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The problem with data science

Published 2y ago -

Everyone wants a data scientist, yet most have no idea what that would mean – it’s the cool thing to want and even cooler thing to sell. The problem with data science is that it will take time to evolve technology, business and industry to make t... More »

American Airlines sends passengers to /dev/null

Published 3y ago -

Recently I decided to make a concerted effort in booking air travel with two airlines, American Airlines and Delta. When I updated my American Airlines profile I opted into receiving flight notifications on my iPhone. Upon landing from my last trip, American A... More »

Treading water in the shallow end of social

Published 6y ago -

It has been a few years since I was actively thinking about social software and the distance likely adds validity to some more recent observations. One of the simplest ways to integrate end-user facing technology is to aggregate information. The rise of the po... More »

The state of the art is falling short of dreams

Published 8y ago -

Among the publications of Moses King is a curious postcard titled N.Y.  11 Future New York “The city of skyscrapers”. John Timberman Newcomb, teacher at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, wrote a piece titled The Footprint of the Twent... More »

The pen to paper transformation

Published 8y ago -

The physical practice of writing, drawing and doodling is at the heart of constructing high-bandwidth content for low-bandwidth fluid consumption. Yet, there are few people that actually practice these methods. Of those that do, the technology mediated constru... More »

Winding down. Hacking PERL.

Published 8y ago -

Vacations are for getting away from work and resting from the daily grind. Yet, almost everyone seems to need a week to unwind before getting to relax. My week of unwinding was productive. During my last workweek, I was helping an employee configure Apache to ... More »

Copyright doesn’t mean don’t use

Published 8y ago -

When the Creative Commons forged a more progressive look copyright law, enabling content creators legal power to elect specific use of their works, a cultural movement ensued. Until that point, copyright law reflected a historical component of intellectual pro... More »

Prototyping can lead to remarkable outcomes

Published 9y ago -

Prototyping is something software builders leave to user experience professionals and that is completely insane. Prototyping should inhabit everyone’s being. It is an opportunity at any step of any process or creation. There are too many first drafts ca... More »

I think ICANN

Published 9y ago -

ICANN is loosening the rules around domain suffix at the detriment of having any meaning and comprehension embodied in a hostname. URLs need more thought, not freedom. Even ICANN’s CEO brings the move down to vanity plate level contribution. Apparently,... More »

The success of participation

Published 9y ago -

One of the magical things about grassroots computing – grassroots anything probably – is that any success is decided by the participants. This basic rule is what ensures support but perplexes companies who want to make money from the productive a... More »