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 […]
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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
“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 […]
“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
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.
“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’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.”
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 […]
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.
“Too many companies lack the creativity to see ways to expand the users’ universe. Instead they are trying to shrink it.” – Dave Winer
“Also, the royals have been known to use the name Van Buren in situations requiring anonymity”
“TL; DR World is broken. fix it.” – DanielRibeiro
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 […]
As a follow up to my “Tomorrow It’s Amazon & Mozilla & Samsung” – a little self-promotion from your friends at Mozilla Firefox.
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 […]
“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.
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)
“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 […]
“..a job is something that we each have to create. We can’t count on someone else to create one for us. That model is disappearing. We have to carve something out for ourselves, something that the machines won’t immediately grab.” – Phil Bowermaster
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Build an iterative development strategy around these four activities in this order: make it run make it right make it fast make it small
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 […]
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.
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 […]