Amazon’s Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage – NYTimes.com

“Jen,” the e-mail said, “this is right for so many reasons. We’re in for $2.5 million. Jeff & MacKenzie.”

via thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com

Put your politics aside for a second. Two people who love each other deserve to make it legal in the eyes and laws of the community in which they live. We should all give this our blessing, whether we're christians, buddhists, jews, muslims or wiccans. whatever. Enduring love should be consecrated in your ceremony of choice and we can call it a legal marriage.

Steve Jobs Would Not Have Approved This Siri Ad

The latest Siri commercial just hit, and like recent ad spots, Apple turned to a celebrity to endorse the lackluster iOS feature. And, also like the other commercials, the dialog between Siri and the user seems a bit more simple, almost mundane, in comparisons to the early Siri commercials.

via techcrunch.com

This doesn't feel like a normal Apple commercial. I dont think Jobs would have said "Yes" to this one (or any of the Siri commercials, to be honest). A couple reasons:
* The execution of these spots rely too much on the humans, and more specifically, their performance, for the emotional impact
* The interaction with Siri is played for laughs, vs. delivering that ineffable feeling of magic that i assume Jobs would have preferred
* most importantly, Siri doesn't work that well, and i doubt Jobs would have continued with this series after the large scale rollout resulted in a giant thumbs down from the user base.

The Open Graph protocol

The Open Graph protocol enables any web page to become a
rich object in a social graph. For instance, this is used on Facebook to allow
any web page to have the same functionality as any other object on Facebook.

While many different technologies and schemas exist and could be combined
together, there isn't a single technology which provides enough information to
richly represent any web page within the social graph. The Open Graph protocol
builds on these existing technologies and gives developers one thing to
implement. Developer simplicity is a key goal of the Open Graph protocol which
has informed many of
the technical design decisions.

via ogp.me

Rain delays for Eli's soccer tournament means unexpected downtime to nerd out! This is relatively new to me, so it's hurting my brain in a good way.

Amazon same-day delivery: How the e-commerce giant will destroy local retail. – Slate Magazine

But now Amazon has a new game. Now that it has agreed to collect sales taxes, the company can legally set up warehouses right inside some of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. Why would it want to do that? Because Amazon’s new goal is to get stuff to you immediately—as soon as a few hours after you hit Buy.

via www.slate.com

In 3 or 4 years, this (same day delivery) will be "normal" for most major cities. I'm a believer.

The World as We Knew it is Over. Now What?

Move from managing by command and control to inspire and support – It takes courage to change the way you do things and to be radically transparent about what works and what doesn’t. You still need to measure the right things but innovation, by its nature, is full of insecurity. Focus on getting everyone on the team involved.

via www.johnwinsor.com

Nice post from the always challenging (in a good way) John Winsor.

Main question: how to thrive when the old economic assumptions don't hold anymore.

Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I’m Gay.” – The Dish | By Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Beast

In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life.

via andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com

That right there, that insight, is what we all need to remember, every day. That's the essence of the teachings of Jesus that i learned in 16 years of Catholic education. Forgiveness and love. That's what makes us human.