#24 @StratecheryFM is the best yet. Sweeps across UX, strategic management, and self reflection.


Pink Floyd's fifteenth studio album, The Endless River, was released today, adding a footnote to the tumultuous story of the band.  The band members describe it as a continuation of The Division Bell, which in fact harkens to the namesake the latest album in the last song, "High Hopes." On the surface, the album is more or less a series of edited outtakes from Bell, picking out phrases that can feel like traveling on a boat. But as the album carries on, it seems to touch on the entire collection of the Pink Floyd's amazingly diverse sound (though I really missed the saxophone). In that same vein, you can't appreciate the album as a series of singles, like you could with Meddle or Wish You Were Here. The album clearly has David Gilmour all over it -- you have to listen to it in one straight go (may I recommend on a nice drive, or while on a plane with no where to travel but the destination?).

Overall, if you are a Floyd fan like me (a Floydian?), you'll enjoy the album and it will be great background music while working, jogging, or whatever. If you are trying to understand why the band is so popular, then you'll be much better off starting with the penultimate classic, Dark Side of the Moon (yes, I know that is very debatable).

You can stream it if you have Spotify, but the breaks due to lag totally ruin the flow, so I'd buy it on iTunes or Amazon.

Shopping with @jmeylor:

“Pluses of the more expensive one:

… It’s really pretty…”

Got to sneak a peak at the @counter_culture HQ in RTP. What a cool operation. Thanks for showing me around. http://t.co/MMImNwbwjG


Instructive story telling device that only the web can provide: youtube.com/user/HondaVideo

Hold “R” at any time (this wasn’t obvious).

Durham/RTP is a really picturesque place during this time of year. Wonderful first time visit.

This morning’s cup comes from @Intelligentsia … A delightfully fruity, tart YGZ. Poured @cocoacinnamon in Durham. http://t.co/qiBwYFtzHp


Segments called “his&hers,” “We Need To Talk” … kinda silly.

I wish sports media didn’t have to be so _obvious_ when they include women in hot takes, play-play announcing, etc.

What problem is Amazon Echo solving? What is the JTBD, and what makes this different?

I can’t answer any these.

Looks like we have the name for the next Star Wars: “The Force Awakens”

Great title.

Seems worth it to spend an extra $50 for the heart rate stuff. jawbone.com/store/buy/up3

Hopefully wearable people come up cool implications.

Joe Van Gogh

Beautiful coffee roaster in Durham, NC. Fantastic Ethiopian Sidamo.



Market Street coffee house -- Durham.

Starting to feel like home. http://t.co/9saGt3J4co


Tonight I witnessed a latte art competition hosted by @LorenzoPerkins at @patikacoffee … Can you pick the winner? http://t.co/QRFjqoZJ0H


IoT seems broken more so because of what a pain it seems to set all of this up. No wonder companies paint the utopian view. #mwux14

Yep, Indy has its charm. http://t.co/hjieuQv7kZ


Birthday breakfast. http://t.co/lAu7e3ymel


What an immaculate space for the new @patikacoffee! http://t.co/X8aFdoRbve


First year where I *didn’t* upgrade to the latest OS X. Mostly due to navigating security policies at work.

Peyton is going to have 600 before his career ends.

The 6 already felt pretty light @ 129g for the size. I wonder if the new Nexus 5 will feel even lighter @ 130g and .3” increase.

When Austin is good, it’s really good. http://t.co/WilcgqEJFl


The @AmericanAir telephone system has the slowest, most painful prompts ever.

After playing with the 6+, I totally get it. The 6 makes zero sense — go all the way on the size upgrade, or don’t.

.@jakek on paper prototyping:


The key is for “external use” — but internally it isn’t a bad tool. One of many.

Who thought this was a good idea?

Like this is a really stupid idea. http://t.co/smHyGWowMW


Want to help design software that changes the way the world does business?

Let’s chat about @ibmdesign! http://t.co/UjN7hkLCnj


Anyone selling a Friday (10/10) ticket to #ACL this weekend? Let me know, thanks.

Some Guatemalan @gimmecoffee this morning. An interesting milky texture with a bit of tang after. Not too shabby. http://t.co/bqdoylirBf


Flexbox makes me feel dirty.

The problem for “one device fits all” is battery life, and even the Plus wouldn’t solve that problem when traveling.

I really enjoy my iPad mini, but find I would buy a iPod Plus if that ever existed.

1) ideal size for two hands
2) great ppi screen

Haven’t been to the @starwars homepage in forever — great responsive design and content: starwars.com

Finally going to check out the @CuveeCoffee operation tomorrow.

And just like that, @MacRumors removes the name. Good.

Just because @BloombergNews has to be low and report the name of an employee doesn’t mean others have to follow suit // @MacRumors

.@BillSimmons definitely provoked ESPN, but he did so with the truth. Now, he’s basically the equivalent of a journalism martyr.

Got a chance to play with a 6 (not Plus), and don’t see the value with current app support. Might be 6-12 mos. before mainstream value.

Help my good friend and UX designer raise money for a kidney transplant by donating $5 or $10 here: gofundme.com/flickneedsakid…

This is your attempt at leveraging the new extension capability, @LinkedIn? A shortcut to your app? Lousy. http://t.co/udSI5BeEP2


A comment you never want to get on a design http://t.co/6MR5gftULD


Every year I slightly regret not being first in line so I can make a quick $500.

Well, the line at the Austin Apple Store looks to be just as long as when the iPad Air was released.

Does anyone have any idea why this occurs. I believe this is why I don’t get iMessages on my Mac. http://t.co/aRk8lOBRQU


Odd bug in iOS8. Which status bar is better? http://t.co/2ltS7EHojk


This is the first year I’ve seen carriers rigorously throw offers at customers. Think back to pre-2007, where the inverse was true.

If you judge Apple Watch as a watch, especially a nice looking accessory, you involve new users, people, markets.

The Apple Watch has a screen, an App Store, and lots of tech. But it shouldn’t be compared to other things with those features.

First year I haven’t preordered the iPhone. Genuinely curious to see it first.

When I had the Lumia 920, I struggled with the size.

My Gut Reactions to Apple Watch

Normally I don’t write gut reaction posts, but Apple has clearly introduced the Apple () Watch now to generate buzz and beat the supply chain leaks, so I feel that an exception is worthy here. Here are some, in no particular order of significance: It has a screen. This makes it seem less controversial of a […]

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A Reminder Regarding Mobile Payments

I’m not buying some of the positive first reactions on Apple Pay ( Pay), which dismiss competitors and simply remark Apple’s scale as the reason mobile payments in general will succeed. While the convenience of making a payment from your phone is great, it is worth noting (and reiterating) Apple’s key issues to address.

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Watch “Early 2015”

Does it piggy back on WWDC or get its own release cycle?

Apple is betting that UX is a key differentiator. NFC payments in general haven’t totally taken over yet.

So Starbucks is on the list of Apple Pay — previously a Square partner.

That’s a pretty big blow.

And we’ve opened up Apple Pay as an API through the web!

.@Square: Shit

I really hope the landscape views for the iPhone 6 Plus come to the iPads as well.

On a smaller window size, looks like the front-enders didn’t consider image resizing fully: http://t.co/DCEMmhQ2SN


So much web browser design happening here:

1) Background CSS video
2) Shrinks the video on scroll
3) Live blog. http://t.co/dGeHLpFY04


As a stretch:

3) Some Apple/Beats accessory
4) Mavericks demos of deeper iOS 8 integration that we didn’t see.

To summarize:

1) Two phones
2) Several types of wearables, for men and women, all unified with a touchID sensor+siri+biometrics

Based on the leaks of the Apple wearable here, I wonder if it will just be a home button with mic/touch ID? macrumors.com/2014/09/08/iwa…

After last night’s Colts game, I’m convinced I’m seeing 1998 all over again, just replace Luck with Manning and Wayne with Harrison.

Subscribed to standalone @SundayTicketDTV. Stream quality is decent, but the volume issues and blackout rules are annoying.

Signs point to iWatch having a screen, but I don’t see why it has to have anything more than the time, alarms, and some health stats (maybe)

1) Think of any everyday chore you hate or takes time.

2) Create a website/mobile app enabling others to do it.

3) ???

4) Profit!

Next big startup: on-demand cooks based on what ingredients you have on your fridge and what you’d like for dinner (cc /@Jason)

It’s interesting how the USA is catching up with the rest of the world when it comes to “helper” culture: shyp.com

That is insanely large snack.