Chicago Money Men
Side Project
Restful Web Services

Thirty7 Signals made some big changes to their Splash Page which significantly increased their conversions (ABTest). The long form page had a 37.5% increase in net signups compared to the original. Oddly, by the time they posted this info, they had undone the biggest change (running everything together into a single "Long Sales Letter")! I Commented.

Aug02: I wanted to share some of how we approach and implement A/B tests like this.

Aug23: The Person Page was far shorter. There was less information about Highrise. However it had a 47% percent increase in paid signups than the Long Form design. Why exactly was the Person Page working? What might happen if we added more information to the bottom?... Please note: What works for us may not work for you. Please do your own testing. Your conversion rates may suffer if you copy us.

Sept20: on picking a sample size, etc.

z2011-07-22- Highrise Splashpage Abtest
Insta Paper

The Wolfram Programming Cloud is based on the Wolfram Language technology stack and features complex interactions in the cloud between the Wolfram Language kernel, the Wolfram Knowledgebase, the Wolfram Natural Language Understanding System, the Wolfram Cloud and various subsystems... With the Wolfram Programming Cloud, you can use Wolfram’s language to do computations, create interactive graphics, fill out forms, and other functions. Via its universal deployment system, anything you create can be quickly deployed through API, Web, mobile, embedded code and more. cf Stephen Wolfram

z2014-06-24- Wolfram Programming Cloud
Wolfram Engine
Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram gave a SXSW talk on putting Computation Everywhere. But here’s the funny thing: once everything is made of computers, even though it’ll be really cool to find the fundamental theory of physics—and I still want to do it—it’s not going to matter so much. Because in effect that actually physics is just the machine code for the universe. But everything we deal with is on top of a layer that we can program however we want Well, OK, what does that mean for us humans? No doubt we’ll get to deploy in that sort of much-more-than-biology-programmable world. Where in effect you can just build any universe for yourself. I sort of imagine this moment where there’s a box of a trillion souls. Running in whatever pieces of the computational universe they want... Humans define the goals, then technology automatically tries to achieve them. And the more we can inject computation into everything, the more this becomes possible. And, you know, I happen to think that the injection of computation into everything will be a defining feature—perhaps the defining feature—of this time in history.

z2014-03-25- Wolfram Sxsw Computation Everywhere
Micro Worlds

I just discovered that Number One Son is working with the Micro Worlds-Pro LoGo at UNIS Middle School. Not wanting to pay for that to use at home, I have to get him to bring some "app" files home and see if they're compatible with any of the Open Source offerings.

I've downloaded the Open Source variety of StarLogo for now.

z2009-06-01- Num1 Son Microworlds Logo
Mathemat Ica
Flask For Wiki Engine
Eco System
Alien Intelligence
Gramma Tron
Daniel Quinn
Bill Cosby
Meso Blogging
fresh swarm of interest in mid-length simple-blogging
Web Design
maintaining your CastIron skillet

FaceBook CTO and platform guru Bret Taylor is leaving FaceBook this summer, Kara Swisher is reporting, off to do a startup with Google App Engine founder Kevin Gibbs.

Dec28'2012 update: Taylor's company has applied for a trademark on the word "Quip.".. Parse the legalese, and what you get is something that sounds a lot like Google Apps, or the Collaboration Ware and productivity tools offered by startups like BoxNet and AsaNa.

Jul'2013: They just launched Quip, an IOS Collaborative Writing app. This is meant to be the first piece of the productivity suite for the MobIle era... Quip is charging from the beginning, starting at $12 per month per user for groups of more than five.

Aug'2014 interview.

z2012-06-20- Taylor Leaving Facebook
AlbertWenger recommends improvements
Twitter Bot
#01 DariusKazemi: TwitterBot etiquette

#02 A protest bot is a bot so specific you can’t mistake it for BullShit
Huge Invention
greatest changes of past 1000 yrs
Outboard Brain
ThomasDixon using Twitter after brain injury
SideChain, EtherEum, ZeroCash
Raspberry Pi
Kano, SugarUi

Transcript of Audrey Watters talk on "Convivial Tools in an Age of Surveillance" (EduTech).

The Personal Computer isn’t “personal” because it’s small and portable and sits on your desk at home (not just at work or at school). It’s “personal” because you pour yourself into it — your thoughts, your programming. And as a Construction Ist framework would tell us, a device like the DynaBook wouldn’t be so much about transmitting knowledge to a child but rather it would be about that child building and constructing her own knowledge on her own machine.

But as Seymour Papert wrote in his 1980 book Mind Storms, "In most contemporary educational situations where children come into contact with computers the computer is used to put children through their paces, to provide exercises of an appropriate level of difficulty, to provide feedback, and to dispense information. The computer programming the child.”

I’ve heard it suggested often that the World Wide Web is an example of what Ivan Illich called “convivial tools” — although his book predates the Web by 15+ years, Illich speaks of “learning webs” in Deschooling Society. I grow less and less certain that the Web is quite “it." But of this, I am: Education technology is not convivial.

z2014-11-13- Watters Convivial Edutech

Some WomEn, such as Caroline Criado Perez, who do anything visible, become targets of Verbal Abuse online from some men, esp via TwittEr (because of the combination of Asymmetric Follow with high public visibility).

In many cases this abuse goes as far as Threats Of Violence, including Rape.

There is often some DoxIng involved as well, which makes the threats more... threatening.

Many have called for a RedFlag process on TwittEr that would result in offenders having their accounts frozen.

I'm rather uncomfortable with that. While TwittEr is a private organization, the Oligop Oly of the Social Networking Eco System makes such blocking a DeFacto Censor Ship issue.

Alternatives? (these can be used in combination)

  • contacting the Police Department once true Fear is involved

  • reverse-DoxIng - identifying the culprit, letting his wife/mother know what he has said. (I'm not crazy about going to his Employer, as that seems to cross a different line.) (On the other-other-hand, posting about him in public, which might result in his Employer finding the info, is fine.)

  • some Reputation Management code to make such noise less visible, esp to the target

    • Yellow Flag messages from new accounts (or those with few followers), with some keyword filtering, and

      • don't email the target ("bob just mentioned you") or show it under "interactions"
      • don't have those tweets show up in searches of the target's handle (by the target, or by anyone?)
    • some sort of shareable-Black List (Web Of Trust) model which doesn't create a global Black List, but just a Black List used by the people who choose to use it. Not unlike apps that let you BoyCott certain businesses (in your purchasing or investing) that get flagged by some set of filters you pick from.

      • of course, this raises the Govern Ance question of who decides who's on a given Black List, and is there an appeals process, etc.

      • maybe each user creates her own Black List, and "subscribes" to any number of other people's Black List-s, and only ignores tweets from handles appearing on some number of those Black List-s...

Other ideas?

Nov'2014: Most Social Media companies prefer not to talk about their content-moderation systems, but last week Twitter divulged a few details... It’s easy to scoff at Sullivan’s fears about the coming reign of “leftist feminists,” but he’s right to suggest that Twitter’s new harassment protocol won’t be ideologically neutral. Censorship—even the kind of small-“c” censorship, without which no magazine or social-media platform or comedy club can endure—never is.

z2013-07-31- Filtering Abuse On Twitter And Others
Gamer Gate
First Look Media
WildCard app
Curricul Um
MarionBrady on the craziness of still separating schooling into Subjects
"The Best Places to Learn About Equity Crowdfunding"
Michael Ellsberg
Robert David Steele
Stock Options
Long Sales Letter

JimWebb says he's running for Us President. He sought to carve out a niche for himself by working for criminal justice reform, but left office before any political momentum developed on the issue. And then he left, after one term, leaving Democrats to defend a purple seat against Allen.

z2014-11-20- Webb Running For President
Mobile Home
cf SmallHome/TinyHouse
Virtual Learning
Instant Messaging
International Development
Na No Wri Mo

I gave a weird talk to some Barrington Il Prairie Middle School 8th graders about life as an Internet StartUp CTO. I used a FreeMind MindMap for my talk: the Mind Meister version is here. Turned into a whole World View thing, of course.

Nov'2011 update: looks like I'll be doing it again. Need to think about whether/how to change to:

  • emphasize One Man Show/Life Style Company aspect

  • include more demo/activity?

  • using Mind Meister directly to avoid any projector hassles

  • Jan19'2012 update: doing it today, haven't made any big structure changes, but still tweaking. Would it be better to hand out pitchforks and torches, or Owsley tabs?
z2011-01-19- Internet Startup Cto Talk Kids

Zainab Oni (High School student) learned about becoming a Reality Hacker from MozIlla's programs. We learned that hacking doesn't only happen with computers. You can hack clothes, games, decorations, styles, etc. We also learned that hacking isn't always illegal and you can hack for good sometimes. After learning more about hacking, our hacking definitions changed. We also hacked Monopoly and Tic Tac Toe by creating our own set of rules for the games and inventing new ways to play them. (Digital Literacy)

z2012-02-01- Oni Becoming A Hacker
Digital Literacy

Barack Obama made a recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head CMS. Berwick is a big proponent of "Patient Centered Medicine", which sounds like a good thing. The Science Based Medicine crowd fears that his Consumer Ist approach supports quackery like the AntiVax and CAM crowd. His presence at a Summit On Integrative Medicine confirms that fear. He mentioned homeopathy and acupuncture, not to criticize them as health claims, but only to warn that they shouldn’t compete with each other, or with other modalities, for limited health care resources... As an aside, it’s ironic that Berwick leans toward Single Payer health care. His radical “I want what I want when I want it” model of patient centeredness could never function in any conceivable form of single payer care in the U.S.

z2010-07-19- Obama Berwick Cms Appoint Alt Med Issue
Ernesto Sirolli

The Gates Foundation is giving a $200 million grant to establish an initiative called "The Grand Challenge-s in Global Health." The objectives are to identify (Public Health) research areas with the greatest promise for saving and improving lives in the developing world (Third World); to fund novel, interdisciplinary approaches among researchers seeking solutions; and to get the rich-world scientific community to apply its experience to pivotal health questions of the developing world... It's tragic how little is spent on MalarIa and TB (tuberculosis), but it's not surprising: 99% of sufferers live in developing countries.

Reason Mag supports this.

z2003-01-27- Bill Gates World Health

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This is the publicly-readable WikiLog Thinking Space of Bill Seitz (a Product Manager and CTO).

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