At 11:01am Sunday morning, in 90-degree heat, I crossed the finish line in Central Park and completed my year-long goal of finishing the New York City Triathlon. I was exhausted and frustrated (more on that later), but at that moment, as soon as I stopped running and realized I was done, I was overcome with … Continue reading Tri, Tri Again.
I am going to be speaking today, June 17th, at the OMMA Publish conference here in New York City, on a panel entitled “Optimizing for Performance: Adding Value to Your Site”. OMMA is focused on online media marketing and advertising, publishing several trade magazines and sponsoring several conferences each year in these areas. My panel … Continue reading OMMA Nom Nom Nom
UX Social is Olga Howard‘s new initiative to investigate connections between user experience design and public policy. Recently Olga has been interviewing information architects about their views about IA in the public sector. She interviewed quite a few of us at last month’s IA Summit in sunny Miami. Her interview with me is now posted … Continue reading Interview: IA in the Public Sector
I am currently training for my first triathlon, the New York Triathlon on July 20. (Holy crap, that’s only 9 weeks away!) Anyway, last weekend I competed in the Prospect Park Mother’s Day Duathlon right here in Brooklyn. This was my second duathlon (I ran my first one last August), and this time I did … Continue reading My Third Race
My wife is tinydiva. She is a musician. Her band is called Masolit. They are awesome. Seriously. And you should see them play their world debut performance live this Saturday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Timing: Saturday, March 22, 2008 7:00 pm: The Creationists 8:00 pm: Masolit Location: MTAA 60 North 6th Street, 2nd floor Williamsburg, Brooklyn, … Continue reading Masolit
It’s hard to understate the pride I felt on behalf of my colleagues at Behavior when I read these words in Friday’s New York Times: “The Museum of Modern Artâ€™s elegantly plain exhibition of Georges Seuratâ€™s drawings begins with an unexpectedly extraordinary moment of computerized art viewing. Seuratâ€™s four surviving notebooks have been converted to electronic versions that â€” with a touch of a finger â€” visitors can flip through, page by digital page, from cover to dog-eared cover.”
Whenever I travel in Bible Belt country or in so-called “red states”, I am often struck by the absolute depravity and crass exploitation that I see all around me — in places where, as conventional wisdom would have it, the people are supposed to be the most morally upstanding Americans, especially when compared to people like me, an amoral atheist New Yorker.
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (the people who run the subways) have done a test installation of a new feature to help riders orient themselves as they exit our often-labyrinthine subway stations. They’re placing sidewalk-level signage to tell riders which way is north and indicating which direction the nearest streets and avenues can be … Continue reading Subway Orienteering
This is the least humiliating frame from my whole clip. I’ve recently started a swimming training program so I can competently complete my weakest part of the trifecta: Running, biking, and swimming. Hopefully by next summer I will be ready for my goal, to compete in the New York City Triathlon. An interesting aspect of … Continue reading Our Swimmer
The New York Times is ending their TimesSelect “service” as of tomorrow, September 19th. Despite my deep resentment of the whole TimesSelect idea in the first place, I applaud the Times’ decision to end it and to finally align themselves with the way the web’s culture of thought actually works. During the 2004 election cycle, … Continue reading TimesSelect is Dead. Times Op-Ed Columnists Become Relevant Again.