Truthiness to power

"Now, I’m not a fan of the government doing anything — but why isn’t the government doing ANYTHING?”

OMG. That is so US.

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Truthiness to power

"Now, I’m not a fan of the government doing anything — but why isn’t the government doing ANYTHING?”

OMG. That is so US.

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Here we go future magic

How Dentsu London and BERG London create stop-motion iPad light paintings: “We extrude the single 3D animation frame as light in the air.” Brilliant.

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The future magic is now

How Dentsu London and BERG London create stop-motion iPad light paintings: “We extrude the single 3D animation frame as light in the air.” Brilliant.

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The hour grows late

Hot damn. Is it after midnight already? Figures.

I’ve lost another night to the SXSW Panel Picker.

In my defense, there is a veritable ton of ideas to reckon with this year (2412 of…

The hour grows late

Hot damn. Is it after midnight already? Figures.

I’ve lost another night to the SXSW 2011 Panel Picker.

In my defense, there is a veritable ton of ideas to reckon with this year (2412, to be exact). Many are killer. And if, by some stretch of the imagination, you don’t have the time or energy to sift through them all, don’t fret: here are some standouts to get you started.

So peruse ‘til your heart’s content. All I ask is that if you like what you see, show it. Vote. Comment. Spread the word. The Panel Picker’s only open through Friday, so do what you can over the next 48 hours. Then, come Saturday, we can all rest easy.

And then, of course, there are the panels from my co-workers at Springbox and me. Do us a kindness and send some love our way.

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Our trip to Portugal

After a decade of daydreaming about it, Sara and I finally made it to Portugal for a couple of weeks. I can honestly say it was worth the crazy long wait.

Our trip began…

Our trip to Portugal

After a decade of daydreaming about Portugal, Sara and I finally made it out there for a couple of weeks. I can honestly say it was worth the crazy long wait.

Our trip began and ended in the Estremadura, where we stayed in Amadora for a week and used the almighty Lisbon Card to check out the region together. Sure, we had to deal with some thugs in the train station once. And yes, a baby threw up at my feet. It was still pretty fantastic.

Week two was horse of a different color. It started with a drive up the Autostrada to the GPS-proof part of the Beira Litoral. Once there, we village-hopped around the countryside and partied nonstop with Sara’s extended family. Festivals, pig roasts, you name it. Voa (Sara’s grandmother) outlasted us every night.

Humbled, we’d retreat to Voa’s house — a place called the Italu — which everyone we met seemed to know is haunted by a playboy ghost named Amaral (only women can see him, but he’s known to tickle men’s feet). Needless to say, our willingness to stay there earned us instant cred. Or scorn. Seriously, it’s hard to tell the difference when you don’t really speak the Portuguese so much.

Plenty of other stuff happened during our trip, too. I won’t bore you with the details, but I will encourage you to flip through our photos for more of the story. Or we can just say we had ourselves a time and leave it at that.

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The Big Reveal

As Facebook’s torrent fiasco and the Wikileaks war logs controversy have made crystal clear, big data has gotten too big to ignore. While we’d all like to think our data is secure, that belief runs contrary to the train of thought that information wants to be free.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with that line of thinking, it’s hard to deny that projects like IBM Research’s World Fact Dashboard empower us to look at the world in amazing new ways. In fact, one could argue that what we lose in personal privacy, we gain in collective knowledge.

So, what do you think — is it worth the tradeoff?

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Dear Diary: I Think @dcurtis Likes Me

Scratch that — I know Dustin likes me. He said so the other day! :D And he’s got pretty high standards, so I know he isn’t just saying that to get into my beta like some people (I don’t even have one, haters).

Still I can’t help but wonder if Dustin’s into me because he really thinks I’m smart and pretty, or if he just wants me because I’m here and it’s convenient right now. So tell me, diary: will it last? Will we last?

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