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From the archives: I love new toys!

Pleasure and Pain is not my first blog. It’s probably my fifth, though it’s certainly the only one that ever took off. From September 2004 – August 2006, I had a blog called self-preservation (self-hosted WordPress, natch). At the time, I was pretty damn proud of myself for that witty title — and I kinda [Keep Reading...]

A Proactive Apology from Plancast

I’m not a huge user of Plancast — the event-based social network (a sort of next generation Upcoming.org) — mostly because I’m too lazy to update my plans in multiple places, with RSVP functionality on Facebook, Meetup, Eventbrite and more. But an email that arrived in my inbox yesterday just might make me change my [Keep Reading...]

Recent Reads – 1/30/2011

Here are the most recent additions to my Delicious bookmarks. Hope you enjoy, and please share your thoughts in the comments. Skip The Water | A VCSometimes using all of your resources slows the process down Volkside | Wirify homepage – The web as wireframesTurn any webpage itno a wireframe with one click (via @swissmiss) [Keep Reading...]

Hubs and Connectors: Understanding Networks Through Data Visualization

Yesterday a bunch of friends were tweeting about the new LinkedIn InMaps web app (part of LinkedIn Labs), so I had to check it out for myself. Wow, wow, wow! InMaps are data visualizations of your professional network, based on LinkedIn connections, with you as the center node. I’ve been waiting years for LinkedIn to [Keep Reading...]

The most accurate portrayal of User Experience Designers ever created

This is possibly my favorite 1 minute and 32 seconds in the history of moving images. I got shivers at the end. Please do yourself and everyone else a favor by taking the time to watch this now, then send it to everyone who has ever asked you what a user experience designer is. ILUVUXDESIGN [Keep Reading...]

To gather together

I have the distinction of being the longest-running member of Manhattan’s first and foremost coworking center, New Work City. But lately I’ve been staying home on the Upper West Side every day, working at my dining table or on the couch, instead of taking the 20-minute subway ride down to TriBeCa. It’s cold and snowy [Keep Reading...]

Apple listens: iPad screen orientation lock

When I upgraded my iPad to iOS 4.2, I suddenly lost all sound. I freaked out, thinking I’d have to take it into the Apple Store to get fixed, or worse, reinstall the operating system and lose all my apps. So of course I asked the Twitterverse for help, as I tend to do. Turns [Keep Reading...]