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Solar Freakin’ Roadways

Normally this is where I say something. Or try to argue two sides of an interesting issue. Instead of doing that today, I just want you to spend 7 minutes watching an informative video about the future, with “Solar Freakin’ Roadways”.

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Code Combat: Wield JS, Slay Orcs, Get Jobs!

CodeCombatNever has Javascript been more fun to learn. A startup venture backed by Y Combinator wants to teach you that language you’ve always wanted to learn through gameification – or the usage of elements of game design(e.g., point scoring, competition with others, rules of play)- to enhance motivation and the learning process. Slay orcs and battle minions by programming your units in a real-time web game. Compete against your friends to see who wrote the more robust code. Possibly get a job for your efforts?  Welcome to CodeCombat. Continue reading

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Facebook Replaces php with ‘Hack’

hack-programming-language-facebook-codeLast week, facebook announced that it had given its website, largely written in a programming language called php, a programming equivalent of a face lift.  They also made a splash in the web development industry by releasing a new web programming language called Hack to the open source community. Hack is based on the php, but claims to keep “all the good parts” while removing some of its limitations. Since Facebook has been converting it’s legacy php to hack for some time now, you can trust that hack can stand up to the highest expectations, and that Facebook clearly has a lot of faith in the strength of the language. Continue reading

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Coin: Risk vs Reward

OnlyCoinAfter completing a $50,000 kickstarter campaign in under 40 minutes, this small company’s mission is to shrink the size of your wallet by decreasing the amount of plastic a person has to carry to a single card.

A small step to the transition of plastic to digital money management, there is a lot to like about the slick promo video for the card that can store debit card, credit card, and loyalty/gift cards on a single swipe-able card.  I love the idea, but will the execution be solid enough to stave off the security concerns around a comprehensive identity theft target? Continue reading

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Twitter Goes Public at Unsustainable Prices


NYSE floor at Twitter IPO

The last large technology company to go public in recent memory was Facebook (FB), until now. Twitter’s initial public offering (TWTR), despite best efforts to remain inconspicuous for as long as possible in the filing process, managed to stir up the hype machine just enough to cause greed-based pandemonium on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange all morning. Continue reading

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Vivek Kundra – U.S. Government CIO

"Put the citizen at the heart of Government Services- they are the customer, not the bureaucracy."

“Put the citizen at the heart of Government Services- they are the customer, not the bureaucracy.”

Vivek Kundra is an Indian American administrator who served as the first chief information officer of the United States from March, 2009 to August, 2011 under President Barack Obama. As CIO of the U.S. Government,  Vivek was one of the first to champion the use of cloud technology in the public sector. He believes in high level accountability for every IT project and was passionate about the ability to use government collected data to drive real consumer improvement.  I had the opportunity to hear Vivek speak as an Innovator at the World Innovation Forum.

Vivek’s first actions as CIO were centered around restructuring the project portfolio.  Many of the Government IT projects were millions of dollars over budget, and still years off schedule. He added three key strategies to focus spending and increase accountability: Continue reading

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Texting and Driving Infographic

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Visualizing Slacktivism

I think that leveraging Social Networking tools for political activism or interpreting public opinion has enormous potential.  I don’t believe that just because supporting a cause online is easier to do that it has less meaning than more traditional forms of getting your voice heard.  That said, I don’t think that the methods have matured to fully capitalize on this potential.  I like this quadrant chart, which separates different forms of activism by global/local level of participation, and by use of technology. After the break I share my opinions on the strengths of slacktivism, and its potential future in active protest.

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Designing For Our Bodies

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.  Neil Harbisson’s “eyeborg” allows him to hear colors, even those beyond the range of sight, such as ultraviolet and infrared frequencies.

His story is unbelievable; a remarkable use of modern technology.  This is just one example of a growing trend of technology integration with our biological “hardware”.  I want to talk about encouraging the innovation that will push the boundaries between technology and our world.  To do this, we have to start designing for our bodies, for our native ecosystems.  There is a lot of material in this post, so make sure you catch all of the exciting developments! Listen to Neil’s story, and get excited! Continue reading

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I Caved… iPhone 5

I finally made the switch.  My DROID X, while valiant, has made it’s last call. It’s fired its last text. Never again will I stand confused after having taken a picture only to find the gallery says, “Picture not found”. Never again will my phone forget that my camera, or my microphone, exists. I shall put to rest the habit of taking off my case to cool my phone from seething temperatures whilst using GPS for extended periods of time. Never again will I have a phone bill over $100.

Never again will I wake up to math and noise. I shall laugh at the Galaxy Note 2 users that cannot reach the left edge of their screen whilst holding their phone in their right hand. I shall shed tears of shame as I become “just another phone in the crowd”.

This is the end of an era, and the beginning of a new age. This is the evening, that Paul Langdon switched to AT&T from Verizon and purchased an iPhone 5.

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