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11 things I want to stop learning

July 23, 2013

There are some things I seem destined to learn over and over again, and gosh, I wish I could stop learning them already. For example: Unplug it before you open it. If you don’t want to do it tomorrow, you won’t want to do it in three months, either. Just because Apple makes it doesn’t mean [...]

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Career

Work Smarter with LinkedIn, published today

June 25, 2013

Work Smarter with LinkedIn takes you through exactly what we’d cover if we sat down together to get you powered up on LinkedIn. If we had an hour or two together, we’d talk about your near- and long-term professional goals, and then we’d focus on how LinkedIn could help you achieve them.

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Family

How BrainPop prepared my son for time travel

June 19, 2013

Last night’s bedtime story was “JCat and the Time Machine for Cats”. Like all JCat stories, this one featured JCat traveling to Cupertino with Tim Cook in order to invent something. Happily, I was ready for the request to have a story featuring a time machine, since an end-of-day conversation with colleagues had digressed into [...]

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Relationships

Win my love: The cheat sheet

June 18, 2013

I know that you are supposed to like or love people based on their character or their soul, but that shit takes a lot of time to figure out. It’s much more efficient to quickly categorize people as loveable, likeable or deeply suspicious based on their surface traits. Like many people, I have a few [...]

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Family

Stop sibling conflict with a tech-inspired solution

June 17, 2013

Are you tired of listening to your kids argue? Does it seem like a single ill-timed comment can ignite a cascade of escalating attacks and complaints? Are you sick of playing referee? This weekend we came up with an innovative strategy for stopping the sibling conflict cycle. To implement this plan, you need: 1. One [...]

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Family

Father’s Day reminds us what’s at stake in parenting

June 15, 2013

For most of my life, my father’s relationship with me was a great disappointment, which is why Father’s Day always catches me by surprise in a slightly painful way. But a late-in-life surprise changed how I saw my dad — and my own job as a parent.

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Toolbox

Hey NSA, even my kids know snooping is creepy

June 12, 2013

This morning’s breakfast conversation: ME: I’m feeling upset about how Barack Obama has been reading all the stuff we’ve been posting online — everywhere except Twitter, which refused to cooperate. SWEETIE: That’s creepy. ME: Good news, though — I blogged your list of feature ideas for Apple. PEANUT: Will Barack Obama read that, too? ME: [...]

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Family

8 kid-inspired features for Apple’s iOS 7

June 11, 2013

For the past couple of years, our kids’ favorite bedtime stories have featured a feline protagonist whose best friend is Apple CEO Tim Cook. In each story, Tim Cook teleports this cat to Cupertino (Apple HQ), where Tim and cat work on various cat-friendly inventions. Naturally, tonight’s story centred on an emergency visit from Tim [...]

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Career

Work Smarter with Twitter and HootSuite, new from Harvard Business Review Press

April 2, 2013

Do you feel like you could get more out of Twitter? Or are you a passionate Twitter user who wants to help your colleagues, friends and family use it and love it the way you do? Work Smarter with Twitter and HootSuite is for everyone who wants to get more out of Twitter, whether as [...]

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Self

End those digital fasts with these 5 April Fool’s Day pranks

March 26, 2013

Well, folks, it’s almost that time again: Easter. Also known as the end of Lent. Or what should be known as national coming out day for all the people who’ve just spent the past 40 days doing some kind of digital fast. They inevitably come back with a desire to enlighten us with their Enormous [...]

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Community

NSF Political Science cuts fail to predict the unpredictability of research

March 22, 2013

On March 20 the Senate de-funded political science grants from the National Science Foundation “except for research projects that the Director of the National Science Foundation certifies as promoting national security or the economic interests of the United States.” Since political science research, like most scientific research, is seldom undertaken to promote national security or [...]

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