Monthly Archives: August 2010

Crowdsourcing Disaster Relief

A good article on Crowdsourcing Disaster Relief on TechCrunch.

Been doing lots of thinking about effective crowdsourcing.  What bothers me about coverage above is that it doesn’t seem to generate revenue for participants and is thus questionably sustainable.

Anyway, will discuss this later.

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Tool: GroupMe for Group Mobile Messaging

Will be using this tool in the future:

TechCrunch Coverage here.

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On JOVE, On Thoughts, On YouTube

When someone applies for a free trial at JoVE, they get a request to verify their email.  So, yesterday, I got the following email response to our verification from a character by the name of Terry:


Nice…  Did I screw up again?  A wrong email sent out?  And this guy is from a reputable institution…  So the following conversation ensued:

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Corruption and Power

I feel like this is important for anybody who finds themselves in a leadership position.  Personally, especially in retrospect, when I find myself in a position of power, it does becomes difficult to balance out efficiency and pursuit of goals without becoming an asshole.  I don’t know why…  I remember, this one time, in bandcamp, I was made captain… and I have to admit, I think I was a bit of a power trip at first. It wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be.  Probably one of the best lessons I had going forward.

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Rollin in style

Really? Saw this today around Newbury. A little humor was definitely timely…

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Mildly unbelievable…  mildly…  but a good movie to distract from emotional turmoil.  In case I haven’t complained to you yet, am going through a breakup…  a dumb dumb breakup, where, if I am not mistaken, we both really like each other, but we can’t see each other because…  ah, who cares why.  Let’s just say it’s my fault and it’s all rational and we are both really hurt and I want to write bad poetry and complain to everyone who would listen about how much I miss her.  In other words, a completely banal, yet personally difficult setup.   The worst part is that I can’t talk to her for at least another several months.  She asked and I agreed not to initiate contact and she, I am pretty sure, is doing the "out-of-sight, out-of-mind” thing.  Mildly frustrating.  Mildly.

But, I am now understanding why Russian humor is so unique given how miserable the last century was.  Somehow misery can and does get evened out with humor if one is to retain balance…  it’s uncanny.  In particular, I’d like to thank GMail…  or rather Google Ads on GMail.  These are the ads displayed next to our email communication last.  I kid you not:

Behold.  Screenshot one:


And, if that wasn’t enough:


Anger therapy?  Seriously?  I mean, I looked over that email and I was most certainly upset.  But “Anger Therapy”?  Hilarious, even if interesting implications.

So, can Google diagnose people by looking over our emails?  “Dear Sir, it looks like you are depressed.  Go have carrot juice.  It will make you feel better.”

Anyway, about Salt.  Good movie to use for distraction.  Non-stop action, and it’s just mildly unbelievable…  mildly…

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Hoovers Sucks. DnB follows suit

I really don’t like Hoovers right now.  And Dunn and Bradstreet, who acquired them a while back, are not helping any.  A while back, when I used to work for SiMX, I persuaded them to spend several thousand dollars on Hoovers, a lead generation service.  Due to numerous delays with the product launch (I was trying to set up marketing/sales for TextConverter), we blew past the 1 year subscription without ever using the service – a fact clearly visible on their end by the number of records we downloaded.

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