1. The Richest Cities for Young People: 1980 vs. Today [Link]

    February 17, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    A facinating look at how global economics works.

    One theory for why rich cities tend to get richer is "cumulative advantage," which is more commonly known as the rich-get-richer principle. The idea is that cities with thriving industries (consulting in Boston; software in San Jose; commodities in Chicago) attract the ...

  2. Copyright for Writers and Tutorial Bloggers [Link]

    February 17, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    One of the hardest things about putting together demos of software is creating interesting and useful dummy data. When I wrote about how I use plain text for tasks, I was torn between having fun with the dummy data and not wanting to get sued by someone. It's a ...

  3. Maintenance and Being Prepared for the Mess of Photo Services

    February 16, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    It feels like I've tried almost every photo storage, sharing and syncing service on the planet. I've learned exactly one lesson from all of this effort and expense: Being organized is the only way to stay neutral and sane.

    I've settled on a solution that may not ...

  4. Congratulations, You're a Jerk

    February 16, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    The best part about having a kid is watching her grow into an emotionally complex human.1 Pride is one of those traits that balances on a razor's edge. It beams on her face when I hang one of her drawings on the wall and withers to a husk ...

  5. Curbi: Amazing Parental Controls for iOS [Sponsor]

    February 16, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    My thanks to curbi for sponsoring this site. curbi is something that I can really get behind. It helps to enable technology for kids by reducing the risk for parents. What a great product. Seriously, if you have kids, it's worth at least checking out the free trial.


    curbi

    It ...

  6. Great Roderick Interview on Song Exploder [Link]

    February 16, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    What a lovely interview about a terrific song. Today so many great songs lack meaningful liner notes. This type of interview makes The Commander Thinks Aloud more concrete and beautiful.

    By way of @hotdogsladies

  7. The One Ring Startup [Link]

    February 12, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    This is Jason Kottke at his best. It's not just a link to something interesting. He takes something already compelling and reframes it to make it more important and more thought provoking.

    Those were dark times...the power of the startup had just been lost after Kozmo's CEO ...

  8. Podcasting Ebb, Flow and Overflow

    February 11, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    It was a terrific run. From the very first (and very awkward) episode of Generational with David Sparks to the final episode 80 of Technical Difficulties with Dr. Drang, I enjoyed making podcasts with all of my friends, heroes and inspirations. I got a chance to make something I'm ...

  9. Meeting Notes, Molotov Lite and Arrogant Bastard [Link]

    February 11, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] | ℳ↫

    Taking notes is hard enough. Taking notes during meetings can be a real pain. Jeff and I discuss our techniques and shortcomings during the latest episode of Nerds on Draft. We also drink two fantastic and wildly different IPAs. Ever wonder what a good "Lite" beer would be like? We ...

  10. HoudahSpot 4 Available Now

    February 10, 2015 by Gabe | [mmd] |

    HoudahSpot Logo

    A very nice upgrade to HoudahSpot is out now. Version 4 adds a significant visual improvement and a few nice functional tweaks. The upgrade was only $17 and I think it's worth it for such a powerful searching tool. It's certainly easier to use than previous versions. If ...