The Galloping Vendors There had just been again weeks of violent unrest in the world, but I was quite a few countries away, together in a sprawling São Paulo street market with a colleague and our big happy-but-guarded driver. The three of us were amiably ambling amidst a big, colorful, confusing, and crowded set of… Continue reading Two Brazil short stories – The Galloping Vendors and the Patient Kindness of Strangers
Have you heard about TipJoy and the still-very-small phenomena of tipping (real money) on the web? It’s quite fascinating, in my opinion, and I certainly have very mixed feelings on this issue. PLUSES: I admire how the founder gets “out there” to talk about his service… but not only about his service. I think there’s… Continue reading Tipping online — Stupid or brilliant or both?
Today’s entry is short and wonderful. Behold, in the video below, Matt Harding… “dancing” around the world, one city at a time. At the 54 second mark, watch the video really come alive when he delights countless locales who join in the dancing… and, i guarantee, charms all of you watching, too :-D. For more… Continue reading Where the hell is Matt? — Huge smiles guaranteed!
A friend of mine just let me know of a frustrating and seemingly unfair issue in his neck of the woods: A popular and much-loved priest in South Dakota is apparently about to be deported due to what seems to be a pretty lame bureaucratic snafu (pemanent residency application accepted but later lost/misplaced). An advocacy… Continue reading Bureaucratic snafu snags Catholic Priest and leaves me wondering: what’s my role?
I just learned from BLADAM member Flathead in the Netherlands that there’s a worldwide movement involving Free Hugs. I just watched a few snippets, and this just totally made my day! 😀 It also brings to mind some thoughts I shared in an early blog entry (”Non-sexual Healin’” ) […] It was then that I… Continue reading Free hugs and the beauty of human touch
In the marvelous The Week magazine (March 2007 edition quoting a USA Today / Gallup poll), it was disclosed that 53% of Americans wouldn’t vote for an atheist for U.S. President (and, unsurprisingly but just as sadly, 43% said they wouldn’t vote for a homosexual, either). Barring a horribly worded poll question—which, I concede, isn’t… Continue reading Provincial half-wits okay, but no Goddamned atheists!
I am an avid fan—and financial supporter—of KQED, the Bay Area’s public radio station. And once again, I’ve been massively annoyed by the most recent (and seemingly monthly) pledge drive. A few thoughts have sprung up into my head: Damn, this sucks. I already donated; why do I have to continue to listen to this?!… Continue reading Would "Required Donation" work?
I’m planning on quitting twitter. Flickr—at least as a social site—is getting frustratingly unwieldly. You know why? Because pretty much all social sites like this treat all my friends, co-workers, acquaintances, online buddies the same, and it’s a big, stupid, completely off-putting mess! Sure, these services want to reduce complexity… they know that many folks… Continue reading All "friends" aren’t created equal! (why we need better relationship marking in social networks)
Stupid disclaimers. You know ‘em, and you probably either ignore them or laugh at them. Slightly enhanced samples that are either spoken at 420 words a minute or that take up a bazillion lines of tiny tiny text on the back of ads in news magazines. “Warning: Stunt driver on stunt track in stunt car. … Continue reading Zap ridiculous disclaimers, reform CEO pay in one fell swoop
I recently noticed that a fellow Googler posted some thoughtful tips about interviewing at Google, and — now that I’m a bit more comfortable blogging about Work — I figured I’d contribute to the conversation a bit by offering my own, unofficial tips. Note the unofficial part. I work in Search Quality; aside from occasionally… Continue reading Getting hired by Google