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Making room for messiness

June 2, 2014

For the past two weeks we’ve been in the middle of our semi-annual domestic meltdown. Meltdown features include: emergency school visits necessitating precipitous departures from work implementation of new household rules precipitating epically draining tantrums academic and medical appointments requiring multiple (often sudden) scheduling changes. As messy, exhausting and difficult as these periods are, what [...]

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Family

What you can learn by NOT throwing your child out of a window

May 20, 2014

A few years ago I found myself comparing vacation plans with a colleague — a single guy about a decade older than me. His upcoming vacation? A month-long backpacking trip to Hawaii, totally off the grid. When I marvelled at his bravery, he offered this wisdom: “Every year, try to do something that pushes you [...]

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Personal

Breaking my personal record for Craziest Apple Store Visit

May 7, 2014

Yesterday, 10 minutes into my flight to Toronto, my MacBook Pro's screen died. completely and dramatically. So when I hit the ground in TO, the first thing I did was called the nearest Apple store to see if I could get into the Genius Bar for a short-term fix. All I needed was for someone [...]

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Toolbox

Announcing Work Smarter, Rule Your Email

February 4, 2014

There’s no part of online life that has a bigger impact on our productivity — and our happiness! — than email. But most email productivity guides focus on getting control over email, when what we really need is more control over our lives and our work. That’s why I’m excited to announce today’s publication of [...]

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Self

7 ways you can learn to love reading ebooks

January 7, 2014
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About a decade ago, somebody gave us our first crock pot, also known as a slow cooker. For months we feasted on the remarkably easy, delicious dishes it could produce: chicken tagines and chilis, beef briskets and vegan stews. Then I made the mistake of discussing our love of slow-cooker food with a fellow crock [...]

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AlexNet

It’s monkey see, monkey do over here

November 30, 2013

And you know, you usually don’t let monkeys hack firmware.

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AlexNet

The family that hacks together….

November 30, 2013

Saturday morning at our house: the kids are programming our new Lego Mindstorms robot. I’m installing Xcode on the Mac home media server…step one in the long road to controlling our Mini with our Kinect.

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Career

How to use your Facebook restricted list

November 7, 2013

Organizing your Facebook friends into lists is a great way to share different kinds of content with different kinds of people: for example, you might want to share certain updates with your colleagues, and other kinds of updates (like those adorable kid photos) with a small circle of friends.Facebook automatically creates a few of these [...]

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Family

Don’t be scared to Facebook your kids: A response to Amy Webb

September 5, 2013

Amy Webb has written an important but frustrating post on Facebook privacy and kids on the Slate website. Writing about a friend who extensively Facebooks photos and stories about her daughter “Kate”, Webb worries that Kate’s parents have compromised their child’s future autonomy, particularly in light of emergent facial recognition technology that can build profiles based on [...]

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Self

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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