Some stuff I'm reading this week...
Tell Congress to support walking, biking and transit in the 2009 Transportation Bill.
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." I'm going to channel Anaïs Nin in 2009. She's my muse.
"..."work on stuff that matters" does not mean focusing on non-profit work, "causes, or any other form of "do-goodism." Non-profit projects often do matter a great deal, and people with tech skills can make important contributions, but it's essential to get beyond that narrow box. I'm a strong believer in the social value of business done right. We need to build an economy in which the important things are paid for in self-sustaining ways rather than as charities to be funded out of the goodness of our hearts."
“ Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don’t know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and wounds; it dies of weariness, of witherings, of tarnishings. „
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'I think the era of the pitied single is on the way out,'' Ms. Cagen said in an interview. ''It's about trusting yourself and respecting yourself despite the onslaught of subtle and not-so-subtle messages that there's something wrong with you if you're not dating, that you must have some sort of fear-of-commitment pathology, or you're overly picky or you've become so accustomed to being by yourself that you'll never be able to accommodate another person.''
Great blog with ongoing tips and tricks on how to get the most out of iMovie 09. I'll be using this to death!
Marketing article on If Marketing Is About ROI Email Fits the Bill
The Citizen’s Briefing Book is very similar to the Open Questions app the site was running before the New Year, which solicited questions from the populace and let visitors to the site vote up the best ones. Open Questions was based on Google Moderator. The Citizen’s Briefing Book is powered by Salesforce.com’s CRM Ideas product, which runs on Salesforce.com and is used by Starbucks and Dell to solicit ideas from customers.
Janis Krums from Sarasota, Florida posts the first photo of U.S. Airways flight 1549 on Twitter from his iPhone. Thirty-four minutes after Janis posted his photo, MSNBC interviewed him live on TV as a witness. News coverage at Google. TV reports suggest that everyone survived the crash.
Would you refer a stranger to a job? I guess that all depends on what your definition of ‘stranger’ is these days. Let me explain… Last week, I sent an email to an HR Director introducing a candidate. Seems normal, right? Well, the catch is that I’ve never met the person I referred, or the HR Director - in person, that is. I met them on LinkedIn.
The idea that "the web is the platform" is now widely accepted among tech entrepreneurs. But even with the web as a common platform, we still find ourselves in the same "stovepipe" problem. What was the proliferation of separate enterprise application stovepipes of information, process and workflow that led to the growth of "enterprise application integration" in the late 90s, is now the explosion of web-based applications that will demand similar levels of web integration.
Custom patterns and stencils for etching, faux painting, embossing, sandblasting, stenciling walls, plaster, glass, concrete and wood
Amazing patterns. Perhaps for the new space?
Make yourself a buddha machine wall (via Zendesk). Aaaaaaaaaa...
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what I do not appreciate are violations of social capital etiquette - whom I will deem the violators, or the Robber Barons of Social Capital (RBSC). (And no, greed isn’t good in this case, social Gordon Gekkos of the world!) Here’s how to avoid being branded as a RBSC:
Successful women in tech deserve recognition; they're an inspiration for everyone. Here are the evangelists.
Thanks to sites like Facebook and MySpace, consumers now experience the world through the company they keep -- a very caveman-like concept. The fact that marketers are struggling with this shift is somewhat ironic. Great marketers have long known that social dynamics play a critical factor in brand and purchase decisions, and the key to success is becoming an ingrained part of the consumer conversation. Here are some ways how:
Drop Steve Jobs a get well note
Enter a keyword in the search field under the video below, and it will show up in a heat map, with green meaning “somewhat relevant”, and red meaning “very relevant”. The results won’t only contain the exact keyword you’ve entered, but also certain related terms.
Create your own Obamicon, your image inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic Barack Obama 'Hope' poster.
Yesterday was a historic day. On January 20th, 2009, Barack H. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America - the first African-American ever to hold the office of U.S. Commander-in-Chief. The event was witnessed by well over one million attendees in chilly Washington D.C., and by many millions more through coverage on television and the Internet. Collected here are photographs of the event, the participants, and some of the witnesses around the world. (48 photos total)
We all know brands are using Twitter — whether or not you want them around. Some of them don’t quite get the medium and just tweet self-serving links or marketing speak, but you won’t find any of those brands here. We’ve handpicked 40 of the best brands experimenting with the micro-blogging platform, and asked them a few short questions about how they’re using Twitter.
The Obama Administration took its first major steps toward implementing its promise to make government more open and transparent, with two presidential memoranda covering freedom of information, transparency and open government. The first memo directing all agencies to "adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure." This is a 180-degree turn from the policies of the Bush Administration. Most interesting for e-democracy fans: The memo says "all agencies should use modern technology to inform citizens about what is known and done by their Government."
The restructuring of Microsoft will leave the software giant with 91,000 employees; 90,000 Intellectual Property lawyers, 991 Redmond security guards, Steve Ballmer, seven full-time coders and a dog called Fred who handles technical support.
I started paying a lot of attention to this space in late 2005, and one of the first big moves I noticed was Riya hiring Tara Hunt to head up the startup's marketing and build community for Riya. Tara did an absolutely amazing job in building excitement for Riya's launch and connecting with its community.
A man murdered his estranged wife after becoming "enraged" when she changed her marital status on Facebook to "single".
Hilarious...or should I say "hilarious"!
The Obama White House has a new website design and a first blog, a continuing weekly YouTube channel, and an updated Facebook page. But what will happen on Twitter? How should it be used?
Incentives are dangerous, and not just because people game them. They often yield collateral damage. Remember the tale of the Darwin Award winner who strapped a jet engine to his car, dreaming of a joyride for the ages, and then met his sorry end as a human flapjack on the side of a mountain? Incentives are like that jet engine. There's no question the engine will take you somewhere, fast, but it's not always clear where. Or what you're going to mow down on the way. Yet incentives are still the first resort of most managers, perhaps because they all think they're smart enough to create the perfect carrot.
Following is the transcript of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:
A really awesome list of amazing Canadian Films. Missing The Hanging Garden, the Corporation and Porky's of course... ;)
A list of products including, Ginger Snaps, Mon Oncle Antoine, Last Night, Maelstrom, The Boys of St. Vincent's, Leolo, , Porky's, Lost and Delirious, Felicia's Journey, Ararat, Mambo Italiano, Men With Brooms, Exotica, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing - GREAT list!