The Top of @PaulG's Todo List

I would like to avoid making these mistakes. But how do you avoid mistakes you make by default? Ideally you transform your life so it has other defaults. But it may not be possible to do that completely. As long as these mistakes happen by default, you probably have to be reminded not to make them. So I inverted the 5 regrets, yielding a list of 5 commands
Don't ignore your dreams; don't work too much; say what you think; cultivate friendships; be happy.
which I then put at the top of the file I use as a todo list.

Right on, PG.

Google Earth shows off imagery from kites + balloons: @MSNBC reports on latest @breadpig product!

The reason they did all this isn't that they're planning on floating balloons all over the globe, but as an experiment and in order to create an inexpensive toolkit for people to collect their own mapping data. You'll need about $100 and a camera, but then you'll be able to take pictures from a thousand feet in the air and stitch them into one big one.


Public Laboratory

You can buy one here. It includes a large reusable balloon, a thousand feet of line, special gloves and various other necessities for getting your camera up in the air.

Wooo! Thanks so much for the write-up, Devin. And a big congratulations to our non-profit partners over at Public Laboratory!

Our Collective Eating Habits, in One Interactive Graphic @TheAtlantic @MassiveHealth

Massive's put together a neat interactive visualization of Eatery's data that reveals a number of intriguing patterns. Chief among them is the gradual shift over the course of the day, at least in Western countries, from early healthy meals to late-night binges on junk food. As you move your mouse across the map, the spots of green that indicate good-for-you meals fade to yellow before turning into splotches of red after nightfall. This pattern holds whether you're in Paris or Philadelphia.

Another interesting pattern is that the U.S. grows far redder than Europe ever does. That Americans eat poorly compared to Europeans is little surprise, but the colors put it into sharp relief.

Other findings from Massive's data mining:

  • The healthiness of our meals decreases by 1.7 percent every hour of the day.
  • New Yorkers drink 6.7 times the amount of coffee that people in other cities do.
  • People are 57 percent more likely to be obese if their friends are obese.

These figures are based on self-reported data coming from people who can afford smartphones, but even so, it's a novel attempt at trying to understand global nutrition.

I'm a proud investor in these guys. Keep up the good work making us healthier, Aza!

Food Matters: Building a Startup Office Culture One Meal at a Time @ridejoy #proudinvestor

I believe that by sharing and accepting what others share, life can be more satisfying, sustainable, and safe. By making meals in the office, we get to reify our beliefs about sustainability and community by buying raw ingredients from Farm Fresh to You (a CSA program that delivers in San Francisco) and sourcing more ethical meats. Quality meals turn into quality time together.

I can dig it. Keep it up, guys!

That explains it. < blink > really did come from a drunk conversation one night

Saturday morning rolled around and I headed into the office only to find what else but, blinking text.    It was on the screen blinking in all its glory, and in the browser.    How could this be, you might ask?   It turns out that one of the engineers liked my idea so much that he left the bar sometime past midnight, returned to the office and implemented the blink tag overnight.   He was still there in the morning and quite proud of it.

Thanks, /r/TIL!

Talking the online copyright war w @starkness @ystrickler in @Guardian

Alexis Ohanian, Reddit's co-founder, agrees. "I'm hopeful right now. These are not soundbite issues, they are complicated. If you look at the work that Reddit's community did investigating Sopa, you can see that there is a lot of thought going into these issues in the community. Like a lot of rights, I think we took our right to a life online for granted until it was challenged. I think we are on guard now."

Yancey nails it a bit later in the article. Check it out. We the people want to pay artists for their work -- only now they can speak directly with their fans.

Open Letter to Professor Taplin #IU12

UPDATE: Sad news. Levon Helm died not long after our debate. He'd been in poor health for some time, but hopefully there's something we can do with unreleased material, courting the two remaining members to come together, or even a short film about the history of the many musicians "screwed by the industry" as Lester Chambers put it. Let's get the kickstarter project going and fire up an IAMA to promote it.

Thanks for debating me this evening at Fast Company's Innovation Uncensored conference here in NY!

Like I said on stage, I wanted to offer a solution to help make right what the music industry did to members of The Band.

It reminded me of the story Lester Chambers told on reddit a little while back: "I am the 99%. Screwed by the industry."

I'm hopeful that innovations like the ones I discussed tonight and the others that are being worked on by entrepreneurs right now will continue to do right by artists and cut out those who'd mistreat them. Please take a look around kickstarter and reddit and you'll quickly find that the former is already crowd-funding projects in the millions and the latter does not in fact hurt artists in any way (quite the opposite, it's full of communities of music makers sharing tips and comedians making oodles by treating their fans respectfully and directly selling them DRM-free content).

Like I said on stage, it would be an honor to gather members of The Band together to produce one more album with unreleased content or something to honor Levon Helm -- really any kind of creative project they'd like to produce -- (this time funded on kickstarter) and we'll gladly launch it on the IAMA section of reddit.

I'll have my credit card ready, as I'm sure many other redditors (and music fans) will.

Oh, and thank you to FastCompany for inviting me!

CONGRATS! Erik @hueypriest Martin - 2012 @TIME 100: The Most Influential People in the World

If the Web's most powerful images are the ones that go viral, then Erik Martin oversees the most infectious petri dish around. Martin, 33, is the general manager of Reddit, a website whose users submit items and then vote the entries up or down, creating an ever shifting news-popularity tote board. Since its founding in 2005, the site has avoided the influence of corporate brands and self-promoting celebrities, instead favoring the sometimes questionable taste du jour of its hive mind. As Reddit has matured (the site hit 28 million unique monthly visitors last fall) its users have mellowed, even taking up a few altruistic causes along the way. But the next time you find yourself watching a video of a reporter swallowing a fly, you can guess that Reddit probably had something to do with it.