Most read in May 2013


McDonald’s Theory


I use a trick with co-workers when we’re trying to decide where to eat for lunch and no one has any ideas. I recommend McDonald’s.

An interesting thing happens. Everyone unanimously agrees that we can’t possibly go to McDonald’s, and better lunch suggestions emerge. Magic!

It’s as if we’ve broken the ice with the worst possible idea, and…


My Kitchen Nightmares Experience

Crazy Amy and Nutso Samy


I have always been a fan of Gordon Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares. When I found out that he was filming in…


The New York Times Told Me to Take This Down


It’s been five months since the New York Times dropped their mammoth digital story “Snow Fall,” and some people still talk about it as if it…


The future of iOS design?

Sweating the details of iOS 7


“Completely flat,” “Like Android,” “Microsoft-flat,” etc., etc., etc.


The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s go back.


I am signed into Facebook right now. At a quick glance, the entire list of posts on the first screen are irrelevant to me. If I…


ABC: Always Be Coding

How to Land an Engineering Job.


Be honest. Are you a good engineering candidate? How are you measuring yourself? How many companies have you…


Creative People Say No


A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing. One of the most interesting things about his…


Teens aren’t abandoning “social.” They’re just using the word correctly. 


Advertisers are perplexed and a little angst-y.

I know this, because I work in advertising. Wait. Don’t stop reading because I admitted that. This isn’t about advertising. It just happens to start there.

“Teens Are Leaving Social Media in Droves Oh My God We’re…


Choosing Minecraft Over Disney


“Mommy, can I play on the iPad?” my daughter calls from the kitchen, where I’m sure her hand is hovering over the device, waiting for my assent.