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  • Zuck at 22 was wrong

    Scripting News
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg at 22: "Young people are just smarter." My own experience: I did great work when I was in my 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The stuff I'm most famous for I did in my 40s. But the best software I've ever done was this week. I think that's pretty much been true all the way through. It all builds. Some people stop growing. And some people never are that smart, at any age, even in their 20s. If you want to be creative, and you work at it, you don't stop growing. It never gets easy. Which is one of the reasons I like what I do. How to make it better I don't expect the young people who have…
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    Seth Godin
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.        
  • How candy canes are made by hand

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    Jason Kottke
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    The first part of this video, the bit with the molten sugar and cooling table, is the most interesting, but the whole thing is worth a watch. Reminds me of the lettered rock made at Teddy Grays. Tags: food   how to   video
  • Creating a Culture of Content — Empowering Your Employees

    Charlene Li
    Charlene Li
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Content marketing is hot, but it is not solely created by, inspired by, or used by marketing. Rather, content needs exist throughout multiple facets of an organization – think sales, customer services, thought leadership, recruiting, etc. The result: more and more organizations are focused on creating what Altimeter calls a “Culture of Content” (CoC) to […] The post Creating a Culture of Content — Empowering Your Employees appeared first on Charlene Li.
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    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The format for DF RSS feed sponsorships has remained unchanged since they debuted back in 2007. There are three fields: a title (usually the name of the product or service being promoted), a URL for the main link, and a description of 100 words or fewer. The sponsors write these entries, not me. (They are subject to my approval, though.) Then at the end of the week, I write the thank-you posts (such as the one you’re reading now) using a mix of my own words and thoughts, and the main talking points the sponsor is trying to hit. The gang at Meh, who once again sponsored this week’s…
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  • Zuck at 22 was wrong

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg at 22: "Young people are just smarter." My own experience: I did great work when I was in my 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. The stuff I'm most famous for I did in my 40s. But the best software I've ever done was this week. I think that's pretty much been true all the way through. It all builds. Some people stop growing. And some people never are that smart, at any age, even in their 20s. If you want to be creative, and you work at it, you don't stop growing. It never gets easy. Which is one of the reasons I like what I do. How to make it better I don't expect the young people who have…
  • Networking has costs

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Alert: There are spoilers in this piece for two TV series, Battlestar Galactica and Homeland. Battlestar Galactica takes place after the Cylons and the humans have been at war for some time. An earlier round of war involved computer viruses so as a result there is no net that connects the ships. When they have to turn the net on, in an emergency, they only have so much time before everything is destroyed by the viruses that are still in all their systems. Disconnect the network, no viruses. Re-connect: destruction. I always thought this was brilliant of the writers of the series, because it's…
  • Twitter and Facebook aren't working

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    I had a phone conversation with a Facebook friend, Chris Saad, last week. In that conversation, I found out what Chris does. I also found out that he did not know what I do. Yet, I feel I know him, and I think to some extent he feels he knows me. Yet all the tweeting and facebooking I've been doing about my various projects has gone for naught. When he found out what I do, and vice versa, we found that there was a lot we have in common! We should be collaborating, I felt. So I wanted to leave you with this little thought. We may think we're being informed by these great social media tools,…
  • NYPD are the people

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Talking with a friend the other day I learned something I had not previously understood. The people of the NYPD want the support of the community the same way we support soldiers who are or were fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. They want "Support Our Troops" to apply to them as it applies to soldiers fighting overseas. The people of NYC are horrified to see what we are supposed to excuse in this support. The video of the murder of Eric Garner, and that's the only word for it, was totally incriminating. The thought that the perpetrators of that crime would go free is something we can't…
  • What if the RIAA had embraced Napster?

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Back in 2000 when Napster was raging, I kept writing blog posts asking this basic question. Isn't there some way the music industry can make billions of dollars off the new excitement in music? Turns out there was. Ask all the streaming music services that have been born since the huge war that the music industry had with the Internet. Was it necessary? Would they have done better if they had embraced the inevitable change instead of trying to hold it back? The answer is always, yes, it seems. Well, now it seems Sony is doing it again, on behalf of the movie industry. Going to war with the…
 
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    Seth Godin
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    There's a fundamental difference between the things you do every day, every single day, and the things you do only when the spirit moves you. One difference is that once you've committed to doing something daily, you find that the spirit moves you, daily. Rather than having a daily debate about today's agenda, you can decide once that you will do something, and then decide every single day how to do it.        
  • Who let the air out of the balloon?

    Seth Godin
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Music, newspapers, books... most forms of media were exciting, high-pressure hothouses, environments with hits and winners and action and impact. Many players in these industries are now trying to figure out where all the zing went. The mattering seems to have left. Where did it go? It turns out that the air didn't get let out, the balloon disappeared. Balloons have pressure because there's only one tiny opening. Scarce shelf space. Only room for one newspaper. Only forty titles on the Billboard chart. It's that opening that creates the environment that allows pressure to exist, that pulls…
  • This or that vs. yes or no

    Seth Godin
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 am
    It's much easier to persuade a philanthropist to fund your project than it is to persuade a rich person to become a philanthropist. Encouraging someone to shift slightly, to pick this instead of that, is a totally different endeavor than working to turn a no into a yes, to change an entire pattern of behavior. When looking to grow, start with people who already believe that they have a problem you can help them solve.        
  • Clear language and respect

    Seth Godin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our connection economy thrives when people understand what to expect from one another. We're more likely than ever to engage in interactions that involve an exchange, something that deserves a specific clarification. I'll do this and you'll do that. More and more agreements are being made, because more and more transactions happen outside or between organizations. The question then: What does good drafting look like? If the agreement starts with "whereas" and continues along with, "notwithstanding the foregoing," and when it must be decoded by a lawyer on the other side, something has gone…
  • End of year book and audio roundup

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just in time for the last-minute frenzy (of reading, listening or giving): My favorite fun novel of the year was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I listened to it on audio and loved every moment. On Immunity was another audio favorite. An even-handed meditation on why people believe what they believe, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, this book is almost literary at times. Eastern Standard Tribe is a great introdution to the books of Cory Doctorow. The later stuff is even better, but all of it is thought provoking. The Diamond Age was so far ahead of its time that most of you haven't read it.
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  • How candy canes are made by hand

    Jason Kottke
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    The first part of this video, the bit with the molten sugar and cooling table, is the most interesting, but the whole thing is worth a watch. Reminds me of the lettered rock made at Teddy Grays. Tags: food   how to   video
  • Autism linked to 3rd trimester pollution exposure

    Jason Kottke
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    A major study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health has found a significant link between autism and the exposure of the mother to high levels of air pollution during the third trimester of pregnancy. Researchers focused on 1,767 children born from 1990 to 2002, including 245 diagnosed with autism. The design of the study and the results rule out many confounding measures that can create a bias, Weisskopf said. The researchers took into account socioeconomic factors that can influence exposure to pollution or play a role in whether a child is diagnosed with autism. The fact that…
  • The best magazine covers of 2014

    Jason Kottke
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The picks for the finest magazine covers of the year are starting to trickle out. Coverjunkie is running a reader poll to pick the most creative cover of 2014. Folio didn't pick individual covers but honored publications that consistently delivered memorable covers throughout the year; no surprise that The New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek were at the top of the heap. See also the best book covers of 2014. Tags: best of   best of 2014   design   lists   magazines
  • String cheetah

    Jason Kottke
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Love this illustration style from Kerby Rosanes. Gorgeous: (via colossal) Tags: art   Kerby Rosanes
  • Ayn Rand reviews kids' movies

    Jason Kottke
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    From Mallory Ortberg, some reviews of children's movies penned by objectivist Ayn Rand. "Mary Poppins" A woman takes a job with a wealthy family without asking for money in exchange for her services. An absurd premise. Later, her employer leaves a lucrative career in banking in order to play a children's game. -No stars. Tags: Ayn Rand   Mallory Ortberg   movies
 
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  • Creating a Culture of Content — Empowering Your Employees

    Charlene Li
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    Content marketing is hot, but it is not solely created by, inspired by, or used by marketing. Rather, content needs exist throughout multiple facets of an organization – think sales, customer services, thought leadership, recruiting, etc. The result: more and more organizations are focused on creating what Altimeter calls a “Culture of Content” (CoC) to […] The post Creating a Culture of Content — Empowering Your Employees appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • How Good Is Your Social Business Governance?

    Charlene Li
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    In our research and client work at Altimeter, one of the most misunderstood issues we see is social business governance. I’ve seen it defined as everything from social media policies and risk management to organizational structures. My colleague Ed Terpening and I just published a report on how to think about governance – and in […] The post How Good Is Your Social Business Governance? appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Charlene Li
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    25 years ago, I was living in Amsterdam watching the events unfold in Berlin, as the Wall Fell. I saw history in the making on the TV and wanted to be there to witness it. I bought a ticket and took the night train to Berlin, arriving early Saturday morning. I found a youth hostel, […] The post Lessons from the Fall of the Berlin Wall appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive

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

    Charlene Li
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a TED Talk at TED@IBM on Sept. 23rd. The event was part of the new TED Institute, which partners with companies to create TED-curated events. The title of my talk was “Giving Up Control: Leading in the Digital Era”. One key data point from Gallup […] The post My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era appeared first on Charlene Li.
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    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The format for DF RSS feed sponsorships has remained unchanged since they debuted back in 2007. There are three fields: a title (usually the name of the product or service being promoted), a URL for the main link, and a description of 100 words or fewer. The sponsors write these entries, not me. (They are subject to my approval, though.) Then at the end of the week, I write the thank-you posts (such as the one you’re reading now) using a mix of my own words and thoughts, and the main talking points the sponsor is trying to hit. The gang at Meh, who once again sponsored this week’s…
  • The Triumphant Rise of the Shitpic

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:37 am
    Astute observation by Brian Feldman: The Shitpic aesthetic has arisen from two separate though equally influential factors, both of which necessitate screencapping instead of direct downloading. The first is that Instagram, which has no built-in reposting function, doesn’t let users save images directly. This means that the quickest way to save an image on a phone is to screencap it, technically creating a new image.  ★ 
  • The Police Are the People

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    I think Dave Winer is onto something big here: This is a huge disconnect, and we let it happen. The problem isn’t with the NYPD, the problem is with the blanket total support we give our military when it fights in Afghanistan and Iraq. The price of placing zero value on the lives of the people of these countries is that our lives in turn become worthless. What goes around comes around. You reap what you sow. There are dozens of adages and fables that explain this phenomenon. The lives of the people of the foreign countries are worth exactly as much as ours. We overlooked the behavior of…
  • Bryan Irace: ‘We Need a “Safari View Controller” ’

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Great suggestion from Bryan Irace: It’d be wonderful if Apple provided a “Safari view controller” that developers could present directly from within their applications. This controller would run out of process and work almost exactly like MFMailComposeViewController and MFMessageComposeViewController already do for composing emails and text messages respectively. The app would provide the controller with a URL (and optionally, a tint color), but otherwise what the user does in it would remain secure and isolated from any third-party code, yet fully integrated with Safari.app and Safari…
  • Jason Snell on Mailbox

    John Gruber
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:12 am
    Jason Snell, writing for The Sweet Setup: Because Apple makes it, Mail is for everybody. But it’s not for everybody. Apple designed it to serve the masses, and if you want more–or less–from your email client, Apple Mail may not suit you. Maybe its old-school approach to mail, lifted from classic mail clients like Eudora and NeXTMail, just doesn’t fit the modern emailer. Maybe you want deep links to productivity apps on your Mac that Mail just won’t provide. Or maybe you’re just tired of being in a dysfunctional relationship with Mail. All told, we looked at nine different…
 
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  • 2015 Is the Year of the Crowd (Slides & Video)

    jeremiah_owyang
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:28 am
    LeWeb Deck: 2015 The Year of the Crowd from Jeremiah Owyang   In the embedded presentation above, I assert that 2015 Is the Year of the Crowd, and make the point in a few ways: The growth in nearly every sector of society with the expanded Collaborative Economy (healthcare, logistics, municipal, corporate and more), see Honeycomb 2, Massive funding in this space, which has overtook funding to popular social networks, see spreadsheet, How the disruptive incumbents are pushing back –legitimizing the movement, see disruption deck, How brands are moving into this space, their adoption…
  • Collaborative Economy Honeycomb 2 –Watch it Grow

    jeremiah_owyang
    7 Dec 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Above Image: Honeycomb 2.0, click and access multiple sizes stored on Flickr, Please share widely, with attribution, non-commercially. The first version had six industries –now it’s twelve I’ll be releasing this graphic on stage tomorrow at LeWeb conference in Paris, on a session called 2015: The Year of the Crowd. Seven months ago, in May 2014, we published the first version of the Collaborative Economy Honeycomb, which is also embedded at the bottom of this post. It contained six families of industries that are being impacted by P2P commerce, including: 1) Goods, 2)…
  • The Collaborative Economy is Replicating Social Business #socbiz

    jeremiah_owyang
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Above image: Social Business Replicated by Collaborative Economy, Ver 1.1If you’re a social business professional, you’re in a prime spot to advance your career to the next phase: the Collaborative Economy. For over ten years, I was a social business professional. I helped Hitachi launch their program as a full time employee in 2005, started this Web Strategy blog, joined Forrester Research, and became a founding partner at Altimeter Group. I saw the genesis, evolution, maturity, and integration of an entire market in less than a decade. Today, another decade later, I’m witnessing the…
  • Massive Spreadsheet: Collaborative Economy Funding

    jeremiah_owyang
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    Click on the above image, or you can advance to the Spreadsheet of the Collaborative Economy Funding, to see a multi-tab analysis of funding, which I update on a regular basis. Caveat: This sheet is incomplete: People continually submit new data to me, and early stage funding is often not reported in public. The Collaborative Economy continues to be a darling of tech investors. In a few short years, these companies have received incredible amounts of funding, totaling nearly $7 billion across 169 startups, with no signs of it slowing. Startups continue to seek investors to raise more…
  • Funding Comparison: Social Networks vs Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Social networks were the first phase of digital P2P. They enabled anyone to create media and then share it. The Collaborative Economy is the second phase. It enables anyone to create goods and share what they already own. So, how similar or different are the funding amounts for these two movements? This post provides some insight. There are many ways to compare industries. I’ve conducted analysis on: adoption rates, attitudes, growth rates, and, in tech-heavy industry, funding rates. While investors have often known to be wrong, funding indicates bullish attitudes based on financial…
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  • Microsoft Goes After Fake Tech Support Scammers

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I don't know if this has anything to do with my recent computer problems but you can see from this story why a Microsoft tech support number has to be viewed with skepticism.
  • Sony and the Hackers

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A lot of film industry folks are upset that Sony caved to hacker threats, presumably from North Korea, and cancelled release of the new Seth Rogan movie The Interview. The problem, say the critics, is that caving to terrorists might embolden future hackers to do more of this sort of thing. Maybe someday it will be hard to get a movie made if it has any controversial elements.Keep in mind that Sony execs have been deeply embarrassed by the release of emails and there are probably more gems that could be released. And of course you have the threat of a 9-11 type terror attack if someone runs…
  • Does Science Work?

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Earlier this year I worked with Dr. Carmen Simon at Rexi Media to create a memorable SlideShare presentation of my latest book. Did Dr. Simon's double-doctorate and fancy brain science make any difference to the outcome?Today I learned that out of millions of presentations on the SlideShare site, our work was picked as a Best of 2014.Given that my book was not a best-seller or even close, one has to assume my sparkling content was not the reason for the achievement. Science wins again.To be fair, the other millions of creators are probably still operating at the "People like…
  • Boring Little Story About My Windows Computer

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I wouldn't bother reading this if I were you.  I'm just venting.The story goes like this...Bought a Gateway computer from Best BuyIt breaks, as electronics do when near me.Independent computer repair guy replaces a bad board.Windows thinks I have a new machine because it doesn't see the same hardware mix. I have learned that Windows checks the hardware for that reason.Windows starts its "pesterware" process to bug me into buying a legal copy, which I already have. Knowing my copy is legal, I assume I have malware that is trying to trick me. I did have the Conduit…
  • Ineffective Government

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Nearly 100% of the well-informed and honest citizens of the United States agree that the Federal Government should not be in the business of weed-policing in states that allow medical marijuana.That's an easy law to change, right? I mean, if something like 80% of voters agree on an issue, it's a no-brainer.But our ineffective government couldn't pass a law that had overwhelming support because, I suppose, it is bad for reelection if someone labels you pro-drug.So instead, Congress quietly just removed funding for the FBI's weed-chasing efforts. No budget means no action in the…
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  • We’re all going to need clothes

    Doc Searls
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:40 pm
    In the physical world we know what privacy is and how it works. We know because we have worked out privacy technologies and norms over thousands of years. Without them we wouldn’t have civilization. Doors and windows are privacy technologies. So are clothes. So are manners respecting the intentions behind our own and others’ use of those things. Those manners are personal, and social. They are how we clothe, shelter and conduct ourselves in the world, and how we expect others to do the same. The Internet is a new virtual world we also inhabit. It was born in 1995 with the…
  • Listening to Serial? Remember the West Memphis Three.

    Doc Searls
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    On Saturday I invited Serial listeners to recall the Edgar Smith case. Smith got away, literally, with murder. He did it by convincing the media and the public (and to a lesser degree the courts) that he was innocent man, falsely convicted of brutally killing a teenage girl. After he was released he attempted another murder, confessed to the original one and went back to prison. Now I invite Serial listeners to recall a counter example: the West Memphis Three, who were convicted as teenagers in 1994 for the murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993. One was sentenced to death…
  • Listening to Serial? Remember the Edgar Smith case.

    Doc Searls
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I’m now four episodes into Serial, the hugely popular reality podcast from WBEZ and This American Life. In it reporter Sarah Koenig episodically tugs together many loose ends around the murder of Hae Min Lee, a Baltimore teenager, in 1999. The perp, said the cops and the proscecutor at the time, was former boyfriend Adnan Syed, who was convicted by a jury of first degree murder. They deliberated about as long as it takes for an afternoon nap. He’s been in prison ever since. My provisional conclusion is that the court was right to find Adnan guilty. My case for that conviction (or…
  • Is perfectly personalized advertising perfectly creepy?

    Doc Searls
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    The uncanny valley is where you find likenesses of live humans that are just real enough to be creepy. On a graph it looks like this: So I was thinking about how this looks for advertising that wants to get perfectly personal. You know: advertising that comes from systems that know you better than you know yourself, so they can give you messages that are perfectly personalized, all the time. I think it might look like this: Traditional brand advertising — the kind we see in print, hear on radio and watch on TV — is fully familiar, but not at all human. It comes from companies, by way of…
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    Doc Searls
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    I thought today I wouldn’t let the list of open tabs get too long, since I spent most of the time working on stuff that’s not especially webfull. But here we are. A Call to Israeli Engineers! Adtech Is Not For You. | Aleph While this resonates with me (as somebody who dislikes being on the receiving end of adtech), it doesn’t square with … gBig Data in Marketing: Where do we go from here?by @MartyKihn of Gartner. Compare and contrast. FeelGuide.com: Harvard unveils MRI study proving meditatoin literally rebuilds the brain’s gray matter in 8 weeks. Don Marti:…
 
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  • What I Write About And What I Don’t

    Fred Wilson
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:29 am
    There was a discussion in the comments on this week’s fun friday post about me “pimping” our portfolio too much. To which I responded with this: i am my portfolio. its all the same thing. i go to bed thinking about it and wake up thinking about it. i would blog way more about it than i do but i can’t talk about most of the stuff that is going on in my portfolio. It’s the latter point I want to talk about a bit today. Every day I run a bunch of blog topics through my head before deciding what I am going to write about. And most of them get rejected because they…
  • Video Of The Week: A History Lesson On Why We Need Neutral Networks

    Fred Wilson
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    My partner Brad went down to Chattanooga where they have a gigabit fiber network around the city and attended an event about connectivity and what it does for society. In this short (~10mins) talk he gives a history lesson on how we got permissionless innovation on the Internet and why we could lose it.
  • Fun Friday: Year End Music List

    Fred Wilson
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 am
    Every year since I started this blog, I’ve shared my favorite music of the year with the AVC readers. In the early years, I would post different album every day for ten days (or eleven) in the process of putting together a top ten list. I moved away from albums a few years ago because I just don’t listen that way very much anymore. I’ve moved to SoundCloud playlists and today I’m publishing my Essential Tracks of 2014 playlist here at AVC. It’s also available On SoundCloud and everywhere that SoundCloud is available (your phone, your browser, your Sonos, etc,…
  • The Interview Mess

    Fred Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    So Sony has decided to pull the plug on The Interview after the major theater chains decided against showing the film. This is a fascinating story on so many levels. It is not clear  to me who was behind the hacking attack on Sony, but there are some obvious candidates. We are witnessing cyber warfare in real time. And there are real costs involved. Who knows how much Sony has lost or will lose as a result of the hacking incident and all the repercussions. But we do know that The Interview cost $42mm to make and there were “tens of millions” of marketing and distribution costs…
  • What’s Next

    Fred Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    I am always thinking about what is next and I feel like I’m spending even more time this year thinking about this. All of us at USV seem to be pondering this question a lot right now. I came across this nice post by Ben Thompson in which he ponders the question out loud, which is my favorite way to ponder. Here is the money quote: While the introduction of the iPhone seems like it was just yesterday (at least it does to me!), we are quickly approaching seven years – about the midway point of this epoch, if the PC and Internet are any indication.4 I sense, though, that we may be…
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  • VIDEO: As one who is usually the loudest, especially…

    Nick
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    As one who is usually the loudest, especially for lightning talks, Chris Powers’ message on silence is one you should to listen to.
  • The Sweater Song

    Wailin Wong
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    It all started with an Ewok. That’s my two-year-old daughter on Halloween. To complete the effect, I decided to dress up like Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi (her jaunty Endor speeder outfit, not the metal bikini) and went on the hunt for a sweater that would resemble her camouflage poncho but be something I’d wear again. Browsing the Nordstrom website, I discovered the Bobeau Asymmetrical Fleece Wrap Cardigan in “Heather Pinewood” and remembered I had seen it recommended on a fashion blog I follow. I ordered the sweater; it fit great and at least two people recognized me as Leia.
  • The curse of compressing reality

    Noah
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    When I’m not analyzing data, I like to make things from wood—furniture, cutting boards, etc. Making something physical after sitting at a computer all day is relaxing and rewarding, and I’m never short on gifts for family and friends. My woodworking isn’t totally detached from technology, and I rely heavily on forums, websites, online magazines, and YouTube both for inspiration and to learn how to do things. I’ve learned most of what I know about woodworking from people on the Internet, and I’ve been inspired to tackle things that I never would have thought…
  • Stuck again

    Nathan Kontny
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    In 1949, Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie started a medical device repair shop in Palmer's garage. It was a terrible place to work – freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer. We used a garden hose to spray water on the roof in a not especially successful attempt to cool the place down a few degrees. At least once during those early days, the garage was infested with flying ants. Unlike your typical "successful" startup garage stories, they were in that garage for the next 12 years. In their first month of operation, they earned a whopping $8 of…
  • A Slice of Small Business Life

    Wailin Wong
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    There was a time in America, if you can believe it, when you would order a pizza and it would arrive somewhat cold and soggy. A horrifying prospect! Ingrid Kosar was disenchanted with cold delivery pizza too, and she wanted to do something about it. In 1984, she filed a patent for a “thermally insulated food bag,” which is familiar to pizza eaters the world over. Photo by Michael Berger Kosar has a great entrepreneurial origin story. The next three decades of her career don’t make as tidy a narrative. The bags got commoditized; Kosar lost business to lower-priced competitors…
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  • Who is Chris Brogan

    Chris Brogan
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    You know, sometimes I take it for granted that you know who I am. I thought I’d share. Continue ReadingThe post Who is Chris Brogan appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Shine Your Own Bat Signal

    Chris Brogan
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    It’s our job to be storytellers of what we do for the world, and who we seek, and how we’ll help them. If you’re not taking your opportunity to help, to connect, to build the storyline that will guide people to understand what you have that can help them, you’re missing your chance. Shine Your Own Bat Signal Think of the immense opportunity. We used to have to beg or buy our way into the newspaper. Can you imagine doing that these days? And yet, when you’re given the chance to address the world, to tell an interesting story, to do anything that will build some…
  • Best Apps and Software of 2014

    Chris Brogan
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you know me, you know that this list won’t be your typical. I don’t care which software most people use. But I do have some thoughts on the matter as it applies to doing business. See, that’s always been the angle. I’m not into the tech. I’m into what the tech helps us DO. And to that end, I do have some opinions on what you should fire up on your phone and tablet and laptop and use more often. Continue ReadingThe post Best Apps and Software of 2014 appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Become a Bigger You

    Chris Brogan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found myself observing many people who were dressed for their nights on the town as if they were starring in a movie or TV show about Vegas. They wore shiny faux-gold sunglasses at night (pretty sure they don’t do this at home). They left three or so buttons undone on their shirts (can you imagine that kind of look at your office?). They wore little black dresses and super high heels and they carried purses that glittered like warfare. As judgmental as I like to be, I am enamored with the idea because in all cases, people were allowing themselves to play, to…
  • Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade Mourning My Childhood’s Holiday Rituals

    Chris Brogan
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s the strangest thing: I’m sitting on a plane bound for Las Vegas where I’ll attend the premiere of a documentary that I participated in, and I am doing what I do mostly: observing people and their decisions. An older woman in the seat in front of me is on her iPad and using the in-flight wifi, a marvel of technology that allows us nearly unfettered access to the universe while at 30,000 feet! And here’s what she’s doing. She’s typed “brown fur sweater” into the search bar at NeimanMarcus.com . Continue ReadingThe post Brown Fur Sweaters and Why I Wasted Over a Decade…
 
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    Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO

  • Fun mosaic effect with Go

    Matt Cutts
    14 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    A few months ago I saw a cool mosaic effect in a Wired ad for CA Technologies. Here’s what part of the ad looked like: I liked the ad, so I wondered how they did it. Can you see out how to create a similar effect? Take a minute to figure it out as an exercise. Here’s what I came up with: divide the image into tiles. For each tile, compute an average overall color for that tile. Then go back and blend every pixel in that tile with the average color. So if a tile is partly dark and partly blue, the average color is a dark blue, so the blue in that tile becomes even darker. I like…
  • An investment reading list

    Matt Cutts
    30 Nov 2014 | 11:54 pm
    If you’ve read Scott Adams’ financial advice and my financial tips in case you win a startup lottery, then you might be interested in a few more pointers to good resources. Some web pages and books: – Don’t Play the Losers’ Game, by Henry Blodget. This is a short, accessible piece that explains why picking individual stocks on Wall Street is a bad idea for almost anyone. – Website: the Bogleheads forum. An incredibly smart group of people who like to discuss investing, finance, and money. Their investment philosophy page is pure financial wisdom distilled.
  • New 30 day challenge: “hermit mode”

    Matt Cutts
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I’ve been spending more time surfing the web on my laptop than I’d like to. I’ve also noticed more emails that lure me into short tasks, but eventually eat up a large chunk of my day. I’d prefer to be spending more time working on projects, reading, and unplugging. So my new 30 day challenge will be to enter a sort of “hermit mode” where I don’t spend more than an hour a day on my laptop. I’m also going to try to say “no” more often. My hope is that if I turn down a few meetings for a while, I’ll end up working more on projects…
  • 30 day challenge wrap-up: writing

    Matt Cutts
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    So how did I do on my 30 day writing challenge? Well, the picture tells the story: Not too bad! I did miss one day, but here’s a secret about 30 day challenges: if you miss a day or two, you can just keep doing the challenge for another day or so at the end. Or don’t worry about it: you’re trying out something new, and you only have to answer to yourself. What went well this time? Well, I finally wrote down a few things that I’ve been meaning to publish for years, from Scott Adams’ financial advice to my own hard-won financial tips, and from a piece about a level…
  • Buy Viagra online?

    Matt Cutts
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:34 am
    Working in webspam, we sometimes use the phrase “buy Viagra online” as an example of a search query that might be spammy. That’s why I noticed and remembered the 2013 announcement that you can officially buy Viagra online. As this Time article points out, you’ve actually been able to buy Viagra online through legitimate pharmacy websites for quite some time. In May of 2013, Pfizer announced the process would become more direct through a collaboration with CVS. What about “generic Viagra”? To the best of my knowledge, some patents on Viagra haven’t…
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    Bob Sutton

  • 12 Books That Every Leader Should Read: Updated

    Bobsutton
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating -- a list of “Books Every Leader Should Read” on this Work Matters blog since 2011. These are books that have taught me much about people, teams, and organizations -- while at the same time -- provide useful guidance (if sometimes indirectly) about what it takes to lead well versus badly. This is the latest update. I just updated the list over at LinkedIn and have included it here as well. I have expanded it to 12 books this year and, even with that, I left out many of my favorites – and probably many of yours as well. After all,…
  • "Give and Take" in Paperback: Check Out the Launch Fun and Goodies

    Bobsutton
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Adam Grant's book Give and Take is, in my view, one of the most important management -- and life -- books ever written because it makes such a compelling evidence-based case that, to get ahead in life, you don't have to exploit people or be selfish jerk.  "Takers" who act that way often do better in the short-term, but if they can learn to avoid being exploited or getting burned-out, Adam shows that "givers" win over the long haul.  On top of this, the blend of Adam's smarts, warmth, generosity, and persistence make him one of the most appealing…
  • Walt Disney and Brad Bird on Why They Want to Make Money

    Bobsutton
    6 Mar 2014 | 4:06 pm
    I was exchanging emails with a colleague that used to be at the Stanford d.school and now works with schools.  He menionted Brad Bird, which reminded my of an interview that Huggy Rao and I did with him in 2008 for the McKinsey Quarterly, just before he won his second Academy Award (for directing Ratatouille).  It ended with a great quote that I just love:   Walt Disney’s mantra was, “I don’t make movies to make money—I make money to make movies.” That’s a good way to sum up the difference between Disney at its height and Disney when it was lost. It’s also true…
  • I NEED HELP FOR AN HBR INTERVIEW! How do you deal with coworkers that you just can't stand?

    Bobsutton
    5 Mar 2014 | 8:14 am
    Huggy Rao and I continue to be focused on the launch of our new book Scaling Up Excellence.  But every now and then i can't resist doing something different  I got an email the other day from Harvard Business Review writer Karen Dillon. Here is what she asked.  After reading it, I realized that it is such a hard question that I could use some help:   I'm working on a guidebook on the topic of office politics for HBR. It's a highly practical guide, part of a popular HBR guidebook series providing solutions for real-world problems. Each chapter…
  • Why Big Teams Suck: Seven (Plus or Minus Two) Is the Magical Number Once Again

    Bobsutton
    3 Mar 2014 | 9:28 am
    I also posted this piece over at LinkedIn this morning.  It offers a simple lesson, but one that is often disregarded, and in turn undermines the team and organizational performance, creates dysfunctional conflict. and weakens social bonds.  In 1957, British naval historian and management satirist Northcote Parkinson painted a cynical picture of a typical committee: It starts with four or five members, quickly grows to nine or ten, and, once it balloons to 20 and beyond, meetings become an utter waste of time – and all the important work is done before and after…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs December Twenty

    John Jantsch
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Weekend Favs December Twenty 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. Great new little market and kitchen near my office – The Sundry Good stuff I found this week: Localize.js – Service and tool that make it…
  • The Secret to Working Less Without Making Less

    Guest Post
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    The Secret to Working Less Without Making Less written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing, and today’s guest post is from Jenna Dalton– Enjoy! photo credit: kroszk@ You want a life. You want a successful business. But is it possible to have both? Yes it is. You just need to know the secret to working less without making less. The key is to be constantly asking this one critical question… “Am I being productive, or am I just keeping busy?” The truth is, there are very few things that you…
  • Focus on Important Instead of Urgent

    Guest Post
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Focus on Important Instead of Urgent written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing, and today’s guest post is from Paige Wilson– Enjoy! photo credit: Copyright: elnur / 123RF Stock Photo As a small business owner, do you know how much your company earns or loses because of the skills of your employees? How can you increase the productivity and efficiency of your business? Productivity is vital to the success of a business, especially for small businesses. Every business owes its success to the…
  • The Role of Luck in a Startup

    John Jantsch
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Role of Luck in a Startup written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with Mikkel Svane When you look at a seemingly successful company – say one that went from meager to startup to household name to public phenomenon – it’s easy to gloss over what it took to get from the garage to the board room. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Mikkel Svane, founder and CEO of Zendesk. From humble beginnings: “Zendesk was started in a Copenhagen loft by three friends who…
  • Stop Trying to Make Your Customers Smarter!

    John Jantsch
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Stop Trying to Make Your Customers Smarter! written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Waiting for a flight home from Bangkok the other week, I found myself leaving the lounge at the same time as a lovely elderly woman from Chicago. She was headed home, after being part of a two-week group tour around Thailand. We struck up a conversation (of course we did, dear reader, do you not know me? I talk to EVERYONE!) – Anyhow, as I offered to carry her bag to the gate, we compared seats – She was sitting two seats in front of me, and she showed me…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Could ibuprofen be an anti-aging medicine?

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    Ibuprofen extends the lifespan of C. elegans worms: survival curves shown here are for worms treated with ibuprofen at a dose of 0.1 mM (red) compared to experiment-matched untreated (credit: Chong He et al./PLOS Genetics) Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study by researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.  Publishing in PLoS Genetics (open access) December 18, scientists showed that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies. Brian…
  • New magnetoelectric memory promises low-power, instant-on computing devices

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    A conceptual illustration of magnetization reversal, given by the compasses, with an electric field (blue) applied across the gold capacitors. The compass needles under the electric field are rotated 180 degrees from those not under the field (0 degrees rotated). The two-step switching sequence described in the paper is represented by the blurred compass needle under the electric field, making an intermediate state between the 0 and 180-degree rotated states. (Credit: John Heron) A team led by postdoctoral associate John Heron of Cornell University has developed a room-temperature…
  • Deep neural network rivals primate brain in object recognition

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Example images from three of the seven image categories used to measure object category recognition performance by neural networks and monkeys (credit: Cadieu et al./ PLoS Comput Biol) A new study from MIT neuroscientists has found that for the first time, one of the latest generation of “deep neural networks” matches the ability of the primate brain to recognize objects during a brief glance. Because these neural networks were designed based on neuroscientists’ current understanding of how the brain performs object recognition, the success of the latest networks suggests that…
  • Organic matter detected on Mars

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:31 pm
    This self-portrait of NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity combines dozens of exposures taken by the rover’s Mars Hand Lens Imager on Feb. 3, 2013 plus three exposures taken May 10, 2013 to show two holes (in lower left quadrant) where Curiosity used its drill on the rock target “John Klein”. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) The team responsible for the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite on NASA’s Curiosity rover has made the first definitive detection of organic molecules at Mars, but there’s not enough evidence to tell if the matter came from ancient…
  • Quadriplegic shapes robot hand with her thoughts

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Controlling a robot arm with her thoughts, quadriplegic shapes the hand into four positions (credit: Journal of Neural Engineering/IOP Publishing) In an experiment, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost-human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts, directing it to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes and showing that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms. The findings by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,…
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    Escape From Cubicle Nation

  • 7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

    Pamela Slim
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:18 am
    On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business. The legal mistakes can be especially egregious, and costly. I want to emphatically recommend that you follow Rachel’s advice. It will not only protect you from risk, it will make your business much stronger and more enduring. Enjoy her advice, and cover your assets! -Pam —- “Your body of work is…
  • How to think like a marketer and sell like a superstar – interview with John Jantsch

    Pamela Slim
    27 May 2014 | 3:59 pm
    When I first started writing about small business marketing many years ago, one of the first people I heard about was John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing. John had a great reputation, a solid business and a well-respected and highly trafficked blog. I referred many clients to his first book, Duct Tape Marketing. Then to his second, The Referral Engine, and his third, The Commitment Engine. Through the years, we became good friends, and he has been a very trusted and valued mentor in my own business. I was thrilled that he wrote a new book, this time about selling, called Duct Tape Selling. I…
  • Scaling up Excellence: An interview with Stanford professor Bob Sutton

    Pamela Slim
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Many entrepreneurs dream of starting a business in their garage, scaling it, then selling it to Google for a billion dollars. Such things rarely happen. But scaling happens every day, in our career, our business or our workplace. We are constantly trying to improve ourselves, share our ideas, and put in systems and infrastructure that will grow our organizations without destroying that which made them great. Stanford professors Robert Sutton and Huggy Rao describe in their exceptionally well-researched and readable new book, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less…
  • Celebrating the body of work of my clients in 2013

    ssanders
    31 Dec 2013 | 7:52 am
    Happy New Year’s Eve! 2013 has been a very special year for me. In addition to working with some amazing people, traveling to great events and having fun with my family, I wrote a brand new book, Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together that I believe will define my own body of work (pun intended!) for the next ten years. Here is the book trailer created by my awesome friends at Simplifilm. Today is the last day to get preorder goodies, including an all-expense paid trip to Phoenix to get a consulting day with me where we work intensively on your career or…
  • Search for good stories and good stories will search for you

    Pamela Slim
    27 Dec 2013 | 1:43 pm
    Any professional journalist will tell you that maintaining an objective point of view is a critical part of telling an accurate and interesting story. Boston Globe reporter Billy Baker maintained this principle when he went in search of an interesting story about someone on the #19 bus line in Boston. He found it, through the help of Emmett Folgert, who runs the Dorchester Youth Collaborative, in the story of George and Johnny Huynh, who traveled on the #19 bus from their rough neighborhood into Boston Charter School, which Billy called “one of the great symbols of hope” in the…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Performance As Design

    Matt
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Performance As Design, by Brad Frost. Great thoughts and links. Performance is going to be a big focus for me in 2015.
  • Email Spell Check

    Matt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I kind of want spell check for emails I receive, not just ones I send. Also someone needs to make a Ubiquiti server hosting service.
  • Life Hack

    Matt
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Life Hack: Put leftovers on top of your Mac Pro to keep them warm.
  • Science of Hits

    Matt
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Because the most-popular songs now stay on the charts for months, the relative value of a hit has exploded. The top 1 percent of bands and solo artists now earn 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music, media researchers report. And even though the amount of digital music sold has surged, the 10 best-selling tracks command 82 percent more of the market than they did a decade ago. The advent of do-it-yourself artists in the digital age may have grown music’s long tail, but its fat head keeps getting fatter.” — The Shazam Effect.
  • Peak Beard

    Matt
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    “If, like me, you are a staunch pogonophile and do not believe there is a single man who cannot be improved with a beard, these are happy times indeed.” The Guardian asks Have we reached peak beard?. Also check out their take on the lumbersexual, which a closet full of plaid shirts might indicate I’m trending toward.
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    Tom Peters

  • Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga

    Tom Peters
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    FYI, this is a revision of an antique—but arguably more relevant than ever (PDF version also available): "Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious and anything self-conscious is lousy. You simply must ... Do things."—Ray Bradbury "By indirection direction find."—Hamlet, II. I "To be playful is to allow for unlimited possibility."—James Carse "No one […] The post Surprise, Transformation & Excellence through “Spontaneous Discovery”:A Personal Saga appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • A TEN-POINT “NO OPTION” MANIFESTO: RE-IMAGINE. EXCELLENCE. INNOVATE. NOW. OR PERISH.

    Tom Peters
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Herein the outline of my presentation to PAI Market Partners Conference on 05 December in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: 1. "Software is eating the world."—Marc Andreessen. "It" has been coming for a long time. But "wait 'til next year" is done. Radical—very radical—technology-driven changes, featuring robotics-executed surgery, algorithms that dominate the world's financial markets, the […] The post A TEN-POINT “NO OPTION” MANIFESTO: RE-IMAGINE. EXCELLENCE. INNOVATE. NOW. OR PERISH. appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Dominican Republic

    Cathy Mosca
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    This may be the first time Tom has ever gone to the Dominican Republic. He‘s in a town beautifully named Punta Cana, speaking to a group from Payment Alliance International (PAI) at their 2014 Market Partner Conference. The PPT files can be downloaded here. Enjoy! PAI Market Partner Conference PAI, Long Version The post Dominican Republic appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Podcast: Perspectives and Predictions

    Cathy Mosca
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    From all reports, Tom had a good time talking to former associates and good friends Robert Thompson and Mike Neiss. The topic of the podcast was Perspectives and Predictions, and the talk got started with the subject of Social Business. That discussion led to a conversation with Cheryl Burgess, coauthor of The Social Employee. The […] The post Podcast: Perspectives and Predictions appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan

    Tom Peters
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    One essayist ungrammatically called Japan "uniquely unique." Ungrammatical or not, it is perhaps accurate. In addition to jet lag following a 13+ hour flight from Boston to Tokyo, the intrigue of Japanese culture per se gripped me instantly. My wife, Susan, is a tapestry weaver, textile designer, and avid gardener, and this was her first […] The post 12 Whirlwind Days in Japan appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Business at Web Speed, Stopwatches, and Top Guns

    Valeria Maltoni
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Making Sense: When we change the way we look at things, what we look at does change. This has implications both for us as individuals and as organizations. Why You're Wrong about TOP GUN - Maverick Was a Phony. Geek Tyrant: Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy in the the story, he was just a scared kid who was trying to be a tough guy. Designing Change. Esko Kilpi: Change starts often with recognition between new people with different views and different approaches, evolving into a creative, complementary sense of consciousness. Designing change is sometimes about new connections, new…
  • Making Connections Visible

    Valeria Maltoni
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    In the early days of blogging we used to link a lot to each other. Individuals welcomed different points of view, voice, and style, and peer bloggers. Memes were fun ways of revealing yourself to others. This is not just just some nostalgic thought about how we were, it is a data point in the conversation about how connections stimulate creativity and expand our thinking. Which in turn shows up in the quality and variety of the work we do. Is it possible to each contributing three slides to a deck and call that collaboration? When often one team has no idea of what is going on with the other?
  • An Outside In View of Complexity

    Valeria Maltoni
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Tackling a topic like complex systems in simple terms is a worthy challenge. Because the reward is understanding. When we understand an issue and are able to break it down into its components we can begin to tackle it productively. Bud Caddell uses a thought experiment to explain what complexity is, why it is important to meet it with rigor, and how to analyze it to do interesting things like predicting the future and adapting. What are complex systems? Complex systems are a network of things that are connected... that get to do really interesting things like anticipate the future and adapt.
  • The Inside Out Power of Storytelling

    Valeria Maltoni
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Good storytelling is a multi-sensory experience because it engages your imagination, gets and keeps you your attention with emotion, while it follows narrative conventions, even when it breaks them. Pixar excels at the craft, and this time it looks like they have outdone themselves by bringing together the character-istics introduced in countless stories to create a new adventure from the point of view of some of the emotions themselves: joy - she's glowing, isn't she? fear - a slim version of a fuller form anger - all action disgust - defiance personified sadness - true blue I watched the…
  • My Talk on Influence

    Valeria Maltoni
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    SMX East Everyone is Wrong about Influence. Except Your Customers. from Valeria Maltoni Once upon a time I started on a journey of discovery on what works well and what does not provide the desired results when it comes to building and connecting with influence. SXSW solo presentation, or more appropriately conference in the meaning of exchange of views, was the catalyst. Here was the panel picker description and here was the #sxsw-influence post summarizing my year of blogging about the topic. The culmination of my work was not the talk, of course, and I was especially grateful to Joe…
 
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • A Holiday Wish

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    We are all designers. You may call yourself a front-end developer, but if you spend hours shaving half-seconds off an interaction, that’s user experience and you, my friend, are a designer. If the client asks, “Can you migrate all my old content to the new CMS?” and you answer, “Of course we can, but should we?”, you are a designer. Even our users are designers. Think about it. ON THE TITLES that divide, and the spirit that unites us: My Holiday Wish for all people who make websites—in today’s 24ways.
  • Poverty is a System Design Failure

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    “POVERTY is a system-design failure.” So says my friend Pär (“Peyo”) Almqvist in a World Economic Forum article he wrote last year when his company, OMC Power—which brings sustainable, renewable, off-the-grid energy to the poorest people in rural India—was selected as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Peyo’s article explains better than I could how renewable-energy companies, locked out of first-world competition by entrenched fossil fuel interests, are bringing the future to poor rural and urban areas—and ushering in a new era of decentralized power. (Much like the…
  • Big Web Show № 123: Why Clients Spend More on Toilets Than Design

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:10 pm
    DESIGNER Andy Budd and I discuss why clients spend more on toilet cleaning than design; honest pitching; the ins and outs of agile pricing; modular code libraries; selling web services instead of deliverables; the maturation of our industry since the mid-1990s; the value of reputation; design as a collaborative process; how and why agencies get invited to pitch; passion as studio marketing; our field’s evolution from layout-making to strategic design thinking; and much more. Enjoy Big Web Show № 123: Leading a Design Agency with Clearleft’s Andy Budd.
  • Webfonts with Stylistic Sets from Hoefler & Co.

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    Now there’s a way to transform your web typography at the touch of a button: introducing Stylistic Sets for webfonts at Cloud.typography. www.typography.com/blog/webfonts-with-stylistic-sets/
  • Big, Beautiful Dropcaps with CSS initial-letter

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    9 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    Just beautiful. demosthenes.info/blog/961/Big-Beautiful-DropCaps-with-CSS-initial-letter
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • How to spread word of mouth by doing the right thing

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Here’s the fantastic thing about word of mouth: The good guys win. The companies who earn our respect and recognition — the ones we tell everyone about — do it by doing truly wonderful things. But we know that even with the best intentions, it can be easy to forget to make goodwill a part of your strategy. So here are three examples to help get you going: 1. Host a charitable event 2. Ask them to pay it forward 3. Invest in your community 1. Host a…
  • Why ASAP makes work suck

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from The Pursuit of Happiness, a blog on happy workplaces and work culture at my company, GasPedal. Check it out for more posts like this every week. Here at GasPedal, we have functions that each team is responsible for. They’re the recurring things we have to do to keep the business running — things like paying the bills, preparing for an upcoming event, or taking the time to write this post, for example. They’re important, but they’re not always urgent. If we’re not careful, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest new project or new…
  • Newsletter #1018: The “Elements of a Great Logo” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Dec 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.] Your logo isn’t just a big part of your company’s identity, it might be the only part of your brand most people come into contact with. And while there are entire professions devoted to figuring out the best one for each company, there are still some basics that we think make a big difference for any company’s logo. Here are four things that make a logo great: 1. It needs no…
  • Sherri Maxson, Social Business Leader at Grainger

    Andy Sernovitz
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from my company, SocialMedia.org’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. Sherri Maxson is one of those all-star SocialMedia.org members who has taken us along for her career as a social media executive at three different brands. She’s been a member since 2010 and a speaker at two different SocialMedia.org Member Meetings. With nearly 20 years of professional experience in the digital world, Sherri Maxson’s career started back in 1994 as a web developer when the Internet was still new and shiny…
  • 3 word of mouth tips for local businesses

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Local businesses have a great opportunity to tap into community pride and earn passionate word of mouth from people around town. The businesses that get this right become the icons of a community — the companies people think of when they talk about what makes their town unique. (P.S. This works for local franchises of big brands too.) How to become a remarkable local business: 1. Be a hometown billboard 2. Don’t forget your best influencers 3. Take part in…
 
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  • Care to Share? What Was YOUR Most Popular Post of 2014?

    Stacey Roberts
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    So last week we went right through the top five posts on ProBlogger 2014 in each of the categories of monetization, creating content, social media, writing, and general tips. Some of them were surprising, but most weren’t – good advice is good advice, after all! I know a lot of you have seen real results from making these changes to the way you work. So what we wanted to know was – what is the most popular post on your blog this year? Can you see why it was popular? And more importantly – what can you learn from it that will help you for your content next year? Is it a…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: General Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:35 am
    This week we’ve covered the five most popular posts in the areas of monetization, content, social media, and writing tips. Today we bring you the top 5 general tips that readers found most useful. I hope they do to you too! Read it now, or pin for later. 1. 5 Quick Grammar Tips to Improve Your Writing – Plus Free Downloadable Cheat Sheet A super-handy overview of apostrophes, when to use that/which/who, when to use “everyday” vs. “every day”, commas, and capitalization. The cheat sheet is perfect for printing out and leaving it in your workspace so…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Writing Tips

    Stacey Roberts
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    So useful content is king, and we need to provide it consistently. But how? And what if writing isn’t our strong suit? I always find that writing tips, guides, and productivity hacks score high in the interest scale of ProBlogger readers. These were the five most-read posts this year. 1. 6 Lessons in Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines We all know headlines are what can make or break your post: if your headline sucks, people just won’t read. This post has six ways to nail it, every time. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson 2. 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Social Media

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Social media and how to navigate it was, again, a big issue in 2014. Which platform is best? How do we use it effectively? Are we still using Google Plus? Where did everyone on Twitter go? These are the answers we found…   1. 5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Without Relying on Google Traffic As Darren has said before, putting all your eggs in the Google basket can be risky (and devastating – he almost lost his business). We learned how to boost our traffic without relying on the Google fallback. 2. How to Socialize Your Posts for Maximum Effect What’s the point of promoting…
  • Most Popular Posts on ProBlogger 2014: Creating Content

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    Content is King, as they say (or is it?!) so it’s no wonder that this topic was one of the most popular this year. Write great, useful content and promote it well – it’s the baseline for a successful blog. Which of these top five posts resonates with you? 1. How to Consistently Come up with Great Post Ideas for Your Blog Part of our Creating Content Theme Week, a behemoth post of advice that will mean you will never be stuck for a post idea again. 2. How to Promote Your Blog with Content that Will Grow Your Traffic, Links, and Shares It’s everything you want in one…
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  • My Emails with Sichuan Garden

    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many people have seen my emails with Ran Duan of Sichuan Garden restaurant in Brookline. Having reflected on my interaction with Ran, including what I said and how I said it, it's clear that I was very much out of line. I aspire to act with great respect and humility in dealing with others, no matter what the situation. Clearly I failed to do so. I am sorry, and I intend to do better in the future. I have reached out to Ran and will apologize to him personally as well.
  • Google's Advertising Labels in 2014

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

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

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

    20 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who benefits from Bitcoin? Not savvy customers who would otherwise pay by credit card with cashback or loyalty points. I sketch the arithmetic in today's post.
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  • The 6 Pillars of Social Commerce [VIDEO]

    Brian Solis
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    In April 2012, I wrote a piece that explored online social behavior and its impact on commerce and decision-making. The work was inspired by a series of studies based on the work of Robert Cialdini that identified six universal heuristics that shoppers use to make decisions. The importance of social psychology can not be overstated. This branch of psychology deals with how people think about influence and how individuals relate to one another. The social economy is shaped by how people earn and spend social capital. Based on the commerce of actions, words, and intentions, individuals…
  • Employees are as or More Important Than Customers: Why Ignoring Employee Engagement Hurts Business

    Brian Solis
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    In a late 2013 study, Gallup found that only 13% of workers actually feel engaged at their jobs.  What’s worse is that 63% of the workforce is not engaged at all. But wait, the news gets even more disheartening. An astounding 24%, one-quarter of the global workforce, is actively disengaged right now. Essentially we have a significant number of workers doing their best impression of corporate zombies who go through the everyday motions to collect a paycheck. So are employees to blame? Nope. This incredible set of findings falls squarely on management or the lack thereof. What’s missing?
  • Digital Transformation: A Year in Review

    Brian Solis
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
    When I published the first in a new series of reports exploring the state and future of Digital Transformation, it was almost the antithesis of a typical technology report.  It didn’t talk about tech trends for automated marketing. It mentioned zero platforms, software or apps for improving processes, manufacturing or customer or employee engagement. It also didn’t talk about the latest enterprise cloud services to improve marketing or CRM or process big data and the like. Instead, I, along with my Altimeter Group colleagues Jaimy Szymanski and Charlene Li, offered a behind the scenes…
  • Community is Much More Than Belonging to Something; It’s About Doing Something Together That Makes Belonging Matter

    Brian Solis
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Viginia Coutinho is a dear friend who just released a new book (in Portuguese) that helps strategists think differently about social media. She is also the organizer of Upload Lisboa, a fantastic event in Portugal that focuses on innovation and disruptive technologies. Earlier in the year, she surprised me by asking if I would consider writing the foreword. Even though I don’t write much about social media these days, I couldn’t let her down.  Now that her book is available, I wanted to share the English version of the foreword with you here. I hope it helps or makes a…
  • 1 Short But Important Prediction for Marketing in 2015

    Brian Solis
    28 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    It’s that time of year when experts share their predictions and others assemble them into long lists. Yay! I’ve only managed to write one officially so far. And to be honest, it’s less of a prediction and more of something for a wish list, not just for the future of marketing, but all of business. I’d love to say that by 2015 we will truly see digital strategies that are integrated across digital, social, mobile, advertising, marketing, comms, et al. But, we won’t. What we will see though is a more conscious effort to bring disparate groups to the table to learn how to…
 
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  • [cluetrain] How Uber could end its PR nightmare

    davidw
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Uber’s hamfisted behavior continues to get it bad press. The latest: its “surge” pricing, algorithmically set according to demand, went up 400% in Sydney during the hostage-taking event. Uber has responded appropriately, offering refunds, and providing free rides out of the area. At the same time, it’s keeping its pricing elevated to encourage more Uber drivers to get into their cars to pick up passengers there. Some of my friends are suggesting that when someone at Uber notices surge prices spiking and it’s not snowing or rush hour, they ought to look into it.
  • Jeff Jarvis on journalism as a service

    davidw
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    My wife and I had breakfast with Jeff Jarvis on Thursday, so I took the opportunity to do a quick podcast with him about his new book Geeks Bearing Gifts: Imagining New Futures for News. I like the book a lot. It proposes that we understand journalism as a provider of services rather than of content. Jeff then dissolves journalism into its component parts and asks us to imagine how they could be envisioned as sustainable services designed to help readers (or viewers) accomplish their goals. It’s more a brainstorming session (as Jeff confirms in the podcast) than a “10 steps to…
  • [2b2k] The Harvard Business School Digital Initiative’s webby new blog

    davidw
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Harvard Business School Digital Initiative [twitter:digHBS] — led by none other than Berkman‘s Dr. Colin Maclay — has launched its blog. The Digital Initiative is about helping HBS explore the many ways the Net is affecting (or not affecting) business. From my point of view, it’s also an opportunity to represent, and advocate for, Net values within HBS.[1] (Disclosure: I am officially affiliated with the Initiative as an unremunerated advisor. Colin is a dear friend.[2]) The new blog is off to a good start:Digital News, Devices, and Design Thinking in India by Hasit…
  • Cézanne’s unfortunate wife

    davidw
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:06 pm
    We went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its amazing, bottomless collection, but while we were there we visited the Madame Cézanne exhibit. It’s unsettling and, frankly, repellant. Please note that I understand that I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m the sort of museum-goer who likes the works that he likes. I can’t even predict what is going to touch me, much less make sense of it. Which is, I believe, more or less the opposite of how actual criticism works. The Met has assembled twenty-four paintings and sketches by Cézanne of his wife Hortense. As…
  • [2b2k] Agre on minds and hands

    davidw
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I recently published a column at KMWorld pointing out some of the benefits of having one’s thoughts share a context with people who build things. Today I came across an article by Jethro Masis titled “Making AI Philosophical Again: On Philip E. Agre’s Legacy.” Jethro points to a 1997 work by the greatly missed Philip Agre that says it so much better: …what truly founds computational work is the practitioner’s evolving sense of what can be built and what cannot” (1997, p. 11). The motto of computational practitioners is simple: if you cannot build it, you do…
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  • When You Practice What You Preach…

    Craig Newmark
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    I'm hearing, anecdotally, that cultural transformation at VA and elsewhere might have been nudged into motion by relentlessly handing out my business card and practicing what I preach. The big thing I've learned here is that for me, tech skills and money aren't what gets the job done. What works is bearing witness to the good works of others. This can work partly through helping 'em get their social networks going, by sharing their stuff. My business card says "customer service rep & founder" and people see that I'm committed to that, every day. Customer…
  • Why We Need More Women In Tech

    Craig Newmark
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Women and girls still face a lot of obstacles in shaping technologies. The digital gender divide might be getting worse. Women and girls everywhere are missing, underrepresented, and dropping out from technology fields. As a result,  today's tech – and increasingly today's world – does not reflect the diversity of women's experiences or ingenuity. This isn't fair, it's not treating people like you want to be treated. Beyond that, I've observed that technology is improved when women and girls have equal access. That's pretty much common sense,…
  • Big News: $2M+ Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

    Craig Newmark
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Folks, I just got an update from Ed Norton, one of the co-founders of CrowdRise, about the #GivingTower Holiday Challenge I'm sponsoring with MacAndrews & Forbes, Fred & Joanne Wilson, and Isaac S. Gindi. This year I'm giving $50k to support nonprofits. A total of $250k is being given away in prize money, but an impressive $2 million+ has already been raised by the nonprofits participating. Last year, at this point in the Challenge, the total raised was: $609,835. That's $1,561,954 more raised right now than was raised at this same time last year. This is the real…
  • How the Internet Creates Possibility

    Craig Newmark
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Folks, I support the Ekialo Kiona Center (EK Center) and the Organic Health Response, and they're creating real change. I get updates every so often, and I like to share the good work they're doing. They seek to activate information technology, social solidarity, and environmental sustainability to turn the tide against HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria (in Kenya). The EK Center's seen, first hand, how tech can turn a community into a global village, how a lizard in the security shed can shut everything down, and just how important local-global youth development is. This…
  • How #GivingTuesday Raised Over $45million

    Craig Newmark
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Folks, I support #GivingTuesday each year because it's the real deal. I got an update from Henry Timms… More data and stories are still coming in, but here are the highlights as they stand right now (more soon!): Indiana University is estimating an overall 63% increase this year in online donations. Early results from Blackbaud show a 159% increase in online donations from the first #GivingTuesday in 2012. Network for Good processed more than double the donation total from last year. 20,000 partners participated in all US states – partners included nonprofits, local business…
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  • The Mother Of God Through The Ages

    Dish Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    by Dish Staff The Economist‘s E.W. recently visited “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea”, a new exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC. How depictions of Jesus’ mother changed over time: Pre-Renaissance Mary is represented as queenly: ennobled, enthroned, surrounded by angels and engulfed in celestial light. In the late Middle Ages she becomes more approachable, appearing more often in the garb of an unassuming peasant. The humanist conception of Mary gained further traction in the Renaissance: she is less empress of heaven, more…
  • Will All Dogs Really Go To Heaven?

    Dish Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    by Dish Staff The Internet recently was filled with reports that Pope Francis said “yes.” Alas, it turns out to have been a misunderstanding: According to initial reports Francis had been comforting a small boy over the death of his dog, when he declared, “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ. Paradise is open to all God’s creatures.” Even The New York Times ran the story on the front page. This is the progressive Francis we all know and love: he’s willing to talk about the divorced and remarried receiving communion and he boldly extends…
  • Waters’ World, Ctd

    Dish Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:39 pm
    by Dish Staff A NSFW clip from Pink Flamingos: Jerry Saltz celebrates John Waters as not only “one of America’s best moviemakers, [but] also an outstandingly original artist”: No one gets the cross-section of showbiz and fandom like him. In giving us these extraordinarily particular individuals and distinct visages — both psychological and visual — Waters gets you to know in your bones that the more we are part of a vast crowd of people who idolize someone or something, the more alone and special we feel in our idolization. These are the tribal roots of his art — maybe…
  • A Poem For Saturday

    Alice Quinn
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    by Alice Quinn “The Magi” by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939): Now as at all times I can see in the mind’s eye, In their stiff, painted clothes, the pale unsatisfied ones Appear and disappear in the blue depth of the sky With all their ancient faces like rain-beaten stones, And all their helms of silver hovering side by side, And all their eyes still fixed, hoping to find once more, Being by Calvary’s turbulence unsatisfied, The uncontrollable mystery on the bestial floor. (From Christmas Poems © 2008 New Directions Publishing Corporation. Image: James Tissot’s…
  • Down And Dirty On Broadway

    Dish Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    by Dish Staff Laurence Maslon looks back to musical theater’s lurid past: Coded references to risqué and sexual matters were catnip to the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Cole Porter. In the case of Pal Joey, Hart found a soulmate (and drinking buddy) in the book’s writer, the equally louche John O’Hara. Within the first 15 lines of the show, during which an aspiring nightclub singer is quizzed by a prospective manager, there are references to cocaine, alcohol, pederasty, and one-night stands. In this show, which Richard Rodgers wrote was the first musical “to deal with the facts of…
 
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • A New Driver in the House

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Roughly six months ago we bought Jane a car. We made this purchase mindfully. As soon as Jane had her driver’s permit I had her do the bulk of the driving. My preference being that by the time she was ready to drive on her own she had at least a hundred hours under her belt. Six months later I do believe she had considerably more. We gave Jane six months of driving an average of 45 minutes a day in her own car before she was fully licensed. We bought her a crossover with great safety ratings and enough power to get on the freeway safely but not enough to get into trouble. I taught her…
  • HTC RE Camera

    Jessica Gottlieb
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The folks at HTC dropped off a RE Camera for me to play with. Trying out the RE camera from HTC. Looking forward to using it in the Cook Islands. A photo posted by Jessica Gottlieb (@jessicagottlieb) on Dec 12, 2014 at 12:04pm PST It’s a weird looking camera. Almost like a periscope and since there’s no viewfinder my kids and I just spent a lot of time staring it and waiting for it to do something. Pro tip: It doesn’t do anything if you just stare at it. The RE Camera is pretty cool though if you’re looking for something between your phone and a GoPro. It’s…
  • 2015 Mazda3 Review: It’s Time to Revisit Mazda – I Really Enjoyed it

    Jessica Gottlieb
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    When the folks at Mazda asked me if I wanted to try driving the 2015 Mazda3 I said, “No thank you.” Two years ago when I drove a Mazda 3 I found it to be rather unimpressive. They then explained to me that the Mazda3 had changed quite a bit so I agreed to have Mazda drop one off for a week. I am pleased that I made that decision. I can’t talk about all the changes that have happened from the old Mazda3 to the new one. The most remarkable difference I felt was in the power and handling. Now it’s unfair to treat these is the same vehicle because before I drove…
  • A Very Celebrity Holiday Party

    Jessica Gottlieb
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    This weekend was a four party weekend but I’m going to run out of steam before I can tell you about them all. For the fourth year in a row I’ve been invited to Santa’s Secret Workshop. It’s a little get together for celebrities and their little kids – and for some reason me. I was really proud of myself for knowing who almost every celebrity is. Here’s a sampling of what went down along with some gift ideas for your own family this holiday season. Everyone who attended brought at least one pack of diapers and wipes for L.A. Family Housing, vendors made…
  • The First Holiday Party

    Jessica Gottlieb
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:43 pm
    It’s December so I’ll probably spend the month talking about gifts and parties and I want to be sure to begin with a party I co-hosted with my dear friend Christina Simon. About six months ago Christina starting mentioning to me that she wanted to hostess a party for our friend Vanessa. You see Vanessa is a celebrity chef here in Los Angeles who we both really enjoy on a personal level and whose food I’ve enjoyed over the years. She has a catering company called Mothers Helping Hand and it does exactly what you think it would. She delivers dinners for 4 that are ready to…
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  • Ramblin’ Nick

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Nick Bradbury on laughter, middle age settling, and farts: Hope, unfortunately, can be hard to hold onto the more you learn about the world. That seems to have been a problem for some of the dark humorists I’ve enjoyed.
  • Meta

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 am
    First, a reminder — WinterFest 2014, the festival of artisanal software, is still on. You can get 25% off some great indie apps for thinkers and writers. WinterFest 2014 is the sponsor for this blog this week, and it’s also the last sponsorship this blog will run, and it’s a great note to end on. (I love indie software and so do you.) After this there won’t be any more sponsors. No Inessential readers have complained about the sponsorships, which made me glad. Booking was pretty easy. But dealing with all this is more work than you might think — and, more importantly, it doesn’t…
  • Interface Builder Again

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    This post of mine, almost two years old — How Much, or How Little, I Use Interface Builder These Days — was referenced on Twitter recently. It’s worthwhile to revisit these old posts when things change. And my use of Interface Builder has changed quite a bit since writing that post. Here’s what’s changed: Auto layout has become more and more a required thing. Recently I was doing layout the old-fashioned way on OS X — using resizeSubviewsWithOldSize: — and, in the specific context where I was using it, it didn’t work correctly. (The layout wasn’t actually updated without…
  • Favorite Apps

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    On the Omni blog, several Omni employees write about their favorite apps of 2014. Waterlogue, MarsEdit (that’s mine), Overcast, 80 Days, Prompt 2, BBEdit 11, Aeropress Timer, Editorial, and Pinswift.
  • Bill Talk

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Omni design idol William Van Hecke’s talk from CocoaLove — Your App Is Good and You Should Feel Good — is up on Vimeo.
 
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  • Last Minute Gift Ideas from Tennessee, 2014

    Rex Hammock
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Previously (but I missed last year), I’ve listed some last minute Tennessee-related holiday gift ideas. This year, the emphasis is on food grown or produced (e.g. cooked, prepared, collected, etc.) in the state. (And for the few who may read this on Christmas Eve, I’ve even included a couple Tennessee-related products or distribution channels for the desperate.) These are all products (or collections of products) that can be purchased online, but you need to get your orders in early this week (by December 20) to beat shipping or delivery deadlines. Also, at the bottom of this…
  • A Clearer View of the Future of Google Glass

    Rex Hammock
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    (See Update) November 14, 2014, via Reuters: Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects. Last year, I observed in a post–one that included an email exchange  with Don Norman of Nielson-Norman and author of The Design of Everyday Things–that I believed the product release of Google Glass was bungled by Google. As much as I’m a fan and customer of…
  • For Long Time Readers of RexBlog, a Flying Car Video

    Rex Hammock
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    First: A Flashback to the year 2006 when I blogged all year about stories I’d see regarding flying cars. The truth is, you could pick out any year and read just as many articles about people who are going to start having a commercial version of a flying car next July. For some reason, next July is always far enough in the future so reporters will forget to check back in. Anyway, I just saw this and thought it was too 2006 to pass up. At least they didn’t claim it would be available next July. Related posts: The flying car I don’t expect to see anytime soon (but I keep…
  • Review: The Podcast “Serial”

    Rex Hammock
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    This is the post where I am officially joining the quickly-expanding fan club of Serial (Website | iTunes), the new audio podcast spin-off from Ira Glass’s public radio program, This American Life. It joins Chicago’s WBEZ’s incredible lineup of podcasts that are setting a high standard for the production and distribution of media that are opening eyes (but more importantly, ears) for a coming revival of audio programming unmatched since the golden age of radio (which I’m not old enough to recall personally, despite rumors to the contrary). Unlike This American…
  • Top Ten List of Reasons to Ignore Top 10 List Blog Posts

    Rex Hammock
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Here are the top ten reasons to avoid blog posts that are top ten lists. They are boring and repetitive.. They are obvious. No one reads past #3. So bloggers make up stuff from 5-10. Moses. Now there was a great list writer. A grocery shopping list is good to have. A grocery shopping list is good to have. Did you notice #7 repeated #6? No one else noticed it. They are boring and repetitive. Related posts: Scoble’s A-List Top one list of list-thing I always look forward to this time of year Lists of blog lists
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  • Why I Could Never Mate with a PC User and Other Ramblings

    Berkeley Blog
    13 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    One of my former clients, the founder of Astrology.com, made out with millions. Another client, founder of a nonprofit astronomy site, Planetquest, probably lost a million of his own money in the venture. Even in this age of enlightenment, most people would rather be informed by the alignment of the stars and the planets with their birth dates than by the chance to discover formerly unknown stars and planets in our universe. Are myths more powerful than reality because they don't require the intellectual rigor to understand them? Friends tried to set me up with a recent widower,…
  • Grandmothers Inspire an App, a Platform, and a Cloud

    Berkeley Blog
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Call it cultural convergence: Three of my clients all feature grandmothers as inspirations for their technologies. In one case, it was a grandmother's joy in receiving unexpected phone calls when she was laid up that inspired a new phone app, which won't launch until early next year. Another client was inspired to build an entirely new layer for the Internet that allows for an intention-driven economy because his grandmother -- the first black woman to have her own radio show -- encouraged him to shake up the system and give more power to the people. Again, this platform won't…
  • It's Not About Who Owns Your Data. It's What They Do With It.

    Berkeley Blog
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Andreas Weigand, the guy who built Amazon’s cloud services and is now an itinerant speaker in academic environments, sports a maniacal smile, as if he’d just discovered the algorithm that led to the creation of the universe. Discovery is his modus operandi, as if the world were made for his personal exploration. The other day, at his invitation, I sat in on the final session of his course on the Social Data Revolution, held at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Information, or the iSchool. This session was about data ownership and featured Pete Warden, founder of JetPack and someone who…
  • Reinventing Oneself

    Berkeley Blog
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    If corporations are given the status of personhood – at least under the law – then people can also act as if they are corporations. The other day at yet another conference – it’s the season for convening after summer’s respite – I met a friend who has reinvented herself. She now does x instead of y, which she did when I talked to her a couple of years ago, and in a way she reminded me of IBM, which used to sell computers and now hawks services and which continues to morph as CEOs come and go. It’s disconcerting for flagpoles like myself, who stake an ideological ground base and…
  • Media is Messy

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