Joints After Midnight & Rants

    • Pick Up the Phone and Call.

      (cross posted from NewCo Shift) People in business who like to Get Shit Done fall in love with each version of The New. When I was a kid, new was the the Apple II. Then the IBM PC, digital phones and voice mail, the Mac — oh God, the Mac! — word processing, email, the cell phone, the Internet — mmmmm, the Internet! — and then the iPhone — oh…the iPhone! Well damn the iPhone, ...

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    • Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back.

      (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Walking around Disneyland with my daughter the other night, I found myself face to face with one of our country’s most intractable taboos. (Disneyland is still awesome for me, as a kid from 1970s LA. Truly magical.) If you’re an observer of crowds, one of the more prominent features of the Disneyland crowd is how generally overweight our coun ...

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  • It’s Time For Facebook to Start Making Media

    … to decide). It’s been watched nearly 70 million times on Facebook. In one day. Did you read that right? Yep. 70 million times. In one day. The video is two minutes long. Scores of “traditional” media outlets have somehow gotten access to the video, chroming it up with their own logos, music, and advertising. But the thing went viral on Facebook…

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  • We Must Fix This Fucking Mess

    … FOR SENDING THEM TO ME. Sure, I have a general idea. I can look at my analytics in all those aforementioned platforms, and I could, if I have either earned or hired a double PhD in Big Data and Theology, I might be able to divine some patterns as to how my readers ended up reading my stuff. But given they’re scattered across four, five or six platforms, all…

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  • Metaservices FTW!

    …. It’s not rocket science, and that’s kind of the point. It’s great. It’s right. It’s going to work — but only if we remember the other side of the coin. Links should go both ways, after all. If Prompt and others like it want to win, they have to become a clearing house for both data going out — our commands — as well as data coming in. It’s one thing…

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  • The Waze Effect: Flocking, AI, and Private Regulatory Capture

    … (image) A couple of weeks ago my wife and I were heading across the San Rafael bridge to downtown Oakland for a show at the Fox Theatre. As all Bay area drivers know, there’s a historically awful stretch of Interstate 80 along that route – a permanent traffic sh*t show. I considered taking San Pablo road, a major thoroughfare which parallels…

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  • Mobile Gets a Back Button

    … I just opened an email on my phone. It was from a fellow I don’t know, inviting me to an event I’d never heard of. Intrigued, I clicked on the fellow’s LinkedIn, which was part of his email signature. That link opened the LinkedIn app on my phone. In the fellow’s LI feed was another link, this one to a tweet he had mentioned in his feed…

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  • Dear Microsoft. I Want To Use Office 365. But…

    … Here’s what I encountered when I, as a first time ever user, was directed to a document that lived in Office 365 World: Holy crap, Microsoft! I just wanted to read the document a colleague at another (much larger, older, and traditional) company had sent me. When this happens with Google, well, most of us have a Google account, so the link…

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  • Written First On Medium. Discuss.

    … and the damn-near-perfect yet somewhat-lacking-in-connective-tissue chocolate world of Medium into a Blendtec Stealth and give us that sweet and savory goodness we so badly crave? Pretty please?(6) — – (Thanks to Barcelona for this rant) (1) Yes, we all can pause for the obligatory and derisory images of a dated epoch now muddling through its…

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  • Do It Right. Not Fast. Right.

    … (Cross posted to LI and Medium. Cuz that’s how we roll these days) If you’ve never blown it big time using email — you will. I have several times — in fact, I just did it earlier this evening. And gaaaah!, I wish technology had an answer for the clear and present danger that is myself, rushing through an afternoon, trying to GSD and hit inbox…

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  • Information Transparency & The “True Cost” Calculator

    … of the effects production may have on the environment, in local communities, or on the people who grow and make what we sell. We believe a business should strive for not just the lowest prices, but the lowest true cost for all. Low prices benefit customers, but low true costs benefit everyone. To do this, we can’t sit on the sidelines until after a product…

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