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A Comparative Review – 28 Days with the Fitbit One, Jawbone UP, Nike+ FuelBand, and BodyMedia LINK.

Activity Monitor Review

Wearable tech, activity monitors/trackers, health and fitness gadgets – call them what you will, there is a burgeoning market for these types of devices. The concept is simple enough place something on your person and wear it 24/7 while it uses various sensors to capture data. Then sync your data to a smartphone or computer and magically become healthier. So that last part may not be so simple, but helping you be healthier or at least more conscientious of your health is the purpose of this class of devices. While the market for activity monitors (my preferred name for this class of devices) continues to grow this review aims to examine four activity monitors that are available at brick-and-mortar retail stores, the Fitbit One, Jawbone UP, Nike+ FuelBand, and the BodyMedia LINK. …Continue Reading

Steven Paul Jobs: February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011.

My Favorite Steve Jobs Quote.

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe.

Otherwise why else even be here?”

-Steve Jobs

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Saving the World from Bad Design.

I recently gave a presentation at Ignite Dallas 4 on Saving the World from Bad Design.

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I believe design thinking can save the world. We live in a world that has become jaded to bad design. Everything in our world is designed from our toothbrush to our education system. Why are we so willing to tolerate bad design when it impacts our lives in so many significant and meaningful ways? I for one am mad as hell and I am not going to take it anymore!
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Buzz Word Debrief: Innovation vs. Invention.

In use since the 16th century innovation has become one of the biggest buzz words in business during the last decade crescendoing into a deafening noise. Over used and over hyped, the word innovation itself has lost meaning. One of the most important unintended consequences is a lack of focus and understanding of the word invention vs. innovation.
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TedTalk Classics – Show me the Data.

Hans Rosling shows us the power of data visualization. Rosling makes data feel accesible and uses it to tell a story in a way that is inspiring while debunking common myths, but more than anything else it is his passion that sucks you in. Be sure to visit Gapminder.org and check out the new desktop version of Gapminder that is available.
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The Laws of Simplicity Go Mainstream.

There has been a boon of minimalist applications released for the Mac App Store and the App Store. Information Architects, Inc. has a great video to promote the release of their latest application, iA Writer for the Mac, that really sums up this trend the best.
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Exit Stage Left: Gil Scott-Heron.

We often underestimate the influence that poetry has had on American culture. With Gil Scott-Heron’s passing it is an opportunity to be cognizant of the influence that poetry has had on the American culture during the later half of the 20th century.

Ginsberg, Kerouac, and the Beat Poets began to blur the lines between poetry and music in the 50′s. The Beat generation set the stage for those to come later including Gil Scott-Heron, the Last Poets, Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, et al. The cause and effect of poetic and musical influences is an interesting trail to follow.
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A Reason to Blog.

He who understands everything about

his subject cannot write it.

I write as much to discover as to explain.”

-Arthur Miller