You Are Here: New Maps You Should Have on Your Radar

Maps tell us a lot about our world; the maps from You Are Here more so than most. It’s a project from the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab which publishes a new map every day. For Portland, the site has so far shared maps of bicycle crashes, coffee shops, and street greenery. […]

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Advocacy Journalism: How Passion Will Drive the News You Read

Brand journalism is firmly established; the thought that any major company wouldn’t set aside a portion of its marketing budget to create its own publications was outdated even before the internet changed everything. John Deere developed The Furrow in 1895 to share news and stories that would interest the company’s core customers and other companies […]

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When Travel Throws You For A Loop

Travel is fun, but travel is also trouble — even if you are dedicated to a set personal schedule, trains and planes only run at certain times. Stepping outside your usual patterns also increases the chances that something can go wrong, whether that’s a cancelled flight or a lost bag. But we like traveling. We […]

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The Value Of Routine

Building routines into your day is rarely an easy process. I’ve gone out of my way to structure my life so that following my routine is the easiest option; I walk to my office because I picked a location that is a pain in the posterior to find parking around, for example. It’s worth going […]

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How Obamacare Shows the Employment System isn’t Working

About a third of the people who are getting the most benefit from Obamacare are between 18 and 34. That’s a good thing from the point of insurers; it’s the demographic least likely to need major healthcare so payments from that group support insurance for demographics more likely to need care. But it’s also an […]

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A Personal Story Always Wins in Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding is a rather simple idea: Need some money? Ask people for it! But the implementations of that concept just keep expanding. The Kickstarter model, where campaign operators promise a diverse array of rewards is just one version of how crowdfunding can play out. Others include: Asking for straight up donations (usually best when the […]

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How a Business Card Design Can Change a Life

Running a business — no matter how small — is about identity. In fact, the smaller your business, the more you need to differentiate between yourself and your competition on a personal level. What’s the difference between two people competing for a small project? Personality, mostly. In South Africa, reports Good Magazine, “…it’s common to […]

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Kickstarted Films Need iTunes

Kickstarter is a viable launching pad for films; Veronica Mars, Indie Game, and plenty of other movies have proven that point. But distributing those movies has resulted in some very specialized (and non-repeatable) approaches to getting copies into backers’ hands. Making sure that these films reached audiences beyond the people who directly contributed to their […]

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A Few Thoughts on Profanity

I’m a writer; the thought of excluding even a part of the rich vocabulary that makes up the tools of my trade tends to make me pause. But most people don’t find profanity particularly appealing, especially in professional communications. I tend to avoid certain words as a result, only occasionally dusting them off to really […]

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We Should Be Using Big Data To Create

Photography community 500px acquired another startup, Authintic, which specialized in opt-in data for marketers; the purchase resulted in 500px Prime. The new site is a marketplace for premium photos, but it presents some key differences from all the other sites selling stock photography out in the world. Instead of just throwing a bunch of photos […]

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