Culture Wars: The Rise and Fall of Word Empires

What Google Books can teach us about hummus, God, and the Internet. I recently discovered Google’s Ngram Viewer, which graphs the historical frequency of words in the corpus of books. It’s similar to Google Trends, a tool to explore search volume

Culture Wars: The Rise and Fall of Word Empires

What Google Books can teach us about hummus, God, and the Internet. I recently discovered Google’s Ngram Viewer, which graphs the historical frequency of words in the corpus of books. It’s similar to Google Trends, a tool to explore search volume

The Fifth Best Bartender in Northern Brooklyn

(in the style of Shouts & Murmurs) Who am I? Well, some have called me the fifth best bartender in Brooklyn. Northern Brooklyn, to be precise. I invented the award winning, “The Somewhat New Old Fashioned.” It really captures my

The Fifth Best Bartender in Northern Brooklyn

(in the style of Shouts & Murmurs) Who am I? Well, some have called me the fifth best bartender in Brooklyn. Northern Brooklyn, to be precise. I invented the award winning, “The Somewhat New Old Fashioned.” It really captures my

RIP Google Reader: On the merits of slow reading

I am starting to believe humans will require more processing power and storage soon. Hopefully, that urban legend / 9th grade myth that we only use 10% of our brain is correct. Maybe it’s like a video game: we have

RIP Google Reader: On the merits of slow reading

I am starting to believe humans will require more processing power and storage soon. Hopefully, that urban legend / 9th grade myth that we only use 10% of our brain is correct. Maybe it’s like a video game: we have

Childhood Memories, Photos and the Documentarian Generation

I’ve been thinking a lot about childhood lately. Perhaps it’s the change of the season, the emergence of sand pails and swing sets, the sirens and squeals of ice-cream trucks. Or perhaps it’s that I just moved out of  NY’s

Childhood Memories, Photos and the Documentarian Generation

I’ve been thinking a lot about childhood lately. Perhaps it’s the change of the season, the emergence of sand pails and swing sets, the sirens and squeals of ice-cream trucks. Or perhaps it’s that I just moved out of  NY’s

Midnight Rumblings: History, Memory & Technology

In one of his final poems, Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai explains that forgetting is a part of memory, that it takes two generations to remember, and then one more to forget (Open Closed Open). How do we measure a generation of

Midnight Rumblings: History, Memory & Technology

In one of his final poems, Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai explains that forgetting is a part of memory, that it takes two generations to remember, and then one more to forget (Open Closed Open). How do we measure a generation of

Notes on a Max Richter Concert

The world stop moving sometimes, Gives you space and time to breathe again. To notice the wrinkles in your hand, or the freckles on his cheek. But the bad part is, You have to be paying attention. You have to

Notes on a Max Richter Concert

The world stop moving sometimes, Gives you space and time to breathe again. To notice the wrinkles in your hand, or the freckles on his cheek. But the bad part is, You have to be paying attention. You have to

Forbes: The Next Wave of E-Commerce Innovation

I wrote a piece for Forbes’ Techonomy about what’s next for e-commerce, namely creative commerce. Here’s a snippet, and you can read the full piece here. In the United States, online retail is experiencing double-digit growth. By 2015 it is projected

Forbes: The Next Wave of E-Commerce Innovation

I wrote a piece for Forbes’ Techonomy about what’s next for e-commerce, namely creative commerce. Here’s a snippet, and you can read the full piece here. In the United States, online retail is experiencing double-digit growth. By 2015 it is projected