May 13, 2013


working in a conference room

working in a conference room

May 2, 2013

working in a conference room

sometimes you turn on a screen and people are magically there

sometimes you turn on a screen and people are magically there

Jan 22, 2013

sometimes you turn on a screen and people are magically there



Sep 16, 2011

Trying out ifttt (if this then that), a web service that lets you create your own automated tasks, triggers and actions from various social media and digital channels (email, sms, instagram, twitter, dropbox, etc). For example, you can create a task to save every new photo you take in instagram to dropbox. Love the idea.

21st Century Netiquette
Current Status

Current Status

Dec 18, 2010

Time Machine 020507

Feb 7, 2010

While backing up 1,274,742 items to Apple’s time capsule via time machine, I thought of the original The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and re-found this quote: Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims.

Total Recall: Your E-Memory

Total Recall: Your E-Memory

Aug 25, 2009

I have a healthy obsession with self-documentary, data-streaming and collecting, so you can imagine my delight when Mark Krynsky twittered that he had just posted about 75-year-old Gordon Bell, lifestream pioneer, who was covered in the Wired article, Microsoft Researcher Records His Life in Data. Over the course of a lifetime, humans take in more […]

One in four songs sold in U.S. is from iTunes

Aug 21, 2009

Reading this and re-realizing that I live in a bubble of technological affluence: One in four songs sold in U.S. is from iTunes NPD MusicWatch’s report indicates that audio CDs remain the dominant format, responsible for 65 percent of all music sold in the first half of 2009. But digital music, which makes up the […]

My First Citizen/Social Media Inauguration

My First Citizen/Social Media Inauguration

Jan 21, 2009

Yesterday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama was significant in so many ways. For web geeks like me, it’s the first time citizen media played such a significant role during an inauguration. Given Obama’s grassroots campaign and his message of citizen responsibility, this is only apropos. Numerous netizens, web sites, blogs, video sites and social networks […]

On the Go

Aug 2, 2008

I’ve been tweaking the design of my site behind the scenes for the last few weeks and made the changes live tonight. Of course, there will be continuous tweaks, but I feel purged! Overall, I’ve tried to reduce clutter and simplify the structure and presentation – a proper cleansing. It’s an evolution but also a […]



Jun 23, 2008

News Flow

Jun 3, 2008

UPDATE 6/3: Akan from Plurk comments below that Plurk was NOT acquired by Pheltup. Tonight browsing Plurk, I saw heyitskenn’s plurk about the service being acquired by Pheltup I had first heard about Pheltup through a tweet by msippey, and then saw the launch party on Upcoming. I hadn’t heard of their acquisition of Plurk […]

New Interface Paradigms

New Interface Paradigms

Feb 26, 2008

It still strikes me as fascinating that the iPhone and the OLPC (or XO) laptop were both released in the last year, and yet they’re such radically different “computing” and communication devices and concepts. I’ve spent some time playing simultaneously with the iPhone, the XO or OLPC laptop, and my regular computer combo – an […]

Now Your Plants Can Call or Twitter You

Now Your Plants Can Call or Twitter You

Feb 25, 2008

Botanicalls is a project by students at the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program. It’s “a system that was developed to allow plants to place phone calls for human help. When a plant on the Botanicalls network needs water, it can call a person and ask for exactly what it needs. When people phone the plants, the […]

Virtual Pens

Virtual Pens

Feb 15, 2008

Thoughtful Reduction and the Miniaturization of Expression

Mar 2, 2007

As I was designing for a client web application today, I kept living through John Maeda’s first law of simplicity: thoughtful reduction. The goal was to design a new comments system for parts of the site so members were more likely to leave little notes for each other. In order to make it fun and […]

My OS Doesn’t Work Like My Mind

Mar 1, 2007

I’m still thinking about simplicity/minimalism vs. experiential and emotional experiences. If memory is strongly attributed to adrenaline, then shouldn’t we design for optimal emotional attachment? Or, do we design so it’s “so simple” that you don’t have to think about it? The folder-file organizational structure of current operating systems (OS) does nothing to trigger emotional […]


Feb 12, 2007

I came across this post while looking for information on attention recording and one of the paragraphs regarding self-documentary really resonated with me. Greg Yardley writes: I’m also running the Attention Recorder because I’m afraid of forgetting. When I studied Russian history, some time ago, I was struck by just how little remained of people, […]

Fast vs. Slow

Jan 30, 2007

In our accelerated culture, I can think of a particular Devo song and have it downloaded from a music site within seconds. This instant gratification is in contrast to other desires: eg. the slow food movement, craft, longevity. What things do you want instantly and what do you want to take your time with? I […]

The Shift

Nov 22, 2006

Many of the trends we’ve been seeing in Web 2.0 aren’t limited to the internet, as much the Valley likes to think so :) Ideas that arise from subcultures do so for a reason. Sometimes because one person rises up to claim it, but more often because a collective group of people are feeling and […]

Why I Use Social Software

Aug 31, 2006

Recent posts have been expressing why people don’t like using social software, or believe it’s just a passing fad. Since I disagree, I’ve made a short list of why I do use social software, and why I think the social aspects of our digital interactions will only increase not decrease. Nick Carr writes that “The […]

Tell it All

Aug 11, 2006

I’ve had phases where I was really into digital video. In the early 2000s, I shot a lot of footage of my daily life with my one-chip Sony DV cam and turned them into web clips of abstract scenes set to music. Then there was a period where I shot documentary video at electronic music […]

The Web 2.0 Movement Described

Mar 18, 2006

While there have been many seminal posts on Web 2.0 in the last several months, I strongly recommend reading “Web 2.0: A New Wave of Innovation for Teaching and Learning?” by Bryan Alexander, Director for Research at the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE). Thanks to Bryan for the mention of eHub at […]

Foldera Simplifies Your Digital Life

Foldera Simplifies Your Digital Life

Mar 4, 2006

These days, like many of you, my life is filled with electronic communications, whether that’s email, chat, collaborative project management, mobile messages, or other data sources. I’ve written about this in the past. On any given day, I spend hours on communications and between my work as Ideacodes, eHub, and personal communications, I pretty much […]

Twenty Years Later: No Longer Just a Hobby

Feb 3, 2006

Today turns out to be the twenty year anniversary of when George Lucas sold Pixar to Steve Jobs. In the post, “February 3, 1986: Divorce, Mogul Style,” Chris Seibold tells how Lucas decided to “see a smallish piece of his Lucas Film empire” to raise cash to settle his divorce. Given Lucas’ predicament, Steve Jobs […]

The Future Hasn’t Arrived Yet

Oct 29, 2005

I came across an old blog post of mine that caused a double-take. The post, titled “One-Screen Access to Your Life” isn’t about Netvibes or another Web 2.0 application, but cites a story at the New York Times from November 2002. Yale computer scientist David Gelernter is glad that the Microsoft trial is behind us, […]

The Social (Activist) Web

Oct 15, 2005

Like you, I’ve been reading much of the commentary online about Web 2.0 at various blogs and sites the last month or so, and particularly this last week as the O’Reilly Web 2.0 conference came and went here in SF. While many have provided insightful thinking into the social implications and technical innovations of this […]

Kevin Kelly: Out of Control

Oct 7, 2005

Though it was written more than ten years ago, this caught my attention and seemed particularly relevant again.  From Kevin Kelly’s Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World. As we make our machines and institutions more complex, we have to make them more biological in order to manage […]

Info-bits in Flux

Sep 9, 2005

In a recent blog post at O’Reilly, Giles Turnbull writes, “A while ago, I thought I’d try an experiment: could I organise all my work, all my personal stuff, all my writing, in one huge text file?” You may think he’s crazy, but my first thought was “Cool! Another geek like myself who keeps everything […]