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A conversation with Marc Andreessen on Charlie Rose

Even if you’re not a tech head or someone that cares about the silicon valley, the conversation with Marc Andreessen is worth the listen. I’ve listened to this interview four […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 30th (January 2009)

TEXT-POCALYPSE NOW? Good article, really interesting image via txt… CELL PHONE CAMERAS FOREVER Amazing image of the night, very telling HOW TO BEHAVE I really like these diagrams and colour […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 23rd (January 2009)

As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of […]

Creative Mornings: Zach Klein and Casey Pugh Notes & Video

12/12/08 Zach Klein and Casey Pugh on Physical Computing from CreativeMornings on Vimeo. “I was seeking the thrill of learning something new” and so the ten minute talk (it was […]

Solving the default profile picture problem

Hype Machine (probably the best source for listening to muzak on the web) has been really smart in how it has encouraged users to update their profile pic. How? By […]

Content Scratching

Re-purposing and mashups have been going on for a very long time, though I think there’s a subtle yet significant shift with what content creators are opening up for others […]

REVIEW: Photoshop Keyboard Skins at Photojojo

About a month ago Amit Gupta of http://photojojo.com/ and jelly fame emailed me mentioning the new Photoshop keyboard shortcut skins, and if I was interested he would send me one. […]

Visual Translation

Here’s a bit of a geeky post for a sunny Wednesday morning. If you’ve ever used Babelfish to translate a word or phrase you know the results can be a […]

Clay Shirky on Stephen Colbert

I’m only halfway through my review copy of Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (but hope to make a big dent in to it today) though I have a pretty […]

The Purple List and Ning

When I first came across the social networking platform from Ning some time ago, I really didn’t think much about it. There’s already Facebook – why would anyone need something […]

Visual Music Maker

From the blog reaction I discovered the Tenori-On, “a 16 x 16 matrix of LEDs that are sensitive to the musician’s touch and can recognize simple physical gestures.” There’s an […]

Figuring out the fold, and is it even a question worth asking?

While reading the article Blasting the Myth of the Fold from boxesandarrows (which I recommend reading), I came across a fascinating tool in a response to the article. The tool […]

Inside the iPhone by two different philosophies

The above YouTube video shows a very technical and precise breakdown of the iPhone parts, while the second video isn’t so easy to watch. First vid via Amber Mac. and […]

Function or Aesthetics?

I noticed that AOL redesigned their news page – I have to admit that I had never visited the site before today at http://news.aol.com/. Then I heard people suggest it’s […]

NYT and saved by del.icio.us – a couple questions

This isn’t much of a blog post as much as a question. Is anyone else noticing recently that when they save a NYT article to del.icio.us, the number of saved […]

Looking back on my del.icio.us tags, what are they telling me?

.mac 10 10010 11springstreet 1970s 2006 2007 2ndlife 37signals 3D 770 ? abc accessibility actionscript activism adc adobe ads advertising agency aggregator aiga airfare airline Airlines airplane AJAX alberta AmberMac […]

More ways to search Wikipedia

Dave Gray over at Communication Nation mentions the WikiMindMap and I thought I should too if for no other reason than to show one more use of Wikipedia. I typed […]

Over at the ITP 2007 Spring Show

Sonali – friend, co worker and ITP alum toured me around around the carnival that was the ITP Spring Show 2007. Not knowing what exactly to expect, it was everything […]


“It could have been a lot worse” was something that I haven’t heard when describing what happened yesterday. Like everything going on in the world it’s extremely difficult for me […]

Get that colour

There’s a lot of web colour generators out there, but I haven’t seen that many like degraeve.com’s Color Palette Generator. Simply put in the url of an image that is […]

The neo-nomad

“The neo-nomad… would seem to apply just as well outside the hothouse atmosphere of San Francisco, and I think it should be extended to cover a broader range of workers […]

Semacode visualized

When making my own semacode yesterday I knew that it would identify my blog if someone took a photo of it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that person would […]

Make your own semacode

You can create your own semacode by placing an url at http://semacode.org/tag/

area/code business cards

Of all the presenters at the PSFK Conference, the one that shifted my thinking the most in a different light was Kevin Slavin of area/code. They’ve taken the idea of […]

My favourite new muzak app.

If you’re on a mac and are familiar w/ the Hype Machine, Peel is a great app. for you. The interface is very similar to iTunes and plays the muzak […]

The Future of Interaction Design Stalls at Not Being Able to Log In: well at least for me that is

A couple of weeks ago I came across a presentation from Adobe titled The Future of Interaction Design with Hugh Dubberly and Jodi Forlizzi. The event was described as follows: […]

What you can learn from a Super Bowl bound blog

While I could speculate on who the fanatics are behind the Da’ Bears Blog, their about section leaves it in doubt as to who the are. However Noah Brier has […]

Make your own Mac Dashboard Widget

Recently I came across a great site that talks about how to create your own Mac dashboard widget. This was perfect timing as it looks like the new iPhone will […]

i-D Magazine in myspace

i-D Magazine, not I.D. magazine is the first publication jumping all over myspace that I’ve seen. It’s an interesting experiment that makes me wonder how something like this could change […]

Opening the Apple iPhone

There’s been a lot said for months, weeks and days now about the Apple iPhone and what it may or may not look like. I was a little surprised at […]

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