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  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • ★ Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay

    Daring Fireball
    John Gruber
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eric Slivka, reporting for MacRumors: Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing out Apple’s new system since its launch on Monday. Rite Aid was not an official Apple Pay partner, but the payments system generally works with existing near field communications (NFC) payment terminals anyway, and many users had had success using Apple Pay at Rite Aid stores early in the week. It now appears that fellow major pharmacy chain CVS is following suit…
  • And that’s exactly why I blog every single day…

    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!
    Andy Sernovitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Blogging is a long-term game.  You’re not going instantly viral. You’re not shooting for the home run post. But every post builds your reputation. Every post drives you hired in the search engines. Week after week, more people know about you and what you do. And then, out of the blue … you get the big win. My friend Scott — the Nametag Guy — hit it big: The Today Show was doing a segment about wearing nametags, googled the word “nametag,” found me at the top of the page one, and then did a story on my business: And THAT’S exactly I blog every…
  • How To Avoid the 3 Most Costly Mistakes When Using Google AdWords

    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing
    Guest Post
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    How To Avoid the 3 Most Costly Mistakes When Using Google AdWords 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 Adam Lundquist– Enjoy!  photo credit: Red X via WikiMedia Commons Do you ever feel like your small business would get a better return on investment by literally lighting your money on fire than using Google AdWords? You began your AdWords campaign for your small business with high hopes and launched it, excited to fulfill orders from your new customers.
  • Matters of the hand

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    There isn't even a name for what happened to me so I'm calling it "Just Put Down Your Damn Phone."
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    Scripting News

  • Welcome to the new Scripting News

    25 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    It took a long time to get here! There are six tabs, and three menus, in the new interface. The six tabs Blog -- essays from Scripting News that I write in Fargo. Photos -- from my Flickr feed. Links -- from Radio3. Cards -- from Little Card Editor. River -- from River4. About -- which I wrote in the OPML Editor, for old times sake. Why so many tabs? I create lots of different kinds of content. I write, I take pictures, and make cards, and curate news. I select feeds to form a river. All of it should come together in a place that represents me, online, as a person. Scattering it all over the…
  • I'd rather see silo-free than ad-free

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Ello has taken a pledge to be ad-free. I'd prefer a stronger pledge, to make the pathways in and out, easy and open, always. That way I can hook it up to any flow I want in either direction. It's like have a fire exit in a movie theater. It's makes it possible for people to invest without fear.
  • Twitter's announcements from a web developer's perspective

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    I watched most of yesterday's press announcements about Twitter's new toolkits for developers. I know they can't do everything, but I was surprised that they're more or less leaving the Twitter API as-is, at least based on what I heard yesterday. There are so many people I'd like to gossip with this about, and I know I won't get the chance, so here's a blog post instead. I develop in JavaScript in the browser and on the server in the node.js environment. Between these two platforms, you need a lot of glue to connect a UI in the browser to services running on It could be a lot…
  • What I want from a blogging platform

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    I want to be able to write down a short idea, one or two paragraphs, hit Publish (or the equivalent) and move on to the next thing. When I publish it should... Appear on my home page. A link should be sent to Twitter. The full text should be sent to Facebook or/or WordPress, including a link back to the original post. Revisions to the post flow to Facebook and WordPress. Be included in my RSS feed, with full text. The most important thing is it be quick. I lose good ideas because there's no place to put them, or if I put them on Facebook I'd lose them shortly after they scroll off (why is it…
  • The NYT wants crowd-sourced

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    I want crowd-speaks. Yes I am part of a crowd. Undifferentiated slurry of humanity, with collective wisdom and intelligence and blah blah blah etc etc. What I want is my name under your masthead. And the same opportunity for anyone with integrity, an idea and a little expertise. The floodgates have been open for 15 to 20 years. There's still an opportunity to make some of that stand out from the rest using the NYT brand. But you have to give up some or most of the elitism, but not the intelligence and integrity.
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The dorm-room startup mindset

    Seth Godin
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    "Selling enough records to make another record." Rick Rubin started DefJam in his NYU dorm. Steve and I built TSR in Curtis Hall, and I went on to build my publishing business in my wife's dorm at NYU. It happens more than you might guess, and the reason it works is something you can use, even if you're not in college or living in a dorm... You sell enough records to make another record. You're not trying to sell the company or to make a huge payroll or to make sure the stock options are in place. You're building something. The only way to build something when you don't have money to invest…
  • Flags and mascots

    Seth Godin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:29 am
    They are tribal symbols. They're a beacon, a way we know where to assemble and where to hang out. But they are not us. They are not real. Just symbols. Don't win the game for the wolverine, don't root for one side because of the orange stripes on their flag. That's obvious. But sometimes, a human being is a stand-in for a mascot, and when he misbehaves or disappoints, we confuse his role with what we stand for. We defend him as if we're defending ourselves, because he's a symbol. Symbols don't do anything. People do. We do.        
  • Handshakes and contracts, the future and the past

    Seth Godin
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    If you lease a car, borrow money for school or engage in some other complex transaction, there's a contract to sign. It's filled with rules and obligations, and the profit-maximizing finance organization does everything it can to do as little as it can (and make you responsible for as much as it can). This sort of contract has evolved into a battle, an effort to get something now and deliver as little as possible later. Loopholes and fine print are there for a reason, and it's not to make you happy. Contracts like this are about the past. "We agreed on this, go read your copy, we don't care…
  • Taking the plunge

    Seth Godin
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Maybe that's the problem. Perhaps it's better to commit to wading instead. Ship, sure. Not the giant life-changing, risk-it-all-venture, but the small. When you do a small thing, when you finish it, polish it, put it into the world, you've made something. You've committed and you've finished. And then you can do it again, but louder. And larger. It's easy to be afraid of taking a plunge, because, after all, plunging is dangerous. And the fear is a safe way to do nothing at all. Wading, on the other hand, gets under the radar. It gives you a chance to begin.
  • Biggest vs. best

    Seth Godin
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    There's not much overlap. Regardless of how you measure 'best' (elegance, deluxeness, impact, profitability, ROI, meaningfulness, memorability), it's almost never present in the thing that is the most popular. The best restaurant, Seinfeld episode, political candidate, brand of beer, ski slope, NASDAQ stock, you name it. Compare them to the most popular. Big is a choice. So is best.        
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  • A new world record jump from the edge of space

    Jason Kottke
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Earlier today, with zero fanfare from an energy drink company, 57-year-old Alan Eustace broke Felix Baumgartner's 2-year-old record for the highest free-fall parachute jump. Mr. Eustace's maximum altitude was initially reported as 135,908 feet. Based on information from two data loggers, the final number being submitted to the World Air Sports Federation is 135,890 feet. The previous altitude record was set by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from 128,100 feet on Oct. 14, 2012. Mr. Eustace was carried aloft without the aid of the sophisticated capsule used by Mr. Baumgartner…
  • Miami, the 51st US state?

    Jason Kottke
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Given what we know now about how anthropogenic climate change is contributing to rising sea levels, Miami will be one of the first major American cities to find itself completely under water in the next century. That inevitability is fueling a fledgling secessionist movement. And it's not some crackpot grassroots effort either...the mayor and city commission of South Miami passed a resolution earlier this month that South Florida should break away and form the nation's 51st state. Whereas, South Florida's situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention. Many of the issues…
  • When Sheila E. met Prince

    Jason Kottke
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    From her recent memoir, Sheila E. recounts the first time she met Prince. I never did make it down to the studio to meet "the kid," but a few months later, in April 1978, I was at Leopold's record store in Berkeley browsing through records when I looked up to see a new poster. It featured a beautiful young man with brown skin, a perfect Afro, and stunning green eyes. The word Prince was written in bold letters at the top. That was the guy Tom was talking about! I found his album For You in the rack and immediately looked at the credits: "Produced, arranged, composed, and performed by Prince."…
  • Unlimited free streaming of The Simpsons

    Jason Kottke
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    This happened a few days ago, but I just got a chance to check it out: FXX launched Simpsons World, a site where you can stream every Simpsons episode ever aired. You just need a cable login, as with HBO GO. There are apps too: iOS and Android. To get you started, here are the top 10 episodes of all time, from a 2003 Entertainment Weekly list. 1. Last Exit to Springfield 2. Rosebud 3. Cape Feare 4. Marge vs. the Monorail 5. Homer's Phobia 6. Mr. Plow 7. Itchy & Scratchy Land 8. A Fish Called Selma 9. Treehouse of Horror V 10. The Last Temptation of Homer Tags: The Simpsons   TV
  • Endlings

    Jason Kottke
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    An endling is an individual that's the last of its species. This is Martha, the world's last passenger pigeon, who died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1914.
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    Charlene Li

  • Fun Foray: Electric Vehicle Test Drive

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

    Charlene Li
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    I crossed an item off my bucket list when I gave a TED Talk at TED@IBM on Sept. 23rd. The event was part of the new TED Institute, which partners with companies to create TED-curated events. The title of my talk was “Giving Up Control: Leading in the Digital Era”. One key data point from Gallup […] The post My TED Talk: Leading in the Digital Era appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging

    Charlene Li
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Ten years ago today, I wrote my first blog post, entitled “Blogging as a State of Mind”. I still vividly remember the moment — my palms were sweating as I pressed the “Publish” button on my Typepad blog for the first time. I was excited, but nervous about what was going to happen. What would […] The post Blogging as a State of Mind: Reflections on 10 Years of Blogging appeared first on Charlene Li.
  • Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer

    Charlene Li
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    While most of the tech and business press focused on the functionality of the Apple Watch (digital crown, battery life, taptic engine, yadda yadda…) discreetly milling around the event were the fashion press, invited by Apple’s new fashion and design team. The fact that Apple Watch comes in three distinct collections — Apple Watch, Sport, and Apple Watch Edition […] The post Apple Watch: Transforming Apple into a Luxury Fashion Retailer appeared first on 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.
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    Daring Fireball

  • Pixate

    John Gruber
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    My thanks to Pixate for once again sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed. Pixate is an amazing design tool for mobile developers. Pixate enables you to visually prototype mobile apps that run natively on iOS and Android. Here’s a comment from an actual Pixate user: “Designing with Pixate is like using the original iPhone for the very first time.” Pixate sounds like magic, but it’s real. If you design or develop mobile apps, take a few minutes and watch the demo at the website and see for yourself.  ★ 
  • ★ Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay

    John Gruber
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Eric Slivka, reporting for MacRumors: Earlier this week, pharmacy chain Rite Aid shut down unofficial support for the Apple Pay and Google Wallet mobile payments systems, resulting in an outcry from users who have been testing out Apple’s new system since its launch on Monday. Rite Aid was not an official Apple Pay partner, but the payments system generally works with existing near field communications (NFC) payment terminals anyway, and many users had had success using Apple Pay at Rite Aid stores early in the week. It now appears that fellow major pharmacy chain CVS is following suit…
  • Getting an iPad Air 2 on Verizon

    John Gruber
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Sam Davies, after having to go to a Verizon retail store to get a SIM for his new iPad Air 2: Verizon is throwing money away by trying to take control back from Apple. People who don’t follow this stuff are never going to do what I did. They’re going to buy an iPad Air 2 and just choose service from one of the providers on the Apple SIM. Even if they know to go to the Verizon store, they might be turned away by an uninformed clerk. Verizon is trying to get people to buy tablets from them. Verizon wants to change tablet buying from “buy anywhere” to “buy from your carrier’s…
  • Layer Tennis: DKNG vs. DDL

    John Gruber
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I’m in the commentator booth for today’s Layer Tennis match, a tag-team match between Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman of DKNG Studios in Los Angeles, and Billy Baumann and Graham Erwin from Delicious Design League in Chicago. Check out the poster design work these guys do — amazing work from both sides. Get your beverages ready and prepare to get nothing done for the rest of the day. Match starts in about an hour, 2 pm Chicago time. Update: Just finished. Great match — terrific artwork and a lot of laughs.  ★ 
  • AT&T Locks Apple SIM to Their Network

    John Gruber
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Apple support document: Using Apple SIM, you can choose from different cellular carriers and their various programs. The data plans vary by carrier. For instance, in the United States, you can choose a domestic plan from either Sprint or T-Mobile and also pick an alternate plan from the other carrier as needed. When you choose AT&T on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, AT&T dedicates Apple SIM to their network only. If your Apple SIM becomes dedicated to a specific network and you want to choose from other carrier programs, you can purchase a new Apple SIM from an Apple Retail store. Sprint…
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  • Did Google Just Re-Invent E-mail With Inbox?

    David Armano
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:33 am
    While Google Glass appears to be in its death throes, Google is quietly if not systematically re-inventing the digital work horse many of us have a love hate relationship with (mostly hate these days)—E-mail. I've been spending some time with Google's recently released app simply called "Inbox" and after five minutes of use the only thing that kept popping up in my head was this: Is it possible that Google is making e-mail enjoyable again? That's a lofty goal because right now for many of us, e-mail has become a second and third full time job. We use it so much at work that we're often…
  • Three Things Consumers Want From Brands Today: Responsiveness, Involvement and Conviction

    David Armano
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I'm doing a mini tour of Texas this week having just left Austin and tomorrow I present some of our findings from Edelman's 2014 global study, Brandshare, in Dallas (full report here). The last time I talked about Brandshare, I focused on the macro theme of the report—that consumers indicated brands aren't living up to their side of the relationship when it comes to the value exchange that exists (or doesn't) with brands. The important context here is that we are talking about the relationship beyond the transactions (consumer buys product or services and "consumes"—rinse and repeat). We…
  • Brandshare: Is The Value Exchange Between Brands and Consumers a Myth?

    David Armano
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Imagine taking a trip to New York city. As always, it's crowded and bustling but it's also a nice day. You want to get around and see the sights but the idea of waiting on a corner to land a taxi or spending a portion of your day underground don't appeal to you. You're active and enjoy finding ways to incorporate exercise in your day. You come across a bike sharing station with blue bikes and an interactive kiosk that helps you decide where you should go next. You use your credit card to obtain a bike and you're off and running, feeling a sense of empowerment that you've taken matters into…

    David Armano
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    I could be wrong. In the early days of social media, when Facebook was still for college kids—Twitter seemed like an utterly useless fad to most people. But I was really intrigued by it and stuck with it and connected with others, ultimately building an audience and a real time stream I could dip in and out of whenever I wanted to. That was 2007. Fast forward to 2014 and it's not Twitter my network is talking about—it's "Ello", a social network built on the promise that it won't touch your data nor will it ever give in to advertising. Its manifesto is posted in plain sight on the…
  • 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…
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    Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

  • Timeline: Corporations in the Collaborative Economy (Ver 2, Oct 2014)

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    The longest graphic in the history of my career is embedded below, some mobile devices may not properly render. As the Crowd Economy Rises, Brands Seek to Collaborate We’ve been tracking corporations in the Collaborative Economy, and released version 1.0 in April, 2014. Now, as we approach the Crowd Companies members-summit in NY next week, we’ll be dissecting and analyzing the different deployments large companies are rolling out to participate in sharing, marketplaces, as well as co-innovation with makers. The scope? This collaborative or crowd based economy continues to rise…
  • What It Means to Business When the Crowd Becomes a Company

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:13 am
    The crowd is bypassing traditional companies by sharing goods, services, space, and money with each other in the Sharing Economy.  People are being empowered to build their own goods in the Maker Movement by crowd funding, tapping global marketplaces, and preparing to accelerate this with 3D printing.  You see, the crowd, is starting to perform like a company:  self-financing, self-designing products, self-manufacturing, and self-selling to each other. So, what does this growing trend mean for traditional businesses? In my closing slides to corporate audiences about the Collaborative…
  • Firechat Enables the Crowd to Become the Internet –Bypassing Central Powers

    2 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    (Above pic: Thousands of HK protesters link their phones together using Bluetooth to become their own internet –overcoming the government ban on social media sites. Photo credit: Alex Hofford) If you thought peer-to-peer-based Uber, Airbnb, Lyft and Lending Club were disruptive, you haven’t seen anything yet. People are empowered –through commonly used technologies Previous revolutionaries have used pitchforks, wagon barricades, pamphlets, signs and drums. Today’s revolutionaries are using Firechat. It’s not just for revolutionaries, as I just downloaded Firechat. If you want…
  • Infographic: A Day in the Life of the Collaborative Economy

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    See the original Honeycomb graphic, which spurred this “Day in the life” graphic. Data shows collaboration in the new economy is accelerating.  People are crowdfunding, making, sharing, collaborating, all kinds of their things in life. Some are getting food on-demand, rather than going to traditional grocery stores or restaurants. The world is speeding up, and people are transacting between each other, or rapid-delivery services. We expect this to continue to accelerate as the funding from VCs dwarfs many markets, adoption rates are doubling, and the media has endless coverage…
  • Disruption from the Collaborative Economy

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    (Above: Read thefull article in the SF Chronicle, and, please, read the comments. There’s no mercy for the taxi industry from former customers. Here aremy recommendations to the taxi industryto lead this movement –not fight it)  The Collaborative Economy is a crowd commerce revolution. People are empowered to get what they need from each other, using now common, mobile technologies in their pockets. Several quarters ago, people told me it was a fad; it wouldn’t last; peer-to-peer commerce can’t happen at scale. Like social media was disbelieved in 2005 (I vividly remember the…
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  • New Blog Color Test

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Let's test your sense of color and design.The new design for this blog (under development) needs a background color for my posts. Studies show that different colors inspire different emotions, and that means that picking the right background color matters. Here are six candidate background colors upon which a black text (probably) will ride.Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to simply "feel" each color and tell me which sensation feels most compatible with my writing style for this blog. Do you feel your emotions differently with each color? I do. And for me it is…
  • Call for Content

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The new site design is nearly ready for beta testing and I am doing an open call for aspiring creators who would like to join the new site on a shared ad revenue basis. You don't need to be a cartoonist. Any content that a typical Dilbert reader might enjoy would work.Perhaps you write funny articles, or you create your own unpublished comics, or you write movie reviews for nerds, or you collect links to funny animal pictures or offbeat stories. Maybe you review electronic gadgets or talk about world events in ways others do not. Maybe you think you can write Robots Read News…
  • ISIS Puzzle

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content. --------------------------------- Do you find yourself wondering how ISIS suddenly emerged as a military powerhouse in Iraq and…
  • Adding Context to the News

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.-----------------A recent study that got picked up by the media says that 90% of women in restaurant jobs that depend on tipping…
  • Dilbert Movie Update 3

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The Dilbert movie script is coming along nicely. You can see in this picture that I am putting notes on the timeline as I think of scene ideas.One of the themes throughout the movie will be that simple things are hard to accomplish in our dysfunctional world. One of those simple things will involve Dilbert trying to get a much-needed meeting with the CEO. As a lowly engineer Dilbert won't be able to schedule time directly, so he will have to go at it indirectly. Expect Dilbert to join the CEO's church, join the CEO's golf foursome, and even get a job on the CEO's yacht. The…
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  • Tab Sale. Pay with attention. Save your cash.

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    I was going to sort these into an outline; but I don’t have the time or the energy. I had some reason for keeping all of them open for awhile, though. So here ya go:::  Irving Wladawsky-Berger: How Is Our Digital Revolution Doing? Deepthink from Irving. More here…  Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Evolution of the Internet of Very Smart Things  The Black Box Society — Frank Pasquale | Harvard University Press  The Invisible Environment – The Future of an Erosion  Mystery startup Magic Leap raises $542 million from Google, others | Reuters  The Dark Market for Personal…
  • Every thing has a face, and vice versa

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    That line came to me a few minutes ago, as I looked and read through the latest photographic blog posts by Stephen Lewis in his blog, Bubkes). This one… … titled Farmyard, Grandmother, Chicken, and Ovid in Exile, is accompanied by richly detailed text, including this: The courtyard in the photo no longer exists; it and and the vegetable garden were uprooted several years ago.  in their place: a summer-time restaurant surrounded by neatly planted flowerbeds and a tall antenna tower of a mobile telephony company resting on a broad concrete footing.  The grandmother still lives…
  • Giant Zero Journalism, cont’d

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    While doing research on another topic, I ran across this post by Amy Gahran (@agahran) in Poynter, riffing off a March 2007 post on my old blog titled Giant Zero Journalism. Reading it, I feel like I just opened a time capsule — especially when I also just finished reading Robinson Meyer‘s Atlantic piece, And Just Like That, Facebook Became the Most Important Entity in Web Journalism — In one chart! (from Peter Kafka) and A Eulogy for Twitter The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight, which Robinson co-wrote with Adrienne LaFrance. Twitter and Facebook…
  • Closed Tab Clearance Sale

    Doc Searls
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Music & broadcasting Copyright land grab by The Turtles threatens digital music, will not help young musicians — Tech News and Analysis What to Do About Pre-’72s? | Future of Music Coalition A Seismic Ruling On Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and State Copyright Law–Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM Radio (Guest Blog Post) Viacom threatens to pull channels from Canadian TV over pick-and-pay – The Globe and Mail BRS Media petitions for review of dot-RADIO decision – RAIN News SoundExchange | SoundExchange Argues for Fair Market Rates In “Webcasting IV” Filing Hiking the Uncanny…
  • How Radio Can Defend the Dashboard

    Doc Searls
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Dash — “the connected car audiotainment™ conference” — is happening next week in Detroit. It’s a big deal, because cars are morphing into digital things as well as automotive ones. This means lots of new stuff is crowding onto dashboard spaces where radios alone used to live. This is a big deal for radio, since most listening happens in cars. In The Battle of My Life, Eric Rhoads challenges attendees to join him in a cause: keeping radio in cars. It’s an uphill battle. Radio is already gone from this BMW, and it’s looking woefully retro against an…
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  • Video Of The Week: Computer Science Is A Liberal Art

    Fred Wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    I love this bit from Steve Jobs. It’s a clip from Cringely’s interview which I blogged a couple weeks ago. This clip is only 53 seconds so everyone can spare that minute and watch it.
  • Feature Friday: Etsy In Real Life

    Fred Wilson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    This week our portfolio company Etsy introduced Etsy Reader, a dongle for your phone or tablet that allows Etsy sellers to sell on Etsy in real life. The natural reaction to this would be “Etsy knocked off Square” and to some degree that would be correct. But Etsy Reader is not just a card reader. There is quite a bit of software behind the scenes that connects the checkout experience to the seller’s shop on Etsy and all of the seller tools that Etsy provides. The better way to think about this is that Etsy Reader extends a seller’s Etsy Store to the real world of…
  • The Second Coming Of Sign In With Twitter

    Fred Wilson
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:17 am
    First a disclosure. The Gotham Gal and I personally own a lot of Twitter stock. I am not objective. With that behind me, I am going to talk a bit about Fabric today. One of my great disappointments during the years I was closely involved at Twitter was the failure to make Sign In With Twitter a competitive offering with Facebook and then Google. In the early days of OAuth, Twitter was an innovator and leader in this area. But we did not invest enough in the technology and partnership development, we did not supply email addresses via the service, and we did not have as many users. Over time…
  • Firebase

    Fred Wilson
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Yesterday our portfolio company Firebase was acquired by Google. We invested in Firebase in the summer of last year and Albert wrote this post talking about the investment. Firebase makes a backend that allows developers to store and sync their data in real-time.  In a relatively short time, Firebase has been adopted by over 100,000 developers. It solves some complicated problems simply and elegantly. We believe Google will be a good home for Firebase. They have the resources and desire to continue to build out Firebase and scale it. I saw the two founders last night at our dinner in SF and…
  • Getting Feedback and Listening To It

    Fred Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    When you are VC, you live in this protected environment. You sit in your office in a glass conference room with lovely views and entrepreneurs walk in and pitch you and you get to decide who you are going to back and who you are not. People tell you what they think you want to hear. That you are so smart. That you are so successful. They suck up to you. And it goes to your head. You believe it. I am so smart. I am so successful. You have to get out of that mindset because it is toxic. My number one secret is the Gotham Gal who brings me down to earth every night, makes me do the dishes, walk…
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    John Battelle's Search Blog

  • Around The Kitchen Table, a Better Way To Finance “Secondaries” Is Born

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    The post Around The Kitchen Table, a Better Way To Finance “Secondaries” Is Born appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Nearly a decade ago I was two years into starting a new company, one that was growing quickly, but at the same time struggling with all the classic problems of a startup. We needed to raise more capital, we needed to hire more of the right people, and we needed to retain and motivate the people we already had brought onboard. But more than anything, I was personally struggling with whether I could keep up the pace. This was my fourth startup, and…
  • “Peak Google”? Maybe, But Is “Native” The Reason?

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The post “Peak Google”? Maybe, But Is “Native” The Reason? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. From Thompson’s “Peak Google” post. I love Ben Thompson’s Stratechery site, so much in fact that I’m writing a response to his recent “Peak Google” post, even though these days most of us limit our bloggy commentary to the 140-character windows of Twitter. I’m responding to Thompson’s post for a couple of reasons. First of all, the headline alone was enough to get me interested, and judging from the…
  • Else 10.13.14: Smiling Happy Facebook People (Not Teens, Though)

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The post Else 10.13.14: Smiling Happy Facebook People (Not Teens, Though) appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Now you can buy real, smiling, happy shiny people all over the web, courtesy Facebook. Today’s summary covers the past two weeks of worthy reads, with a strong dose of the Internet’s twin titans Facebook and Google. I’ve also been busy writing on Searchblog, so you’ll find three of my own pieces highlighted below. Facebook’s new Atlas is a real threat to Google display dominance — Gigaom The first such challenge in … forever.
  • Living Systems and The Information First Company

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    The post Living Systems and The Information First Company appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. A map tracing the information flows within Uber’s San Francisco market. One of the great joys of my career is the chance to speak at gatherings of interesting people. Sometimes it’s an unscripted, wide ranging conversation (like during Advertising Week, for example), but other times it’s a formal presentation, which means many hours of preparation and reportage. These more formal presentations are opportunities to consolidate new thinking and try it out in front of…
  • My Picks for NewCo Silicon Valley

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The post My Picks for NewCo Silicon Valley appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. We’re more than halfway through the NewCo festival season, with Amsterdam, San Francisco, Detroit, New York, and London/UK behind us, and Silicon Valley, Boulder, and Los Angeles coming up. Next up is Silicon Valley, which goes off Oct. 21 – 23, centered on the axis of Palo Alto. This year’s Silicon Valley festival is a pilot – Silicon Valley is more of an idea than an actual *place* per se – and NewCo tends to thrive in city centers. But we’ve found a great…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing?— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
  • iPad Spinners

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the tests.
  • Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised.

    Dan Kim
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work from afar for many years because it’s so honest and direct. I watched Mike’s entire talk – What Clients Don’t Know (and Why It’s Your Fault) – and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was so great, I wanted to say thanks—it’s the least I could do for something I liked so much. I looked through the crowd for a while, but was never able…
  • How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together

    Emily Wilder
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.” For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in the Klondike Trail of ’98 International Road Relay, a 10-leg, 175-kilometer race that follows the trail of the gold rush stampeders from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon. Past oopsies include failing to renew passports on time, forgetting our running shoes, traveling with 11 people on an RV that sleeps 8, misestimating the correct…
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  • Dear Podcaster

    Chris Brogan
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Dear podcaster: I’m really glad that you were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on your show. It means a lot that you think my ideas will be of value to the community you serve. I really want to share a few things with you before we get started. (I’m blogging this because I want the universe to know, not just one person.) I run the risk of seeming a bit fancy or snobby. That’s not it. I’m more sad than anything.Continue Reading
  • Bravery is Contagious

    Chris Brogan
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I recently watched my friend, Matt Ridings give a very personal speech, wherein which he talked about culture and how culture is living content. It was mind-blowing especially insofar as how Matt told a very personal story and then a story everyone over twelve years old knows. In the process, though the speech itself was magical, I just kept thinking about the bravery Matt demonstrated in telling the tale the way he wanted to tell it. Bravery is Contagious Yesterday, I gave a speech at PubCon wherein which I decided to tell an audience of hardcore Internet marketers about the vital importance…
  • Building a Culture of High Performance Training

    Chris Brogan
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    In working through my new course, The Owner’s Heart, we had to understand what was required for an owner to have a successful journey from a life (and job) being led by others to picking up the capabilities and connections required to own your choices and your business as well. Just like it says here at [], “you can’t own your business, until you own your life,” I knew that I had to explain how one moves from that sense that you’re not quite making it to that deeply-felt knowledge that you’re on the path towards what you want to accomplish.
  • Work Life Balance?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I just finished watching a documentary on Paul Levesque, better known as Triple H, a professional wrestler, now helping shape the WWE and sports entertainment. In it, the recurring theme was that Paul had a very strong work ethic, that he pushed harder, worked harder, did more than those around him. His intense level of dedication to his work brought him the success that he earned throughout his career. Lots of people argue that it’s difficult to reach those levels and still have a life or a family. Anyone who works hard is often cautioned that it will ruin your relationship, that…
  • What I’ve Come to Learn About Learning

    Chris Brogan
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    I’ve come to learn that I’m somewhat different than other people when it comes to learning. I’m there for the candy bar, not the wrapper. And yet, I understand it, after the fact. Let me explain. People Want Their Learning to LOOK Very Formal In my experience, I find that the best lessons I’ve ever learned came during “between official moments” experiences, after hours, in the back rooms, quietly over coffee somewhere, or in other very informal places. When we talk openly versus with all the polish is where the best lessons come, OR SO I BELIEVE MYSELF.
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  • Opera

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    "Chi son? Sono un poeta. Che cosa faccio? Scrivo. E come vivo? Vivo. In povertà mia lieta scialo da gran signore rime ed inni d'amore."
  • The causeway

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    A small heads up for anyone headed to this beautiful spot in the middle of The Great Salt Lake.
  • Matters of the hand

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    There isn't even a name for what happened to me so I'm calling it "Just Put Down Your Damn Phone."
  • PB and J

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Yet another moment in a very necessary recurring series.
  • Crisp and uncomplicated

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    A simple, elegant touch to any outfit, and yes, that includes yoga pants and a tank top.
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Weekend Favs October Twenty Five

    John Jantsch
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Weekend Favs October Twenty Five 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. My friend Chris Guillebeau visited Kansas City this week. Good stuff I found this week: Kapost – new feature allows you to do a complete…
  • Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support

    Guest Post
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support 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 Abby Perkins– Enjoy! photo credit: shutterstock There’s more to running a successful business than having an incredible product or service. Those things may generate revenue, but to attract – and retain – loyal customers, you need to provide impeccable customer support. Companies with reputations for taking care of their customers tend to fare much better than…
  • Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever

    John Jantsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Paul Roetzer Back in the day all a marketer need do is create a compelling ad, run it in the right place and if sales went up, job well done. Today there are several hundred television options in a local market, countless social channels and a host of web and mobile advertising platforms to choose from. More than ever marketers must measure every event and track performance based goals and objectives they can impact. My guest for this…
  • How To Avoid the 3 Most Costly Mistakes When Using Google AdWords

    Guest Post
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    How To Avoid the 3 Most Costly Mistakes When Using Google AdWords 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 Adam Lundquist– Enjoy!  photo credit: Red X via WikiMedia Commons Do you ever feel like your small business would get a better return on investment by literally lighting your money on fire than using Google AdWords? You began your AdWords campaign for your small business with high hopes and launched it, excited to fulfill orders from your new customers.
  • The Secret to Getting More Repeat Customers

    Guest Post
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    The Secret to Getting More Repeat Customers 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 Rachel Daley– Enjoy!  So you’ve made a sale. “YES! I sold my product! Ultimate goal met!” Mmm… not quite. One of the most critical post-sale mistakes is to assume that your job is done once you make the sale. What if I told you that you can turn that one sale into repeat sales to grow your business? Turns out, what you do after the sale is just as important…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Synthetic biology on ordinary paper: a new operating system

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Wyss Institute scientists have embedded effective synthetic gene networks in pocket-sized slips of paper. An array of RNA-activated sensors uses visible color changing proteins to indicate presence of a targeted RNA, capable of identifying pathogens such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria and strain-specific Ebola virus. (Credit: Harvard’s Wyss Institute) Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering announced Thursday (Oct. 23) a way to allow complex cellular recognition reactions to proceed outside of living cells, using pocket-sized slips of paper. Imagine inexpensive,…
  • This new ultrathin, energy-efficient 3D LCD display technology could be in your future TV or flexible e-book

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    In this concept of a LCD display, light is twisted in different directions to make the image appear three-dimensional (credit: Abhishek Kumar Srivastava) Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have invented an ultra-thin LCD screen capable of displaying images without a sustained power source and in 3D, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information. In a traditional liquid crystal display (LCD), liquid crystal molecules are sandwiched between polarized glass plates. Electrodes pass current through the apparatus, influencing the…
  • Magnetic mirrors reflect light more efficiently

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Artist’s impression of a comparison between a magnetic mirror with cube-shaped resonators (left) and a standard metallic mirror (right). The incoming and outgoing electric field of light (shown as alternating red and white bands) illustrates that the magnetic mirror retains light’s original electrical signature while a standard metallic mirror reverses it upon reflection. (Credit: Authors) Sandia National Laboratories scientists have created a new type of mirror that reflects infrared light by using an unusual magnetic property of a non-metallic metamaterial, instead of a…
  • Ultra-high-resolution movies of live 3D biomolecules now possible with new microscope

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:20 pm
    A single HeLa cell in metaphase (during mitosis), imaged by a lattice light sheet microscope. Growing microtubule endpoints and tracks are color coded by growth-phase lifetime (credit: Betzig Lab, HHMI/Janelia Research Campus, Mimori-Kiyosue Lab, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology/Science) A new imaging platform called a “lattice light sheet” developed by Nobel laureate Eric Betzig and colleagues at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus is a significant leap forward for light microscopy. It captures high-resolution images rapidly and minimizes damage to…
  • Will cosmic rays threaten Mars One, other deep-space astronaut projects?

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    Predicted solar sunspots for Cycle 24, the smallest sunspot cycle since Cycle 14 in February 1906 (credit: David Hathaway/NASA Ames) Crewed missions to Mars such as Mars One may face dangerous levels of cosmic rays (energetic particles), according to a new paper in the journal Space Weather by University of New Hampshire (UNH) scientists. This is due to a recent highly abnormal and extended lack of solar activity, resulting in extremely low densities and magnetic field strengths in the solar wind. This results in a serious reduction in the ability of the solar wind’s magnetic fields to…
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Anti-spam and E2E crypto

    Matt Mullenweg
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    A brief history of spam and email crypto by someone who used to work on Gmail. Hat tip: Donncha O Caoimh.
  • WordCamp SF Live Stream

    Matt Mullenweg
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    WordCamp San Francisco, the original, starts tomorrow and the tweets are already starting to stream in. On Sunday at 11AM I will deliver my State of the Word address, our annual look at where we’ve been and the road ahead, and even if you can’t make it you can livestream the SoTW and the entire weekend for just $10 from the comfort of your own home. 16+ hours of WP entertainment for the price of one movie ticket! (Or might be a sleep aid, depends on your perspective.)
  • FB Rooms

    Matt Mullenweg
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    We’re not trying to build the next Snapchat — we’re trying to build the next WordPress. — Josh Miller from Facebook Uh, okay! From the Verge’s article Facebook's new Rooms app brings bite-sized forums to your iPhone.
  • Retina 5k Mac

    Matt Mullenweg
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    To me one of the most meaningful shifts in computing the past few years has been how the resolution of displays is getting higher and higher, and interfaces are starting to become resolution independent. I feel like when pixels disappear there’s less of a wall between people and the technology, it starts to blend and meld a bit more. It’s something I’ve been personally passionate about since the first retina iPhone, tirelessly beating the drum at Automattic to make everything we do shine on hi-DPI screens, or leading the WordPress 3.8 release that brought in MP6 project to…
  • Life and Work at the Distributed Wonderland

    Matt Mullenweg
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    Luca Sartoni writes How I fell into the rabbit hole: life and work at the distributed wonderland.
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    Tom Peters

  • Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 40

    Cathy Mosca
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Tom is speaking in Phoenix (+63F temperature shift from Vermont) to the Project Management Institute‘s North American Leadership Institute Meeting 2014. “I am excited beyond measure–I’ve been waiting 48 years for this,” he says. “I got my construction engineering masters degree from the civil engineering department at Cornell in June 1965. My thesis was on […] The post Project Management InstituteThe Project Leadership EXCELLENCE 40 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers

    Tom Peters
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    I. The Moral Bedrock of Management: Maximizing Human Capital Development II. TRAINING: Investment #1 III. The 34 BFOs/Blinding Flashes of the Obvious: This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff I Care About. This Is the (OBVIOUS) Stuff, the Absence of Which Sends Me into a … RAGE IV. Systems Have Their Place: SECOND Place V. PUTTING PEOPLE […] The post EXCELLENCE Potpourri:A Collection of (Important) Papers appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • #McKQ50

    Cathy Mosca
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Don’t miss the interview at, “Tom Peters on leading the 21st Century.” On the 50th Anniversary of the McKinsey Quarterly, they interviewed Tom, and the conversation basically covers his outlook on the next 50 years. Use the link above to find the online version of the interview, which includes several short video clips and […] The post #McKQ50 appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Tom in the Media

    Cathy Mosca
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    Mitch Joel of Twist Image did a “Six Pixels of Separation” podcast with Tom on the state of business today. You can find it on iTunes as SPOS # 429, or here at Listing Tom as one of 22 Thinkers to Follow on Twitter, Drake Baer at Business Insider writes this: “Unlike other members […] The post Tom in the Media appeared first on Tom Peters.
  • Bully for Me!I’m The Cleverest Person in the Room!

    Tom Peters
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Last week, I attended a memorial service for one of my great mentors, the generally acclaimed #1 leadership guru (and extraordinary humanist) (and leader in his own right) Warren Bennis. About 15 of his friends and colleagues spoke—myself included. It was eerie: We each—without exception—said the same thing, albeit in slightly different words. Warren made […] The post Bully for Me!I’m The Cleverest Person in the Room! appeared first on Tom Peters.
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    Conversation Agent - Valeria Maltoni

  • Broadening Experience to Make Better Connections

    Valeria Maltoni
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Every industry tends to be a bit insular. What happens when you are fully immersed in one environment is that you end up absorbing the thinking of those around you, and that by and large is colored by like-experiences. Plus, as Fred Wilson said#, you may end up in a bubble, where many of the people you come into contact with have a vested interest in telling you what you want to hear. There is a reason why CEOs are some of the loneliest people in business: everyone they work with works for them, the people they report to are often not people they work with, and so on. I haven't worked with…
  • How do You Search for Experiences?

    Valeria Maltoni
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    At first blush, the shifts in marketing spending seem to favor the direct response approach. After all, the very first thing we do when we are thinking about something we want, or have seen is to power up our laptop, or smartphone/tablet, and look for it.  Google continues to benefit from this reflex because it is basically the only game in town#. In aggregate, marketers are spending almost $50 billion in search and is still the largest part of digital advertising vs. $34 billion for display. Digital is still about 5.7 percent of the total ad spend, however, which is projected to be $545.4…
  • Worshiping at the Targeting Altar

    Valeria Maltoni
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    The idea of knowing what people want to buy before you serve them an ad is genuinely revolutionary. Or at least it would be if it actually worked, says Richard Huntington. Making assumptions about people based on past behavior is a good way to be exactly wrong. I've brought it up before. Many do research on behalf of clients, or for a relative, or to write a blog post. Although we use search to get stuff done, search, alone, is not a dead on indication of purchasing intent. In other words, it is missing context. Let me give you an example to drive this home. This propbably happened to you as…
  • Holiday Commerce Circa 2014

    Valeria Maltoni
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    It's beginning to sound a lot like the holidays. This year's forecasts and predictions are zeoring into the proverbial market trifecta -- more focused spending, business moves from digital-native commercial powerhouses like Amazon, eBay, and Google to deliver products faster, and consumer rising expectations are converging to create a very interesting pre-holiday season. Brian Kilcourse at RSR Research says expect a wild cyber weeked, not just Monday. RSR eCommerce Benchmarks# on digital channels influence over spending: 40% of retailers believe that between 5-25% of their total sales are…
  • Public Acknowledgement

    Valeria Maltoni
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    How to Design a Conversation of Impact — Valeria Maltoni (@ConversationAge) October 21, 2014 As more professionals join the ranks of participants in public streams, we are seeing the evolution away from site- and even blog-based back and forth comments to messages in social networks. Distributed conversations -- i.e. where we happen to be browsing -- may be more convenient, especially on Twitter, where the back and forth could happen within hours and in some cases days. How do we signal the listening part in public, in stream?  A few options for consideration: using…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • Blue Beanie Day Tees & Hoodies

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:52 am
    JUST IN TIME for Blue Beanie Day 2014, I’ve teamed up with our friends at Cotton Bureau to bring you Blue Beanie Day Tees and Blue Beanie Day Hoodies. For sale at cost (no profit). Hurry! Only 14 days left to buy: The eighth annual Blue Beanie Day in support of web standards will be celebrated around the world on November 30, 2014.
  • Look Back in Angora

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    SATURDAY October 25 will be the 14th anniversary of my mother’s passing. Let’s honor it with this 2006 entry from the vaults of My Glamorous Life. Read: Hi, Mom!
  • A Sickroom With a View

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    12 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    CHICAGO is a dynamite town, but it may not be the best place to recover from a cold. Since I arrived, my virus has gone from a 4 to an 11. There’s a spectacular view out my hotel window, which I’ve spent the day ignoring by sleeping. I have several nice friends in this town who I’m similarly ignoring, having canceled plans with them today because of this fershlugginer cold. I was flat on my back, sleeping, my phone like a cat on my chest, when my dad called this afternoon to recommend gargling with a three percent peroxide solution. My trainer texted a moment later to ixnay the…
  • 1,000 nerds

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    THE MODERN SOCIAL WEB is a miracle of progress but also a status-driven guilt-spewing shit volcano. Back in the 1990s—this will sound insane—we paid a lot of money for our tilde accounts, like $30 or $40 a month or sometimes much more. We paid to reach strangers with our weird ideas. Whereas now, as everyone understands, brands pay to know users. via Tilde.Club: I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds — The Message — Medium.
  • Afternoon Pages

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    SLEPT much of yesterday. Slept till 1 PM today. Whatever this bug is I’ve got, it lets me work and care for my child during the week, then flattens me all weekend. Fortunately my daughter can amuse herself for hours, as I could at her age. I hope she will not be as lonely as I was. Am.
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1011: The “Potty” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Oct 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.] Bathrooms are important. They can be the forgotten back corner of your store that your customers totally judge you on — or, if you’re Buc-ee’s (a Texas gas station famous for their plentiful, clean bathrooms), they can be your crowning word of mouth achievement. Here are three lessons from bathrooms: 1> Start conversations 2> Flip a switch 3> Find your niche 4> Check it out: The…
  • And that’s exactly why I blog every single day…

    Andy Sernovitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Blogging is a long-term game.  You’re not going instantly viral. You’re not shooting for the home run post. But every post builds your reputation. Every post drives you hired in the search engines. Week after week, more people know about you and what you do. And then, out of the blue … you get the big win. My friend Scott — the Nametag Guy — hit it big: The Today Show was doing a segment about wearing nametags, googled the word “nametag,” found me at the top of the page one, and then did a story on my business: And THAT’S exactly I blog every…
  • Toying with emotions will backfire

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday’s post about a viral video from KLM turns out to be a marketing stunt. It may backfire on them.   On the other hand, many TV commercials are fake stories.  How do you know when you’re risking upsetting people? When you toy with their emotions. If people know it’s fiction — all good. If people were tricked into feeling emotions — and later find out they were duped — they get mad. If they shared the content with their friends — and later find out they were duped — and then get embarrassed — they get really mad. Be careful. When…
  • Cute puppy + Genius word of mouth marketing from KLM

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you want genuine, meaningful word of mouth?  Do something worth talking about. P.S. It’s not a viral video that matters. It’s a video of something that matters that goes viral.
  • Never underestimate the cost of negative word of mouth

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Angry, frustrated customers talk. A lot. Pete Blackshaw’s book title said it well: Satisfied Customers Tell Three Friends, Angry Customers Tell 3,000. Too often, otherwise well-meaning organizations forget how expensive negative word of mouth is. Corners get cut, standards get lowered, and quality slips. And as soon as customers notice and start talking, it takes 10 times the effort and resources to turn it around than it would to just do it right the first time. How a word of mouth marketer does it: One of Zappos’ core missions is to deliver “WOW” through service.
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  • A Social Media Etiquette Guide You Might Find Useful

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    This is a guest contribution from Jennifer Landry. What do you think of when you hear the word etiquette? For most people, the term conjures up images of a relative telling them to chew with their mouth closed, or to take their elbows off the table. So what does it mean when it’s applied to social media? In general terms, etiquette is a set of guidelines on how to behave properly around other people. While you might not have face-to-face interaction with all of your followers, the way you present yourself online directly affects people’s opinion of your brand. You might be…
  • How You Can Make Your Writing Twice as Fast by Making It 3x More Time-Consuming; Wait, What?!

    Guest Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    This is a guest contribution from Karol K. You can read the first post in this series “The Power of TK in Content Writing and How it Can Help You” here. Imagine yourself in the following scenario… It’s a normal Tuesday and you decide to write a blog post. You start confidently with a blank screen, and after a minute or so, the first sentence is ready. But almost immediately there’s a problem. “No, this doesn’t sound right,” you start thinking, so you correct a couple of words and read it back again. “Okay, this is better!” Now you…
  • Stat-Driven Tips on How to Pitch to Big-Name Publishers in Your Niche

    Guest Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    This is a guest contribution from Wil of Startup Bros. What’s the best way to pitch a content idea to the big players in your niche? What do today’s top publishers look for in a contribution? Many of today’s biggest influencers get hundreds of pitches every week. How do you stand out from the crowd? It’s a tough question to answer unless you’re the one who’s doing the sifting. So, the folks over at Fractl went straight to the horse’s mouth to find out what separates the good enquiries from the bad. After surveying 500+ industry-leading publishers,…
  • The Language of Selling – Are You Using It?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
      This is a guest contribution from Richard Akhmerov. Benefits, benefits, benefits. We’ve all heard that benefits sell, not features. Create needs, not wants. But this is all rehashed information. And no amount of reading will make you better at the following if you don’t practice it by trying. But there is one thing missing from all of this marketing talk. And it has to do with the epicenter of marketing and copywriting. What creates the language of selling, and how does it work? The language of selling is not a single language. In fact, every product, idea or service has a…
  • Be a Better Blogger by Doing as Little as Possible

    Stacey Roberts
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    When you make the decision to grow your blog and hopefully create an income from it, it can be so easy to fall into the trap of doing everything all at once in the name of getting as much exposure as you can. You’re blogging every day, you’re promoting those posts to your Facebook, Twitter, Google+, you’re ensuring all posts have a Pinnable image, and you’re Instagramming the behind-the-scenes for your followers. You’re working hard, commenting on other blogs, finding interesting things to retweet, staying up half the night with your editorial calendar, reading sites like this one…
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  • Google's Advertising Labels in 2014

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

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

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

    20 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Who benefits from Bitcoin? Not savvy customers who would otherwise pay by credit card with cashback or loyalty points. I sketch the arithmetic in today's post.
  • Google's Tying and Bundling

    13 May 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google often argues that "competition is one click away" -- as if Google's many successes result solely from competition on the merits. Let me offer a different perspective: After early success in search and search advertising, Google used its strength in those sectors to increase its likelihood of success elsewhere -- even where competitors' offerings were objectively preferable and even where consumers would have preferred alternatives had that choice been genuinely available. Today I'm posting an article exploring a series of incidents where Google used tying and bundling to expand its…
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    Brian Solis

  • Only companies with impeccable customer service will survive the Zombie Apocalypse

    Guest Author
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    Guest Post by Peter Shankman, Author of Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans Imagine a world where decisions aren’t made based on anonymous reviews with no validation on sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor, but rather, through trusted sources in your own network. Imagine that world is automatic – If you want to take a vacation in Fiji, you don’t have to ask which of your friends have gone, you simply start searching for Fiji – on any network, on any of the major “social” sites, and the posts, photos, videos, and comments of your friends who’ve visited Fiji come…
  • The Future of Business Starts with Us

    Brian Solis
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    I often share a quote by Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” And that’s where are in business. We all talk of change but very few of us start with changing the very things that will help us more effectively compete for the future. The evolving state of technology, customer behavior and expectations and our role within each is changing or it should change… What we see (perspective and vision) What we create (product) What we do (work) Why we do it (purpose) How we do it (process) Who we do it with…
  • Pivot: The Emergence of Digital Compels Businesses to Transform

    Guest Author
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Guest post by Mike Edelhart, co-producer and CEO of The Pivot Conference (@pivotcon) Historic shifts in business fundamentals don’t occur smoothly; rather they happen in sudden, sharp shifts which open unexpected chasms companies must traverse or plunge. Today, the deep change in human behavior brought about by the emergence of social media marks the latest such shift, perhaps the most dramatic since the Industrial Revolution. Gone are the traditional success factors of operational efficiency and price advantage being uprooted by the conversational, consumer-centric nature of the emerging…
  • Pivot: The Total Digital Experience

    Brian Solis
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The Pivot Conference in NYC in October is unique among events in that, each year, it shifts  focus to deeply reflect the needs of its community of senior business transformation executives from leading brands and organizations.  To make that happen, I serve as Pivot’s Executive Producer along with Pivot CEO, Mike Edelhart. For four years in a row, we’ve put our heads together to develop a story arc that covers the hottest, emergent trends, presented by the industry’s most engaging experts over the span of two days. They bring to life my work in digital transformation and the digital…
  • A Manifesto for Building Relationships in the Digital Era

    Brian Solis
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    Not too long ago, my dear friend Hugh MacLeod (@gapingvoid) and I set out to explore a new world of visual communication that combined an intentional form of written storytelling illustrated through clever yet pithy cartoons. That work was originally brought to life in #WTF (What’s the Future of Business). The engagement around Hugh’s work eventually spilled over from print to online with readers sharing their favorite Hugh cartoons via Tweets, Instagrams, Vines, Pinterest, et al. We were inspired to revisit our initial collaboration in a dedicated online series that told the…
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    Joho the Blog

  • [clickbait] Copyright is sodomy

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    A year ago, Harold Feld posted one of the most powerful ways of framing our excessive zeal for copyright that I have ever read. I was welling up even before he brought Aaron Swartz into the context. Harold’s post is within a standard Jewish genre: the d’var Torah, an explanation of a point in the portion of the Torah being read that week. As is expected of the genre, he draws upon a long, self-reflective history of interpretation. I urge you to read it because of the light it sheds on our culture of copyright, but it’s also worth noticing the form of the discussion. The…
  • Pieceful Collaboration

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I gave a talk last night at the BookBuilders of Boston collaboration awards. It’s a non-profit that since 1937 has networked publishers, book manufacturers, and other book folk…although I don’t think people would have described it as “networking” back then. The nominees each gave a 2.5 minute presentation on their collaborative publishing project, many of which were very cool. Plus it was in the Brattle Theater. I was the filler as the judges went into a sealed room to decide on the winners. So I gave a 30 talk pitched around a pun that I sort of like: a pieceful…
  • What we could do with a gigabit

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Here’s the start of a piece I posted at Medium about one thing we might do with a gigabit connection. It’s 2017 and this year’s riot is in San Diego. It involves pandas, profit-driven zoo executives, and a Weight Watchers sponsorship. Doesn’t matter. People are massing in the streets and it’s heading toward a confrontation. You first hear about this on Twitter. The embedded link takes you to FlyEye, a site that is unrelated to whatever sites and companies own trademarks like it in 2014. (Stand down, lawyers! This is all made up!) Thankfully, San Diego in 2017 provides gigabit…
  • Library as starting point

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    A new report on Ithaka S+R‘s annual survey of libraries suggests that library directors are committed to libraries being the starting place for their users’ research, but that the users are not in agreement. This calls into question the expenditures libraries make to achieve that goal. (Hat tip to Carl Straumsheim and Peter Suber.) The question is good. My own opinion is that libraries should let Google do what it’s good at, while they focus on what they’re good at. And libraries are very good indeed at particular ways of discovery. The goal should be to get the mix…
  • A dumb idea for opening up library usage data

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    A dumb idea, but its dumbness is its virtue. The idea is that libraries that want to make data about how relevant items are to their communities could algorithmically assign a number between 1-100 to those items. This number would present a very low risk of re-identification, would be easily compared across libraries, and would give local libraries control over how they interpret relevance. I explain this idea in a post at The Chronicle of Higher Ed…
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  • Oh, The Places You'll Go (a snapshot rendition of my travels)

    Craig Newmark
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    Just like a lot of people, I've been playing with photography, some using a serious camera, some using my phone camera, then applying filtering. Here's some stuff the Mrs and I did, hope you like it! A bridge… Another bridge: A tower, with reminder: Rooftops of New York: New York dawn:  Birds of the Lower East Side:  Gum trees of Cole Valley: A view of Aspen: New York in the rain: Fortnight Lilies: Sunrise in Cole Valley Heights: Another view of San Francisco: [super] moon over Cole Valley, recently… Any of these places look familiar to you? And more over on my…
  • Getting Real About Ethics and Trust in News Media

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Let’s Fix It: Why Is It So Hard to Find Ethics and Trust in the Media? Coupla years ago, I blurted out that "the press is the immune system of democracy." That's what I learned from my high school history teacher, Anton Schulzki. That's not working so well. We've had major press scandals recently, including some obvious failures to follow through with widely known information. A few, really egregious failures: WMD, the economic crash around 2008, ObamaCare, VA scandals starting in 2002 and the current badly misreported scandals, and the IRS failing to pursue fake…
  • 6 Women Making Waves for Social Justice in Tech

    Craig Newmark
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Folks, my teams and I have been following your comments about women in the tech sector that you really admire. We've researched many of the women you've shared, and appreciate the time you took to mention 'em. The following is a list of women who really have their boots on the ground, all suggestions from comments. Please keep 'em coming. And maybe follow these women who are doing a lot of work for social good in the tech arena. 1. Selena Deckelmann, A major contributor to PostgreSQL and a Data Architect at Mozilla. She’s been involved with free and open source…
  • 3 Powerful Social Media Leaders of the Past

    Craig Newmark
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    On the Internet we continue an old tradition of social media, pioneered in the Roman Republic. I look at the social media leaders in the past who were good at doing things. They really paved the way for what's happening today with technology. The Internet and social media have been a way to give a real voice to the voiceless and real power to the powerless. It's created a space for citizen journalism. If we look back, we'll realize that there were many powerful social media leaders of the past, for example: 1. Julius Caesar was an early blogger, even though it was very low…
  • Women doing STEM right

    Craig Newmark
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Hey, it's important to me to recognize folks doing really good work, especially those who don't usually get the recognition they deserve. My team and I have generated quite a few lists of women doing good work: Women Disrupting the Startup World Impressive Women in Engineering Women-Run Startups to Check Out Inspirational Women in Tech Women Bloggers You Really Need to Follow Reasons to get Girls Involved in Tech Brilliant Women in Tech Recently, I asked my networks to contribute the women who impressed them, the folks in the STEM field who really have their boots on the ground. We…
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    The Dish

  • A Story About Living Like A Bear

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Diana Spechler highlights what happens when youthful naivety collides with nature’s call: Spechler is a journalist, novelist and live storyteller in the New York City area. Check out more of her stories here. Previously storytelling on the Dish here.
  • Generation Sext, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Amid the continuing debate over teen sexting, Zara Kessler notes that school districts are trying to address the phenomenon: Sexting teaching materials already exist. There’s “Empowering Students to Engage in Positive Communication: K-12 Curriculum to Combat Student Sexting,” from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. A key message can be quickly distilled from “Secondary Lesson 3″: “Safe Sexting, No Such Thing.” The previous lesson has an accompanying handout, “My Personal Promise to Avoid ‘Sexting,’” with spaces for student and parent signatures. The description of…
  • The View From Your Window

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Blue Ridge, Georgia, 12.22 pm
  • Data-Driven Dating

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder advocates it in his new book Dataclysm: [On OkCupid] the copy-and-paste [message-sending] strategy underperforms from-scratch-messaging by about 25 percent, but in terms of effort-in to results-out it always wins: measuring by replies received per unit effort, it’s many times more efficient to just send everyone roughly the same thing than to compose a new message each time. I’ve told people about guys copying and pasting, and the response is usually some version of “That’s so lame.” When I tell them that boilerplate is 75 percent as effective as…
  • Live-Streamed From Your Work, It’s Not Saturday Night

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Surveying four decades of criticism chronicling how SNL has lost its edge, Ian Crouch posits that the Internet has sounded the true knell for the show: The final death of “S.N.L.” … may coincide with the death of live television itself. “S.N.L.” has faced challenges from other shows in the past, but, now, everything that is funny anywhere, at any time, is a challenge. On television, Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” and “Inside Amy Schumer” can make the sketches on “S.N.L.” look slapdash and tame; the topical sharpness of John Oliver’s “Last Week…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • Reflecting While Moving Ahead

    Jessica Gottlieb
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Tony is in town. This means that I get to spend a couple of days with a man who has and shares my history. There’s a whole lot of not explaining who people are and even more laughing and not caring what the world thinks. We’re heading to West Hollywood in a few hours to have a drink in honor of Steven. Tony’s not been back in something close to twenty years and so much of it has changed yet much of it never will. The men who brought us together have all died and none of them grew old. So there’s this notion that we’re about to waltz with two dozen ghosts who…
  • Do They Appreciate What they Have?

    Jessica Gottlieb
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    This morning I was looking for my eyelash curler and found myself in my daughter’s bathroom drawers opening and closing drawers filled to the brim with powders, pencils, compacts and brushes. There were grocery store brands, Sephora brands and a smattering of Chanel (I know the way to my daughter’s heart) and I started doing quick calculations. $20 here, $8 there, forty five dollars for eyeshadow? What was I thinking? Does she even appreciate it? I grew up in a schizophrenic household. My father was wealthy and my mother struggled with her finances. She was a teacher and we all…
  • #EASafe and #Travel Chat: Tuesday October 21 RSVP Here

    Jessica Gottlieb
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    I just got off the phone with the team from Estate Assist. We talked about their product, Safe, how it stores your Estate Planning Documents and makes it easy to share with whomever might need them (sibling, parent, children, spouse or colleague). We talked about when you might want to share your important documents with people and decided that it would be when you’re getting married, having a baby, after you’ve died (it can be done!) or before you take a trip. So then I talked about how my mom always gives me her lawyer’s card, copies of their passports and credit cards…
  • 2014 Kia Cadenza Limited Road Test and Review

    Jessica Gottlieb
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    When you drive the Kia Cadenza around Los Angeles you’ll get a lot of questions. What IS that car? What does it feel like? Is it expensive? I didn’t know Kia made NICE cars. I answered like this: It’s a Kia Cadenza. Like a BMW with a Japanese suspension. Not particularly for what it is. I know RIGHT? And then we’d talk about cars and status and you get more respect in a Mercedes Benz but damn if that car wasn’t the most boring thing I ever owned. You see if I were trying to compare the Cadenza to another luxury vehicle I’d probably pick the BMW 5 series.
  • Yes, the Swastika Rings at are Real

    Jessica Gottlieb
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I shared a photo on instagram this morning and the first reaction friends are having is, “Is that real?” The answer is, sadly, yes. Loading View on Instagram How about an armband? Maybe for when you dress like Prince Harry? Every properly decorated home needs a flag, no? Punk rock indeed. As of this writing (noon pacific time) if you go to and search for swastika 272 items will be available in the marketplace. According to Sears on twitter the marketplace is where 3rd party vendors sell their wares. Also according to Sears on twitter the item has been flagged for review.
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    Andrew Grumet's Weblog

  • Pastry

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Late this week I tried my hand at pastry, using Weekend Bakery’s croissant dough recipe.  It’s a multi-day process.  Thursday night I mixed the dough, the standard flour-water-yeast-salt components that make up all yeast-leavened breads, plus some milk and butter. Also Thursday, I created the butter sheet.   The goal is to create a square of butter about a half cm thick and 17 cm on a side.  You can actually buy these pre-made — see here or search for “butter sheets”.  But they’re not hard to make.  There are lots of blog posts and videos about how…
  • Good UX

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Here are two recent experiences I had with software, that represent a great experience I’d like to see more of: Uber mobile app: When entering your credit card information, instead of manually typing in the number, you take a picture of your credit card, and the app OCRs it from the image. Fitbit Aria: When setting up the scale, software running your computer locates the scale’s wi-fi server, connects to it and automatically syncs your settings, including your home wi-fi login.  No fiddling around tapping things into a keypad on the scale. Bravo, and encore!  
  • Flan

    12 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    I made my first flan this weekend — from Jaques Pepin’s recipe.  It’s been in the fridge overnight.  The big unmolding happens soon!  I’ll post a follow-up picture when that happens. In other news, I’ve updated the software that runs this blog and am testing it out.  I’m also pondering, given the alternative places to write and reach people on the web, how I want to engage going forward.  I definitely want to continue to write on my own domain.  WordPress was a great tool for that ten years ago.  Is it the best tool for that now?   We shall see.
  • Bitcoin

    25 Mar 2013 | 10:45 pm
    I spent some time last night wrapping my head around how bitcoin works.  Here’s a summary that I wrote up for a friend earlier today. The summary is a bit on the technical side. The heart of the system is a global, public ledger listing all transactions on the network.  The ledger is called the “block chain”, a term derived from the underlying tech. Balances are held by ‘addresses’ which function much the same way as bank accounts. An “address” is the public side of a public key / private key pair. Transactions can only be initiated by the…
  • Dude, where’s my git repo?

    21 Mar 2013 | 1:47 pm
    Imagine you’ve joined a startup as the tech lead. The founder has a prototype, which she built with a contractor. Conveniently, the contractor hosted the code on github, so you fork the repository and you’re off and running. Months of building go by. The contractor, while still friendly with everyone, has moved on. One day, you go to push your latest commits to github, and you get an error message that the remote repository cannot be found. You log into github, and the repository is gone. All traces of it have disappeared. What happened? It turns out that Github treats private…
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  • Tiff — Poliça, featuring Justin Vernon 

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Tiff — Poliça, featuring Justin Vernon 
  • The Stahl House with Benjamin Heath and Lauren Randolph — Los...

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The Stahl House with Benjamin Heath and Lauren Randolph — Los Angeles, California. October 2014.  (All color photographs were taken with a Mamiya 7ii and black & white were taken with a Leica MP. All images scanned and processed by Richard Photo Lab)
  • The Calm

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    I’m really enjoying Marco’s latest creation, Overcast and as a result I’m listening to more podcasts these days. As you might expect two podcasts are related to photography: Pdexposures which is a lot of fun for film shooters. It’s three photographers talking about gear and goofing on each other. Highly entertaining. The Candid Frame is more serious. It’s a weekly 1:1 interview show with a different photographer each week. Charlie Rose style.  One thing I’ve noticed with many/most of the photographers interviewed on the Candid Frame is the common bond photography has with all of…
  • Coming Down — Bon Iver Happy cover friday. Original by Anais...

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Coming Down — Bon Iver Happy cover friday. Original by Anais MItchell. 
  • Photo

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
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  • CocoaConf Seattle

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    I had a great time at CocoaConf Seattle this past weekend. I’m already looking forward to the event in Yosemite this spring. I got to play a few songs as a Conditional Breakpoint! It was a total thrill for me. Check out the Breakpoints album on iTunes if you haven’t already.
  • A Day of Programming

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Sometimes days are like this: Our testers — who are great — report a regression I caused but that I didn’t notice. Why is sub-pixel anti-aliasing not working in this view? The text looks bad. (Note to self: test with a non-retina display before comitting.) I investigate, and find, to nobody’s surprise, that the culprit is a layer-backed ancestor scroll view. I turn off layer-backing — I just uncheck that particular box. Then run the app. It’s good to see sub-pixel anti-aliasing back. But look at how things have gone wonky. Wonky? Let’s be precise: the layout inside outline view…
  • OmniJobs

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Omni Group has job openings. I’m still the newest person here. Make that not true anymore.
  • Mac Vibrancy Tips

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    For one of my projects I’m working with NSVisualEffectView and behind-window blending. I’ve found a few things that could help people doing the same thing: Reminder: don’t forget that its subview should respond YES to allowsVibrancy. If it’s in an NSSplitView, make sure the NSSplitView is not layer-backed. rdar://18585148 Make sure the effect view’s superview is not the first layer-backed view. rdar://18587102 There may be other gotchas, of course, but these are what I’ve found so far.
  • The Risk of Products Failing

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    On Twitter, Martin Johnson asks: How long until a crit mass of users get burnt one to many times and simply avoid indie products altogether? I don’t think people outside our industry use the word “indie” to describe any software developers. They may think “probably small” or “never heard of them” or “not Apple or Google or Microsoft” when they think at all about a company. I don’t think that product failure is a problem specific to indies. VC-backed apps and companies fail all the time. Large services fail too — you can’t dial in to America OnLine any more. Google has…
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    Rex Hammock's

  • It’s up to you, New York, New York

    Rex Hammock
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    Dear New Yorkers, Please show the country how to embrace and use the facts while rejecting panic porn, how to be the front line of rational response rather than a crack house for fear junkies. You braved thru 9/11, the 2008 meltdown and great recession, Sandy. You’re New Yorkers. Show how it’s done. Please. Your friend, Rex Related posts: The Perfect Panic Pusher Storm My 2008 magazine industry “predictions” revisited File this lesson away for the next recession
  • A Winning Football Interactive Map

    Rex Hammock
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    While I often praise (but not always) the interactive graphics created by the team, I think the  College Football Fan map posted earlier this month is especially excellent for three reasons: Use of Technology: It’s an outstanding example of using Google Maps Engine Pro (or whatever the changing product name is when you read this) with data scraped from accessible information found on the internet.  (Note: While “found on the Internet,” it is data that had to be collected with permission). The Writing and Interpretation: The sidebar map articles of…
  • Focus on Content Marketing Mission, Not Methods

    Rex Hammock
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    I’m honored when people call Hammock Inc. one of the agencies that pioneered content marketing. (This month marks our 23rd anniversary.) However, I’ve always felt the term “content marketing” can be confusing when it’s applied to everything from blogging and social media to animated kitten GIFs. Unfortunately, when a term is used to label anything, it can start to mean very little. (Continue Reading on…) Related posts: Not only am I a content marketer, this is a content marketing blog Content marketing vs. a Superbowl ad Why I don’t like or use the term…
  • When Did PR Become This?

    Rex Hammock
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    (See update at end of post.) Because I’m not only the “head helper,” but also the “head recipient of email” at, I receive an endless stream of pitches from people with titles like “PR manager.” Unfortunately, most (not all, but most) of the email is boilerplate crap sent to websites that sound like, maybe, they could be visited by small business owners. Once in a while, I’ll see one of these worthless pitches and recall how long, long ago, I used to run a public relations firm. I can recall obsessing over to whom and how we…
  • How Millennials (Not Al Gore) Invented the Internet

    Rex Hammock
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Editor’s Note For this post, the term Millennial refers to people born between 1982 and 2004. (Math help: People who are currently (i.e., 2014) between the ages of 10 and 32.) Also, while this post refers to a golden age, NOTHING in it refers to fringe New Testament apocalyptic theology. Introduction During the first part of the 20th century, the french philosopher and sociologist Maurice Halbwachs advanced the idea of “collective memory” — a shared pool of information held in the memories of two or more members of a group. Or at least that’s what a group of two…
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    Berkeley Blog

  • Media is Messy

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

    Berkeley Blog
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    At Happy Hour Fitness in Berkeley, where I take spinning class once a week, I’m the only spinner who regularly rides a bicycle -- both for commuting, because I don’t have a car, and recreation, because I love riding around the East Bay hills. Most of the people in my class don’t even have a bicycle, or if they do, prefer to spin indoors on a faux cycle that goes nowhere. At the same time, most cyclists I know wouldn’t be caught dead in a spinning class unless it’s raining, which it doesn’t seem to do anymore in California. But cyclists could really benefit from spinning class, as…
  • iPhone 6 versus Knausgaard 3

    Berkeley Blog
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    While most of my friends are hungering to get their hands on the iPhone 6, I'm champing at the bit to secure an English translation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's volume 3, the latest book translated from the Norweigian in this author's six-volume epic, My Struggle. If I were his publisher, I'd rename the title Hitler ruined for everyone My Hunger for Life because this memoir by the stay-at-home father of four describes every quotidian moment of life, from changing diapers filled with excrement to cooking a meal of fish and potatoes, as if it were a testament to his need to feel…
  • Getting Lost and Abandoned by Public Transit on Labor Day

    Berkeley Blog
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I proposed to two friends who also happen to be lawyers -- Joan Blades, cofounder of,, and as well as a former mediator, author, and avid hiker; and Floy Andrews, a former real estate lawyer turned into a bioethicist starting a practice in elder trust law and also an avid hiker -- that on Labor Day I lead us on a 7.5 mile hike on the Dipsea Trail, starting with a climb of 688 steps in Mill Valley, a descent into Muir Woods, another ascent along the southern flank of Mt. Tamalpais, and then a descent into the Stinson Beach crescent. I was…
  • 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…
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  • What do you see

    Gerard McLean
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    What do you see in the photo above? Look very closely before you answer. Really, really closely. Before I tell you what I see, I need to share a short story with you. When my son was young, Saturday was grocery-shopping day. My job was to occupy him for the hour or so it took […]
  • Basic ad fail

    Gerard McLean
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:03 am
    I clicked on a link on the Pure WOW newsletter (don’t judge!) that led me to an ad for a Coach leather briefcase here. “Wow, I want that,” I thought to myself. So I clicked on the ad, which brought me to this page on After scrolling around a bit on the collection of […]
  • Your most impressive accomplishment

    Gerard McLean
    22 Feb 2014 | 10:58 am
    As I dig deeper into the world of job-hunting tools on the internet, I ran across the site I’ve known it was there for some time, so this is actually a rediscovery by accident. I was following the fox hole that Secret built and decided to apply for their open Community Manager job. One […]
  • The most interesting thing about you — tl;dr

    Gerard McLean
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:06 am
    “I chase stray turkeys, catch them and bring them back to their pens,” he answered in the most matter-of-fact way to one of my interview questions. I hired him immediately to assemble and repair bikes, a job he then held for four years, even through the winter. I figured anyone willing to chase down turkeys […]
  • You may like the way you look because you may not know any better

    Gerard McLean
    25 Jun 2013 | 11:06 am
    I remember when my dad taught me how to block a hat; to get that top crease just right. I also remember how he taught me to tie a necktie, to know which side I “dress” in a suit, where the leg breaks and to always make sure the holding stitch in the back flap […]
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  • iPhone 6 Plus Review

    Franklin McMahon
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    iPhone users have had it a little rough in the past few years, seeing all the large phones come out while Apple has pretty much kept the screen size at 4 inches. Apple has stated that they could have done a large phone years ago, but wanted to wait to do it right. They may have waited too long, as they ended up losing quite a bit of sales and market share to larger Android phones. Reportedly they worked for several years on this phone and many were excited when the rumors started circulating that Apple was finally making a large screen phone. I pre-ordered one immediately as soon as everyone…
  • FarmVille 2: Country Escape Review

    Franklin McMahon
    22 May 2014 | 4:53 am
    What am I doing in FarmVille? As a gamer I had to see how the other half lives. I’m much more at home on a PS4 or Xbox One, or on Steam on my Mac, and while I do play games on my iPad, I am not sure I am in the FarmVille demographic. Actually I am not sure who the demographic is for this game. All I know is I’ve heard so much about these type of free-to-play games, I had to give it a whirl. FarmVille 2 starts off with a bang. You are given a farm and a supply of keys and virtual coins to purchase things like apple trees and wheat fields. You start buying, start planting and stuff…
  • Top Posts of 2013

    Franklin McMahon
    6 Jan 2014 | 5:01 am
    What were the top posts on my blog in 2013? Glad you asked. I went through my stats and here they are, in order from the highest traffic to the lowest, the ten posts that had the most visits in 2013. #1 – Google’s Gmail vs. Apple’s iCloud Email: Here are the Top 4 Reasons to Switch This has been the most popular post on my site this past year. I don’t think necessarily that people are fed up with Gmail, I just think that Apple’s email is starting to become a viable alternative. Especially now that more people have multiple iOS devices #2 – iBooks App vs. Kindle…
  • Here’s Why Your Next TV Will Watch You

    Franklin McMahon
    3 Jan 2014 | 5:54 am
    When you are surfing the web, it’s pretty clear you are being monitored. Using several technologies, most notably website cookies, your browsing habits can be tracked, and ads can be served up based on your interests. But what if your TV had the same capability? It will. The future is about to arrive, and it actually will happen this year. But are you ready to have your viewing habits and interests tracked in your own living room? Digital sleuthing technology is a new form of tracking that monitors what you watch live or record on your DVR. Companies such as Cognitive and Gracenote, which…
  • How to Market Your Voice Over Services

    Franklin McMahon
    2 Jan 2014 | 7:49 pm
    From the mailbag: Hi Franklin. I came across your blog during my search for information on producing voice overs.  I’ve been a musician for 30 years have and also have been providing sound and recording for about 10. I’m looking to diversify into producing voice overs. The older I get the heavier my gear gets to haul around:).  My question for you is who should I be marketing my services to. I was thinking ad agencies but not too sure. For example who is creating the endless car dealer spots you hear on the radio? I really appreciate any advice you could share with me. On a…
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  • How to change or build your career

    Derek Sivers
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I get emails from many people wanting to change or build their career. I always recommend the best book on the subject: “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport. Here are a few of its best points: Forget passion and purpose Forget “follow your passion” or “find your true calling”. Stop thinking like that. Here’s why: Words like “passion” and “purpose” are dangerous because they sound huge and romantic. If you think you haven’t found your passion yet, you’re probably expecting it to be overwhelming — to hit you like lightning. Looking for your passion,…
  • Fixed mindset vs Growth mindset

    Derek Sivers
    20 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of the most important concepts I’ve learned is the difference between the “fixed” mindset and the “growth” mindset. It’s a little bit like “nature vs nurture”: People in a fixed mindset believe you either are or aren’t good at something, based on your inherent nature, because it’s just who you are. People in a growth mindset believe anyone can be good at anything, because your abilities are entirely due to your actions. This sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly deep. The fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful, so it’s worth understanding and…
  • The philosophy of great customer service

    Derek Sivers
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I was honestly surprised that my company, CD Baby, was such a runaway success. But I was even more surprised to find out why. CD Baby had lots of powerful well-funded competitors, but after a few years they were all but gone, and we dominated our niche of selling independent music. 150,000 musicians, 2 million music-buying customers, $139 million in revenue, $83 million paid directly to musicians. What was the secret to CD Baby’s success? I never did any marketing. Everyone came by word-of-mouth. But why? I honestly didn’t know. So whenever I was out talking with my musician clients,…
  • Loving what I used to hate

    Derek Sivers
    17 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From now on, when I say I hate something, remind me to add “… today” to the sentence. Here's why: Tom Waits The first time I heard Tom Waits was this performance on David Letterman. I hated it. I hated it passionately. I complained to my friend that it was the worst thing I'd ever heard, and it must be some kind of joke. The second time I heard Tom Waits was a year later, when my roommate played me “Singapore”, and I hated it just as much. I still thought it must be some kind of in-joke. Maybe it's a dare, like hákarl? Someone wouldn't actually listen to this for pleasure, would…
  • The Meaning of Life

    Derek Sivers
    4 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let's just figure out the meaning of life, once and for all, in under 20 minutes, OK? This is a 19-minute talk I've given at four conferences in Ireland, Taiwan, India, and New Zealand. I've improved it after each, and finally consider it done, so this is now the best and final recording of it. The video doesn't add much, so if you would rather just listen, download the MP3. The video should be visible below, but if not, download the MP4 video. Huge thanks to some friends who suggested great improvements: Michelle Welsch, Tynan, Aly Tadros, and Jeff Marx. Also thanks to a hundred drunk…
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