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  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

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

    Scripting News
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    There are lots of clouds. The one I'm thinking of is the one that Amazon runs, and that so many are trying to catch up to. Here's a list of ideas the next-layer-up will have. The basic unit shouldn't be a CPU, it should be an app. They are like the apps that run on your iPhone, but they run on a server, not on a hand-held device. I sign on to my account and see a list of my apps. To create a new app, click a button called New App. A dialog appears, asking what template I want to use (by template I mean GitHub repository, but that's something designers/programmers worry about). A configuration…
  • The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
  • DJ Hodor

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    Jason Kottke
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Kristian Nairn is the actor who plays Hodor on HBO's Game of Thrones. When he's not acting, the 6'10" Belfast resident DJs and makes music. His Soundcloud page contains a bunch of his house mixes; here's the latest mix from three months ago: Hodor! Tags: Game of Thrones   Kristian Nairn   music   TV
  • [Video] My SXSW14 Keynote!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    Gary Vaynerchuk
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    Honestly this could apply to any event or conference. Stick around for some really really solid Q&A and some even better beatboxing. This event was a blast.  
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    Scripting News

  • How the cloud should work

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    There are lots of clouds. The one I'm thinking of is the one that Amazon runs, and that so many are trying to catch up to. Here's a list of ideas the next-layer-up will have. The basic unit shouldn't be a CPU, it should be an app. They are like the apps that run on your iPhone, but they run on a server, not on a hand-held device. I sign on to my account and see a list of my apps. To create a new app, click a button called New App. A dialog appears, asking what template I want to use (by template I mean GitHub repository, but that's something designers/programmers worry about). A configuration…
  • The press isn't getting Heartbleed

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    This is like a slow motion 9/11 -- it really is that serious. No one is alarmed. The companies that should be safing-up their servers are moving too slowly. This is very much like the buildup to the war in Iraq when the media didn't carry the real story. Only this time there is a lot that we should be doing that we aren't doing. What we should be doing Locating and updating the vulnerable servers. There is no number 2. Changing passwords is security theater. It doesn't fix anything if hackers have access to your passwords, they have access to the new ones too. What we should be doing:…
  • Mansplaining

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    It's a gender-specific putdown, like saying a woman is emotional, or a black person "uppity." Not only is it rude, unfair, and a lot of other negative things, it also says that the accuser has no real objection to what the person is saying. If they did, why resort to an ad hominem attack. If you're being lectured at, condescended to, how about walking away? The term is also wildly misused. How could a blog post be mansplaining? Yet I've heard it said many times that a blog post is. (You're not cornered, you can always hit the Back button, and it's not making any assumptions about gender of…
  • Old-time laptops

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    In the early-mid 80s the art of laptop computers was just getting started. That's a picture of the TRS 80 Model 100. It ran Microsoft software, if I remember correctly -- couldn't run what we now call "apps." But it had a little word processor and a BASIC interpreter, and could connect up to your desktop computer. I owned one, but never really used it. I was an Apple II guy at the time, about to transition to the IBM PC. My first real laptop was the DG One. I was one of its early developers. Really made an impression. It was a real computer. Quite heavy, almost in what was then called the…
  • Reading Ted Nelson on an iPhone

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Yesterday I wrote I was doing stuff with XML-RPC, but didn't say what I was doing. I hit a conceptual stopping point on a user interface project I've been working on, inspired by Jay Rosen's use of Fargo as a presentation tool in his talk last week in Austin. I needed to move from the UI to the machine room, to plumbing and wiring and some of it, in computer networking terms, quite ancient! Sometimes that helps clear the mind, switching what kind of puzzle you're working on. So if you hit a conceptual wall working on the user-facing stuff, switch gears and do some work on the plumbing. My…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The bottomless pit of pleasing strangers

    Seth Godin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:13 am
    You will never, ever run out of strangers. And so, the goal of perfectly pleasing an infinite number of passersby is a fool's errand. They come with their own worldview, their own issues, their own biases. Since they don't know you or trust you and don't get you, they're not inclined to give you the benefit of the doubt or invest what it takes to understand you. Sure, some of them will applaud or smile or buy. And if that's your mission, have fun. But perfection in stranger-pleasing? Not going to happen, not worth the journey. For some people, some of the time, the only response is, "it's not…
  • The thing that happened before this

    Seth Godin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most underrated scene in the Wizard of Oz is the hallway leading up to the audience with the great and powerful one. One of the reasons that Oz is seen as being particularly great and powerful is that it's just so much trouble to get to see him--and that hallway is the perfect metaphor. I still remember visiting a talent agency in Hollywood a decade ago. The lobby was far bigger than most people's homes, and it was totally empty, a long, long walk from the automatically opened door to the Centurion at the desk. Contrast this with a doctor's office I recently visited. He was sharing space…
  • Connecting dots (or collecting dots)

    Seth Godin
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Without a doubt, the ability to connect the dots is rare, prized and valuable. Connecting dots, solving the problem that hasn't been solved before, seeing the pattern before it is made obvious, is more essential than ever before. Why then, do we spend so much time collecting dots instead? More facts, more tests, more need for data, even when we have no clue (and no practice) in doing anything with it. Their big bag of dots isn't worth nearly as much as your handful of insight, is it?        
  • Trust and attention, the endless dance

    Seth Godin
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:51 am
    The two scarce elements of our economy are trust and attention. Trust is scarce because it's not a simple instinct and it's incredibly fragile, disappearing often in the face of greed, shortcuts or ignorance. And attention is scarce because it doesn't scale. We can't do more than one thing at a time, and the number of organizations and ideas that are competing for our attention grows daily. The dance happens because often, it seems as though we need to trade trust in exchange for attention. We have to rely on gimmicks, or overpromise and hype in order to get people to, "look at me!" And of…
  • The right moment

    Seth Godin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    You might be waiting for things to settle down. For the kids to be old enough, for work to calm down, for the economy to recover, for the weather to cooperate, for your bad back to let up just a little... The thing is, people who make a difference never wait for just the right time. They know that it will never arrive. Instead, they make their ruckus when they are short of sleep, out of money, hungry, in the middle of a domestic mess and during a blizzard. Whenever. As long as whenever is now.        
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  • DJ Hodor

    Jason Kottke
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Kristian Nairn is the actor who plays Hodor on HBO's Game of Thrones. When he's not acting, the 6'10" Belfast resident DJs and makes music. His Soundcloud page contains a bunch of his house mixes; here's the latest mix from three months ago: Hodor! Tags: Game of Thrones   Kristian Nairn   music   TV
  • Game of Thrones theory

    Jason Kottke
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    [Warning: season 4 spoilers ahoy!] So, in the second episode of this season of Game of Thrones, something wonderfully unpleasant happens. If you've seen it, you know what I'm talking about and if you haven't, you should really stop reading right now. I've been thinking about why it happened and who did it. This series of images over at Imgur presents a compelling explanation. Lady Olenna gives sympathies to Sansa for the murder of her family. Watch carefully. Yoink! Olenna rubs Sansa's neck, plays with her hair and finally snatches the right-most jewel on Ser Dontos's necklace. Interesting,…
  • Let It Go internationally

    Jason Kottke
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:36 pm
    If you have children in your home, you have likely seen the movie Frozen and heard the song Let It Go like 50 billionty times. The movie did great in the US, coming in as the 19th biggest movie ever, but it's done amazingly well overseas: #8 on the alltime list with a $1.1 billion gross. So it's a no-brainer for Disney to release an album with 50 different versions of Let It Go, sung in languages ranging from Arabic to Icelandic to Romanian to Vietnamese. (via @cabel) Update: Here's a video of the entire song sung in 25 languages: (via @waxpancake & @Ilovetoscore) Tags: Frozen  …
  • The Oldest Living Things in the World

    Jason Kottke
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:58 am
    The very first Kickstarter campaign I ever backed was Rachel Sussman's project to photograph the oldest living organisms in the world. I'm researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to find and photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older. I started the project 5 years ago, and have since photographed nearly 25 different organisms, ranging from the Bristlecone Pine and Giant Sequoias that you've surely heard of, to some truly unusual and unique desert shrubs, bacteria, a predatory fungus, and a clonal colony of Aspen trees that's male…
  • Dronies!

    Jason Kottke
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    A dronie is a video selfie taken with a drone. I featured Amit Gupta's beautiful dronie yesterday: Other people have since taken dronies of their own and the idea seems like it's on the cusp of becoming a thing. Here's one taken by Joshua Works of him and his family on the shore of a lake in Nevada: The Works clan sold most of their worldly possessions in 2011 and has been travelling the US in an Airstream ever since, logging more than 75,000 miles so far. Adam Lisagor took this dronie of him and fellow drone enthusiast Alex Cornell standing on the roof of a building in LA: Adam was inspired…
 
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  • [Video] My SXSW14 Keynote!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Help with My New Report: Employee Engagement & Advocacy

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

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

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

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

    Charlene Li
    5 Dec 2013 | 12:35 pm
    Last year, we asked companies about their top social strategy priorities. The second top response was “Developing Internal Education and Training.” Yet, when we surveyed companies earlier this year, we saw that only 38% had any education program in place, beyond ad hoc efforts. Over the past few quarters, we identified a number of large […] The post New Report: Social Media Education for Employees appeared first on Charlene Li.
 
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  • ‘It’s a 0.1 Update That Feels Like a 2.0 Update’

    John Gruber
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    Peter Bright reviews Windows Phone 8.1 for Ars Technica: Windows Phone 8.1, therefore, has a lot of work to do. It needs to take further steps along the path toward Microsoft’s vision of a unified operating system. It needs to work better on a wider range of hardware to both strengthen its position at the low end and give it a chance of making inroads at the high end. It needs to also offer features: it needs to do things to get people talking about the platform while attracting both users and developers. Remarkably, Windows Phone 8.1 delivers on all fronts.  ★ 
  • When a Committee Builds a Smartphone

    John Gruber
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    David Pogue reviews the Samsung Galaxy S5: What is gunking up your screens is Samsung’s usual not-fully-thought-through assemblage of app flotsam. Why do you need one app for Gmail and another for other kinds of email accounts? Why do you need two photo apps — one from Samsung, one from Google? Two Settings apps? Two text-messaging apps? Two video players? This is the dark side of the Android experience: One company makes the hardware, another makes the software. Now they’re becoming rivals, and we can already see who the loser will be: you. My favorite part is the “one-handed…
  • ‘The Pinnacle of Fitness Failure: Samsung’s Gear Fit Activity Tracker’

    John Gruber
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    DC Rainmaker: This is a product I wanted to love, but ultimately, it just ended up being a huge disappointment. Hopefully Samsung can iterate quickly on the software, and move the platform forward to something that someone might actually want to buy. In the meantime, mine is going into my desk drawer. What happens when Samsung doesn’t have a market leader to copy.  ★ 
  • Siri Honors Jackie Robinson

    John Gruber
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Classy.  ★ 
  • Samsung Launches Website Highlighting ‘Meaningful’ Design

    John Gruber
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    You can’t make this stuff up.  ★ 
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  • A Taxonomy Of The Collaborative Economy –And What Brands Are Doing About It.

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

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

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

    jeremiah_owyang
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    Crowds are on the rise, backed by powerful technology. The collaborative economy is a powerful movement. People are sharing goods, services, space, and money with each other. Also, they are crowd funding and making their own products outside of traditional factories. They are using powerful technologies, including social networks, mobile devices, the internet of things and mobile payment systems. In all cases, they’re getting what they need from each other, rather than from inefficient corporations. This peer-to-peer commerce economy is enabling the crowd to become like a company,…
  • Brands On the Rise In the Collaborative Economy

    jeremiah_owyang
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    140 character summary: Brands joining the collaborative economy at a rapid pace as a P2P economy rises. http://tinyurl.com/kuw3wzl The above frequency chart (up till April 2nd, 2014) shows the instances of corporations who’ve deployed in the Collaborative Economy, based on this growing list. The Collaborative Economy Empowers Peer 2 Peer Commerce. I’ve written a fair amount about corporations in the Collaborative Economy, and have even started an association for large companies, called Crowd Companies. , so tracking this space is not just a passion, but core to my work. In a…
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  • Things I Can't Do

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

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    I interrupt this otherwise fascinating blog to give away some free stuff.If you'd like to add your favorite Major League Baseball team's schedule (USA) to your calendar with a few clicks, it will only take about ten seconds at CalendarTree.com. Click on the "Public Schedules" link. (I'm a co-founder of CalendarTree.)You don't need to sign up for anything. Just click to add the team schedule of your choice to your Google, Apple, or Outlook calendar.To sweeten the deal, I'll email a personalized Dogbert sketch to anyone who tweets the baseball schedule link…
  • The Reliability of Theories

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Warning: This blog is written for a rational audience that likes to have fun wrestling with unique or controversial points of view. It is written in a style that can easily be confused as advocacy for one sort of unpleasantness or another. It is not intended to change anyone's beliefs or actions. If you quote from this post or link to it, which you are welcome to do, please take responsibility for whatever happens if you mismatch the audience and the content.  --------------------------------------------Let's get this out of the way first...In the realm of science, a theory is an…
  • Stocks Drop for . . . No Reason?

    10 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    In the news, the stock market is falling for reasons no one knows.I wonder if the market will fall more than 10% for no reason before it mysteriously climbs back to where it was for no reason.We might be seeing the usual summer sell-off happening early because people are trying to get ahead of it. Or the pullback might have something to do with the Fed, or Ukraine, or a sudden shared realization that stocks are overvalued. Or it could be random, as in lots of people deciding to sell at around the same time for no special reasons. Or it could be that the stock market is fixed and the fixers…
  • How the Robots Will Take Over

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One way that future robots could conquer the world is by violence. But that seems both inefficient and uncreative. Allow me to suggest some smarter ways for robots to do their conquering.I start by imagining what happens when the first computer achieves what is called The Singularity. That's the moment the computer can program itself faster than humans can program it. Soon after that point, futurists say, you would see the computer rapidly evolve to have super intelligence and perhaps something that looks like free will. I'm going to assume that computers will only program themselves…
 
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  • Earth to Mozilla: Come back home

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

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

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

    Doc Searls
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Crocuses are showing up next to sidewalks in New York, so it must be Spring, which seems like a good time to finish a pile of links I started compiling in December and forgot about. Here goes… Photography Mattresses, Brooms, and Art in Bulk, Tahtakale, Istanbul: Commerce Direct and Unadorned. By Stephen Lewis in Bubkes. I may have posted this already, but I like it a lot, so I’m pointing again. Scouting a New York City neighborhood where the sidewalk endsSlate. Originally in Scouting New York. Some of my own sets: 1947+ archive of shots with me in them Panos of Parliament in…
  • My Top Ten Talk Radio Hosts of All Time

    Doc Searls
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Here is my short list: Larry Josephson Howard Stern Bob Grant Bob & Ray Barry Gray Bob Fass Steve Post Rush Limbaugh Alex Bennett Allan Handelman And here are my qualifications: a) the performer has to do (or have done) a show that runs daily (or close),  b) the listener has to sense that they are missing something if they’re not listening, and c) I need to have been a listener. I bring this up because in January I heard Howard Stern speak regretfully — and movingly — about how Bob Grant was something like “the greatest broadcaster who ever lived,” and how he…
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  • Traces – A Group Show For Young Artists

    Fred Wilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    It always makes me happy to see my daughter Emily send a tweet, my son Josh repost a song on SoundCloud, and my daughter Jessica post something to her Tumblr. They aren’t always so keen to use the services we back at USV, but they do come around to them from time to time. But I think the biggest kick I got in this area was a few weeks ago when Jessica and three friends launched this Kickstarter. It was funded quickly, over the course of a weekend, and they don’t need more money so if you are in the giving mood today, you might want to find another project to back. If you live in…
  • The Difference Between Large Funds and Small Funds

    Fred Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    I have always been a “small fund” oriented investor. Both models work if executed well, but they are different. With small funds, you only need to find a few good ideas a year to get behind. That is true in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, and probably many other asset classes. With large funds, you need to get behind every good idea every year. There are some investors out there than can execute the large fund model. I imagine you can list them and so can I. But there aren’t many who can. There are many investors out there that can execute the small fund model.
  • Cryptography

    Fred Wilson
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:19 am
    So much of what interests me and consumes the tech industry these days relates to Cryptography, and in particularly public key cryptography. The list would include Heartbleed, NSA spying on citizens, and of course, Bitcoin and Blockhains. And yet, when I hear people talk about Cryptography or when I read about Cryptography, my eyes tend to glaze over because I never studied Cryptography and am a self taught coder. So I need to fix this. I want to bone up on Cryptography. Where should I start and what should I read?
  • The Business Insider Interview

    Fred Wilson
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    A few weeks ago Alyson Shontell came into USV to talk to me. She wanted to talk on background about the NYC tech sector. She recorded our talk which lasted about an hour. After transcribing the talk, she reached out to me and suggested printing the entire thing as a Q&A. I was nervous about that because I was pretty candid about things in our talk as it was on background. But after reading the transcript, I understood why Alyson wanted to run it in its entirety. I ran it by the Gotham Gal and my partners and they said it was OK. So I asked her to change one thing where I felt I was not…
  • A WordPress Plugin For A Books List?

    Fred Wilson
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    The Gotham Gal moved to WordPress this week. I mentioned it in a post mid week. She maintains a book list on her blog. She’s a huge reader, at least a couple books a week, many times more than that. And she lists her favorite reads for all to see. It used to be a TypePad widget on the sidebar but in the new UI, it’s an entire page linked to off the main header. On TypePad, she could enter a book name, an ASIN, or an ISBN and the book and link to Amazon would automatically be added to the list (with her Amazon Affiliate ID attached). I spent about an hour yesterday trying to…
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  • What Is Google?

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

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

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

    jbat
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    The post To Win The Newsfeed, Facebook Should Put Its Users In Control appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Lost in the latest Facebook kerfuffle (if you’ve missed it, read this cheeky Eat24 post, and the hundreds of articles it prompted) is the fact that we all seemed quite confused about what Facebook’s newsfeed is supposed to be. Is it an intimate channel for peer to peer communication, where you stay in touch with people who matter to you? Is is a place you go to find out what’s happening in the world at large, a watercooler of sorts, a newspaper, as…
  • Else 3.31.14: Skulls, Bitcoin, AI, Souls, and Corporate Religion

    jbat
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:51 pm
    The post Else 3.31.14: Skulls, Bitcoin, AI, Souls, and Corporate Religion appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog.(image) If you’re a reader of this newsletter, you’re in elite company. Each week I chose ten or so stories from the score or so that I save to Evernote, and I annotate them after about three glasses of wine on a Sunday night. I make no pretense to be Jason or Dave, instead, this is a way to remember the most important stories of the past week through the filter of “the book.” And when I say “the book,” I mean That Project That Has…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Dragons on the far side of the histogram

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

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

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

    Jonas Downey
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that computers and user interfaces peaked in the 1980s. Everything was clear and simple, without all of our modern annoyances like portability, color, touchscreens, and the Internet. With that in mind, we took a long, hard look at Basecamp. We asked questions like: Is Basecamp as simple as it can be? Should we make Basecamp less colorful? What if Basecamp was stored on 800kb floppy disks? When is Knight Rider starting? So today, after months of work, we’re excited to announce that Basecamp is going back to basics. We’ve…
  • Basecamp network attack postmortem

    David
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    As we detailed in Basecamp was under network attack, criminals assaulted our network with a DDoS attack on March 24. This is the technical postmortem that we promised. The main attack lasted a total of an hour and 40 minutes starting at 8:32 central time and ending around 10:12. During that window, Basecamp and the other services were completely unavailable for 45 minutes, and intermittently up and down or slow for the rest. In addition to the attack itself, Basecamp got put in network quarantine by other providers, so it wasn’t until 11:08 that access was restored for everyone,…
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  • 7 Ways to Bore the Hell Out of People

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

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

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

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

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Wow! So, Wiley had to push the book back a few weeks to deal with some last minute stuff (probably my fault), and so that gives me just a little more time to lay some groundwork. For YOU, that means if you’re thinking of having an event and if you want to take advantage of the absolutely most affordable way to have me speak live and in person to your community and event, there’s still time. Hire Me to Speak for Only 300 Books Not bucks. Let’s not be crazy. But books. The deal is this: hire me for an event in this or the next calendar year for the cost of your purchasing of…
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    dooce®

  • For the fridge

    dooce
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    You'll notice she's in a dress that not two minutes after this photo was taken ended up on the floor of her room in favor of another one.
  • New tunes – Coachella

    dooce
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This will be the first time I've seen Beck live and I imagine I will want to fold him up and take him home in my pocket.
  • Two puppies in the yard

    dooce
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    In a previous life Marlo was a fish. Or a golden retriever. Or Jacques Cousteau.
  • Our hair done got did

    dooce
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    In preparation for the portraits where she is seen repeating over and again, "MARLO. MARLO. MARLO!!"
  • Friday night lights

    dooce
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Any major theme park is going to have a hard time impressing Marlo after the the party we threw when the lights went out.
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect

    Guest Post
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    4 Realities of Inbound Marketing You Can’t Afford to Neglect written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest is Rohan Ayyar – Enjoy! photo credit: shutterhacks on Flickr Inbound marketing and social media participation for brands are one of the most effective promotion tactics today. The whole world of marketing is now skewed towards “earning customers” instead of “buy, beg, or buy your way in” that outbound marketers follow, if this Inbound vs. Outbound…
  • Rules For Modern Selling

    John Jantsch
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Rules For Modern Selling written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Bill Caskey The game of selling has not really changed that much – the job is to build relationships, provide value and help people solve their problems – in the end, if you are to succeed, that means selling things. What has changed dramatically, however is the way you accomplish many of these things. The way you sell must change because the way people buy has certainly changed. My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape…
  • How to Get Sales and Marketing On the Same Page

    John Jantsch
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    How to Get Sales and Marketing On the Same Page written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing The title of today’s post became one of the major sub themes of my upcoming book Duct Tape Selling. It didn’t start out that way, but in working with more and more sales departments it became clear that the move to inbound and social selling occurs much more effectively when there’s a culture of cooperation and integration within sales and marketing departments. Sadly, this is rarely the case. In fact, I’ll be presenting my view of the sales and…
  • 5 Essential Elements of a Useful Social Media Plan

    John Jantsch
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    5 Essential Elements of a Useful Social Media Plan written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: mkhmarketing via photopin cc Living inside the bubble of the social media marketing world, it’s easy to forget that many organizations still don’t know how to reconcile social media into their everyday sales and marketing routine. I taught the executive team of a very successful organization the basics of social media this past week and it was a great reminder that focusing on tactics without an organized strategy is still the…
  • Weekend Favs April Twelve

    John Jantsch
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Weekend Favs April Twelve written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Good stuff I found this week: Snappy Checkout – Simple and slick looking way to add shopping cart to your site Syndical – Service that makes…
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    KurzweilAI » News

  • Brain abnormalities linked to casual marijuana use

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Cannabis leaf (credit: Wikimedia Commons) Young adults who used marijuana only recreationally showed significant abnormalities in two key brain regions that are important in emotion and motivation, scientists report. The study was a collaboration between Northwestern Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. This is the first study to show casual use of marijuana is related to major brain changes. It showed the degree of brain abnormalities in these regions is directly related to the number of joints a person smoked per week. The more joints a person smoked, the more…
  • Functional brain imaging reliably predicts which vegetative patients have potential to recover consciousness

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Statistical parametric mapping-analysis of fluorodeoxyglucose PET scans. Left: minimally conscious state; right: unresponsive wakefulness syndrome. Blue = areas with significantly lowered metabolism. Red = areas with preserved metabolism. (Credit: Johan Stender et al./The Lancet) A functional brain imaging technique known as positron emission tomography (PET) is a promising tool for determining which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness, according to new research published in The Lancet. Surprisingly, this is the first time that…
  • Low-cost, compact optics that turn a smartphone into a powerful portable microscope

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Micro Phone Lens 150X (credit: Thomas Larson) University of Washington (UW) graduate Thomas Larson is developing a lens that will turn any smartphone or tablet computer into a handheld microscope that magnifies by 150 times. It’s a new version of his Micro Phone Lens, a pliable lens that magnifies 15 times, or 60x with phone zoom. (Standard laboratory microscopes usually magnify between 50 and 400 times.) Users simply stick the lens flat onto a smartphone camera lens (no adhesive needed), turn on an external light source such as a lamp, then run the phone or tablet in camera mode.
  • Drones to extend Internet to remote areas

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:46 am
    Artist rendition of Titan Solera 50 drone (credit: Titan Aerospace) Two companies have just extended the reach of the  Internet. Google has acquired Titan Aerospace, a developer of jet-sized drones intended to fly nonstop for years,the New Mexico company has announced. Titan says it could help people by “providing internet connections in remote areas or helping monitor environmental damage like oil spills and deforestation.” The Wall Street Journal quotes Google as saying the technology could also be used to collect images. Facebook has also agreed to buy the U.K.-based Ascenta,…
  • The lowest-price, easiest-to-use 3D printer yet

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    The Micro 3D printer (credit: MD3) If you’re on the edge about deciding to get a 3D printer, this Kickstarter campaign for The Micro, billed as the “first truly consumer 3D printer,” may just push you off it. It already has for more than 9,000 backers, who have pledged an impressive $2.7 million since April 7 — far exceeding the $50,000 goal. For a pledge of $299, you get the pre-assembled printer (in February 2015 — ships in August 2014 to early backers) with software, instruction manual, and one filament spool. Nearest competition: MakerBot’s Replicator…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • CVE-2013-5211 Input Validation vulnerability in NTP

    Ritwik Ghoshal
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    CVE Description CVSSv2 Base Score Component Product Resolution CVE-2013-5211 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0 NTP V4 Solaris 11.1 11.1.13.6.0 Solaris 10 SPARC: 143725-02 X86: 143726-02 NTP V3 Solaris 10 Add noquery directive in ntp.conf Solaris 9 Solaris 8 This notification describes vulnerabilities fixed in third-party components that are included in Oracle's product distributions.Information about vulnerabilities affecting Oracle products can be found on Oracle Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts page.
  • Master Data Management: How to Avoid Big Mistakes in Big Data

    Mala Narasimharajan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Written By: Neela Chaudhari, Principal Product Marketing Director - Master Data Management & Fusion Middleware The paradigm-changing potential benefits of big data can't be overstated—but big changes can deliver big risks as well. For example, exploding data volumes naturally create a corresponding increase in data correlations, but as leading experts warn, correlations should not be mistaken for causes. To avoid drawing the wrong conclusions from big data, organizations first need a way to assemble reliable master data to analyze. Then they need a way to put those conclusions and that…
  • Oracle Customer Success Forum - Applico - Oracle Sales Cloud

    Richard Lefebvre
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Applico on industry trends, why sales automation is important, reasons for choosing Oracle Sales Cloud, and the vendor evaluation process. Please click on the register button to confirm your attendance by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on May 5, 2014.Speakers: Alex Moazed, CEO Chris Haven, Senior Director, Outbound Product Management, Oracle (Moderator) Applico helps businesses turn their products into platforms.Applico is trailblazing a new type of services firm, the platform innovation company. It is our belief that platforms are the key business…
  • Oracle Customer Success Forum - Christie Digital - Oracle Sales Cloud

    Richard Lefebvre
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Christie Digital on industry trends, why sales automation is important, reasons for choosing Oracle Sales Cloud, and the vendor evaluation process. Please click on the register button to confirm your attendance by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on April 21, 2014. Organization Profile:Christie, a global visual technologies company, offers diverse solutions for business, entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, we've established a reputation as the world’s single source…
  • People First! The Priority for Midsize Companies

    Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs Early in my technology career, I conducted an ROI assessment to help a very large customer update their HCM business processes across seven operating entities and tens of thousands of employees. Their HR department was a room full of desks, each covered with stacks of blue paper cards. A legion of clerks each spent forty hours a week transferring hand written data from the cards into a main frame system. The scary part? The decision was to be based entirely on anticipated cost savings, not benefits. That was only a dozen years ago! HR used to be at the…
 
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    Matt Mullenweg

  • Hiring By Audition Expanded

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Idiots Guide to High Frequency Trading

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

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

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

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

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

  • 9 to 4,096

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

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

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

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

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

  • Weighing Whether to Build or Spread

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

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

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

    Valeria Maltoni
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    In his annual letter to shareholders#, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos listed 21 things the company is doing commercially, many in support of its customer-obsessed culture. Bezos missives are a good example of content strategy to keep business promises. As ordered in the letter, he addresses: the growth or Prime the company's investment in readers and authors -- ever since the company rolled out the first Kindle reader, it's been moving into the fertile terrain of book publishing by helping connect authors with their audience -- part of its secret to online dominance is knowing what we read and…
  • Doing Something Meaningful Edition

    Valeria Maltoni
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Doing something meaningful takes guts and it takes time. For this edition of Sunday links, we take a look at the stories that highlight a new development from a multi-year direction. Making Sense: The Tools of Personal Expression Why the Web Still Matters for Writing. Ben Thompson: There is no question that apps are here to stay, and are a superior interaction model for some uses. But the web is like water: it fills in all the gaps between things like gaming and social with exactly what any one particular user wants. Cars as crucibles for personal autonomy. Doc Searls: There is nothing…
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    Jeffrey Zeldman Presents The Daily Report: Web Design News & Insights Since 1995

  • A List Apart № 393: Inventing & Documenting Design Patterns

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    24 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    MY PHONE SHOWED three consecutive voicemails from my dad’s wife. I told myself, this can only mean one thing. Fortunately, it meant something else. You know your father is getting on in years when a fall and bleeding and a hospital stay are good news.
  • Achieving Empathy for Institutions with Anil Dash

    Jeffrey Zeldman
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:55 pm
    IN BIG WEB SHOW № 115 on Mule Radio, I talk with Anil Dash, a hugely influential entrepreneur, blogger, and web geek living in NYC. Things we discuss include: How government, media, and tech shape the world, and how we can influence them in turn. Our first meeting at SXSW in 2002. How selling CMS systems teaches you the dysfunction at media companies and organizations. Working for the music industry at the dawn of Napster. RFP-EZ. The early days of blogging. Designing websites for the government—the procurement problem. If we’re pouring all this time into social media, what do we want…
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  • Newsletter #984: The “Tell Them Why” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] You can have all of the fantastic features you want, but if your customers don’t know why they’re fantastic, those features mean nothing. You have to give them the “why.” You have to say “because…” Here are three ways to do it: 1. Explain your behind-the-scenes process 2. Share a little-known fact 3. Make an effort to be transparent 4. Check it out: Feed…
  • How many perspectives do you have

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

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

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Don’t send a generic survey. Definitely don’t send a long survey. Instead, ask: What one thing can we do better? You’ll get great ideas you can actually use.
  • Newsletter #983: The “It’s Not an Ad” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] People don’t share advertising with their friends — but they will share something fun, exciting, and surprising. Are you doing that with your direct mail, posters, or TV commercials? Here are three examples of how to make marketing more than just an ad: 1. It’s not an ad. It’s a cat toy. 2. It’s not an ad. It’s a photo op. 3. It’s not an ad. It’s fun.
 
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  • 9 Crucial Tips for Self-Editing Your Blog Posts (That Every Blogger Can Use)

    Guest Blogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    This is a guest contribution from Ali Luke of Zen Optimise. Image via Flickr user Dan Patterson Have you ever glanced at a post the day after publishing it … only to notice a glaring error? In an ideal world, you’d have a professional editor helping with your posts, making careful adjustments and double-checking things with you until your post is the polished masterpiece it deserves to be. In the real world, chances are you’re on your own. If your post is going to be edited, it’s up to you to do it. Whether you’re a highly experienced writer or a new blogger who’s very unconfident…
  • Canvassing ProBlogger Readers: How Have You Built Your Readership?

    Stacey Roberts
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    As you might be aware, each month this year we are running a themed week – delving in deep the topics that are of the most interest to you. We started with creating content, moved on to resources for newbie bloggers just starting out, and this month we had an epic drilldown into creating products to sell. Our next themed week is all about building readership and creating community on blogs. We are looking for people with success stories in different niches – have you build a great readership? Or know of someone who has? If you are interested in sharing your story here on…
  • When Journalism and Blogging Collide: 7 Reporters’ Tactics to Make You a Better Blogger

    Stacey Roberts
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Image via Flickr user Binuri Ranasinghe. This is a guest contribution from journalist and blogger Christian Toto. Journalism appears to be a dirty word in 2014. Some people blast reporters for their perceived biases. Others say journalists simply protect the status quo rather than speaking truth to power. Everyone else is is fed up by reporters paying more attention to a twerking Miley Cyrus than the deficit or health care. None of this means journalism skills aren’t a great way to separate your blog from the competition. In fact, blogging with Cronkite-colored glasses can help your site…
  • 6 Lessons for Writing Irresistibly Magnetic Blog Post Headlines

    Guest Blogger
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    This is a guest contribution from Matthew Capala of SearchDecoder.com Many newbie (and sometimes even veteran) bloggers erroneously spend 95% of their time creating blog content and only 5% pondering titles. Unfortunately for these bloggers, most readers’ attention spans expire in seconds. Unless you reel in your readers instantly, your well-crafted content goes largely unnoticed and going viral becomes impossible. Set aside at least 15 to 30 minutes for choosing a magnetic title after crafting your post. List three to five intriguing titles guaranteed to increase your CTR and page views.
  • How to Convince Someone to Be Interviewed on Your Blog

    Darren Rowse
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    This question was submitted recently via the ProBlogger Facebook page. How do I get an established blogger like yourself to do an interview with me? or How can I get an established blogger like yourself to do a guest post for me on my blog? – from Sandra Tillman Good questions. I think you’re much more likely to get a popular blogger to do an interview with you than to write a guest post for you. I can only speak for myself really but writing a guest post for someone else’s blog is low on my list of priorities when I already have a blog to create content for. The exception…
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  • [2b2k] Protein Folding, 30 years ago

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

    davidw
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    CNN.com is running a post of mine about what we choose to remember about the Boston Marathon bombing. (For some reason, the editorial staff changed the title to “How did Boston Marathon attack change you?” when it’s really about how we choose to let the attack change us. Oh well.)
  • [shorenstein] Andy Revkin on communicating climate science

    davidw
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    I’m at a talk by Andrew Revkin of the NY Times’ Dot Earth blog at the Shorenstein Center. [Alex Jones mentions in his introduction that Andy is a singer-songwriter who played with Pete Seeger. Awesome!] NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Andy says he’s been a science reporter for 31 years. His first magazine article was about the dangers of…
  • Cluetrain meets Reddit

    davidw
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Cluetrain touted the rise of customer voices. We see through the marketing bullshit and we tell one another about it. Fine, but there was always the problem that if you’re a consumer products company, you only need 1% of customers to make it look like your products are godawful because a corner was dented. “You totalz Suck PRocter/Gambel!!” So, here’s a post by an alarmed passenger on a United flight. OMG the window is half out! But because it’s Reddit, the customer’s concern is answered by someone who knows how planes are constructed. No, the popped-out…
  • Hackathon love

    davidw
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Last weekend I was a judge at the Toronto Startup Weekend – Library Edition and was reminded again not ony how much I love hackathons, but how unexpected they are. The Toronto event wasn’t strictly speaking a hackathon. A hundred people met, many pitched ideas, and then people formed teams. They had to come up with a business idea and pitch it to five judges, explaining their idea, perhaps including a demo, showing their research (including user surveys if appropriate), and making the case for it as a sustainable business enterprise. (Non-profits welcome.) It was a fantastic…
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  • 5 of my favorite things

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

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

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

    Craig Newmark
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    Folks, I'm still working with the Organic Health Response on IT support, and we just got an update in from the radio team on Mfangano Island, Kenya. They interviewed community members and asked them about the future of the radio station. The Ekialo Kiona Radio, EK FM, is proud to be Suba. "Turi alala," its slogan, means "together" in the local Suba language. Here's what they had to say:  The Organic Health Response (OHR) had a vision to establish a youth-driven, wind-powered, Suba language radio station on Mfangano Island, Kenya. On World AIDS Day Dec. 1st,…
  • 6 Women Who Are Disrupting the Startup World With Social Change

    Craig Newmark
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Folks, my team and I have compiled a list of 6 women who are really disrupting the startup world with social change. These women are in no particular order, but are listed here because their work is admirable, and they really have their boots on the ground, working to make a real difference. Grace Garey: Co-founder, Watsi Follow @gracegarey Watsi is a Kickstarter-like website for medical treatments. Web visitors can go to the website, donate as little as $5, and 100% of that donation will directly fund medical care for a specific person somewhere in the world. Grace says she's…
 
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  • A Russian Reconquista

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    In case anyone doubted his intentions, here’s what Putin said on live TV today: “The Federation Council granted the president the right to use military force in Ukraine,” he said, referring to the upper house of parliament. “I really hope that I do not have to exercise this right and that we are able to solve all today’s pressing issues via political and diplomatic means,” Putin said. Putin referred to the region in question by its tsarist name “Novorossiya”, or “New Russia”, as it was referred to in the 19th century under tsarist…
  • Bringing A Checkbook To A Gun Fight

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Michael Bloomberg plans (NYT) “to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.” Cillizza expects Bloomberg to become an NRA boogyman (as if he weren’t already): The more groups opposed to gun control are able to cast the effort to pass measures that would tighten said laws as the efforts of a New York City billionaire bent on telling you how to live your life, the less effective the effort will be. Look…
  • Jo Becker’s Troubling Travesty Of Gay History, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    When your premise is that the marriage equality revolution began in 2008, that the movement was only then re-branded around the themes of family values and toleration, that the subject had been languishing in obscurity before the gay “Rosa Parks” came on the scene, there are a few things that will necessarily not compute. Look first of all at the polling on the question. No one can doubt that the actions of a handful of people in the highest regions of the Obama administration would never have happened without this long-sustained, widening and deepening support in the polls.
  • Where The Males Have (Little) Vaginas And The Females Have (Big) Penises

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    I’m not sure what Thomas Aquinas – peace be upon him – would make of this latest revelation about “natural law”: Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 have discovered little-known cave insects with rather novel sex lives. The Brazilian insects, which represent four distinct but related species in the genus Neotrogla, are the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia. “Although sex-role reversal has been identified in several different animals, Neotrogla is the only example in which the intromittent organ is…
  • Quote For The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    “White feminist Germaine Greer can speak at Brandeis because, in one of the more whimsical ideological evolutions even by dear old Germaine’s standards, Ms Greer feels that clitoridectomies add to the rich tapestry of ‘cultural identity’: ‘One man’s beautification is another man’s mutilation,’ as she puts it. But black feminist Hirsi Ali, who was on the receiving end of ‘one man’s mutilation’ and lives under death threats because she was boorish enough to complain about it, is too ‘hateful’ to be permitted to speak. In the internal contradictions of…
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    Jessica Gottlieb A Los Angeles Mom

  • A Little Bit of Information About Junkets

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

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

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

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

    Jessica Gottlieb
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Today’s New York Times features an article which asks the question, “Does Porn Hurt Kids?” The answer was a resounding, “Maybe?” I won’t argue if porn should or shouldn’t be. Porn just is. It’s always been here and it will continue to be here. The only things that are markedly different about porn now versus my childhood is that kids have unprecedented access to it and because of the short attention span of the internet it’s all been fast forwarded to “the good parts”. Magazines and sidebar images seem tame and there’s…
 
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  • Clangalyzer

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Keith Harrison shows how to run custom Clang analyzer builds: The open source build is updated frequently with bug fixes and extra checks. This makes it more likely to spot an error in your code that would go undetected with the Xcode bundled version.
  • Got @inessential

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    I went through Twitter’s impersonation process and was able to get the @inessential username. The way it worked is that Twitter renamed @inessential_com, which I created a few days ago, to @inessential. So if you followed @inessential_com, you’re now following @inessential, and there’s nothing you need to do.
  • Justin Refactors

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Justin Williams: Refactoring in the Cloud: Given that I’m not a fan of the C# threading model currently implemented, the amount of code used to power something that’s relatively simple, and the homegrown nature of many of the push wrappers we’re using, I made the decision to rewrite this portion of Glassboard’s architecture using Node. Justin’s use of Azure is quite different from mine. Glassboard is more complex than Vesper syncing, which should be no surprise. (If you think about it, you realize that Glassboard does syncing, but it’s silly to call it that because it’s a…
  • Premature Optimization and Servers

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    More than one person has suggested I’m guilty of violating the law of premature optimization when it comes to my server work. Here’s the thing, though: when it comes to database schema, I really, really want to get it right before shipping. Making code changes in a client app is normal. Making database schema changes in a client app is a pain, but not the worst thing. Making code changes on the server is normal too, though a little hairy. But the hairiest of all is database schema changes on the server. I’m designing so that I don’t ever need to do that. (I may not reach that goal.
  • More on UUIDs and Clustered Indexes

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    My SQL Server genius pointed me to this article by Kimberly Tripp about the problem with GUIDs as primary and/or clustering key. (GUIDs and UUIDs are the same thing in this context. Microsoft folks often call them GUIDs.) Another article suggests this isn’t a big deal with Azure SQL because a network write is slower than a page split anyway. But the advice still seems to be that UUIDs don’t make the best clustering key. You want something narrow to keep down index size. So I’ve slept on it. Do I still like this layout for the notes table? id - auto-incrementing integer clustering…
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  • Sunday Afternoon Bike Ride in Nashville (photos, video)

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

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

    Rex Hammock
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    The 12 readers of this blog will recognize some themes in the essay about social objects appearing in the current Hammock Idea-Email.  Also, thanks to my friend Hugh MacLeod for giving us permission to use his illustration to accompany it. More importantly, thanks to Hugh for introducing me to the idea of social objects several years ago. Quote: Social objects come in a wide variety of forms, from cartoons to blog posts to 4-photo tweets. They are the hard currency of the internet, the beginning of a social exchange that creates and fosters conversations that lead to long-term,…
  • Advice to web advertisers: Dial back the retargeting

    Rex Hammock
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:19 pm
    A few months ago, I posted an explanation of what advertising retargeting is. In it, I wrote: Say, you have an interest in bicycling and you spend a few minutes on a Saturday morning visiting some online retailers to see what they have related to something you’re thinking about getting. Later, you notice that everywhere you go on the internet you see ads that look like the ad below. That’s advertising retargeting. I believe good advertising is a good thing. Good advertising can help us discover things we might otherwise miss. And the revenue from advertising helps keep lots of content…
  • Review: All the Way starring Bryan Cranston

    Rex Hammock
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:17 am
    I rarely do reviews of any type on this blog, and rarer still (perhaps never?), review Broadway plays (although, here’s one for an off-broadway show from 10 years ago). However, I wanted to get on the record that the limited run (scheduled to close at the end of June) of the drama All the Way, starring Bryan Cranston, is a great show to see, if: (1) You’ve become a big fan of Bryan Cranston via Breaking Bad and would like to see him do something that, while impressive and intense, is totally devoid of any hint of Walter White. (2) Are a hopeless political-history wonk who regrets…
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  • Silicon Valley Deja Vu

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

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

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

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

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

    Ted Murphy
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:51 am
    CES 2014 was interesting as always…. but apparently it was too interesting because I forgot to actually post this way back. One of the most intriguing pieces of new tech...Related Posts:What to Expect at WWDCWhat to Expect at CES 2014Startup Profile : Thalmic Labs7 Successful Entrepreneurs that Failed First3 Cool IoT Devices
  • What to Expect at CES 2014

    Ted Murphy
    6 Jan 2014 | 6:24 am
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  • Aereo Disrupts Television Broadcasting

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

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    Apple’s October 22 event is almost upon us, and rumors are swirling as to what products will be revealed. Held at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Apple’s...Related Posts:What to Expect at WWDCWhat to Expect at CES 2014Steve Jobs – My iMentorThe $12.5 Billion TweetFacebook Bets Big on Hardware
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  • Change careers like Tarzan

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

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

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

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

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