Archive | February, 2009

The panhandler’s secret.

27 Feb

via seth godin’s blog

When there were old-school parking meters in New York, quarters were precious.

One day, I’m walking down the street and I guy comes up to me and says, “Do you have a dollar for four quarters?” He held out his hand with four quarters in it.

Curious, I engaged with him. I took out a dollar bill and took the four quarters.

Then he turned to me and said, “can you spare a quarter?”

What a fascinating interaction.

First, he engaged me. A fair trade, one that perhaps even benefited me, not him.

Now, we have a relationship. Now, he knows I have a quarter (in my hand, even). So his next request is much more difficult to turn down. If he had just walked up to me and said, “can you spare a quarter,” he would have been invisible.

Too often, we close the sale before we even open it.

Interact first, sell second.

Free Photoshop Course.

26 Feb


The guys at Creative Techs are having a multi-week Photoshop webinar for 1,000 participants starting at 2pm today. I am enrolled and about to start the first course on tool shortcuts, and interface. For more information, on this class and others, visit Creative Techs Tips Blog.

or just register now:

Please, no more spitting.

20 Feb


I don’t know why it bothers me so much, no actually, yes I do.

spitI have footwear, footwear that has to walk all over the concrete of New York. And for some reason, every male in this city feels the need to hock a fat loogie in front of them on the sidewalk as they are walking. At least some have the weak-decency to spit on to the train tracks–thank you kindly–but most still use the old fashioned defacing of the street with their own bacteria-launching. I have never felt this urge and I contemplate what kind of release it must mean for them.

Does it feel good?

Do they have a bad taste in their mouth?

Is it fun?

Maybe it keeps things interesting for them, a child-like need to compete for distance. Who knows. I do know this; there is not a more unattractive sound in the whole world. And, we all tracking that back into our apartments. I am tired of dodging your spit, please stop, and just swallow. 🙂

Free Online Image Editing- and it’s good.

20 Feb

Sumo Paint is a new (at least for me) online image editing tool that looks a feels a lot like Photoshop. If you never have a need to use it (i.e. you already have CS4) I would still give this a look, it’s pretty impressive for a web tool. Brushes, layers, filters, wand tools, cropping, its all there.


This makes me snort-laugh everytime. (The Office)

13 Feb

Bizarro Joaquin on Letterman.

12 Feb


12 Feb

Can you guess from this visual representation what famous text this represents? Go to Wordle to create your own typog-materpiece.

(Created by a software engineer at the IBM Research Visual Cognition Lab)

Get a billionaire to invest in your business plan.

12 Feb

The Mark Cuban Stimulus Plan

“You must post your business plan here on my blog where I expect other people can and will comment on it. I also expect that other people will steal the idea and use it elsewhere. That is the idea. Call this an open source funding environment.

If its a good idea and worth funding, we want it replicated elsewhere. The idea is not just to help you, but to figure out how to help the economy through hard work and ingenuity. If you come up with the idea and get funding, you have a head start. If you execute better than others, you could possibly make money at it. As you will see from the rules below, these are going to be businesses that are mostly driven by sweat equity.

I will invest money in businesses presented here on this blog. No minimum, no maximum, but a very specific set of rules.”

A Great Kindle 1.0 vs. 2.0 Review.

11 Feb

Click here to go to Engadget.

Why can’t my commute be like this? Brilliant viral.

10 Feb