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What I learned in 2011 and my predictions for 2012

It’s a funny thing — the more you share your opinions openly, the more people ask you for them. As the year is coming to a close, if you’re thinking about starting a blog next year or writing more frequently on the one you already have, don’t just make an empty resolution. STICK TO IT. [Keep Reading...]

My 2011 Holiday Gift Guide of Pleasurable Experiences

Stuff is cheap, in the long run. At the end of our days, we’re not likely to remember the things we acquired as much as the moments we experienced. This holiday season, reconsider the packaged goods you’re intending to buy for the people you love. Instead, design an experience for them they’ll never forget. Here’s [Keep Reading...]

I’m running for the Board of Directors of the NY Tech Meetup

The NY Tech Meetup, founded by Meetup.com founder Scott Heiferman and co-founded by Dawn Barber, has more than 19,000 members and draws 800 attendees every month. Last year, NYTM became a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization incorporated in New York State and as a result now has a Board of Directors that steers the priorities of the [Keep Reading...]

Pleasure and Pain has gone mobile

It’s quite overdue, but this blog is now optimized to be viewed in a mobile browser. Many thanks to Ben Seven for giving me the kick in the ass I needed to get it done: Commented on You’re not a user experience designer if… by Ben Seven: Are you allowed to call yourself a User [Keep Reading...]

The Neighborhood Business Experience

It was 7:19pm. There I was, standing outside of Tarzian Hardware, its gate down and locked, the lights turned off. The store hours sign read Monday – Friday 8:30am – 7pm. I knocked on the window. I rattled the gate. I called the store from my cell phone with 8% battery remaining and could hear [Keep Reading...]

Photo of the day: Pen Pocket

All men carry pens, right? But putting a pen in your pants pocket can be a bit of a pain — it rolls around with your keys, sticks out to one side, the cap tears at the pocket lining. Sitting next to my friend Nik Agharkar at a dinner party, I noticed him reach inside [Keep Reading...]

I’m Not Cool

Two weeks ago, I bit the bullet and moved to Brooklyn. To my Manhattanite parents, this is a betrayal of epic proportions. To my childhood friends, I’ve lost my mind. But to the web community, what the hell took me so long? I’ll tell you. It’s quite simple really. I’m not cool. The same week [Keep Reading...]