owning up to my embarrassing cluetrain signature

It was really cool to find New Clues this week– a new dispatch in the spirit of the original 1999 Cluetrain Manifesto, but written for today’s post-Facebook, post-Snowden, post-Big-Data world. You should read it.

Back in 1999 the manifesto was assigned reading in a class I was taking at RIT. I don’t recall if we were asked to submit a signature, or if I was just on overachiever. In an attempt to say something deep and meaningful (or at least something that sounds deep and meaningful), I wrote:

What should be obvious, but isn’t, Is that it is the people under 25 in the front of the cluetrain, and the kids in high school with their eyes on the drivers seat. Everything and everyone else is fuel and cargo.


Some things I liked in 2014

Incomplete and in no particular order, and without mentioning Serial or Run the Jewels:

  • Creativity, Inc (Ed Catmull): A guide to optimizing teams, process, and organizations to produce their best creative work, interspersed with tales of Catmull’s life and career helping create the computer animation field and grow Pixar, including interesting stuff about working with Steve Jobs, and the merger with Disney.
  • The One Man Band Broke Up (Ceschi)
  • Release It! (Michael T. Nygard): A guide to understanding how web applications can fail in production, things you can do to prevent it, and responding when they do. A recommendation from Marc Esher.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: I gave up about half-way through the first season, which was apparently just when it was getting good. My wife and I binge-watched the remainder of season one, and caught up with season 2, and are both enjoying it.
  • Safari Books Online
  • Moto X: A nice phone.
  • Race the Sun: I’m terrible at this, but it’s fast and fun.
  • Pocket Casts: A nice podcast client.
  • Zombie Gunship: A nice simulation of killing zombies from an airborne platform
  • Snowpiercer: A nice movie about an apocalyptic future where the remnants of humanity live on a train and get in cool fights.
  • Podcasts: X Files Files, 99% Invisible, Startup, Linux Voice, Dave and Gunnar Show, Let’s Talk Calmly About Security and Privacy, The Web Ahead, and How did this Get Made.