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  • NakedJen and word-wrap

    Scripting News
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I was talking with NakedJen today and it occurred to me that she might not know about word wrapping. She was putting hard returns at the end of every line in Fargo. This meant that when she wanted to remove a few words, she had to manually rewrap the lines below. I showed how, if she just continued to type at the end of a line, the computer would do the wrapping for her. It was a revelation! She had been using computers 25 years without knowing they could do this. When you think about it, it makes sense -- if you learned how to write on a typewriter it might never occur to you. That's how I…
  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Collision hours
    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Bryce Roberts riffs on an idea presented by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh: collision hours. The idea is called "collision hours" and Tony posits that the success of the [Las Vegas] downtown project hangs on creating spaces to maximize "collisionable" hours. What is a collision you may be asking? It's simply colliding with new people and ideas. Sharing your own and being open to others. It's unfiltered serendipity. Stepping onto the street, or into the cafe, or into the conference and making an effort to collide with as many people and ideas in a designated timeframe. And being open to the…
  • [Video] My SXSW14 Keynote!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    Gary Vaynerchuk
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Honestly this could apply to any event or conference. Stick around for some really really solid Q&A and some even better beatboxing. This event was a blast.  
  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

    Charlene Li
    Charlene Li
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    I’m passionate about Open Leadership, and the imperative to be open, authentic and transparent in the way we lead. This is all the more important when looking at how to engage employees, and tapping them for the bright shiny object de jour “employee advocacy”. To that end, my colleague Jon Cifuentes and I are working […] The post Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy appeared first on Charlene Li.
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    Scripting News

  • NakedJen and word-wrap

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I was talking with NakedJen today and it occurred to me that she might not know about word wrapping. She was putting hard returns at the end of every line in Fargo. This meant that when she wanted to remove a few words, she had to manually rewrap the lines below. I showed how, if she just continued to type at the end of a line, the computer would do the wrapping for her. It was a revelation! She had been using computers 25 years without knowing they could do this. When you think about it, it makes sense -- if you learned how to write on a typewriter it might never occur to you. That's how I…
  • Google Glass smells bad

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Scoble was at Coachella, an outdoor concert, and took his Google Glass off. Scoble did that. The original whore of Glass. He tells an interesting story. People don't like the association. How I think of it: Google Glass has a bad smell. It's connected to the bus protests in SF. All the publicity about the 1 percent and the NSA news, Google gets black eyes all the time and never grows from it. Just like Microsoft in the 90s. People who think of themselves as super geniuses are awful at listening. The message is this: 1. We love technology. 2. But we want to be creative with it, not be owned by…
  • Bare-bones Heroku do

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Every time I want to start up a new Heroku app, I go through the same process, and I thought rather than figure it out every time, I'd just document it here once, and look it up. Note: This is more general than my Heroku How To, which shows you how to set up a Fargo Publisher app. This is for any app. Come up with a name. Write it down. I'm using bingBing33 for this howto. Create a folder to hold the app. Say it's /myworld/bingBing33/ Save your JavaScript file in there, say it's main.js. Create a package.json file in the folder. Follow the pattern in this file. In Terminal, enter these…
  • WordPress-to-OPML source

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    As promised, I have released the source for the server that converts a WordPress blog into a single Fargo-editable outline. It's written in JavaScript and runs in node.js. The format is OPML, which has many other uses. It's provided under the MIT license. BTW, you'll find a link to this server and all my other source releases in the GitHub menu at the top of every post on this blog.
  • WordPress to OPML, working!

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    Fargo 1.54 is out. It's the first version with the ability to download a WordPress site as a single Fargo outline. I will release the source code for this project. It's written in JavaScript, runs in node.js. The format is OPML, but the server app could put out any format you like, with modifications of course. I want to do a some testing before releasing it. As a demo, here's the OPML source for the Rebooting the News site. This release has no user interface largely because I'm not sure what kind of UI it should have. I want to see how it works for users first before nailing that down.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The generosity boomerang

    Seth Godin
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:40 am
    Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful.        
  • Does corporate trust have to be an oxymoron?

    Seth Godin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:20 am
    Brands are based on trust. Corporations extract enormous value from the relationships they have with suppliers, employees, partners and customers. Yes, it's possible to trust a corporation, we do it all the time. But it's not free. The two key choices a brand makes to be trusted in the long run: 1. You will postpone profit-taking. There are always shortcuts available to you, always ways to make money sooner rather than later, plenty of chances to do a little less or charge a little more. 2. You will do things that are difficult. We know it’s not easy or convenient for you to keep every…
  • Trapped by linkbait

    Seth Godin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    After reading a magazine article by a freelancer, I clicked over to his blog. It was part of a bigger media site, and it contained more than a hundred articles. Every single one of them was formulaic. The standard linkbait headline: ([Integer between 5 and 10] WAYS to [action verb like avoid or stumble or demolish] [juicy adjective like stupid or embarrassing or proven] [noun]. Every article was edited to exactly the length thought to maximize page views and every single article was boring. Sometimes he got to end his headlines with a question mark, but that was the extent of the humanity…
  • "How do I get rid of the fear?"

    Seth Godin
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Alas, this is the wrong question. The only way to get rid of the fear is to stop doing things that might not work, to stop putting yourself out there, to stop doing work that matters. No, the right question is, "How do I dance with the fear?" Fear is not the enemy. Paralysis is the enemy.        
  • Saying 'thank you' in public, three times

    Seth Godin
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Earlier this year, I launched two ongoing classes on Skillshare: One is on the thinking necessary to invent and launch a new business and the other is for marketers of all kinds. I'm grateful to everyone who has posted a kind review, launched a useful new project or shared the course so far... But mostly, I want to thank the people at Skillshare: the software does exactly what they promised, and they're kind and a delight to work with. Yesterday, Typepad was assaulted by a DDOS attack that brought the service to its knees. The team there really rose to the occasion, communicated clearly and…
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  • Collision hours

    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Bryce Roberts riffs on an idea presented by Zappos founder Tony Hsieh: collision hours. The idea is called "collision hours" and Tony posits that the success of the [Las Vegas] downtown project hangs on creating spaces to maximize "collisionable" hours. What is a collision you may be asking? It's simply colliding with new people and ideas. Sharing your own and being open to others. It's unfiltered serendipity. Stepping onto the street, or into the cafe, or into the conference and making an effort to collide with as many people and ideas in a designated timeframe. And being open to the…
  • The origins of the moonwalk

    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    We all know Michael Jackson invented the moonwalk on-stage during a performance of Billy Jean at the Motown 25th Anniversary show. What this video presupposes is, maybe he didn't? What the video shows is that as early as the 1930s, performers such as Fred Astaire, Bill Bailey, Cab Calloway, and Sammy Davis Jr. were doing something like the moonwalk. Now, Jackson didn't get the move from any of these sources, not directly anyway. As Jackson's choreographer Jeffrey Daniel explains, he got the moves from The Electric Boogaloos street dance crew and, according to LaToya Jackson, instructed…
  • HBO shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video

    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    HBO is licensing some of their shows exclusively to Amazon for streaming on their Prime Instant Video service. Here's the scoop: Beginning May 21, Amazon Prime members will have unlimited streaming access to: - All seasons of revered classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire, Deadwood, Rome and Six Feet Under, and of recent favorites such as Eastbound & Down, Enlightened and Flight of the Conchords - Epic miniseries, including Angels in America, Band of Brothers, John Adams, The Pacific and Parade's End - Select seasons of current series such as Boardwalk Empire, Treme and True Blood Game…
  • Image copy/paste

    Jason Kottke
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    Project Naptha is a browser extension that lets you copy text from images on the web. Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image. I was skeptical of this actually working, but it totally does...try it on xkcd or Frank Sinatra's "loosen up" letter to George Michael for example. The translation and editing features aren't enabled yet, but the…
  • Tim's Vermeer

    Jason Kottke
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    It's been suggested that perhaps Johannes Vermeer painted his exacting masterpieces with the help of mirrors and lenses. Tim Jenison learned of these suggestions and started to study the problem. He was in no rush. His R&D period lasted five years. He went to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. "Looking at their Vermeers," he says, "I had an epiphany" -- the first of several. "The photographic tone is what jumped out at me. Why was Vermeer so realistic? Because he got the values right," meaning the color values. "Vermeer got it right in ways that the eye couldn't see. It looked to me like…
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • [Video] My SXSW14 Keynote!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Honestly this could apply to any event or conference. Stick around for some really really solid Q&A and some even better beatboxing. This event was a blast.  
  • [Infographic] Pinterest Sells! Here’s How to Do It

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Interior design, food photography, weddings, and MASON JARS! This is how you take advantage of the strong intent to buy present in so many Pinterest users. I’ll also add that putting up a board full of awesome infographics works pretty well too
  • [Infographic] Getting Weird on Vine

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    If you’re talking to teens or people in their early 20′s, Vine is an absolute MUST. Get on there and get weird. You’ll be noticed for it.  
  • [Infographic] You Can Win on Google+ and Here is How

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Google+ isn’t just for Google employees! It’s the perfect place to show off your high-res photos and… ok it’s great for nerds, too.
  • [Infographic] What Works on LinkedIn? This Does.

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    LinkedIn: Log on. Make decks. Get money.
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    Charlene Li

  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

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

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

    Charlene Li
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    This post is part of Altimeter’s Trends to Watch in 2014.  To kick off the new year, here are seven trends I’m following closely in my research at Altimeter, inspired by my conversations with clients, keynote audiences, social media communities, and very generous thought leaders. The list is not exhaustive of what is important, but […] The post Disruptive Trends to Watch in 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014

    Charlene Li
    30 Dec 2013 | 10:59 am
    This past year has been a busy one for me and Brian Solis on the research front. We’ve published the following: Report on the six stages of social business evolution Report on the true state of social business in 2013, An ebook on seven success factors of social business strategy An image-rich slide deck complete with all the graphs and charts you […] The post Infographic: State of Social Business 2013 and Outlook for 2014 appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • New Report: Social Media Education for Employees

    Charlene Li
    5 Dec 2013 | 12:35 pm
    Last year, we asked companies about their top social strategy priorities. The second top response was “Developing Internal Education and Training.” Yet, when we surveyed companies earlier this year, we saw that only 38% had any education program in place, beyond ad hoc efforts. Over the past few quarters, we identified a number of large […] The post New Report: Social Media Education for Employees appeared first on Charlene Li.
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    Daring Fireball

  • The Upshot on Apple’s Stock Split

    John Gruber
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Neil Irwin, writing for the NYT’s new sub-site, The Upshot: But there’s another way of looking at it. Warren Buffett, the legendary investor, has avoided splitting shares of his Berkshire Hathaway so resolutely that each one now trades at a whopping $190,800 per Class A share. (He has bowed to practicality — and the fact that most people can’t invest nearly $200,000 for a single share of a stock — by introducing Class B shares that now go for a more reasonable $127 each). Mr. Buffett’s logic has been that trying to game the market by doing stock splits attracts the…
  • Apple Reports Second-Quarter Earnings

    John Gruber
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Dan Miller, reporting for Macworld: iPhone sales were up 17 percent compared to the second quarter last year (43.7 million phones sold versus 37.4 million the year before). Revenues from the smartphones were up, too, from $22.95 billion to $26.06 billion, an increase of 13 percent. The iPhone now accounts for fully 57 percent of Apple’s overall revenues (up from 53 percent last year). In his comments, Apple CEO Tim Cook said demand for each of the three current iPhone models (the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 4s) has been stronger than predecessor (a pointed rebuke, perhaps, to those who…
  • FCC, in ‘Net Neutrality’ Turnaround, Plans to Allow Fast Lane

    John Gruber
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Edward Wyatt, reporting for the NYT: The new rules, according to the people briefed on them, will allow a company like Comcast or Verizon to negotiate separately with each content company — like Netflix, Amazon, Disney or Google — and charge different companies different amounts for priority service. That, of course, could increase costs for content companies, which would then have an incentive to pass on those costs to consumers as part of their subscription prices. Proponents of net neutrality have feared that such a framework would empower large, wealthy companies and prevent…
  • ‘Far, Far Away From Your Parents’

    John Gruber
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Speaking of HBO Go, these new commercials are brilliant. (Via John Moltz.)  ★ 
  • Amazon Gets Rights to Stream Old HBO Shows

    John Gruber
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Peter Kafka: That means Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to see shows that have already run on HBO, like “The Sopranos” and “The Wire.” And they can also watch older seasons of some shows that are still on the air, like “Girls,” three years after they air. It’s the first time HBO has offered access to its catalog via a streaming video service that’s not its own HBO Go. And it gives Amazon an important bragging right/differentiation point as it tries to gain ground on rival Netflix. People familiar with the deal say HBO did not shop the catalog to Netflix or other…
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  • Airbnb Blooms an Entire Ecosystem of Startups

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Airbnb valued at $10b –without owning a single bed, room, or building Airbnb, worth over $10 billion after only six short years, is one of the fastest growing hospitality brands in the world – yet they don’t own a single hotel room. This two-sided marketplace of guests and hosts, has built an entire economy out of idle rooms and homes, tapping into social trends of going more local, global recession, and enabling technology like mobile, social and cloud services. An ecosystem of startups emerges in orbit Like Apple’s iTunes, Facebook’s app platform, and…
  • How I’m experimenting with Life-as-a-Service

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Is life-as-a-service efficient or lazy? I say yes. Life delivered, or rented, on-demand. What does “life as a service” mean? It means one’s lifestyle needs are obtained on-demand, or as a subscription service, rather than having to purchase or acquire them through traditional commerce models. To best understand the collaborative economy market, I’m trying to live it within my own personal life as well as my business life. This means that I can rent or borrow goods rather than own them. It also means the things that I want can be delivered to me without me having to visit…
  • A Taxonomy Of The Collaborative Economy –And What Brands Are Doing About It.

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Confused about how crowdfunding, maker movement and sharing fit into the larger Collaborative Economy? This diagram brings all of these trends together into one so you can see how the crowd is getting what they need from each other – rather than buying from traditional corporations. Find out why more than 40,000 people have viewed the full report “Sharing is the new buying” for the complete study. Above Graphic: This image distills this large movement of over 9000 startups into a single diagram by five families, eleven classes, and a sample of district startups. Working closely…
  • Collaborative Economy Adoption is Going to Double

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Respondents in the largest study in the new peer-to-peer economy reported that they plan to double usage in next 12 months. Brands must develop a strategy in this new market and avoid being bypassed from peer-to-peer economic models. Above Graphic: Dark colored bars indicate adoption in last 12 months, light colored bars indicate adoption in next 12 months; this nascent market is quickly growing. Read the full report which surveyed over 90,000 people: Sharing is the New Buying This post is a section of a March 2013 report on the collaborative economy, in which I partnered with Vision…
  • The White House Embraces the Maker Movement

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Large companies seek signals from market leaders on future trends –so they can align their plans in the right direction. One clear signal that rings loud and clear is the United States White House’s commitment to innovation in the Maker Movement. The Maker Movement, which we consider part of the larger Collaborative Economy, empowers people to build their own goods in their community and offering it to others in a global marketplace. They use simple wood working tools, create new types of food, or tap advanced technologies like 3D printing. Crowd Companies was honored to host the…
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  • Body and Brain

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The common view of human behavior is that thinking causes doing.In recent years science has discovered this situation to be more of a bi-directional thing. For example, studies show that forcing a smile can lead to greater happiness. Most of you already knew that factoid. And obviously you understand that events in your environment and various sensations in your body can influence your mood and your thinking.But I'll bet most of you hold the view that for the most part your thoughts lead to actions and that's 95% of the story of you. Lately I've come to the opposing view. I think…
  • Coincidence or Conspiracy?

    21 Apr 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.  ------The New York Times reports that negotiations over Iran's nuclear program have been productive. The article makes a…

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    You probably heard about a recent study that the media interpreted as showing evidence that the United States is sort of an oligarchy. Cue ominous music.The authors of the study in question didn't use the word oligarchy because the study doesn't support that conclusion. But the media sounded the oligarchy sirens anyway because that's how one creates news where there is none.MSNBC, a skilled manufacturer of artificial news, led with this headline: "U.S. more oligarchy than democracy, study suggests."The first bit of context that MSNBC and others in the news removed from…
  • The Snowden Presidency

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I'm doubling down on my prediction that Edward Snowden will someday return to the United States, run for president on a third-party platform, and win in a landslide.This assumes two things, both of which seem likely to me:1. Snowden someday gets a presidential pardon or he decides to come back and endure a public trial that he wins because 12 jurors of his peers won't convict the guy who went after the government on their behalf.2. The government of the U.S. continues its downward spiral of credibility.I wasn't sure Snowden was smart enough to pull off a presidential win until I…
  • Things I Can't Do

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I'm starting to get alarmed about my ever-shrinking attention span. When you combine my gnat-like attention span with the creeping complexity of life and my infinite to-do list it renders simple tasks impossible.For example, every now and then I have to write an old-timey check. The entire process takes less than a minute, but I can't concentrate long enough to fill in the date and amount without my mind wandering and my hand doing automatic writing on whatever topic is passing through. About one-third of my checks these days look like this:Date: 4/17/14Amount: 170.25Written amount:…
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  • It’s Indie Time

    Doc Searls
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:55 am
    Aral Balkan is doing a bang-up job getting Indie rolling as an adjectival meme. He’s doing it with his Indie Phone, Indie Tech Manifesto and a talk titled Free is a Lie. To put the Indie movement in context, it helps to realize that it’s been on the tech road at least since 1964, when Paul Baran, one of the Internet’s architects, gave us this design for a network: Meaning the one on the right. The one on the left was common in those days and the one in the middle was considered inevitable. But the one on the right was radical. First, it reduced to one the “attack…
  • Today’s tabs

    Doc Searls
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Market intelligence that flows both ways. It’s about the real Internet of Things. Not the Compuserve+Prodigy+AOL variety in development today. Unless we build on open source and standards, the IoT won’t be near as big as Business Insider says it will be. What I’ll be doing this coming Wednesday. Marketing in the age of VRM and customer engagement. Liking “your favorite brand” might mean you can’t sue them. Nice props from Darren Herman of Mozilla for VRM and The Intention Economy. Many friends and colleagues made the latest Knight News Challenge cut. A…
  • Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

    Doc Searls
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    In her blog post explaining the Brendan Eich resignation, Mitchell Baker, Chair of the Mozilla Foundation, writes, “We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.” In Mozilla is Human, Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Foundation, adds, “What we also need to do is start a process of rebirth and renewal. We need to find our soul and our spirit.” That spirit is embodied in the Mozilla Manifesto. But it goes deeper than that: all the way back to Mosaic, the ur-browser from which Firefox is…
  • Weekend linkings

    Doc Searls
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Infrastructure Robert McMillan in Wired: How Heartbleed Broke the Internet — And Why It Can Happen Again Dan Kaminsky: Be still my breaking heart (also on Heartbleed) Connectivity Infrastructure (a piece I wrote for Linux Journal in 2002) Opening Minds to the Spheres Among Us (this month’s column for Linux Journal) Returning to Ground from the Web’s Clouds (January’s column for Linux Journal) Mozilla Mitchell Baker (of Mozilla): Brendan Eich Steps Down as Mozilla CEO. Where to start. David Flanagan (of Mozilla) in Medium: For the Record and the Tragedy of Mozilla. What…
  • Cars as crucibles for personal autonomy

    Doc Searls
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    From Merriam-Webster: cru·ci·ble noun\ˈkrü-sə-bəl\ : a pot in which metals or other substances are heated to a very high temperature or melted : a difficult test or challenge : a place or situation that forces people to change or make difficult decisions This is what cars will become. The difficult decision is where to draw the line between what the owner/driver controls and what the maker/seller controls. On one side is the owner/driver’s sovereignty over his or her own vehicle (more about this below). This includes the right to hack or customize that vehicle, to obtain and…
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  • Counting The Hits

    Fred Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Venture Capital is a hits business. All of the returns come from the top cohort of investments. So figuring out how many “hits” there are over a given time period turns out to be a useful exercise. Aileen Lee posted her attempt to do that on TechCrunch a while back. I countered with a post of my own on the topic. Those two posts started William Mougayar on a long process to figure out what the right number is. This week he published his findings. William has found 235 global “tech” companies that were started since 2000 that have gone on to be valued at north of…
  • CrowdRise

    Fred Wilson
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:36 am
    Yesterday the news broke about our most recent investment, CrowdRise. I wrote a bit about it yesterday on I thought I’d add some thoughts here as well. Many of our best investments came to us over time. We did not invest the first time we met them, or the second, or the third. CloudFlare was like that, SoundCloud was like that, Behance was like that. Zynga was like that. FeedBurner was like that. And CrowdRise was like that. I told the story of how I met them in 2010 and we did not invest until 2014 in the post yesterday. Many things, like wine, get better over time.
  • Valuations?

    Fred Wilson
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:10 am
    I just listened to this podcast with Marc Andreessen, Chris Dixon, and Benedict Evans. And since the post I was going to write today is now delayed until tomorrow, I will simply run the podcast as my post of the day. Lot’s of great stuff in here. I particularly liked the bit (about 17.5 mins in) where Marc says “there’s no public market bet on bitcoin, there’s no public market bet on crowdfunding, etc, etc”.  We’ve got those bets and I hope we can share them with the public markets someday
  • Employee Equity: Too Little?

    Fred Wilson
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:47 am
    Sam Altman, who is now running YC, has a good post on employee equity that has been making the rounds this weekend. He makes four observations about employee equity: - employees don’t get enough - the requirement to exercise quickly upon leaving is painful - the tax treatment of options is closer to salary than stock - companies don’t tell employees enough about their stock and related information I generally agree with the latter three points. But I am not sold on the first point. We have seen some of our portfolio companies make very large grants to early employees and that ends…
  • Video Of The Week: The Gotham Gal on TWIST

    Fred Wilson
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Last summer, The Gotham Gal went on Jason Calacanis’ show, This Week In Startups. I had never watched it until this morning. It’s fun to see two people who know each other well (they worked together in the late 90s) do a conversation. It’s an hour long but there is some good stuff in here.
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • The Next Vegas Will Be A City That Lets You Truly Disappear – If Only For A While

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The post The Next Vegas Will Be A City That Lets You Truly Disappear – If Only For A While appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.(image) My daily reading took me to two places today – to Compton, California, well-known for its crime to anyone who grew up in LA (as I did), and to this NYT piece, which muses that the city, once the place we went to disappear, is likely to be the first place where anonymity is no longer guaranteed. (Not coincidentally, Pell found both pieces as well in his excellent NextDraft). The Compton story informs us that for one month in 2012, the…
  • Else 4.21.14: It’s (Almost) All Google

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    The post Else 4.21.14: It’s (Almost) All Google appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.Welcome back to Else – I took a week off for Spring break, so this covers two weeks of the best stories related to the work I’m doing on the book. Reflecting an increased focus on Google, this edition of Else is flush with Google news, from its purchase of Titan Aerospace to its unusual willingness to show us a peek behind the curtain of Google X. Google also had a confounding earnings release, took steps to consolidate power in the hands of its founders (again), and had an…
  • What Is Google?

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The post What Is Google? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.Every so often it’s fun to see what Google says about itself via its autocomplete function. For your enjoyment, a few choice images:                   The post What Is Google? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.
  • Else 4.7.14: So Much Information, Precious Little Insight

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The post Else 4.7.14: So Much Information, Precious Little Insight appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.Reading over my picks from the past week, I noticed a strong theme – we’re using more and more apps, creating more and more data, but we’re not seeing the true value we might from connecting all the dots. Sure, the NSA is – and Facebook, Google, and other large platforms are as well. But imagine what happens when *we* get those insights?! A move from the center (big platforms) to the node (us) of the information ecosystem seems imminent… Apps…
  • Introducing #Climate

    3 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    The post Introducing #Climate appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. As many of you know, each year I write a set of predictions about the industry – this year, however, I had a bit of a hard time getting going. The reason? A persistent sense of “existential anxiety” around climate change. In Predictions 2014: A Difficult Year To See, I wrote: I’ve been mulling these predictions for months, yet one overwhelming storm cloud has been obscuring my otherwise consistent forecasting abilities. The subject of this cloud has nothing – directly – to do with…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Looking into The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Let’s take a break from the business news cycle. I love the news and I’ve covered it for a decade: what new startup is launching, why a stock price just moved, who’s being hired or fired. But there’s a whole universe of fascinating stories waiting to be covered about what’s old in business. That’s why we’re launching The Distance, a new online magazine featuring original journalism about bootstrapped businesses that are at least 25 years old. If you’ve ever been curious about your favorite family-owned restaurant or that little shop on the…
  • Basecamp at C2E2 This Weekend!

    21 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo is this weekend and we’re really excited to announce that Basecamp will be sponsoring designer toy maker, Shawnimals at the show! Shawnimals uses Basecamp to make awesome stuff, from plush ninjas to recycled sketchbooks. The show runs from April 25th–27th, so come by booth 655 to say hi and pick up a limited edition Happy Sherpa plush!
  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Performance tuning is a fun sport, but how you’re keeping score matters more than you think, if winning is to have real impact. When it comes to web applications, the first mistake is start with what’s the easiest to measure: server-side generation times. In Rails, that’s the almighty X-Runtime header — reported to the 6th decimal of a second, for that extra punch of authority. A clear target, easily measured, and in that safe realm of your own code to make it appear fully controllable and scientific. But what good is saving off milliseconds for a 50ms internal target,…
  • Marketing around situations

    Mig Reyes
    11 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Before he made The Simpsons, Matt Groening’s famous comics and illustrations graced the covers of Apple brochures. The writing inside—from 1989, mind you—still does a great job selling the Mac. Instead of blanket marketing a one-size-fits-all message, Apple took the time to speak to every situation a person is in. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, the Mac is there to put order back in your life. If you’re unemployed, the Mac is there to help you chase a career. If you’re a habitual procrastinator, the Mac is there for your spark of productivity. They’re listening to us, and our…
  • Another Chapter

    1 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    So, a few years ago Dana Brunetti at Trigger Street Productions (Social Network and Captain Philips) got in touch with us after reading our book, REWORK. He loved the themes and the overall story of how our company came to be. Some time passed and we hadn’t heard anything… Until a week ago. We’re super-excited to let you know that Netflix Originals has decided to take on the project and turn our little book into a feature film! Martyn Burke was brought on to write the screenplay and Gwyneth Horder-Payton will direct. Filming is supposed to start sometime this spring and we…
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  • Freaks Book Release Week

    Chris Brogan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Hi there! If you’re even vaguely considering getting my new book, The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth, but are on the fence, here’s my big attempt to convince you, especially since this week is a big week in ensuring the success of its release. So, it’s my job to entice you and convince you and it’s your job to see if this book is for you. Deal? Can’t see the video? Click Here Are You a Freak? In the parlance of this book, a freak is someone obsessed with excellence and a deep understanding of their domain. Marc Ecko is a freak about design and apparel and deep…
  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

    Chris Brogan
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    I was looking at the news flow stream thing on LinkedIn just now. Don’t ask. But you know, I thought I’d see if anything was worth my time. I found that pretty much every post fell into two categories: “go to my thing” or “read my bland and boring article.” So, a fun idea came to mind. 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People Use graphics everyone else would use. Especially people in suits or weird stick men and dollar signs. Make sure you use a number in the post title, unless it’s an event. Then just say “new event” or “premier…
  • The Single Most Effective Change I Made to My Digital Presence

    Chris Brogan
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People ask me quite often whether the world of social media has changed much. The answer is yes. It’s changed a lot. There are lots of details to think about. I’ll give you those. But I also wanted to share the single most effective change I made to my digital presence. What’s Changed In Social Media Here’s a quick list: Then: conversational. Now: promotional. Then: thoughtful sharing. Now: shovel it over the wall. Then: “I’m hungry for lots of great information.” Now: “I’m drowning in information.” Then: just being here is great!
  • On the Occasion of my 44th Birthday

    Chris Brogan
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today, I turn 44 years old. First, I don’t feel especially old. In fact, I’m in the best health and shape of my life (thank you, fitness journey). Do I feel more wise? I wouldn’t go that far, or at least not in the way that you’d think it would keep me out of trouble. I learn by failing. Wisdom comes with that learning. I’m grateful for the love of a strong woman. I’m thrilled to be a dad to two really smart and funny kids. I’m blessed to have two amazing parents. And I’m lucky to have the support and connection of friends and allies like you.
  • Portland, Oregon – I’m Part of #pdxpioneer

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ll be in Portland, Oregon to speak at Chris Guillebeau’s Pioneer Nation event. It’s built for Owners. Are you in Portland? My Business Intentions for #pdxpioneer I have one goal in mind while speaking at Pioneer Nation: to convince you that the freaks shall inherit the earth. But I’m not going to sell my book. I’m not going to sell my business services (though if you subscribed to my newsletter, I’d be grateful, and if you started in on the Owner’s Mastery Foundation Group, I would LOVE you.
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  • “There Goes Our Love Again”

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Hour one of twelve hours standing on Saturday. Not going to complain because look at that scenery.
  • My weekend in the desert

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Sure the dress code is "hipster Stevie Nicks" but next time I'm wearing compression socks and no one can stop me.
  • Her direwolf

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Not as big as the ones you'll find in books written by paleontologists, but her bark makes up for all of that.
  • Snuggle screen time

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Daughter, sister and long-suffering teacher.
  • And, lo, the battle continues

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    A portrait of the artist that is so misleading you wouldn't forgive him either if you knew the truth.
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Chris Brogan Is a Proud Freak

    John Jantsch
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Chris Brogan Is a Proud Freak written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Chris Brogan My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Chris Brogan, founder of Owner magazine and author of The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators Chris Brogan has embarked on a bit of a mission. He’s proudly telling his story and the story of many others who might not always end up on tidily scripted news shows. Brogan is calling them…
  • How to Social Surround Your Customers and Prospects

    John Jantsch
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    How to Social Surround Your Customers and Prospects written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: aenimation via photopin cc While the title of this post could sound a little stalkerish, the fact is you can better serve your customers and attract new ones when you use social media to create a more complete picture of your ideal customer’s world. Employing tools and routines that give you a deeper glimpse into what your customers care about, are doing each day, can’t find enough of, are looking for, just accomplished, just…
  • Weekend Favs April Nineteen

    John Jantsch
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    Weekend Favs April Nineteen 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: – Very nice presentation tool that allows you to create a video with your slides next to them –…
  • The Power of Video Throughout the Customer Journey

    Guest Post
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Power of Video Throughout the Customer Journey written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It is guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is from Brad Jefferson – Enjoy!  The business benefits of video for brand discovery, web traffic and customer engagement have been widely documented over the years. But do people really find videos helpful in making purchasing decisions? In a recent survey of more than 1,000 U.S. adults, we learned that videos created by businesses really do help people make more confident shopping…
  • 4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect 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 is Rohan Ayyar – Enjoy! photo credit: shutterhacks on Flickr Inbound marketing and social media participation for brands are one of the most effective promotion tactics today. The whole world of marketing is now skewed towards “earning customers” instead of “buy, beg, or buy your way in” that outbound marketers follow, if this Inbound vs. Outbound…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Gecko-like adhesives now work on real-world surfaces

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    The integrated tendon-skin morphology in the gecko foot (credit: UMass Amherst) University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers report in Advanced Materials how they have expanded their design theory to allow Geckskin to adhere powerfully to a wider variety of surfaces found in most homes such as drywall, wood, and metal, not just glass — an elusive goal of many research teams across the world. “Imagine sticking your tablet on a wall to watch your favorite movie and then moving it to a new location when you want, without the need for pesky holes in your painted wall,” says polymer…
  • Excitons observed in action for the first time

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    Diagram of an exciton within a tetracene crystal, used in these experiments, shows the line across which data was collected. That data, plotted below as a function of both position (horizontal axis) and time (vertical axis) provides the most detailed information ever obtained on how excitons move through the material. Scientists at MIT and the City University of New York have imaged excitons’ motions directly for the first time. A quasiparticle called an exciton — responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits — has…
  • Future chips may operate at atomic dimensions

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Researchers have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick (credit: Haofei Wei) In an effort to shrink down electronic devices to atomic dimensions, researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch exotic transition metal oxide material from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. Transition metal oxides seem to have it all: superconductivity, magnetoresistance, and other exotic…
  • Laser could trigger rain and lightning

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    This is an illustration of the dressed filament that fuels the high-intensity laser to travel farther (credit: University of Central Florida College of Optics and Photonics) Researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona have further developed a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. The solution: surround the beam with a second beam to act as an energy reservoir, sustaining the central beam to greater distances than previously possible. The secondary “dress” beam…
  • Building ‘smart’ cell-based therapies

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    A technology for engineering human cell-based “devices” that monitor and modify human physiology. A protein biosensor sits on the surface of a cell, can be programmed to sense specific external factors, and upon detecting these factors sends a signal into the engineered cell’s nucleus to activate a gene expression program. (Credit: Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science) A Northwestern synthetic biology team has created a new technology for modifying human cells to create programmable therapeutics that could travel the body and selectively target…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Hiring By Audition Expanded

    Matt Mullenweg
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    The guest blog on Automattic’s hiring process for the Harvard Business Review ended up being pretty popular and thanks to Michelle Weber and Dan McGinn it’s been expanded into a longer version that’s now on shelves in the actual magazine! Very excited about this. If you are in an airport and see it on the stands (as above) definitely pick it up, it’s a great issue.
  • Automattic Longreads

    Matt Mullenweg
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Brad Stone at BusinessWeek reports Automattic has acquired the great service Longreads, which you can also read about on our blog. See also: Techmeme.
  • Why the Web Still Matters for Writing

    Matt Mullenweg
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    I wanted to share unique perspective for why the web matters in an app world with a guest post from Stratechery writer Ben Thompson: This week Twitter was abuzz with the most recent report from Flurry that showed people spending most of their time on mobile using apps, not the browser: Many were quick to once again declare “The Web is Dead,” but I’m not sure that conclusion makes sense, at least for writing. First off, Flurry’s numbers don’t account for webviews within mobile apps. On my site, Stratechery, 37% of my iOS traffic comes from webviews (Android doesn’t break out the…
  • Bitcoin: The Fifth Protocol

    Matt Mullenweg
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Naval Ravikant writes on Bitcoin (and more) as The Fifth Protocol. Fantastic read, and reminds me to read Snow Crash.
  • Automattic Around the World

    Matt Mullenweg
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    In April and May, there are Automattic team meetups and events happening in Budapest, Napa Valley, Pender Island, New Orleans, Barbados, Cardiff, Konstanz, Playa Del Carmen, Portland, Toronto, Saratoga Springs, Palermo, Edinburgh, and Lisbon. Did I mention that we’re hiring?
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    blog maverick

  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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

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

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    I’m not a huge fan of Silicon Valley. It reminds me so much of Hollywood and the movie and TV industry. In Hollywood every one will talk and listen to you about your project.  But while they are standing there, right in front of you, they are not looking at you. They are looking past you to the next project where they can raise/sell more.  Where they can be a bigger star. There is always a bigger fish. Who ever is standing in front of them is hopefully just the bait. Silicon Valley has become the exact same thing these days. No one wants to literally start from scratch in a garage and…
  • My 2 cents on Sports Marketing and what I learned from SMU Basketball this week

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had the pleasure of going to an SMU Basketball game this past week. It wasn’t a huge game from a standings perspective. It wasn’t a big rivalry game.  It wasn’t a game between 2 powerhouse teams. It was an important game as every game is for an up and coming team like SMU.  But there was no one outside the two teams that were really paying attention to the outcome. Bottom line, it was a game on the schedule. It was a game on the schedule for every one but SMU basketball fans.  For SMU basketball fans it was their chance to show off to any and all newcomers who walked…
  • So I Got Sued By A Patent Troll Who Thinks They Own Downloading Movies (only before they are released in theaters) over Cellular

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    28 Jan 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a fan of Patent Trolls.  Actually, there are only a few areas in which Im a fan of patents at all.  The lawsuits filed against Magnolia (and Apple, Amazon and Weinstein Companies) are perfect examples of why. In this case a company was able to get a patent on the downloading of movies over cellular networks , but only for movies that have not been released in theaters yet. Could there be a more ridiculous patent ever issued  ? Follow the logic here.  If Magnolia, which distributes movies and pioneered the release of movies before they are in…
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    Tom Peters

  • 9 to 4,096

    Tom Peters
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    As most of you know, our MOAP/Mother Of All Presentations is posted at It is—or attempts to be— “the works.” Pretty much all the stuff I’ve worried about over the last 3+ decades. There are 23 Parts and 4,096 slides. The core idea is what I call the “15H Model”—15 key ideas, each signified […] The post 9 to 4,096 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Mauritius

    Cathy Mosca
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Today, Tom’s speaking to The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council, in Port Louis, Mauritius. Their website shows that they launched a productivity improvement program for SMEs back in December 2013. The PPT slides are available below: Mauritius, Final Mauritius, Long The post Mauritius appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Excellence.NO EXCUSES.

    Tom Peters
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    The following is the Executive Summmary from my 603-page superdoc (Ed.: Now 624: 21 April): “Excellence. NO EXCUSES.” You’ll find it below, and also in PDF and PowerPoint formats. Herewith: In 1985, I gave a 2-day seminar to YPO members in Manhattan. As we moved to close, I asked for feedback. Early on, a chap […] The post Excellence.NO EXCUSES. appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • BIG Data.NOT.

    Tom Peters
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Consider … “The Gross National Product does not include the beauty of our poetry or the intelligence of our public debate. It measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.”—Robert Francis Kennedy “To […] The post BIG Data.NOT. appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Update: Excellence. NO EXCUSES!

    Cathy Mosca
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Tom has kept working on this collection of essays, so that now it contains every one of his familiar topics along with the new ones he picked up in a year of self re-education. You’ll find “people first,” “bias for action,” and “the importance of training,” as well as “social media,” “gamification,” and “the accelerating […] The post Update: Excellence. NO EXCUSES! appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Shifting from Guessing, to Stalking, to Asking, to Learning

    Valeria Maltoni
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    “The power of social media (individual voices) and VRM (individuals being empowered, commercially or otherwise) will put us ahead in the next decade. It’s a bigger opportunity than search (SEM*).” [Darren Herman] Perhaps one of the least talked about and most valuable virtues of modern times is patience. For someone like me who can go from zero to Italian in no time, the last decade and half spent at the intersection of business and technology has been both super rewarding and incredibly frustrating. We are both making progress and inching our way forward. The title of this post…
  • What we Value, What we Make, What we Act on

    Valeria Maltoni
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Making Sense: What we Value Perfect example of how putting our heads together is the way to go, and because the complexity of convergence points demands it. The Press isn't Getting Heartbleed. Dave Winer: Changing passwords is security theater. It doesn't fix anything if hackers have access to your passwords, they have access to the new ones too. The Internet has made geography irrelevant? Since when? Gapingvoid: History has always been primarily made along trade routes. Human conflict happens when trade routes get blocked, or at least, altered without mutual consent. Making Do: What we Make…
  • Weighing Whether to Build or Spread

    Valeria Maltoni
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the recurring themes in recent years of intense digital concentration has been that of where to create, consume, and comment on content. It seems like a fairly simple choice for many who have immersed in understanding the evolution of tools and options available. However, once we start factoring in the number of social networks and media platforms (potentially) available, the formula becomes more complex. For simplicity sake, say we have two main choices, each with multiple ramifications: (1.) Do we build our own -- URL, platform, body of work, and brand as a consequence -- this…
  • Are You an Extreme Learner?

    Valeria Maltoni
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    While learning by example included my most recent thoughts on the topic, I have written about learning at this site extensively. From learning to learn, not a play on words, to one of my older posts and still very much current topic of learning from customers and then recognizing customer learning curve and making it easy for them to complete tasks online.   Learning on demand via John Seely Brown, getting in the learning zone vs. our comfort zone, to how marketers selective learning has become consumers selective hearing in an age of product and service abundance. The importance of…
  • Next Step: Do Better

    Valeria Maltoni
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Earlier today I listened to a podcast of a conversation between Tom Ford and Kinvara Balfour hosted by Apple in its Apple Store, Regent Street, London# [hat tip Om Malik]. It was a good example of the art of the interview thanks to the two ingredients necessary to make a good conversation: A subject that has done interesting things, and has an intriguing point of view -- Tom Ford meets both criteria in spades A set of questions that demonstrate the interviewer is interested in exploring some of those projects and has a certain point of view -- Kinvara Balfour is prepared and skilled on both…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • The Practice

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Typekit Practice is a fine new typography resource. Congrats & thanks @nicewebtype @typekit ! — Jeffrey Zeldman (@zeldman) April 18, 2014
  • A List Apart № 393: Inventing & Documenting Design Patterns

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    A LIST APART Issue № 393 is about documenting design patterns with a style guide and creating new ones with the z-axis. Creating Style Guides by SUSAN ROBERTSON A style guide, also referred to as a pattern library, is a living document that details the front-end code for all the elements and modules of a website or application. It also documents the site’s visual language, from header styles to color palettes. In short, a proper style guide is a one-stop guide that the entire team can reference when considering site changes and iterations. Susan Robertson shows us how to build and…
  • Big Web Show № 116: The Difference Between Ideas and Products

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    IN BIG WEB SHOW № 116 (“Everything Web That Matters”), I chat with Phillip Reyland and Roland Dubois, cofounders of Byte Dept., a NYC agency that designs and builds digital products for brands and agencies, and that created the popular Bike Department app for iOS. We discuss… Creating products for clients instead of yourself. Four strategies to apply to every product: experience strategy, platform strategy, mobile strategy, and integration strategy. Rethinking the mobile bike app: using data to predict whether a bike will be there when you get to it. The experience layer versus…
  • The Gory Details

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:37 am
    SO MY DAD had another seizure—it’s been about six months since the last one; nobody knows what causes them or how to prevent them. It was 4:00 AM Monday morning. He fell heavily, like a sack of bricks, and cracked open his skull above his right eye. There was blood everywhere on the tiled floor of his bathroom, his wife Catherine says. Catherine called 911. She couldn’t do it from the phone in the bedroom; she went running through the house looking for a working portable phone. The ambulance came fast and he was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he stayed overnight.
  • A Temporary Reprieve

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    MY PHONE SHOWED three consecutive voicemails from my dad’s wife. I told myself, this can only mean one thing. Fortunately, it meant something else. You know your father is getting on in years when a fall and bleeding and a hospital stay are good news.
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • More personal = more remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. If you’re like most people, your mailbox is full of bills and junk. Nowadays, it’s not often that people get truly personal stuff in the mail. So to make their direct mail more direct, a Porsche dealership took one of their cars to a nearby neighborhood for a photo shoot. They took pictures of the car in front of people’s driveways and left postcards of each photo in their mailbox with the headline, “Your dream car is closer than you…
  • Newsletter #984: The “Tell Them Why” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Apr 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.] You can have all of the fantastic features you want, but if your customers don’t know why they’re fantastic, those features mean nothing. You have to give them the “why.” You have to say “because…” Here are three ways to do it: 1. Explain your behind-the-scenes process 2. Share a little-known fact 3. Make an effort to be transparent 4. Check it out: Feed…
  • How many perspectives do you have

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Problems always get easier when you look at them in more than one way.  If you and your coworkers think alike, you’re going to miss things that are obvious to folks with other backgrounds. Example: My engineer father-in-law sorted out all these puzzle pieces by shape. I would have done color.  Who is missing from your team?
  • How to get everyone to see your fans’ love

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Got big fans? Make a big deal out of it. Amplifying your customer love helps them feel great, helps your employees feel great, and shows everyone else why you’re great. Here are some fantastic ways to do it: 1. Love them back 2. Make it sharable 3. Show them how to do it 1. Love them back When Honda asked their fans to show off their love for the brand, they were overwhelmed. They got photos of Honda tattoos, nail art, and one guy who shaved their logo into the…
  • A different way to ask for feedback

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t send a generic survey. Definitely don’t send a long survey. Instead, ask: What one thing can we do better? You’ll get great ideas you can actually use.
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  • Want to Market Better? Think Like a Consumer

    Guest Blogger
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Image via Newton Free Library on Flickr This is a guest contribution from Moazzam Kamran. Consumer centricity is a hot topic in marketing circles. Organizations across the globe are trying to “get in touch” with the consumer through multiple methodologies. We employ consumer audits, focus groups, in-house visits, in-depth interviews, and various other techniques to try and understand the consumer’s mind. But in doing all of that, we as organizations are dehumanizing ourselves. We focus so much on getting to know the customer that we slowly and surely distance ourselves…
  • Kick-Start Your Blog With These Engaging Content Suggestions

    Guest Blogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jonathan Long of Market Domination Media. Image via Flickr user mkhmarketing There is not a specific content strategy that is set in stone for bloggers to follow. Every single blog has a specific target audience, requiring content that engages that blog’s particular audience. What works well for “Blog A” might not work as effectively for “Blog B,” requiring each blog owner to test different content approaches to determine what performs the best for his or her particular blog. Here are some content suggestions that can be used to help spark some…
  • How To: Customize HTML of New Getty Images for Your WordPress Blog

    Guest Blogger
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This is a guest contribution from Bhagwad Park of As we discussed last week, Getty Images recently opened up millions of its images for free usage. Coming from a professional stock photo website, this is a phenomenal step and one that will be greatly appreciated by thousands of bloggers all over the world. Most of us have been in the position where we have found a really appropriate picture to use only to find that it is copyrighted and requires a license fee to display. Now we can have access to the best photographs on a dazzling variety of subjects for free. By default, Getty…
  • Five Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Cheat Sheet

    Guest Blogger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jim Butcher of Mr and Mrs Romance. There’s never really such a thing as a perfect blog post, is there? There’s always something else you could have done, something more you could have added. Another, better way you could have phrased a sentence. And then there’s grammar and punctuation. I was never taught grammar at school further than ‘a verb is a doing word. A noun is a naming word, etc’. It’s no wonder native English speakers make so many simple mistakes. Spotting these mistakes after you’ve hit ‘publish’ or – even worse –…
  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
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  • “Gravity” deleted scene changes everything [NO SPOILERS]

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    It’s a joke. No spoilers. Stay until the credits.
  • Minor Beatles

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    This video was over at the NY Times Crossword blog (where I discovered that I’d missed the really clever part of the theme): I know I’m old, children, but keep in mind that that’s a minor Beatles song. And yet there is so much right about it. More or less perfect. And not nearly the best of what they gave us.
  • [2b2k] In defense of the library Long Tail

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    Two percent of Harvard’s library collection circulates every year. A high percentage of the works that are checked out are the same as the books that were checked out last year. This fact can cause reflexive tsk-tsking among librarians. But — with some heavy qualifications to come — this is at it should be. The existence of a Long Tail is not a sign of failure or waste. To see this, consider what it would be like if there were no Long Tail. Harvard’s 73 libraries have 16 million items [source]. There are 21,000 students and 2,400 faculty [source]. If we guess that half…
  • [2b2k] Protein Folding, 30 years ago

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    Simply in terms of nostalgia, this 1985 video called “Knowledge Engineering: Artificial Intelligence Research at the Stanford Heuristic Programming Project” from the Stanford archives is charming right down to its Tron-like digital soundtrack. But it’s also really interesting if you care about the way we’ve thought about knowledge. The Stanford Heuristic Programming Project under Edward Feigenbaum did groundbreaking work in how computers represent knowledge, emphasizing the content and not just the rules. (Here is a 1980 article about the Project and its projects.) And…
  • Boston Marathon: What to remember?

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am is running a post of mine about what we choose to remember about the Boston Marathon bombing. (For some reason, the editorial staff changed the title to “How did Boston Marathon attack change you?” when it’s really about how we choose to let the attack change us. Oh well.)
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  • 4 factchecking sites that’re the real deal

    Craig Newmark
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Folks, I just want news I can trust. As I've been saying, the press should be the immune system of democracy, and needs to fulfill that role again. With the Internet, everyone can be their own journalist now. It's become increasingly difficult to find news that comes from a trustworthy press. Factchecking efforts only have value, it's felt, if: Misinformation is corrected, in a way that doesn't reinforce the lie. Any involved news outlets are encouraged to avoid promoting misinformation. Regular people, the broad citizenry, have the means to easily help media correct…
  • 5 veterans who are taking the startup world by storm

    Craig Newmark
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Folks, my team and I have been highlighting a lot of important startups and vets recently, and we thought it'd be a good idea to merge the two. We reached out to the community on Facebook and Twitter, and compiled a list of 5 veteran-founded startups who really have their boots on the ground. Vets are effective entrepreneurs, and many of the skills veterans have overlap with those needed to found a startup. As this article says, "Tech startups to veterans: We love you, we want some more of ya." 5 Veterans Who Are Taking the Startup World by Storm (in no particular order):…
  • 5 of my favorite things

    Craig Newmark
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Folks, I'm often asked about my interests and priorities. I decided to share 5 of my favorite things in my personal life. Many of you may not be surprised to hear some of these… Birds – the Mrs. and I created a Birdography Spectacular dedicated to all of the birds and their friends who visit my home office. Babies – both bird babies and human babies. me with #20… Dogs – I carry dog treats whenever I'm out, just in case I run into a furry friend (or four) who needs a pick-me-up.  TV – the Game of Thrones guy, George R. R. Martin's a really…
  • Does Journalism Need New Ethics?

    Craig Newmark
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:59 am
    Folks, here's an excerpt of a blog post I wrote for Poynter. Please click here to read the whole story. When I saw a story recently in the New Republic asserting that Silicon Valley has become one of “the most ageist places in America,” I was taken aback. As far as I can tell, there is discrimination against older people in the business world, but it’s no different from what I’ve seen through a 38-year career. It doesn’t surprise me, since I’ve faced what might be ageism (I’m 61), but maybe I have been discriminated because I’m balding, short, and pudgy. Still, I have…
  • The Third Metric and Nerd Values

    Craig Newmark
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    The Third Metric is better explained in Arianna Huffington's Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. This is my take on it. Nerdiness involves a lack of normal social affect, where conventional ambitions, like money and power aren't such a big deal. The call to power doesn't make much sense to me. Here're a few words from a nerdy perspective, which I live by to the best of my ability. One needs the finances to live comfortably, and to help friends and family do that, but seriously, know when enough is enough. In…
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    The Dish

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    For #NationalPoetryMonth and general delight, 3 lovely poems about dogs by E.B. White — Maria Popova (@brainpicker) April 22, 2014 Never forget E.B. White! Today, I argued that Obama was on the verge of another meep meep in foreign policy with Syria and Iran; that Rand Paul’s criticism of Reagan’s spending and deficits is a vital part of resuscitating conservatism; and that the Onion should have the last word on the circumcision debate. Plus: climate change’s threat to global security; and the power of psilocybin in…
  • A Two-Way Sleep

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Holly Allen extols the virtues of sleeping in separate beds: Sharing a bed is good for sleeping together, but not actually sleeping together. We all know the importance of sleep, so why then do we still choose to share our beds with the kickers, the snorers, and the human furnaces that we love? “Man since time immemorial has made preparation for sleep, either laying an animal pelt on the ground or using plant matter as some sort of mattress,” according to sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley. “Originally we all slept together on the ground, mainly because we had nowhere else, but also for…
  • Seeing Blue, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    A reader offers some help to others: I read your snippet on the effects of blue light with interest, as my partner has Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder. We have a whole system in place at the house for the timing of optimal lighting. This includes blue LEDs pointed at him during the day and software applications to reduce blue lights on all the media screens at night. F.lux reduces blue light in your computer/iDevice screen according to your time zone, while Twilight for Android does the same thing for your mobile. So when I’m reading the Dish late at night, I now don’t have to…
  • Happy Bard Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    William Shakespeare was born 450 years ago today! — Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) April 23, 2014 Daniel Hannan notes the occasion: Four-hundred-and-fifty years ago today, in a village in the West Midlands, the greatest imaginative intelligence evolved by our species was born. Lawrence Olivier called Shakespeare “the nearest thing in incarnation to the eye of God”. John Dryden wrote that, of all the poets, “he had the largest and most comprehensive soul”. Thomas Carlyle asserted, “I know not such a power of vision, such a…
  • Ancient Survivors

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Popova gushes over Rachel Sussman’s The Oldest Living Things in the World, a book of photos and essays about organisms more than 2000 years old: With an artist’s gift for “aesthetic force” and a scientist’s rigorous respect for truth, Sussman straddles a multitude of worlds as she travels across space and time to unearth Earth’s greatest stories of resilience, stories of tragedy and triumph, past and future, but above all stories that humble our human lives, which seem like the blink of a cosmic eye against the timescales of these ancient organisms — organisms that have…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Playing with Continental Tires in Uvalde Texas

    Jessica Gottlieb
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Before dropping with an illness that can only be described as The Plague I spent a weekend in Texas with Continental Tires. A group of us flew into San Antonio, had a lovely dinner on the Riverwalk and then woke up a few minutes before God on Saturday morning to make the trek out to Uvalde where Continental Tires has their proving grounds. Before tossing out a phrase like “proving ground” let me take a moment to define a proving ground. In this instance it includes (but is not limited to) a main building with locker rooms, offices, kitchens and a classroom that I’d estimate…
  • A Little Bit of Information About Junkets

    Jessica Gottlieb
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I only have a little information to share. In fact, what I know about junkets could fill a thimble so I’ll graciously share my thimble full of mom blogger automotive junket wisdom with you. The reason I want to talk about the Mom Blogger Automotive relationship is that while sitting in a hotel room last night I popped into Facebook and three of my private groups were busy talking about an article on The Truth About Cars that “exposes” a mom blogger as being a marketing tool. I’m not sure that this was the best instance of exposure. Bloggers of every type long ago…
  • It’s All Rubber and Metal and I Love it

    Jessica Gottlieb
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:29 pm
    If you’ve ever sold automobiles you’ve probably walked into your sales manager’s office to ask for the price of the used car he took in trade just hours ago. Used cars actually made me quite a bit more money than new ones and if something good came in I’d get really excited about it. I’d practically skip into the office with a, “How much are we asking on the conversion van/convertible/coupe?” And, “Isn’t it wonderful?” Then I’d talk about some feature of the vehicle that I just loved. Because there is a part of almost every…
  • No One Told Me About the Black Underwear Ladies

    Jessica Gottlieb
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    My friend Tammy and I have been trying to plan a day at a Korean spa day since Superbowl. Yes, I recognize that isn’t exactly an eon but you would think that two unemployed women could find a half day with some ease. Not so. Yesterday the long awaited spa day finally arrived. It was destined to be perfect. We came together from two different ends of the city, each of us dropping kids off to school and then heading right for the spa and arriving at precisely 9am. For anyone living outside of Los Angeles, please understand that an on time arrival is blue moon event. Two women navigating…
  • 2015 Hyundai Genesis Road Test: Filed Under “Things I Love”

    Jessica Gottlieb
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:19 pm
    This weekend I was invited out to Arizona, along with a group of reporters, to drive the newly redesigned Hyundai Genesis. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the brand. They’ve been growing and changing and it’s hard to believe that this is the same Hyundai that landed on American shores in 1986. The 2015 Genesis has been redesigned to allow Hyundai to stake a claim with the luxury market. It’s a beautiful vehicle with a stately grille and sexy lines from headlamp to taillight. The interior styling is pure luxe. The cabin features matte wood grain, a fantastic…
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    Bijan Sabet

  • I Should Be Born — Jets Overhead

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    I Should Be Born — Jets Overhead
  • Many many thanks to my family and friends that came out to...

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Many many thanks to my family and friends that came out to support my first marathon. Lauren ran the last 10 miles with me and I would probably be still out there if she hadn’t done that. The supporters and volunteers were all incredible thoroughout the day — from the music & cheers in Hopkinton to the mighty roars in Boston. I had planned on listening to music on my iPhone for the entire run but a few minutes in I pulled my headphones off for good so I could be fully present. I’m so glad I did. Also a huge shout out to all the folks that made a donation to Camp Interactive. I’m very…
  • Crowdrise

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last year at the Jelly office in San Francisco, Biz Stone (Twitter cofounder and now the cofounder and CEO of Jelly*) read aloud a draft version of the blog post that would launch v1 of Jelly. One line in particular hit me: "It’s not that hard to imagine that the promise of a connected society is people helping each other" Those are some powerful words and if you have ever known Biz or heard him speak you know that they come from the heart.  The idea of a connected society helping each other is inspiring.  From people helping each other on Jelly or communities organizing via Twitter as…
  • Calling Cards — Neko Case

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Calling Cards — Neko Case
  • "The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is...

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    "The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day." — Robert Frost An afternoon hike with Sophia and Sam. 
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  • Mark on DHH on TDD

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Mark Bernstein, Driven: Methodological fundamentalists descend on technology from time to time. Hell, TDD and agile started as a rebellion against an older tech fundamentalism. As a profession, we’re suckers for The Word and want to know The True Way. Sometimes, the methodologies do help: structured programming, literate programming, strong types, weak types, objects, patterns, functional, agile: it’s all been good for us. But, perversely, these helpful little ideas often become modes of punishment.
  • Surviving UI Programming

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I’ve often wondered why UI programming is less fun than everything else. My theory is that it’s because so much of it is arbitrary, single-use programming — I’m making a specific screen or view work the way it needs to, and there isn’t much that can be re-used. There are only rarely generic problems to solve. (Those generic problems are mostly solved — that’s what UIKit is for.) Luckily, UI programming has gotten easier. These days we have view controller containment, custom view controller transitions, auto-layout, and, especially, appearance controls. One of the nicer…
  • Sponsorship Changes

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I made two changes to make inessential sponsorships a better value: Volume discount: $650/week for two or more weeks. Sidebar link that appears on every page for the week. (Averages about 40,000 views per week.) If you’re interested, get in touch.
  • Storyboard Advice

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s a couple years old, but UIStoryboard Best Practices still has good advice. I’m trying to use storyboards for the first time. At first I had one big storyboard that was really hard to work with, even on a 27" screen. Now I’m breaking it up into separate storyboards.
  • Testing Singletons

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    The iOS Unit Testing blog, in Testing Singletons, suggests making singletons by choice — not enforcing singleton-ness by overriding allocWithZone or init. Agreed. Good practice.
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    Rex Hammock's

  • Review: The Nickel Creek reunion tour proves that absence does, indeed, make the heart grow fonder

    Rex Hammock
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    More photos on my Flickr account. For the past 12 years, posts about music on this blog have been rare. And on those rare occasions, those posts have been almost 100% about the members of Nickel Creek. (The reason for why “just them” is buried in those posts, somewhere.) This post is the next in that rare tradition. My wife and I attended the group’s “reunion” concert last Friday at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. As I predicted last week, Friday night’s performance “was awesome” and did everything you’d hope such a…
  • Why Should the Fire Die?

    Rex Hammock
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Six years ago at the Ryman, I shot this grainy video of Nickel Creek‘s last song of their last stop of their farewell (“for now”) concert tour. (Here’s my blog post from 2007.) Their first stop of their current “reunion” tour (fulfilling the “for now” foreshadow) will also be at the Ryman. Tonight. I’ll be there. Here’s a preview of my review: “They were great.”
  • Hey, General Mills Lawyers: Better Eat Your Wheaties

    Rex Hammock
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    While I typically support efforts to add sanity to our overly-litigious culture that seems to encourage anyone to sue anybody for anything, I don’t think the lawyers at General Mills thought through the type of social media firestorm they would ignite by adding language to the company’s website alerting customers they can’t take legal action against the company if they’ve done things like download a coupon, enter a contest or, if read literally, liked on Facebook one of the company’s products, say, Cheerios or Wheaties or Macaroni Grill or Fruit Loops. There…
  • Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride in Nashville (photos, video)

    Rex Hammock
    7 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    With my bicycling friend, John Darwin, who also enjoys riding his bike in-town, I often head out on a Sunday afternoon looking for things I’ve never seen in Nashville. These days, that likely means a new real estate development or some area of town I’ve heard about, but have never seen. As the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four is in Nashville now (the championship game is Tuesday night, April 8), we decided to include a ride by the area of downtown where events are being staged. While that was out of the usual, the other things I ran across made me feel like I was…
  • Amazon Dash: Reinventing the Cuecat, 2014

    Rex Hammock
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Starting over ten years ago, a long-running joke on this blog has been my fascination with (and mockery of) the recurring need inventors (including those who work for huge technology companies) have to re-invent the Cuecat. For those who don’t recognize the term Cuecat as the punchline of a joke, I suggest a rapid glance at its Wikipedia entry and the wonderful one-liner by the late Debbie Barham, the comic and humor writer who said the Cuecat “fails to solve a problem which never existed.” A couple of years ago, I referred to the repetitive reinvention of the Cuecat as the…
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    Berkeley Blog

  • Silicon Valley Deja Vu

    Berkeley Blog
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Apps and platforms are popping up all over, from new financial transaction player Bitcoin to personalized news services like Ozy and News360 and food delivery services too many to name. Reminds me of the mid to late 90s when Paypal emerged as a payment platform for all things on the Internet; when and promised hot lunch deliveries within an hour; and, started by reporters on strike against management at the San Francisco Chronicle, first made fresh news available 24/7. What's different is the technology -- both the software used to develop apps and…
  • Rise of the Tech Journalist Venture Capitalist

    Berkeley Blog
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:54 am
    Om Malik, former Time Inc. reporter and founder of tech newsletter, event, and research empire GigaOm, retired today to devote his time as a tech investor to True Ventures. He's following the trajectory of former tech journalist  Stewart Alsop, who skipped from PC Letter and InfoWorld to NEA and then his own VC firm, Alsop Louie. And of course, there's the reluctant full-time VC, Mike Arrington, founder of Techcrunch and Crunchbase, its profitable research arm, who was forced by his new boss Arianna Huffington to quit the open conflict-of-interest journalism he practiced and…
  • Should I Care Whether It's Facebook or the NSA Spying on Me?

    Berkeley Blog
    31 Jan 2014 | 10:25 am
    Since I really can't bother to figure out the privacy settings on Facebook or disable the cookies that follow my Google and other searches, everything I do online is transparent to these computer companies and more importantly, to the advertisers who pay to follow folk like me. So what if the NSA joins the crowd? Hey, folks, join in! Check out the details of my boring life and continue on with your boring job. Snowden's revelations don't faze me. They don't outrage me. Maybe Angela Merkel and other world -- European -- leaders are miffed that the  British and U.S.
  • Got Code?

    Berkeley Blog
    16 Jan 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Yesterday, Ali Partovi, who with his brother is cofounder of, a nonprofit that’s on the rampage to integrate computer science studies into every K-8 curriculum in the world, spoke at the monthly tech lunch I host at Berkeley Rep Theater in downtown Berkeley. Due to climate change and perhaps lunar cycles, sun flares, or Biblical prophesies, even though it’s January, it was so warm we met outside in the courtyard while stagehands shuffled behind us carrying segments of scenery for a new play, Man in a Case, starring a ballet dancer I presumed long dead but still alive –…
  • The Exhuberance of Educators

    Berkeley Blog
    16 Dec 2013 | 11:48 am
    Just before starting my fourth year of college, my housemate and I decided to throw a party for the professors we admired and secretly lusted after. They were all male in those days (I had only one female professor my entire four years at Reed), and we requested they come alone, without their wives or whatevers, decades before the introduction of “significant others.” The party was to begin at midnight. We cleaned up our one-bedroom, uninsulated house as much as it was possible. We had just furnished it from Goodwill, and my bed, situated in a corner of the living room, released its white…
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  • Google’s Camera Embeded Contact Lenses

    Ted Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    A Fix For Glassholes The concept behind Google Glass is cool… just like the concept behind a bluetooth headset is cool. Unfortunately, both of these technologies make you look, well…...Related Posts:What to Expect at CES 2014Intel Edison : The SD Card-Sized Computer3 Cool IoT DevicesStartup Profile : Thalmic LabsFacebook Bets Big on Hardware
  • Intel Edison : The SD Card-Sized Computer

    Ted Murphy
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:51 am
    CES 2014 was interesting as always…. but apparently it was too interesting because I forgot to actually post this way back. One of the most intriguing pieces of new tech...Related Posts:What to Expect at WWDCStartup Profile : Thalmic LabsWhat to Expect at CES 20147 Successful Entrepreneurs that Failed FirstGoogle’s Camera Embeded Contact Lenses
  • What to Expect at CES 2014

    Ted Murphy
    6 Jan 2014 | 6:24 am
    Every year technology and marketing professionals from around the world meet in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). CES was originally a trade show exclusively for consumer electronics...Related Posts:Intel Edison : The SD Card-Sized ComputerGoogle’s Camera Embeded Contact LensesApple Rumor RoundupStartup Profile : Silvercar Wants to Take the Suckiness out…3 Cool IoT Devices
  • Aereo Disrupts Television Broadcasting

    Ted Murphy
    27 Oct 2013 | 6:06 pm
    Aereo provides a disruptive alternative to cable and satellite television. The company takes over-the-air broadcast television signals and re-transmits them as an online stream to their own customers. Instead of you...Related Posts:7 Successful Entrepreneurs that Failed FirstStartup Profile : Thalmic LabsFacebook Bets Big on HardwareStartup Profile : Mattermark Wants to Help VCs Pick Winning…3 Cool IoT Devices
  • Orlando Invests $94.5M in Arts & Entertainment

    Ted Murphy
    23 Oct 2013 | 5:45 am
    Yesterday’s decision to approve a venues package of $94.5 million has stirred up quite a buzz in the city beautiful. The vote, announced Tuesday evening, was passed 5-2, to much...Related Posts:Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas Downtown ProjectOrlando’s Voxeo Acquired for $150 MillionAereo Disrupts Television BroadcastingSteve Jobs – My iMentorAdaptive Creativity
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    Derek Sivers

  • Change careers like Tarzan

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

    Derek Sivers
    18 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You know that feeling you have after a big meal? Where you're so full that you really actively don't want anything more? Ever wonder what that would feel like in other parts of your life? We do so many things for the attention, to feel important or praised. But what if you had so much attention and so much praise that you couldn't possibly want any more? What would you do then? What would you stop doing? We do so many things for the money. It's so deeply built into our culture that it takes a real effort to realize it's the reason behind so many of our actions. But what if you had so much…
  • How will this game end?

    Derek Sivers
    5 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You might have heard this one before. If not, pay attention. It’s a good one. Imagine I announce I am going to sell a $100 bill by auction, and the bidding starts at only $1. The only rule of the game is this: if you are the 2nd-highest bidder, you still have to pay what you bid, but you don’t get the $100 bill. Of course I get some bids for $1, $2, $3. Why not? Hey - a chance to get $100 for $3! The bids keep coming in. By $51 I’m happy - I’m going to profit now. Once they get to $90, there’s less enthusiasm, but reason to stay in. Once they get to $99, though, the person offering…
  • Imitate. We are imperfect mirrors.

    Derek Sivers
    1 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    You know that song you love, that you wish you wrote? Copy it. You know that existing business, that you wish you had thought of? Copy it. Why? Because humans are imperfect mirrors. Like a funhouse mirror that distorts what it reflects, even if you try to imitate something, it will turn out much different than the original. Maybe better. When a musician covers someone else's song, they clearly reveal their own warped perspective, since we know what the original looks (sounds) like. Because of this, a cover song is actually a great way to define who you are as an artist. When a musician writes…
  • Understanding Indonesia

    Derek Sivers
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This essay is by Daniel Ziv, who has worked in Indonesia for 14 years as a journalist, editor, and now filmmaker. He wrote the bestselling book “Jakarta Inside Out” and directed the award-winning new documentary film JALANAN, about the lives of three Jakarta street musicians. This is the first chapter of my new Indonesia 2014 book. Indonesia is the world’s 4th biggest country by population, but is still a work in progress - a beta version. Indonesia 1.0 began in 1945, when they gained independence from the Dutch and became a country. Suddenly, 17,000 islands, 300 ethnic groups and 700…
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