Year: 2011

  • Christmas Tree Lane

    Over the weekend I got to play dream maker again. Each December, my street transforms itself into a carnival of lights. Each house on the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue in Alameda drapes itself in lights including the big pine trees down the center isle. This is a tradition that has been going on since […]

  • Jafet = Speed

    Jafet = Speed

    Tyler’s soccer team this past season had a secret weapon. Jafet Oidor is a striker on the team who, when he wanted to, could turn on the jets like no one I have ever seen. Here he is blowing past four defenders who get ambushed and then left in the proverbial dust as he moves […]

  • Yelp Release Notes go Political

    I always make it a habit to read the release notes of apps when they push updates to see what’s new. Usually it’s pretty dry stuff, what’s fixed, what’s new. Yelp is always good for a few laughs too and their latest release pokes fun at the latest Rick Perry gaffe. For those that haven’t […]

  • Jack Dorsey the Zen Master

    I had a great day yesterday at the GigaOM Roadmap conference. The agenda had a number of great speakers including Brian Cheskey of AirBnB and Tony Fadell of Nest, the red hot company that is re-defining what a thermostat should look like. The thesis the conference explored is one that Om Malik (now my boss) has […]

  • Digital Cartography

    Eric Fischer takes large datasets and turns them into art. His flickr stream is a collection of fascinating time-series maps plotting data over time to draw out shapes which take on a greater meaning. Weather it’s a map of taxis in San Francisco or an overlay of flickr metadata on top of NYC, Eric’s creations are at once […]

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

    There’s the 10 o’clock news and then there’s the sound of helicopters over my house as they fly back and forth to the airport so they can refuel and go back and watch. It’s now past midnight and #occupyoakland and #occupysf are flowing with updates from hundreds of cell phones out on the streets. There […]

  • Chris Poole on Identity

    Chris Poole (4chan, canv.as) spoke about identity at the Web 2.0 Summit going on right now in San Francisco. Many point to his talk as the most impactful and thought-provoking. Facebook and Google do identity wrong, Twitter does it better, and I want to think about what the world would be like if we did […]

  • Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

    Raise one to Steve – who celebrated the crazy ones.

  • Flaming Lips makes the upsell into an art form

    Flaming Lips makes the upsell into an art form

    The Flaming Lips Gummy Bear skull which you need to eat your way into the skull to “extract the music.

  • Google Wallet in the Wild

    OK, call me an idiot if I missed something but I just saw a headline speculating on rumors about a launch date for Google Wallet. Everyone’s searching around online for leaked memos for clues but meanwhile, in the real world, at the Peets in downtown SF, I already see a Google Wallet reader right there […]

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