Posts Categorized: General

A Great Story of Free Speech @ UW-Stout

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It’s unfortunate that a ‘climate of sensitivity’ was enforced so heavy-handedly. It’s unfortunate so many other players had to get involved to re-establish common sense. Especially at a campus that – at least when I was there – had gun lockers in the dorms for students. I trust the administration and police will be more […]

Unblaze

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“But a dangerous thing happens when we follow a trail: We stop paying attention to the environment. Since the trail is so easy to follow, we allow our minds to wander and neglect to observe where we are.”- Peter Bregman, 18 Minutes

Bottoms up product management

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“Much of what made Twitter useful in the first place – Hashtags, @user and many other little Twitter specific conventions are hacks that were first adopted by users because Twitter didn’t support several key functions like groups or addressing a note to a specific user. Twitter has made the colossal mistake of trying to integrate […]

My Favorite Sentences of the Day

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“The beggars huddle for warmth within things called ‘industries’” – Richard Fink “If every additional user is putting money in the developers’ pockets, then you’re less likely to see the site disappear overnight.” – maciej

A Sure Sign of Goodness

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I just notice two things: I haven’t written here in a while My browsers’ URL autocomplete for ‘garr’ defaults to the sub-domain of a mostly unannounced project I’m very excited about.

Less Anger and Garlic

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“You can try them out on their website or if you have NotePad just make an HTML page and put like a big textarea in it and that will give you a taste of what [they] do.” – Joel Spolsky On a related note – my next project is targeting left-handed squirrels. Even better: “You […]

What Matters

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“What’s ‘small stuff?’ Roughly, work that has zero chance of being mentioned in your obituary.” – Paul Graham “Meaning: When deciding whether to commit to something, if I feel anything less than, “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!” – then my answer is no.”

how to install fontforge on os x lion

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After losing the fight with a native build-from-source multiple times, my currently recommended method of installing fontforge on the Mac OS X Lion is: brew install fontforge sudo brew link fontforge Update: 23 January 2012 Austin Sabel emailed, “I was having trouble getting an old cairo font document working in Lion. This saved me. However […]

What Color is Your Couch?

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There are 2 couches in my house. One is a dark chocolate brown and the other is a light beige-y/tan. So, I found it interesting that I bumped into these 2 logos today. Not that there’s any confusion between these two services. More an observation on the popularity of red couches.

Double Plus UnGood

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“Too many companies lack the creativity to see ways to expand the users’ universe. Instead they are trying to shrink it.” – Dave Winer

Vanonymous

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“Also, the royals have been known to use the name Van Buren in situations requiring anonymity”

Now I Don't Need To Write This Myself.

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Generation X is beyond all that bullshit now. It quit smoking and doing coke a long time ago. It has blood pressure issues and is heavier than it would like to be. It might still take some ecstasy, if it knew where to get some. But probably not. Generation X has to be up really […]

For the Win?

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Back at the beginning of my career, my then creative director decided the best way to bring in new business to our nascent agency was to win design awards. Not knowing any better – we all cheered and put our collective nose to the grindstone. Developing the concept, the interactions, the flow, all for a […]

CHICKEN NO MORE

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“LAST STEP IS SMASH CAGE, LIGHT BARN ON FIRE. DO THAT, YOU WIN.” – FAKE GRIMLOCK Related: Notice, the animal in the top cartoon is a chicken and the animals, stuck in the barn are pigs. Reminds me of a story about the difference between a contribution and a commitment.

FOSS Abhors a Vaccuum

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You know, I could have sworn we already had a Linux-based, mobile-optimized operating system, with a HTML/Javascript-based application development environment. I guess purgatory isn’t the same as open source.

Extracting iCalendar feeds from embedded Google calendars

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This is an update to John Utell’s 2009 post with the same title. If the Google embedded Calendar URL something like: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=GOOGLE-USERNAME%40gmail.com&ctz=America%2FChicago%22&mode=week…. The iCal feed is https://www.google.com/calendar/ical/GOOGLE-USERNAME%40gmail.com/public/basic.ics Now you know. (It should be – https://www.google.com/calendar/GOOGLE-USERNAME%40gmail.com – If only Google cared about good URL design)

Tracking you like it's going out of style

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“This means that Twitter has the ability to even track surfing habits (on Tweet button enabled websites) of users that have no Twitter account and have never visited a Twitter website before. When using the same browser to create an account at Twitter afterwards this collected data of the past can theoretically be linked to […]

For that Impulse Nap (and so much more)

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Now at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. First off – sleep pods were part of the dystopian future I was promised so I’m super excited they’re a reality. Airports are a great first deployment for these – lots of people with hours of unexpected time on their hands – but the potential deployments are fascinating. Create […]

Yes, All Software Should Have a Philosophy.txt File

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As you may know – I’m working on an email-based project that’s sending me into the bowels of email. In my research tonight, I discovered ‘Sup’ – an email client that is clear and explicit about it’s point of view. “Should an email client have a philosophy? For many people, email is one of our […]

Nearly Un-Obsolete

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15 or 20 years ago, when you needed to trade stocks or fly somewhere – you contacted an agent. Most likely over a landline phone. Those agents existed because they had access. They’re nearly extinct now because access is ubiquitous. So ubiquitous that it’s nearly impossible navigate the options without being paralyzed by choice. I […]

Qwikster is to Netflix as AWS is to Amazon

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Seems to me, if you name your company ‘Netflix’ and it’s not a streaming movie service – then the company is horribly misnamed. On the flip side, Netflix has taken years to build a highly efficient distribution pipeline optimized for USPS. And they’ve trained their customers to have high expectations for and quickly report any […]

Step 1: Go.

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Build an iterative development strategy around these four activities in this order: make it run make it right make it fast make it small

Sitting in a room different from the one you are in now

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Today, Patrick Rhone and I challenged each other to imagine our respective projects as rooms in our homes. What color are the walls? Is there furniture? Are you sitting? Standing? How does the room make you feel? What do you do (an not do) in this room? I found it a quite interesting and insightful […]

Dear Minnesota Workers, Stop It. Thanks.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, our region has had the 6th largest year-over-year percentage increase in GDP and yet we’ve a lower employment percentage. I know you’re all anxious to show how valuable you are, but just stop. At this point your work ethic is obnoxious. Just stop being productive.

Wait, I thought there was significant business value in my "social graph"?

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1. Twitter adds ‘Promoted Tweets’ to everyone’s ‘stream’ “Twitter is expanding its promoted-tweets program and is now including paid tweets from companies that people don’t already follow in their timelines.” 2. Facebook introduces the ‘Subscribe’ button “Hear from people, even if you’re not friends Let people hear from you, even if you’re not friends” What’s […]