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  • me 2:54 pm on April 17, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apartments, FIOS, New York City   

    Finding an apartment in New York City – specifically one with Verizon FIOS 

    Recently, and by recently I mean all of the last six months, I’ve been looking for an apartment in New York City. But not just any affordable apartment in New York City would do, no, I had developed a list of demands. Good neighborhood, preferably in Chelsea or close to Chelsea Piers (to where I lug a rather heavy hockey bag at least once a week). Laundry, at least in the building. Dishwasher would be nice. Space, well, enough space to put stuff without tripping over it. I don’t need a lot of space. But I wanted to live on my own, again. Too old for anything else, execpt I suppose… you know, family. All of these, however, were more like requests. Wants. Likes. But I did have one dealbreaker: Verizon FIOS.
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  • me 1:18 pm on April 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: content, real time web   

    “Without freshness, information is simply not trustworthy or accurate.”

    Greg Slovacek, writing a guest column about the real time web for RWW
     
  • me 10:36 am on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ebooks, future   

    “Digital technology doesn’t just make it easier to move bits; it often makes it easier to move atoms, too.”

    Clive Thompson How We Will Read
     
  • me 2:42 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    “Remember, evolution selects out for who has good kids. It doesn’t select out for who lives until their 90s or 100.”

    David Agus, commenting about his book “The End of Illness” – http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/feb/29/end-illness/
     
  • me 5:44 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: events, Google Calendar   

    Google Calendar for your website 

    Am I the only one who uses Google Calendar on a daily basis? I can’t be. It’s just a great feature of Android phones… surely others have their Calendar widget on their home screen like I do, right?

    So why do I always have to manually enter in my event information?
    Why don’t websites have a “Add To Google Calendar” button just like they have buttons for everything else in the world?

    Google seems to make this option quite simple to implement.
    They’ve got this page: http://www.google.com/googlecalendar/event_publisher_guide.html

    And when you look closely at the code it outputs for you, it would be pretty simple to tie in to a CMS.

    <a href="http://www.google.com/calendar/event?
    action=TEMPLATE
    &text=Lunch
    &dates=20110209T170000Z/20110209T180000Z
    &details=We're%20going%20to%20eat%20a%20lot%20of%20food.
    &location=The%20Kitchen
    &trp=false
    &sprop=http%3A%2F%2Ffood.com
    &sprop=name:Website for Food"
    target="_blank">
    <img src="//www.google.com/calendar/images/ext/gc_button6.gif" alt="0" border="0"></a>

    Obviously, the whitespace here is mine – it’s easier to read.

    And here’s the output:
    0

    So, Techmeme… thanks for your new calendar.
    How about some ‘add to Google Calendar’ buttons please?

    And Facebook, I’ll say it again, you guys are missing out. You want to make a big impact on mobile, get more involved in building out your events!

     
  • me 5:02 pm on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brian Lehrer, , Super Bowl   

    A Winning Super Bowl Prediction 

    A friend commented to me that she thought it was funny that for all the things I’ve done and experienced, this was the one I labeled as being most surreal. But to me it was.

    I’ve listened to the Brian Lehrer Show on a daily basis for the last… oh 10 years or so. Maybe a little less, but not much. The names that appear on his show are as big as you can find. The show’s programming is a perfect combination of national, international and New York news.

    And thanks to a near-perfect Super Bowl prediction, I had the honor and pleasure of being a guest on the Brian Lehrer show on Monday.

    Not just a call-in, but a guest.

    With a guest page: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/feb/06/justen-fox-super-bowl-prediction-winner/

    And even a spot in the show’s rundown:

    That’s me, sandwiched in between a former US Ambassador to the UN and the guy who once worked at Google and led the organization of the Egyptian Revolution.

    Surreal, indeed.

    My segment was cut short for time – no surprise – and I didn’t get to say a whole lot. In my mind, I had over-prepared for Brian’s questions. I had to. He’s as good as it gets. So as things turned out, I didn’t get to say everything I had wanted.

    Like how all the credit of knowing how the game would be played has to go to knowing how to follow and listen to the right people. For me, those people were:

    • Will Carroll, Sports Illustrated, for his injury news- specifically on how / what Rob Gronkowski was going to be able to do on Sunday.
    • Bill Barnwell, formerly a writer for Football Outsiders and currently for Grantland, for the best in-depth game analysis that can be found.
    • Mike Mayock, analyst for NFL Network for being the best on TV at the art of scouting.

    But instead of saying all that, the only thing I got out there for the world to hear was my love for Kelly Clarkson. And that’s just great.

    PS – One of the greatest joys of the experience was being able to tweet “I’m going to be a guest” and then have it retweeted by Brian’s account – just like I see happen every day in my feed for all of the ‘REAL guests on the show. Me:nerd.

     
  • me 2:35 pm on February 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: management   

    The Progress Principle 

    From Tuesday’s issue of APM’s Marketplace:

    The single most important thing that can keep workers deeply, happily engaged on the job is moving forward on work they care about — even if the progress is an incremental “small win.”

    That quote comes from Teresa Amabile, a professor at Harvard Business School, and is based on research her team did of “nearly 12,000 work diaries from professionals in seven different companies.”

    She closes with this line, good enough for me to close with too:

    Sure, cool perks are great. Who doesn’t want gourmet food and game time? But it’s the feeling of getting somewhere that keeps people jazzed about what they do at work.

     
  • me 7:49 am on January 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Developer Productivity 

    I think I’ll call it the ‘nose & chin graph’.

    Based on hours in each day.

     
  • me 11:22 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ,   

    On Instagram and growth 

    At first, I was excited to read this:
    You Can Now Post Full Size Instagram Pics To Facebook (And Timeline).

    But on second thought, I’m not so sure.

    What’s interesting to me about incredible growth of Instagram is that it has occured inside a very small (for lack of a better term coming to mind) area of exsposure.

    instagram.com/oiler

    In other words, Instagram users are iPhone users and only iPhone users.

    And at first I thought that was limiting their success. But it could just be that is a key reason they have exploaded the way they have.

    As a long time Android user, I’ve been watching Instagram from the sidelines. I see my family and friends use it daily but I couldn’t break in to the community because there was no app for my Sprint-powered Nexus S.

    In a way, it reminds me of early 2006 when I was working with a group of college seniors on a political campaign. I’d watch them spend all day with facebook.com open in their browsers and it didn’t take me long to know I wanted needed in. But I had to wait. I didn’t have a .edu email address. I wasn’t a part of the group.

    Now think about Instagram. How do you view Instagram photos? Discovery is frequently made on Twitter and until now less frequently made on Facebook. But really the only way to view a river feed of photos is within the app. The whole experience, really, is inside their iOS app. That’s really limiting their audience and in a way I think contributing to its growth. Not everyone can have it. But it seems like everyone is using it. And the people that are actually using it share a commonality (in this case, iOS). Sounds a lot like Facebook, circa 2006.

    So in mid-Decemeber, I bought an unlocked iPhone (more on that later).
    And now I’ve finally become a part of the Instagram community.

    But now I wonder what the future holds for a company that (perhaps unintentionally) has thrived on such exclusivity.

     
  • me 10:40 am on January 6, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , news apps,   

    “The AP, normally at the front of the line, found itself behind Google – and behind WNYC, which paired its data with a news application built by one person over Christmas vacation.”

    How Google beat AP with Iowa caucus results (and why it matters)
     
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