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Williamsburg: Every Month is Movember

Posted by on Oct 23, 2012

It’s been 7 weeks since I packed my satchel, grabbed my walking stick and set out for that Hipster hinterland known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Like Darwin crawling over the...

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politics

Austerity will not save Greece (or the Euro)

Posted by on May 16, 2012

Like Brett Favre, and Madagascar sequels, the Greek Debt Crisis just keeps coming back. I thought the beast hath been slayed with Greek acceptance of a bailout-for-austerity package...

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technology

Behold Our Latest Creation: BlackBerry 10 Templates!

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013

If you have thought to yourself  “geez, what have those cats at Blue Label Labs been up too?! that Oscial site never gets updated!” then wait no more! I want to...

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bahndr

What in the devil is a Bahndr?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012

You’re not alone if you’ve seen “Bahndr” appear on your Facebook or Twitter and wondered to yourself “say what?” What is Bahndr? What does it...

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Recent Posts

Don’t talk to me about Facebook

Don’t talk to me about Facebook

Jul 3, 2012

I don’t get out much. Most of my time is spent locked away buried in my work. But before you start a little pity party in your head,  there is one great side effect to being a recluse: I appreciate meaningful human interaction. I don’t partake in idle chit chat, and I rarely find myself discussing the record heat and unusual humidity patterns of...

Fahrenheit 451: A warning to an overly stimulated world

Fahrenheit 451: A warning to an overly stimulated world

Jun 12, 2012

Last week, Ray Bradbury, the American writer best known for his dystopian classic ‘Fahrenheit 451′ died at the age of 91. Not surprisingly, the death of the author has caused renewed interest in his work, and I admit it was his death that inspired me to finally read F451. I like a good dystopian novel, be it Orwell’s ’1984′, or...

Be free of FOMO!

Be free of FOMO!

May 30, 2012

Influenza, National Socialism and Menudo took turns ravaging humanity in the 20th century. Today,  our inter-connected, acronym-obsessed world faces a new, somewhat less horrific, scourge: FOMO, you know it as the Fear Of Missing Out. FOMO is not new, but recently it has spread like cholera through a Haitian refugee camp, infecting all ages and creeds that do...

Austerity will not save Greece (or the Euro)

Austerity will not save Greece (or the Euro)

May 16, 2012

Like Brett Favre, and Madagascar sequels, the Greek Debt Crisis just keeps coming back. I thought the beast hath been slayed with Greek acceptance of a bailout-for-austerity package late last year, but I was mistaken. Not only is the Greek debt crisis back, but its scarier than ever. Last week, the Greeks went to the polls to elect a new government to carry...

A Windows adventure in the General Assembly

A Windows adventure in the General Assembly

Apr 23, 2012

Last week, I dared to be different. I walked into the General Assembly, a startup workspace located here in NYC, sat down at the big wooden counter, put my bag on my lap and waited. I was nervous, a few beads of sweat moved down my brow. I waited until  all passing glances had moved on from my arrival, and then with a quick move and deep breathe,  I took it...

Windows8Templates.com: The easy way to prototype your Windows 8 app idea

Windows8Templates.com: The easy way to prototype your Windows 8 app idea

Apr 7, 2012

It’s no surprise to hear that technical talent is in short supply, especially here in New York City, and even more so in the solar-hot mobile space. However, what there is no shortage of are people with really cool app ideas but without the technical resources to get it built, or even prototyped. Today, I am pleased to introduce our new line of prototyping...

Meet the Startup Bubble Machine

Meet the Startup Bubble Machine

Apr 3, 2012

When it comes to catching bubbles, I’m no good. When I started at Waterloo, it was 2000 and the tech bubble had just begun its rapid implosion. By the time I was done in 2005, Pets.com was a distant memory, Google was king, and the housing bubble had reached Bubblicious proportions. By the time I could buy my very own condo in Phoenix, well, we all know...

Have you heard the one about the guy who hates technology?

Have you heard the one about the guy who hates technology?

Mar 29, 2012

Yesterday,  amidst the rainy despair of Seattle spring, I found myself sitting in a talk given by Michael Huesemann entitled “Epic Technology FAIL”. I thought I was going to some sort of talk on internet memes and cats pining for cheeseburgers. I should have known better. I should have known better when the guy in front of me in line wrote out a...

Rick Santorum: the sweater vest that could

Rick Santorum: the sweater vest that could

Mar 19, 2012

The unthinkable has happened: the sweater vest has returned. Now, I emptied my closet of sweater vests with my farewell to Chandler Bing after the Friends finale. But like fedoras, and Superman reboots, the past is the future. The sweater vest has returned, personified by the latest last-hope of the conservative wing of the GOP, Rick Santorum. Now I’ve...

Is everyone miserable in New York City?

Is everyone miserable in New York City?

Mar 14, 2012

We are all miserable, every one of us, be it those of us in caught in the hoards of New York City,  to those eating fried okra at the Cracker Barrel in Knoxville. NYC, at first glance,  seems to only compound our misery with a daily routine that sometimes has us sitting in a smelly subway car, trapped behind  3 tourists walking abreast on an avenue, or...