Think of it like a smoking break for email addicts.– Why You Should Ban Laptops at Board Meetings | TechCrunch love it.
Continuations: Codecademy →
continuations: Andy has a great post over at the USV blog announcing our investment in Codecademy. Knowing how computers work and how to program them I believe will be quintessential knowledge for everyone. It is shocking to me that I had to enroll my kids separately to have them learn typing. While they…
Why Apple's use of the linen texture is wrong. →
joshuanguyen: ben: I’m glad Jake Marsh wrote this post. Now I don’t have to. True.
Find out who you stalk on Facebook →
sbenthall: This blog post tells you how to access Facebook’s ranking of who you are stalking most on Facebook.
brycedotvc: Last week @amr went online to order an extra copy of each of our children’s birth certificates. Given most of our kids were born in Utah, she was able to log into that state’s online form, pay the fee and submit her request. It took her about 15 minutes and the documents arrived in our mailbox 5 days later. By contrast, when she went to order the birth certificate for our one child...
Who knows how much public money was spent finding out the key numbers for us,...– Named and shamed: the worst government annual reports | Datablog | News | guardian.co.uk
Obama for America: Hi, Tumblr. →
barackobama: It’s nice to meet you. There are lots of reasons we’re excited to be launching the Obama 2012 campaign’s new Tumblr today. But mostly it’s because we’re looking at this as an opportunity to create something that’s not just ours, but yours, too. We’d like this Tumblr to be a huge… Sweet. The Obama campaign is on Tumblr
Open isn’t dead as a movement, it’s dead as a term that can be used to excite...– Open Is Dead. | John Geraci’s Blog Boy is this ever true — open as a term is really tough to define and get people behind (says the “Open Cities Evangelist” at OpenPlans, and the mng dir at Civic Commons, where we build Open Platforms…)
Corruption doesn’t work that way — when you turn the lights on in a roach...– The Federally Financed Dilemma - A Healthy Information Diet - InfoVegan.com
The moral of the story here is that there are at least three answers to any...– Continuous liquid knowledge from @cjoh (via Popular, Smart, and Correct. - Expert Labs)
Sterne highlighted several data-driven initiatives across the city, including...– How data and open government are transforming NYC - O’Reilly Radar Woo! Hooray for open source and open data. Go OpenPlans Transporation!
And whose job is it to teach kids how to Google? We 9th grade English teachers...– Fine Findings
The story of heroic invention we tell about Steve Jobs is not the one we can...– Another tech pioneer, Dennis Ritchie, passes - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
Although Occupy Wall Street has done a great deal to highlight the corrosive...– After Wall Street, Occupy Wal-Mart - HOME - PolicyShop
Civic Startups (Web 2.0 Expo slides)
Last week at the Web 2.0 Expo, I gave a talk on The Opportunity for Civic Startups. I was filling in for Code for America‘s Jen Pahlka, and the presentation itself is an hybrid of a version I did at the t=0 Entrepreneurship Festival at MIT a few weeks ago, a version Jen did at Future of Web Apps earlier this year and a version that Andrew McLaughlin has been giving. Here are my slides. I...
So we’ve lost the man. He will no longer bring us great products. He will...– A VC: What We’ve Lost And What We’ve Gained
This weekend, I built some shelves in my closet. It was pretty simple affair — some pre-finished shelving boards, wooden corbels, and a rod for hanging things. What’s funny is that the supplies for all this have been sitting on the floor in my office for about eight weeks now. Every time my wife asks me if I’m going to do the closet, I say “yeah, but there’s a lot I need to think through, to...
Designing ThinkUp 2.0 - Expert Labs →
Really nice meta piece on the design process behind ThinkUp
CityGroups: a public directory of community groups... →
Chacha Sikes from Code for America has put together a really nice project called CityGroups. On a meta level, this is a great example of starting a project in the open, and a good example of having “minimum viable personality” /via @fkh
Incomplete Take on the History of Open Data in... →
civiccommons: Great post on the history of Open Data in Chicago by Dan O’Neill. /via @fkh
I do almost all of my work in the web browser, so I end up with a bunch of windows, each with several tabs related to a given function. One window for email, one for each project I’m working on, one for news & blogs, etc. What I’ve wanted for a while is a way to save those windows and open them up later — saving time and hassle when I set up my workspace each day. And...