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  • To make a long story short

    Scripting News
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    We need a better way to do discourse on the net. See the longer version.
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

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

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
  • Some science book reading lists

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    Jason Kottke
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    From John Horgan, a list of 25 Terrific Science(y) Books. There are some unorthodox picks here (next to some no-brainers): Ulysses, by James Joyce, 1922. Yeah, it's a work of fiction, but as I argued a few years ago, Joyce was a more astute observer of the mind than anyone before or since. He exemplifies Noam Chomsky's dictum that we will always learn more about ourselves from literature than from science. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn, 1962. This sneaky, subversive assault on conventional notions of scientific truth and progress triggered a revolution itself within the…
  • The Love Era

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    John Gruber
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Brent Simmons: This is the age of writing iOS apps for love. […] You the indie developer could become the next Flexibits. Could. But almost certainly not. Okay — not. What’s more likely is that you’ll find yourself working on a Mobile Experience for a Big National Brand(tm) and doing the apps you want to write in your spare time. If there’s a way out of despair, it’s in changing our expectations. There is so much that could and should and will be said about this. But the bottom line is that indie development for iOS and the App Store just hasn’t worked out the way we…
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    Scripting News

  • To make a long story short

    28 Jun 2015 | 2:45 pm
    We need a better way to do discourse on the net. See the longer version.
  • It's not left vs right

    28 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Yesterday's post was intended to be humorous. I don't doubt that algorithms could figure out what most people say on Facebook, and do our speechifying for us. The point behind the humor is this: No issues are so black and white that your template for discourse will spit out a useful statement just by skimming a story. This dumbing-down of discourse is not just present in social networks, but it's also in the news. The NYT says the victories for "the left" now present opportunities to pivot for the right. Well, the victories of this last week are not for the right or the left, and some of it…
  • Facebook is about news, in a weird way

    27 Jun 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Each bit of news potentially fires up a moral parade, where people recite prepared speeches. Often the speeches begin explaining how what someone said is like this other thing, then basically recites a canned story about that thing. You could give each story a number, and just type the number. The computer (Facebook) could then get the text and insert it into the comment for you. Discourse could happen much faster. Eventually Facebook could predict what you'll say and just say it for you. Like the self-driving cars Google is making. You'd sign onto Facebook and see in your notification drop…
  • Dropbox could be king of the one-page app

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    In 2013 when we were getting our browser-based outliner ready, Les Orchard, a longtime reader of this blog, and contributor to our community (he wrote the initial S3 glue for Frontier, a huge gift), suggested we look at using Dropbox as our storage system. I was already a serious Dropbox user, and loved how it virtualized my file system. Using Dropbox meant I could go anywhere, with a laptop, and have access to my full work environment. This was part of the dream of using networks since I started using them in the 70s. Dropbox was a big piece of the puzzle. But Les had shown me how Dropbox…
  • PagePark and OPML

    24 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    The other day I released riverBrowser, a JavaScript toolkit, for browser apps, that renders JSONP files produced by River4. I also released outlineBrowser. It does for JSON outlines what riverBrowser does for rivers. The two are a pair, because outlines can appear in rivers, you need both to display a river. I wanted to separate them, however, because outlines can appear outside of rivers. With outlineBrowser, I could add a feature to PagePark, my easy to use Node.js web server. Now, if you put an OPML file in any folder that's served by PagePark, renders it through a user-specified template…
 
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  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

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

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

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
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  • What happens when things go wrong?

    Seth Godin
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:05 am
    Service resilience is too often overlooked. Most organizations don't even have a name for it, don't measure it, don't plan for it. I totally understand our focus on putting on a perfect show, on delighting people, on shipping an experience that's wonderful. But how do you and your organization respond/react when something doesn't go right? Because that's when everyone is paying attention.        
  • The rejectionists

    Seth Godin
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:17 am
    We can choose to define ourselves (our smarts, our brand, our character) on who rejects us. Or we can choose to focus on those that care enough to think we matter. Carrying around a list of everyone who thinks you're not good enough is exhausting.        
  • Buzzer management

    Seth Godin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    I started the quiz team at my high school. Alas, I didn't do so well at the tryouts, so I ended up as the coach, but we still made it to the finals. It took me thirty years to figure out the secret of getting in ahead of the others who also knew the answer (because the right answer is no good if someone else gets the buzz): You need to press the buzzer before you know the answer. As soon as you realize that you probably will be able to identify the answer by the time you're asked, buzz. Between the time you buzz and the time you're supposed to speak, the answer will come to you. And if it…
  • A corollary to 'Too big to fail'

    Seth Godin
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:19 am
    "Too big to listen." Great organizations listen to our frustrations, our hopes and our dreams. Alas, when a company gets big enough, it starts to listen to the requirements of its shareholders and its best-paid executives instead. Too big to listen is just a nanometer away from "Too big to care."        
  • Pugilists

    Seth Godin
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:44 am
    Fighters and pugilists are different. The fighter fights when she has to, when she's cornered, when someone or something she truly believes in is threatened. It's urgent and it's personal. The pugilist, on the other hand, skirmishes for fun. The pugilist has a hobby, and the hobby is being oppositional. The pugilist can turn any statement, quote or event into an opportunity to have an urgent argument, one that pins you to the ground and makes you question just about anything. Instead of playing chess, the pugilist is playing you. Pugilists make great TV commentators. And they even seem like…
 
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  • Some science book reading lists

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    From John Horgan, a list of 25 Terrific Science(y) Books. There are some unorthodox picks here (next to some no-brainers): Ulysses, by James Joyce, 1922. Yeah, it's a work of fiction, but as I argued a few years ago, Joyce was a more astute observer of the mind than anyone before or since. He exemplifies Noam Chomsky's dictum that we will always learn more about ourselves from literature than from science. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn, 1962. This sneaky, subversive assault on conventional notions of scientific truth and progress triggered a revolution itself within the…
  • Artificial Killing Machine

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    Artificial Killing Machine is an art installation that listens to a public database on US military drone strikes. When there's a strike, a cap gun fires for every death. This time based work accesses a public database on U.S. military drone strikes. When a drone strike occurs, the machine activates, and fires a children's toy cap gun for every death that results. The raw information used by the installation is then printed. The materialized data is allowed to accumulate in perpetuity or until the life cycle of either the database or machine ends. A single chair is placed beneath the…
  • Google Ocean View

    Jason Kottke
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:49 am
    Google Street View includes views from under the Earth's oceans. You can tour shipwrecks, swim with humpback whales, and virtually dive down to dozens of coral reefs. P.S. You can also climb Yosemite's El Capitan on Google Street View, which is SO OMG TERRFIYING THAT I CANT BE BOTHERED TO CORRECTM Y TPYING. Are anyone else's palms soaking wet right now? (via mr) Tags: Google   Google Maps   Google Street View
  • What's going on in Greece?

    Jason Kottke
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Socrates once wrote, "He is richest who is content with the least." Even the great Greek philosopher would be feeling a little too rich today in Greece where citizens, greeted by news that the nation's banks would be closed for the week, lined up at ATMs and employed the Socratic method with the repetition of the question: "Where the hell's my money?" And if you've taken a look at your stock portfolio, there's a decent chance you've asked your broker the same question. Here's an overview of the Greek economic crisis from NYT Upshot, and the latest updates from BBC. This global economy stuff…
  • I Am Chris Farley

    Jason Kottke
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    I Am Chris Farley is a feature length documentary on the comedian and movie star. Here's a trailer: The film is out in theaters on July 31 and will be available as a digital download in August. (via buzzfeed) Tags: Chris Farley   I Am Chris Farley   movies   trailers   video
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  • The Love Era

    John Gruber
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Brent Simmons: This is the age of writing iOS apps for love. […] You the indie developer could become the next Flexibits. Could. But almost certainly not. Okay — not. What’s more likely is that you’ll find yourself working on a Mobile Experience for a Big National Brand(tm) and doing the apps you want to write in your spare time. If there’s a way out of despair, it’s in changing our expectations. There is so much that could and should and will be said about this. But the bottom line is that indie development for iOS and the App Store just hasn’t worked out the way we…
  • Whatever Happened With Apple’s PrimeSense Acquisition?

    John Gruber
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Interesting piece by Matt Sayward on where Apple might be heading as the world’s leading camera company: In November 2013, Apple acquired an Israeli 3D-sensor company named PrimeSense for somewhere in between a reported 350,000,000 and 360,000,000 dollars. As Apple acquisitions go, that’s a biggie. Only Beats (the foundation of Apple Music at $3bn), NeXT (the deal that brought Steve Jobs back for $400m), and AuthenTec ($390m that manifested itself in Touch ID) were certifiably bigger buys. And yet, two years on, we still can’t really say what happened with PrimeSense’s technology…
  • ‘Improves Networking Reliability’

    John Gruber
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    OS X 10.10.4 shipped today, and as expected based on the developer betas, Discoveryd is gone, replaced by an updated version of good old mDNSresponder. At WWDC, word on the street was that Apple closed over 300 radars with this move. Not dupes — 300 discrete radars.  ★ 
  • ‘It’s All About Curation, Curation, Curation’

    John Gruber
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Christina Warren’s first look at Apple Music: The real heart of Apple Music is the For You tab. This is basically your music homescreen. When you open the section for the first time, you’re asked to go through a discovery exercise. This was lifted directly from Beats Music and it’s one of the best discovery tools I’ve used over the years. […] It’s hard for me to over-stress how much I like For You. From the very beginning, the recommendations in playlists and albums that the app showed me were dead-on accurate, reflecting my various musical interests.
  • Apple Music on Tumblr

    John Gruber
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:04 am
    They’re on Twitter and Instagram, too. Also: gorgeous use of the San Francisco font family on this page.  ★ 
 
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  • Is the Crowd a Disruption or an Opportunity for Large Companies?

    jeremiah_owyang
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:44 am
    Many are excited about the new collaborative economy, where people use common technologies to get what they need from each other. This has created disruptions for some industries, but overall, holds much business opportunity for progressive companies. Progressive companies can glean greater loyalty through crowdfunding, turn to the crowd for new co-innovation and launch their own sharing programmes to expand how they serve their customers new desires. Companies who ignore this trend are likely to suffer from disruption, but those that lean in can benefit from using the crowd to their…
  • The Collaborative Sharing Economy has Created 17 Billion-Dollar Companies (and 10 unicorns)

    jeremiah_owyang
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    I partnered with VentureBeat’s market intelligence arm (VB Profiles) to further develop data on the funding, valuation, and employment impacts to the growing Collaborative Economy, this post originally was posted on VentureBeat’s website written by John Koetsier of VB Insight, I’ve republished their content, to share the key findings and you can find a summary of the research here. Sharing is big business. Big big business. There are now 17 billion-dollar companies with 60,000 employees and $15 billion in funding in the sharing or collaborative economy, according to Jeremiah…
  • Can Tech Startups Appease Wall Street While Achieving Their Social Mission?

    jeremiah_owyang
    15 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    Etsy, at least, may have figured it out. (This post originally appeared on Fast Company) Over the last decade, there’s been an outpouring of concern about how Facebook, Google, and other Internet companies treat their user data. This concern continues as the next generation of startups, like Uber, Lyft, Homejoy, and Postmates, are being taken to court by people like worker rights lawyer Liss-Riordan, who formerly filed class-action lawsuits on behalf of truck drivers, waiters, delivery men, cable installers, and call center workers. Industry leaders have written about how these…
  • How the Collaborative Economy is impacting the Energy Sector

    jeremiah_owyang
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:59 am
    If you’re reading this, you already know how important energy is to us. It powers our transportation, logistics, industry, agriculture, homes, and the very digital device you’re using now. What’s the Collaborative Economy? An economic model where technologies enable people to get what they need from each other –rather than from centralized institutions. This has impacted cars, hotels, banks, retailers, manufactures, and more. How is the Energy Sector being impacted by the Collaborative Economy? You might be amazed to learn that P2P lending, Makers, and sharing are causing some…
  • The Six Strategies Companies Can Take to Lead the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 am
    Above image: The Collaborative Economy marketplaces in the maker movement, sharing economy, p2p lending are quickly on the rise First, let’s define what we’re talking about. Like Craigslist or eBay, we’re seeing new marketplaces emerge with a more concentrated focus on every business.  They offer features that enable sellers to offer their ware, and buyers to offer bids, exchange of information, goods, and currency in both directions. Every stock exchange is set up in this manner, allowing for efficient trade, despite location and time differences.   [Definition of a two sided…
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  • Shotguns and Weddings

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    Let’s talk about weddings first. As a lover of freedom and equal rights, I am delighted that the Supreme Court rewrote the Constitution (essentially) to give all adults the contractual and legal rights of marriage.But I couldn’t find a way to celebrate. For starters, as an old boss once said, “You don’t get a prize for doing what you’re supposed to do.” What actually happened here is that the country stopped being awful in one particular way. So, what is the right way to celebrate the cessation of being awful? As a member of the oppressor class in this situation (albeit not…
  • How Do You Avoid Email?

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    Nearly everything I need to do for my job involves opening email. I even open email to look for ideas before drawing a comic. And this is a big problem because there is no way to look at email without getting dragged down some unrelated rabbit hole.I don’t know about you, but my email is almost always about something that needs to be done right away. Maybe it involves a group of people waiting to nail down a meeting time. I don’t want to keep five people in a state of uncertainty until I can check my calendar, so I do it right away. And then I see another email, and another. Soon I forget…
  • The Value of Men

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    I live in drought country (California) and this place is starting to turn into a prequel for Mad Max. Every other pickup truck on the road has huge water containers strapped to the back. That’s because the local waste water treatment plant gives away recycled water (non-drinkable) to anyone who wants to keep their lawn alive. I have yet to see a woman driving one of these improvised water trucks, although I’m sure it happens because this is not Saudi Arabia. But generally speaking, these bringers-of-water are manly men who know how to fix things and do things. Somehow they all figured…
  • Blog question

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    [Ignore this post. Question answered. I had accidentally unzoomed the page sometime in the past, apparently. Didn’t know Chrome can do page-only zoom. Nice! Thanks to all commenters for pointing me the right direction.]Does anyone else have trouble reading this page using Chrome on a Mac laptop? (OSX: Yosemite 10.10.2)My own blog is literally the only page I can’t see in normal form. It shows gigantic fonts. This is now the only thing keeping me on a Windows machine before the full switch to Apple.(Changing font size in Chrome settings makes no difference on this page but does change…
  • AIDS Messes With the Wrong Engineer

    23 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    What do you do if both of your parents die of AIDS?You mourn, obviously. And you wonder why the universe singled you out for such harsh treatment. Maybe you get mad. There isn’t much else you can do.Unless you’re an engineer. Then you change the world. Because you can.But you might need another engineer to help. Changing the world often takes at least two engineers.Christopher Alegeka (BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Berkeley) is taking a big swing at AIDS, with co-founder and CEO Anwaar Al-Zireeni (BS, and a MEng in Bioengineering from Berkeley). Al-Zireeni invented the…
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  • The untold pirate radio story in New York

    Doc Searls
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:37 pm
    The radio dial here in “upstate” Manhattan and the Bronx is packed with pirate radio signals. Many are smack next to New York’s licensed landmarks. Here’s what I’m getting right now on our kitchen radio… 88.1 “Romantica New York” Spanish announcers, music in English and Spanish. Right next to WBGO (@wbgo), New York’s jazz station (licensed to Newark). 89.3 Spanish. Right next to WFDU and WNYU (@wnyu), the Fairleigh Dickenson and NYU stations that share time on 89.1. 89.7 Spanish. Talk. Call-ins. Right next to WKCR (@wkcrfm), the Columbia…
  • LeBron is the true MVP

    Doc Searls
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Here’s the best way to determine a most valuable player on any team: look at how the team would have done without him, or her. In the case of the NBA, look at Cleveland and Miami with and without LeBron James. Day and night aren’t much more extreme. True: Golden State would have been far weaker without Steph Curry. Still, as essential as Steph is to Golden State, LeBron is at least as essential to Cleveland. Here’s how to tell. Subtract four other starters from Golden State and see how they do. That’s pretty much what happened to Cleveland. The starting team LeBron…
  • Rooting for LeBron, Steph, great team ball, and seven games

    Doc Searls
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:27 pm
    If you care about sports at all, you need to see the NBA Finals this year. What you will see are the two best players, on the two best teams — perhaps ever. We’re not talking just about talent here. We’re talking about teams. Basketball at its best is a pure team game, and these guys are showing how it’s done. Let me lay out my loyalties here first. They don’t matter, but I might as well. I’ll always be a Knicks fan. But I’m a Golden State fan too. For a number of years in the late 80s (the “Run TMC” era) I had season tickets to the Warriors.
  • The Giant Zero

    Doc Searls
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Many years ago, Craig Burton shared the best metaphor for the Internet that I have ever heard, or seen in my head. He called it hollow sphere: a giant three-dimensional zero. He called it that because a sphere’s geometry best illustrates a system in which every end, regardless of its physical location, is functionally zero distance away from every other end. Across the nothing in the Net’s hollow sphere, every point can “see” every other point, and connect to it, as if distance were not there. And at no cost. It doesn’t matter that the Net’s base protocol,…
  • Liveblogging roundup

    Doc Searls
    31 May 2015 | 9:57 pm
    I’ve also been liveblogging here. Particulars: May 29-31 (today) May 28 May 22 Be sure to use the Expand All button. HT to Dave.
 
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  • Two Charts

    Fred Wilson
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    What is the capital markets environment for startup tech companies? I think these two charts tell most of the story: Seed and Series A is more or less healthy. Series B is getting overheated. Series C and beyond has gone crazy. Public markets are rational. Tech stock performance has been strong but is driven by strong revenue growth and good business fundamentals generally speaking. The disconnect is entirely between the late stage private markets and the public markets. That’s where things are unstable.
  • Greece And Bitcoin

    Fred Wilson
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:26 am
    There are some who suggest the mini run in the price of Bitcoin this month is related to the crisis in Greece. I wouldn’t know about those sorts of things. But one thing is clear to me. Photos like this one from the NY Times showing people lined up outside a closed bank do not produce confidence in the banking system. The hardcore cryptocurrency community wants to control their money themselves, with ownership of the keys to it, and the ability to move it when and where they want. That’s a comforting thought when the alternative is to trust a bank. Here in the US, we have FDIC…
  • Loyalists vs Mercenaries

    Fred Wilson
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:55 am
    One of the things that entrepreneurs, founders, and CEOs obsess over is holding onto their team. When I propose some sort of difficult decision to a CEO, I am often met with the response “the team will freak out and we will lose them.” And I understand where this emotion comes from. You spend so much of your time recruiting, training, and managing a team and getting them into a place where they can execute for you and you can’t imagine having some of all of them walk out the door. Neither can I to be honest. But teams come in all flavors. There are highly loyal teams that…
  • What A Week

    Fred Wilson
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    I’m on an eight hour flight back from Europe today and have plenty of time to write so I’m going to skip video of the week this week (but not entirely) and write down some thoughts about the week that was in the US. Three important things happened this week. The first was the Supreme Court rejecting the argument that the Affordable Care Act should be struck down because the federal government was subsidizing health care in states that refused to set up their own insurance exchanges. This was a big legal victory for the Affordable Care Act (the second one at the Supreme Court) and…
  • Fun Friday: Airbnb vs Hotel

    Fred Wilson
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    The Gotham Gal and I have been on two weeks of overseas travel. We’ve been in four hotels and one apartment over that time. And I must say the apartment is much more relaxing than the hotels. Which leads me to the question of where folks like to stay when they travel. In the title of this post I called it Airbnb vs Hotel, but what I really mean is do you like to stay in someone’s apartment/home or in a hotel? The former category could include VRBO, Homeaway, Airbnb, a friend’s apartment, or something else. Take Our Poll
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  • Empty stomach, poor decisions

    David
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Entrepreneurial lore is rife with odes to hunger as a foundational necessity of success. Hungry founders are commended as the ones desperate enough to do whatever it takes. Hustle the gullible, bend the law, persevere through endless death marches. Whatever it takes. But is desperation really the best foundation to build the kind of sustainable and long-term businesses the world benefits from the most? Or, is it rather a cheap trick to juice the odds of a short-term pop to the primary benefit of those who are only ever along for a quick ride? I believe the latter. That it’s key to a…
  • Finding the voice of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    We introduced The Distance podcast in February as a companion to our longform written stories about businesses that have stood the test of time. In just a few months, we’ve learned an incredible amount about creating audio narratives and had a great time doing it—so much so, in fact, that we’ve decided to make the podcast the sole format for The Distance. By focusing on just one medium, we’ll be able to bring you new stories every other week. Our last written story will run in early July. In the meantime, check out our bonus episode featuring Jason Fried talking to Shaun…
  • Hitting our stride with Android

    Dan Kim
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    Over the past few months, our newly minted Android team (Jamie, Jay, and myself) has been hard at work on some shiny new Android stuff. And while we can’t share it yet (soon, I promise!), we’ve learned a lot about how to rapidly prototype, explore, and most importantly ship these new ideas within Basecamp. Like any new team, it took us a bit to find our groove. But in the past eight weeks, we’ve really hit our stride. Now we’re moving quickly and making great progress, without causing ourselves a lot of anxiety or creating undue risk. So I wanted to share a bit about…
  • The special recipe for DELIGHT

    Jonas Downey
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    Delight is a word interaction designers have been throwing around for the past couple of years. Some people think it’s an overblown buzzword, while others believe it’s a subject worthy of an entire conference. One part of “designing delight” is about turning otherwise mundane tasks into funny or interesting moments. On the UI side, this might include adding thoughtful animations, cutesy or clever copywriting, and perhaps tossing in a few surprises on top. These surface-level treatments help make a product seem more human and less computery, which is surely a good thing to do whether…
  • Please allow me to re-introduce myself

    Nathan Kontny
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    On March 20, 2007, Highrise, Basecamp's simple CRM tool, was launched to the public. Three years later, Highrise for the iPhone was released. Over the years, Highrise has received upgrades and improvements, but it needed a new home and dedicated team to give it the attention it deserved. So, on August 14, 2014, Highrise HQ LLC began – a new company dedicated to Highrise. At the top of the list of things we wanted to update was the iPhone app. It had been over 4 years since it was released, and it hadn't kept up with changes to iOS. Bugs crept in. Some subtle; some significant.
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    chrisbrogan.com

  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
  • The Value of Data Velocity in Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m working on some interesting stuff as it relates to both bigger businesses as well as small businesses. I’m interested in how better use of data could open up a whole big slice of not-yet-tapped economic value for companies (again both bigger and smaller). It’s times like this where I feel bad for people who think I’m the “social media guy.” I’m thinking about velocity as it applies to marketing. Meaning, if we knew something faster, could we add more value and help someone better? Velocity as a Marketing Tool I was in Atlanta the other day for 20…
  • The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me)

    Chris Brogan
    12 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I started blogging back in 1998. I had no idea what it was going to turn into. But over the last handful of years, I’ve known more and more what this all CAN do together. A Peek Into How This All Threads Together for ME I’m sharing MY personal setup. You can do yours any which way you want. But There’s some method to the madness, and it’s all contained in that picture above. I wanted to show you how it works for me.Continue ReadingThe post The Secret Empire Decades in the Making (and how you can start yours and get there faster than me) appeared first on…
 
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    dooce®

  • As sporty as I get

    dooce
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:26 am
    Hey, Carol. I guess you breed your dogs a bit larger where you come from.
  • For him in 15

    dooce
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    It looks like I fell inside a messenger bag hanging on the front of a bike parked outside a coffee shop in Williamsburg.
  • Dusk on Durphee Lake

    dooce
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    So far Leta has caught four fish, and Marlo has almost dumped the bait into the lake twice that number.
  • Ballin

    dooce
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Adding a bit of style to his current condition which I am apparently not allowed to joke about.
  • Real Family Values

    dooce
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Those of you with fair-skinned children are similarly dreading a certain aspect of the upcoming season and mumbling along with me, "This year I will try to remain calm."
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    Calacanis.com

  • What I would do if I were CEO of Twitter — a seven-part plan

    Jacqui
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    [ UPDATE: 6/18/15: Listen to Baratunde Thurston read this entire blog post on Soundcloud. Hilarious. ] I was on CNBC on Monday talking about who would be the next CEO of Twitter. On that hit, I explain why Adam Bain is the next CEO. I thought I would expand upon my thoughts on Twitter in this 2,000 word essay, because it seems no one else has any thoughts. At the end of the day, Wall Street ran Twitter’s CEO out despite my piece explaining why this would be a mistake back in January. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/Y4lTQ ] Technically Dick resigned, and is…
  • Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it

    Jacqui
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:57 am
    Apple is launching a search engine called “Spotlight,” at a pace of 3% a quarter — if you have an iPhone or Mac you’ve been using it for a while! Google has gone from unstoppable to “about to be stopped,” in the minds of the smartest folks in the industry. Search ads are Google’s cash cow; unfortunately, for them, it seems that Google is not advancing the platform (outside of slamming massive amounts of “paid inclusion”). “Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before…
  • The best job for an audio/video genius in San Francisco!

    Jason Calacanis
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    For the past six years I’ve taped over 500 episodes of my podcast, This Week in Startups. We’ve had the most amazing guests on the show, from Travis at Uber (Ep180) to Peter Thiel (Ep525) to Chris Sacca (Ep291) to Glenn Beck (Ep526) to VC John Doerr (Ep520) to Anne Wojcicki (Ep521) to Reid Hoffman (Ep490) to Fred Wilson (Ep523) to Yancey at Kickstarter (Ep524) to Chamath (Ep480) to Evan from Twitter (Ep345) to Kevin from Instagram (Ep196) to Andrew from Groupon (Ep52) to Tim Ferriss (Ep484) … the list goes on and on and on and on. [ Click to Tweet (can edit…
  • Jeff Dachis, Founder & CEO of OneDrop (previously Razorfish), on This Week in Startups

    Jacqui
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Jeff Dachis, former CEO/Founder Razorfish, is changing the way people manage diabetes with his new data analytics & social platform OneDrop Producer Jacqui here. On today’s show is entrepreneur extraordinaire Jeff Dachis, former CEO/Founder of Razorfish & current CEO/Founder of OneDrop.today, an incredible management & social platform for people with diabetes that won Best Design at LAUNCH Festival 2015. Soon after Jeff learned that he had diabetes in 2013, he discovered the complete lack of tools available to manage it — and decided to invent them. OneDrop, a Waze for…
  • Drones in 2015 are like VHS recorders in 1985

    Jason Calacanis
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    A year ago I thought drones were stupid and overhyped. They crashed, they were expensive, and there wasn’t much use for them. This year I got to spend time flying drones with Chris Anderson at 3DR’s HQ in Berkeley. They’re located in the middle of an industrial park reminiscent of the original Terminator set — it’s awesome. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/dKIMU ] After seeing his latest product I’m 100% convinced that drones are nearly ready for prime time. Using a drone in 2015 is like using a VHS recorder in 1985: you look like a huge…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 16 Step Checklist for the Perfect Blog Post

    John Jantsch
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    16 Step Checklist for the Perfect Blog Post written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing You work hard to create content – sometimes on the fly in the midst of the raging storm that is entrepreneurialism. In the rush to get the thing out though you can diminish its impact through oversight and sloppiness. You might even do your brand more harm than good. And then all that hard work has less payoff. Use this sixteen-point checklist as a guide to help establish a pre-publish blog post/page routine so you can hit publish with incredible…
  • How to Leverage News Stories on Social Media

    Alex Boyer
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    How to Leverage News Stories on Social Media written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: Supreme Court via photopin (license) Social media has revolutionized the way people talk about news and major events. Really, it is just natural. When you hear about an interesting event or news story, what do you want to do? Most want to share the news with their friends and family, maybe even share their opinion. Over the past few years, people have turned to social media. As a result, there is a huge spike in social media usage around major…
  • Weekend Favs June Twenty Seven

    John Jantsch
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    Weekend Favs June Twenty Seven written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Good stuff I found this week: GraphicMail – Email, Social and Mobile marketing made easy Justworks – Payroll, benefits and HR…
  • 4 Simple Ways to Grow Your Service Business Online

    Guest Post
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    4 Simple Ways to Grow Your Service Business Online written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: flickr Service businesses don’t get much love on the internet. It seems like all the best online marketing advice is reserved for software startups or product based companies. What about folks who sell good old fashion services? We have needs too. The good news is there are strategies that are working incredibly well for service providers. These strategies are proven, battle-tested, and ready for you to put to work. #1 – Email…
  • 5 Ways Writing A Book Will Supercharge Your Online Presence

    Guest Post
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    5 Ways Writing A Book Will Supercharge Your Online Presence written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Let me tell you right off the bat, writing and publishing a book is a lot easier than you think.  In September of 2014, when I became a Duct Tape Marketing Certified Consultant, I provided a list of ten reasons why joining the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant network is a no-brainer for digital agencies.  On top of all those reasons, I had no idea that the network would lead me to becoming a published author after just a few short months of…
 
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Engineers more than double data transmission capacity over fiber-optic cables

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:40 pm
    A wideband frequency comb ensures that the crosstalk between multiple communication channels within the same optical fiber is reversible (credit: UC San Diego Photonics Systems Group) University of California, San Diego electrical engineers have invented a technology that could allow between a two- and fourfold increase in data transmission capacity for the backbone of  Internet, cable, wireless, and landline networks over long distances, while reducing cost and latency (delay). The new system addresses a problem known as the “Kerr effect”: distortion of optical signals that travel on…
  • Creating a better semiconductor in femtoseconds with ‘photo-doping’

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    Certain compounds can exhibit multiple quantum phases, including Mott insulator, superconductor, and spin or charge density wave (CDW) states based on subtle physical tunings, including applying heat, pressure (P), and doping (x) (credit: Tzong-Ru T. Han et al./Science Advances) Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have developed a “photo-doping” process by shooting an ultrafast laser pulse into a semiconductor* material — rapidly changing its properties as if it had been chemically “doped.” Changing the electrical properties of semiconductors formerly…
  • Swedish scientists create an artificial neuron that mimicks an organic one

    29 Jun 2015 | 12:57 am
    Chemical-to-electrical-to-chemical signal transmission. A conventional neuron (upper panel) senses chemical signals (orange circles), which trigger an electrical pulse of membrane depolarization (action potential) along the axon, causing chemical release at the axon terminals (blue circles). This process can be mimicked (lower panel) by a chemical biosensor (for glutamate or acetylcholine) connected to an axon-mimicking organic electronic ion pump that transmits electrons/ions and generates chemicals — forming an organic electronic biomimetic neuron.  (credit: Daniel T. Simon et…
  • D-Wave Systems breaks the 1000 qubit quantum computing barrier

    26 Jun 2015 | 8:02 pm
    (credit: D-Wave Systems) D-Wave Systems has broken the quantum computing 1000 qubit barrier, developing a processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation, and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort, the announcement said. It will allow “significantly more complex computational problems to be solved than was possible on any previous quantum computer.” At 1000 qubits, the new processor considers 21000 possibilities simultaneously, a search space which dwarfs the 2512 possibilities available to the 512-qubit D-Wave…
  • Could stretching a thin crystal create a better solar cell?

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:39 pm
    This colorized image shows an ultra-thin layer of semiconductor material stretched over the peaks and valleys of part of a device the size of a pinkie nail. Just three atoms thick, this semiconductor layer is stretched in ways to enhance its electronic ability to absorb solar energy. The image is enlarged 100,000 times. (credit: Hong Li, Stanford Engineering) Stanford University researchers have stretched an atomically thin Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) semiconductor crystal to achieve a variable bandgap (defined as the amount of energy it takes to move an electron in a material). That could…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Loyalists vs Mercenaries

    Matt
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Finally, think about being somewhere other than the Bay Area or NYC. Yes, they are great places to start companies, find talent, and get investment. But they are also places where others start companies, get investment, and find your talent. It’s a ratrace, a treadmill, and it’s grueling. If you can avoid it, you owe it to yourself to try. Fred Wilson on Loyalists vs Mercenaries in companies. I’m so happy to see the non-SF/NYC company idea continue to pick up steam, and I think its natural conclusion is distributed work as Automattic does. Like any relationship, I think the most…
  • Obama Delivers Eulogy

    Matt
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:48 pm
     
  • Fight Against Uber

    Matt
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    The Parisian taxi drivers are partly protesting against economic regulations in cities where taxi drivers have to pay for expensive medallions while Uber drivers do not. But, in a larger sense, they’re actually protesting against our increased impatience. Om Malik: The Long History of the Fight Against Uber.
  • Celebrating 10 Years

    Matt
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:58 pm
    We did an official ten year post and video.
  • WCEU Seville

    Matt
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:40 pm
    I’ll be doing a town hall Q&A at WordCamp Europe in Seville tomorrow (Friday) around 2 PM. I’m looking forward to catching up with the WordPress community from around Europe and the world, especially ma.tt readers!
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    Tom Peters

  • Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    Tom is proud to be included among the honorees on this list: The Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders (SEAL) on Twitter. We think it's a great accomplishment for a thinker born before the baby boomers to be in the forefront of an issue born with the Millennials. The post Top 50 Social Employee Advocacy Leaders appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • The 15-Second “Pep talk”(And more)

    Tom Peters
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Summary to a colleague of my recent 15-minute speech ("pep talk"): Don't worry about '21st century leadership' (my assigned topic). If you are just decent to people, listen instead of talk, respect and encourage them, are religious about 'managing by wandering around,' most things will work out. And I said that, in the end, taking […] The post The 15-Second “Pep talk”(And more) appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Hong Kong World Biz Forum 2015

    Cathy Mosca
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    Tom continues his round-the-world travels, speaking today at the World Business Forum 2015 in Hong Kong. It's the first time the event has visited that location. Hong Kong World Business Forum 2015 | Hong Kong WBF, Long Version The post Hong Kong World Biz Forum 2015 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Sydney World Business Forum

    Cathy Mosca
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tom's halfway around the world from home once again. In Sydney, he's one of the speakers at the World Business Forum 2015, along with movie director Oliver Stone, former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, and other excellent company. Presentations: Sydney, World Business Forum 2015 | Sydney, WBF, Long Version The post Sydney World Business Forum appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • HOW Chicago and a Cool Friend

    Cathy Mosca
    19 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Tom bumped into a Cool Friend at the HOW Design Conference in Chicago. Not surprisingly, John Maeda was among the speakers, and he and Tom got a chance to have a bit of conversation. We interviewed Maeda in 2006, when he was part of the Simplicity Consortium at the MIT Media Lab. From there he […] The post HOW Chicago and a Cool Friend appeared first on Tom Peters.
 
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    Intuitive Systems

  • Monster vs. Beats (Apple)

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

    Dave Taylor
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    When I was sent a copy of the book The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind I decided it’d be more interesting to interview the author, Valeh Nazemoff, than just write about the book itself. Thus this interview… Q: What are the four intelligences of the business mind, Valeh? The Four Intelligences of the Business Mind are made up of financial, customer, data and mastermind intelligence. In order to transform a business, leaders can go beyond the traditional paradigm of intellect, such as IQ, and employ these four aspects of intelligence to truly succeed. Decision makers are…
  • Smart: the Tosee Intelligent Cigarette Filter

    Dave Taylor
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    I don’t smoke. In fact, I’ve never smoked a single cigarette in my life, but my Dad smoked most of his life, though in the latter part of his life he was down to a single cigarette he’d make last through much of a day because he knew of the ill effect it could have. He tried to quit but tobacco has addictive ingredients and it’s darn hard to just stop. I can appreciate that, and supported his one cig/day habit as he was older. There are many aspects to smoking beyond the ingredients and while it does seem to be diminishing as a habit, as you can see in the graph below…
  • Comparing the MacBook and the Dell XPS 13

    Dave Taylor
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Much ado about the announcement today from Apple of the all new MacBook. Not MacBook Air, not MacBook Pro, just “MacBook”. Okay, that’s not confusing, Mr. Cook. Still, as I’ve been spending a lot of time with the beautiful new Dell XPS 13 Windows laptop, I thought it would be interesting to compare the two as there are a lot of similarities between the devices. First off, let’s start with device photos. Here’s the new 2015 MacBook: And here’s the 2015 Dell XPS 13: The Apple system is definitely thinner, but boy does it have one big bevel when compared…
  • Another Credit Card Bites the Dust

    Dave Taylor
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:44 pm
    Another month, another credit card I have to cancel. This time I had to destroy my PayPal debit card because I was watching my transaction records, as I do, and saw an email about a $105 transaction at the Meijer store in Lima, Ohio. Now I’ve never been to Lima, Ohio so that was a curious transaction that caught my eye, to say the least. Thinking I’d be a good citizen I called Meijer to see if there was any way that we could just void out that transaction or at least they could tell me what “I” purchased. After all, perhaps it was something online. But no, it…
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Innovation and Execution in 45 Quotes

    Valeria Maltoni
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    Innovation is not just about coming up with new ideas -- we do have a fair number in circulation. Execution can be innovative, we see it all the time. Yet, many consider innovation sexy and execution... well, it is work isn't it? I was also thinking about what having a spirit of inquiry means to me. Given my lifelong pursuit of good questions -- mostly why questions -- I thought I would share with you a few nuggets I came across and saved from books and other readings that talk about execution and innovation to inspire us to lead with questions. 1. “Advocates of knowledge management as the…
  • How to Become a Confident, Independent, and Wise Decision-Maker

    Valeria Maltoni
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    A couple of years back I participated in a three-day experience with a psychologist trained in deconstructing and helping re-construct group dynamics who teaches at Wharton. With me were a diverse group of eleven peers anywhere from business development to creative direction, client services, analytics, project management, user experience design, and content strategy. The experience made a strong impression on me and created a bond that only deep neglect and indifference will be able to sever. I felt the most beneficial aspects of the experience were the awakening of self-awareness,…
  • Four Ideas for Writing More, and Better

    Valeria Maltoni
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    In On Writing. A Memoir of the Craft Stephen King says “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.”  We may not want to become full time writers, however more and more of our work product relies on the ability to write well. I have a secret reserve of good writers I turn to for inspiration. When I get stuck and what used to come easy and flow right out of me and onto the screen takes hours of effort to squeeze into something that makes sense, I use one of several…
  • Winning at Business and Life by Breaking Rules that Don’t Exist

    Valeria Maltoni
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    One thing Nicolas Tesla, Richard Branson,Tony Stark, and all great titans of industry have in common is this: they were able to identify rules that don’t exist and had the courage to break them, says Jason Kotecki in Penguins Can't Fly: +39 Other Rules That Don't Exist: History is filled with examples of those who profited greatly by dispensing with so-called “rules”: @henryford: Thou shalt manufacture thy goods one at a time. #notarule. @waltdisney: Audiences shalt not sit though a feature-length animated movie. #notarule @browniewise: House parties are no place for selling.
  • Bill Murray on the Importance of Commitment to Living an Engaged Life

    Valeria Maltoni
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:40 am
    For Esquire magazine Bill Murray talks about inaccessibility, the importance of freedom, commitment, and fatherhood. With so much semi-processed content in the name of media consumption, Murray's choice of living an engaged life by saying “no” to certain superficial things -- like unfiltered access -- and saying yes to deeper ones -- like commitment to his craft -- is remarkable. His is a good example of being present and showing respect through work. On choices: “I think we're all sort of imprisoned by — or at least bound to — the choices we make, and I think everyone in the acting…
 
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • A List Apart № 423: container queries, responsive content

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    WHETHER the topic is responsive CSS or content that responds to the right user at the right time, Issue № 423 of A List Apart is all about finding the path forward: Container Queries: Once More Unto the Breach by Mat Marquis Media queries have been the go-to tool in building responsive sites, allowing us to resize and recombine modules to suit multiple contexts, layouts, and viewports. But relying on fixed viewport sizes can quickly twist stylesheets into Gordian knots. We still need a future-friendly way to manage responsive CSS. Mat Marquis explores the problem and the progress toward the…
  • Big Web Show № 132: Modern Layouts with Jen Simmons

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    THE BIG WEB SHOW is back from its break. My guest this week is Jen Simmons (@jensimmons) of The Web Ahead. We discuss moving beyond cookie-cutter layouts on the web; the ins and outs of podcasting; tradeoffs when designing a website; learning from your users; Jen’s journey from theater to technology; and more. Sponsored by Dreamhost. Enjoy The Big Web Show № 132. ☛ URLS http://thewebahead.net/81 (great links in the show notes!) https://twitter.com/jensimmons http://labs.thewebahead.net/thelayoutsahead/ https://github.com/jensimmons/thelayoutsahead…
  • Deep Tweets № 613664902180413440

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:16 am
    USABILITY TESTING doesn’t reveal problems in your product so much as it uncovers arrogance in your thinking. #
  • From NYPL to DC Comics: the lettering of Ira Schnapp

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:44 pm
    HE DESIGNED the lettering on The New York Public Library and the James Farley Post Office (“neither snow nor rain…”), created titles for silent movies, movie posters, and pulp magazines in the 1920s, and started working for DC Comics in 1938, where he designed the masthead for Action Comics, refined the Superman logo, and brought dozens of DC Comics texts and titles to life. A new exhibit at The Type Directors Club honors Ira Schnapp and sheds light on his decades of influential work.
  • Daybreak in Myanmar: Photos by Geoffrey Hiller

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Myanmar in Southeast Asia is one of the least known places in the world, due to the military dictatorship that has isolated the country for the past sixty years. Now that the government is making the transition to democracy, the veil is slowly lifting, as are travel and economic sanctions. In Daybreak in Myanmar these images of a place once frozen in time are unique and timely. Photographer Geoffrey Hiller has been documenting the people of Burma since 1987 and has returned several times since the historic opening in 2011 to capture evidence of change, not only images of rallies for Aung San…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1043: The “(Not Really) NSFW” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Readers have told me before that they’d love to share my posts and newsletters if the word “damn” wasn’t in my blog’s name. But, anyone who’s spent any time with me knows that’s one of the more tame terms in my vocabulary. And like Gary Vaynerchuk, I’ve decided to put myself out there, take those losses, and stay true to my voice — occasional…
  • Newsletter #1042: The “Brilliant Customer Service” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] For as many customer service stories there are out there to make us cringe, there are just as many that make us say, “that’s brilliant!” These three companies have come up with remarkable ways to make service better for their customers as well as their employees: 1. Freeze a lost credit card 2. Check an app’s bug status 3. Get rid of waiting rooms 4. Check it out:…
  • Newsletter #1041: The “Old Stuff, New Tricks” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] The companies that continue to earn new fans and make headlines don’t just stop once they’re no longer new and shiny. They keep up the excitement by sprinkling in something unexpected and fun. Here are three ways to re-energize word of mouth: 1. Partner with someone unexpected 2. Put it in unexpected packaging 3. Offer an unexpected service 4. Check it out: Customize your own font…
  • Newsletter #1040: The “Lessons from Animal Shelters” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Animal shelters have a lot of the same problems as most companies when it comes to marketing: small budgets, limited resources, and higher-end competitors. So they have to get creative to get people in the door and adopting animals. Here are three lessons to learn from their strategies: 1. Don’t do what everyone else is doing 2. Put your message in an unexpected place 3. Ask for help…
  • Newsletter #1039: The “New Spin on Old Advertising” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] While traditional advertising can be easy to ignore, every once in a while, marketers get it right and get our attention. But it’s not always because they spend more money, buy more ads, or build bigger campaigns. Here are three old-school advertising platforms made more remarkable: 1. Bus stop ads that help out 2. Commercials that surprise and delight 3. Stickers that create photo ops…
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  • 31DBBB Day One: What Makes a Great Elevator Pitch?

    Darren Rowse
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Welcome to day one of building a better blog! The ProBlogger podcast is off and running with a new episode every day this month with a theme designed to help boost your blogging skills and todays podcast episode is now live for you to listen to. The original 31 Days to Build a Better Blog helped so many people both when it was released, and across the years since then, and it’s exciting to be able to change it up with updated information, new challenges and a supporting podcast. Day one is all about encapsulating the purpose and spirit of your blog. What is it about? Who is it for?
  • The ProBlogger Podcast Is Live and We’re Kicking Off with a Challenge!

    Darren Rowse
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    Today I have great pleasure in introducing you to the brand new ProBlogger Podcast and the next incarnation of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog. Over the last couple of years I’ve lost count of the number of people who have said ‘Darren you really should start a podcast’. I’d always nodded my head but quietly list in my mind a long list of excuses not to including ‘I don’t know how…’ to ‘I’m so busy…’ to ‘what if nobody listens…’ But earlier this year something changed when people suggested I start a…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Tell How They Stay Motivated

    Stacey Roberts
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    All secrets are being revealed on ProBlogger this week! We’ve had the morning routines of superstar bloggers and online entrepreneurs, and also their number one life hack (especially for time management). Today, they share how they keep going when the going gets tough. HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce One, I am the sole provider for my children. Keeping them housed, clothed, fed and happy is the highest priority in my life. Two, I love where I am in my life and cherish the experiences that have brought me here to do what I do. I stay motivated so that I can…
  • Reading Roundup: What’s New in Blogging Lately

    Stacey Roberts
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    I’ve seen so much good content lately on the subject of blogging – I always love a downloadable schedule that someone else has taken the time to create, and sneaking a peek into how others make money is such an eye-opener! I’ve curated a couple of links you might find helpful as we try to kick ass on the internet this week. 6 Social Media Templates to Save You Hours of Work // Hootsuite There’s everything from a template to help you create a social media strategy to guide you in your daily online activities, to audit checklists, content calendars, and image size cheat…
  • 10 PBEVENT Speakers Reveal their #1 Life Hack

    Stacey Roberts
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Following on from the earlier post about what our speakers get up to in the mornings, we also asked them to give us their number-one time management or life hack – how DO they get everything done?! HEATHER ARMSTRONG: Author, speaker, and blogger at Dooce Delegating. I used to have the hardest time asking for help, but now it’s a basic part of survival. One example: I have a babysitter for two hours in the afternoon so that I can get in a full work day, and if I’m running behind on anything in the house she lends a helping hand.   Heather will be presenting the keynote…
 
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    Brian Solis

  • Completely Rethinking Marketing Is Essential in Today’s Customer-Centric World

    Guest Author
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    Guest post by Fred Studer (@fredstuder), Chief Marketing Officer at NetSuite As my friend Brian Solis says, “This is a time to question everything.” Let’s start with marketing, because it’s overdue for a revolution. Today’s customers are in the driver’s seat – it’s a buyer’s market and the buyers are better informed than ever. Prior to making a purchase today, customers research and compare products assiduously while tapping into both the opinions of people they know directly and reviews from online communities they trust. In fact, by the time a customer…
  • How the Next Five Years Will Revolutionize Business

    Brian Solis
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:05 am
    Earlier in the year, I spent some time with Jason Ankeny. He was, at the time, writing an article for Entrepreneur on “the next five years” of business for the print edition. He assembled a pretty stellar cast to serve as his panel and I was more than excited to join in. Ankeny set up the discussion this way… The period between 2015 and 2020 is poised to redefine virtually every facet of how we live and work. It probably won’t bring jetpacks and hoverboards, but it will usher in other radical technologies, business models, customer experiences and even a new breed of…
  • Embracing the Audience: 5 Tips on Customer-Based Marketing

    Brian Solis
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    After I presented at the Digital Media Summit in Toronto, Sylvia Ng, VP of Growth and Analytics at ScribbleLive, asked for an interview to discuss challenges and opportunities ahead for digital marketers. Following is her summary of our conversation. I wanted to share it with you here… In the midst of endless blogs, podcasts, tweets, instagrams, and snapchats, how does a brand or business get noticed? Creating a truly effective marketing campaign is about understanding your brand, and more importantly, your audience. Sylvia turned the conversation into five actionable tips that will…
  • No One Will Remember Your Failures; Everyone Will Remember Your Success

    Brian Solis
    27 May 2015 | 2:39 pm
    No one will remember your failures, but everyone will remember your success. If they do bring up your failures and not your successes, question the value they bring into your world and move forward. We live in a time when disruption is happening to us or it can happen because of us. Sometimes the past holds us back and sometimes we let fear undermine our ideal future. But, this is the time to change the future. Think about it…what would your future self tell you today?  I believe that now’s the time to question everything. As such, rules can be broken giving way for iteration to…
  • The Expertise Gap is Real and Employees Need Your Attention Now

    Brian Solis
    21 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    The biggest challenge is not in the understanding or expertise associated with new technology. We can learn that. The biggest problem is our inability to recognize that the experience we have today is not the experience we need going forward. A notable separation exists between the expertise people have or are learning and the jobs companies need to hire for in an increasingly digital economy. This means that current employees possess expertise to perform jobs that are losing prominence in business while new jobs openings (or the need to create them) are becoming increasingly difficult to…
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    Joho the Blog

  • Greek crisis: Five explainers

    davidw
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:47 am
    Here are five posts explaining the Greek economic crisis clearly enough even for me, which is an accomplishment. They were gathered by Peter Kaminski [twitter:peterkaminski] whose Net-fu is unmatched. The Dim-Post Adam Posen at Vox Heidi Moore at Mashable Richard Corbett, Labour Member of the European Parliament Chris Brightman and Shane Shepherd at Research Affiliates The post Greek crisis: Five explainers appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • Does the moral universe arc?

    davidw
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:47 pm
    “The arc of the moral universe is long but bends towards justice.” Does it? That saying was of course made famous by Martin Luther King who put it between quotation marks to indicate that it was not original with him. Had King’s own arc not been stopped short by a white racist with a gun, it might have been MLK, at the age of 86, who addressed us on Friday in Charlestown. As it is, our President did him proud. The always awesome Quote Investigator tells us that the quotation in fact came from Theodore Parker in 1857; Parker was a Unitarian minister, Transcendentalist, and…
  • Too happy to blog

    davidw
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    That is all. The post Too happy to blog appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • Old man yells at cloud, at SxSW

    davidw
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    SxSW’s video talk show interviewed me about my talk, which was basically about why the Net isn’t as dreadful as it seems. Something like that. Anyway, here’s the segment, with Douglas Caballero. It’s 11.5 minutes long. The post Old man yells at cloud, at SxSW appeared first on Joho the Blog.
  • Has the Internet been paved?

    davidw
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Atlantic.com has just posted an article of mine that re-examines the “Argument from Architecture” that has been at the bottom of much of what I’ve written over the past twenty years. That argument says, roughly, that the Internet’s architecture embodies particular values that are inevitably transmitted to its users. (Yes, the article discusses what “inevitably” means in this context.) But has the Net been so paved by Facebook, apps, commercialism, etc., that we don’t experience that architecture any more? The post Has the Internet been paved? appeared…
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  • A Nerd's Summer Reading List

    Craig Newmark
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Folks, I read a lot of books, about eight novels per month, so finding enough isn't easy.. I currently use the Kindle app, even though it can be buggy. (I've read around 1100 books, mostly science fiction. Note: 1. I'm a nerd, and 2. it's how we roll.) Please note: My reading habits are always the same, regardless of summer. Some of my favorite books, among the unexpected, include: The Jefferson Bible (Thomas Jefferson, himself) Rabbit Boss, Zoot-Suit Murders, and Mile Zero (Thomas Sanchez) Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was (Barry Hughart) Book…
  • We Need to Give Back to America's Heroes & Here's How

    Craig Newmark
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Hey, it's important that we support veterans and their families. One way I'm doing that is by giving to the Veterans Charity Challenge 3. The Veterans Charity Challenge 3 is a fundraising competition where organizations benefiting America's heroes, such as veterans, military families, police and firefighters, compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations from craigconnects.  The crowdfunding runs through Thursday, July 2nd at 1:59:59pm ET.  The teams that raises the most during the Challenge win money to help them work toward their…
  • Radio Provides the Suba Community a Rare Voice

    Craig Newmark
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Hey, I'm sharing another blog post I just received from the good folks at Organic Health Response in Mfangano Island in Kenya (see map for reference). This post was written in May, but publication's been delayed as they've been trying to track down this Mzee (a respective name for an older male in Swahili!) for a photo (pictured below).  He was out of the island for some time. I support the Organic  Health Response, and think it's really important to continue supporting orgs who are helping others. Now, here's the latest story from the Suba community: The people of…
  • How the Internet Helps Shape the Moral Universe

    Craig Newmark
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    These days, I spend most of my time in public service and philanthropy, which is my way to continue the unspoken purpose of the site I started some 20 years ago. (This is on a purely volunteer basis. I receive no compensation in any form for it, and pay all my own expenses. Here's why…) That's what I seriously consider my "industry" and its state is hopeful, if people can work together via Internet-based tools. Ultimately, I feel that, as Theodore Parker said,​ "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice" and that the Internet…
  • 5 Tech Ventures Changing the World

    Craig Newmark
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Folks, there are some great entrepreneurs in the tech world, and those entrepreneurs have built some great ventures that really help out. I believe that we need to support one another, and help amplify the good things that others are working on. Photo Credit: BlackFounders.com website My team and I have compiled a list of both entrepreneurs and ventures that are the real deal, in no particular order. 1. BUILDUP Follow @buildupvc BUILDUP mentors, educates and connects underrepresented and non-conventional entrepreneurs in technology. They're a nonprofit designed to support an inclusive…
 
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    The Dish

  • It Is Accomplished

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    As Gandhi never quite said, First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest argument after my TNR cover-story on the matter was laughter. “This is the loopiest idea ever to come down the pike,” he joked. “Why are we even discussing it?” Those were isolating  days. A young fellow named Evan Wolfson who had written a dissertation on the subject…
  • The Years Of Writing Dangerously

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or in tune with the way people actually think and speak in private. That means bloggers put themselves out there in far more ballsy fashion than many officially sanctioned pundits do, and they make fools of themselves more often, too. The only way to correct your…
  • The Miracle Of Francis

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I quit blogging (at least) once before in 2005 – but the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI ended my premature retirement. I knew Ratzinger’s work intimately, and had wrestled with it for years. I knew instantly that the church I loved…
  • A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don’t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don’t get a chance to explore all the excellent reads. I could probably spend a year going back and reading so much of what I missed. Also, how will we know where to go next if you don’t leave the site up for us to explore the “Blog Love” list? And some of the “Threads” have great significance (suicide, abortion – these have…
  • As The World Turns

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” The core sign of the entrenchment of social change is that the opposition eventually accepts it or acquiesces to it. When I started campaigning for…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • The New American Marriage

    Jessica Gottlieb
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Today the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed the rights of gay Americans to marry. This morning there was a celebration of rainbows and love and shortly thereafter politicians and quasi religious leaders began with hateful horrible statements. I need to remind you why gay marriage matters. I need to remind you that your gay children are at a much higher risk for depression and suicide. You’re worried about teaching them to cross the street? How about making sure they don’t throw themselves in front of a train. A society that acknowledges that same sex love is of equal…
  • If You Want to Change Your Life You Should Fire Your Friends

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 May 2015 | 7:57 pm
    I’m done blogging. I’m not blogging again. Blogging is not my job and to every email pitching something that all the mommies will always love I simply reply, “I’m not a blogger anymore please take me off your list.” That felt really great. I like the idea of not being on every publicist’s email list. My peers have stopped blogging. Most of the women I worked with at Momversation have shuttered their sites. PhD In Parenting is no more and I’m not even sure what’s happening with other large sites. Most have been sold or are dying slow deaths. At…
  • Endings

    Jessica Gottlieb
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    One of the things that I’ve noticed as a reader is that there are a number of books that are good, great even, until the ending and then they sort of just unravel and stop. It’s as though the author knew they needed to stop writing but didn’t quite know how. I fear that this site has that problem. Blogging has changed and I haven’t. I was texting with a friend just a bit ago who also quit blogging recently and she said, “It sucks having gone from innovators to dinosaurs.” Consider this my mic drop. Blogging was my full time job for a number of years. They…
  • Parenting In Public

    Jessica Gottlieb
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    Yesterday we went to a museum. Actually I should say that yesterday we went to yet another museum. A museum Mr. G had no interest in going to, a museum that Jane had been to just 10 days prior and the 8th museum in the third country that my son had visited since March 12th. Yesterday my family accompanied me to a museum that only I was interested in and after two hours of looking at paintings they waited for me outside the gift shop while I picked up some postcards. As I approached them they looked like this. This is how Gottliebs do museums and how I ensure that no one ever asks me for…
  • Bring it On and American Sniper

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    I’m living on bread and butter and whatever else is making it’s way into the sandwiches. Mostly ham, always with at least one cheese. I might be gaining weight but it’s happy weight so it’s good. I think. Alexander arrived in Paris just a few hours ago so we settled him in and went for a walk along the St. Martin Canal. We found baguettes and wine from Bordeaux along with Coca Cola for Alexander. My leg is healing nicely but I’m still walking a bit slower than usual which is oddly a good thing. Without a little ache in my calf I’d never have wanted to be…
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    Betsy Devine: Funny ha-ha and/or funny peculiar

  • “I don’t know where I’m going to be on July 11″

    Betsy Devine
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    When I was a little girl, a sentence like this would have made no sense to anyone in my family. We all knew exactly where we were going to be, just about every day–waking up in our own bedrooms in our own house with our own family all around us. My sister and brothers and I also knew, just about any day in the future, what we would be doing. Each day moved through a series of stylized programs almost as predictable as (later on in my childhood) a TV schedule. Getting up. Getting clean. Getting dressed. Getting breakfast (mostly bacon plus eggs in various shapes.) A lot of this…
  • Ground control to Major Tom

    Betsy Devine
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This 1969 David Bowie song has always brought tears to my eyes. And so (for the same reason) does Elton John’s song Rocket Man. Both these songs remind me of my brother Mark Devine (who died in 1998) — Mark never quite found a place on Earth that welcomed his big heart and maybe-too-bouncy spirit. Very, very early his imagination took off for some outer-space world of his own — only my mother’s hard work kept him still earth-connected as long as he stayed among us. It was not very long. Mark, I have not forgotten you. So much that is best in me is what was best in you.
  • When to the sessions…

    Betsy Devine
    29 Mar 2015 | 11:30 pm
    William Shakespeare knew a good idea when he saw it: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past I sigh the cost of many a thing I sought But nonetheless recall… I had a blast! Oh whoops, I seem to have strayed from Shakespeare into my own thoughts. Just very recently home from a visit to China, which was amazing. Now very jet-lagged but with so many smiles at my memories.
  • Scientific diaspora

    Betsy Devine
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Exiles in 1732, from Wikimedia CommonsThe US in the 1930s and 40s inherited the educational wealth of exiled German scientists. In the 1970s and 80s, we inherited the scientific wealth of a disintegrating Soviet Union. Now the US is headed toward the losing side of this equation. Once we valued education and research. Now US funding for both gets worse with every passing year. Young scientists are hit hardest. Research and teaching jobs in the US are going away. Frank and I were recently in China, where by contrast the government eagerly invests in universities and academic research. It…
  • Landscape vs. skyscape: selective appreciation

    Betsy Devine
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Our windows face east, so the best view we get of sunset is the reflection of colorful sky in the high-rise student apartment building not far from us. I am not a big fan of modern architecture, but I am getting to love the many reflections of sky in the windows of University House. One the other hand, enjoying a beautiful view may require the ability to ignore less beautiful parts of the view. Or perhaps I could try to begin to admire the sight of vast acres of parking lot, low-rise cheap buildings, and macadam streets. That would also work.
 
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    Bijan Sabet

  • Contax 645Over the last month I have been experimenting with a...

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Contax 645Over the last month I have been experimenting with a new medium format camera (and film stock). To date, my absolute favorite medium format camera is a Hasselblad 503cw. I bring it most everywhere. Day trips, long hikes, traveling and even just around the house. But there are some moments when the Hasselblad isn’t particular ideal. For me, that is with close up portraits.The main reason is the Hasselblad has a waist level view finder. So to get at eye level (or slightly above) requires work. Usually it means climbing up on a chair or some other raised object. If that isn’t…
  • Audio

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  • Weggis, Switzerland. June 2015.

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    Weggis, Switzerland. June 2015.
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  • “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave,...

    26 Jun 2015 | 4:11 am
    “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” ~ Henry David ThoreauWeston, Massachusetts. June 2015.
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    inessential.com

  • Love

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    At the Cyclops the other night I was talking with fellow Mac and iOS developers. One person mentioned that a friend had acquired an iOS game — a good game that’s less popular than it deserves, that maybe just needs some marketing. Person: “So here’s the question. Would my friend’s iOS app be successful if…” Everyone else at the table: “No!” We didn’t wait for the “if” clause, because there’s nothing that could be in it that would matter. That’s not to say that there aren’t successful iOS apps. Of course there are. I know people who work on them. I work with…
  • Swift question: Enum vs. Struct for Variants

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:33 pm
    In a previous post I mentioned using structs plus a protocol to implement a variant type. There’s a Value protocol and a number of different structs that conform to that protocol. But Andy Matuschak’s comment about using an enum instead keeps coming to mind. And then there’s this note in the pre-release Swift book: Alternatively, enumeration members can specify associated values of any type to be stored along with each different member value, much as unions or variants do in other languages. So let’s imagine a variant that can represent a bunch of different data types and that has…
  • Varieties of News Readers

    23 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    I think — provisionally — that there are three types of news readers. (Am I missing any?) 1. Casual Newspaper This category includes Flipboard, Zite (sadly defunct), the upcoming Apple News, and others. These tend to have the richest user interfaces of all news readers, with lots of pictures, animations, and interesting layouts. Typically you pick some categories that interest you and perhaps some sites. You may also add RSS feeds and you might have it pull links from your Twitter and Facebook feeds. These tend to have significant server backends that not only read various feeds and…
  • Swift Protocols Question

    21 Jun 2015 | 10:55 am
    I’m still very much a Swift newbie. The following example is contrived, but it accurately depicts the problem I’m trying to solve. I have a protocol: protocol Value: Equatable A number of different structs conform to this protocol. Some of those structs also conform to this protocol: protocol Smashable {   func valueBySmashing​OtherValue​(value: Value) -> Value My intent is absolutely clear — valueBySmashingOtherValue must return an object that conforms to the Value protocol. However, I get this error: Protocol 'Value' can only be used as a generic constraint…
  • More About http Deprecation

    15 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Dave Winer writes about http deprecation in The People’s Browser. And I’ve thought more about it in the context of writing Mac and iOS apps. Let’s consider a few apps I’ve worked on in my career: NetNewsWire: an RSS reader that connects to any site with an RSS feed, no matter how that feed is served (http or https). MarsEdit: a blog editor that connects to any blog with an external API, no matter how that API is served (http or https). Glassboard: a private group messaging system. Of these, only Glassboard would fit in an https-only world. Since we controlled the server, and since…
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    RexBlog.com

  • Funny of Die Thinks Old People (in Their 70s) Are a Riot

    Rex Hammock
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:11 pm
    Funny or Die and the music festival Bonnaroo “teamed up” to take four “old people” in their 70s to Bonnaroo so the other 80,000 attendees could see how cute four old people can be when interacting with festival goers and hearing new-fangled music. Old People At Bonnaroo from Funny Or Die   In addition to being blatantly ageist bigotry, the premise seems to fall apart when you consider that Funny or Die’s criteria for being an “old person” is being born before 1946. By that definition, here are some other cute old people they could have…
  • Owning a Tablesaw Doesn’t Make You a Carpenter

    Rex Hammock
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
    The current Hammock Idea Email uses several analogies that remind us of something we should all know by now, but keep trying to convince ourselves isn’t true: that “tools” are only as good as the people who use them. Don’t just “get” tools. Learn how to use them. What “desktop publishing” was to the 1990s, “content marketing” or “social media marketing” can be to today. As with the desktop publishing myth, a company can purchase all of the software and mine all the data, only to discover that it is the talent, experience, creativity,…
  • The Confederate Flag is NOT a Part of Who I Am

    Rex Hammock
    20 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    By birth, choice and the grace of God, I am a Southerner. I grew up in Alabama and have spent most of my life in Tennessee. In other words, I’ve lived all my life way down yonder in the land of cotton. My love of the South is about home, family and place. It’s about language and literature. It’s about football. It’s about the creativity and cadence found in the way people paint pictures when they recount even the simplest of stories. It’s about food and the aroma of the places where food is prepared. It’s about music. It’s about so many of the people I love. It’s…
  • Every Post About Leadership on LinkedIn Sounds Just Like This

    Rex Hammock
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    Apparently, someone has been telling business executives they need to become a “thought leader” by posting a “thought leadership” essay on their LinkedIn account. They apparently are confused by the challenge, thinking they are supposed to write about leadership. Being leaders, they assign the essay to a summer intern, as, well, summer interns are experts on social media, right? And therefore, they know about LinkedIn, right? So who else should write an essay about thought leadership? Or, at least, I hope that’s the reason every essay about leadership on…
  • That Buzz You’re Hearing in Music From Nashvile Isn’t Static

    Rex Hammock
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A couple of months before it opened in 2013, my cousin’s husband (my first-cousin-in-law?) gave me an incredible tour of Nashville’s impressive new convention center, the Music City Center. (He was a supervising engineer on the project.) In the album of photos I posted on Flickr, I included a shot of four acres of its roof planted with prairie grasses; a part of its water collection system. (There are many more acres of solar panels and other green-things, also.) Earlier this week, I heard this story on Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, about a volunteer beekeeper…
 
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    Berkeley Blog

  • Amazon Absent from Bay Area Book Festival

    Berkeley Blog
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Tens of thousands of lovers of that 20th century artifact – the book – flocked downtown Berkeley the weekend of June 6-7 when publishers the likes of Dharma Press to Heyday, Berrett-Koehler and White Cloud lined in tents along ten traffic-blocked streets. Situated on the border of the inaugural Bay Area Book Festival in Civic Center Park was a walk-through dome built of 50,000 books, all free for the taking. It turns out the books were from the Boston Public Library, which gave its excess stash to Brewster Kahle’s Internet Archive for scanning. I interviewed lovers of the artifact,…
  • U.S. Government Actually Doing Something Good

    Berkeley Blog
    21 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
    At the monthly tech lunch I host at Berkeley Rep, our speaker yesterday was an energetic champion of lifting the 1.4 billion people in the world out of poverty. You’d think Alexis Bonnell was the head of a nonprofit or UN agency, but she’s actually director of engagement and communications of USAID’s Global Development Lab, a one-year-old federal agency that works to end extreme global poverty.  The way it works – and it’s working – is by partnering with private and public institutions as well as with communities in the developing world. The lab is crowdsourcing problems and…
  • How Can There be Artificial Intelligence When We Still Don’t Understand Human Intelligence?

    Berkeley Blog
    7 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Today I went to hear a talk by NY Times science writer John Markoff about his forthcoming book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots as a kick-off event for UC Berkeley’s new series on People and Robots hosted by the CITRIS department. Markoff said he framed the history of robotics, which he recounts in his book, as a dichotomy between those who want to augment human intelligence and those who think we can replace it. The latter group believes in the singularity, in which robots supercede humans. This simplistic framework enables the author to…
  • Philanthropists Try to Patch up the Very Inequality They Created

    Berkeley Blog
    25 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Last night I went to an event at SF Impact Hub for Ai-Jen Poo’s superslim book, Dignity – more like a long article with appendixitis – about supporting workers in the senior care business as well as seniors and their families. Everyone I talked to was working for a foundation: Haas, Jr., Haas, Sr., Omidyar, and myriad family foundations too obscure to recall. What I know about philanthropists –tech billionaires like Eric Schmidt, Bill Gates, and Marc Benioff – is that they made their cash from the labor of others and by paying themselves hundreds of times more than their average…
  • Competitive Sports Fuel Silicon Valley Culture

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    In 1999, during the height of the tech boom when I had so many clients I couldn’t even recall their URLs, I hired a former world cycling champion as my coach and took up amateur bicycle racing for the Berkeley Bicycle Club (the BBC). Every day, rain or shine, I worked out two hours, doing intervals – short, painfully fast stretches up hills or on flats -- or endurance rides, which meant a ride of 60 to 70 miles with several thousand feet of climbing – all before lunch. On the weekends, starting in February and ending in June, I’d wake up at 4 a.m. and travel to some desolate Central…
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  • Employment UX is a visceral experience

    Valerie Urso
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    (purchase here) Back in the nineties, I used to have a corporate job in a big office on the 26th floor, in downtown Chicago. The office had a certain smell. Not a bad smell, just the usual, clean, synthetic corporate office smell. When I was new there, and still terribly excited to have such a blue-chip organization to call my own, I loved that smell. Every morning when I’d walk into the office, the smell would ignite my senses and I’d immediately get all excited to have a well-paid corporate job. It was a chemical trigger. Then as time passed and my career at the company tanked, the job…
  • Some new thoughts on Brand Storytelling

    Valerie Urso
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:05 pm
      [Content marketing: One of the @Rackspace cartoons I drew recently for Robert Scoble’s weekly newsletter A decade ago, my buddy Tom Foremski quit his high-status job in journalism as the tech correspondent for the London Financial Times, to go become one of the first professional tech bloggers out there. Back then there was no Techcrunch or Re-Code, there was no proven business model, it was just him and his laptop. It was a very brave, pioneering move for the time. Around the same time, I was doing a little bit of pioneering myself, being one of the earliest content marketers to use…
  • What matters

    Valerie Urso
    8 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    [visit the store]   Every now and then I’ll do a pretty random cartoon. This one qualifies. I’ve always liked churches and religious architecture in general. They’re like constant spiritual reminders in the landscape. Here, I imagined being somewhere in the desert in the Levant. Maybe Israel or Syria or even further East, and seeing an ancient holy place… A church, mosque or temple of some sort. The actual religion doesn’t matter so much. What matters is the “A-Ha!”.
  • If you’re waiting in line for a career, you’re doing something wrong

    Valerie Urso
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
      [get the print] Back when I lived in London in the ‘Nineties, I vaguely knew this Irish journalist, call him Simon. He was a flatmate of an old school friend of mine. Simon wasn’t famous or anything, but he was always working. He was pretty successful. He drove a nice car, ate in fancy places and seemed to enjoy his life. Of all the journalists I knew personally, he was by far the most self-assured. What was his secret? It wasn’t that he was smarter or a better writer than the other journalists. There are plenty smart people who can write well in that trade. What made him…
  • Freelancer: 10 Questions with Seth Godin

    Valerie Urso
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    (This was a cartoon I drew for Seth’s excellent book, The Dip. You can purchase the print here.) My old friend and frequent book collaborator, Seth Godin has a new online course out on Udemy, entitled “Seth Godin’s Freelancer Course”. I checked it out, I liked it a lot. But instead of just reviewing it, I’d thought I’d use this opportunity to ask Seth ten questions. Voila:   1. OK, the basic skinny: What’s the course about, and why now? This is the golden age for freelancers. More opportunities, more tools, more leverage than ever before. But for many freelancers,…
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