Lifestyle

Think of this page as Better Homes and Websites. Your computer or smartphone can help you with your travels, your entertaining, your hobbies and even your fine, fine fashion sense. I share some of my ideas for how networks can help make life easier, more fun and more stylish.

The Genzlingerizer: An app to enhance offline reading (and an IFTTT workaround)

The Genzlingerizer: An app to enhance offline reading (and an IFTTT workaround)

I want to set up rules for the publications I read in print, specifying the authors or topics that qualify as must-reads. When said publication appears at my door, I want to launch an iPhone app that tells me which pages to look at in this morning’s New York Times, this week’s New Yorker, or the latest Entertainment Weekly. Then I want an easy way to take whatever I’m reading in print, and convert it to a set of links that are ready to share online.

12-Step Social Media Scanner & Intervention Bot

12-Step Social Media Scanner & Intervention Bot

Imagining a 12-step bot that constantly scans people’s social media feeds for signs that things are out of control, and then tweets you the location of your nearest AA, Overeaters Anonymous or Shoppers Anonymous.

The future of online nostalgia

The future of online nostalgia

Sometimes the only thing that makes the glitchiness of the Internet tolerable is the expectation that one day we will laugh nostalgically about the old days. Remember how we used to have iPads, but they couldn’t see anything in Flash? Oh yeah — FLASH!!!...
3 ways you can use Pinterest

3 ways you can use Pinterest

In my Friday post for Harvard Business Review, I provided companies with some ideas about how they could use Pinterest to connect with customers. Today, I want to suggest 3 ways to use Pinterest personally: Compile a list of purchases before deciding what to buy; or...
Save your laptop from reclining airplane seats

Save your laptop from reclining airplane seats

I live in fear of my laptop getting crunched on an airplane. How many times have I been working away when the person in front of me suddenly reclines, threatening to trap the top edge of my laptop and break my screen? I thought my 11″ MacBook Air would save me,...
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