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  • Google's open-sourced icons

    As part of their Material Design visual language, Google has open-sourced a package of 750 icons. More info here. Tags: design   Google...
  • Simple CPU

    Very quickly, here's how a computer works at the simplest level. Want to see how computers store data? This next device is called a 'D-Latch'. It holds a binary bit. The top switch is the value to...
  • Gone but not forgotten

    From A Continuous Lean, a review of some of NYC's most beloved bygone music venues, including The Cotton Club (closed 1940), The Gaslight Cafe (closed 1971), and CBGB (closed 2006). Despite being loc...
  • Computer generated running

    If you want to watch a bunch of realistic looking fake people run into a slowly spinning metal bar (and you really should want to watch it), this is the video for you: It's better bigger or with so...
  • [Sponsor] Uuni Stack, a stylish set of stacking bowls for dough proofing, prep, and storage

    Kristian Tapaninaho is passionate about pizza. His first Kickstarter project was a small wood-fired pizza oven which was described by one reviewer as "the Macbook Air of pizza ovens". For his second p...
  • #115: Remembering Jody Sherman

    Jody never took a call by saying “Hello.” He always answered by barking his own name into the phone: “Jody.” As if that voice could have belonged anyone else. He was often in a...
  • #114: The Answer is Just a Click Away

    About twenty people walked into the room, sat down and slid their phones, iPads, and other devices towards the center of the table. It was the last session of the conference and the rules were simple.
  • Confession #113: Get Off My Stoop

    When news of the unthinkable comes, we all head for the front stoop. Today, that stoop is virtual, and the digital neighbors with whom we share the news of the moment communicate with us via tweets, s...
  • Confession #112: Screen Rage

    At five years-old, it’s no fun getting interrupted while you’re focused on something. As a parent, I compensate for that by employing a series of intricately planned measures to guide my s...
  • Confession #111: They Know You’re Reading This

    I was recently complaining to a teller at my bank that the another bank down the street had given my 3 year-old daughter a stuffed horse for nothing more than walking past the front door. I jokingly a...
  • Hiatus

    This blog is on hiatus, but you can follow me on Twitter and at DIY Drones, where I’m posting daily. I’ll use this blog for occasional longer pieces that don’t fit either of those two other spot...
  • The Long Tail of Travel

    For a recent speech to a travel company, we pulled together some data on the changing shape of travel due to low-cost carriers, online travel information and social-media driven word of mouth taking t...
  • Is this how the singularity happens?

    This was one of those freaky moments when the future sneaks up and smacks you. I was on a plane earlier this week and took a break from work to watch the movie while they served dinner. It was Termina...
  • Netflix data shows shifting demand down the Long Tail

    A team at Wharton did some Long Tail analysis on the Netflix ratings data the company released for its Netflix Prize. Although I don’t agree with many of the conclusions in their paper (like some ot...
  • A New York Times Bestseller!

    If you checked out today’s New York Times Book Review section, you’ll see that FREE made the list in its first week of eligibility. It’s #12, tied for #11 (that’s what that little asterisk mea...
  • Instapaper 4: Deciding to Read

    Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone The lede here is that my pal, Marco, has just released the stellar new 4.0 version of his Instapaper suite. This is fantastic news, and–as if yo...
  • Cranking

    1. Nothing wrecks your living room decor quite like a giant, rented hospital bed. The one my Dad laid in for a couple months in the fall of 1974 was an alarmingly stiff and sturdy affair, the frame...
  • Scared Shitless

    Merlin Mann - "Scared Shitless: How I (Mostly) Learned to Love Being Afraid of Pretty Much Everything" Download MP4 Video of "Scared Shitless" This is the video of a talk I did last month at Webstoc...
  • Nerdiest Interview Ever: MPU Workflows Part II

    MPU 046: Workflows with Merlin Mann II « Mac Power Users Download MP3 Huffduff It I have the life that I have because I've made a lot of weird decisions, and they've worked out well.
  • Fear

    So, yeah. I'll be speaking at Webstock pretty soon. Which is insanely intimidating. I think I may have my topic. ”Fear” was written by Merlin Mann for 43Folders.com and was originally posted on...
  • MacReady Exterminating - They Ain't Afraid Of A Thing

    MacReady Exterminating by Joefixit2Do you have a pest problem that requires some specialized attention? Is your compound crawling with things? Then you need to call MacReady Exterminating, the only ga...
  • President of Belarus Declares His Nation's Sausage Free of Toilet Paper

    (Photo: government of Belarus)Comrades, our moment of liberation is at hand! Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the President of Belarus, has declared that toilet paper is completely absent from the sausage that...
  • Ten Cool Products Invented by Kids

    Hart Cain of New Philadelphia, Ohio, pictured above, was thirteen years old in 2010. At the time, his sister was selling candles for a school fundraiser. Hart didn't like the girly scents of his siste...
  • Turtle Twerks in the Shower

    (Video Link)The relaxing water puts this turtle in the mood to dance. Laugh if you like. But we all do this in the shower, right? Just remember that no one wants to see a video of that scene.-via Tast...
  • Artist Gives Grandma's Ceramic Figurines A Black Metal Makeover

    Thrift store shoppers come across ceramic figurines all the time, figurines which probably remind them of their grandma’s house, but one savvy shopper saw those tchotchkes as an opportunity to m...
  • October 20, 2014

    Officials declare dozens of people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan are now no longer at risk of Ebola. High school dropouts with wealthy backgrounds tend to earn as much as college grads wit...
  • The Power of Ritual

    An artist’s personal issues become manifest through dozens of identically dressed little men.
  • October 17, 2014

    Obama possibly to name a “czar” to manage the government’s response to Ebola, which has so far infected three people in the US. Dallas worker who handled the Ebola patient’s lab...
  • Detroit State of Mind

    by Dana McMahan What I end up saying when I try to explain to people, and myself, why I bought a vacation house in Detroit.
  • October 16, 2014

    Dallas County Commissioners set to declare a “state of disaster” after two cases of Ebola. America’s most dire threat at present is a “hugely overhyped fear” of Ebola...
  • How to recruit women in tech

    Etsy’s work in creating a friendly place for women in tech should be widely emulated. Don’t just sit and wait for women to apply for jobs. Make sure your company is friendly to women. Let...
  • Links to Things I Agree With

    The Death of Adulthood In American Culture. I talked about the tragic loss of American adulthood in an interview with Free Lunch Diaries a couple years ago. Oddly, people are also talking about the de...
  • Memorization, Facts and Learning to Learn

    “Never memorize what you can look up in books” is a quote often attributed to Einstein, though what he actually said was somewhat different. He was asked, but did not know the speed of sou...
  • Startups as a Second Language

    One of the issues we face here in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is a sense that the people all around us are as conversant in startup and tech culture as we are. But we need to remember, and remind...
  • You don’t have to be pretty

    You Don’t Have to Be Pretty. You don’t owe prettiness to anyone. Not to your boyfriend/spouse/partner, not to your co-workers, especially not to random men on the street. You don’t o...
  • Talking Plants with Gayla Trail

    It was a great pleasure to have this conversation with my longtime garden hero, Gayla Trail. We talk desert plants,…...
  • What We Can Learn from the Twitter Block Fiasco

    After an intense night of thrash, including a lively #RestoreTheBlock hashtag, Twitter reverted the change. Now, then. What have we learned? And what can other companies with large communities take aw...
  • The Argument Machine

    I'm not saying that Twitter was designed to create arguments. I'm just saying that, if you set out to create an Argument Machine, it'd come out looking a lot like Twitter.
  • The Right Words in the Right Order

    You learn things when you start a company. When I cofounded 8020, I learned to ask the difficult questions. When I cofounded JPG Magazine with my wife, I learned how important it was for everyone to b...
  • Cute-Fight Hangs Up Its Gloves

    About a year ago, when I introduced Cute-Fight, I told the story of telling my dad about it. He asked if people would really fight each other's pets to see who's cutest. I ended the post with, "We'll...
  • Cursors

    collaborative multiplayer game  ...
  • Runnin' On Empty

    Dave Fothergill's Maya crowd simulation is hilarious and hypnotic: But it's missing a soundtrack, don't you think? Here, I made one for it over on Tilde.club. ...
  • Justin Hall at XOXO

    We're posting every XOXO talk on YouTube, one every weekday in speaker order, and we're a little over halfway through. There's some really amazing stuff in there already, it's hard for me to even pick...
  • CVS BANGERS 3

    I will never tire of this  ...
  • Gamergate Is Running Out of Heroes

    If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably gleaned how I feel about Gamergate. I'm not even going to attempt to summarize it—this covers it pretty well. When 4chan started banning every Gamer...
  • How We Got To Now, the Book

    Last Tuesday was the publication date for How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World. It’s my ninth book, but the first to be accompanied by a TV series, airing on PBS beginning o...
  • What Jelly Means

    A few months ago, I found this strange white mold growing in my garden in California. I’m a novice gardener, and to make matters worse, a novice Californian, so I had no idea what these small white...
  • How We Got To Now

    Every now and then in life you find yourself in a situation where you have to pause for a second and ask yourself: what unlikely sequence of events has led me to this point? I had one of those moments...
  • The GovLab

    Several years ago, my friend and now collaborator Beth Noveck began developing a program that she called Peer-to-Patent, a software platform that allowed outside experts and informed amateurs to contr...
  • What Peer Progressives Really Believe

    If you have patience for this kind of online debate, The New Republic is now running my extended response to Evgeny Morozov's review (along with a new response from him). It cites a number of the misl...
  • iPad Spinners

    Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the te...
  • Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised.

    Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve...
  • How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together

    My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.” For a group of otherwise competent women, we’v...
  • Finding Apps: a Personal Experience

    This morning I needed an app, but I had no idea where to start. I knew what the app should do, but did it exist? Here’s my story. The Problem We received this in the mail this morning. It...
  • Extra Drawings

    For the last ten months at Basecamp I have been the guy that draws stuff. After making occasional contributions at 37signals over the years, they tapped me to make hand drawn images for the Basecamp...
  • Resurrecting Sherlock

    Seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC Sherlock are genius, but Season 3 is...lazy. Can it be fixed? My latest....
  • A restaurant without tips?

    I worked in food service for about 10 years. I always made great tips, and I have no problem with the tipping system. But I found this article on running a no-tip restaurant compelling, particularly h...
  • Grandmothers and the food they make

    Grandmothers from around the world pose with their signature dishes. What beautiful women and what intriguing food. I have a hard time thinking about Caterpillar in Tomato Sauce, but the final dish do...
  • NPR's Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

    I'm not particularly nerdy, but I was still surprised that I've read only 23 out of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books. (Tally your total here.) I enjoy both genres, so I'll use thi...
  • Why I Love UX Week

    Every year, San Francisco company Adaptive Path hosts a conference called UX Week, and I sometimes get to go for a day or so. This year, I was at the opening and the closing days of the conference, an...
  • Library

    A few weeks ago, I rejoined the Library and promptly put several books from my Amazon wishlist on the "request" list. They were sent to my local library (the Chinatown branch, which is near...
  • Sindy's 1972 -1976 Wardrobe

    Oh I love the Internet. I was daydreaming about my favorite doll growing up: Britain's answer to Barbie - Sindy, and I decided to see if I could find images of the outfits I had for her when I was you...
  • Jamie and Me

    This is classic procrastinator behavior. When I was in Ireland, fellow lazy blogger Dave and I made a pact that we would do two blog posts before the end of February, so what do I do? Two posts in one...
  • Tim

    We found out on Friday January 29th that my dad's scan had revealed colon cancer which had spread to his liver. By Monday, February 1st I was on a plane home. I just couldn't stand to not be there. I...
  • Minimum & Maximum Viable Civilizations,

    The physical constraints on the design of civilizations and how this relates to the Fermi Paradox. One of the features of any civilization is information transfer. In fact, this is the principal featu...
  • CERN Talk. Beyond WWW

    Cern talk. David Galbraith: Beyond WWW from divadwg Above is my talk at CERN for the 2013 Open days. It covers the cultural impact of the web. Here’s a video version on the CERN site: Beyond WWW...
  • The First Internet Company In Shoreditch

    In 1994 I started the first Internet company, Realtime Anywhere, in Shoreditch, what is now, 20 years later the center of London’s ‘Tech City’. What was London’s Internet cente...
  • Skunk Puppying: dealing with legal threats with cute animals.

    I registered designskunkworks.com, thinking it would be a good name for an Internet product company, not realizing that Skunkworks was a real, trademarked facility run by Lockheed Martin or that you c...
  • In Which I am About to go to Germany, Austria and France. Also, notPorn.

    It's autumn in this part of the world, and the trees are amazingly beautiful. A few weeks ago they were red and green, now they're mostly shades of brown, orange and gold, and every now and again a tr...
  • In which you and I go to Tasmania together.

    I have a small gold owl on the lapel of my jacket, with the letters B and e underneath it, and people often ask me what it represents. I tell them it's from the Bookend Trust, and then explain that, d...
  • Seminudity of the daughter-embarrassing kind.

    It's been ages, and I kept promising myself I'd do a blog update, and then other stuff would happen, and somehow in there the blog never got updated.So. Right. Lots of stuff has happened since the las...
  • Why I am Smiling In This Picture

    One of the reasons I'm smiling so widely in this picture is I'd just been talking to the people in Azraq camp who run the child friendly space it was taken in. They were mostly from UNICEF. They had e...
  • How I discovered I had slipped into a parallel universe

    Here's things that people would probably like to know...This is the poster for TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS Reading Event at the Carnegie Hall (and it lists the other gigs too. I think there...
  • My greatest triumph!

    Sorry. I can't resist. John Carson, a fellow runner from Canada, unearthed this photo from the archives of the Toronto Star. It's the finals of the 1500 meters at the Ontario 14-year-old championships...
  • Drug Development

    On Forbes.com, the drug industry analyst Avik Roy has written a comment on my piece "The Treatment" in last week's New Yorker. A few small points, in response. Roy is of the impression that...
  • Speaking Tour!

    I will be doing a short tour of the U.K. next week, speaking on a brand new mystery topic! I'll be in Edinburgh on Sunday May 9th, Oxford on the 10th, Manchester on the 11th and Newcastle on the 12th.
  • Pinker, Round Two

    In Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, Steven Pinker responds to my description of him as occupying the “lonely ice floe of IQ fundamentalism”: What Malcolm Gladwell calls a “lonely ice floe...
  • Letting Igons be Igons

    From "Blowing Up," by Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, April 22,2002...
  • Fuck Smores

    Graham Crackers were created to stifle the libido. Marshmallows are a sickly-sweet, cloying blob that, when properly heated, becomes a sort of confectionery napalm, a...
  • The diversity story no one is telling.

    In my my latest piece for Medium, I wrote about an issue that's been bugging me for a long time: Asian American men in tech...
  • Beyond the Tyranny of Dad Tweets

    Much of my presence on social media, especially on Twitter, is predicated on the foilbes of parenthood. "Dad Tweets" are a venerable staple of the...
  • Mo' JOMO

    It's always nice when an idea has a little bit of staying power. A few weeks ago, Yahoo Health featured a piece about 8 Ways...
  • 15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging

    This summer marked 15 years since I first started blogging here, and I'm happier than ever that I've chosen to live so much of my...
  • battery feedback loops

    iOS 8 to Include Battery Usage Per App: Along with the features that were demoed on stage, an iOS 8 graphic displayed some additional functions that went largely under the radar, many of which look...
  • four links, may 27

    Maciej's talk for Beyond Tellerand. "These big collections of personal data are like radioactive waste. It's easy to generate, easy to store in the short term, incredibly toxic, and almos...
  • not quite muzak

    Nate Patrin at Pitchfork has a great link-ridden piece on The Strange World of Library Music: If there's such a thing as ephemeral music, this is it—recordings that were meant for a certain mo...
  • metafilter & google

    Matt Haughey lays it all out re. the current state and future of Metafilter. There is a lot of heartbreak in his post; I haven't been active on Metafilter for years, but I appreciate and admire th...
  • a cell network for things

    MIT Technology Review: Silicon Valley to get a Cellular Network Just for Things: [SigFox] will use the unlicensed 915-megahertz spectrum band commonly used by cordless phones. Objects connected to S...
  • Inside an entrepreneur’s sausage factory

    I will be assigning all my entrepreneurial journalism students to listen to every episode of Alex Blumberg’s podcast about starting a podcast company. It is an open, honest, true portrayal of th...
  • A most cynical letter from a most cynical company

    Robert Thomson, CEO of News Corp., just sent a monumentally cynical letter to the EU attacking Google, matching the letter from a posse of European publishers led by Germany’s Axel Springer and...
  • Technoeuropanic

    Europe is at it again. Or still. I’m told that a consortium of European publishers will run an ad in European papers this weekend attacking Google and the EU’s antitrust deal with the comp...
  • The problem with “takes” is the business model of mass media

    A very good take on why all news organizations think they “need a take on that” becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, being followed by another take and then another take on the Awl’s...
  • What could social journalism do for Ferguson?

    It took too long, but finally the attention of American journalism turned to Ferguson. Is the crush and focus of network cameras and big-paper reporters helping Ferguson or exploiting its struggle? Th...
  • October 20, 2014

    Officials declare dozens of people who had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan are now no longer at risk of Ebola. High school dropouts with wealthy backgrounds tend to earn as much as college grads wit...
  • The Power of Ritual

    An artist’s personal issues become manifest through dozens of identically dressed little men.
  • October 17, 2014

    Obama possibly to name a “czar” to manage the government’s response to Ebola, which has so far infected three people in the US. Dallas worker who handled the Ebola patient’s lab...
  • Detroit State of Mind

    by Dana McMahan What I end up saying when I try to explain to people, and myself, why I bought a vacation house in Detroit.
  • October 16, 2014

    Dallas County Commissioners set to declare a “state of disaster” after two cases of Ebola. America’s most dire threat at present is a “hugely overhyped fear” of Ebola...
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