A New Perspective of the Day: This is What Hanging Out Looks Like in 2013

Check out “I Forgot My Phone,” a short film that paints a bleak and eerily accurate picture of what hanging out with friends actually looks like in today’s mobile age.

The irony of me watching this on my iPhone while playing ball with my dog doesn’t escape me.


I took this photo from my apartment window in Williamsburg. I live in one of the newer buildings with windows that have child safety locks that stop them from opening much more than a few inches. I tried to take the photo from indoors, but the dirty window obscured the brilliant sunset, so I squeezed my arm out the window to get a better shot. This reflection is what it yielded.



Time Is A Dimension

Singaporean photographer Fong Qi Wei latest project, each scene is shot over two to four hours during sunset or sunrise to capture the striking difference within this time frame. 


The simple answer is this: We are wired that way. A story, if broken down into the simplest form, is a connection of cause and effect. And that is exactly how we think. We think in narratives all day long, no matter if it is about buying groceries, whether we think about work or our spouse at home. We make up (short) stories in our heads for every action and conversation. In fact, Jeremy Hsu found [that] “personal stories and gossip make up 65% of our conversations.

Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains (via dch)

And yet every VC will insist the product should market itself, and that any marketing that isn’t SEO or directly measurable is a waste. 

Meanwhile the press ends up writing the story for you, and it ends up being about how much the CEO is worth, or a dumb thing someone accidentally said at a conference, or how you’re a has been or how angry your users are.

Stories matter. Control the story from the beginning. Tell the story from the beginning. Product is not – and never will be – everything.  

(via rickwebb)

100%. This is why investing in marketing & comms from the beginning – which is different than PR, in this instance – is important. Once you let someone else dictate the story, you’re giving up a bit of control. And when you do push towards a press strategy, one tip I give to all of my clients I work with is to write the sorry first, the story that you would want a reporter to write. Helps you identify & immediately articulate the most important points you want others to say.

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.

Paulo Coelho (via kickstarter)

This has been my guiding tenet for all major decisions in my life. I plan on relying on it more than ever in the coming month. Once you make your intentions known, it’s amazing how quickly things begin to fall in place.

Dr. Jay Parkinson: Sometimes Sherpaa amazes me.


I’m in San Francisco for the week after having spent the weekend with Tim O’Reilly and folks at Foocamp. And I’m speaking at a Rock Health conference here on Friday, so I decided to save the environment and just stay and work here for the week. So I just checked in with my team and asked them…

My brilliant friend Jay continues to actually disrupt healthcare, again & again. Also, he has fantastic hair.

Dr. Jay Parkinson: Sometimes Sherpaa amazes me.