Month: January 2020

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    Oscar Mayer is looking for new drivers of their famous Wienermobiles after a probably now former driver was pulled over for speeding in Wisconsin. Yep, that’s them up above. A Tennessee man, hauled into court to appear before a judge on marijuana possession charges, “casually reached into his pocket, pulled a joint and brazenly lit […]

  • Factiva

    In 1999 I was at the founding of Factiva, a joint venture between Dow Jones and Reuters, two of the leading news organizations at the time. This global JV brought together the news archival databases of both companies and made them available “on the web” which was a big deal back then. With the right […]

  • #TakeOneWeek

    As we get closer to tomorrow’s vote on additional witnesses, Adam Schiff pleaded to the Republican Senator’s conscience to set aside one week to prepare depositions. I think we can. I think we should. I think we must. Senator Mazie Hirono from Hawaii was not so subtle.

  • Smaht Pahk

    Perhaps Hyundai was over-confident that the Pats would make the Super Bowl again and had already finished this commercial and didn’t want to see it go to waste. If so, I’m glad they didn’t because this is gem. Appearance by Chris Evans, John Krasinski, Rachel Dratch, and local hero David “Big Papi” Ortiz. By popular […]

  • Two Sides

    I hate to pitch politics as just one side vs. the other because it ignores the fact that we’re all Americans (shout out to the guy in the MAGA hat that waved and cheered me on my morning run) and are lucky that we even have the luxury to debate issues and participate in a […]

  • SmartNews Jobs

    SmartNews Jobs

    In case you missed it, SmartNews had a big round of funding last year which we are using to staff up positions here in the United States. While we’ve always had openings for machine learning engineers (doesn’t everyone?) we now are also staffing up in Product, Marketing, and Biz Dev. If you’re interested in learning […]

  • Coronavirus visualization

    Coronavirus visualization

    The Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins is pulling together data from the WHO and CDC and two Chinese health site, the NHC and Dingxiangyuan into a Google Sheet the drives the visualization above. You can read more about the map and how they put it together on their blog.

  • The week that was

    The week that was

    After driving around waiting for a calling from God, Nadejda Reilly decided to take it up a notch and drive into the path of an oncoming car. Local police charged her with aggravated assault for causing a wreck an injuring two people. In India, a man suffered lacerations to his neck while taking his rooster […]

  • Kilian Jornet

    Spanish ultra marathoner Kilian Jornet is crazy.

  • Nike on Chinese Culture

    Nike on Chinese Culture

    Nike has done it again, this time capturing the sometimes comic ritual of gift-giving (in this case, the tradition of hongbao red envelopes given out during the Chinese New Year) in Asian culture. These envelopes are often filled with money and given to children by elder relatives for good luck. The 90-second spot from Wieden+Kennedy […]