April 23, 2014

You win some, you lose some. SF just lost a public art space.

April 18, 2014
APIs are Primitives.

March 21, 2014
Don’t miss the future

Don’t miss the future

March 13, 2014


October 30, 2013
Hello WebRTC


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March 29, 2013
Goodbye StartupHouse




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March 29, 2013
The goal of a media-focused startup.

Let’s be honest, the goal of any media-focused startup should be to make it onto this list of suggested sites to block, as provided by a “focus app” I recently downloaded. Oh no, you are no pariah - far from it, you will have qualified as one of the most addictive sites on the internet!

[And yes, I took a screenshot and jumped onto Tumblr so I could post before lockdown takes effect. ]


February 10, 2013
Ongoing Goals

Directly Actionable:

  1. Learn to program. I just came across this 6-8 week JavaScript curriculum which looks like a good place to start.
  2. Call home more often. (Flying home is better!)
  3. Wake up before sunrise. The first three weeks of January was a win, then the battle began. It’s ok though, new routines don’t happen overnight so this morning’s blog post means that I am back on the horse! (Meanwhile, I’m eagerly awaiting my Basis watch.)
  4. Kick coffee [Status update: winning. Although I have picked up quite the tea habit…]
  5. Write more, and ship it. Draft posts do nobody any good.
  6. Get outdoors. Like Redwoods outdoors. Every other weekend at least. (Status: on track)
  7. Outsource/delegate wherever possible and appropriate to do so.
  8. Read widely and weirdly. (Currently reading: The Field by Lynne McTaggart which is equal parts physics and mysticism. Chapter by chapter, it blows my mind.)
  9. Meet more artists.
  10. Smile.


  • Stay humble, stay ambitious.
  • Learn as much as I can and get better every day. 

High level: 

  • Be a force for positive change in the world. 
  • Cherish the meaningful relationships. 
  • Be content with whatever I have. (Objects != happiness.)
  • Stay curious.

January 27, 2013

Webview (noun): a particular conception of the web.

[See also, Worldview (noun): A particular philosophy of life or conception fo the world.]

December 8, 2012
Beachside Cafe


Take a nap on the N Judah sometime and you might just wake up to a land inhabited by families, long-timer friends and newly-wed lovers. Without a hint of irony some of the cafe dwellers wear their SF Giants hats not so much with pride as with habit; it is who they are, and they have always worn those hats.

As I sip my coffee - black, imported, delicious, reasonably priced (!) - I am convinced of a particular fact: these are most definitely locals. Like an Attenborough documentary I observe them in their natural habitat: at home in the fog, joyous in sunlight and positively radiant when among their homies (?). These are San Franciscans and this is Ocean beach.

It is possible that they are a special breed. It is possible they are surfies hibernating through the wintery off-season in between long sips of Colombian-ground. I can’t quite tell but there are glimmers that betray their utter comfort in these surroundings. Not a word about tech or passes their lips - they are alert to the rawness of nature.


A petition-weilding hippy is poached outside on the street corner. The political skirmishes of last century have long since passed and he is beyond caring what others think. Just shy of 6 ft, he looks the part of the life long activist: stainer hair, scruffy beard (flecks of this morning’s breakfast on display?) and wavy white hair tied back in a pony tail behind a brow is perpetually furrowed despite his warm facial expression - scars of wisdom, one might say. 

Patrons and neighbors don’t mind his invitations to sign. Quite to the contrary, he has a demure charm about him and most are receptive to his attempts at engagement. They express interest of a sort that belies their admiration; “if he is giving up his Saturday collecting signatures from the community then he must feel it is important, and perhaps he has a point…”

His relax tempo betrays a lifetime of community action. Building, organizing, fighting, acting. Bred with the ideals of an engaged citizen, he collects his signatures unobtrusively and with a collected energy that knows its purpose. Overhearing snippets of his method, it goes a little like:

  • "Don’t you think it’s unfair that…" (instills outrage)
  • "If only we could…" (inception)
  • "Which is why I have…" (leader/actor/Line in the sand")
  • "So by collecting ____ petitions…" (easy call to action) 
  • "it will trigger a review at the local government level" (sense of urgency/common goal) 
  • "All of the residents on this list (validation) - combined (community) - will demonstrate enough passion to remind councillors that their constituency would prefer that they re-evaluate their position on this particular issue.”

Polite to a tee, insightful, and tactically astute, he and others like him are the pillars we imagine when dreaming of San Francisco freedom from afar: residents stand up for what they believe in. In his mastery, it is a spectacle of beauty.

December 6, 2012

We’re all connected, man.

November 21, 2012

(Source: Wikipedia)

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October 18, 2012
Re-imagining the spreadsheet.


The first product in a long time to make me go woah!, Grid is the spreadsheet system re-imagined, tablet first. Things that can do anything that connect to other things that do anything: that’s powerful. A deceivingly obvious utility, Grid can be social, solitary, serious or playful, but at its core it is a reflection of our cognitive default: the desire to organize and connect information in meaningful ways.

Hint: it’s not just Excel.

My prediction: people will underestimate Grid, and then it will be everywhere. If I’m right, the founders will soon become improbable captains of the universe.


August 1, 2012

SketchNotes of Mike Maple’s StartupDreamTeam talk #hyperfuture cc. @m2jr @startupdreamteam

July 29, 2012
Dropbox+Screencapture Integration

Why do ideas come when you’re running out the door?

In 60-seconds-or-less…

Screencapture leaves a photo on my computer or desktop. I’d prefer it as a URL so I can immediately paste it in a kiipt or pinterest resource….

Often I want to crop photos so getting the raw URL for a photo is insufficient, hence the need for a “CaptureBox”.

Done - now for Batman…

[Update: Jessica Barnett (@redheadjessica) gave me the tip-off that CloudApp already does this. Awesome.]

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