Monthly Archives: February 2011

Time Lapse Journey Through Japan

Brad Kremer is known as one of the most highly regarded and influential snowboard movie filmers/directors in the industry. In fact, he heads the cinematography division at Burton Snowboards, where he directs and produces Burton’s films and commercials, and directs film crews worldwide. Kremer’s considered a pioneer and innovator in the industry, and has recently [...]

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What Motivates Top Performance?

We’re not as predictable as you might think. The RSA has put together a great animation explaining motivation, incentives, and top performance. Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, shows that many traditional motivational schemes, especially bonuses and financial incentive, don’t really work.  In fact, study after study shows that [...]

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Simple Websites = Best for Small Business

When we’re talking about small business websites, it’s useful to remember that usually, less is more. Customers aren’t coming to your website for any other reason than to find the things that they want.  It’s really that simple. Whether they want directions to your shop, a printable lunch menu, or the monthly calendar of company [...]

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Science & Symphony

José Francisco Salgado is an astronomer, experimental photographer, and visual artist who uses art as a vehicle to communicate science.  He is also an award-winning director and producer, an astronomy professor, and executive director of KV 265, a non-profit organization with the mission of communicating science. He’s also one of the few astronomers that’s been [...]

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BREAKING NEWS: The Internet Isn’t A Fad

Business websites, small business blogs, web hosting, domain name registration and social media all see big gains in 2010. According to the numbers reported by Pingdom, the Internet isn’t a fad.  In fact, it’s becoming ubiquitous. The number of people using the Internet increased 14% in 2010, to 1.97 billion.  The vast majority of users [...]

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JC Penney’s Busted for “Black Hat” SEO

Today’s New York Times has a fantastic piece about search engine optimization, especially “black hat” SEO and an excellent explaination of JC Penney’s alleged attempts at manipulating search engine rankings. JC Penney’s was, until last week, consistently ranked #1 in Google’s search results for highly lucrative and competitive terms like “dresses,” “bedding,” and “area rugs,” [...]

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Discovery Prepares for Final Flight

The space shuttle Discovery has orbited the earth more than 5000 times.  It has spent over a year in space, and has been launched and returned to earth 38 times.  It carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit and was the first space vehicle piloted by a woman, Colonel Eileen Collins.  It’s illustrious history in [...]

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Happy Belated Birthday, Thomas Edison

Yesterday, February 11th, Google’s homepage featured a Google Doodle commemorating the birth of one of America’s greatest inventors, Thomas Alva Edison. It got us thinking about his legacy, and about many of the things we use today (and take for granted) that are thanks to his curiosity and inventive spirit. Besides holding 1,093 patents, The [...]

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I’ll Take “Ratings Bonanza” for $1000, Alex

Read Later Does Brad look nervous? On Monday, February 14, IBM’s newest supercomputer, Watson, will challenge (and undoubtedly destroy) Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, Jeopardy’s biggest money winners and power players in the world of general knowledge trivia. Ken and Brad definitely know their stuff, but Watson, with it’s (his?) 15 terabytes of RAM (that’s [...]

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AgileZen for Productivity Bliss

Right this instant, my personal kanboard board’s “Now” column says I need to write a blog post about AgileZen. Since I’ve begun mind mapping my personal and professional goals, I’ve started adding them to my backlog of tasks and visually prioritizing them using AgileZen.  It has transformed my productivity. I’ve used personal kanban for the [...]

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