13 7 / 2014

There’s no place like home. Click three times.

Only now, there is no place like home.

On the road for over a month now.  Nearly half a year, separated.  For 5 months, living out of a suitcase, rolling from planes, trains, and automobiles to freshly turned-down beds and third-world WIFI.

Long week behind, coming to the place where I used to hang my hat, but Home doesn’t feel like itself anymore.

I’m in a house that I own
But it doesn’t feel like home

My name may be on this place’s paperwork, but it feels more like a hotel than the hotel.

Home is where the heart is. Mine is most certainly lost. If only clicking of heels could bring that feeling back.

26 5 / 2014

marksbirch:

The Internet of Things - proliferation of connected devices across industries
There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), but much of that talk is abstract.  What does it really mean?  What devices are we talking about?  What industries show the most potential?
The above graph does a decent job of showing the breadth of potential applications in the market, driven by M2M (machine-to-machine) devices.  Deloitte predicts by 2020 a 10-fold (to 12.5 billion) increase in such devices which is not too hard to fathom and may even be an understatement.  Revenue from these services covering this diverse array of industry vertical applications is expected to reach $35 billion by 2016.

marksbirch:

The Internet of Things - proliferation of connected devices across industries

There is a lot of talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), but much of that talk is abstract.  What does it really mean?  What devices are we talking about?  What industries show the most potential?

The above graph does a decent job of showing the breadth of potential applications in the market, driven by M2M (machine-to-machine) devices.  Deloitte predicts by 2020 a 10-fold (to 12.5 billion) increase in such devices which is not too hard to fathom and may even be an understatement.  Revenue from these services covering this diverse array of industry vertical applications is expected to reach $35 billion by 2016.

(Source: dupress.com)

09 5 / 2014

Had to be had. Who doesn’t need a USB stick bottle opener? … aaaand, packed to the brim with QOTSA goodies. Had to be had.

Had to be had. Who doesn’t need a USB stick bottle opener? … aaaand, packed to the brim with QOTSA goodies. Had to be had.

21 4 / 2014

digitalspark:

Forecasting is the key activity.

Turn information into knowledge.
Scientia potentia est.

digitalspark:

Forecasting is the key activity.

Turn information into knowledge.

Scientia potentia est.

18 4 / 2014

smashsurvey:

Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

(via wilwheaton)

11 4 / 2014

wilwheaton:

sassingintothevoid:

Coffee porn.     (Cinemagraphs and gifs from this cool article.)

AKA Sean Bonner porn.

I could stare at these all day. 

10 4 / 2014

comedycentral:

All of these #GeekyPorn tweets are super sexy, but only one can be the best. Find out which on a new @midnight, tonight after Colbert.

(via atmidnightcc)

09 4 / 2014

On fandom, looking back, moving forward, and the special place music has in our hearts and minds along the way.  

A fantastic and personal piece from one of my favourite people in this wild world of interwebs. 

Yeah, I championed a different band from that space and time. For me, IME, always, always, IME.  Though admittedly, one of my top 3 I Mother Earth memories does include seeing them and Moist together at the old Sudbury Arena once upon a time, so there is that.  Such an amazing show.  And for fun, the other two?  Hanging with the band at a release party, having a few beers chatting in equal parts about the new record and the Leafs (making them feel at home in a room of Sens fans), and then more recently trading emails with Jag after buying the most recent post-hiatus single, where I was mistaken for my hockey-playing namesake who happens to be friends of the band (the “hey it was great seeing you last week” note forced a jaw to hit floor at the time).    

But that approachability.  That realness.  And it could be said for just about all of those headliners from that heyday.  

Oh So Canada.    

It was a uniquely Canadian music scene, and no denying the sense of connection and pride that came from it.  That connection to the music and the people who made it, and who shaped us whether they intended to or not.  

Go check out the post on AUX.  

07 4 / 2014

"Outside calls or cold calls will come with a “conversation request,” where the caller pitches the receiver on why he or she should answer and invest their time."

Why Voice is the Next Big Wave" via GigaOM 

Great article that talks about how and why voice is here to stay - and will become a primary way of interacting with technology in the next phase of wearable computing.

(via micflash)\

For those of us in sales, voice never went away and will continue to be the predominant vehicle for connecting to customers and getting work done.

(via marksbirch)

No doubt, I love twitter and online communities for connecting, but from a sales perspective can’t argue the value of engaging human-to-human by putting a voice to a name, or face-to-face.

(via marksbirch)

03 4 / 2014

(Source: nevver, via wilwheaton)