Monday March 16, 2009

LINK Singletasking
It's the new multi-tasking. I love this.

Thursday March 12, 2009

LINK SXSW Bingo - Snap. Tag. Tweet. FTW!
Last Thursday, we had an idea for this year's SXSW festival. We liked it enough that we thought it was worth hunkering down for a few days to make it happen. Now a week later, we present to you: SXSW Bingo. Have fun and maybe win a Kindle 2.

Monday March 9, 2009
WATERCOOLER Teleport me back to the early 1900s because I’m quite fond...

Teleport me back to the early 1900s because I’m quite fond of the brandmarks of those early days.

20 Corporate Brand Logo Evolution

This post was originally published in the Iridesco Watercooler.

LINK A Modest Proposal - Bikers, Take the High Road -
A very reasonable open letter to the biking community, written by a biker.

Sunday March 8, 2009

A compact digital camera with the power of an SLR? Want.

Could spend hours looking through these.

Friday March 6, 2009

time is money

This is some hot shit for our online time tracking app.

Thursday March 5, 2009
WATERCOOLER Spring’s just around the corner, and here are some...

Spring’s just around the corner, and here are some fine-looking bikes for your warm-weathered commutes to work.

2009 Commuter Bike Round-Up

This post was originally published in the Iridesco Watercooler.

Wednesday March 4, 2009

LINK Readability - An Arc90 Lab Experiment
A simple bookmarklet to make reading any web page more enjoyable by removing all the crap you don't need on the screen. Love the idea and execution.

Tuesday March 3, 2009

film screening

About to enjoy a first screening of a friend's short film. The very cool boardroom setting can be explained by the fact that we're at top floor of the NYU law school. A great view of the city to boot.

Monday March 2, 2009

home office

A home office day due to the snow storm. Not complaining.

LINK One in 8 Million
Really love this series from the NY Times. Slices of life profiles of New York City dwellers, from barbers to singers to the unusual characters. (via watercooler)

Friday February 27, 2009
WATERCOOLER Can’t Win Them All and That’s Just Fine recently published an article entitled Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone.  The article explores the reasons behind the low adoption rate of iPhones in Japan, whereas the iPhone has found success in many other countries. One primary issue is that  the iPhone simply doesn’t have the feature-set the Japanese market expects:

Besides cultural opposition, Japanese citizens possess high, complex standards when it comes to cellphones. The country is famous for being ahead of its time when it comes to technology, and the iPhone just doesn’t cut it. For example, Japanese handset users are extremely into video and photos — and the iPhone has neither a video camera nor multimedia text messaging. And a highlight feature many in Japan enjoy on their handset is a TV tuner, according to Kuittinen.

The article makes a good case with its 20/20 hindsight analysis for what it’s worth.  What’s more interesting to me is that another way this article could have been written is “How Apple Ignored the Japanese Market and Created a Product Loved by Millions Worldwide.” 

If Apple tried to satisfy the advanced requirements of the Japanese market, the iPhone would not be available today, and when if/when it came out, it’d also likely have a harder time being adopted by most people around the globe.

Similarly, in our world of web application development, we focus on developing for the markets we know.  We don’t spend time worrying that our online time tracking software is not perfect for lawyers, for example.  If we get the experience right for the markets we are in, that’s already a big first step in where we want to be.

This post was originally published in the Iridesco Watercooler.

Thursday February 26, 2009

lomography store

Stumbled upon the new Lomography camera store on 8th St by 6th Ave. Worth a visit.

Wednesday February 25, 2009
WATERCOOLER Haruki Muraki's Jerusalem Book Fair Acceptance Speech

Recently, novelist Haruki Murakami made the trip to Israel to accept a literary prize called the Jerusalem Prize, an award for work which best “expresses the freedom of the individual in society.” Prior to traveling to Israel, he was met with criticism from people who did not agree with Israel’s recent actions in Gaza, and many in Japan threatened to boycott his books should he decide to go.

Well, he went, and delivered an incredibly honest and powerful acceptance speech.

I have only one thing I hope to convey to you today. We are all human beings, individuals transcending nationality and race and religion, fragile eggs faced with a solid wall called the System. To all appearances, we have no hope of winning. The wall is too high, too strong — and too cold. If we have any hope of victory at all, it will have to come from our believing in the utter uniqueness and irreplaceability of our own and others’ souls and from the warmth we gain by joining souls together.

Take a moment to think about this. Each of us possesses a tangible, living soul. The System has no such thing. We must not allow the System to exploit us. We must not allow the System to take on a life of its own. The System did not make us: We made the System. That is all I have to say to you.

via Timid Observer and Jiayo

Tuesday February 24, 2009

at wined up

An evening of wine at Wined Up (formerly Punch club). They've got quite a collection. I like it as a wine venue much better than its former incarnation as a too-hip club.

Thursday February 19, 2009

LINK 99 Things You Should Have Already Experienced On The Internet
"Unless You're a Loser or Old or Something"

Saturday February 14, 2009