I get it, these cities want to be hip. Me too. But really, isn’t every day social media day, don’t most people spend their day on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, writing a blog (or more likely starting a blog with the intention of being rich and famous but then realizing that it takes hard work… not that I have littered the landscape with blogs like that of course), or even just sending old-fashioned email.
If this doesn’t make you laugh… you were probably trying to fly out of JFK. But even still can you imagine the pilot making that announcement over the PA system in flight… “um ladies and gentlemen, we’re being rerouted because of….”
@amazonlocal sends me a daily deal, when did they enter the ring?
Having canceled my Groupon subscription this weekend (too much Botox, too far away) I was surprised to find an AmazonLocal deal in my inbox this morning.
Surprised because I hadn’t heard anywhere that Amazon was launching this service. Maybe I missed it in the frenzy of anti-Groupon articles or in the articles about which other deal services LivingSocial just acquired.
But I am surprised that Amazon could launch something like this without seeing more “Groupon is dead” type reports. Frankly with the cash Amazon has and the local network I’d think this is a natural move for them and one they can do better than most. Amazon also knows a lot about me like my address, my purchasing history, a wish list of things I wish I had, and even my music collection since that 20GB of music in the cloud for $3.99 was hard to pass up while I wait for iCloud to launch. I imagine that plenty of local merchants would like to access that aggregated data and suggest things for me to buy. Given the penchant for all deal sites to suggest yoga and Botox I can only assume my history and demographics say I am inflexible and saggy.
The other potential entrant in this market should be eBay since they already deal with people trying to sell goods and services.
We lived in Zurich for a time and it was pleasant. We walked everywhere and in the downtown cars weren’t all that common.
We also lived in Paris and yep, cars and motorbikes everywhere. But there was great transportation underground as well as rental bicycles (yeah Velib!) as well. Right before we moved the city added a bunch more bike lanes. Good move.
I can only dream of such a thing happening here. Part of the problem of course is population density. It’s tough having a transport scheme when everyone lives on their own sacred plot of yard. But the hardest part is really breaking down the notion that driving is somehow good, a right, or even easier. Breaking down this mindset is hard.
I’m guilty too, I’m not living in an urban setting, I don’t ride the bus now (tried that, it comes every 30 minutes and doesn’t go remotely near anything of interest), and I don’t bike nearly as much as I should. But I am cognizant of this and would support reducing the subsidies we attach to cars and driving.
Tumblr battles an old foe: spambots are creeping in
is it me or do I have more and more followers each day? I know my writing is wonderful, the prose explaining all the mysteries of life and technology and my quest to always be smarter. But hm… why do so many of these followers post naked pictures of themselves or require that I go through a Google URL shortener (kudos to Google, they warn about phishing when you use one of these URLs).
Seems like Tumblr is now important and popular enough that the scumbags of the world are now glomming on. I am sad that Tumblr will now need to spend time and resources fighting this rather than add new features and innovate (like maybe add HTML tables!)
Um… why are you looking at me? I don’t write a blog about primal living and barefoot running and the joys of grain-less living. I mean really, grass-fed beef is just that much better and shoes are the great killer of our times.
And I only sometimes bore people to death talking about the differences between Oregon Pinot Noir vs. French ones.
If Red Bull and vodka was a bad idea (and it was) then Sheets is almost certainly worse. I can see this being the cool new things for kids (and by kids I mean anyone under 30:) as it’s a simple caffeine ingestion device. And it is probably easy to pop these things throughout the day and forget just how much caffeine a cup of coffee has. Coffee is also somewhat self-regulatory as trips to the WC increase linearly with use.
I wonder if caffeine ingested via the tongue is faster or more powerful than when it has to pass through the stomach? Certainly many medications taken sub-lingually are more effective and faster acting.
Of course is someone invents Sheets the wine version, I’m all over that.
For anyone who bought a bunch of domains hoping to sell it later for a hefty sum they just dropped in value. Moving forward I suspect many of the big players will simply become mail.google or halo.xbox or of course iPhone.apple. If the company or entity owns the TLD then most of their branding efforts will simply accrue to that TLD. I can’t imagine Apple paying millions (reportedly) for icloud.com if they could just as well have icloud.apple.
Of course this wont change trademark issues (eg iCloud).
This article is an example of really shoddy science writing. First the conclusion of the piece is based on the fact that Tour de a France riders appear to have a life expectancy 17% greater than others.
For all we know being at high altitude repeatedly caused the change. Or given what we know of Tour riders and doping you could equally claim that massive amphetamine usage can help you live 17% longer.
Do people who would otherwise live longer (ie healthy people) tend to join the Tour?
Do Tour riders stay active after their careers are over? A cyclist’s career typically isn’t long (the doping and crashes tend to catch up with you).
Without answering these questions the only real conclusion this article can draw is that Tour riders before 1942 tended to live longer than compatriots.
The study may in fact be solid but you’d never know it from Wired’s coverage. The conclusion in the study’s abstract is “Our major finding is that repeated very intense exercise prolongs life span in well trained practitioners”. Note the well trained tidbit there.
My phrase of the week, maybe worth printing and sticking to my work computer.
How often do I work on tasks which are on my list or useful but really truly aren’t the most important things that need doing. Or other times when I work very long and hard on a project, let’s call it water carrying, when the only thing I will be rewarded for is carrying wood. But the thing is I prefer carrying water.
Voice search and other voice-powered tasks have been promised forever (or at least forever in digital time). I recall doing voice dictation in the 90’s and being told it was getting better soon, very soon. And even then it was sort of cool and you thought “maybe, just maybe…”
And now here we are and voice is heating up again. And why not, phones do voice inherently as they all have microphones right? But each time I read a story about voice and almost get excited I think about trying to use my very modern phone to do something simple like make a phone call to my son. His name is a little off the beaten path but not crazy-weird. And the phone simply cannot get this right. And it drives me crazy because *I* have to learn not to call my son but I can call everyone else. Exceptions like this and failures such as when my phone decides to simply get off-script and dial incorrect numbers (as defined by me, as the sample population is N=1) make this unreliable.
So good luck voice guys! It’s a great windmill to tilt at and I hope you really get it this time
p.s. the phone does way better than my car. My car’s voice dialing system shuts down every time I say my friend Ian’s name. I have found the ultimate stop word I guess.
HootSuite for Twitter, social app experiment of the week
I am using HootSuite this week to understand its popularity and appeal. Do we need aggregators? One thing that is immediately clear is that HS is not designed for the regular user, the UX is fairly complex and easy to mess up (so if you see odd retweets and posts this week, sorry). When you join 4 networks together each of which have many streams trouble is brewing I think. Check out this application: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hootsuite-for-twitter/id341249709?mt=8 From my phone
Good info graphics and the spread of Facebook. The nugget at the bottom is interesting though, the rise of Twitter and LinkedIn in the US. My hunch: I use Twitter and LinkedIn (and of course Tumblr) to deal with personas (public, business, tech thoughts respectively) that Facebook just doesn’t allow me to deal with. Others are apparently doing the same thing.
This is not the only way to innovate. Sometimes innovation happens through repetition, sometimes it happens via trial and error. But this process is certainly more interesting and prescriptive. Go ahead, give it a try.
Do you ever feel fight-or-flight at work and just wonder what in the world is going on? Most of us have jobs which are, thankfully, safe from true danger. And yet our minds can tell our bodies to react as if we are in imminent danger.
I’ve certainly had days where I just feel wired from stress all day. My tip is dimly to write down the key things I need to accomplish that day and focus on those 1-3 things. Then I don’t fret and agonize over all the other things popping up.