Month: March 2012

When Democratizing Isn’t Good

On Tuesday I wrote a post called “Democratizing Spelling”.  It had to do with how Google is using the websites they’ve indexed and the search terms they’ve received to decide how a word IS spelled instead of using a dictionary to look up how a word SHOULD be spelled.  I…

Turing Thoughts and Another Reason to Love Startups

I was listening to a pod cast on my way to work this morning that was about Alan Turing.  Turing wasn’t the inventor of the computer, but one could pretty he easily argue he was the conceptualizer (I don’t care what WordPress’ judgmental little red line says, I’m using it).  He sat…

Democratizing Spelling

One of the cool things about big data is that it lets you see every trend, whether you expect it or not.  I remember the old hunch reports that would show interesting anomalies, like the fact that dog owners are 16% more likely to consider Paul McCartney their favorite Beatle.  These…

Focus is an Investment

I was looking at the picture above (which I found on Seth Godin’s blog) and I thought it illustrated well one of my favorite points. I often joke with friends and family that I’m “lazy”.  I don’t really see it that way of course, but I get a lot of…

Sauerkraut Sunday: The Krauty McKraut Edition

Did you know there’s actually a band named Krauty McKraut.  Take this for what it’s worth from a guy who HATES sauerkraut, but they give kraut a bad name.  If you make it through more than 20 seconds of their concert video (above), I’ll buy you a beer and some…

Social Dating Website – The Holy Grail

There were not one but two recent articles that crossed my path recently about online dating.  It got me thinking about a subject I’ve come back to at least two different times (one and two), the idea of a social dating site.  There is just so much information available on…

Foursquare “Save”, GREAT Idea

I was perusing Twitter this morning and found a post about “Pricey Bars That Are Worth the Money”.  I was quite interested to see what they had in mind, so I clicked through to KDKA’s website.  It listed three bars, all of which sounded like a good time.  In particular…

Learning From Others: Morning Star Tomatoes

There aren’t that many new and innovative management styles in the world today, but I recently heard of one.  Morning Star Tomatoes (which generates $700M per year processing tomatoes).  Want to know what there management structure is?  They don’t have one.  There aren’t any managers. Instead, at the beginning of…

New York City

I would give the greatest sunset in the world for one sight of New York’s skyline. Particularly when one can’t see the details. Just the shapes. The shapes and the thought that made them. The sky over New York and the will of man made visible. What other religion do…

Matrix Realities: Corporations for Corporations Sake

The premise of the popular Matrix movies is that the humans have generated robots that have become so sophisticated that instead of simply serving the needs of humans, they reverse the relationship.  Humans become subservient to the robots.  This requires, of course, that the robots grow intelligence.  Anyone who has…