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1451038457_e9f2a06106_m.jpgGiven the success of this blog, I’ve decided to move to my own hosted domain at I hope that you’ll continue enjoying this blog at the new site. Links for the RSS Feeds are provided directly below. Hope to see you at Thanks!

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March 23, 2008 at 7:39 am Leave a comment

Saturn V Flight Manual

2306320805_dc7aab207d_m Ever since seeing Jay Walker show his original version of a Saturn V Flight Manual during TED2008, I wondered if I could get hold of a copy. Lo and behold the power of the Internet. You can download a pdf version of this manual at this link. The manual is dated 1 November 1968. Fascinating!

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March 20, 2008 at 8:03 pm Leave a comment

Honey, Have You Seen My iPod?

Did you leave it on the Space Shuttle Dear?


Zooming into the left window…. What’s that I see? Well I’ll be, it’s my iPod, but without the lithium battery, because that’s not allowed on the Shuttle – only alkaline batteries.


Story from See also this article for more about iPod’s on the Shuttle.

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March 20, 2008 at 7:23 pm Leave a comment

Google Innovation – The 16 Principles

A while back I posted on Douglas Merrill’s talk about innovation at Google. I have to say I was a bit disappointed in that talk – I didn’t really take away any clear messages to apply to my own work. Recently however, Jonathan Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Google, delivered a fantastic talk at his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College, called Inside the Black Box: Technical Innovation at Google. Jonathan gave a very compelling talk outlining 16 key principles to innovation at Google. This outstanding talk is well worth the time. Watch the video to understand these principles more fully.

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  1. Hire the Best
  2. Ideas Come From Anywhere
  3. Practice Sharing & Openness Fully
  4. Morph, Don’t Kill, Ideas
  5. Users Come First, Not Money
  6. Data Drives Decisions
  7. Iterate a Product (don’t use a Project Plan)
  8. Make Your Vision Simple, Understandable and Share It With All
  9. 20% Time
  10. Think BIG
  11. Bet on a Trend, or Fall Victim to It
  12. Accept a Smaller Piece of a Larger Pie
  13. Feed the Winners, Starve the Losers
  14. Avoid Hippos (highest paid person’s opinion)
  15. Never Surrender to Lawyers, Auditors, or Bureaucrats
  16. Reward Innovation
  17. Learn How to Learn (a 17th extra principle)

March 20, 2008 at 6:30 pm 1 comment

How to Start a Social Movement

eggers Dave Eggers was recently noted in Time magazine as one of the Time 100: “Many writers, having written a first best-seller, might see it as a nice way to start a career. Dave Eggers, 35, started a movement instead.”

He is successful writer, publisher, as well as philanthropist and teacher-at-large. Dave recently won a TED Prize and described his work in setting up a variety of tutoring labs across the country. His talk is now online. A very entertaining and uplifting talk.

Given the need to edit the talk to ~25 min, some other wonderful examples of how the tutoring labs have significantly changed students’ lives (e.g. improved grade levels, increased focus on school work, etc.) were omitted. Trust me, there were several more wonderful inspirational examples of how this work is effecting the lives of students and their families. Awesome work, and fantastic talk describing how “the movement” began.

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March 18, 2008 at 11:22 am Leave a comment

Best of TED2008

image Jill Bolte Taylor gave one of the best talks of TED2008. She is a neuroanatomist that suffered a stroke and describes what she when through. It is an incredibly compelling and touching talk that had many of us in tears. Have a look here.

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March 12, 2008 at 12:12 pm 2 comments

Microsoft’s Photosynth

Microsoft’s Photosynth was demoed at TED2007 (video below). One application of this software is to link a vast number of digital photos together. Linking together overlapping photos appropriately – the images are joined together to provide an accurate representation of space. With the Space Shuttle set to launch this week, I was reminded that there was a Photosynth demo with photos of the Shuttle. Very cool software app to play with. Enjoy.

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March 9, 2008 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

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