Zuck, Dick and the 90-Day Curse

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is one of a handful of large company executives who holds a public town hall–like meeting (aka ask-me-anything session). This is a crucial and well-appreciated touch by the leader of a company that intersects with our daily lives at every turn. It is a place for our collective memories, discourse and…

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The longest day of the year is often the point where summer starts for many of us who live in the Western Hemisphere. As part of my summer routine, I pack my rucksack, and head on over to Stinson Beach, which is an hour and a half away from my San Francisco apartment. It just…

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Recommended reads from across the internet

Rivers of noise We all know the corroding and unsettling effects of noise pollution we are exposed to constantly in urban environments. Having a quiet place is the ultimate luxury and the best way to unplug, refocus and refresh. Craig Childs write a great essay about sound and how we perceive sound and its impact on us. [Craig Childs]
Get ready for sun-powered desaliantion MIT doctoral student Natasha Wright adapted the idea of a grid-powered electrodialysis desalination system to a village scale system that is powered by the sun. It has made water in many Indian villages more drinkable. Perhaps we can get her to adapt this for California, which is facing its own water challenges. [MIT News]

Cole gets a Cannes Lion

A photo by Cole Rise, who is one of my favorite people and simply a great photographer has been picked as  Cannes Lion award  (Gold campaign) winner in the Billboard/Street Posters category. His photo of a friend standing in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado was part of Apple’s Shot on iPhone 6 campaign. Congratulations…

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Upton’s wisdom

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair These words from author and labor movement leader, Upton Sinclair, sum up the attitudes of many constituents who are being disrupted by the incessant digitization of our society.

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Follow The Geeks

Jason Hiner and Lyndsey Glipin are busy writing their book, Follow the Geeks. They are serially sharing the book one chapter at a time — a great idea and if I was to ever write a book, it would be pretty much my preferred mode of writing. The book is about new media innovators and…

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