December 2012

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The Royal Society Journal Archives = Limitless Fun

December 31, 2012

I just came across this, but last year the Royal Society of London made it’s Philosophical Transactions archives from before 1942 free to access, which means you can waste spend your time over New Year’s Day reading a lot of very interesting papers. Some examples include A Letter of Benjamin Franklin, Esq; to Mr. Petter [...]

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Art of teh day: Jay Burton’s highly sensual flowers

December 28, 2012

Jay Burton, a fellow Texan, can make a flower sexy in way that most of us can’t imagine. And I mean really sexy. His photography evokes a lot of emotion if you spend time with it. I’m lucky to know him, and you would be lucky to own one of his pieces. [Image stolen from [...]

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What makes for a good CEO (or any company leader for that matter)?

December 28, 2012

Terrific piece on how Andreessen Horowitz evaluates CEOs. Whether you’re a law firm, e-discovery vendor, a SAAS provider, or publisher, you’ll find value in this breakdown. The CEO must set the context that every employee operates within. This context gives meaning to the specific work that people do, aligns interests, enables decision-making and provides motivation. Well-structured goals [...]

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Art of teh day: “Moggy” by a “Mark Entwisle”

December 27, 2012

Something about this photo caught my eye. The woman’s arm in the driver’s window is suggestive.     [Image by Mark Entwisle]

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Art of teh day: Banksy (Modified)

December 26, 2012

Here is my art for teh day. I particularly like that Koons’ Balloon Dog is muzzled, and of course, the citizen modifications.   [Image (CC) by designwallah]

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This Now: Steve Jobs and handmodeling

December 26, 2012

Thank you Bygone Bureau, for making me laugh today with this gem of a piece, A Handmodel Remembers Steve Jobs: I was on set filming one of the first promotional videos for the iPod Nano, for which I was demonstrating the correct use of the click wheel. I hadn’t been introduced to Steve yet, but [...]

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Value Stream Mapping

December 26, 2012

As someone who is always interested in finding ways to make incremental improvements to workflow, I thought it worth sharing this recent post on value stream maps. It reminded me quite a bit of Matt Homann’s LexThink.1 talk earlier this year on client service design. Our experience as customers of a product or service is shaped by [...]

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Mark Coker’s 2013 Book Publishing Industry Predictions

December 26, 2012

Mark Coker has posted his book publishing industry predictions, and as usual, they don’t disappoint. Of his 21 predictions, I thought it worth repeating his thoughts on “passive discoverability” as a growing trend in marketing: 7. Passive discoverability trumps other book marketing methods Most books don’t sell well, even when backed by expensive marketing. It’s [...]

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