August 17, 2009 (@3:37 pm)

Car Fuel Tank Shape: Actual vs. Deduced

Deduced shape based on long-term study of fuel gauge behavior.

Car Fuel Tank Shape: Actual vs. Deduced

August 12, 2009 (@10:11 am)

A Little Trick to Expose More User Data on LinkedIn

Given the enthusiasm with which yesterday’s absurd Onion headline about Internet privacy was circulated, I decided to publish this slightly devious, slightly concerning, slightly useful little trick for circumventing the privacy constraints on LinkedIn’s search utility. In this post, I describe a technique that exposes additional user data about people outside your network whom you find via LinkedIn Search.

August 10, 2009 (@5:35 pm)

Data on Start-up Success Says: Start Businesses Early and Often

For the entrepreneurs who might be reading this, let me first extend my apologies … to your spouses and families. The data I’m about to share suggests that the key to entrepreneurial success may not be how good your business idea is or how much money you have to launch it, but rather how many times you try.

August 7, 2009 (@2:23 pm)

Finding: Job Elimination Is More Newsworthy than Job Growth

With the announcement of today’s “jobs numbers” I thought I should publish some data I collected on how the mass media covers this ritual monthly release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Employment Situation” report, one of the most regular and widely consumed sources of information about U.S. jobs.

A couple potentially interesting findings are:

August 6, 2009 (@12:09 pm)

Facebook’s Reach: Mining the Facebook Ad Platform for Data

I’ve been speculating on a new Web project, gathering information to help me decide if a standalone website is indeed the best vehicle for the new venture, or if it could run on top of Facebook either as a Facebook App or Facebook Page. In the course of my research, I came across a handy technique for exposing otherwise unpublished information about Facebook’s users. This little trick is probably well-known in some circles, but I haven’t seen it widely discussed, so here goes:

August 5, 2009 (@8:32 am)

The Original Three-Body Problem

For my nerd friends who became parents, or are thinking of doing so…

The Original Three-Body Problem

August 4, 2009 (@12:19 am)

Marketing That Makes the Product Better

I’ve always felt that I should hate advertising. After all, shouldn’t I resent the TV spots and magazine blow-ins, the billboards and subway placards, the online banners and popups, all the devices the world’s media planners have devised to manipulate me and sell my “eyeballs”? Shouldn’t I resist being made to participate almost involuntarily in the economic conquests of corporate players whose interests I don’t share? And really, shouldn’t I be concerned for what all these commercial messages might be doing to me?

August 3, 2009 (@11:59 pm)

Speed of Time (Perceived) vs. Age

Compiled from dozens of interviews…

Speed of Time (Perceived) vs. Age

August 3, 2009 (@5:45 pm)

A Call for Writers to Renovate the Web

I recently joined Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer for his series of sessions at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism designed to instigate entrepreneurs among the current class of journalists who, mind you, have scant job prospects in traditional media. For one of the sessions, Lerer invited viral marketing whiz and founder of BuzzFeed Jonah Peretti to discuss growth models for Web start-ups.

Lerer and Peretti, both successful media entrepreneurs, agreed that there are two possible models: