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.

TV for multi-tasking: 10 shows to help process your e-mail

TV for multi-tasking: 10 shows to help process your e-mail

We’re 5 days into the 7-day quest for Inbox Zero by 2011, which means we’re now at the drudgery phase. One of my productivity tricks is to save mindless, tedious chores for the evening, when I enjoy our home media setup by watching TV shows while I do my...
Ingredients for a Mac home media center (or two)

Ingredients for a Mac home media center (or two)

As part of my 2010 Home Media Center Overhaul and Documentation Festival, I’ll begin by summarizing the current components of our all-you-can-watch emporium. I’m actually documenting two media centers here: the main living room setup, and then a similar...
Cool Stuff My Friends Sent Me This Week

Cool Stuff My Friends Sent Me This Week

One of the things I love about the Internet is its habit of bringing us little presents. No, I’m not talking about the complete set of Reboot action figures that I purchased on eBay for my retro-animation-obsessed kids. I’m talking about all those groovy...
Where The Social Network fails, does Gossip Girl succeed?

Where The Social Network fails, does Gossip Girl succeed?

My latest blog post for Harvard Business Review talks about what The Social Network tells us about social media. Or rather, it looks at what The Social Network doesn’t tell us about social media, since the movie used the birth of Facebook as the backdrop for a...
Eat my words: a dinner club for copy editors

Eat my words: a dinner club for copy editors

Rob and I love to go out for dinner, but food is rarely the highlight of the meal. Usually, the high point is the process of copy editing the menu. It’s rare (virtually unheard of!) for us to dine at a restaurant that is typo-free, grammatically correct and...
Should you buy an iPad?

Should you buy an iPad?

Last weekend we made the great pilgrimage across the border so that we could get iPads on the day of their release. The iPad won’t be available in Canada until the end of the month, and it seemed unfathomable to wait 20 days for a product that actually describes...