Try on clothes on your phone
Jul 1 2012  •  0 comments

The New York Times’ Bits Blog discussing the mobile phone success of Gilt Groupe, a personal favorite of your truly.

The new version of the Gilt app will also include the option to try on apparel, he said. An iPhone user could take a picture of himself and upload it through the app. The software will digitally edit the photo so it appears as though the item is on his body. This could be useful to see if, for example, a pair of glasses is suitable for your face.

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8-Bit Clouds
Jun 27 2012  •  0 comments


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It’s going to take one heck of an album to bump this one from my 2012 favorite
Jun 25 2012  •  0 comments

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Great interview with David Letterman
Jun 24 2012  •  0 comments

Until I heard Alec Baldwin’s interview with David Letterman (which, by the way, Here’s The Thing should be the one podcast you subscribe to this week) I didn’t really think about the fact that I can’t remember ever hearing David Letterman be interviewed. I think I’ve (sadly) associated in my brain David Letterman interviewing for David Letterman having been interviewed.

Here’s The Thing: David Letterman

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The Apple Store’s 5 Steps of Service
Jun 20 2012  •  0 comments

1. Approach customers with a personalized, warm welcome.
2. Probe politely to understand all the customer’s needs.
3. Present a solution for the customer to take home today.
4. Listen for and resolve any issues or concerns.
5. End with a fond farewell and an invitation to return.


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Working Less = Being Productive (Unless You’re Just Being Lazy)
Jun 19 2012  •  0 comments

I want to take this article… print copies with big text on large, durable sheets… turn those sheets into a hot air balloon… and drift around the office building of my old company in Seattle because there are 4 manager in-particular who need to read it, again and again.

“…when managers judge their employees’ work by the time they spend at the office, they impede the development of productive habits. By focusing on hours worked instead of results produced, they let professionals avoid answering the most critical question: “Am I currently using my time in the best possible way?” As a result, professionals often use their time inefficiently.”

I feel sorry for people who have to put up with stuff like that. (I used to be one of those people.)

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The “Month” In Beer: March to May
Jun 4 2012  •  0 comments

Since I’ve skipped the last three months, this is March through May.

*New beers I’ve falled in love with are noted with.
**Beers I’m simply forever, hopelessly in love with.

*8-Bit Pale Ale by Tallgrass Brewing Company
**90 Minute IPA by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Anchor Steam Beer by Anchor Brewing Company
Aprihop by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Ayinger Bräu-Weisse by Brauerei Aying Franz Inselkammer
Battlefield IPA by Avondale Brewing Co.
Birra Moretti by Birra Moretti
Blue by SweetWater Brewing Company
Brutal IPA by Rogue Ales
Budweiser by Anheuser-Busch
Bug Light by by Anheuser-Busch
Centennial IPA by Founders Brewing Company
Coffee Oatmeal Stout by Good People Brewing Company
Coors Light by Coors Brewing Company
Fatso by Good People Brewing Company
Freckle Belly IPA by Back Forty Beer Company
Good People Brown Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Good People IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb by Paulaner Brauerei
Heineken by Heineken
**Hitchhiker by Good People Brewing Company
Hop Head Red by Green Flash Brewing Co.
Imperial India Pale Ale by Green Flash Brewing Co.
India Pale Ale by Avery Brewing Company
*Indian Summer by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Long Hammer IPA by Redhook Ale Brewery
Milk Stout by Left Hand Brewing Company
Miller High Life by Miller Brewing Company
Miller Lite by Miller Brewing Company
*Miss Fancy’s Trippel by Avondale Brewing Co.
My Antonia by Birra del Borgo
NOLA Blonde by NOLA Brewing
Pabst Blue Ribbon by Pabst Brewing Company
Pale Ale by Boulevard Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Diamond Bear Brewing Co.
Pale Ale by Good People Brewing Company
Pale Ale by Kind Beers Distributing
Pale Ale by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Pilsner Urquell by Plzensky Prazdroj
Red Mountain IPA by Avondale Brewing Co.
Red Stripe Jamaican Lager by Desnoes & Geddes Ltd
Reissdorf Kölsch by Privat-Brauerei Heinrich Reissdorf
Road Trip by SweetWater Brewing Company
Samuel Adams Boston Lager by Boston Beer Company
Simpler Times Lager by Minhas Craft Brewery
Single-Wide IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co.
**Snake Handler Double IPA by Good People Brewing Company
Sol by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Southern Pecan by Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company
Special Double Cream Stout by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Spring Street Saison Ale by Avondale Brewing Co.
Stella Artois by Stella Artois
Streetcar Kölsch by Avondale Brewing Co.
Solstice by Anderson Valley Brewing Company
Tecate by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma
Vanillaphant Porter by Avondale Brewing Co.
Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen by Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Unfiltered Wheat by Boulevard Brewing Co.

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This guy is getting back at everyone on Wall Street for all of us
Jun 4 2012  •  0 comments

[via Hossein]

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The new Under Armour web video with Tom Brady is kinda funny
May 29 2012  •  0 comments

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I know you’ve all seen this commencement speech, but I’m posting it.
May 25 2012  •  0 comments

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The video pitch for Doulingo is perfect in every way
May 22 2012  •  0 comments

Perfectly explains the product, its goal, how it works, and why it matters to you and the world. Also, it’s simple and beautiful. Yeah, I said beautiful.

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The BirminghamHQ Monday Morning Mail began today
May 21 2012  •  0 comments

Today us folks over at BirminghamHQ launched the Monday Morning Mail feature of BirminghamHQ.

The goal of Monday Morning Mail is to provide a brief look at news and events within the Birmingham metro area and the great state of Alabama. If it flies we may keep it. If people aren’t seeing value in it, we’ll kill it.

To sign up for the email, in addition to early access to BirminghamHQ, simply head to the site.

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$580 Million
May 19 2012  •  0 comments

From a November 2005 article in The Harvard Crimson:

Zuckerberg declined to comment on how much the company is worth, saying only that its estimated value is “a lot.” This summer, MySpace, the largest online social networking site, sold for $580 million.

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You’ve heard of the Spork, but how’s about the Chork?
May 11 2012  •  0 comments

The Chork.

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Zynga looks like a really tough space to work at, you guys
May 11 2012  •  0 comments

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The most interesting experience I’ve ever had at a Starbucks.
May 8 2012  •  0 comments

I’ve long abandoned Starbucks since discovering good coffee in 2007, but some days the limited options or a time crunch warrant handing them my money in exchange for dark, hot, caffeine water.

Saturday was one of those days as I rushed home from the gym to watch the FA Cup.

I’ve had some interesting Starbucks experiences in the past. Once in Seattle a homeless man called me the n-word. Another time, someone stole my chair and moved my stuff during my 7 second walk to get a napkin. They then acted like they’d been there all day when I asked why they moved my stuff. Then there was the time where the barista couldn’t spell “Landon” and requested if she could call me something else that was easier to spell.

Anyhow, Saturday is the new frontrunner in odd Starbucks experiences.

[I pull up to the drive thru speaker.]

Barista: Welcome to Starbucks. What can we get for you?

Me: One latte…

Barista: One latte.

Me: …and a croissant.

Barista: A bagel?

Me: Croissant.

Barista: Coffee?

Me: A croissant.

Barista: A coffee?

Me: [very polite] Cruh-sahnt.

Barista: [long pause] Banana Walnut Bread?

[At this point I thought she was just mocking me. How many things does croissant sound like? And why is “Banana Walnut Bread” one of her first guesses?]

Me: I’ll start over. One latte and one croissant.

Barista: Two latte’s?

Me: Oh my.

Barista: What?

Me: [still very polite] Croissant. It’s a pastry.

Barista: So… just one latte?

Me: [feeling I might be on a hidden camera TV show] I’ll drive around to the window.

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Pete Campbell: Mo Money, Mo Problems
May 8 2012  •  0 comments

Slate interviewed Vincent Kartheiser, the actor who plays Pete Campbell on Mad Men. This episode has been out for a couple of weeks old, but I thought it was neat.

Slate: He’s a man of ambition, but he seems to get more unhappy the more he achieves. He’s achieved many of his goals—Trudy had the baby, he got a bigger office, he’s dominating Roger—but he seems to get crabbier by the week. Do you understand why he’s so unhappy?

Kartheiser: With success comes a level of sadness. You think, “I’ll reach this goal, and then I’ll feel a sense of completeness, of wholeness. I’ll feel that I have accomplished something. I will see myself as a worthy man.” And it doesn’t really exist.

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This stop motion video of Paris is the 2nd or 3rd coolest thing you’ll see today
May 7 2012  •  0 comments

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Ernest Greene of Washed Out fame is better at an iPad than you are
May 3 2012  •  0 comments

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You WILL succumb to the power of P&G. You WILL cry.
Apr 18 2012  •  0 comments

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