Month: August 2015

  • SmartNews Pro Tip: Save it for Later

    SmartNews is focused on today’s news. Because of this the app is optimized for showing you the most important stories of the moment. The idea is to get you up to speed on what’s going on and then on with your day. If we do our job well there, the thinking goes, you’ll be back. […]

  • Back when News was Physical

    Back when News was Physical

    etaoin shrdlu are the first line of letters on a linotype keyboard, arranged based on frequency. The phrase is used to mark the end of a column. It is also the title of a short documentary about the last run of the linotype machines at the New York Times on July 2, 1978. There are all […]

  • Recycled Gear Goes to Africa

    One of my volunteer activities is to serve as the Webmaster (I love that retro-cool title) for the Alameda Soccer Club. It’s a pretty large organization serving the 1,300+ kids in our neighborhood, completely staffed by unpaid volunteers and it does a great job of getting the kids excited about the sport. This Summer we received a […]

  • Hiroshima, 70 years on

    Hiroshima, 70 years on

    Last year, on July 4th, I visited Hiroshima with Izumi and the kids to see first-hand the city and the memorial. Hiroshima (literally means flat island) was one of two sites bombed by atomic weapons. It was chosen because it was relatively unscathed by previous bombings and military scientists wanted to measure the effectiveness of an aerial […]

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