The Importance of Observation: Dr. A. Stone Freedberg

  I learned recently of an incredible doctor. He’s worth knowing about. As early as 1939, Dr. A. Stone Freedberg of Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, conducted research to show that bacteria caused stomach ulcers. His work was discouraged and then abandoned in favor of more promising fields. He became a cardiologist and developed a treatment… Read More »

You Can’t Flip Your Mattress

Great article on how the bedding industry doubled the price of a mattress by not making the second side usable. They say it’s about new “spring” technology, but it isn’t. ” The buyers felt that there was no competition, and raised the prices, making mattresses that the middle-income  level people could no longer afford.  They made… Read More »

Tablets Tank! Detachables Role In

A few years ago I wrote in Information Week: “The tablet isn’t yet ready for prime-time business usage, and it can’t replace the PC as the company workhorse. Maybe it’s not intended to. Androids and iPads are great for viewing commercial content…” And now it’s detachables that have moved into the enterprise to replace the… Read More »

Cannabis and Cash Management

KIND is helping the cannabis industry grow by providing cash management services, transactional services and compliance. And working now with Microsoft as a technical partner. Will the next US president legalize cannabis? Will the industry continue its lopsided push forward into American life? The final story is being written now: the legalization of cannabis won’t… Read More »

One Laptop Per Child – Gone? Probably

A nice idea, but thought leaders really can’t see that far ahead sometimes. Think of that the next time you are listening to one of them and planning your budget. From OLPC News: “Here is a question for you: 8 years on, would you recommend anyone start a new deployment with XO-1 laptops? With the… Read More »

Gawker: So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish

From Bloomberg Technology We got along quite well without Gawker, and will get along even better without it. Poor journalism, vindictive founder, and so it goes. Denton won’t lose his fortune. “If Peter Thiel’s goal was to punish Gawker owner Nick Denton, then the tech billionaire has succeeded. Gawker Media Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy… Read More »

This Day In History: June 10, 1967

From Wikipedia: Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor and won two, sharing the record for nominations in that category with Laurence Olivier.… Read More »

Lego Killer? Kids Learn to Code

“Osmo Coding, by Tangible Play Inc. Using plastic bricks that represent computer commands, children arrange “scripts” that the iPad’s camera interprets as instructions for a cute on-screen character to act upon.” This is the next generation of Legos and Lincoln Logs. See the WSJ for more information

Reverse Engineer Search Engines to ID Health Needs

Microsoft recently reported that by analyzing Bing search engine queries they could spot early detections of people potentially suffering pancreatic cancer. The study looked at diagnosed patients and tracked their search history backward to see if their online searches could trigger flags in the key symptoms leading to their diagnosis So, how can queries  be “reverse-engineered” to get… Read More »

The Art of the Beep

“Google’s self-driving cars are getting some attitude. Company engineers have been working on teaching their autonomous vehicles the subtle — and often obnoxious — art of honking, according to Google’s May self-driving car report. In its report, Google notes that for the past months engineers have programmed the car’s computer brain to understand which road situations… Read More »

Stanley Kubrick

Check out the article and interview bu Jon Ronson with Stanley Kubrick’s wife — worth the time “Christiane Kubrick had 42 wonderful years with her husband. But in the decade since his death, she has been beset by tragedy. For the first time, she talks about losing one daughter to cancer, another to Scientology –… Read More »

Oregon Suffrage and Temperance, 1920

Mattie Cone Sleeth — Biographical Essay Mattie Cone Sleeth was a significant force for change in Oregon during the early decades of the twentieth century. A devoted minister’s wife, she arrived in Portland with her family in 1903 and established herself as a leader of the Oregon Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). She was an ardent… Read More »

Bezos Transforms the Washington Post

A Progress Report on Jeff Bezos Transforming the Washington Post If you don’t like change, don’t work at the Washington Post. But if you are a consumer of digital news, you can expect some interesting and perhaps delightful innovations. And if you are in the news business, you already know that the old kid on… Read More »