Wednesday, August 29, 2012

@marklisanti, 8/29/12 7:09 PM

marklisanti (@marklisanti)
8/29/12 7:09 PM
Condoleezza Rice is really bumming out this Jimmy Buffet concert with all her political talk. Lighten up and have a 'rita, Condi!

storyboard:Which Meth Dealer Would You Be? A Breaking Bad GIF...

Incredible. btw - one of the best shows ever, if you are not watching.


Which Meth Dealer Would You Be? A Breaking Bad GIF...


Which Meth Dealer Would You Be? A Breaking Bad GIF Guide.

And in the category of epic infographics: this GIF guide, as inspired by Breaking Bad, the AMC crime drama will wrap up (well, half wrap up) this weekend. (Click for high-res GIFs.)
—Concept and design by Dylan Lathrop

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Video: Ultimate Runway Model FAIL Video. So Mean, But So Funny

Awesome video by my friend Kathryn.

Video: Ultimate Runway Model FAIL Video. So Mean, But So Funny:
Readers Mfriebel and MTU came up with the theme on this one. In their notes they seemed pretty confused as to why women wear such high heels. I’ll tell you why:
1) They make your legs look skinnier, especially if you have cankles, and 2) They look better with dresses (see point #1).
A study reported that average woman spends about $25,000 on shoes during their lifetime. Enjoy……


fishingboatproceeds:My friends Meg Liffick and Joe Ball got...

this is a cool story.


My friends Meg Liffick and Joe Ball got...

My friends Meg Liffick and Joe Ball got married yesterday.
When it came time for the couple’s traditional first dance, Joe read prepared remarks explaining that instead of dancing together, they wanted to open the dance floor to their gay and lesbian friends who are still legally denied the right to marry.
This was a large and very diverse wedding in a state that doesn’t even recognize same-sex civil unions, let alone marriage. And yet the ovation that these people received while dancing to The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” was like nothing I’ve ever heard at any wedding. If there were dry eyes, I didn’t see any.
Change is coming. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bags to Riches -- Indiegogo

Please consider giving Akbar a few bucks below. He's 16 years old and is changing the world. I'm friends with his uncle, Yousuf. He has created this amazing program where he recycles unused conference bags (think MacWorld conference bags) and then sends them to under-privileged youth and homeless people. It's really incredible what he has done. 

I've never met a 16 year old like Akbar, he's incredible.

Bags to Riches -- Indiegogo:

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Best Plate Ever


Geocaching: Our First Time

Vanessa and I discovered geocaching yesterday on our vacation. Our friends Cristy and Scotty told us how great it is, so we finally tried it.

The way geocaching works is that you use a gps enabled phone and geocaching app to go on hikes and find little buried treasures that include a GO sensor. They are often hidden so you have to dig around a little. It's kind of like an adult treasure hunt.

Here is Vanessa finding our jest geocach in Donor!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Goodman on Jimmy Kimmel

Great column on Kimmel by Tim Goodman. I pretty much watch him now if I'm watching Late Shows.

All Hail Jimmy Kimmel:
10 years later, he wears the crown.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

→ Ben Brooks on Twitter’s “API Changes”

Twitter has made a bunch of changes restricting other companies who have built on top of their service. It's their right to do these things, but it's probably not good in the long run. I thought this line was pretty brilliant below.

…this is the moment in Twitter's life where they kicked Steve Jobs out of the company and told Sculley to run it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Brown Twins at 85 - SFGate

Sad to hear one of the Brown Twins is sick. These ladies are practically landmarks in San Francisco. I used to see them all the time. Very nice ladies, who dress up and have dinner on the town. I hope Vivian get's better soon.

The Brown Twins at 85 - SFGate:

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Beer at Crave

Even the beer at Crave Restaurant is carnival themed. One of my favorite small, but terrific restaurants in San Francisco. Especially if you like carnival food.

Terrific video of Dolphins

Awesome video of dolphins. Bonus points for the Eddie Vedder soundtrack. Good stuff starts at 1:40

Torpedo outfitted with HD camera swims with dolphins:

The Blue from Mark Peters on Vimeo.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Suit Guy?

I tricked my buddy John Hamilton into wearing a suit to work today. Needless to say I was giddy with the lead-up.

John was a great sport about it, and I brought beer to make it up to him. :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How to Write a Malcolm Gladwell Book

Loved this. 

news.yc Popular (@newsycombinator)
8/5/12 10:05 AM
How to Write a Malcolm Gladwell Book

"4) Now, change the title of that book to "ZAP."

Remember, no self-respecting businessman would buy "Chicken Soup for the Businessman's Soul." That's for softhearted wusses, and not enlightened hard-ass fact-seekers like your average self-conceived businessman. But "Zap" on an abstract background looks pretty serious.

5) Give it a subtitle that expresses (2) as if it's a Newtonian principle.

I'm gonna go with "Zap: The emerging science of how successful entrepreneurs innovate."

6) Go through all your chicken soup stories and put a reference to "Zap" at the beginning and end.

For example, let's say we're talking about Jeff Bezos. Simply start the section with "Jeff Bezos was headed for a life of run-of-the-mill middle class success. Then he was Zapped." Then, at the end, say "Bezos wasn't just clever. He was Zapped."

Now your chicken soup stories are magically transmuted from anecdotes to data. Colloquially, they are said to be "Gladwelled.""

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The difficult challenge of media alignment

Great post. Twitter's ads are annoying. I know they have to do it, but it would be great to be able to turn them off. 

Seth's Blog

"Which leads to the conundrum faced by Twitter as they try to monetize sufficiently to justify the expectations of their investors.

If they relentlessly sell the attention of their users, they will have a misalignment as they maximize profit. The advertisers will want ever more attention, and the users will want to avoid those interruptions the advertisers are paying for. Tension will keep rising as users feel trapped by a medium with few substitutes that begins to charge an ever higher tax in the form of attention wasted.

My suggestion: Twitter has the opportunity to become extraordinarily aligned with their best users. Offer the top users the opportunity to pay $10 a month. For that fee, they can get an ever-growing list of features, including analytics, verification, 160 characters, who knows...

10,000,000 users choosing to pay $10 a month means that the service turns a profit (!) of more than a billion dollars a year. And because the company is in alignment with their most powerful and evangelical users, that number grows over time. Every decision proposed will have to answer just one question: what makes our users happier?

Free is a great idea, until free leads to a conflict between those contributing attention and those contributing cash."

Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Chill Music - August 3, 2012

I'm kind of enjoying this Songza channel - Sophisticated '90s - Songza. I'm a child of the 90's, what can I say. :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

New Ben's Friends Video for Chiari Support

Very excited about the new Ben's Friends Patient Support Chiari Support video. The Chiari network has so many wonderful moderators and is one of our most successful support groups. It's awesome to be able to make a video to spread the word so it will just get bigger and help more people. :)