'opinion' Archive

why I don’t trust your privacy policy

2 February 2008, 8:12 am
subtitle (or excerpt)

First there was Flickr. I liked Flickr a lot; it was a very convenient way to share photos with my friends and family. I didn’t know anybody on the Flickr team personally or anything, but it was clearly a small, bright outfit. The vibe of the site made me feel comfortable letting them keep track […]

read “why I don’t trust your privacy policy”

Green Green Cabs of Somerville

29 November 2007, 8:15 am
subtitle (or excerpt)

Yesterday I saw a hybrid cab operated by the Green Cab Association of Somerville. This is apparently old news, but I’d somehow missed it. I think it’s a great idea — the combination of high use and mostly in-town driving seems like an excellent match for hybrid engines.
My wunnerful girlfriend and I are sort of […]

read “Green Green Cabs of Somerville”

DRM done right; repetetive kudos

13 November 2007, 7:35 pm
subtitle (or excerpt)

I read a very convincing review of Pragmatic Press’s Prototype and script.aculo.us and decided to buy a copy. The shopping cart defaulted to the physical book and the PDF. This gave me some real pause. I find it very useful to have a physical book that doesn’t take up monitor space. On the other […]

read “DRM done right; repetetive kudos”

right before you get crushed

5 October 2007, 2:16 pm
subtitle (or excerpt)

I’ve been really enjoying the logo and branding re-design critiques at Brand New, well, pretty much since it launched.
I’m surprised (and delighted) by just how partisan today’s entry on the RNC’s pachyderm is.
If I weren’t more disenchanted with the Green Party, I’d suggest that maybe it could be the “mouse that roared.”

read “right before you get crushed”

how i’m not a marketing genius

27 September 2007, 2:01 pm
subtitle (or excerpt)

One morning about ten years ago I woke up convinced I had a Big Money Idea. I didn’t think that I would make money from it; but I figured someone would. The idea was that the first mass-market penetration of virtual reality would be in exercise bikes. The idea arrived with a bunch of reasons, […]

read “how i’m not a marketing genius”

the baseball of judgment

22 September 2007, 1:54 pm
subtitle (or excerpt)

The unusual wording of the message made me imagine a sentient baseball that functioned as an avatar of the entire MLB organization. I was a little nonplussed to think of this very important piece of magic sports equipment pondering my particular personal concern. But apparently the word “soon” was being used in , if not […]

read “the baseball of judgment”

financial foolhardiness

19 September 2007, 8:51 am
subtitle (or excerpt)

In increasing order of magnitude:

Yesterday I gave a busker a couple bucks for the first time since moving to MA. Why? He ‘d just played Lou Reed’s “Romeo Had Juliette,” from New York — certainly not my favorite Reed solo tune, but maybe my favorite Reed solo album — and got enough of the words […]

read “financial foolhardiness”

telepathic order fulfillment

17 September 2007, 8:07 pm
subtitle (or excerpt)

I think CD Baby has a technology that figures out what I’m going to order from them a few days before I order it. I’ve placed my last two orders with them on Fridays, and received the package on Monday, which is even more remarkable since we’re on different coasts.

read “telepathic order fulfillment”