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Stop debating code and start doing it

Literally (in the literal sense of the word), I have one or more conversations a week – with clients, co-workers, partner companies – about whether people should learn some code.  And, literally (again in the literal sense of the word), I hear “why should I do it?” “I have better things to do” “we don’t […]

Eames on getting your hands dirty . . .

“Never delegate understanding” “The details aren’t the details. They make the design.” Both are from Charles Eames They certainly don’t cover everything, and they won’t teach you what you need to know, but they do caution against the primary reasons for failing to do good digital or good design: oversimplifying, avoiding the hard work of […]

Agencies digging their own graves – a small example

Catching up on some twitter links, I clicked to a 1:04 video and was greeted with a :30 commercial that didn’t have a five second “skip ad” button. The commercial was half the length of the video itself. Watching 24 on DVD in 2002 was the first time I realized that nearly twenty minutes of […]

Kimmel on Marketing

In an Ad Age interview about the new time slot for his show, Jimmy Kimmel makes some observations about media and marketing that are music to digital marketers’ ears. (The show is moving from 12 AM to 11:35 PM, a symbolic 25 minute move which puts him up against Leno and Letterman.) Knowing What you […]

Maker birthday

In addition to cakes, muffins, and cooking up various other edibles, Cindy and I did a fair amount of DIY on the party favors and the lights. Party favors from Makerbot were simple and downloaded from thingiverse (with the exception of the nameplates, which was my hello world in several 3D design tools – tinkercad, […]

Can’t believe I haven’t heard this great quote before:

It pays to check out everything in Make Magazine. This line from Dieter Rams is a little bubble over the masthead: “Things which are different in order simply to be different are seldom better, but that which is made to be better is almost always different.” -Dieter Rams Ties in nicely to a rant about […]

My first robot

Going to Maker Faire is always motivating, and it always makes me regret not doing enough geek. Doing geek stuff is pretty fun (and I did it with my geologist niece who has surpassed my skills in the 1.5 years since she first started doing stuff with me.) It’s also a great way to get […]

Why no management lessons from NASA?

Scientist and science writer David Grinspoon just posted a quick Facebook update about how well NASA works. He’s at JPL with the Mars Curiosity team and posted this: After a day spent at JPL experiencing the Curiosity science and operations teams in action, my thought was – I wish the entire world worked like this. […]

Household Economics: Managing your IPs

In the last week, I faced a mid-life technology crisis. The Apple TV was getting wonky, my girlfriend’s and my iPad were intermittently slow or disconnecting, our Fitbits weren’t syncing no matter what we did, and our non 3G Kindle couldn’t connect to WiFi. I did the usual re-booting of things – router, modem, extender, […]

Annoyance == Opportunity == Trends || What I learned at NYC Hackath_n

Yesterday, I got to be a judge, thanks to my colleague Jeffery Bennet aka @meandmybadself at TechCrunch’s NYC Disrupt Hackathon. From 11:00 to 1:45, a torrent of ideas (89 in all) were presented to us in (mostly) short (mostly) one minute bursts. There’s a lot to learn and glean from these events, but for this […]