Since leaving Coastermatic last August, I’ve been freelancing full-time, working for all sorts of organizations throughout New York, from startups to consultancies to Google. In many ways the most exciting aspect throughout has been the number of new beginnings, the blank slates and the constant reminder to think, make and collaborate in new ways. It’s this collection of starting points that’s helped highlight the roles and companies I’m more (or less) aligned with. But ultimately, it’s made me realize that too many new beginnings can detract from the middles and the endings, the moments of the design process where there’s deep enough knowledge of a human problem (and the technical and business challenges) to make real progress toward solving it.
With this hunch in mind, I recently began a conversation that’s led to the latest new beginning. That conversation was with Alex Rainert about joining the design team at Project Florida. I’ve long been excited about working with personal data and ecosystems of software and hardware to design products that solve real human problems and I can’t think of a better area to apply that to than preventative health. With Apple Health and Smart Watch on the horizon, this space is still just at the beginning so I’m incredibly excited to join such a talented team and to play a role in helping shape what some part of the middle looks like, and who knows, maybe even an ending?
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With the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicking off on June 12, billions of fans across the world are turning their attention toward host country Brazil to root for their favorite teams. Soccer (or, if you…
This is awesome, but I have a few questions
Do you normalize for soccer popularity in each country, or how many posts come from each country (last public numbers I remember were about 45% of tumblr traffic coming from US, followed by Brazil)
Using the standard deviation of player mentions is an interesting choice. Germany seems to have a flat distribution of player mentions but probably more mentions overall when compared to Portugal who has one big star (Ronaldo). This is also going to be non-normalized and highly correlated with overall popularity. I wonder if entropy of the player distributions would be a better metric.
That said, the bracket seems pretty close to the original rankings which is pretty awesome.
“It was the day of the F8 conference, where developers and press got together to hear the new gospel according to Mark. I walked to the convention center, past the big Google bus stop on 8th street where tired techies lounged on their phones for the long ride to Mountain View. I stepped into the street to see if the city bus was approaching, and almost put my toe in a pile of human feces.”—