Everyone’s Neighbor on the Chopping Block

The late-Mr. Rogers melted hearts in 1969 before the Senate Commerce Committee stressing the need for publicly-funded educational television and defend funding for the nascent Corporation for Public Broadcasting (the main source of funding for PBS and NPR). This speech is all the more poignant in light of the proposed elimination of CPB to help fund the expansion of […]

Work for SmartNews!

We’re looking for a few engineers for our downtown San Francisco office. Primarily back-end with a strong background in backend development technologies.  The bullet points on the job posting say: Coding experience in Java, Kotlin, or Scala Experience operating and maintaining a JVM-based application Experience developing on top of a web framework (e.g. Spring Boot, Ruby […]

Full Disclosure

Diving into the minutiae of documents sometimes uncovers wonderful details and flashes of humanity. Mutual Fund disclosure statements are the usual dry blah-de-dah boilerplates but The Wall Street Journal Moneybeat column digs out this chestnut from the go-go dotcom days before the crash. Plain Language Risk Disclosure First of all, stock prices are volatile. Well, […]

Casey Neistat – Disrupter of Broadcast News?

Two of the three commercials run by Samsung during this year’s Academy Awards were basically showing us why their phones will not explode, the final spot of the evening featured mega-YouTube star Casey Neistat and dared anyone with imagination to become the next star. It’s an inspirational advertisement that only peripherally features Samsung but is […]