Month: April 2014

  • Baseball Fandom, Visualized

    From a New York Times deep dive into how people list their preferred baseball team on Facebook. “Like the Mets, the Athletics are the less popular team in a two-team region — less popular everywhere in that region, based on the data from Facebook. Again, winning the World Series matters. The Giants have won two […]

  • Flipboard’s Layout Algorithm

    Casey pointed me to a fascinating post from the Flipboard Engineering blog that gives a peek into that company’s layout engine, Duplo. We start with a set of page layouts created by human designers. Then, our layout engine figures out how to best fit your content into these layouts—considering things like page density, pacing, rhythm, […]

  • Infographics we love

    We’ve all seen pretty pictures that tell a story about something we didn’t know. Truth Facts is a site that takes something we all know to be true and puts it into pictures. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Finnish Idioms

    Finnish Idioms

    While living in Finland, I learned of some of the Finnish idioms that give a wonderful glimpse into the Finnish mind & culture. Here are some of my favorites. juosten kustu translates literally as, “pissing while running” which, if you’re a man and have ever had to do this, results in a wavy line in […]

  • The story behind the tweet

    Power out? No problem. — Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 4, 2013 What came off as a completely natural off-cuff quip of the moment was actually the product of a well-scripted social media command center prepared to jump on the opportunity. Imagine a room with representation from marketing, creative, legal, and the “VP of Cookies” […]

  • Japan as the great curator

    Japan as the great curator

    The Smithsonian Magazine shares a trend that any American who has spent anytime poking around the back alleys of Tokyo knows in their bones. The Japanese have a loving appreciation of American culture that runs deeper that Americans. From burbon to jazz, denim to hamburgers, the attention to detail of the Japanese is flawless. If […]

  • Local band struggles against Facebook algorithm

    A local friend of mine plays in a band that has depended on Facebook to connect with thier fans. Gregg asked if he could share his thoughts on the latest news feed changes and how it’s impacted his ability to reach his fans and question his dependence upon Facebook to get the word out. Read Gregg’s […]

  • Goes Around, Comes Around

    In a wonderful turn of events, we now hear that bookstores in Seattle are doing well again. It turns out, in the shadows of the world’s largest online bookseller, Amazon employees are choosing to browse the shelves at their local bookseller rather than buy online, and buying. Efficiency is not everything. Shopping can also be […]

  • Walking Backwards

    Do you ever feel like you’re moving through a fog, going backwards? The clip from Tokyo Reverse is a highlight reel from a 9 hour video of someone who did just that, walk through the streets of Tokyo, in reverse. Ludovic Zuili, the man in the video, was filmed walking backwards and then the footage […]

  • Slow-Market Arbitrage in Bandwidth and Finance

    Slow-Market Arbitrage in Bandwidth and Finance

    Michael Lewis published an fascinating look into the world of high frequency traders on Wall Street in the New York Times. He goes deep into the shadowy world of private exchange “dark pools” and unregulated private networks. As someone who follows technology news and the debates over network peering and net neutrality, Mr. Lewis’ tale […]