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  • Twitter NT

    Scripting News
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    On Saturday I wrote a piece about Windows NT, the operating system Microsoft created to run alongside the original Windows, as its eventual successor. In a similar way, that's what Twitter needs. New technology, running off on the side, for pioneering users, the kind of people who were attracted to Twitter in the first place, the people who created the culture of Twitter. Let's get the band back together, and this time, let's use what we learned the first time around to do it better. New technology for Twitter Here's what I would like to see in Twitter NT. Easy programmability via a scripting…
  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Day traders rarely make history

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    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
  • Oliver Sacks, human treasure, 1933-2015

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    Jason Kottke
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Oliver Sacks was a champion of one of humankind's most admirable qualities: Curiosity. The neurologist and writer died on Monday. He wrote beautifully about his impending death in a piece published a couple weeks ago: And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life... Longform has a collection of links to some of Sacks' most popular essays. Syndicated from NextDraft. Subscribe today or grab the iOS app. Tags: death  …
  • iMore’s Apple Watch Survey

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    John Gruber
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Some fascinating numbers. Just one example: stand alerts: 25% stand up every time they get an alert. 46% stand up most of the time. 15% stand up some of the time or less. 14% turn them off. 1% leave them on but ignore them.  ★ 
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  • Twitter NT

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    On Saturday I wrote a piece about Windows NT, the operating system Microsoft created to run alongside the original Windows, as its eventual successor. In a similar way, that's what Twitter needs. New technology, running off on the side, for pioneering users, the kind of people who were attracted to Twitter in the first place, the people who created the culture of Twitter. Let's get the band back together, and this time, let's use what we learned the first time around to do it better. New technology for Twitter Here's what I would like to see in Twitter NT. Easy programmability via a scripting…
  • Why you must watch BoJack Horseman

    30 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    Note: There are a few nano-spoilers here, but you can safely read this and still have 100 percent of the fun watching the show, because nothing can begin to explain how spacy and intelligent it actually is. This is more of a sales pitch than a disclosure. Why you must watch BoJack Horseman Did you like Breaking Bad? Well, Aaron Paul is one of the stars of this show. He's the guy who played Jesse Pinkman. He's even funnier in this show. Did you like Fantastic Mr Fox? Well, this is a lot like that too, except there are are more humans, and instead of the star being a fox, he's a horse. As in…
  • Markus Persson and life after success

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    I read today's articles about Markus Persson with interest. I know the story, I experienced it myself a long time ago. Achieving all the success you wanted is not as simple as you might think. I've written about that before here on my blog, that's not the purpose of this piece. The three tweets Here are the three tweets everyone is quoting: #1: "Found a great girl, but she's afraid of me and my lifestyle and went with a normal person instead." #2: "I would Musk and try to save the world, but that just exposes me to the same type of assholes that made me sell minecraft again." #3: "People who…
  • Windows NT

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Flashback to 1995 It's roughly the 20th anniversary of Windows 95. I was there, in Redmond when it rolled out. With Jay Leno and Bill Gates. I got a private demo of Blackbird, which was supposed to be Visual Basic for the Internet. Quite a day. It was the one time that Microsoft got an Apple-style euphoria for a product rollout. Long lines outside retail stores. They all wanted to buy a box with a CD inside. Back then you didn't download software from the net. Windows 95 was the second to last release of Windows "old" technology, based on MS-DOS, if I recall correctly. Off on the side they…
  • Why blogs are hurting in a nutshell

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:12 am
    Another nutshell post! Twitter says posts must not have titles and can't be longer than 140 characters. Posts cannot contain HTML markup. Google Reader said posts must have titles, and are assumed to be essay length. Posts may have HTML markup. Facebook says posts may not have titles or markup but can be as long as you like. No discourse on Google Reader, grunts and snorts on Twitter, good engagement on Facebook. None of these are great for receiving all of what we were posting to our blogs before they came about. The APIs are inconsistent, but at least they have them. Along comes Medium,…
 
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  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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  • Day traders rarely make history

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
  • The average

    Seth Godin
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:38 am
    Everything you do is either going to raise your average or lower it. The next hire. The quality of the chickpeas you serve. The service experience on register 4. Each interaction is a choice. A choice to raise your average or lower it. Progress is almost always a series of choices, an inexorable move toward mediocrity, or its opposite.        
  • Scientific Management 2.0

    Seth Godin
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    130 years ago, Frederick Taylor changed the world forever. Scientific Management is the now-obvious idea that factories would measure precisely what their workers were doing. Use a stopwatch. Watch every movement. Adjust the movements until productivity goes up. Re-organize the assembly line for more efficiency. Pay people by the piece. Cull the workforce and get rid of the people who can't keep up. Make the assembly line go faster. Once Scientific Management goes beyond system setup and starts to focus on the individual, it amplifies the gulf between management and labor. No one wants to do…
  • The strawberry conundrum

    Seth Godin
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:06 am
    Every grocer has to decide: when packing a quart of strawberries, should your people put the best ones on top? If you do, you'll sell more and disappoint people when they get to the moldy ones on the bottom. Or, perhaps you could put the moldy ones on top, and pleasantly surprise the few that buy. Or, you could rationalize that everyone expects a little hype, and they'll get over it. A local grocer turned the problem upside down: He got rid of the boxes and just put out a pile of strawberries. People picked their own. He charged more, sold more and made everyone happier. Hype might not be…
 
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  • Oliver Sacks, human treasure, 1933-2015

    Jason Kottke
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Oliver Sacks was a champion of one of humankind's most admirable qualities: Curiosity. The neurologist and writer died on Monday. He wrote beautifully about his impending death in a piece published a couple weeks ago: And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life... Longform has a collection of links to some of Sacks' most popular essays. Syndicated from NextDraft. Subscribe today or grab the iOS app. Tags: death  …
  • Concussion

    Jason Kottke
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Concussion, starring Will Smith, is about Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the link between football and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) and will be out in December. The movie is based on the 2009 GQ article, Game Brain. Let's say you run a multibillion-dollar football league. And let's say the scientific community -- starting with one young pathologist in Pittsburgh and growing into a chorus of neuroscientists across the country -- comes to you and says concussions are making your players crazy, crazy enough to kill themselves, and here, in these slices of brain tissue, is the proof.
  • Restaurant menu definitions

    Jason Kottke
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    All the terminology on fancy restaurant menus can be overwhelming. From Judy Wu at Gaper's Block, a glossary of common menu items and terms. Gluten-Free: This dish contains a small trace of gluten, but a full dollop of bullshit. Duck Fat: Duck fat fries, rillette, popcorn, confit, Brussels sprouts -- never skip this menu item. Amish: This chicken was raised without electricity and fear. Tags: food   Judy Wu   language   restaurants
  • The most timeless songs of all time

    Jason Kottke
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:12 am
    Matt Daniels of Polygraph used playcount data from Spotify to identify the most played songs from the past, which he labeled The Most Timeless Songs of All Time. The most timeless song of the 90s, by a wide margin? Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit.1 Out of the entire catalog of music from the 90s, these are the tracks on the trajectory to survive. Some of my friends were deeply disturbed by what's been lost in time (e.g., Pearl Jam). And No Diggity isn't just anecdotally timeless, it's the fifth most-played song from the 90s. Note the tracks that hardly charted on Billboard, in their day.
  • The one scientific statement to reboot civilization

    Jason Kottke
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Riffing on a question Richard Feynman once posed to himself, Tom Chivers asked 12 scientists: If, in some cataclysm, all of scientific knowledge were to be destroyed, and only one sentence passed on to the next generation of creatures, what statement would contain the most information in the fewest words? I liked the pragmatic answer by Lewis Dartnell, author of The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Civilization in the Aftermath of a Cataclysm While Feynman's sentence is all good and true, it isn't particularly useful in an immediate pragmatic sense. I wrote a book recently which was intended as a…
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  • iMore’s Apple Watch Survey

    John Gruber
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Some fascinating numbers. Just one example: stand alerts: 25% stand up every time they get an alert. 46% stand up most of the time. 15% stand up some of the time or less. 14% turn them off. 1% leave them on but ignore them.  ★ 
  • [Sponsor] for Meetings

    Daring Fireball Department of Commerce
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    for Meetings is the must-have app for iPad to record meeting notes, agenda items, actions, remarks, and more. for Meetings leverages the iPad’s larger screen and drag-and-drop to take a fresh approach at representing and editing information: Select content by swiping down the side of the page to effortlessly move, copy, delete, or indent using simple gestures. Visualize attendees around a table and drag to connect them to content or mark them as an apology or absent. Update multiple lines with a single tap. Import meetings from the calendar or use an existing meeting as a template. for…
  • Daring Fireball RSS Feed Sponsorships

    John Gruber
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    DF’s RSS feed sponsorships are sold out through the end of October, with one exception: next week. If you’ve got a product or service you’d like to promote to DF’s audience, get in touch. Update: This week’s spot has been sold, but a few spots later in the year remain open. My thanks to everyone who inquired about this week’s spot.  ★ 
  • Mapbox Mobile

    John Gruber
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    My thanks to Mapbox for again sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote Mapbox Mobile for iOS, their newest open source SDK for adding maps and location to any app. Mapbox comes with beautiful, pixel-perfect vector maps in a variety of styles: detailed streets for navigating cities, terrain for adventuring, and satellite imagery for seeing the world up close. Mapbox’s analytics dashboard provides a continuously updated view of the map usage in your app, from places where your app is popular to average daily users. Mapbox’s Cocoa API works just like Apple’s MapKit…
  • The Talk Show: ‘90 Minutes or Bust’

    John Gruber
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Special guest Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include: our top complaints about Apple Watch, Apple making a car, the New York Times’s profile of Amazon’s work culture, and more. Brought to you by these great sponsors: Harry’s: High-quality shaving products. Use the promo code “talkshow” to save $5 off your first purchase. Casper: An obsessively engineered mattress at a shockingly fair price. Save $50 off any mattress with promo code “thetalkshow”. Warby Parker: Boutique-quality, classically crafted eyewear at a revolutionary price point.
 
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  • The Collaborative Economy Defined

    jeremiah_owyang
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
      The Collaborative Economy defined: An economic model where commonly available technologies enable people to get what they need from each other.   There are over 37 terms being used for this market, but the one that makes the most sense in terms of scope and accuracy is the Collaborative Economy. The above image is a screen capture from my powerpoint slide that I use in presentations, research, publications and with the Crowd Companies council, that we founded at the end of 2013. The honeycomb metaphor is an apt one; as it’s a representation of many individuals working…
  • Get Data and Stats for your Collaborative Economy Research

    jeremiah_owyang
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    As part of our ongoing research on the Collaborative Economy industry, we collect, analyze, and forecast where this market is heading. In the spirit of transparency and sharing, we openly share this data with the open market. Each of the three sheets are in continual production and improvement. They don’t stay static for long. Although you cannot edit the online sheets, you can download the files, then edit, splice, or use in your own presentations at will. The first sheet, Startup Funding in the Collaborative Economy, is the most developed, with over a dozen tabs, which include analysis,…
  • Collaborative Startups Shift from Contractor to Employee Relationships

    jeremiah_owyang
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    On-demand startups, which are a subset of the Collaborative Economy, have been under scrutiny on worker treatment. They’re under the magnifying glass more than ever. This new industry, which was birthed  the 2008 recession, provided rise to the “gig” worker, or independent contractors. These part-time workers were offering their idle time, working multiple jobs, and offering their spare bedrooms to make ends meet. Many of the workers see the benefits of “being their own boss” as they can choose the time, service, and how they work –rather than reporting to a salaried job. In past…
  • Large Companies Ramp Up Adoption in the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:18 pm
    The Collaborative Economy market is growing at an accelerated rate. Not only is adoption increasing by individuals at a rapid pace, but the VCs have invested a massive $16 Billion to pad the war chests of these disruptive P2P commerce startups. Corporations aren’t standing on the sidelines waiting to be disrupted, the progressive companies are leading the charge by deploying these same strategies and technologies. The following three slides show market growth, adoption by brands, and indicate how companies are deploying, you can view all the data in a Google Sheet, live on the web and…
  • Is the Crowd a Disruption or an Opportunity for Large Companies?

    jeremiah_owyang
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    Many are excited about the new collaborative economy, where people use common technologies to get what they need from each other. This has created disruptions for some industries, but overall, holds much business opportunity for progressive companies. Progressive companies can glean greater loyalty through crowdfunding, turn to the crowd for new co-innovation and launch their own sharing programmes to expand how they serve their customers new desires. Companies who ignore this trend are likely to suffer from disruption, but those that lean in can benefit from using the crowd to their…
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  • Robots Read News - about Celebrity Apprentice

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    If you can’t see the image below because your company fire wall is being a dick, follow me on Twitter here.I laughed for ten minutes when it occurred to me that Carson, Fiorina, and Cruz are (in the view of many) competing for the Celebrity Apprentice spot as Vice President. Trump already fired the other contestants.Trump is making the public think past the sale (the nomination) and focus on his match-up in the general election. Watch him steer the conversation toward Clinton (already doing so, will do more) and perhaps he will do something outrageous to increase chatter about his future…
  • Trump Engineers a Clinton Linguistic Kill Shot

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    An alert reader noticed that Trump is already beta-testing a linguistic kill shot for Hillary Clinton.As Yohami accurately notes, this kill shot is also a high ground maneuver. It takes you out of the weeds of the email server question (where reasonable folks can be confused and disagree) all the way to national security where we all have the same opinion that risk is unacceptable.Trump’s label will stick because he knows the public is not following the details of Clinton’s server security issue. They just have some general sense of distrust for all things Clinton. Trump put a label on…
  • A Glimpse Into the Creative Writing Process

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    At about 11 PM last night, I was locking my doors and turning out the lights to go to bed. It had been a long day, mostly work. My mind was everywhere, as usual, flitting from one topic to another, as my body, operating mostly on habit, went through its evening routine.Suddenly, and for no particular reason that I can identify, a thought started forming in my head. It wasn’t a normal one. I knew that right away. I had an almost tactile sensation of the thought trying to birth itself by collecting language around it to form a sentence. It felt as if I heard the sentence – in the way…
  • Robots Read News (NSFW)

    29 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    Some saucy language is below the break. Please read no further if that sort of thing bothers you.I am aware that the following comics will only appeal to a narrow audience. This is for them.
  • How to Know Your Dating Site is a Fraud

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    When the Ashley-Madison hack revealed that the vast majority of female profiles on the “dating” site were fake, three groups of people already knew that. A long time ago.One of those groups includes all of the people on Earth that have more than five minutes of experience in the business world. If you are building a business that only has value if populated by lots of users on day one, you can’t get there from here. At least not legally, or ethically.And if you do, there is some special case going on.There are many dating websites. Can there be that many special cases? They all seemed…
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  • Will Content Blocking push Apple into advertising’s wheat business?

    Doc Searls
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    A couple weeks ago, I posted Separating advertising’s wheat and chaff, contrasting privacy-respecting brand advertising (the wheat) with privacy-offending tracking-based advertising (the chaff), better known in the industry as “adtech.” Apple pushes both, through its own advertising business, called iAd. The company is also taking sides against both — especially adtech — by supporting Content Blocking in a new breed of mobile phone apps we can expect to see in iOS 9, Apple’s next mobile operating system, due next month. In Apple’s Content Blocking is chemo…
  • Dig the Aurora

    Doc Searls
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Here’s what the current geomagnetic storm looks like right now, data-wise: The visuals are in the sky, in the form of brilliant auroras, visible all over Canada and as far south as Michigan. The near-full moon doesn’t help, but the show is there to see. (Alas, I’m in North Carolina, so it’s a longer shot.)
  • The greatest western I’ve ever read

    Doc Searls
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    — is John McPhee‘s Rising From the Plains. It’s one book among five collected in Annals of the Former World, which won a Pulitzer in 1999. In all five, McPhee follows a geologist around; and all five of the geologists are interesting characters. None, however, is more interesting than J. David Love, who grew up on a hardscrabble ranch in the center of Wyoming and became one of the most accomplished geologists in the history of the field. And yet Love is still less interesting than both his parents — one an endlessly resourceful Scottish builder and re-builder of the family…
  • Apple’s content blocking is chemo for the cancer of adtech

    Doc Searls
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    The tide of popular sentiment is turning against tracking-based advertising — and Apple knows it. That’s why they’re enabling “content blocking” in iOS 9 (the new mobile operating system that will soon go in your iPhone and iPad). Says Apple, “Content Blocking* gives your extensions a fast and efficient way to block cookies, images, resources, pop-ups, and other content.” This is aimed straight at tracking-based advertising, known in the trade as adtech.* And Apple isn’t alone: New school publishers are avoiding adtech. New breed of publishers just…
  • Separating advertising’s wheat and chaff

    Doc Searls
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Advertising used to be simple. You knew what it was, and where it came from. Whether it was an ad you heard on the radio, saw in a magazine or spotted on a billboard, you knew it came straight from the advertiser through that medium. The only intermediary was an advertising agency, if the advertiser bothered with one. Advertising also wasn’t personal. Two reasons for that. First, it couldn’t be. A billboard was for everybody who drove past it. A TV ad was for everybody watching the show. Yes, there was targeting, but it was always to populations, not to individuals. Second, the…
 
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  • Signing My Name

    Fred Wilson
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    I sign my name a lot. When we close deals, I sign the documents. When things change in our companies and they need consents, I sign them. I sign tax returns, filings, permits, and a host of other documents all the time. As I have written here before, I have a hard time with what they used to call “penmanship” in school. It’s something about my dexterity (or lack thereof) in my hands. My hands get tired quickly and my handwriting gets illegible just as quickly. Technology has been a godsend for me in this regard. Computers (and word processors before them) saved me from…
  • Taxis, Ubers, and Subways

    Fred Wilson
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    Nate Silver published an interesting post on Taxis, Ubers, and Subways this past week. This graphic is from that post: What you can see from this graphic is that most New Yorkers don’t use taxis or Uber. They use the subway, and to a lesser extent buses. This is from Nate’s post: How big is the for-hire car market in New York? Our data set includes 93 million taxi and Uber rides over a six-month period in 2014. Double that and round up,7 and you get to about 200 million rides per year. By contrast, the New York subway provided 1.75 billion rides in 2014, about nine times as many.
  • Video Of The Week: Using Drones To Track Construction Projects

    Fred Wilson
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    One of the most popular use cases for our portfolio company Dronebase is tracking construction job sites. This video from their YouTube page gives you a sense of why that is valuable to construction managers and their clients. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow
  • Feature Friday: Mayorships

    Fred Wilson
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    I love the new version of the Swarm app from our portfolio company Foursquare so much that I fired off a tweetstorm about it earlier this week. Among the many great replies I got was this one: @fredwilson do we still care about “mayorships?” — Jordan Rice (@1jrice) August 26, 2015 To which I replied: @1jrice i sure do. been trying like hell to snag the mayorship of my favorite coffee shop for the past two weeks. it’s fun. — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) August 26, 2015 I know gamification has been overdone and many are tired of it. But there is something about playing the…
  • The New Reassurance

    Fred Wilson
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    My friend Steve observed something to me this week that speaks to the changing dynamic in the world of business, finance, and markets. He pointed out to me that a decade or two ago, when the financial markets tumbled, the Secretary of Treasury would arrange a press conference, stand behind a podium with some official looking seal on it, and make reassuring comments about the economy in hopes of reassuring investors and the markets. Now, the Treasury Secretary has been replaced by Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, the reassuring comments are delivered via an emailed letter to Jim Cramer, and the…
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  • Go at Basecamp

    Noah
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby script that accomplishes some task. Increasingly, however, Go has found its way into our backend services and infrastructure in a variety of ways: Our timeseries data acquisition and storage daemon was rewritten from Ruby to Go in January 2013. Our Ruby build scripts build new Ruby packages for our servers via Docker. Our log parsing and storage pipeline…
  • Something's coming 6

    Jason Fried
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
  • Extra Drawings for The Distance

    Nate Otto
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance that have never seen the light of day until now. For just over a year, The Distance was dedicated to longform articles about long standing businesses. Under the editorship of Wailin and the art direction of Mig, I made a header illustration for each article and a building drawing that served as the footer. In recent months, The Distance has morphed into a podcast. I still…
  • A chart a day keeps the data in play

    Noah
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Every working day for the last month or so I’ve posted a single “chart of the day” to our Basecamp account. They’re posted internally without much commentary—just enough to explain what the chart is about. The topics are wide ranging: in the last month, we’ve covered browser uptake, search terms, The Distance, database performance, phone support, Nagios alert trends, demographics, classes, timezones, and even home energy usage and BMW torque curves. The charts don’t fit into a big picture narrative, and there’s no agenda behind them: I simply…
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform

    Chris Brogan
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:24 am
    As you know, I recently launched OwnerFUEL. It’s the media portion of my company, Owner. I wanted to share with you just how simple it was to launch, and what we did to get it up and running. I’ll tell you right up front that a lot of what I recommend hinges on you choosing to build on the Rainmaker platform. But I explain all the reasons why that’s the right choice. Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform Project Time: 2 Business DaysContinue ReadingThe post Fast Project Recipe – Launch a Content Marketing Platform appeared first on…
  • In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    The tech world is awash with excitement because Instagram (over 300 million users) now supports photos and video uploaded in traditional landscape and portrait mode, instead of just square. Oddly, I think Instagram did the mobile web a favor by pushing for us to upload in the square format. In Praise of Square Photos Photographers and artists are already grumbling at me, I’m sure. But hear me out. Continue ReadingThe post In Praise of Square Photos – or Why Instagram Had it Right appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Thinking about podcasting?

    Chris Brogan
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You don’t want to miss the Podcasting Workflows I put together over on OwnerFUEL. That is all.Continue ReadingThe post Thinking about podcasting? appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • OwnerFUEL is Live

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I’m happy to report that we just launched OwnerFUEL as the media property supporting Owner Media Group. OwnerFUEL is the “parent” of all the various media efforts we have created. Let me explain the plan. OwnerFUEL is Business, Marketing, and Sales Advice for You My site, chrisbrogan.com, is built as a kind of hybrid. It’s me. It’s also me talking about my business stuff. There’s a lot of ME here. So I wanted to create a property that was more about the subject than it is about me. Sure, I’m writing 95% of the articles (anything with my name on it is…
  • The Next Event I Might Run

    Chris Brogan
    16 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    As the co-founder of PodCamp, it was interesting to participate at the most recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (this is their tenth running of the event). I was nearly surprised that nine years later, we’re still talking about which microphone to use and how to monetize a podcast. But that’s technically WHY we still run PodCamps. Because people still have that question. It made me think, though. The Next Event I Might Run I spoke with Carla Swank from Nashville a few times. She’s part of the team running Craft Content, which is their own project but that follows the…
 
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    dooce®

  • From my childhood to theirs

    dooce
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    I now have figurines to help facilitate the lessons I will teach my children about certain online behavior.
  • I gotta go back

    dooce
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    "Woe is me, all summer long I was happy and free. Save my soul, the board of education took away my parole."
  • A landscape 7,600 miles away

    dooce
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Touching base as I recover from one of the worse cases of jet lag I've ever experienced.
  • Up by Silver Fork

    dooce
    5 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Having a rare Hansel and Gretel moment when I could have one every day if I'd just make the damn time.
  • Really missing her texts with nothing but 20 smiling poop emojis

    dooce
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    I hope she's learning to tie knots, build a shelter, start a fire and how to make mama a hot dog.
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    Calacanis.com

  • On CNBC’s Squawk Alley 8/25/15: Investors react to market correction; will startups survive?

    Jacqui
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    http://calacanis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/CNBC-8-25-15_2-2.mp4 Producer Jacqui here. ICYMI, Jason was on CNBC’s Squawk Alley this a.m. talking about the market correction. How are investors reacting? Will startups survive? Some will still crush it, others will crash. Bold predictions abound. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/44b9c ]
  • On CNBC’s Squawk Alley 8/18/15: Zirtual latest, Donald Trump’s attack on #H1B visa

    Jacqui
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:32 pm
    http://calacanis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Jason8182015_1.mp4 Producer Jacqui here. In case you missed it, Jason was on CNBC’s Squawk Alley this a.m. talking about Zirtual and the troubles encountered by fast-growing startups. Then onto Donald Trump‘s attack on the #H1B visa. Jason has choice words — and a solution. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/4gshj ]    
  • TWiST 565: Ahryun Moon, founder of EtchApp & the return of “Ask Jason”!

    Jacqui
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Hi everyone, Producer Jacqui here. A special two-parter for you. First up is Ahryun Moon, founder of EtchApp, a company that crushed the LAUNCH Hackathon and went onto product success, with their recent launch — and feature — in the Apple store. EtchApp is a multi-tasking replacement keyboard for devices so you can send messages and access services without switching — and just might be, as Jason predicts, THE killer Watch app. And it’s the return of #AskJason! Fans toss questions on a range of topics … from the Jobs Act to new avenues for startups to…
  • Howard Stern’s easy billion dollar pay day — courtesy of Spotify or an app

    Jacqui
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    There is little debate that the greatest radio host in history is Howard Stern. In addition to reinventing himself multiple times, from the long-forgotten battles with the FCC in the 90s to giving Charlie Rose a run for his money over the past decade as ‘greatest interviewer alive,’ Howard’s savviest role is behind the scenes as a platform rainmaker. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/SKy6Y ] First he syndicated his show across the nation after being told his New York humor wouldn’t fly in other markets — heck, they told him he wouldn’t work in Boston…
  • SMARTCAMP: 30 cities, 10 finalists, 1 winner

    Jacqui
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:06 pm
    We’re doing a global startup competition … with IBM! I’m proud to announce that IBM and LAUNCH are hosting SMARTCAMP 2015: a 30-city startup competition. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/7bspf ] $25,000 in funding (from me!) and acceptance into our 12-week, LAUNCH Incubator is the grand prize, and you can read all about it and request an application at smartcamp2015.com. Competitions from Singapore to Sao Paulo are accepting applications, and live events will be occurring across the globe in the fall. Finalists will travel to San Francisco to attend our SCALE…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • The #1 Key to Killer Promotions

    Alex Boyer
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The #1 Key to Killer Promotions written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Promotions are everywhere. It seems like whatever you or your business needs, you can find a promotion to receive it. Free this, half-off that, limited-time offers are everywhere. They’re so prevalent that many business owners feel pressured to hold a promotion or event to be competitive. But having a promotion just for the sake of it is pointless. You’ll end up being disappointed with the results. The #1 key to having a successful promotion is simple – have a goal…
  • Weekend Favs August Twenty Nine

    John Jantsch
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    Weekend Favs August Twenty Nine 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. Good stuff I found this week: Notablist – Search engine of over 4 million newsletters for design inspiration DoSocial – New tools to…
  • The Secret Sauce for Optimizing Your FAQ Page

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Secret Sauce for Optimizing Your FAQ Page written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: photopin Having the human touch is a no brainer for companies that are starting out.  It’s undeniable that, cost aside, companies would much rather have sales people closing deals in addition to their support team personally answering every inquiry and problem that arises. However, many times this model simply isn’t scalable, which is why it is important to have a strong FAQ page.  A powerful (and often underutilized) tool, FAQ pages can…
  • Why Smart Technology Use is the Key to Better Customer Marketing Data

    Guest Post
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    Why Smart Technology Use is the Key to Better Customer Marketing Data written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: pexels If you haven’t already heard, 2015 is the year big data became a ubiquitous business necessity. Whether used for operational efficiencies or customer information, the benefits of big data are limitless. For manufacturers, data from warranty product registrations has the potential to be a gold mine for their marketing efforts. Historically, manufacturers offer warranty registrations in order to obtain customer…
  • Selling on LinkedIn: What Goes Wrong?

    John Jantsch
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Selling on LinkedIn: What Goes Wrong? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Mike Montague Mike Montague Despite the awesome power of LinkedIn for B2B lead mining I see very few people using it well. Because so many people simply spam folks a lot of people have actually started to ignore LinkedIn as a lead generation source. Like everything worth doing, it takes work to do it well. If you put in the work to research and connect in meaningful ways LinkedIn can be the most potent marketing network out there. Think about…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • How mass extinctions can accelerate robot evolution

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:48 pm
    At the start of the simulation, a biped robot controlled by a computationally evolved brain stands upright on a 16 meter by 16 meter surface. The simulation proceeds until the robot falls or until 15 seconds have elapsed. (credit: Joel Lehman) Robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs, computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have found. Mass extinctions speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations. Computer scientists Risto Miikkulainen and…
  • Soaking up carbon dioxide and turning it into valuable products

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Conceptual model showing how porphyrin COFs could be used to split CO2 into CO and oxygen (credit: Omar Yaghi, Berkeley Lab/UC Berkeley) Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a system that absorbs carbon dioxide and also selectively reduces it to carbon monoxide (which serves as a primary building block for a wide range of chemical products including fuels, pharmaceuticals and plastics). The trick: they’ve incorporated molecules of carbon dioxide reduction catalysts into the sponge-like crystals of…
  • Engineered bacteria form multicellular circuit to control protein expression

    31 Aug 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Two strains of synthetically engineered bacteria cooperate to create multicellular phenomena. Their fluorescence indicates the engineered capabilities have been activated. (credit: Bennett Lab/Rice University) Rice University scientists and associates have created a biological equivalent to a computer circuit using multiple types of bacteria that change protein expression. The goal is to modify biological systems by controlling how bacteria influence each other. This could lead to bacteria that, for instance, beneficially alter the gut microbiome (collection of microorganisms) in humans.
  • Light-speed interconnects may lead to ultra-high-speed computers

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:41 pm
    Specially designed, extremely small metal structures can trap light. Once trapped, the light becomes a confined wave known as surface plasmons. The surface plasmons are represented here by the blue waves, which begin at the pump beam and are detected 250 micrometers away by the probe beam, traveling at almost as fast as light through the air. (credit: Hess et al./Nano Lett.) Light waves trapped on a metal’s surface (surface plasmons) travel farther than expected, up to 250 micrometers from the source — which may be far enough to create ultra-fast nanoelectronic circuits,…
  • Speech-classifier program is better at predicting psychosis than psychiatrists

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:27 am
    This image shows discrimination between at-risk youths who transitioned to psychosis (red) and those who did not (blue). The polyhedron contains all the at-risk youth who did NOT develop psychosis (blue). All of the at-risk youth who DID later develop psychosis (red) are outside the polyhedron. Thus the speech classifier had 100 percent discrimination or accuracy. The speech classifier consisted of “minimum semantic coherence” (the flow of meaning from one sentence to the next), and indices of reduced complexity of speech, including phrase length and decreased use of…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • On VentureBeat Podcast

    Matt
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    I was on VentureBeat’s podcast with Dylan Tweeney, talking a bit about how WordPress came to be and geeking out on some of the tech behind our approach.
  • Rigamortis Cover

    Matt
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Great jazz cover of one of my favorite Kendrick Lamar songs, Rigamortis, which of course is inspired by the great jazz song The Thorn by Willie Jones III.
  • Frequent Flyer Syndrome

    Matt
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:17 am
    It turns out not everything about traveling all the time is roses. (Posted from 38k feet.)
  • 1.6m Downloads in 23 Hours

    Matt
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    23 hours hours ago, WordPress 4.3 was released. It’s already had 1.6 million downloads and counting. For a look at what’s new in this version you can watch the quick video above, or check out the blog post.
  • Automattic is Hiring

    Matt
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Do you know someone who is an amazing developer or designer? Someone who is passionate about helping people? An awesome lounge manager? Or maybe that person is you. Automattic is hiring for a variety of positions, and for all except two you can live and work wherever you like in the entire planet. There are also a number of other benefits; the main downside it’s a high performance culture and expectations are extremely high. Automattic hires the best folks regardless of geography, and we are especially looking for people right now outside of US timezones.
 
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    Tom Peters

  • Nissan North America 2015

    Cathy Mosca
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    Today's event is Nissan North America's 2015 Annual National Dealer Advisory Board Seminar, in Atlanta. This is an opportunity for Tom to speak to the kind of group he loves—a group of quintessential SMEs—auto dealerships. Collectively, they have great potential for growth and change. We know they'll be inspired by Tom! Slide presentations are here: […] The post Nissan North America 2015 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Opportunity to See Tom Live

    Cathy Mosca
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    If you live in the Northwest United States, you are within driving distance (albeit a long drive) of an upcoming Tom appearance: The Art Of Leadership Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on 11 September 2015. If you've never seen Tom live, we'd recommend you consider making the trip. We can almost guarantee you'd come away […] The post Opportunity to See Tom Live appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tailoring Speeches

    Cathy Mosca
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Longtime member of Tom Peters' staff Shelley Dolley posed questions to Tom that she frequently gets asked by other business speakers. Many crave insights into Tom's tricks of the trade. As part of our Off the Cuff series of videos, Tom tells us what the keys to successful speaking are. In this video, he shares […] The post Tailoring Speeches appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Brett Steenbarger Expounds on Tom’s Stance Against Vision

    Cathy Mosca
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Brett Steenbarger, a contributor at Forbes, has taken a couple of Tom's tweets and expanded on them with great insight. Tom tweeted, "Thinking ahead is great, but it becomes more than it is when when you sprinkle Holy Water and enshrine it as Vision." In response to reaction to this pronouncement, Tom went on to […] The post Brett Steenbarger Expounds on Tom’s Stance Against Vision appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • In Defense of PowerPointA BookNot a “Book”

    Tom Peters
    15 Jul 2015 | 5:42 am
    I am about to unleash a book on you. A book—not a "book." Said book (not "book") is in PowerPoint. 100%. My colleagues insist that not everybody is like me. Not everybody dotes on PowerPoint. Damn. I mainly give speeches. My speeches are based on PowerPoint presentations. Fact: I "do" PowerPoint. Fact: I "am" PowerPoint. […] The post In Defense of PowerPointA BookNot a “Book” appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Intuitive Systems

  • Hasbro Games Launches Crowdfunding Competition

    Dave Taylor
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Traditional game companies don’t have a corner on the game market like they used to years ago. Mattel, Hasbro, you know the big players with their Monopoly, Clue, Trouble, Candyland, etc. But board games is a much bigger business now and crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have completely changed the way that games come to market. Like so many industries, games don’t have to rise to prominence through a major publisher and distributor because now the game developers can connect directly with their customer community and work with experienced printers and distributors around the…
  • Kickstarter Biz Loses Lawsuit, Has to Pay $$

    Dave Taylor
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:41 am
    When Altius Management managed to land full funding for its Asylum Playing Cards kickstarter campaign, raising $25,146 of its $15,000 goal to create some scary playing cards at $9/deck back in 2012, it had no idea how difficult the journey to fulfillment would be. In fact, by spring of 2013 (after promising delivery to backers in December, 2012) the company was starting to realize how deep it was in the hole. But a look at the timeline of the project reveals just what was going wrong: The project closed on Oct 31, 2012 and the first update was on Dec 5, then approximately monthly updates…
  • Interview with Mitch Vandell, Author of “Bargepole Management”

    Dave Taylor
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    When business author Mitch Vandell contacted me, I was intrigued by the title of his new management book “Bargepole Management“. I know what a barge is, I know what a bargepole is by extension, but what does it all have to do with management and career strategies? To find out more, we had a conversation about it… ​Why did you write “Bargepole Management” and what’s different about it? What sets this book apart from other management is that instead of promoting ideal behaviors for a perfect world it looks at the realities of human and organizational…
  • Email Pitch 101: Don’t Confuse Your Recipient

    Dave Taylor
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    I get a remarkable number of pitches from sales people associated with online marketing companies and in almost all the cases, the only information I have to go on is the message itself. Is it well written? Does it suggest that they have even half a clue about what my business is about? Do they list any recognizable brands or clients? Heck, is it grammatically correct and are all the words spelled properly? And then there are odd messages that end up just demonstrating how not to do online marketing, like this one: Here’s what I find most intriguing about this message:  Zach, the…
  • Monster vs. Beats (Apple)

    Dave Taylor
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    In the category of “it’s always important to think through the actions that your legal team is recommending” I submit the latest in the troubled relationship between Apple Computer and Beats Audio, from the Wall Street Journal: Apple Revokes Monster’s Authority to Make Licensed Accessories. Why is this happening? Because Monster forgot that when Apple bought Beats audio, that meant that the company was now protected by the famously aggressive Apple legal and business team, not its own couple of attorneys. Beats headphones at an Apple Store. Monster, it turns out,…
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • What do you Think About Machines that Think?

    Valeria Maltoni
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    Saying that something is “cutting-edge” is shortcut to implying it represents the most advanced position in a field. The edge, away from the center, is where experiments take place new ideas take form. Using conversation as a technology, Edge.org was founded to invite the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves. Each year is marked by a question. For 2015, the question is What do you think about machines that think? Daniel C. Dennet, Philosopher; Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy,…
  • How to Age Gracefully: Stay Weird

    Valeria Maltoni
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    After 11 years, CBC Radio's WireTap comes to a close. In his farewell message#, show creator Jonathan Goldstein says: A while ago, we did a radio story that seemed to have stuck with people. We decided to invite listeners down to the CBC and make it into a video. It's all about growing up and how that process never ends. How to Age Gracefully from Andrew Norton on Vimeo Everything changes, some things end to make room for new things: If you're lucky in life you might get to work with people who make you better than you are...
  • In Real Life there are Always More than Two Doors

    Valeria Maltoni
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:36 am
    Reality is complex, it rarely offers two choices. We are often called to make decisions with not much to go on. Because our formative years are the most filled with challenges and choices that will impact our future selves as we are in the process of discovering or deciding who we are, it's important we learn to approach questions from multiple sides. Rebecca Stead's new book, Goodbye Stranger -- a novel about friendship, family, love, and the challenges facing middle school youth today -- deals specifically with those challenges through the perspectives of the people who live them. In an…
  • How to Get Lucky: 13 Techniques for Discovering and Taking Advantage of Life's Good Breaks

    Valeria Maltoni
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:33 am
    “The quality of a decision cannot be based solely on its outcome,” says Nassim Nicholas Taleb in Fooled by Randomness: uncertainty and luck play a larger role in our outcomes than we think a correlation between two types of events does not imply causation most of us have a poor understanding of statistics and the rare random event small differences in performance and ability can cause very large differences in the rewards or difficulties we obtain in life in general we are very irrational beings and are not very good at understanding the probabilities of everyday events rationally What if…
  • Lying is a Cooperative Act: How Good Leaders Learn the Truth

    Valeria Maltoni
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    “A lie has no power whatsoever by its mere utterance,” says Pamela Meyer. “Its power emerges when someone else agrees to believe the lie.” We are not always willing participants. Master forger and con man Henry Oberlander who was active in the 1930s understood human psychology well. “Everyone is willing to give something for whatever it is they desire the most,” he said. This became famous as “Henry's Rule,” and gives us a view into why deception is so profitable. Research reveals the complexity of lying. Meyer says: On a given day, studies show that you may be lied to…
 
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    Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design

  • “You’re Now Free to Complain About the Wi-Fi”

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    LOUIS C.K.’s 2008 viral rant on Conan O’Brien be damned. Seven years later, in-flight Wi-Fi is still maddeningly slow, expensive, and unreliable. Bloomberg: Why Gogo’s Infuriatingly Expensive, Slow Internet Still Owns the Skies The post “You’re Now Free to Complain About the Wi-Fi” appeared first on Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design.
  • Reframing Design

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    ISSUE № 426 of A List Apart reframes the design process: The Language of Modular Design by Alla Kholmatova Goodbye, pages; hello, systems! When we break things down into atomic units, design elements become more scalable and replaceable, easier to test, and quicker to assemble. Alla Kholmatova emphasizes that a shared vocabulary should be the jumping-off point for teams who want to adopt a modular design approach. Let’s start with language, not interfaces. Sharing Our Work: Testing and Feedback in Design by Jessica Harllee Showing your in-progress designs can be scary, but there’s no…
  • On Web Performance

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    15 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    GET READY for Lara Hogan, author of Designing For Performance, as she shares pretty much about everything you’ll need to know to design optimally performant front-end web experiences. It’s one of twelve essential sessions that make An Event Apart Austin 2015 the Southwest’s don’t-miss web design and development event of 2015. The post On Web Performance appeared first on Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design.
  • An Event Apart DC Resources

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    WHETHER you missed the DC show that ended 20 minutes ago, or attended and already want to relive the memories, this chunk’s for you: Articles, Links, and Tools From An Event Apart Washington DC 2015. http://aneventapart.com/news/post/resources-from-an-event-apart-dc-2015 The post An Event Apart DC Resources appeared first on Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design.
  • Web Design Essentials: Resilience

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    RESILIENCE: BUILDING a Robust Web That Lasts by Jeremy Keith. One of twelve hours of essential content at An Event Apart Austin 2015. But if you plan to attend, grab your ticket now. Early bird discount pricing ends Monday, August 10. An Event Apart Austin 2015 The post Web Design Essentials: Resilience appeared first on Zeldman on Web & Interaction Design.
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1051: The “How to Create Better Experiences” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Aug 2015 | 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.] Recently, Fast Company shared an article on “The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.” According to a study by a psychology professor at Cornell University, experiences connect us to other people, give us stories to tell once they’re over, and are harder to compare against when it comes to keeping up with the Joneses. With that in mind,…
  • Newsletter #1050: The “Kids in Restaurants” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    13 Aug 2015 | 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.] There’s been plenty of negative stories in the news lately about clashes between frustrated parents, frustrated customers, and frustrated restaurant owners when it comes to kids and going out to eat. But let’s focus on the places that are doing it right. Here are three great ideas from restaurants that welcome kids: 1. Give them something to take home 2. Don’t forget the…
  • Newsletter #1049: The “Lessons from Connected Cities” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    6 Aug 2015 | 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.] City governments are a lot like businesses. Their customers are their citizens, their product is their town, and their competition is just down the road. And some city governments have gotten creative to connect with their residents, humanize their work, and create a community. Here are three lessons from cities in Australia, Louisiana, and Spain: 1. Trees with email addresses 2. City workers…
  • Doing it right vs. Doing it on time

    Andy Sernovitz
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    You have a choice how to get there: Launch quick, launch big, or launch great.  You can hit a deadline, feel proud, and get a thumbs up from the boss (or investors).  You can follow the very trendy strategy of “minimum viable product” and launch something that’s just OK and make it better later (if people will give you another chance). Or — you can do what you need to do to get it right, which takes patience and enough cash to hold out until you’re ready. (Like this.) In the end, the great product that makes happy customers is the one that wins.  How do you…
  • Service through technology (We’re going to the White House)

    Andy Sernovitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We’re in a time of crappiness in politics — endless roadblocks, complaining, and negativity. But there’s a bright spot in Washington: The amazing work of the US Digital Service. They are teaching government agencies how to build better software. This matters, because each improvement makes life easier for millions of citizens. Faster care for veterans, quicker benefits for seniors, and fewer hassles for all of us. Good government is independent of politics, and we all win when the government gets better at doing good work. Read about their inspiring work here and here.
 
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    @ProBlogger

  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Coming to you live from the depths of Melbourne winter – while the rest of the country (almost) is springing into spring, we’re still freezing our butts off. Fingers crossed we’ll start to see the sun soon! Here’s what I found interesting lately around the web: How to use a $5 Twitter ad To Redefine Your Digital Strategy //  Jon Loomer The Facebook Advertising guy changes tack with a cheap but effective way of getting audience insights on Twitter that you just can’t get anywhere else – advertising gold. 13 Lessons on Viral Content that got 36,177 Shares in…
  • 10 Ways To Stay Productive as a Work-at-Home Blogger

    Guest Blogger
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:04 am
    This is a guest contribution from Larry Alton. Working from home sounds like a pretty cushy job. You can wear whatever you like, eat as often as you want, text your friends, run errands, and be at home with your family, all while being employed. However, that list of things can often make it difficult to accomplish your work. If you’re struggling to find a productive schedule as a freelance blogger, consider these tips. Find Your Groove Everyone has a groove that spurs productivity. Maybe you need to sit in your office chair with the lights off, blinds shut, and a fuzzy blanket on your lap.
  • How One Couple Drastically Changed Their Life by Blogging

    Guest Blogger
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This is a guest contribution from Gina Horkey. Two years ago, my husband and I were just like any other American couple. We were both working in Corporate America, had a one and a half year old and another on the way. Our work schedules and commutes weren’t bad, we just weren’t doing work that we were passionate about. Someone else was also raising our child. It could have been much worse – our son was maybe in daycare for 30 hours per week. And the provider was great! It just wasn’t what we wanted. Plus, with another on the way, daycare was about to get real expensive! Since I’m…
  • How to Drive Traffic to Your Blog Through Your Archived Material on Facebook

    Guest Blogger
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Goodman. I love discovering systems that work in the background so you can focus on your blog. What I’m going to detail is like the concept of compound interest. At the beginning, the effects will be small  – but over time, as the system continues to work and you keep adding into it small bits, it becomes a monster. It involves Facebook. And while much has been said about Facebook’s diminishing reach, it still stands as the best platform to find and gather a purposeful audience and promote a blog. What I want to share with you isn’t how…
  • The Biggest Lesson I Learned About Building a Profitable Blog in 2015

    Darren Rowse
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Episode 38 of the ProBlogger podcast is focused on something I’ve learned in the course of the past year that I think has the potential to transform not only your blogging, but many areas of your life. Today’s episode is personal – my personal journey of the last nine months. I talked about it at the ProBlogger event a few weeks ago now in my opening keynote – an unexpected topic perhaps, but one that I think is so useful as the foundation of everything, including building a profitable blog. The question I want to ask you today is the question we get asked all the…
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  • Attention is a Gift: Once you have my attention, why should I care?

    Brian Solis
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    I’m frustrated that my worth is measured more by the numbers of followers, views or visitors that I have and not the merit or impact of my work. You too must start to feel discontent when it comes to your work being judged on hollow numbers alone. The ability to cause effect or change behavior is true influence and that’s the core of what we stand for. Numbers do not mean much. Without purpose and intention, our work becomes part of the noise and not the signal. It’s easy to fall into this trap though as all day today, you’ll get stuck in meetings where you’ll…
  • What Do You Stand For? #WDYSF

    Brian Solis
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    To change, to make things matter to real people, everything must begin with a new perspective and approach. Ask yourself…What do you stand for? It’s an important question you must answer before expecting anyone to stand alongside you. #WDYSF What is the value you wish to add? What is the value you wish to take away? How does engagement make things better or create new possibilities and opportunities for all involved? No matter how much we say or create, it doesn’t matter. If we do not see it differently, we cannot approach it differently. If we cannot show up humble yet poised to offer…
  • It’s About the Customer Experience; So, Why Is Your Brand Ignoring Customers?

    Brian Solis
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Humans are emotional creatures and they want experiences that engage them as humans. They’re not eyeballs, impressions, views, likes, shares, clickthroughs, or conversions. A few weeks ago, I visited New York on a beautiful summer day to participate in an event that I would love to repeat everywhere around the world. Prophet, a global brand strategy firm that recently acquired Altimeter Group, hosted an intimate event to explore the new horizons of digital customer experience (DCX). I was invited to share my thoughts alongside a very enchanting and sage MaryKay Kopf, CMO at Electrolux.
  • Why Marketers Should Care About Millennials and Anyone Living a Digital Lifestyle

    Brian Solis
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    What is a Millennial, and why should a marketer care? That was the question Adobe’s Simon Nicholson asked me during Adobe Summit EMEA in London earlier this year. I joined Simon in a live chat on the topic and have included the fun, casual yet informative conversation below… Let’s start with this, the definition of Millennials is imprecise, with the consensus being they’re aged around 18-34. But one of the key points that I emphasized in our discussion is that marketers shouldn’t think of Millennials as a generation based on age, but on living a connected lifestyle. I…
  • Like Every Business, We Too Stand on the Path of Disruption

    Guest Author
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Guest post by Jay Samit (@jaysamit), a serial entrepreneur and author of the bestselling book Disrupt You! Your career is going to be disrupted.  I guarantee it.  Office automation is expected to make 40% of the current workforce obsolete by 2020.  3D printing is anticipated to eliminate 320 manufacturing jobs; further impacting the millions of truck drivers replaced by autonomous vehicles.  We are now living in an era of endless innovation where technology continues accelerating exponentially while businesses struggle to adapt arithmetically.  And for all of you who feel secure in a…
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  • There may be good reasons for this, but our convenience is not one of them

    davidw
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    The post There may be good reasons for this, but our convenience is not one of them appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • From the collection of…to your local library

    davidw
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Here’s a sticker I’d like to see inside a book sometime: Let’s say you buy a paper version of a current best-selling book. You read it. You want to have it on your shelf, but you know you’re not going to re-read it for a while. So, why not lend it to your local library? As the owner, you can reclaim it at any time, although maybe your library would prefer you lend it for a known term so that they can count on reducing the number of copies of a bestseller they have to buy. At the end of the loan period, it comes back to you, still warm from the hands of your neighbors .
  • Lake sunset

    davidw
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    (cc) David Weinberger CC-BY The post Lake sunset appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • Morning puzzler

    davidw
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    Here’s an uninteresting photo I took this morning: Here’s my trick question: Which way is up? The post Morning puzzler appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • Remember when a drop didn’t matter?

    davidw
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    I to the world am like a drop of water That in the ocean seeks another drop…—Comedy of Errors1, II:1:199-200 Shakespeare is bringing before us both the vastness of the ocean and the indistinguishability of one drop from another, and maybe even the way in which drops in an ocean are artificial constructs. But for us, “a drop in the ocean” is the standard signifier of an amount so small that it makes no difference at all. A drop in the bucket could still add up to something. A drop in the ocean could not. You can see the power of this image in the startling effect its…
 
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  • Helping San Francisco Vets Get Jobs

    Craig Newmark
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    It's a personal priority to work with effective orgs help vets get jobs and do other good stuff, like preventing vets homelessness and suicide. My deal is to support existing efforts which actually get stuff done. That's particularly true of a group I largely fund, the SF Veterans' Success Center. Folks, note photo of me speaking in that context… From a forthcoming article for California Legionaire Magazine, by Roger S. Dong, Veterans' Success Center Executive Director: Our Successful American Legion Veterans' Success Center Our San Francisco American…
  • 6 Women Using Tech to Change the World

    Craig Newmark
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:58 am
    7 seems to be the unlucky number. Only 7% of all investor money goes to women-led startups, and women only accounted for 7% of the 100 richest tech billionaires. But regardless of whose getting money or who already has it, when someone's really accomplished something good, they deserve the recognition. The following 6 women are really using tech for social good, and are in the middle of changing the world: Vanessa Hurst, Founder & CEO of CodeMontage and Girl Develop It Follow @DBNess Hurst said that at the age of four, she made a promise to try to help people at all times. By the…
  • How Queery, An Inclusive Mobile App, Will Change Online Dating

    Craig Newmark
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Folks, you’ve heard from women-led startups that we’ve interviewed over the last couple months who participated in the Women’s Startup Challenge, including Mina’s List, Kicker, Fam-ess, and On Second Thought. Queery is the latest in our series. My team and I interviewed Queery Founder Hayley Thayer about the LGBTQ mobile app. In 2014, Thayer founded and incubated Queery in a graduate communication course in intimacy and technology with the aim of disrupting online dating experiences. We asked Thayer a few questions, and here's what we found out: Tell us a little about Queery:…
  • Veterans Affairs helps get vets good jobs in IT

    Craig Newmark
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    I feel that vets have earned the opportunity to get the training that gets them good jobs as civilians, and there’re a lot in Information Tech. However, it’s hard to find that training, and hard to make a living during a long training program. The Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced the pilot for its new Accelerated Learning Program, and is opening applications for it today (8/17/2015). Visit the VA website for all the information and application instructions. The deal with ALP is that it helps transitioning service members and Veterans learn new skills and earn new…
  • No Mentor? You Gotta Learn the Hard Way

    Craig Newmark
    13 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    A serious, committed mentor would've really helped me out and saved me from a lot of unnecessary pain. Never had one. On the other hand, sometimes one has to learn things the hard way. From learning that I sucked as a manager to never being clear about my roles at craigslist, I've made lots of mistakes. For example, years ago, I should have been very clear that I deliberately delegated most power at craigslist, stepped down as CEO and shrank my influence internally.  When it became clear that people were running scams and fake PR efforts citing me as decision-maker, I…
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  • Brooklyn | August 2015

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
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  • A photowalk with Lauren. Boston | August 2015.

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    A photowalk with Lauren. Boston | August 2015.
  • Last few days of our Korea trip (day 12, 13 and 14)

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    I have been a bit lazy keeping up this daily journal for my Korea trip this week. I’m writing this from memory while everyone is still sleeping. Right now it’s early Sunday morning in Korea. We left the temple on Thursday and traveled to Muju. The drive was beautiful and we arrived at our destination, the Taekwondo Center It was a convenient place to stop as we eventually needed to drive back to Seoul. I am really glad we did. It’s a fun place and we watched an amazing exhibition. The kids loved it and so did the adults. We also took a mini class with one of the instructors as a group.
  • Korea, day 10 and 11 (overnight at the Buddhist temple)

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    This entire trip seems like one unexpected day after another. We left Busan and made the 3 hour drive to the Green Tea Plantation in Boseong. It’s a gorgeous plantation and I shared a photo on Twitter that day. I discovered a number of things about green tea. The first harvest in the Spring is considered the most desirable and the last harvest in the late summer/fall is the least desirable. The price difference is 7x and the tea is labeled by harvest date here. After a few hours exploring we drove to Gurye to the Hwaeomsa Temple. This Buddhist temple is located in the southwest corner of…
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  • Swift Diary #13: The Addiction

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    I’m at the point with Swift where I get on a roll sometimes. That’s when it gets fun. I know the saying that programming isn’t typing — it’s thinking, and with autocompletion these days it really doesn’t matter how much typing a language requires. Except that that’s not entirely true. Programming is also typing. Or, put another way: a whole bunch of programming is housekeeping. And, for the most part, Objective-C requires a lot more housekeeping than Swift does. You end up with longer lines, twice the amount of files to maintain, imports to manage, types to type, and so on. With…
  • On Scripting

    25 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Graham Lee writes of The death of scripting and The paradox of scripting. But how can scripting be dead? There’s bash, and powershell, and ruby, and…even Perl is still popular among sysadmins. There’s never been a better time to be a programmer or other IT professional trying to automate a task. True, but there’s never been a worse time for someone who doesn’t care about computers to use a computer to automate a task. Apps are in-your-face “experiences” to be “used”, and for the most part can’t be glued together. There are counter-examples, of course — the apps I work…
  • OmniDev Blog

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    At Omni we started a new blog. (With an RSS feed.) I wrote an article: Making Tab-Switching and Scrolling Faster in OmniFocus for Mac. And Tim Ekl has written the first two parts of a series on building push-triggered sync: Building Push-Triggered Sync, Part One: Choosing a Language Building Push-Triggered Sync, Part Two: First Steps Whistle-whetter: we’re using Go. Read all about it. PS I’ve been on my yearly beach vacation. Back now.
  • Swift Diary #12: The P Word

    14 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Guy English writes a Swift Protocol Proposal. It’s worth reading the Twitter discussion. Wooji Juice disagrees, and writes about the genius of Swift protocols. Daniel Jalkut writes about The Seven Stages of Swift. I think I’m inhabiting several of them at once. I’ll try to re-state my issue with protocols again in a simple way. I’m writing a Finder replacement, let’s say. The UI has folders and files. There’s a Folder class and a File class. They’re quite different things, so there’s no class inheritance. I want to represent the file system internally as a tree of Folders and…
  • Swift Diary Page

    13 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    I collected my recent articles on working with Swift on a single page. It’s linked-to at the bottom of every page on the site, so you can find it later.
 
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  • When, Where to Vote Early in the Nashville Run-off Election, 2015

    Rex Hammock
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    (via Hammock.com) Nashville is having a run-off election to determine who its next mayor and several metro council members will be. Election Day is September 10, but early voting began last Friday. To find out exactly where and when early voting takes place, the Nashville.gov website sends you to the Davidson County Election Commission’s webpage. There you can download a PDF of a page filled with SHOUTING-OUT ALL-CAPS listing the time the polls will close. (See accompanying image.) Yikes! Rather than complain, some folks at Hammock decided to create something we could share in the…
  • Newest Guilty Pleasure: Documentary Now

    Rex Hammock
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    This is a full-length episode of IFC’s new Documentary Now. While this is the first season, in the show they are celebrating it as their 50th anniversary season. Only thing I needed to hear was Fred Amisen and Bill Hader. This episode: Think Nova meets Portlandia meets Vice, but primarily the latter two. Classic: Helen Mirren’s PBS-esque opening. Other episodes satirize other documentary clichés. More clips from the show found here. Warning: Probably not for those who don’t understand the phrase, “Portlandia meets Vice.” Related posts: Brad Feld’s tips…
  • Hey, Let’s Put on a Show

    Rex Hammock
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you live in Nashville and are looking for a fun way to spend an hour on a Thursday night, here’s a suggestion: Attend the The Ben & Morey Show. I know, I know. This blog is not where you turn for live entertainment tips, but stick with me. First, I must explain, the Ben & Morey Show is a television show, except without the TV. Or perhaps a radio show or podcast, without those either. Perhaps it is streamed, but I’m not sure of that, either. Or maybe it’s available via Periscope. I have no doubt they’ll make it to Periscope one day. For now, however,…
  • A Good Day for Nashville

    Rex Hammock
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    (Note: I posted this originally for friends on my Facebook account, but decided I should add it here so that one day, when I forget where I posted it, it will be here.) For those of you who do not live in Nashville, the following item is about a mayoral election we had yesterday — the culmination of a year-long (or longer) campaign between seven candidates in which incredibly large amounts of money were spent by most of the candidates. We now have a run-off between two candidates who, in my opinion, would both would be great mayors. I am relieved this morning, knowing that…
  • Competitive Outrage

    Rex Hammock
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I haven’t commented on the outrage of the week, the killing of Zimbabwe’s “most beloved lion,” Cecil, by a big game hunting dentist from Minnesota named Walter Palmer. By the time I was aware of the Cecil killing, the internet outrage was far more than anything I could come up with, so I passed even tweeting about it. Besides, the only thing I could think of to say that I hadn’t seen before was how white the dentist’s teeth were — obviously, a Photoshop job. The competitive nature of internet outrage is fascinating. My recent post about the…
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  • Change

    Gerard McLean
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    Mårup Kirke is a small church outside of the town of Lønstrup on the far northwest coast of Denmark overlooking the North Sea. Since 1250 until 2008, it sat silently weathering the winds of northern Denmark and defying the erosion of the North Sea. In 1808, a British frigate on it’s way from England to […]
  • My 2015 SXSW takeaway

    Gerard McLean
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    This is the absolute best session of 2015 SXSW. It is an hour long, but if you are into books, worth the listen.
  • On the mend

    Gerard McLean
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:28 pm
    After some strange neuropathy a few years ago put my banjo-playing on an indefinite hold, I tuned and attempted a roll today. It wasn’t that good, but it’s a start.
  • Interview: Adroyt

    Gerard McLean
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:52 pm
    I was interviewed by Saxon Henry for Adroyt. Saxon Henry helped me structure the book through her blog-to-book strategy, one of her services. It was an extremely rewarding process she wanted to have me share so that others who might be struggling to publish a collection of works might be inspired to take the leap. […]
  • Influence

    Gerard McLean
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:15 am
    Today I discovered entirely by accident that I had deeply affected someone else’s life. It was not my intention to do so; I was merely living my own. Fortunately, the affect was a positive one. It is intimately humbling and terrifying to think another human being would make life choices based on something I said […]
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    Derek Sivers

  • “Just tell me what to do”: compressing books into directives

    Derek Sivers
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Internalizing books Wanting to be successful, I’ve always read every book I thought could help. Even if a book had just one useful insight, it was worth the $20 and my time spent reading and thinking. A few years ago, I realized I was forgetting the lessons I’d learned from past books. So I started taking detailed notes while reading, saving every important idea. I wanted to permanently remember what I’d learned, and act on it. I saved these notes as text files and put them on my phone, so I could review them often. Now I also share them on my site at sivers.org/book. There are over 200…
  • Simplify: move code into database functions

    Derek Sivers
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    If you are a web or API developer, programming code that uses an SQL database, this is for you. I’ve found a very different and useful way to structure code. It’s made such a big difference for me that I had to share it here. How things are Most web development — whether custom or using frameworks like Rails, Django, Laravel, Sinatra, Flask, and Symfony — tends to work the same way: At the core is a database, which is just the storage of data. All intelligence is in Ruby/Python/PHP/JavaScript classes. Why that’s bad These norms have some dangerous implications: Everything must go…
  • Getting out of a bad place

    Derek Sivers
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This was actually a private email to a good friend. But he loved it and forwarded it to some people, and they all suggested I should post it on my site. Hey B - A few months ago I was in a really bad place. Really upset ALL the time about the whole situation. Couldn’t think straight. Very reactionary. Wanting to make some big drastic change, just to ease the discomfort of uncertainty — that pain of living with an unknown future. You’re definitely in that place now. So here’s how I got out. Maybe it helps. #1. Ask myself “What’s wrong RIGHT NOW?” — this very second. Am I in…
  • 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…
 
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