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  • Escalators, elevators and the ferry

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Escalators make people happy. They're ready when you are, there is almost never a line, and you can see progress happening the entire time. Elevators are faster, particularly for long distances, but we get frustrated when we just miss one, and we often wonder when the next one is coming, even after a few seconds. (That's why lobbies have mirrors, to give you something to do when you're waiting). The ferry schedule, invented by Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a third way to deal with transport. Instead of having each boat turn around the minute it arrived, he guaranteed when it would leave. We can…
  • Who named the colors?

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    We did. It's not a silly question. It has a lot to do with culture and crowds and the way we decide, as a group, what's right and what's not. A quick look at some colors confirms that there is no algorithm, no accepted pattern for color names. They range from short and obscure (puce) to long and obvious references, like cotton candy. No color has a name until a significant group accepts that name. You can start calling the sky, "gluten," but it's not going to be useful until others do as well. That's what mass, cultural-shifting marketing does. It creates an idea or a label or a habit…
  • I’ve completely moved to social media

    Robert Scoble
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    After giving it some thought I have completely moved to Facebook at I am putting TONS of great content into there. If you aren’t on Facebook, I’m also on Twitter at or on Google+ at Someday I might come back to the blog, but the world has moved and it is on social media.
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    20 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
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  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
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  • I’ve completely moved to social media

    Robert Scoble
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    After giving it some thought I have completely moved to Facebook at I am putting TONS of great content into there. If you aren’t on Facebook, I’m also on Twitter at or on Google+ at Someday I might come back to the blog, but the world has moved and it is on social media.
  • Knock, knock, is this thing on?

    Robert Scoble
    2 May 2014 | 12:11 pm
    We’ve done some updates to the blog here. Hopefully the feeds and everything still works. Now on a modern server at Rackspace, thanks to Rob Collazo for helping me out. Got the latest theme. Improved security here. Updated to latest WordPress. Everything is looking good. Now the trick is to figure out what to do here that I can’t already do on Facebook, which is where I’ve been spending most of my time lately. Are you reading me there? Why not? That’s where you’ll see EVERYTHING I do. Here? I think I’ll start writing longer posts again here and see what…
  • Nokia's Trapster is too far over the freaky line

    Robert Scoble
    28 Jan 2014 | 11:22 am
    Why trust is the new currency in Age of Context and why Nokia lost it here. In the Age of Context lots of companies will go over the freaky line. What is that line? Where at least some people are uncomfortable with the privacy implications of the service. At EVERY speech I’ve given about our new book privacy comes up and people tell me they are scared by this new world that we’re heading into where systems like Google Now help you based on all sorts of private data, from where you are standing to who has sent you airline plans. But there are some “over the freaky line”…
  • Why I got Highlight wrong (and how Bluetooth Low Energy might save it)

    Robert Scoble
    24 Nov 2013 | 7:59 pm
    Back in March 2012 I hyped up Highlight something fierce. I thought it was going to be the next big app. I was wrong. Should have picked Snapchat (which I didn’t see coming because I personally don’t need it very much). Highlight just hasn’t proven to be very addictive to either me or my friends. We talk about it often. I keep running it. Now, what did they do right? They did fix their battery issues. It doesn’t put a major strain on my battery anymore. It does have some users, it’s just that the user count isn’t going up very fast and the UTILITY…
  • Here comes the age of the "personal cloud"

    Robert Scoble
    30 Aug 2013 | 5:34 pm
    Here Scott McGregor, CEO of Broadcom, shows me some new wireless devices, based on Low Power Bluetooth, which will be the “hub” of a new kind of “personal cloud” that will connect sensors and wearable computers to our smartphones of the future. These devices can support hundreds of other wireless devices, each with sensors, lights, or controllers for things on us or around us. This has deep implications for our contextual future (I’m writing a book, titled “Age of Context”). These new devices will cost less than $10 (wholesale) and run on a small…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
  • Squidthanks

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nine years ago last month, a few of us sat down in my office and started working on Squidoo. Since then, there have been billions of visits to our site, and many of you have clicked, written, and contributed to what we've built. We've been able to pay people from around the world for great content and donate to dozens of charities. Thanks. Squidoo was launched before Pinterest, Twitter and Medium were the platforms of the day. It arrived just in time to remind people that in fact they could share what they cared about with people who were interested in hearing about it. Last week, we…
  • Slacktivism

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support…
  • Who named the colors?

    Seth Godin
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    We did. It's not a silly question. It has a lot to do with culture and crowds and the way we decide, as a group, what's right and what's not. A quick look at some colors confirms that there is no algorithm, no accepted pattern for color names. They range from short and obscure (puce) to long and obvious references, like cotton candy. No color has a name until a significant group accepts that name. You can start calling the sky, "gluten," but it's not going to be useful until others do as well. That's what mass, cultural-shifting marketing does. It creates an idea or a label or a habit…
  • Escalators, elevators and the ferry

    Seth Godin
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Escalators make people happy. They're ready when you are, there is almost never a line, and you can see progress happening the entire time. Elevators are faster, particularly for long distances, but we get frustrated when we just miss one, and we often wonder when the next one is coming, even after a few seconds. (That's why lobbies have mirrors, to give you something to do when you're waiting). The ferry schedule, invented by Cornelius Vanderbilt, is a third way to deal with transport. Instead of having each boat turn around the minute it arrived, he guaranteed when it would leave. We can…
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  • An ode to Ralph Wiggum

    Jason Kottke
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    From Mallory Ortberg at The Toast, an appreciation of Ralph Wiggum. Ralph is not a rule-follower like Lisa, nor a rule-breaker like Bart; Ralph does not observe the rules because he is almost completely unaware of them. More than any of the other students at Springfield Elementary, Ralph is a child. Bart and Lisa and Milhouse and Nelson and Janey are kids, and therein lies the difference. Ralph sees things that aren't there ("Ralph, remember the time you said Snagglepuss was outside?" "He was going to the bathroom!"), eats paste, picks his nose, volunteers unprompted, nonsensical declarations…
  • Ceramics masters

    Jason Kottke
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Take a closer look at how half-a-dozen ceramics masters practice their craft. Tags: art   video
  • The Wright Brothers' first flight

    Jason Kottke
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    In celebration of National Aviation Day, In Focus has a slideshow of photos of the Wright Brothers' first flights. The caption on that photo reads: First flight: 120 feet in 12 seconds, on December 17, 1903. This photograph shows man's first powered, controlled, sustained flight. Orville Wright at the controls of the machine, lying prone on the lower wing with hips in the cradle which operated the wing-warping mechanism. Wilbur Wright running alongside to balance the machine, has just released his hold on the forward upright of the right wing. The starting rail, the wing-rest, a coil box, and…
  • Texting in movies

    Jason Kottke
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    From Tony Zhou, A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film. Michele Tepper wrote about Sherlock's display of texts in 2011. The rise of instant messaging, and even more, the SMS, has added another layer of difficulty; I'm convinced that the reason so many TV characters have iPhones is not just that Hollywood thinks they're cool, but also because the big crisp screen is so darn easy to read. Still, the cut to that little black metal rectangle is a narrative momentum killer. What's a director trying to make a ripping good adventure yarn to do? The solution is deceptively simple: instead…
  • 2013 Feltron Personal Annual Report

    Jason Kottke
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    The 2013 Personal Annual Report for Nicholas Felton is available for pre-order and online perusal. Pre-ordered...I own a copy of every one except for the first year. ps. The NY Times did a video about Felton and his annual reports. Tags: design   Nicholas Felton
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    Gary Vaynerchuk

  • #AskGaryVee Episode 11: Diplomas, not GPAs

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:43 pm
    #QOTD: What are you doing this weekend? #LINKS: My AMA on Reddit – Music by T.Jay – Today’s Voiceover by Max Bass – #TIMESTAMPS 00:44 – If you owned a winery in Napa, what would your left jabs look like? 03:24 Do you respond to your post/tweets/emails/messages personally? or do you delegate? 04:52 What foods have you added to your lifestyle that you are enjoying the most? 05:23 How can I converge my vision of being…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 9: Ice Bucket Billionaire

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    #QOTD: Who in your family inspires you the most? Today we a very special episode of The #AskGaryVee show. I’ve been holding off on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for awhile now, but when my man Michael called me out, I knew I had to make the move! So now I challenge YOU, VaynerNation, to get out there, soak yourselves, and DONATE! #LINKS Donate to the ALS association – Special Guest: Michael! YouTube – Twitter –…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 8: Buy the Damn Cat!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    #QOTD: What is currently your favorite single beverage? Things that I have decided are important: Keeping life spicy, wine, my health, and being honest. LINKS: Cyberdust – Music by T.Jay – TIMESTAMPS: 0:39 Do you believe in Jim Collins belief that we can only focus on 3 things? 1:38 What is the best way to grow a following or community from nothing? 3:36 Tea or Coffee? or wine? 3:57 As a business leader whats one thing that keeps you up at night? 4:54 Center or Edge? 5:01 What’s the best way for a right hook to seem like a jab?
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 7: Parents, Patience, and Pie

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Getting into some long-winded answers today! It’s a really great sign, too, because it’s clear that you guys are asking me amazing questions, so I really want to give some of them the time they deserve. Also be sure to hit me up on CyberDust tomorrow (@garyvee) so I can answer some of your more personal questions. #QOTD: What other personalities in the video world are you enjoying content from? #LINKS: Cyberdust – Matthew Santoro – Music by T.Jay – #TIMESTAMPS: 1:58…
  • #AskGaryVee Episode 6: Friction Sucks

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    In this episode we talk about getting familiar with Facebook advertising, my love for my family, and the magic of red-headed quarterbacks. On top of that we get into being grateful, being right, and being patient. Three of my favorite things! LINKS: TIMESTAMPS 0:27 - What’s the best way to use Facebook dark posts? 1:51 - Is it still necessary to drive traffic from social to your dot com? 3:57 - How’d you deal with working in a family business? 5:03 - What did you think of the Dalton trade? 5:38 - Does the demand for your attention get overwhelming?
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    Charlene Li

  • Content Marketing Software: How to Make Smart Choices

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

    Charlene Li
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Digital transformation is hot — in a new Altimeter Report, “The State of Digital Transformation”, we found that 88% of organizations we surveyed said that they were undergoing a formal digital transformation effort, which Altimeter defines as “the re-alignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage digital consumers at […] The post How to Tell If You’re Just Dabbling with Digital appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

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

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

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

  • Google’s Growth Since Its IPO

    John Gruber
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Speaking of Dan Frommer, he has a good post noting the 10-year anniversary of Google’s IPO.  ★ 
  • Twitter Now Officially Says Your Timeline Is More Than Just Tweets From People You Follow

    John Gruber
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Dan Frommer on Twitter’s updated definition of what goes into your timeline. This is a terrible decision on Twitter’s part, and I’ve seen nothing but complaints about it. That your timeline only shows what you’ve asked to be shown is a defining feature of Twitter. So far, these changes are only evident when using Twitter’s first-party clients, but it’s a bad sign even if you use a third-party client like Tweetbot or Twitterrific. However, tweets that you favorite using a third-party client might start showing up in the timelines of your followers who do use…
  • Sharp’s New Aquos Crystal Phone

    John Gruber
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Interesting new design from Sharp: a display that goes edge-to-edge on the left, right, and top. (I.e. it has no forehead, only a chin.)  ★ 
  • Policing by Consent

    John Gruber
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Jason Kottke on “The Nine Principles of Policing” that served to establish the Metropolitan Police of London in 1829: As police historian Charles Reith noted in 1956, this philosophy was radical when implemented in London in the 1830s and “unique in history and throughout the world because it derived not from fear but almost exclusively from public co-operation with the police, induced by them designedly by behaviour which secures and maintains for them the approval, respect and affection of the public”. Apparently, it remains radical in the United States in 2014.
  • Police Impunity in Ferguson

    John Gruber
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:18 pm
    One more on the police in Ferguson. Matt Yglesias: The other two men in the photograph, despite presumably being police officers, are not identifiable at this time. Unlike normal police officers, they are not wearing name tags or badges with visible numbers on them. When police arrested the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery and the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly, they weren’t wearing badges or name tags either. Reasonable people can disagree about when, exactly, it’s appropriate for cops to fire tear gas into crowds. But there’s really no room for disagreement about…
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  • 5 Ice Bucket Envy Filled People To Avoid

    David Armano
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    Like millions of others, I recently filled a bucket full of ice and water, shot a video and called on a few friends to do the same. While not required to, I also donated to the ALS association because it seemed like the right thing to do.  Is the infamous "Ice Bucket Challenge" working? According to the New York Times, the campaign has raised over 13 million dollars compared to the 1.7 million raised last year at this time. So is there a down side? According to my social feeds—kind of. While I don't agree with them, here's a snapshot of some of the feedback I've seen in addition to the…
  • Should You Help Someone You Don't Know? Yes.

    David Armano
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Meet Justin Levy.I know Justin, but in a world of having many connections, "knowing" someone doesn't mean much, and Justin and I don't talk every day—in fact we've have had only a handful of interactions. But a status update on social media caught my attention and hasn't lost it since. Recently, Justin posted the following: And since then, he's undergone one of several surgeries for his shoulders which were both badly injured due to the violent nature of the seizure. To make matters even more unnerving, a brain tumor has been found and he's scheduled to have the majority of it…
  • Responsive Marketing in a Real Time World

    David Armano
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
    We needn't look much further than our everyday lives to realize that the way we consume, share and produce our own media has changed drastically. The major forces in this evolution are largely a combination of hardware and software (mobile) combined with connectivity (social) all accelerated in the context of time which gives the impression of immediacy (real-time). When it comes to marketing and communications in this real time business environment it is forcing us to re-think the notion of both content and distribution. It was these thoughts that have been driving much of my own thinking…
  • Is Sharing Link Bait a Huge Mistake?

    David Armano
    28 May 2014 | 4:45 am
    You've probably done it too. Shared an article you didn't fully read or absorb because the headline grabbed your attention. If you're guilty as charged—don't feel too bad as there is a legitimate reason we sometimes do this. As I've said many times before, content is currency and it's human nature to want to share things that resonate with us and we know will resonate with others. I did this recently with a Business Insider article titled:"We Got A Look Inside The 45 Day Planning Process That Goes Into Creating A Single Corporate Tweet" So here's what I did; I read the headline and…
  • The New York Times Innovation Report is Both a Manifesto and Warning For Entrenched Organizations

    David Armano
    18 May 2014 | 6:40 pm
    "To improve is to change; to perfect is to change often"~Winston ChurchillThere are few documents, articles or any media for that matter that capture and illustrate the complex yet efficient nature of disruption than the New York Times 2014 Innovation Report. Recently leaked, presumably in some connection with the dismissal of executive editor Jill Abramson the 91 page report has been somewhat eclipsed by the debate around Abramson. But while that story has been garnering the most attention in the media—it is the innovation report which needs to be read cover to cover by anyone whose work…
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  • The Collaborative Economy APIs mean Changes to Commerce

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
      The Collaborative Economy continues to mainstream –with at least two of the key players launching APIs; this spells significant ecosystem change that will impact commerce, this post will attempt to answer what it means to the greater ecosystem. [This is as significant as Facebook launching their API and Platform --this will spur a thousands apps, APIs, and new businesses models]   News: Uber has launched an API, with key launch partners, including traditional companies like Hyatt (disclosure: a Crowd Companies member), and. Secondly, Hailo also announced an API a few hours…
  • Ecosystem Guide: The 12 Players of the Collaborative Economy

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:46 pm
    The Collaborative Economy is a complex ecosystem composed of many unique players. These many players are jostling about, partnering, competing, and disrupting each other. It’s key to understand the many players in this movement before blindly stumbling into this market. This post took weeks to prepare, and it’s my attempt to catalogue a very complex market that has broad, global economic impacts being felt by many people. By no means is this market breakdown complete, so I seek your feedback in the comments. This space is diverse. There’s a wide range of political groups: from…
  • Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Harvest a thousand ideas. Above photo from popular photographer, and my friend, Thomas Hawk. Crowdfunding is the highest form of loyalty, but only a few big companies have deployed this crowd strategy. Big companies can learn from Indiegogo, and Kickstarter. You’ve heard of Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms for the tech savvy, but what does it mean to corporate product development and marketing strategy? Today’s crowdfunding projects include a panoply of products that never make it to the shelves. I jokingly refer to this as “this decade’s home shopping…
  • Collaborative Economy Markets: Platforms, Providers, and Partakers

    11 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Marketplaces. They’re all the rage. In fact, the media can’t stop talking about them, people can’t stop searching for them, and investors have deployed $2.4 billion in just the last seven months. So what’s a marketplace all about? First of all, it’s not a new concept. It predates Airbnb and even the birth of the Internet. The ancient Greeks called them Agoras. Marketplaces go back to the earliest civilizations when farmers and villagers gathered at a common location, usually in a town square. We get the words “agriculture” and “agoraphobia” from the original koine…
  • Why Investors are in Love with the Collaborative Economy

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Continued analysis of market funding in the Collaborative Economy. Yesterday’s stunning news of European ridesharing company, BlaBlaCar prompted me to tally up the funding in 2014. Along with help from industry experts Lisa Gansky of Mesh Labs, Neal Gorenflo of Shareable, Mike Walsh of Structure VC and Michelle Regner of Near-Me. I tallied funding if the startup was over $1 million and there was a public record of the funding. I’ve published my analysis of funding in this movement before, from the banner funding month in April, the frequency of top VCs and my larger body of work…
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  • Creativity Hack

    17 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Here are four well-known ways to boost creativity: 1.       Work near crowd noise, such as in a coffee shop. 2.       Take a walk (alone) 3.       Drive a car to a familiar destination (alone) 4.       Take a shower (yeah, alone) I've experimented extensively with all four methods and I can report that doing any one of those activities has a huge and immediate impact on my quality and volume of ideas. This is purely anecdotal, but the impact on idea flow is so immediate…
  • Seriously?

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    ** New Update **Okay, you have my apologies for jumping the gun on this. I underestimated how misleading every bit of this initial reporting was.I assumed the shooting itself would turn out to be justified, and it seems to be heading that way. And I assumed the two reporters who were jailed and soon released were victims of by a simple misunderstanding. And I assumed the SWAT team was protecting the Al Jazeera camera equipment and not "stealing" it.But I let my skepticism slip when I saw the tear gas allegedly fired by the SWAT guys at the reporters. I still don't know where the…
  • Scott's Book Cover Design Challenge

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Many of you told me that the uninspired artwork I did for the cover of my book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big was suppressing sales. You might be right. No one ever accused me of talent in that department. Here was my cover art: So partly for fun, partly as an experiment, and partly to improve the product, I thought I would invite all interested parties to submit a better cover design for the upcoming soft cover release. Here's how this will work. Before September 5th, design a new cover, using the existing title, and email the jpeg or a download link to me at…
  • Information is the Cure for Privacy

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    There are only two reasons to have privacy and both of them involve dysfunction. You might want privacy because... 1.       you plan to do something illegal or unethical. or 2.       to protect you from a dysfunctional world. I think we can agree that if the ONLY reason for privacy were to make it easier to get away with crimes and unethical behavior, society would be better off without privacy. So let's ignore the first category because it is only useful to criminals and scumbags. The second category is more fun. My hypothesis…
  • How to Make More Money in Stocks

    3 Aug 2014 | 11:35 pm
    One of the most dependable rules of investing is that stocks as a whole revert to their mean price-earnings ratio over time. When stock prices are high compared to company earnings, on a historical basis, you can count on prices to come down in the long run.But why?Is the barrier to permanently higher price-earnings ratios a physical or psychological one?If the barrier is physical, what might it be? During times of stock bubbles I never see stories about a physical limit being hit.So the limiting factor to upward price-earnings growth, once you are beyond the historical mean, must be purely…
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  • AM radio declared dead by BMW and Disney

    Doc Searls
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:09 am
    The BMW i3 may be the first new car to come without AM radio since cars starting coming with radios, way back in the 1930s. Meanwhile, Disney is unloading a big pile of AM stations carrying Radio Disney, a program service for kids focused mostly on “teen idols.” In Disney’s Devastating Signal About Radio, Eric Rhoads of Radio Ink spoke Big Truth about the heft of the harbinger Disney’s move delivers to the media marketplace. In a follow-up post he defended his case, adding (as he did in the first post) that “radio is not dead.” In Redefining…
  • Fun with distance

    Doc Searls
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    I’m listening to WGBH on 93.7 from Boston on my kitchen radio, on the low floor of an apartment building in Manhattan, thanks to an atmospheric condition called tropospheric bending, or “tropo” for short. Here’s my section of the current map of tropo at work right now:   The same map shows bigger “ducts” running from Florida to Iowa and Missouri to California. The map is by John Harder, aka @ng0e. Other maps by meteorolgist William Harper abound here. I would have loved the same thing back when I was (like John) a “DXer” who logged about a…
  • Remembering Robin

    Doc Searls
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    I only met Robin Williams once, at a trade show, back in ’03 or so. I was walking across the floor when I ran into my old friend Tom Rielly. Tom grabbed my arm and said, “Come here. I want you to meet somebody.” He pulled me though a small crowd to the guy in the middle. It was Robin. I almost said, “Hey, you look like Robin Williams, only shorter,” but I didn’t. Tom said to Robin, “This is Doc. He’s like, the number five blogger in the world.” I said, “No, I’m more like number twenty,” then added, “but most of the…
  • What do sites need from social login buttons?

    Doc Searls
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Not want. Need. If a site has one of these… … what is the least information they need from the user? Seems to me that “social” login buttons like these are meant for the convenience of the user. But too often liberties are taken with them. For example, here is what one company says in its terms & conditions: Certain functionality may enable you to log-in using Facebook Connect, a Facebook, Inc. application, which is intended to provide interconnectivity between the Services and your profile. By using the Connect feature, you permit us to…
  • Radio and the Web, 2001

    Doc Searls
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    Since my old blog (still running, amazingly, on an old server somewhere within Verisign) will some day be Snow on the Water, and conversation about radio has commenced below that post, I decided to re-post March 21, 2001. Here goes… Blast from the past Tune in here right now to catch Larry Lujack on KNEW, the Top forty station in Spokane, Washington, in the summer of 1963. Lujack later became a legend on Chicago radio. Such memories. I’ve been grooving back over my first visit to The West when I was a teenage radio freak with a Zenith Royal 400 transistor radio glued to my ear as…
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  • Fifty Three

    Fred Wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    Another year, another birthday. For the past fifteen years, I’ve been spending my birthday on the beach with my family. That seems like the ideal way to do it. I hope that tradition lasts as long as I do. The weather has been spectacular on the east end of long island this week and we spent most of yesterday afternoon on a boat in Sag Harbor. Today, I plan to do some yoga, play some golf with my son, and have a family dinner tonight. I don’t really enjoy receiving presents. The best present for me is to be somewhere awesome surrounded by my family. I’ve already received that…
  • Reblog: Let Your Winners Run

    Fred Wilson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:13 am
    One of the things I am going to do on this extended vacation is go back into the archives and reblog posts that I think are still fresh and relevant. I’ll start with this one from Feb 2012. ————————- I met with a group of very experienced and sophisticated investors yesterday who make up the investment committee of a large charitable foundation that is an investor in USV. I gave them a two minute brief on our macro investment thesis (large networks of engaged users that can disrupt big markets) and then took them on a tour of some of these…
  • Public Writing and Community Building

    Fred Wilson
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    I realized this morning that many of the biggest changes in Startups and VC over the past ten years (2004-2014) have come about in part because of public writing and community building. I would put the YC and 500 Startups movements in that camp, and the emergence of vibrant startup hubs in NYC, LA, and Boulder, and the juggernaut that is A16Z. If you want to make a splash and create  something new, writing publicly and building a community around that is one important part of the playbook.
  • Do You Unplug

    Fred Wilson
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    I’m working on unplugging during my six weeks off. I’m doing a decent job but I am not totally unplugged and it is possible that I won’t totally unplug. I saw this chart in the WSJ (via Twitter) this morning: So almost half of us don’t ever unplug. Do you, and if so, how often?
  • Jerry Colonna On Being Fierce

    Fred Wilson
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:48 am
    I watched this video earlier this week. Jerry talks about the Five Challenges Of Leadership and Being Fierce. Like everything Jerry does, this is great. The Spark Sessions: Being Fierce with Jerry Colonna from Danya Cheskis-Gold on Vimeo.
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • Why I’m Watching Deep Linking In Mobile

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The post Why I’m Watching Deep Linking In Mobile appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. The first ever web page, created by Sir Tim Berners Lee to explain, naturally, the WWW. We are at a turning point in the mobile app ecosystem where deeplinking is becoming a priority and not just a feature. – URX blog This week marks the beginning of a journey I’m taking to understand “deep linking” in mobile. I’ve kept one eye on the space for some time, but it’s clearly heating up. Last Spring three major mobile players – Facebook, Google, and…
  • My 2014 NewCo SF Schedule: Hard Choices

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    The post My 2014 NewCo SF Schedule: Hard Choices appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. The NewCo award, given to host companies who join the NewCo festival this year. As I did last year, I picked my NewCo San Francisco schedule early, so I could prepare in advance of the festival this September 10-12. There are nearly 130 extraordinary companies to choose from, so it’s not easy to decide where to spend your time. But decide we must. Here are my choices for this year’s SF festival (there are festivals in Amsterdam, New York, Silicon Valley, LA, Detroit, Boulder,…
  • NewCo Sizzle Reel, SF Sked Are Up!

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The post NewCo Sizzle Reel, SF Sked Are Up! appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. It’s hard to describe what it’s like to attend a NewCo till you’ve been to one, but this video, below, should certainly help. It comes right on the heels of NewCo’s SF schedule going up, which for those of you who’ve never been is like announcing the lineup at Bonnaroo for those of us in the NewCo world. In SF, companies opening their doors include Medium, Carbon Lighthouse, ACT, IFTTT, the melt, Lit Motors, Salesforce, Bloomberg, OpenTable, Scoot, NextDoor, and 100+…
  • It’s Time For Twitter To Filter Our Feeds. But How?

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The post It’s Time For Twitter To Filter Our Feeds. But How? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) “We don’t put an algorithm between you and your feed.” – Twitter exec Adam Bain, March 2013 “Please do.” Me, today Twitter has always appealed to tinkerers, to makers, to the people who first took up blogging, who championed RSS and HTML in the early days – you know, the people who created the open web. And because of that, Twitter has always had a strong dose of egalitarianism in its DNA. Twitter expresses that DNA in a…
  • Content Marketing And the New Mainstream

    8 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    The post Content Marketing And the New Mainstream appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (image) On the eve of our third annual P&G Signal (a private event I’ve produced for P&G these past few years) comes this piece in HBR: The Content Marketing Revolution. Just this morning I was reflecting on the speed with which the idea that “all brands are publishers” has moved from evangelical blog post to standard business practice – less than four years since we officially canonized it at FM, and about seven since I first began writing about…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
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  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • You’re Not Freaky Enough

    Chris Brogan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jacq was watching a rerun of Shark Tank last night with her mom and she came across Steve Gadling, who pitched his business to the Shark Tank. What was he doing? Drawing cats. Not very well, mind you. And just with paper and a Sharpie. And he wanted ten thousand dollars. Part of his pitch was a little dance, and a “song.” Watch this video: Can’t see the video? Click HereContinue Reading
  • How Do I Reach My Audience?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    People ask me that often. “How do I reach my audience?” First, I tell them gently, it’s not your audience. Second, I tell them that reach is only part of it. Once they’ve seen you, they have to care enough that they’ll take a next step. From there, it only gets more difficult. But that’s okay. Challenge is good. Let me give you some thoughts. Before You Try to “Reach Your Audience” Let’s convert that to “reach out to people who might care” or just “reach out.” But before you want to do that, you’ll want your…
  • Is It Really So Weird That I Want to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic?

    Chris Brogan
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’ve been working to support a 90 Day Health Challenge that works at two purposes: to help YOU deal with losing weight and at the same time, help kids battle obesity. Some people have asked me what THAT’s all about. Let me tell you! MOST Everyone We Know Needs To Get Healthier Continue Reading
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    iJustine / Justine Ezarik

  • Call of Duty Advanced Warfare XBOX ONE

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    It’s so beautiful! Guess it’s time to sell my old one for this upgrade! It has a 1TB HD up from the 500GB from the day one consoles. Here’s a pre-order link! I’m a bit torn though, because this white Sunset Overdrive one is pretty SICK. It has the 500GB HD still and I’m way more of a Call of Duty fan!
  • iJustine’s 2014 Vidcon Schedule

    26 Jun 2014 | 2:21 am
    Hey guys! I’m so excited to see you all at Vidcon this year – my full known schedule is below.. lots of random things come up and change last minute so be sure to follow me on twitter for all the real time updates! My meetup is Saturday in Hall B starting at 3:00PM – I will have some already autographed things for you guys so we can save time and make sure we get a picture! Last year they were pretty strict and tried to keep the lines moving so I wanted to make sure we all had as much time as possible! THURSDAY 26TH, JUNE 11:00AM Panel:Brands at Vidcon Q&A 3:00PM Panel:…
  • Extreme Offroad ATV in Iceland

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    We did some extreme off roading in Iceland and before you ask… no, that was not me and Jenna falling off the ATV!
  • Hot Blue Lagoon Swimming in Iceland!

    23 Jun 2014 | 9:36 am
    Had so much fun in Iceland at visiting the Blue Lagoon! This was such a magical place that I can’t even believe that it exists!
  • Iceland Dogsledding

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    This was so fun!
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    Joel on Software

  • Trello, Inc.

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Hello? is this thing on? I’m not sure if I even know how to operate this “blog” device any more. It’s been a year since my last post. I’m retired from blogging, remember? Want to hear something funny? The only way I can post blog posts is by remote-desktopping into a carefully preserved Windows 7 machine which we keep in a server closet running a bizarrely messed-up old copy of CityDesk which I somehow hacked together and which only runs on that particular machine. The shame! I do need to fill you in on some exciting Trello News, though. As you no doubt know, Trello is the…
  • Victory Lap for Ask Patents

    22 Jul 2013 | 12:55 pm
    There are a lot of people complaining about lousy software patents these days. I say, stop complaining, and start killing them. It took me about fifteen minutes to stop a crappy Microsoft patent from being approved. Got fifteen minutes? You can do it too. In a minute, I’ll tell you that story. But first, a little background. Software developers don’t actually invent very much. The number of actually novel, non-obvious inventions in the software industry that maybe, in some universe, deserve a government-granted monopoly is, perhaps, two. The other 40,000-odd software patents issued every…
  • Free as in Fortune Cookies

    30 Apr 2013 | 1:42 pm
    Trello has been out for less than two years and it’s been growing like wildfire. We recently hit 1.5 million members, of whom about 1/3 perform some action every month, and our MongoDB database now contains more than 70 million cards on 3.7 million boards. So the obvious question I get all the time is, “How exactly are you supposed to make money with that?” You may have noticed that Trello is free. Not “free trial,” not “freemium,” but just plain old free. Some people have justifiably wondered if it really makes sense to pay a dozen people, nestled in fancy offices with free…
  • The Patent Protection Racket

    2 Apr 2013 | 11:31 am
    The fastest growing industry in the US right now, even during this time of slow economic growth, is probably the patent troll protection racket industry. Lawsuits surrounding software patents have more than tripled since 1999. It’s a great business model. Step one: buy a software patent. There are millions of them, and they’re all quite vague and impossible to understand. Step two: FedEx a carefully crafted letter to a few thousand small software companies, iPhone app developers, and Internet startups. This is where it gets a tiny bit tricky, because the recipients of the letter need to…
  • Town Car Version Control

    11 Mar 2013 | 6:34 pm
    The team at Fog Creek is releasing a major new version of Kiln today. Kiln is a distributed version control system. One of the biggest new features is Kiln Harmony, which lets you operate on Kiln repositories using either Git or Mercurial. So you can push changes to a Kiln repo using Git and then pull them using Mercurial. This means that you never have to decide whether you want to use Git or Mercurial. Religious war: averted. But, I’m getting ahead of myself! For those of you that have been living under a rock, the single biggest change in developers’ lives in the last decade (besides…
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  • The dog whisperer strikes again

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    Would you look at the adoration on that dog's face.
  • My girls

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Today my heart comes home to me with all its lanky legs and arms.
  • “Much as water can be taken for granted by a fish”

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Guilt is a pretty useless, ineffectual emotion. Guilt is not what I feel when coming to these realizations. In fact, I feel duty.
  • #ShirtlessChuck

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Chuck remembers Southern California, and he could definitely roll.
  • The Downing Tote

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Not nearly as big or unwieldy as my Granny's purse, but she'd slow clap for me and tell me I'm moving in the right direction. And then she'd see how hard she could hit one of her kids over the head with this thing.
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    AE on the Verge

  • Fundraising Idea: The Cupcake Challenge

    5 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    The Cupcake Challenge - Here's how it works:Info cards are set on tables along with a copy of the cupcake sign, which is mounted on small dowel and when a table raises their flag they set it in a vase filled with sand to hold it up. The info card includes rules:  Each person at the table (who is eligible to contribute - which is a PAC rule) must contribute $5 (or other designated amount) or more for EVERYONE to win at that tableNo one can contribute for anyone else (which is a PAC rule - but may not apply to your rules)Can limit it to only credit cards…
  • 3 things that make me crazy at banquet events ...

    2 Oct 2013 | 4:53 pm
    Not only do I plan events, but I attend a large number of events. Here are three things that make me crazy:1. Centerpieces that block the view of half the table: What's the point of being seated with 8 or 10 people if you can't even see half of them because of the centerpiece, much less be able to engage them through the centerpiece? There are plenty of nice ways to decorate a table that won't block the view of others at the table.2. Those stretchy chair covers that totally cover the chair legs: Remember when our legs didn't bounce off the chair covers at events? Whoever created those…
  • 6 Words that Stop Change at Associations

    23 Feb 2013 | 8:11 pm
    There are 6 words that routinely stop change at Associations: "But that will set a precedent."  With a precedent of course being assumed to be a bad thing.Here are a few thoughts on getting past the dreaded precedent-setting:1.  Call it a pilot program.  Then it is clear it's a test and may or may not ever apply again.2.  Make it clear why it's one-time in an explanatory to a decision. "Due to the current market conditions ...", "due to an unexpected overage in the fund balance," or whatever provides explanation to do something even if it's never been done before or…
  • A Return to Blogging - and "Most Obvious Lessons"

    18 Feb 2013 | 4:45 pm
    The past few months have been filled with personal and professional transitions - left a job (and membership) I loved after 24 years due to a relocation, changed states, consulted, participated in a lot of association executives meetings, interviewed for a new job, facilitated a search for a new CEO, started a new job, bought a new house, and more.  Which means I have lots of association management blog topic content; so it's time to return to blogging.My first post has to be a highlight of my good friend Judith Lindenau's blog about what she learned as an Interim Association…
  • 3 Association Questions found at a Yard Sale

    1 Sep 2012 | 2:39 pm
    Prior to selling our house this week, we had a yard sale.  There are three questions we were asked by yard sale attendees that I believe are really relevant to association management too:1.  Are the prices firm or flexible?  Clearly regular yard sale attendees like to know if there is flexibility in pricing.  I thought it was actually really easy for them to find out, just by asking.  Anytime you get a quote for anything, ask if it's "firm or flexible."  You might get a lower price just by asking.2.  Do you have (fill in the blank)?  Several asked for…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • How to Sell to a Prospect You Can’t Even See

    John Jantsch
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    How to Sell to a Prospect You Can’t Even See written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Tom Martin For the last few years I’ve been telling business owners that sales and marketing has changed so much because buying has changed so much. photo credit: andres.thor via photopin cc Today’s buyer doesn’t not call up a company and ask for a brochure or salesperson to come calling. Today’s buyer does their homework online, asks their network for suggestions and essentially creates their own…
  • Why You Must Change Your Content Marketing Approach

    John Jantsch
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    Why You Must Change Your Content Marketing Approach written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Now that pretty much everyone on the planet gets the importance of content marketing it’s time to throw a wrench in the works. To remain effective with your content marketing efforts you must constantly evaluate, change and evolve! I know you may not want to hear that, but content only provides value when it’s useful and the consumer always determines what useful looks like. As more and more content marketers experiment with content form,…
  • Weekend Favs August Sixteen

    John Jantsch
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Weekend Favs August Sixteen 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. photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: JustReachOut – Tool that lets you find and connect with journalists…
  • The Future of Mobile Search Marketing

    Guest Post
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    The Future of Mobile Search Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Justin Emig – Enjoy! Just a few short years ago, smartphones were reserved for those bleeding edge consumers willing to spend half of their paycheck on a device double the size of their existing ‘feature’ phone that allowed you to replicate an experience historically reserved for desktops or laptops. The adoption quickly exploded and in 2012, global smartphone adoption…
  • 8 Ways to Amplify Your Content on Mobile

    Guest Post
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    8 Ways to Amplify Your Content on Mobile written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Dave Landry – Enjoy! photo credit: shutterstock Mobile is becoming a powerful, driving engine in the content world. The January 2014 Mobile Technology Fact Sheet shows that 63% of adult cell phone owners use their phones to go online, while 34% of cell phone Internet users go online using only their phone rather than any other device. Mobile content is distinct because of…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Engineering new bone growth with coated tissue scaffolds

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 pm
    A scanning electron micrograph of a porous, nanostructured poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) membrane. The membrane is coated with a polyelectrolyte (PEM) multilayer coating that releases growth factors to promote bone repair. (Credit: Nasim Hyder and Nisarg J. Shah) MIT chemical engineers have devised a new treatment for bone injuries or defects: an implantable tissue scaffold (structure) coated with bone-growth factors that can be released slowly over a few weeks to induce the body to rapidly form new bone that looks and behaves just like the original tissue. On Monday this week,…
  • ‘Nanojuice’ could help diagnose gastrointestinal illnesses

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:57 am
    The combination of “nanojuice” and photoacoustic tomography illuminates the intestine of a mouse (credit: Jonathan Lovell) University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging technique using nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form “nanojuice” that patients would drink to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Doctors would strike the nanoparticles, once they reach the small intestine, with a harmless laser light, providing an unparalleled, non-invasive, real-time view of the organ. Described…
  • ‘Normal’ bacteria vital for keeping intestinal lining intact, preventing disorders

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:26 am
    These images show intestines of wild-type and knockout mice injected with dextran (red) and imaged using two-photon microscopy. DAPI (blue) shows stained cells within the intestinal epithelium. Dye tracking (red) between DAPI (blue) labelled cells indicates a leaky intestinal epithelium. (Credit: Kamal Khanna, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Farmington) Bacteria that aid in digestion keep the intestinal lining intact, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and associates have found. The findings, reported online in the journal Immunity, could yield new…
  • Do gut bacteria control your mind?

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The relationship between gut bacteria and unhealthy eating (credit: UC San Francisco) Bacteria within you — which outnumber your own cells about 100 times — may be affecting both your cravings and moods to get you to eat what they want, and may be driving you toward obesity. That’s the conclusion of an article published this week in the journal BioEssays by researchers from UC San Francisco, Arizona State University and University of New Mexico from a review of the recent scientific literature. How your gut microbiome may control you The diverse community of microbes,…
  • Targeted brain stimulation aids stroke recovery in mice

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Optogenetic stimulation for stroke (Credit: Deisseroth Laboratory) Stanford University School of Medicine have found that light-driven stimulation technology called optogenetics enhances stroke* recovery in mice — even when initiated five days after stroke occurred. The mice showed significantly greater recovery in motor ability than mice that had experienced strokes but whose brains weren’t stimulated. “In this study, we found that direct stimulation of a particular set of nerve cells in the brain — nerve cells in the motor cortex — was able to substantially…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Specialization is for Insects, and Developers?

    Matt Mullenweg
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. That’s from Robert Heinlein’s character Lazarus Long. Peter Merel coined this version for developers: A programmer should be able to fix a bug, market an application, maintain a legacy,…
  • Commercial Whaling Ship

    Matt Mullenweg
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    The Time I Spent On A Commercial Whaling Ship Totally Changed My Perspective On The World — I know the title sounds baity but this is the best writing I’ve read online in a while, almost like it’s from a different time.
  • Internet’s Original Sin

    Matt Mullenweg
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ethan Zuckerman writes for the Atlantic on The Internet’s Original Sin, advertising.
  • Humans Need Not Apply

    Matt Mullenweg
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
  • SmartThings & Samsung

    Matt Mullenweg
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    SmartThings announced (on their WP-powered blog) that they’re joining forces with Samsung to continue working on their mission of becoming an operating system for your home. I’m both an investor and a fan of the company, which I even let take over my home in SF earlier this year for CNN. As a tinkerer most of what I do with SmartThings so far is relatively basic, I feel like it’s still the very early days of the platform and what’s going to come down the line. Samsung makes so much technology (and appliances, and TVs, and…) I can’t wait to see how they open…
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    blog maverick

  • The 6 Things You Need to Know to be Great in Business

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 pm
    There are no shortcuts in business.  In order to be successful there are some things that you must know.  These are not all of them by a long shot, but IMHO they are 6 of the most important   1. Know how to sell. Selling means being able to convey why your product or service, which may be you if you are looking for a job,  will make things better. Selling is never about convincing. It is always about helping. 2. Put yourself in the shoes of your customer If you know how to put the person you are dealing with in a position to succeed, you can be successful. In order to do this, you…
  • AEREO – Everything Old is New Again

    CyberDust ID - Blogmaverick
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    AEREO deserves a lot of credit for their effort.  It was a long and expensive shot to do what they went for.  But they went for it.  And they attempted to pivot after their SCOTUS loss. I was watching with interest, because it is something we had examined 15 years ago at The technology has obviously gotten better on all sides of the equation, but sometimes a good idea is a good idea. Even if it is hard to make work.  This is from January of 2000. What is fascinating is the alliances and attempts that were being made or considered.   We also did the same kind of work to…
  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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

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

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

  • We are Moving too Fast to be Thinking "Business as Usual"

    Valeria Maltoni
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    [1983 Apple Keynote: The 1984 Ad Introduction YouTube 6:41] It's an expression you've probably come across, business as usual. The other side of the no comment coin. It says volumes without saying much. Especially when communications about how the business is keeping its promises are rare and the organization is not inhabiting its vision. People want to understand how things will change, given that circumstances are constantly evolving the context. Making sense of what is going on helps learn and process information in a way that supports culture -- where focus, alignment, and all those good…
  • Amazon Accounts for one in four eCommerce Purchases in the U.S.

    Valeria Maltoni
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ask any online retailer and marketer in charge of eCommerce and they will likely tell you they aspire to be like Amazon. The giant online retailer sits atop the retail food chain, swallowing categories from celery to web services, and everything in between. Based on a new research# by digital business intelligence firm L2, the report inaugurates a methodology that will be leveraged for the L2 Amazon Quotient, a score of a brand’s competence on the platform. Walmart pales in comparison -- and they are gearing up to model the more successful features and functionality of Amazon's platform.
  • A Culture of Social Collaboration

    Valeria Maltoni
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:45 am
    The type may be too small to read; here's a link to the live post (2,014 pluses and 1,785 comments). This is a good example of reverse-engineering a conversation while tapping into a shared experience. Imagine the potential of such a dialogue were it built upon a different proposition than a telemarketer trying to extract something on behalf of a business/brand from a person. A culture of social collaboration is where the Web experience is moving to, with the help of semantic and contextual information. It remains firmly human because it includes one very important element, which smart…
  • Storytelling Edition

    Valeria Maltoni
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    [via The Big Picture] Making Sense: Science For Its New Shows, Amazon Adds Art to Its Data. The New Yor Times: The creators also said that despite their employer’s algorithm-driven image, they were going with their creative gut. [...] “I am sure they are mining all kinds of data, but my job is to be a good storyteller.” Computer Programmed to write its own fables. The Guardian: Margaret Sarlej, at the University of New South Wales, has devised the Moral Storytelling System, which generates simple stories with one of six morals identified in Aesop's fables: retribution, greed, pride,…
  • 21 Quotes to Inspire Better Customer Experiences

    Valeria Maltoni
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The biggest impact of social, beyond it being a currency that affects behavior, is the ability for customers to interact with the people who represent brands and businesses directly. People in our networks and even strangers have become believable sources with reviews and suggestions. Smart businesses are also opening their digital doors, so to speak, and they are taking a hard look at how they organize experiences from site navigation down to how they handle response in social to. As we're approaching the final summer stretch in many parts of Europe and we are heading towards Labor Day in…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1001: The “Real People” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Real people: They work for you, they buy stuff from you, and they spread the word about you. And yet, most marketing doesn’t focus on real people. It focuses on consumers, target demographics, and influencers. Here’s why real people should be at the center: 1. Real people write marketing 2. Real people build relationships 3. Real people make mistakes 4. Check it out: Nested 1. Real…
  • Newsletter #1000: The “Greatest Hits of All Damn Time” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] This is the 1,000th issue of the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. (Well, not quite — in the early days we rounded to the next hundred at the start of a new year. But, trust us, there are a lot.) We thought we’d take a moment to look back at the most popular content from the blog over the past decade. Some of the results surprised us — but, it all came back as a…
  • Newsletter #999: The “Do More” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] A little extra oomph goes a long way. But a big extra oomph goes a longer way. It’s about more than having a great product or a worthy cause. It’s about making people say, “Wow, I can’t wait to tell someone about this.” Here’s how three different companies are doing more to earn word of mouth: 1. Make it wayyyy better 2. Think about the entire experience 3.
  • 3 digital designs that earn word of mouth

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We don’t always share techie examples of word of mouth marketing, because word of mouth shouldn’t rely on digital or social media to work. But that doesn’t mean your web strategy couldn’t use a little WOM boost. Here are three ways to do it: 1. Feature your customers 2. Give it some personality 3. Make sharing fun 1. Feature your customers For their first anniversary, Free People, a women’s clothing retailer, replaced models with photos…
  • How to make water, pushpins, and Boring remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe it’s hard for your product to stand out, or maybe you have a name like Boring. Whatever your obstacle, you can make your stuff more remarkable with a little ingenuity. Here are three word of mouth strategies that turned underdog situations into word of mouth opportunities: 1. Make a scene 2. Make a partnership 3. Make it…
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  • How to Use Content Themes to Make Blogging a Snap

    Guest Blogger
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is a guest contribution from Sonja Jobson. This might sound familiar: you’re staring at a blank screen, panic slowly rising, headache setting in, mind blank. You’re due to publish a blog post but you have absolutely no idea what to write about. Again. The “writers block” cycle can put a serious cramp in your blogging style, but contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a mysterious ailment with no known cure. In most cases, writers block is a direct result of poor planning. This is good news, because it means that with correct planning, you can skip right over the blank screen and…
  • Why You Have a Better Chance of Landing a Guest Post Than You Think (and How to Do It)

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Flickr user Freddie Peña. This is a guest contribution from writer Ali Luke. Do you ever think about guest posting but worry you’re not ready? You probably already know that guest posting is one of the most effective ways to build relationships in the blogging world, get writing credits, and grow your audience …  … yet you might worry that no-one will take your posts, because you’re too new to blogging, your own audience is too small, or you’re not (yet) a great writer. Maybe you’ve heard bloggers say that they get dozens, even hundreds, of guest post pitches…
  • Stop Writing for Free and Launch Your Own Profitable Blog

    Guest Blogger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:21 am
    You’ve spent countless hours crafting article after article. Your articles have generated thousands of page views. You feel pretty successful in terms of exposure, but large media companies are not knocking down your door to hire you. That paying gig you have been dreaming of still seems just as far away as it always has. Your writing hasn’t earned you a dime, and your exposure hasn’t done anything but bring you momentary comfort. Sound familiar? There has been a long-raging debating about the merits of writing for free. Some have spoken out heavily in opposition of doing…
  • How to Make Friends and Influence People at the ProBlogger Event

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a guest contribution by blogger Johanna Castro. Day one of the ProBlogger conference dawns, and butterflies are probably winging around your stomach as if making a bid for freedom. For many of us this day has been eagerly anticipated for about 6 months, and it represents one of two days in which you’ll meet some of the biggest names in blogging: Presenters, bloggers, media celebrities and a heap of new friends. But first. You walk in, you register at the front desk, and then you face a sea of people. That sea of people seems to be undulating like a wave mingling effortlessly with…
  • How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing

    Darren Rowse
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    Earlier in the week I co-hosted the popular #BlogChat Twitter chat. The topic was ‘How to Build a Blog Worth Monetizing’ – a massive topic. The hour-long Twitter chat was one of the fastest moving Twitter chats I’ve been involved in (and the biggest BlogChat ever according to it’s founder Mack Collier). We covered heaps of ground but I thought I’d pull out some of my most RT’d and commented upon tweets from the hour here as a blog post. I hope you find these helpful! Foundational Advice I was asked to prepare some advice for those about to start a…
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    Brian Solis

  • Your Workforce is Disengaged: Here’s What To Do About it

    Brian Solis
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Change is in the air. With disruptive technologies hitting businesses from the outside in and the inside out, how companies invest in technology and ultimately how people use it to get work done is under significant re-evaluation. At the same time, the rising workforce clash between older and younger generations is also pushing HR to radically reform management processes and education programs. Indeed, change is the air. In fact it’s imminent. But change is never programmatic nor is it ever easy.  And, all too often, change is a reactive response to areas of disruption rather than a…
  • Made in Detroit: How Shinola’s Good Ole Fashioned Business Values Outperform the Status Quo

    Brian Solis
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    You don’t know shit from Shinola. Ever heard that saying before? This World War II era colloquialism caused a movement to revive the American watchmaking industry and with it bring to Detroit yet another chapter in its storied history in manufacturing. This year at SXSWV2V, I was fortunate enough to interview Shinola president Jacques Panis live on the main stage. He’s not only the president of a thriving lifestyle company contributing to the resurgence of Detroit, he’s also incredibly genuine and humble. More so, Panis is building a business that’s focused on people,…
  • Let Digital Natives Be Your Guide in Defining the Future of Work

    Brian Solis
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Don’t let complacency undermine your company’s hyperconnected present and future. Pervasive technology fundamentally changes how people communicate, discover and connect. With smartphones and tablets serving as digital ­appendages, we focus on small screens throughout our day, every day and in all we do. Technology’s biggest impact, however, is not so much on the devices or the apps we use, but on our behavior. Specifically, it affects how we learn, how we buy, how we work, and how we influence and are influenced. This behavior modification is ­significant because we take for granted…
  • The 2014 State of Digital Transformation

    Brian Solis
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Today, I’m proud to announce the release of Altimeter Group’s second report on Digital Transformation. This new report is aimed at executives and digital strategists to help them (you) further understand the state of digital transformation as you plan your next steps and investments. In our initial report, “Digital Transformation: Why and How Companies are Investing in New Business Models to Lead Digital Customer Experiences (DCX),” we learned that digital transformation was as much about technology as it was about people. It was a much more human story, one that shared…
  • Live Your Brand the Way Your Customers Do

    Brian Solis
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I recently spent some time with PRNews editor Steve Goldstein. As part of a fireside chat we’re doing at the upcoming 20/20 Summit in San Francisco, Steve asked a few questions that lead to a pretty deep conversation. I wanted to share it with you here. Digital Darwinism is Real: Compete for the Future (Compete for You) Now PR News: In your book “What’s the Future of Business?” you suggest that while it’s a good thing that companies are investing more resources in managing their online reputations, the cost can be immense and the efforts are rarely aligned with customer…
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    Joho the Blog

  • fadeOut, fadeIn jQuery-style

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Time for another in my series of occasional posts over-explaining simple programming tasks that took me longer to figure out than they should have. Let’s say you’re writing a bit of JavaScript and want to fade the text of a component out, change the text, and fade it in. Assume you’re using jQuery to handle the fades. Assume that the component has an ID of “fader” and you want its initial text of “First” to be replaced by the text “Second.” Ok? Here’s the simple HTML: <div id="fader">First</div> With jQuery, you fade an…
  • Reason #554 we need gigabit Internet connections

    16 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    Despite the claims of some — and unfortunately some of these some run the companies that provide the US with Internet access — there are n reasons why we need truly high-speed, high-capacity Internet access, where n = everything we haven’t invented yet. For example… If we had truly high-speed, high-capacity Internet access, protesters in Ferguson might have each worn a GoPro video camera, or even just all pressed “Record” on their smartphones, and those of us not in Ferguson could have dialed among them to see what’s happening. In fact, it’s…
  • From Berkman: Zeynep and Ethanz on the Web We Want

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    This week there were two out-of-the-park posts by Berkman folk: Ethan Zuckerman on advertising as the Net’s original sin, and Zeynep Tufecki on the power of the open Internet as demonstrated by coverage of the riots in Ferguson. Each provides a view on whether the Net is a failed promise. Each is brilliant and brilliantly written. Zeynep on Ferguson Zeynep, who has written with wisdom and insight on the role of social media in the Turkish protests (e.g., here and here), looks at how Twitter brought the Ferguson police riots onto the national agenda and how well Twitter…
  • [doggerel] Great Blue

    12 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Because it’s August and I’m at a lake: The great blue is such an ungainly bird that “heron” should be an explainly word. It flaps so slow as it takes to the air I could beat it by climbing stairs. It’s great, it’s blue, it’s a little absurd. A pile of sticks became a bird.
  • Robin Williams was a mensch

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:10 am
    I admired Robin Williams even though he wasn’t exactly my cup of tea as a comedian. But, he was obviously brilliant, and by all reports was humble and kind. We need to celebrate people who turn down every opportunity to act like assholes. Here’s just one example. Robin Williams met Christopher Reeve at Julliard and the two remained close friends. When Reeve became paralyzed, Williams stayed by him, a source of laughter and hope. From what I’ve heard, you could not have asked for a better friend. It makes me all the sadder that Robin Williams just couldn’t carry on with…
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  • How to Use Social Media Better, For Equality

    Craig Newmark
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    Hey, I have a commitment to fairness, based on a (naive) nerd desire to make life less unfair. I've created a video asking you to help create a more fair world, please indulge me and watch, and share it. It's for a good cause, and is a brief discussion of social media for the Women in Public Service Project. The thing is, social media can be harnessed for policy-making, and remember that real change doesn't happen from the top down. That is, the act of discussing policy in social media helps participants buy into it, and later, the discussion record helps other join the…
  • 6 Inspirational Women In Tech

    Craig Newmark
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Hey, it's a priority of mine to promote the work that good people are doing. A lot of times women don't get the recognition they deserve in the tech industry. In the last  few blog posts I've shared about really good women in tech, we asked folks to suggest women they thought really had their boots on the ground. My team (which includes Justyn Hintze of Rad Campaign and Allyson Kapin, Founder of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign) and I researched your suggestions, and created a list of 6 women (or orgs run for women, by women) who are doing tech right. You should follow and…
  • 5 Reasons We Need Social Change

    Craig Newmark
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Folks, I started this craigconnects thing because I really want to use tech to give a real voice to the voiceless, and real power to the powerless. Ever since starting craigconnects, I've created a list of issues areas that I'm really focusing on. It's important that we work together, as a community, and collaborate to create real social change. You can't change the world from the top down. Here are just 5 (of many) reasons we need social change: We seem to throw money into food and housing, yet a lot of folks are still in need, so something isn't working right.
  • A Lizard In The Security Shed

    Craig Newmark
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    Hey, here's a short audio clip, recorded by the EK-FM Radio Presenter, Nancy Sungu, in Kenya. For the past 8 weeks, EK-FM has been off-air due to maintenance issues (in fact, a lizard got into their security shed and fried their transmitter!). The silent air-waves caused much upset in the community. In the interview, Diana Akinyi, a small-scale farmer on Mfangano Island, explains the impact of EK-FM. Each week she listens to the farmer's voice radio hour to get up-to-date information on local farming practices. While the radio was off-air getting repaired she missed out! Diana on…
  • Travel Tips, Inspired By Misadventures

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Okay, you already know about useful sites like TripAdvisor and SeatGuru, and you're doing your best to accumulate and use frequent-flier points. Here are some tips to cover the other stuff, inspired partly by my own misadventures. The context for these tips is that I travel for public service and philanthropy, not business; I haven't been in craigslist management since 2000. (I hear that people travel for "pleasure" or on "vacation," which I understand are mythological concepts.) Store everything online. Anything that has to be local, encrypt. Act as if you could…
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    The Dish

  • What Do-It-Yourself Funerals Can’t Offer

    Matthew Sitman
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    by Matthew Sitman It’s an interesting question, how we’ll handle death and grief as religion’s place in our lives declines. I don’t mean that the old answers about what “happens” when we die will need to be reworked, exactly, because it seems clear that, no longer believing in the afterlife, most will just acknowledge that nothingness awaits us. There only will be the “sure extinction that we travel to,” as Larkin put it. But that still leaves the issue of how to mourn the dead, in the very practical sense of what to do when a loved one dies.
  • The Hawk Gap

    Dish Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    by Dish Staff Last week, after observing that the prospective 2016 candidates are taking much more hawkish positions on foreign policy issues than public opinion would suggest, Beinart suggested that this might be one more deleterious effect of money on our political system: For a century, Americans have responded to disillusioning wars by demanding a less interventionist foreign policy. It happened after World War 1, after Korea, after Vietnam, and it’s happening again in the wake of Afghanistan and Iraq. The difference between this moment and past ones is the role of money in politics. As…
  • The Meaning Of #Ferguson

    Dish Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    by Dish Staff That's me in the cloud of tear gas tweeting in #Ferguson.— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 12, 2014 Over the weekend, David Carr marveled at how well Twitter has matured as a tool for journalism: For people in the news business, Twitter was initially viewed as one more way to promote and distribute content. But as the world has become an ever more complicated place — a collision of Ebola, war in Iraq, crisis in Ukraine and more — Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations, a way to see into stories even when…
  • Face Of The Day

    Dish Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    A fan waiting for a screening of ET: The Extra Terrestrial last night at Somerset House in London, England. Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images.
  • “The Politics Of Respectability”

    Dish Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    by Dish Staff Coates is beyond tired of the continual “transmutation of black protest into moral hectoring of black people”: Don Imus profanely insults a group of black women. But the real problem is gangsta rap. Trayvon Martin is killed. This becomes a conversation about how black men are bad fathers. Jonathan Martin is bullied mercilessly. This proves that black people have an unfortunate sense of irony. The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Don’t Go To Nate ‘n Al’s at Lunchtime

    Jessica Gottlieb
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Recently I dropped kids off for lunch at Nate ‘n Al’s. These are kids who eat at restaurants regularly. They’re polite, they know how to order, they know how to tip. Unfortunately, their age prevented them from getting service at Nate ‘n Al’s in Beverly Hills. I almost joined Yelp just to be able to review them but then I remembered I don’t care. Every few years I forget just how awful the food and service is at Nate ‘n Al’s and I’ll find myself there for lunch, or even worse for dinner. Even with 40 years of experiencing their dreadful…
  • Blessings in the Bible Belt

    Jessica Gottlieb
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    This week in Tenessee a teenager was given an in school suspension for her godly words. In fact her relative shared on facebook that she was suspended because she said God Bless You to a fellow student who sneezed. I wasn’t in the classroom, I’m not a teacher, but I’m a blogger and I read between lines fluently and I’d say that it’s unlikely that Bless You got this holy roller suspended. Post by Virginia Higgins. Further had a great write up wherein she quoted the student as saying: A girl sitting right next me sneezed in class. I said “Bless…
  • Mr. G Has a Real Imaginary Friend

    Jessica Gottlieb
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Recently one of the kids’ friends came over and his new nanny dropped him off. Her name was Sally and she was very sweet. I told her that I would never forget her name because we lived with a Sally for nearly two years. In fact Sally even moved houses with us once. Sally was Jane’s imaginary friend from the time Jane was nearly three until nearly five. Sally appeared along with the trauma of becoming a big sister and eased the transition nicely. Recently Mr. G got a new guitar and has been playing it day and night. This means that we get to hear Lola get worked out slowly over the…
  • Luxe Rodeo Drive: The Perfect Sleepover Staycation

    Jessica Gottlieb
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Earlier this summer friends and I had an amazing dinner at the Luxe on Rodeo Drive. I’d mentioned that it’s the perfect place for a staycation so we pulled out our calendars and they gave me a pair of rooms Monday Night. The most difficult part of a staycation with The Luxe Rodeo was figuring out my kids’ schedules. I love a good hotel and Jane and her friends love a hotel sleepover. There’s something totally irresistible about crisp white linens, sumptuous beds, blackout curtains and room service. I am also unabashedly high maintenance and when I see that a hotel has…
  • Obviously I Was Destined to Drive The 2014 Honda Accord

    Jessica Gottlieb
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    A little over a week ago I was driving (okay parked) on the freeway behind a Honda Accord Coupe and it caught my eye. Can I just say that I love the look of the new Honda Accord coupe? — Jessica Gottlieb (@JessicaGottlieb) August 1, 2014     I loved the look of it. So when I bought my car in for service earlier this week and they didn’t have a Jaguar to lend me I was actually pretty stoked. I spent two days tooling around in an Accord Sedan. It’s an Enterprise Rent a Car so it was a stripped down model that had been subject to quite a bit of abuse but the drive was…
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    Bijan Sabet

  • Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. August 2014. Yesterday we drove from...

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    Cliffs of Moher, Ireland. August 2014. Yesterday we drove from Adare up to Galway. Along the way we went out to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher. It was hard to leave.
  • Adare, Ireland. August 2014. After leaving Kenmare, we drove to...

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Adare, Ireland. August 2014. After leaving Kenmare, we drove to Adare for the weekend. It’s a beautiful place with a mix of thatch roofed cottages, gardens, excellent food and numerous historic sites. Today we are headed further north along the west coast. 
  • Four things

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    I get asked with regular frequency what I look for as an early stage investor. For me it’s four things. Are the founders extraordinary Do I love the product Is the vision compelling If I wasn’t a VC, would I want to work for the founders at the startup That’s basically it. These four things have served me well. The times I’ve made mistakes in this business is when I’ve wandered from it.
  • This Should Only Take a Minute or Four, Probably — Medium

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:23 pm
    This Should Only Take a Minute or Four, Probably — Medium: Love this.
  • "So my advice is always pretty much the same – ‘good portrait and documentary photography has very..."

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:46 am
    “So my advice is always pretty much the same – ‘good portrait and documentary photography has very little to do with equipment and technique. Spend a year learning how to use your camera and then devote the rest of your life to learning about people’.” - Phil Kneen
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  • Ian on the Responder Chain

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Ian McCullough, Responder Chain Redux!: Guy indicated that he feels like the decoupling offered by the responder chain is too great — that sending an arbitrary message up the chain, with only the sender for context, is insufficient to convey user intent.… The delegate-based approach also “cuts off” the chain early, and the argument seems to be that it cuts it off at the “right” level: where context first appears. But what if there’s more than one “right” level, or more than one scope of context? I’ve always taken it as a clue that action methods take (id)sender as…
  • More Indie Numbers

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Allen Ding posted revenue numbers for his app Saved.
  • Getting Started with Sinatra for Cocoa Programmers

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Sinatra is the little brother to Ruby on Rails. You’d think that a Cocoa guy like me — someone who’s quite happy working with a large application framework — would prefer Rails, but I find myself attracted to the smaller and lighter-weight Sinatra. Sinatra and Node are very similar. But as awesome as Node is, it has one giant drawback: you have to write in JavaScript. That’s also Node’s advantage. JavaScript is easy to learn and lots of people already know it. But while JavaScript, well, exists, Ruby is lovely. Ruby has a whole lot in common with Objective-C. Both languages count…
  • Swift Literal Convertibles

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:59 pm
    Mattt Thompson, in NSHipster, brings up a potentially controverial issue. This seems like another giant area for abuse and misuse. It worries me less than custom and overloaded operators, since it feels like something people would do less often. And I can actually see myself potentially using the feature myself. Maybe. But my criteria still needs to be: can somebody else read and understand my code?
  • Swift Beta 6 Changes

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Airspeed Velocity has the lowdown on changes.
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    Rex Hammock's

  • The Story-telling Power of Maps

    Rex Hammock
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    I continue to be amazed by the story-telling power of maps. This New York Times interactive map of recent fighter jet and drone strikes in northern Iraq makes me wonder how the use of visualized data used by news media in the form of maps would have changed the way people understood, in real-time, previous wars and conflicts. Yes, social media is changing the face of journalism, but so is data-driven journalism and visualized data of this quality. (Not to be confused with the lack of quality found in the vast majority marketing-oriented infographics.) A couple of weeks ago, for the Hammock…
  • Robin Williams, RIP

    Rex Hammock
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Six years ago, I wrote a blog post about “Why I’m Mourning Michael Jackson’s Death” in which I said this: “I think we all get crazy in our obsession with the deaths of someone like Michael Jackson because he was there, singing in the background, when we experienced so many things we hold dear. The music is still there. The memories are still there. But if Michael Jackson can die, does that mean a part of us dies with him? I think that’s what we mourn. Two years ago, I tweeted this about Whitney Houston: When someone whose music has been part of your…
  • Gonenett

    Rex Hammock
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Today, the company that owns the former hometown newspaper of Nashville and 80 other cities in the U.S. announced its plans to split into two companies. (1) Gannett Good Stuff Inc. and  (2) Gannett Bad Stuff Inc. Gannett Good Stuff will be lots of TV stations and internet companies like and Gannett Bad Stuff will be 81 former local newspapers that will continue their transition into local delivery van companies specializing in distributing bundled advertising circulars to the front doors of local residents each Sunday morning. The rest of the week, the vans…
  • The NYT’s Chronicle: A Timeline of the Usage of Words & Phrases

    Rex Hammock
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:01 pm
    (Above: According to Chronicle, the word “Rex” peaked a century ago. Oh well.) The New York Times has opened to the public a graphing tool called Chronicle, an N-gram viewer that generates a timeline chart of the usage of a word or phrase appearing in the New York Times during the past 162 years. The tool is very similar to Google’s Ngram Viewer a graphing tool that generates a timeline of words or phrases appearing in books scanned into the database of Google Books. Alexis Lloyd, Chronicle’s creator, explains it in this blog post. Quote: Two years ago, I created…
  • How John Seigenthaler Changed Wikipedia

    Rex Hammock
    12 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    John Seigenthaler, the legendary editor of Nashville’s daily newspaper, The Tennessean, died yesterday (Friday, July 11, 2014) in his Nashville home. In addition to recounting his remarkable career in journalism and public service, an event nine years ago that’s now referred to by early contributors to Wikipedia as “the Wikipedia Seigenthaler incident” earned a paragraph in Mr. Seigenthaler’s New York Time’s obituary. As a Nashvillian and admirer of Mr. Seigenthaler for decades, I was angered in 2005 by that thoughtless and vulgar prank that became one of…
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  • Why does John Perry Barlow land in the weirdest places?

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

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    LinkedIn sometimes works when I'm looking for someone who works for a company I want to connect with, like LinkedIn.  But what I'd really like LinkedIn to do -- and I think many of my nonprofit clients would appreciate this as well -- is to link me with individuals worth more than a few million dollars or euros and aggregate those folks by what causes they might support. LinkedIn's got such a big network, they could easily add a new category: philanthropy. What happens when LinkedIn people retire or die? Recently a friend and former colleague of mine passed away, and someone…
  • It Takes a Family to Feed One Athlete

    Berkeley Blog
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    t’s July and once again I’m sucked into the vortex of the Tour de France. In the first week of the race, a young rider from Toulouse who was in an early breakaway, won in on a steep but short summit finish in a drenching downpour. One of the race moderators, mentioned how the winner, Biel Kadri, used to raid his mother’s small grocery store after a ride and scarf all her remaining baguettes and cheese. This reminded me of feeding my former bicycle-racer son before and after a ride, and I thought of all the mothers, and fathers, who similarly fueled their children’s racing careers over…
  • Another Publishing Magnate Bites the Dust

    Berkeley Blog
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:58 pm
    A publisher whose print magazines, including Maxim and The Week, are still in full swing despite the detritus of print media, died this week. Felix Dennis, a gaminlike Brit and underdog of the ruling class, made his hundreds of millions by playing to the baser instincts of human nature....much as Shakespeare once did. He loved porn -- whether it was sex porn as in Maxim or computer porn as in Computer Shopper or pop music porn as in Blender -- and hired the best writers, like Charlie Cooper, to write great prose about porn for the people. A poet himself, he not only wrote thousands of rhymes,…
  • Fix-It Weekend

    Berkeley Blog
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Things tend to break sequentially in my life, much like the Fukushima meltdown. This weekend, I had my first flat tire in years, high up in the Berkeley hills. Although it was a Sunday and lots of cyclists pedaled past asking if I had everything, I would have never asked for help. Cyclist’s Code of Honor: Fix Your Own Flats. I remembered all the techniques my former bicycle racing coach, Mike Cox, had showed me for changing a flat, so I put the bike upside down, resting it on the seat, removed the front wheel, and got out my tools. While a single mosquito water-boarded me with its buzz, I…
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