastercard and American Express and the big bank card issuers such as JP Morgan Chase. That is likely a smart move from a business perspective, because so many Apple customers are frequent credit card users and prior mobile payment services have had…
 
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    Logic+Emotion

  • Societal: The Third Dimension Of Modern Day Brand Building

    David Armano
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    I started writing this blog back in 2006 and the namesake was completely intentional. "Logic+Emotion" symbolizes the way we've been building brands for the past sixty plus years. Marketers have always known that they have to reach people emotionally in order to capture their attention. We're emotional beings by design and often times make decisions based on how we feel. Our emotions serve as clues that explain our behaviors. We buy clothes because we need them—but the styles and brands we choose have more to do with our psycology than the basic need we must fill. In the same breath we have…
  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
  • Brandshare: Is The Value Exchange Between Brands and Consumers a Myth?

    David Armano
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Imagine taking a trip to New York city. As always, it's crowded and bustling but it's also a nice day. You want to get around and see the sights but the idea of waiting on a corner to land a taxi or spending a portion of your day underground don't appeal to you. You're active and enjoy finding ways to incorporate exercise in your day. You come across a bike sharing station with blue bikes and an interactive kiosk that helps you decide where you should go next. You use your credit card to obtain a bike and you're off and running, feeling a sense of empowerment that you've taken matters into…
  • FOMO, WOM, WTF and ELLO

    David Armano
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    I could be wrong. In the early days of social media, when Facebook was still for college kids—Twitter seemed like an utterly useless fad to most people. But I was really intrigued by it and stuck with it and connected with others, ultimately building an audience and a real time stream I could dip in and out of whenever I wanted to. That was 2007. Fast forward to 2014 and it's not Twitter my network is talking about—it's "Ello", a social network built on the promise that it won't touch your data nor will it ever give in to advertising. Its manifesto is posted in plain sight on the…
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  • The Three Reasons the Collaborative Economy is Happening Now

    jeremiah_owyang
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Your customers are Making their own goods in the Maker Movement and Sharing their resources –rather than buying them from you!  Do you want to know why?  We’ve conducted research in a pragmatic method via interviews and more to find out why.  Consumers don’t need to continually buy from companies as they are making, sharing, renting and lending goods & services among themselves. [This rising behavior is being caused by three major trends: social, economic, and technology drivers]   Analysis of Three Market Drivers: The Causes for the Collaborative Economy In the…
  • Slides and Data: The Collaborative Economy Disrupts Revenue

    jeremiah_owyang
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Below: see embedded slides, also on Slideshare Disruption Data: The Collaborative Economy Enables P2P Commerce from Jeremiah Owyang Ten years ago, we forecasted that social media would be disruptive to corporations. It was, but mainly to marketing functions, customer care, and corporate communications functions. Fast forward to today, using these technologies and mobile apps, we’re seeing the rise of people getting what they need from each other: They’re sharing homes, cars, rides, money, goods, and their time. This Collaborative Economy is forcing companies to rethink the relationship…
  • Timeline: Corporations in the Collaborative Economy (Ver 2, Oct 2014)

    jeremiah_owyang
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    The longest graphic in the history of my career is embedded below, some mobile devices may not properly render. As the Crowd Economy Rises, Brands Seek to Collaborate We’ve been tracking corporations in the Collaborative Economy, and released version 1.0 in April, 2014. Now, as we approach the Crowd Companies members-summit in NY next week, we’ll be dissecting and analyzing the different deployments large companies are rolling out to participate in sharing, marketplaces, as well as co-innovation with makers. The scope? This collaborative or crowd based economy continues to rise…
  • What It Means to Business When the Crowd Becomes a Company

    jeremiah_owyang
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The crowd is bypassing traditional companies by sharing goods, services, space, and money with each other in the Sharing Economy.  People are being empowered to build their own goods in the Maker Movement by crowd funding, tapping global marketplaces, and preparing to accelerate this with 3D printing.  You see, the crowd, is starting to perform like a company:  self-financing, self-designing products, self-manufacturing, and self-selling to each other. So, what does this growing trend mean for traditional businesses? In my closing slides to corporate audiences about the Collaborative…
  • Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers

    jeremiah_owyang
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    (Above pic: Thousands of HK protesters link their phones together using Bluetooth to become their own internet –overcoming the government ban on social media sites. Photo credit: Alex Hofford) If you thought peer-to-peer-based Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and Lending Club were disruptive, you haven’t seen anything yet. People are empowered –through commonly used technologies Previous revolutionaries have used pitchforks, wagon barricades, pamphlets, signs and drums. Today’s revolutionaries are using Firechat. It’s not just for revolutionaries, as I just downloaded Firechat. If you want…
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  • Feedback for Feminists

    29 Oct 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.  ------------------- As regular readers know, I am a big fan of the feminist movement through history. A lot of brave people…
  • My iPhone 6 Plus Review

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Disclaimer: I own some Apple stockAfter a month-long wait - and salivating the entire time - I finally got my iPhone 6 Plus. I don't know how Apple manipulates my emotions so effectively but I am thoroughly impressed at the mental anguish they put me through while I waited.My heart was racing as I removed the phone from its strikingly well-designed packaging. Apple makes the process of opening a box feel as if you are winning a prize. Every color, shape, texture and probably smell has been studied and tweaked to perfection. Simply touching the product or its associated packaging is a…
  • New Blog Color Test

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Let's test your sense of color and design.The new design for this blog (under development) needs a background color for my posts. Studies show that different colors inspire different emotions, and that means that picking the right background color matters. Here are six candidate background colors upon which a black text (probably) will ride.Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to simply "feel" each color and tell me which sensation feels most compatible with my writing style for this blog. Do you feel your emotions differently with each color? I do. And for me it is…
  • Dilbert.com: Call for Content

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The new Dilbert.com site design is nearly ready for beta testing and I am doing an open call for aspiring creators who would like to join the new site on a shared ad revenue basis. You don't need to be a cartoonist. Any content that a typical Dilbert reader might enjoy would work.Perhaps you write funny articles, or you create your own unpublished comics, or you write movie reviews for nerds, or you collect links to funny animal pictures or offbeat stories. Maybe you review electronic gadgets or talk about world events in ways others do not. Maybe you think you can write Robots Read News…
  • ISIS Puzzle

    15 Oct 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. --------------------------------- Do you find yourself wondering how ISIS suddenly emerged as a military powerhouse in Iraq and…
 
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  • Tab Sale. Pay with attention. Save your cash.

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I was going to sort these into an outline; but I don’t have the time or the energy. I had some reason for keeping all of them open for awhile, though. So here ya go:::  Irving Wladawsky-Berger: How Is Our Digital Revolution Doing? Deepthink from Irving. More here…  Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things  The Black Box Society — Frank Pasquale | Harvard University Press  The Invisible Environment – The Future of an Erosion  Mystery startup Magic Leap raises $542 million from Google, others | Reuters  The Dark Market for Personal…
  • Every thing has a face, and vice versa

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    That line came to me a few minutes ago, as I looked and read through the latest photographic blog posts by Stephen Lewis in his blog, Bubkes). This one… … titled Farmyard, Grandmother, Chicken, and Ovid in Exile, is accompanied by richly detailed text, including this: The courtyard in the photo no longer exists; it and and the vegetable garden were uprooted several years ago.  in their place: a summer-time restaurant surrounded by neatly planted flowerbeds and a tall antenna tower of a mobile telephony company resting on a broad concrete footing.  The grandmother still lives…
  • Giant Zero Journalism, cont’d

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    While doing research on another topic, I ran across this post by Amy Gahran (@agahran) in Poynter, riffing off a March 2007 post on my old blog titled Giant Zero Journalism. Reading it, I feel like I just opened a time capsule — especially when I also just finished reading Robinson Meyer‘s Atlantic piece, And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism — In one chart! (from Peter Kafka) and A Eulogy for Twitter The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight, which Robinson co-wrote with Adrienne LaFrance. Twitter and Facebook…
  • Closed Tab Clearance Sale

    Doc Searls
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Music & broadcasting Copyright land grab by The Turtles threatens digital music, will not help young musicians — Tech News and Analysis What to Do About Pre-’72s? | Future of Music Coalition A Seismic Ruling On Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and State Copyright Law–Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM Radio (Guest Blog Post) Viacom threatens to pull channels from Canadian TV over pick-and-pay – The Globe and Mail BRS Media petitions for review of dot-RADIO decision – RAIN News SoundExchange | SoundExchange Argues for Fair Market Rates In “Webcasting IV” Filing Hiking the Uncanny…
  • How Radio Can Defend the Dashboard

    Doc Searls
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Dash — “the connected car audiotainment™ conference” — is happening next week in Detroit. It’s a big deal, because cars are morphing into digital things as well as automotive ones. This means lots of new stuff is crowding onto dashboard spaces where radios alone used to live. This is a big deal for radio, since most listening happens in cars. In The Battle of My Life, Eric Rhoads challenges attendees to join him in a cause: keeping radio in cars. It’s an uphill battle. Radio is already gone from this BMW, and it’s looking woefully retro against an…
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  • Multisig

    Fred Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    A few days ago, I got an email from a reporter asking me this: What is needed to help bring Bitcoin security and ease of use to mainstream Bitcoin users? I was in a hurry, trying to get through my email, and wrote back this: i think wider use of multisig would be a good thing Mutisig is a technology that was added to the Bitcoin protocol in 2011 and 2012. This article on Multisig by Vitalik Buterin is a good description of the technology. This is from Vitalik’s article: In a traditional Bitcoin account, you have Bitcoin addresses, where each address has one associated private key that…
  • Averaging In And Averaging Out

    Fred Wilson
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:07 am
    One of my favorite techniques to buying and selling transactional assets (stocks being the prime example) is to dollar cost average on the way in and the way out. I am doing this right now with Bitcoin. I want to buy enough bitcoin so I can make charitable gifts and political donations with it and generally transact in it as much as possible. I’m buying 1.5 bitcoin every week in my Coinbase account. I have a reminder in my calendar and I buy some every week at the same time (I bought some this morning). I’ll keep doing this until I feel like stopping. A lot depends on how much I…
  • Founders Circle

    Fred Wilson
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Last week my friend Chris Albinson formed an interesting new firm called Founders Circle Capital. He wrote a bit about what they are doing here. In a nutshell, Founders Circle provides liquidity for the founders and employees of a “breakaway growth companies” so they don’t need to sell or take the company public prematurely. I like this line from the post I linked to above: An investment from Founders Circle–typically just enough for team members to pay off graduate school debt, put a down payment on a house, send the kids to school, or pay for a loved one’s medical…
  • Sidechains

    Fred Wilson
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Earlier this year some entrepreneurs walked into our office and explained sidechains to us. I was pretty excited about the concept then and I continue to be excited about it. This past week some of the people who explained them to us and some other people I don’t know published a paper about sidechains called Enabling Blockchain Innovations with Pegged Sidechains. I think this is an important paper and everyone involved in bitcoin, blockchains, and cryptocurrencies should give it a read. Here’s the basic idea in layman’s terms. I am purposely trying to dumb down and simplify…
  • The Cost Of Loyalty

    Fred Wilson
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    In the local transportation market, we now have lots of options in addition to mass transit. Here in NYC, we have taxis, Lyft, and Uber. In SF and LA, we have taxis, Sidecar (our portfolio company), Lyft, and Uber. Around the country and world, there are various options including our portfolio company Hailo. I’ve always wished there was an aggregation app that pulled all the prices and availability in real-time across all the available services and got you the best fare at the time. Or allowed you to make the choice between price and ETA (the way sidecar’s app does). It turns out…
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • My NewCo Los Angeles Picks

    jbat
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The post My NewCo Los Angeles Picks appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. I love LA. There, I said it. Yes, I made my entire career and life up here in the Bay Area, and the Dodgers bother me immensely. But I was born in LA, I grew up there, and every time I get back, I get homesick for the light, the warm air, the heady nonsense, and – lately – the extraordinary business culture that’s been brewing these past five or ten years. That culture will be well on display at NewCo LA this year – our first festival in Los Angeles, and our eighth and…
  • Else 10.27.14 – Assange Takes on Google

    jbat
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The post Else 10.27.14 – Assange Takes on Google appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) So what are the most powerful, important, noteworthy stories of the past ten or so days? Read on to find out…. Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems – Newsweek Julian Assange veers between wild eyed conspiracy theory and, well, level-headed conspiracy theory in this rather factless but quite compelling read. The Surveillance State and You - Vice Behind the scenes when Snowden spilled the beans. The Digital Media Layer Cake — Backchannel — Medium A breakdown of how…
  • Around The Kitchen Table, a Better Way To Finance “Secondaries” Is Born

    jbat
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    The post Around The Kitchen Table, a Better Way To Finance “Secondaries” Is Born appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Nearly a decade ago I was two years into starting a new company, one that was growing quickly, but at the same time struggling with all the classic problems of a startup. We needed to raise more capital, we needed to hire more of the right people, and we needed to retain and motivate the people we already had brought onboard. But more than anything, I was personally struggling with whether I could keep up the pace. This was my fourth startup, and…
  • “Peak Google”? Maybe, But Is “Native” The Reason?

    jbat
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The post “Peak Google”? Maybe, But Is “Native” The Reason? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. From Thompson’s “Peak Google” post. I love Ben Thompson’s Stratechery site, so much in fact that I’m writing a response to his recent “Peak Google” post, even though these days most of us limit our bloggy commentary to the 140-character windows of Twitter. I’m responding to Thompson’s post for a couple of reasons. First of all, the headline alone was enough to get me interested, and judging from the…
  • Else 10.13.14: Smiling Happy Facebook People (Not Teens, Though)

    jbat
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The post Else 10.13.14: Smiling Happy Facebook People (Not Teens, Though) appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Now you can buy real, smiling, happy shiny people all over the web, courtesy Facebook. Today’s summary covers the past two weeks of worthy reads, with a strong dose of the Internet’s twin titans Facebook and Google. I’ve also been busy writing on Searchblog, so you’ll find three of my own pieces highlighted below. Facebook’s new Atlas is a real threat to Google display dominance — Gigaom The first such challenge in … forever.
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Monsters and Thieves

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Good artists copy; great artists steal. -Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I haven’t cared for ages. But, now I have someone in my house like this. My 5 month old ladybug :) I find myself at the nearest drugstore constantly buying diapers, and I can’t help notice the holiday on sale. Candy, makeup, masks. Especially the classic: Frankenstein. Most of us don’t realize our use of Frankenstein’s name is wrong.
  • The Distance: Fantasy Costumes

    Wailin Wong
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes. You’ll find those items at Fantasy Costumes in Chicago too, but the store has a singular, massive inventory that’s the result of being in business year-round for 45 years. To visit Fantasy Costumes is to browse a museum of pop culture phenomena where everything is for sale or rent—a Garth wig from Wayne’s World (excellent!),…
  • Basecamp Meetup: October 2014

    Basecamp
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Twice a year everyone who works at Basecamp comes to our Chicago office for a week to work and catch up with each other. Last week was our Fall meetup. Here’s what happened: Shaun had a BBQ at his house for out-of town guests We welcomed 3 new employees: Conor, Eileen, and Sylvia Noah talked about customer demographics We had a company dinner at Half Acre Brewery JZ, Nick, and Zach talked about the Basecamp for iOS app Mig recapped last summer’s internship program James, Joan, Kristin, Natalie, and Sylvia shared customer feedback The Distance team planned the future of the…
  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    Jamie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing? http://t.co/xajitLBQLg— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Freakshow – A New Video Show Coming Soon

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I’m pretty excited to announce a new project I’m doing with the legendary Grant Cardone on his Whatever it Takes Network. It’s called Freakshow and it’s a video show about entrepreneurship but often from the perspective of some extraordinary types you wouldn’t normally get a chance to sit down with and talk business. If you like my other projects, you’ll have a blast with this. Continue Reading
  • Follow the Value

    Chris Brogan
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    My business is to equip owners. I know that sounds fluffy. The current way I do that is through courses and other educational experiences. But, if tomorrow, I could create some other method to deliver the same kind of value (or better), would I abandon courses? Sure. The courses aren’t the big goal. Delivering value to owners is the goal. Follow the Value I’m obsessed with delivering value. What’s cool about that obsession is that I spend a lot of my time noodling with one question: “what else do owners need to succeed?” This gives me a strong mission to follow,…
  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [chrisbrogan.com], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
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    dooce®

  • The Avon World Sales Leader, another side

    dooce
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    "You know what else I’ve also learned about cancer? It’s stealth. It is a stealth disease. It is so under wraps that it has invaded you before you even have a clue."
  • A view of Fremont Island

    dooce
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    To help silence or at least decrease the number of question marks people use when I tell them where I live.
  • A bathroom upgrade

    dooce
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    It turns out that posh toothbrushes exist. This knowledge now takes up space in my brain.
  • Nameless beauties

    dooce
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Sure, there's more green Jell-O here than there is in the entire rest of the world, but there's also this.
  • Bedtime with Marlo

    dooce
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    When Marlo asks what she was like at five years old I'll pull up this post and say, "This is a small but very accurate sample."
 
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • 30 day challenge: writing every day

    Matt Cutts
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    For October 2014, my 30 day challenge was to write a compliment a day for my wife. I liked that challenge because it was a good chance to be thankful for my wife after 15 years of marriage. It’s all too easy to settle into a routine and take things (or people) for granted. For November 2014, my 30 day challenge is going to be to write something every day. It’s been really cool to see Gina Trapani and Andy Baio and others blogging more often. My goals are: – it needs to be longer than a tweet. – but putting out something short or rough is fine–even encouraged.
  • The story of Darby Stott

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

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

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

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

  • How to Use Cialdini’s Principles and A/B Testing to Increase Sales and Conversions

    Guest Post
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    How to Use Cialdini’s Principles and A/B Testing to Increase Sales and Conversions 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 Anand Kansal – Enjoy! There is arguably no more important book in the world of persuasive selling than Robert Cialdini’s “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”. With the rise of online marketing, it was, therefore, only a matter of time before the principles of influence that Mr. Cialdini talked about began to be used by…
  • Why Content Creation Is Everyone’s Job

    John Jantsch
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Why Content Creation Is Everyone’s Job written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing This post is one in a series of tips designed to guide small business owners through the challenges of today’s startup environment and is sponsored by Canon MAXIFY – the printer lineup designed to help small business owners increase productivity so that they can focus on everything else that matters. For more information about the Canon MAXIFY printer lineup visit here  photo credit: theledge80 via photopin cc By now I’m guessing you’ve come to realize…
  • Weekend Favs October Twenty Five

    John Jantsch
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Weekend Favs October Twenty Five 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. My friend Chris Guillebeau visited Kansas City this week. Good stuff I found this week: Kapost – new feature allows you to do a complete…
  • Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support

    Guest Post
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support 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 Abby Perkins– Enjoy! photo credit: shutterstock There’s more to running a successful business than having an incredible product or service. Those things may generate revenue, but to attract – and retain – loyal customers, you need to provide impeccable customer support. Companies with reputations for taking care of their customers tend to fare much better than…
  • Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever

    John Jantsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Paul Roetzer Back in the day all a marketer need do is create a compelling ad, run it in the right place and if sales went up, job well done. Today there are several hundred television options in a local market, countless social channels and a host of web and mobile advertising platforms to choose from. More than ever marketers must measure every event and track performance based goals and objectives they can impact. My guest for this…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • What running robots can learn from turkeys

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Model of motion in turkeys (Credit: OSU) With an eye toward making better running robots, researchers from from Oregon State University, the Royal Veterinary College and other institutions have made surprising new findings about some of nature’s most energy-efficient bipeds — running birds. These are some of the most sophisticated runners of any two-legged land animals, including humans, the researchers found in a study published Wednesday (Oct. 29) in the Journal of Experimental Biology, with an impressive ability to run while minimizing energy cost, avoiding falls or injury, and…
  • Watson to help find new sources of oil

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    IBM’s Cognitive Environments Lab researchers are developing software agents called “cogs” to help energy company Repsol make better decisions on acquiring new oil fields (credit: Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM) Scientists at IBM and Repsol SA, Spain largest energy company, announced today (Oct. 30) the world’s first research collaboration using cognitive technologies like IBM’s Watson to jointly develop and apply new tools to make it cheaper and easier to find new oil fields. An engineer will typically have to manually read through an enormous set of journal…
  • Sprouting ideas in 3D with a novel ‘blended reality’ device

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    Sprout (credit: HP) What happens when you combine a scanner, depth sensor, high-resolution camera, projector, Windows 8.1 desktop computer with Intel i7 processor and 1TB of storage, and two touch screens, all squeezed into a single device? HP calls it “Sprout,” part of a new immersive “Blended Reality” ecosystem that is “designed to break down the barriers between the digital and physical worlds.” A friendly maker tool HP pitches sprout as an ideal creative tool, for designers, for example (see bottom video below), but  in practical terms, “the…
  • DARPA amplifier circuit achieves speeds of 1 trillion Hz, enters Guinness World Records

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (earlier version) (credit: Northrop Grumman Corp.) Officials from Guinness World Records have recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured: one terahertz (1012 Hz), or one trillion cycles per second — 150 billion cycles faster than the existing world record set in 2012. “This breakthrough could lead to revolutionary technologies such as high-resolution security imaging systems, improved collision-avoidance radar, communications networks with many times the…
  • Google X plans to use magnetic nanoparticles and wearable sensors to detect diseases

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Left: Nanoparticles circulate in the blood and can be built to attach to particular types of cells, such as circulating cancer cells. Right: A device worn on the outside of the body can detect the nanoparticles and provide useful information to physicians. (Credit: Google X) Google announced a new “Nanoparticle Platform” project Tuesday to develop medical diagnostic technology using nanoparticles, Andrew Conrad, head of the Google X Life Sciences team, disclosed at The Wall Street Journal’s WSJD Live conference. The idea is to use nanoparticles with magnetic cores circulating in the…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Tim Cook Comes Out

    Matt Mullenweg
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    “I will personally continue to advocate for equality for all people until my toes point up.” — Tim Cook That’s from Tim Cook’s “I’m Proud to be Gay” essay in BusinessWeek today. It’s beautiful, brave, and amazing, and I love that idea of fighting for something until your last breath, it’s a very Southern expression. Here’s to Tim’s toes not pointing up for many, many years to come.
  • No More Platinum

    Matt Mullenweg
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Not One Artist’s Album Has Gone Platinum In 2014.
  • State of the Word 2014

    Matt Mullenweg
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Yesterday I delivered the State of the Word address to the WordPress community, and the video is already up on WordPress.tv. Here are the slides if you’d like to view them on their own: State of the Word 2014 from photomatt If you just want the bullet points, here are the big things I discussed and announced: There will be 81 WordCamps in 2014. This was the 9th and final WordCamp San Francisco in its current form. We’ve maxed out the venue for years, so next year we’ll do a WordCamp US at a location and date to be determined. Milestone: 2014 was the first year non-English…
  • Anti-spam and E2E crypto

    Matt Mullenweg
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A brief history of spam and email crypto by someone who used to work on Gmail. Hat tip: Donncha O Caoimh.
  • WordCamp SF Live Stream

    Matt Mullenweg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    WordCamp San Francisco, the original, starts tomorrow and the tweets are already starting to stream in. On Sunday at 11AM I will deliver my State of the Word address, our annual look at where we’ve been and the road ahead, and even if you can’t make it you can livestream the SoTW and the entire weekend for just $10 from the comfort of your own home. 16+ hours of WP entertainment for the price of one movie ticket! (Or might be a sleep aid, depends on your perspective.)
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    Tom Peters

  • RESPECT++ IN 140 CHARACTERS

    Tom Peters
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Respect is not “earned.” Respect given is automatic—though you may upon occasion discover that it was not, alas, merited. Respect is the default position. Disrespect must be earned. Respect is the greatest motivator of all. Every human being has an interesting story. You’ll find it if you give a shit. (And listen.) Everyone has a […] The post RESPECT++ IN 140 CHARACTERS appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Guadalahara

    Cathy Mosca
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Tom’s chosen topic for his appearance today in Guadalahara is “Innovate … or Perish.” If you were in the audience and would like to have the slides he used, you can download the PowerPoint presentation here. There’s also a long Web-only version if you want more in-depth coverage of the topic. Enjoy! The post Guadalahara appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014

    Tom Peters
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    What follows is a slightly revised version of the Project Leadership Excellence 42 list from my presentation last week to the PMI Leadership Institute confab. We have also attached this list in both PDF and PowerPoint formats. 1. Politics as nuisance-distraction vs. “Politics Is Life. RELISH It.” 2. IQ > EQ vs. EQ > IQ. […] The post The Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42Revision, 27 October 2014 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Tom is speaking in Phoenix (+63F temperature shift from Vermont) to the Project Management Institute‘s North American Leadership Institute Meeting 2014. “I am excited beyond measure–I’ve been waiting 48 years for this,” he says. “I got my construction engineering masters degree from the civil engineering department at Cornell in June 1965. My thesis was on […] The post Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 42 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers

    Tom Peters
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    I. The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development II. TRAINING: Investment #1 III. The 34 BFOs/Blinding Flashes of the Obvious: This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff I Care About. This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff, the Absence of Which Sends Me into a … RAGE IV. Systems Have Their Place: SECOND Place V. PUTTING PEOPLE […] The post EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • When the Intermediary is not Adding Value

    Valeria Maltoni
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    The chart is from a smart post by Ben Thompson# where he adapts to publishing Acer founder Stan Stih's idea that both ends of the value chain command higher values added to the product than the middle part of the value chain. Shih called it the “Smiling Curve.” Thompson articulated how not so smiling for traditional publishers: The problem for publishers, though, is that the free distribution provided by the Internet is not an exclusive. It’s available to every other newspaper as well. Moreover, it’s also available to publishers of any type, even bloggers like myself. This reminds me…
  • Impact of Digital in Store

    Valeria Maltoni
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    My best friend when I was a teenager owned a fashion retail store -- well, her family did. One of those stores you see in towns when you travel to Italy, way before discount malls made their way there. She worked in the store during the summer and to help her mother out on Saturdays. It was a perfect opportunity for me to spend time with her, while doing something fashion-related. Incidentally, I was producing a line of earrings at the time, pearls and lace, very chic, made them myself. My mother kept a pair for sentimental reasons and two years ago when they were all the rage everyone was…
  • Getting Digital Right Impacts Business Performance

    Valeria Maltoni
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Starting with gaining a company-wide understanding of how the entire business benefits from digital. Last year, a McKinsey report outlined how digital transformation drives business value by enhancing connectivity, automating manual tasks, helping improve decision making, and supporting product / service innovation. The increased involvement of C-level executives# in both supporting and sponsoring digital business initiatives underscores the importance of getting it right to corporate performance. Having a digital vision and executive sponsorship are a good starting point;  organizational…
  • Blogs Still Underutilized Tool to Connect Content and Commerce

    Valeria Maltoni
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    A new study# conducted by L2 in partnership with Demandware provides evidence that content and commerce can and should coexist in direct-to-consumer channels: Historically, site investments by retailers have bifurcated into two camps: (a) optimizing commerce by providing a streamlined push-to-cart and checkout experience; or (b) organizing rich content to enhance engagement and build brand equity. It is a well-know fact that before making a purchase people go online to browse options and research solutions. Sites that combine product information and, for instance, reviews, instructional…
  • End of Apps, Side Projects, and Opportunity

    Valeria Maltoni
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Making Sense: The End Of Apps As We Know Them. Paul Adams: [via] One final step further. What if the cards came from other things? Like vending machines that you walk up to and pay through the card? Hotels you walk into and order your breakfast or pay for the wifi? The ramifications for websites might also be huge. If a publishing company, for example the New York Times, can push content to cards, and those cards can be seen in many different third party places (with revenue sharing agreements) why bother having a website at all? It’s just a huge overhead. Banks' Apple Pay Opportunity. Ron…
 
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Blue Beanie Day Tees & Hoodies

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    JUST IN TIME for Blue Beanie Day 2014, I’ve teamed up with our friends at Cotton Bureau to bring you Blue Beanie Day Tees and Blue Beanie Day Hoodies. For sale at cost (no profit). Hurry! Only 14 days left to buy: cottonbureau.com/products/the-blue-beanie-tee The eighth annual Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards will be celebrated around the world on November 30, 2014.
  • Look Back in Angora

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    SATURDAY October 25 will be the 14th anniversary of my mother’s passing. Let’s honor it with this 2006 entry from the vaults of My Glamorous Life. Read: Hi, Mom!
  • A Sickroom With a View

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    CHICAGO is a dynamite town, but it may not be the best place to recover from a cold. Since I arrived, my virus has gone from a 4 to an 11. There’s a spectacular view out my hotel window, which I’ve spent the day ignoring by sleeping. I have several nice friends in this town who I’m similarly ignoring, having canceled plans with them today because of this fershlugginer cold. I was flat on my back, sleeping, my phone like a cat on my chest, when my dad called this afternoon to recommend gargling with a three percent peroxide solution. My trainer texted a moment later to ixnay the…
  • 1,000 nerds

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    THE MODERN SOCIAL WEB is a miracle of progress but also a status-driven guilt-spewing shit volcano. Back in the 1990s—this will sound insane—we paid a lot of money for our tilde accounts, like $30 or $40 a month or sometimes much more. We paid to reach strangers with our weird ideas. Whereas now, as everyone understands, brands pay to know users. via Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium.
  • Afternoon Pages

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    SLEPT much of yesterday. Slept till 1 PM today. Whatever this bug is I’ve got, it lets me work and care for my child during the week, then flattens me all weekend. Fortunately my daughter can amuse herself for hours, as I could at her age. I hope she will not be as lonely as I was. Am.
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1012: The “Advice I Just Gave a Local Store Owner” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    30 Oct 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.] I was shopping in a local running outfitter’s store a few months ago and got to chatting with the new owner. Here are a few ideas I gave him to try getting lots of people talking about him without spending a lot of money — will they work for you too? 1. Set up some water stations 2. Give out gear with your logo 3. Sponsor a local team 4. Start a running club 5. Let other clubs use your…
  • Newsletter #1011: The “Potty” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Oct 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.] Bathrooms are important. They can be the forgotten back corner of your store that your customers totally judge you on — or, if you’re Buc-ee’s (a Texas gas station famous for their plentiful, clean bathrooms), they can be your crowning word of mouth achievement. Here are three lessons from bathrooms: 1> Start conversations 2> Flip a switch 3> Find your niche 4> Check it out: The…
  • And that’s exactly why I blog every single day…

    Andy Sernovitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Blogging is a long-term game.  You’re not going instantly viral. You’re not shooting for the home run post. But every post builds your reputation. Every post drives you hired in the search engines. Week after week, more people know about you and what you do. And then, out of the blue … you get the big win. My friend Scott — the Nametag Guy — hit it big: The Today Show was doing a segment about wearing nametags, googled the word “nametag,” found me at the top of the page one, and then did a story on my business: And THAT’S exactly I blog every…
  • Toying with emotions will backfire

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday’s post about a viral video from KLM turns out to be a marketing stunt. It may backfire on them.   On the other hand, many TV commercials are fake stories.  How do you know when you’re risking upsetting people? When you toy with their emotions. If people know it’s fiction — all good. If people were tricked into feeling emotions — and later find out they were duped — they get mad. If they shared the content with their friends — and later find out they were duped — and then get embarrassed — they get really mad. Be careful. When…
  • Cute puppy + Genius word of mouth marketing from KLM

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you want genuine, meaningful word of mouth?  Do something worth talking about. P.S. It’s not a viral video that matters. It’s a video of something that matters that goes viral.
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • Free Webinar: How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future

    Darren Rowse
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    This coming Tuesday/Wednesday (depending where you live) I’m running a free webinar with Chris Garrett. The time of the webinar is: Los Angeles: 5pm Tuesday 28th New York: 8pm Tuesday 28th London: 12am Wednesday 29th (sorry my UK friends!) Singapore and Perth: 8am Wednesday 29th Cape Town: 2am Wednesday 29th Melbourne and Sydney: 11am Wednesday 29th Note: we will record the webinar but you need to register to receive access to it. The title of the webinar is – How to Start (or Reboot) Your Blog Right: 8 success factors that determine your blog’s future Chris Garrett is long term…
  • 3 Ways to Define What Your Blog Is About

    Darren Rowse
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    What is your blog about? It’s a question all bloggers get asked from time to time. How do you answer it? It’s also a question I know many ProBlogger readers wrestle with – particularly when starting out. What is my niche? Do I even need a niche? How do I define my niche? Every time I run a Q&A webinar over on ProBlogger.com, I get questions around whether bloggers need a niche. I thought I’d put a few thoughts into a blog post and suggest three ways to define what your blog is about. 1. Niche Lets start with the most obvious one – choosing a ‘niche’ to blog about.
  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
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  • Google's Advertising Labels in 2014

    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    While FTC guidelines call for "clear" and "prominent" visual cues to separate advertisements from algorithmic results, Google has moved in the opposite direction -- eliminating distinctive colors that previously helped distinguish advertisements from other search results.
  • Aspira Networks Charging Merchants for Traffic That's Otherwise Free

    27 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Aspira Networks reconfigures ISPs' networks so that if a user makes a purchase from a targeted merchant's site, the merchant has to pay Aspira an affiliate commission -- even though Aspira did nothing to cause or encourage the user's purchase. I provide video and packet log proof, then apply affiliate network rules to confirm that Aspira's activities are not permitted.
  • Mastering the Intermediaries: Strategies for Dealing with the Likes of Google, Amazon, and Kayak (HBR)

    22 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many companies depend on powerful platforms which distinctively influence buyers' purchasing. (Consider, Google, Amazon, and myriad others in their respective spheres.) I consider implications of these platforms' market power, then suggest strategies to help companies recapture value or at least protect themselves from abuse.
  • Consumers Pay More when They Pay with Bitcoin

    20 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who benefits from Bitcoin? Not savvy customers who would otherwise pay by credit card with cashback or loyalty points. I sketch the arithmetic in today's post.
  • Google's Tying and Bundling

    13 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google often argues that "competition is one click away" -- as if Google's many successes result solely from competition on the merits. Let me offer a different perspective: After early success in search and search advertising, Google used its strength in those sectors to increase its likelihood of success elsewhere -- even where competitors' offerings were objectively preferable and even where consumers would have preferred alternatives had that choice been genuinely available. Today I'm posting an article exploring a series of incidents where Google used tying and bundling to expand its…
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  • Digital is Just a Means to Reach People…It’s How and Why You Use It That Matters

    Brian Solis
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Splendida Notizia! #WTF is going on in Italy? The future of business is turning a new page…that’s what. I’m excited to announce that What’s the Future of Business: Changing the way businesses create experiences is now available in Italy. To celebrate the launch, I spent some time with Luca Conti, new media strategist, Italian blogger, journalist, and author of several books on social media. In our discussion, we explored the future of business and why the time is now for leadership to rise from the middle. I wanted to share this discussion with you here… If in…
  • Only companies with impeccable customer service will survive the Zombie Apocalypse

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Guest Post by Peter Shankman, Author of Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans Imagine a world where decisions aren’t made based on anonymous reviews with no validation on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but rather, through trusted sources in your own network. Imagine that world is automatic – If you want to take a vacation in Fiji, you don’t have to ask which of your friends have gone, you simply start searching for Fiji – on any network, on any of the major “social” sites, and the posts, photos, videos, and comments of your friends who’ve visited Fiji come…
  • The Future of Business Starts with Us

    Brian Solis
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    I often share a quote by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” And that’s where are in business. We all talk of change but very few of us start with changing the very things that will help us more effectively compete for the future. The evolving state of technology, customer behavior and expectations and our role within each is changing or it should change… What we see (perspective and vision) What we create (product) What we do (work) Why we do it (purpose) How we do it (process) Who we do it with…
  • Pivot: The Emergence of Digital Compels Businesses to Transform

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Guest post by Mike Edelhart, co-producer and CEO of The Pivot Conference (@pivotcon) Historic shifts in business fundamentals don’t occur smoothly; rather they happen in sudden, sharp shifts which open unexpected chasms companies must traverse or plunge. Today, the deep change in human behavior brought about by the emergence of social media marks the latest such shift, perhaps the most dramatic since the Industrial Revolution. Gone are the traditional success factors of operational efficiency and price advantage being uprooted by the conversational, consumer-centric nature of the emerging…
  • Pivot: The Total Digital Experience

    Brian Solis
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Pivot Conference in NYC in October is unique among events in that, each year, it shifts  focus to deeply reflect the needs of its community of senior business transformation executives from leading brands and organizations.  To make that happen, I serve as Pivot’s Executive Producer along with Pivot CEO, Mike Edelhart. For four years in a row, we’ve put our heads together to develop a story arc that covers the hottest, emergent trends, presented by the industry’s most engaging experts over the span of two days. They bring to life my work in digital transformation and the digital…
 
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  • Louis Menand, say what???

    davidw
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Can someone help me understand how Louis Menand sets up his Oct. 20 piece on copyright in the New Yorker? Menand’s a great writer, and the piece has gone through the NYer’s famous editorial process, so I am confident that it’s my fault that I am stuck staring at a couple of paragraphs not understanding what he’s talking about. I expect to be slapping my forehead momentarily. Let me tell you why this matters to me, beyond my high expectations for New Yorker writing. When the New Yorker takes the Internet as its subject, it tends to be in the Traditional Resistant camp…
  • Paul McCartney’s end of the end

    davidw
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I’ve transferred my Google Play Music from one account to another (because of something I’ll explain in a post coming soon) and have found in it some albums I don’t own, have never heard of, and sometimes from singers I never heard of. No, no extra U2. Plus, some of the names of singers whose albums I do own have been mangled: Amanda Palma is sonorous, although I personally prefer Amander Palmer. Anyway, one lagniappe I appreciated was a Paul McCartney album I’d missed. I still find it hard to listen to The Beatles without being overwhelmed: awe at their genius,…
  • [liveblog] Christine Borgmann

    davidw
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Christine Borgman, chair of Info Studies at UCLA, and author of the essential Scholarship in the Digital Age, is giving a talk on The Knowledge Infrastructure of Astronomy. Her new book is Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World, but you’ll have to wait until January. (And please note that precisely because this is a well-organized talk with clearly marked sections, it comes across as choppy in these notes.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points.Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters.
  • [clickbait] Copyright is sodomy

    davidw
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    A year ago, Harold Feld posted one of the most powerful ways of framing our excessive zeal for copyright that I have ever read. I was welling up even before he brought Aaron Swartz into the context. Harold’s post is within a standard Jewish genre: the d’var Torah, an explanation of a point in the portion of the Torah being read that week. As is expected of the genre, he draws upon a long, self-reflective history of interpretation. I urge you to read it because of the light it sheds on our culture of copyright, but it’s also worth noticing the form of the discussion. The…
  • Pieceful Collaboration

    davidw
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I gave a talk last night at the BookBuilders of Boston collaboration awards. It’s a non-profit that since 1937 has networked publishers, book manufacturers, and other book folk…although I don’t think people would have described it as “networking” back then. The nominees each gave a 2.5 minute presentation on their collaborative publishing project, many of which were very cool. Plus it was in the Brattle Theater. I was the filler as the judges went into a sealed room to decide on the winners. So I gave a 30 talk pitched around a pun that I sort of like: a pieceful…
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  • Oh, The Places You'll Go (a snapshot rendition of my travels)

    Craig Newmark
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Just like a lot of people, I've been playing with photography, some using a serious camera, some using my phone camera, then applying filtering. Here's some stuff the Mrs and I did, hope you like it! A bridge… Another bridge: A tower, with reminder: Rooftops of New York: New York dawn:  Birds of the Lower East Side:  Gum trees of Cole Valley: A view of Aspen: New York in the rain: Fortnight Lilies: Sunrise in Cole Valley Heights: Another view of San Francisco: [super] moon over Cole Valley, recently… Any of these places look familiar to you? And more over on my…
  • Getting Real About Ethics and Trust in News Media

    craigconnects
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Let’s Fix It: Why Is It So Hard to Find Ethics and Trust in the Media? Coupla years ago, I blurted out that "the press is the immune system of democracy." That's what I learned from my high school history teacher, Anton Schulzki. That's not working so well. We've had major press scandals recently, including some obvious failures to follow through with widely known information. A few, really egregious failures: WMD, the economic crash around 2008, ObamaCare, VA scandals starting in 2002 and the current badly misreported scandals, and the IRS failing to pursue fake…
  • 6 Women Making Waves for Social Justice in Tech

    Craig Newmark
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Folks, my teams and I have been following your comments about women in the tech sector that you really admire. We've researched many of the women you've shared, and appreciate the time you took to mention 'em. The following is a list of women who really have their boots on the ground, all suggestions from comments. Please keep 'em coming. And maybe follow these women who are doing a lot of work for social good in the tech arena. 1. Selena Deckelmann, A major contributor to PostgreSQL and a Data Architect at Mozilla. She’s been involved with free and open source…
  • 3 Powerful Social Media Leaders of the Past

    Craig Newmark
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    On the Internet we continue an old tradition of social media, pioneered in the Roman Republic. I look at the social media leaders in the past who were good at doing things. They really paved the way for what's happening today with technology. The Internet and social media have been a way to give a real voice to the voiceless and real power to the powerless. It's created a space for citizen journalism. If we look back, we'll realize that there were many powerful social media leaders of the past, for example: 1. Julius Caesar was an early blogger, even though it was very low…
  • Women doing STEM right

    Craig Newmark
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Hey, it's important to me to recognize folks doing really good work, especially those who don't usually get the recognition they deserve. My team and I have generated quite a few lists of women doing good work: Women Disrupting the Startup World Impressive Women in Engineering Women-Run Startups to Check Out Inspirational Women in Tech Women Bloggers You Really Need to Follow Reasons to get Girls Involved in Tech Brilliant Women in Tech Recently, I asked my networks to contribute the women who impressed them, the folks in the STEM field who really have their boots on the ground. We…
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    The Dish

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    “Sir, we’re mining too many useless minerals.” Hitler: “Mine less then” Grammar Nazi bursts in: “MINE FEWER.” Hitler looks over: “Yes?” — Kat (@katia75014) October 28, 2014 Today, I compared the current mid-terms to a “primal moan“. A reader differs: I see it as a long belch prompted by indigestion, with a bile finish. And it will only get worse with the prospect of Hillary vs. the GOP nut jobs looming on the horizon. I’m 49 years old and I’ve always been highly engaged politically, but I am perilously close to…
  • Cool Ad Watch

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Bonus points for the bipod: SHAKE PUPPIES by Carli Davidson from Carli Davidson on Vimeo.
  • Prescriptive Measures

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Virginia Hughes investigates the purpose of drug warning labels: Does anyone actually read them? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of research on that question, though the data that does exist suggests that some patients are more conscientious than I am. One report I stumbled on, surveying 1,500 patients from a community pharmacy in Germany in 2001, found that 80 percent always read the inserts. A 2007 study looked at 200 patients in Israel who were prescribed antibiotics, analgesics or antihypertensives. It found that just over half of participants read the inserts. And a 2009 study in…
  • Is $3-A-Gallon Gas Good News?

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Mataconis argues that overall, the ongoing decline in oil prices is a boon to the US and other advanced industrial nations: Falling prices for oil will eventually filter through to the prices of the products derived from oil itself, including not only gasoline but also home heating oil and jet fuel. In the short and medium term, this would provide some relief for consumers and for companies that depend on transportation such as Wal-Mart, Amazon, airlines, and shippers such as UPS and Fed-Ex. If prices continue to fall, those benefits will become more apparent and could help to boost economic…
  • What The Midterms Won’t Teach Us

    Andrew Sullivan
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Sabato’s Crystal Ball spells it out: The 2014 midterm, no matter the outcome, does not hold real predictive value for 2016. We’ve often compared this year with 1986, where Democrats bounced back to capture the Senate on a highly favorable map in President Reagan’s “sixth-year itch” second midterm. Of course, two years later, the country elected a Republican president for the third straight time. Could the current GOP meet with a similar fate? The results next Tuesday certainly won’t tell us. Alternately, 2014 might prove to be like 2006, a great Democratic year that…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Nutribullet RX: Tacky Party Crashing & Addiction

    Jessica Gottlieb
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Recently I was invited to a luncheon with NutriBullet RX. I was like, “I don’t know if I can make it because two hours ago I made a lunch date with two girlfriends but I’m going to try and squeeze in the time.” And then that day the third for our lunch couldn’t make it so I did the thing that bloggers should never do because it’s gauche (seriously folks – don’t do this – it’s awful). I sent an email that said: My lunch schedule just changed and I’m wondering if I could come to lunch and bring a friend. Because ya know……
  • #EASafe Military Chat RSVP: October 28th 10am Pacific

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    We’ve been on our blogs and on twitter talking about Estate Assist. Annie told y’all about using it to organize passwords, Chloe talked about Estate Planning and travel, MomSmack talked about a lack of organization (guilty as charged) and Amiyrah talked about deployment. With Veteran’s Day right around the corner we have decided to make the last chat of October all about military families. These men and women face unique challenges that range from frequent moves to deployment. If you’re part of a military family you have levels of organization that the rest of us mere…
  • Reflecting While Moving Ahead

    Jessica Gottlieb
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Tony is in town. This means that I get to spend a couple of days with a man who has and shares my history. There’s a whole lot of not explaining who people are and even more laughing and not caring what the world thinks. We’re heading to West Hollywood in a few hours to have a drink in honor of Steven. Tony’s not been back in something close to twenty years and so much of it has changed yet much of it never will. The men who brought us together have all died and none of them grew old. So there’s this notion that we’re about to waltz with two dozen ghosts who…
  • Do They Appreciate What they Have?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    This morning I was looking for my eyelash curler and found myself in my daughter’s bathroom drawers opening and closing drawers filled to the brim with powders, pencils, compacts and brushes. There were grocery store brands, Sephora brands and a smattering of Chanel (I know the way to my daughter’s heart) and I started doing quick calculations. $20 here, $8 there, forty five dollars for eyeshadow? What was I thinking? Does she even appreciate it? I grew up in a schizophrenic household. My father was wealthy and my mother struggled with her finances. She was a teacher and we all…
  • #EASafe and #Travel Chat: Tuesday October 21 RSVP Here

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I just got off the phone with the team from Estate Assist. We talked about their product, Safe, how it stores your Estate Planning Documents and makes it easy to share with whomever might need them (sibling, parent, children, spouse or colleague). We talked about when you might want to share your important documents with people and decided that it would be when you’re getting married, having a baby, after you’ve died (it can be done!) or before you take a trip. So then I talked about how my mom always gives me her lawyer’s card, copies of their passports and credit cards…
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    Andrew Grumet's Weblog

  • Pastry

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Late this week I tried my hand at pastry, using Weekend Bakery’s croissant dough recipe.  It’s a multi-day process.  Thursday night I mixed the dough, the standard flour-water-yeast-salt components that make up all yeast-leavened breads, plus some milk and butter. Also Thursday, I created the butter sheet.   The goal is to create a square of butter about a half cm thick and 17 cm on a side.  You can actually buy these pre-made — see here or search for “butter sheets”.  But they’re not hard to make.  There are lots of blog posts and videos about how…
  • Good UX

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Here are two recent experiences I had with software, that represent a great experience I’d like to see more of: Uber mobile app: When entering your credit card information, instead of manually typing in the number, you take a picture of your credit card, and the app OCRs it from the image. Fitbit Aria: When setting up the scale, software running your computer locates the scale’s wi-fi server, connects to it and automatically syncs your settings, including your home wi-fi login.  No fiddling around tapping things into a keypad on the scale. Bravo, and encore!  
  • Flan

    admin
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I made my first flan this weekend — from Jaques Pepin’s recipe.  It’s been in the fridge overnight.  The big unmolding happens soon!  I’ll post a follow-up picture when that happens. In other news, I’ve updated the software that runs this blog and am testing it out.  I’m also pondering, given the alternative places to write and reach people on the web, how I want to engage going forward.  I definitely want to continue to write on my own domain.  WordPress was a great tool for that ten years ago.  Is it the best tool for that now?   We shall see.
  • Bitcoin

    admin
    25 Mar 2013 | 10:45 pm
    I spent some time last night wrapping my head around how bitcoin works.  Here’s a summary that I wrote up for a friend earlier today. The summary is a bit on the technical side. The heart of the system is a global, public ledger listing all transactions on the network.  The ledger is called the “block chain”, a term derived from the underlying tech. Balances are held by ‘addresses’ which function much the same way as bank accounts. An “address” is the public side of a public key / private key pair. Transactions can only be initiated by the…
  • Dude, where’s my git repo?

    admin
    21 Mar 2013 | 1:47 pm
    Imagine you’ve joined a startup as the tech lead. The founder has a prototype, which she built with a contractor. Conveniently, the contractor hosted the code on github, so you fork the repository and you’re off and running. Months of building go by. The contractor, while still friendly with everyone, has moved on. One day, you go to push your latest commits to github, and you get an error message that the remote repository cannot be found. You log into github, and the repository is gone. All traces of it have disappeared. What happened? It turns out that Github treats private…
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    Betsy Devine: Funny ha-ha and/or funny peculiar

  • Technology and progress: Past and present

    Betsy Devine
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    My mother could remember when an electric iron and central heating were huge tech novelties. I can remember my first pocket calculator (which cost a fortune!), and I remember how long I kept using my CRC handbook and sliderule anyway, not the new toy. I remember my first VHS, the freedom of time-shifting or just re-watching good movies. And my first home computer! But all those were commonplace items to my two daughters. My daughters remember a time before there was an Internet; a time before smartphones, Siri, ubiquitous constant connection via the “cloud.” To their children, all…
  • Non-apology apology Bingo, with a hat tip to #DonaldSterling

    Betsy Devine
    26 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Coming soon to a PR debacle near you… the carefully crafted non-apology apology that admits no guilt or liability for whatever it is that upset a whole lot of people but instead works to show the (alleged) wrongdoer is in fact the victim here, and anybody who judges said (alleged) wrongdoer is just as bad as the whistleblower(s) who made (alleged) misdeeds public. Or, in other words, worse than H****r. Note the Creative Commons license that I pasted right on the bingo card, Internet people. Because it is mine and I made it. So don’t you go be worse than H****r because I am…
  • Wonderful world

    Betsy Devine
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:42 pm
    What a Wonderful World, sung by Eva Cassidy When I listen to Eva Cassidy, already diagnosed with the metastatic cancer that would be killing her, singing at her final concert “What a Wonderful World,” my tears are not so much, or at least not only for young Eva Cassidy, but for all of us, so ready to love and create and be generous (if our early lives don’t take those hopes out of our hearts) but instead shunted off into harder and lesser and more painful lives than our childhoods imagined. And even then, our hearts keep hoping and dreaming of love and fulfillment. They keep…
  • What hath Twitter wrought?

    Betsy Devine
    5 Sep 2013 | 7:37 am
    What hath Twitter wrought?, a photo by betsythedevine on Flickr. Last week, Frank Wilczek asked Twitter if anybody knew the name of a very odd object (we posted a video) seen at Susty’s Restaurant in Northwood, NH. Richard Askew (@ricaskew) not only knew the answer to Frank’s question, he also knew where Frank could buy kinetic forks for himself! @FrankWilczek Kinetic Fork www.littlegorgeousthings.com/kifobasc.html Yesterday, Frank’s new toys arrived in the mail and this morning we took even more videos because … surely Twitter is waiting to see what we found!
  • Life in the Frank Wilczek lane

    Betsy Devine
    15 Aug 2013 | 3:09 pm
    Life in the Frank Wilczek lane, a photo by betsythedevine on Flickr. Doing my bit to get this little vignette added some day to a learned biography of Frank Wilczek: Me: (sitting in living room, working on Internet stuff) (silence) Frank: (sitting on porch, working on physics stuff) (laughing and laughing) Me: (still in living room, not working) What? Oo, what’s funny, what? Frank: (walking in from porch with open book in his hand, full of enthusiasm) It’s a great quote from Wittgenstein! And if you didn’t know yet that he’s a sweet-natured guy, he agreeably posed for…
 
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  • Ellie

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    Ellie
  • Lonely Highway — The Magnetic Fields

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    Lonely Highway — The Magnetic Fields
  • Mobile onboarding

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    For some apps, namely the ones that need a credit card for payment, I’ve often held off on signing up until I had time to deal with registration, passwords, credit card entry etc. In recent years, many apps have tried to make this easier with the ability to take a photo of your credit card instead of typing it in. This never worked for me as the numbers on my card are often too faded.  Yesterday I decided to give Lyft a try. I installed the app and signed up. I love how many/most apps are using SMS to deliver a code vs the old school “check your inbox for a link to confirm you…
  • Bay Bridge, San Francisco

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:52 am
    Bay Bridge, San Francisco
  • Runway

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    With venture backed startups, its likely the company will need to raise additional capital after a seed or Series A financing. There have been exceptions for sure but that is the most likely outcome, typically be design. I’ve encouraged founders to work backwards as a method to manage runway.  One thing I wanted to point out this morning is how often a founder will raise less money in a financing than is available or being offered. They don’t love the amount of dilution happening, they can’t justify a higher valuation so end result less capital to protect ownership. I see…
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  • CocoaConf Seattle

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    I had a great time at CocoaConf Seattle this past weekend. I’m already looking forward to the event in Yosemite this spring. I got to play a few songs as a Conditional Breakpoint! It was a total thrill for me. Check out the Breakpoints album on iTunes if you haven’t already.
  • A Day of Programming

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Sometimes days are like this: Our testers — who are great — report a regression I caused but that I didn’t notice. Why is sub-pixel anti-aliasing not working in this view? The text looks bad. (Note to self: test with a non-retina display before comitting.) I investigate, and find, to nobody’s surprise, that the culprit is a layer-backed ancestor scroll view. I turn off layer-backing — I just uncheck that particular box. Then run the app. It’s good to see sub-pixel anti-aliasing back. But look at how things have gone wonky. Wonky? Let’s be precise: the layout inside outline view…
  • OmniJobs

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Omni Group has job openings. I’m still the newest person here. Make that not true anymore.
  • Mac Vibrancy Tips

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    For one of my projects I’m working with NSVisualEffectView and behind-window blending. I’ve found a few things that could help people doing the same thing: Reminder: don’t forget that its subview should respond YES to allowsVibrancy. If it’s in an NSSplitView, make sure the NSSplitView is not layer-backed. rdar://18585148 Make sure the effect view’s superview is not the first layer-backed view. rdar://18587102 There may be other gotchas, of course, but these are what I’ve found so far.
  • The Risk of Products Failing

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    On Twitter, Martin Johnson asks: How long until a crit mass of users get burnt one to many times and simply avoid indie products altogether? I don’t think people outside our industry use the word “indie” to describe any software developers. They may think “probably small” or “never heard of them” or “not Apple or Google or Microsoft” when they think at all about a company. I don’t think that product failure is a problem specific to indies. VC-backed apps and companies fail all the time. Large services fail too — you can’t dial in to America OnLine any more. Google has…
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  • It’s up to you, New York, New York

    Rex Hammock
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Dear New Yorkers, Please show the country how to embrace and use the facts while rejecting panic porn, how to be the front line of rational response rather than a crack house for fear junkies. You braved thru 9/11, the 2008 meltdown and great recession, Sandy. You’re New Yorkers. Show how it’s done. Please. Your friend, Rex Related posts: The Perfect Panic Pusher Storm My 2008 magazine industry “predictions” revisited File this lesson away for the next recession
  • A Winning Football Interactive Map

    Rex Hammock
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    While I often praise (but not always) the interactive graphics created by the NYTimes.com team, I think the  College Football Fan map posted earlier this month is especially excellent for three reasons: Use of Technology: It’s an outstanding example of using Google Maps Engine Pro (or whatever the changing product name is when you read this) with data scraped from accessible information found on the internet.  (Note: While “found on the Internet,” it is data that had to be collected with permission). The Writing and Interpretation: The sidebar map articles of…
  • Focus on Content Marketing Mission, Not Methods

    Rex Hammock
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I’m honored when people call Hammock Inc. one of the agencies that pioneered content marketing. (This month marks our 23rd anniversary.) However, I’ve always felt the term “content marketing” can be confusing when it’s applied to everything from blogging and social media to animated kitten GIFs. Unfortunately, when a term is used to label anything, it can start to mean very little. (Continue Reading on Hammock.com…) Related posts: Not only am I a content marketer, this is a content marketing blog Content marketing vs. a Superbowl ad Why I don’t like or use the term…
  • When Did PR Become This?

    Rex Hammock
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    (See update at end of post.) Because I’m not only the “head helper,” but also the “head recipient of email” at SmallBusiness.com, I receive an endless stream of pitches from people with titles like “PR manager.” Unfortunately, most (not all, but most) of the email is boilerplate crap sent to websites that sound like, maybe, they could be visited by small business owners. Once in a while, I’ll see one of these worthless pitches and recall how long, long ago, I used to run a public relations firm. I can recall obsessing over to whom and how we…
  • How Millennials (Not Al Gore) Invented the Internet

    Rex Hammock
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Editor’s Note For this post, the term Millennial refers to people born between 1982 and 2004. (Math help: People who are currently (i.e., 2014) between the ages of 10 and 32.) Also, while this post refers to a golden age, NOTHING in it refers to fringe New Testament apocalyptic theology. Introduction During the first part of the 20th century, the french philosopher and sociologist Maurice Halbwachs advanced the idea of “collective memory” — a shared pool of information held in the memories of two or more members of a group. Or at least that’s what a group of two…
 
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  • Media is Messy

    Berkeley Blog
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Just back from the Berkeley Cybersalon on the Media Makeover, which I moderated with a panel of five seasoned journalists exploring new territory on the Internet. Dan Gillmor, who first envisaged citizen journalism before the advent of smartphones and tweets, said media is in a messy period. His main worry is that the monopoly carriers, like Comcast, will determine who gets quick access or not, and as for the ability to find interesting stuff that's not driven by advertising, "We've already given it all away to Google." More upbeat were the younger journos:  Jennifer 8…
  • Why Should Cyclists Spin? Let Me Count the Ways.

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    At Happy Hour Fitness in Berkeley, where I take spinning class once a week, I’m the only spinner who regularly rides a bicycle -- both for commuting, because I don’t have a car, and recreation, because I love riding around the East Bay hills. Most of the people in my class don’t even have a bicycle, or if they do, prefer to spin indoors on a faux cycle that goes nowhere. At the same time, most cyclists I know wouldn’t be caught dead in a spinning class unless it’s raining, which it doesn’t seem to do anymore in California. But cyclists could really benefit from spinning class, as…
  • iPhone 6 versus Knausgaard 3

    Berkeley Blog
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    While most of my friends are hungering to get their hands on the iPhone 6, I'm champing at the bit to secure an English translation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's volume 3, the latest book translated from the Norweigian in this author's six-volume epic, My Struggle. If I were his publisher, I'd rename the title Hitler ruined for everyone My Hunger for Life because this memoir by the stay-at-home father of four describes every quotidian moment of life, from changing diapers filled with excrement to cooking a meal of fish and potatoes, as if it were a testament to his need to feel…
  • Getting Lost and Abandoned by Public Transit on Labor Day

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

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

    Gerard McLean
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    What do you see in the photo above? Look very closely before you answer. Really, really closely. Before I tell you what I see, I need to share a short story with you. When my son was young, Saturday was grocery-shopping day. My job was to occupy him for the hour or so it took […]
  • Basic ad fail

    Gerard McLean
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    I clicked on a link on the Pure WOW newsletter (don’t judge!) that led me to an ad for a Coach leather briefcase here. “Wow, I want that,” I thought to myself. So I clicked on the ad, which brought me to this page on coach.com. After scrolling around a bit on the collection of […]
  • Your most impressive accomplishment

    Gerard McLean
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:58 am
    As I dig deeper into the world of job-hunting tools on the internet, I ran across the site angel.co. I’ve known it was there for some time, so this is actually a rediscovery by accident. I was following the fox hole that Secret built and decided to apply for their open Community Manager job. One […]
  • The most interesting thing about you — tl;dr

    Gerard McLean
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    “I chase stray turkeys, catch them and bring them back to their pens,” he answered in the most matter-of-fact way to one of my interview questions. I hired him immediately to assemble and repair bikes, a job he then held for four years, even through the winter. I figured anyone willing to chase down turkeys […]
  • You may like the way you look because you may not know any better

    Gerard McLean
    25 Jun 2013 | 11:06 am
    I remember when my dad taught me how to block a hat; to get that top crease just right. I also remember how he taught me to tie a necktie, to know which side I “dress” in a suit, where the leg breaks and to always make sure the holding stitch in the back flap […]
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  • How to change or build your career

    Derek Sivers
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I get emails from many people wanting to change or build their career. I always recommend the best book on the subject: “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport. Here are a few of its best points: Forget passion and purpose Forget “follow your passion” or “find your true calling”. Stop thinking like that. Here’s why: Words like “passion” and “purpose” are dangerous because they sound huge and romantic. If you think you haven’t found your passion yet, you’re probably expecting it to be overwhelming — to hit you like lightning. Looking for your passion,…
  • Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset

    Derek Sivers
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of the most important concepts I’ve learned is the difference between the “fixed” mindset and the “growth” mindset. It’s a little bit like “nature vs nurture”: People in a fixed mindset believe you either are or aren’t good at something, based on your inherent nature, because it’s just who you are. People in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions. This sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly deep. The fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful, so it’s worth understanding and…
  • The philosophy of great customer service

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

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

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