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?
This post was nudged into being by Write On! A group of friends trying to encourage each other to think through writing on a theme. Continue reading here: Tina, Tony, Prachi and Colleen.
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.”—
“That discount isn’t really about the viability of the core business; it’s about the fact that investors don’t have direct access to any of the individual businesses, but have to buy them in packaged conglomerate form where any gains on the business they want can be wiped out by losses on the ones they don’t. And that’s as true of Alibaba and Yahoo Japan as it is of Core Yahoo: Each of those businesses would, as a matter of arithmetic, be worth more on its own than it is in Yahoo. Each share of those businesses that Yahoo owns is worth less to Yahoo shareholders than a share that those shareholders own directly.”—
A great article explaining why Yahoo!’s investments in Alibaba and Yahoo! Japan can be worth (billions) more than the net YHOO market cap.
So I came across this brilliant article from the Huffington Post, and while I’m glad to see someone finally sticking it to the hipsters, I didn’t think it went hard enough, so I thought I’d expound a little bit.
Fresh baked bread
Ok we get it, bread is good, but does it really need to ALWAYS be fresh? Pop open some classic wonder bread, put the ham on it and you’re good. Also they are called bagels, not BRAGels, got it skinny jeans?
Ever since Sean Kingston wrote the hipster anthem “Beautiful Girls”, hipsters have been pining for the sweet sweet Caribbean flavor of Tropical Skittles. Wanna know something, hipsters? We’re not impressed with your light blue colored bag or your ironic guava flavored Skittles. When I want a bag of Skittles I’ll reach for the red.
Van Camp’s Baked Beans
When was the last time you were in Brooklyn and you didn’t see some hipster guzzling a big bowl of Van Camp’s baked beans? It’s like the PBR of legumes! Watch out hipsters before you get sugary bean sauce all over your SKINNY JEANS.
ANYTHING served in a bowl!
Since when did all these fixed-gear-bike-riding-fedora-wearing hipsters become too good for a plate? Sorry hipsters, but bowls are for dog food, not kale smoothies!
Last time I tried to order a Steak Oscar in a Brooklyn steakhouse I was almost laughed out of the place by some skinny jeans hipsters who were listening to The Arcade Fires on their iPhones. Uh, sorry hipsters but some of us don’t have enough money for cognac sauce on their steaks!
Not quite a grape and not quite a peach, plums are basically the Zooey Deschanel of the fruit world. Hipsters have been gobbling up these quirky fruits ever since Daft Punk wrote their first techno songs. Sorry hipsters, but the real world is over it.
Egg Foo Young
Does it really surprise anyone that hipsters can’t get enough of this quirky Thanksgiving, Chinese food, Breakfast hybrid? And speaking of hybrids, aren’t those the cars hipsters are driving all over portland these days?
Movie Theater Popcorn
We get it, you love the cinema and of course you love indie films the most, but regular people are a little tired of seeing hipsters with movie theatre styled butter topping in your beards and ALL OVER your flannels.
#9 Breyers Blasts! Golden Oreo ice cream
What, regular old fashioned cookies and cream ice cream not cool enough for you Hipsters in Austin Texas to eat on a hot Texas day? Sorry to be “square” but I want my chunks of cookies to be black in my cookies and cream. The hipsters at Breyers are trying a little too hard.
Another example of your every day hipsters obsession with the flavors of the tropics. Coconut and marshmallows aren’t a salad, nice try quirksters! isn’t this why you guys invented kale?
Canfield’s Diet Swiss Creme Soda
Pretty sure that it’s impossible to log in to your Vice or Pitchfork accounts unless you have a few of these sodas swimming around in your system. Hey hipsters, last time I checked “buying local” doesn’t mean importing gourmet sodas from the Alps. Typical.