The earthshaking benefit of big data

The earthquake that hit the Bay Area this weekend (and hardly woke me up) left many Napa residents with damaged homes, properties, roads, and well, wine. While the costs are continuing to be put together, there’s a big data piece that we’re actually missing. As our homes and apartments shook and woke many residents up, Jawbone was able…

Two Eyes Are Better Than One

That chicken scratch drawing of your mom at the age of 4 may actually have some correlation with how intelligent you are later in life. According to a recent study, the more accurate of drawings (2 eyes rather than 3, 4 or 5) belong to future intellects. Wonder what Picasso would say about this…The question that this…

Designing for a 3D body, not a 2D drawing

“When you think about the body as a 3D object or even 4D, then you start thinking really  differently about how you design tech and you don’t think about it as a flat object any more.”   I mean just imagine feeling like David Beckham or Beyonce as they perform…but without the sweat. Super cool…

Baby, You Can Drive My Car

I’ve marveled at the idea of self-driving cars for quite some time, feeling like they were some futuristic way that would make lives easier. Imagine not having to sit in LA, NY, SF or [insert metropolitan area with moderate to awful traffic here] traffic on the way home to and from work. Productivity could increase as we could…

Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie

Table for One

While most restaurants will always serve a lone customer whether at the bar or a table, individuals who dine alone are often given a side glance of empathy with thoughts of “Oh, he/she must be single and just needing to eat tonight. Maybe we should talk to him/her.” I’m not blind to doing this myself,…

We are no longer alone…

“The power of the internet sits in the ability to connect people around the world with the click of a button. No longer are we alone in our personal fights.”  I am one of the (approximately) 190,000 people who have watched IO TILLET WRIGHT’S TED TALK ON YOUTUBE, one of the 5,469 people who have also…

Our Own Ideas

“So what I want to argue for is not that we should give up on our ideas of success, but we should make sure that they are our own. We should focus in on our ideas and make sure that we own them, that we are truly the authors of our own ambitions. Because it’s…

Let’s Ban Bossy

“While a man is a ‘boss,’ a woman is ‘bossy.’  How do we change these stereotypes? Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice, & Anna Maria Chávez seek to change this. “My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. … I would call meetings where we’d decide things like what color to paint the living…

Aloe Blacc

I fell in love with Aloe Blacc’s sound after hearing “I Need A Dollar,” but this article made me fall for him as a musician too. It’s clear that he knows who he is as an artist and with time, I think he will get the credit that he really deserves. But until then, I’ll…

A New Barbie Look

Nickolay Lamm has decided that the Barbie needs a new look – and we’re not talking about a new swimsuit. The new “Lammily” Barbie, now supported on Kickstarter, is adding itself to toys that encourage healthy and active girls. “The Lammily doesn’t just have the realistic proportions of the average 19-year-old woman — she also…