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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...]

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...]

Follow-up to “You’re not a user experience designer if…”

The blog post I wrote about six weeks ago titled, You’re not a user experience designer if…, got way more attention than I ever could have predicted — in fact, I think it got the most traffic of any post I’ve ever written. Sure, it’s an antagonistic title and that always gets people riled up. [Keep Reading...]

Samantha LeVan’s Lame Cancer

A year ago March 28, my close friend Samantha LeVan sent me a fairly routine email asking me if she could pass my info along to a young web designer looking for a mentor. It was so nondescript that I might have put it off for a few days, busy with other things. I’m glad [Keep Reading...]

Visualizing First-Time Interactions at SXSW

You might remember the near-novel I wrote a couple months ago on LinkedIn InMaps titled, “Hubs and Connectors: Understanding Networks Through Data Visualization.” Now New Work City member Alex Shapiro, founder of CEO of TouchGraph, has created a powerful network visualization based on contact exchanges made via Hashable at SXSW. The Java applet allows you [Keep Reading...]

NY Tech Meetup — March 2011

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a NY Tech Meetup roundup, but Tuesday night’s event was so great that I thought it would be worth posting my tweets here. I know it’s not much, but it’s all I’ve got. The presenters were: RadBox Tout SocialWorkout Tim Soo‘s Invisible Instruments Aviary Crisp Media [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...]