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I'm Brad, a creative strategist living in Chicago. This is a steady stream of things I make, see and think.

Highlights from the worlds of advertising, startups, comedy, space, Internet hijinx, and my life in Chicago.

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Best New Apps: IFTTT
Since it launched in 2010, IFTTT (if this, then that”) has been building a Lego set made out of web companies. The free service, which until now has existed only on the web, automates tasks using public APIs from companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and Foursquare. I use IFTTT to save all my Instagram photos to Dropbox, and to note every time I check in at the gym, among other things. Now a new iOS app is making it easy to browse and enable the most popular “recipes” on the service — while also introducing recipes exclusive to the device that’s always at your side. 

IFTTT is one of those magical apps that solves half a dozen problems you didn’t realize you had within five minutes of digging in.
Highly recommended.   High-res

thisistheverge:

Best New Apps: IFTTT

Since it launched in 2010, IFTTT (if this, then that”) has been building a Lego set made out of web companies. The free service, which until now has existed only on the web, automates tasks using public APIs from companies including Facebook, Dropbox, Evernote, and Foursquare. I use IFTTT to save all my Instagram photos to Dropbox, and to note every time I check in at the gym, among other things. Now a new iOS app is making it easy to browse and enable the most popular “recipes” on the service — while also introducing recipes exclusive to the device that’s always at your side. 

IFTTT is one of those magical apps that solves half a dozen problems you didn’t realize you had within five minutes of digging in.

Highly recommended.

I am here” day is a time to “set aside our technology and to-do lists, choose a quarter of the city we wanted to know better, and explore it for a full day… . [It is] a kind of antimodern communal experiment: giving our gadgets a secular Sabbath; reveling in friendship and conversation of a kind that Facebook doesn’t do; being thickly in one place, not thinly everywhere.

Baratunde Thurston on the perks of taking a digital hiatus. (via fastcompany)

1) Read this article if you haven’t yet. It’s been on my mind all week.

2) I want to start a regular “I am here” day hangout in Chicago. Anyone interested? Let’s go unplugged adventuring!

Light Leaks (by Kyle McDonald)

A scattered array of fifty mirror balls reflect light from three projectors, filling a room completely with small reflections, casting patterns that fill the visitor’s peripheral vision. Creating a curious space that alternates between a meditative state, and an uneasy imbalance. An experiment in combining a found object with computer vision to create a profound and unusual experience.

If you are in Chicago and do projection mapping, I want to be your best friend and come hang out and watch.

You only live once get out Lauren, firefighters will always net realize gangs. Duh.

Siri inadvertently turns on sometimes and listens to my muffled conversation. Usually it’s because I forget to lock the screen and lay it face down on a table. You know the one.

The resulting dictation is usually a combination of creepy and wonderful.

minimalmac:

parislemon:

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(1999) Steve Jobs Introduces The World to WiFi

Just look at that response over something we take completely for granted now just 14 years later. 

Love the camera man over-the-shoulder as the way to show it on the big screen.

And the hula hoop — look ma, no wires! — is just a brilliant, Steve Jobs touch.

“All sorts of devices are going to be able to interact with Airport. We’re just going to be there first and best.”

Never forget the rate this stuff is happening.

In finance, everyone learns accounting. It’s not because everyone is going to be an accountant but because it’s the language of finance. At a tech startup, code is that language. The idea isn’t for everyone to become a developer but for everyone to learn the language of tech startups.

-Everyone at Yipit is Now Learning to Code

One of my goals for 2013 is to dive into legitimately learning to code. This quote lays out the argument for why I know I need to have a much deeper understanding of development.

This would be a big help for me at work where often my job is being a go between for creatives and developers. Translating ideas into executions. The clearer picture I have of what is possible the easier I can bridge the gap.

I think there is a sweet spot in knowing enough to grasp what’s possible and how to optimize user experience, but not knowing too much so you can effectively think outside the technical constrants.

I also want to make even cooler things on the web. I can hack together code and produce stuff like a site that tracks how many people are in space or chronicle everything I digitally consume for a year but in a lot of ways, I have peaked. Rather, there are tons of ideas for things I want to throw out into the world but end up buried on a piece of scratch paper deep in a full notebook.

I really admire people like Mike Bodge. Prolific digital creators that churn out one fun project after another. Side hustles that push ideas forward rather than adding to the digital noise.

Bottom Line: My comfort and finesse with the tools of digital creation is not where I want it to be. 

Luckily we live in 2013. There are dozen of places to learn to code right now and more getting funded everyday. For starters, look at this (partial) list:

Not to mention I work across the hall from 1871 and The Starter League.

So, if you’ve got any advice or places I should focus/avoid wasting my time: I am all ears.

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Think of the possibilities - remote controlled iPad’s on segways

THIS!

One day I will work in a (lonely) office where these little beasts are rolling around me with the face of still lying in bed coworkers as theyr try to remember where the conferences rooms are.

"We want to bring the intamacy of a dinner table conversation to the openess of the internet. So we are building a new way to talk to each other.

We are building Branch.”

Obvious (original parent company of Twitter) is having a good summer. Branch (above) is trying to do for actual conversation what Twitter did for small talk.

At the same time they are just revving up a healthy hype cycle for their new visual collection/story telling platform, Medium.

I am very intrigued with both. Medium is beautiful and will be used it a hundred different ways the creators can’t yet envision. Just like Twitter was. I think Branch can solve some very real problems in how we have conversations online. The real conversations. The stuff usually (annoyingly) stuck in your email inbox. 

Both will be fun to watch and play with.

PS - I can’t wait to have that kind of Fuck You Founder Money. How many stacks did it take for all those domains?!

The Little Printer (everyone’s favorite cloud connected lo-fi appliance)  by Berg London is available for pre-order today. The beautiful little box has intrigued me from the start. I love the play on digital vs physical and how it forces you to slow down and consume rather than curate, curate, curate.
But, what has me most excited is this:

Yep! Howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com (my little side project that just won’t quit) is one of content partners for launch! 
Imagine being greeted some morning with the knowledge that there are now twice as many people floating around out there, above our heads.
That’s my fun news of the day. 
Once again - I love the Internet.   High-res

The Little Printer (everyone’s favorite cloud connected lo-fi appliance)  by Berg London is available for pre-order today. The beautiful little box has intrigued me from the start. I love the play on digital vs physical and how it forces you to slow down and consume rather than curate, curate, curate.

But, what has me most excited is this:

image

Yep! Howmanypeopleareinspacerightnow.com (my little side project that just won’t quit) is one of content partners for launch! 

Imagine being greeted some morning with the knowledge that there are now twice as many people floating around out there, above our heads.image

That’s my fun news of the day. 

Once again - I love the Internet.