404’s for America

I had a good look at the presidential candidates’ 404 pages and they range from genuine and thoughtful to downright nonsensical. I’m curious how you’d vote today, if you had to make a choice based solely on a candidates 404 page. Take a look at them for yourself, then fill out the anonymous survey at the…

Happy International Women’s Day

I just wanted to give my champion, my muse, and the most important woman in my life a shout out. Joy is courageous, beautiful, an amazing role model for our son Landon, an advocate, a leader and a teacher. I’m so proud of her and so lucky to have her in my life. While I…

I just figured out why Robots are going to take over 

Engadget just featured a great article on Boston Dynamics and their newest Atlas robot. It’s pretty clear the best way to test Atlas’s ability to recover from a trip, fall or stumble is to trip it, and make it fall or stumble.   Atlas is a pretty rad robot. It’s ability to recover is pretty…

I’m a dumb user, help me be smarter

I don’t mind admitting it, I can be a dumb user sometimes. It’s not shameful, it just means that I don’t understand your interface the way you designed it. Sure I can blame you and say you should have done better, but in the end it’s 6 of 1 and half a dozen of the…

A Better Individual Experience

I gave a talk at WordCamp Boston 2015 on providing a better overall experience for users by starting from the ground up.

“My content is so good I don’t need an unsubscribe button”

Today at Starbucks I had an interesting conversation with a guy who says he “works in marketing”. Guy: “Hey, you look smart. Do you know anything about MailChimp?” Me: “Yeah a bit…” Guy: “Do you know how to remove the unsubscribe button from the bottom of an email?” Me: “Why would you want to?” Guy:…

The Expectation of Perfection & Other Sins We Love

We are lazy. We are impatient. We expect perfection, even when we don’t pay for it. We are quick to wrath when we don’t get what we want. We expect more than we deserve. We are the worst versions of ourselves when we are online and we are the best thing that has ever happened…

Star ratings are a recipe for deception

There is a fundamental problem with star ratings. I have no idea how long these reviews have been coming in, and I can’t see any trends. Take a look at the Troy-Bilt Weed Wacker above. 765 reviews means it’s been on Lowes.com for quite some time. With exactly 227 – 5 star reviews, and 227…

My past self vs my present self vs my future self

My present self is often hating my past self while writing checks my future self can’t cash. It’s an endless truthful loop that I can’t seem to end, nor do I really want to. Calculated risks with no regrets, lets go!

I’m proud of you America

I know this doesn’t solve inequality or terrible human nature but it’s a least a very positive move in the right direction.  I congratulate those who worked hard to make this happen and I’m proud of the nation I live in today. Congratulations America! http://t.co/18IgEMMuL5 — Jesse Friedman (@professor) June 26, 2015

Today’s Office

Sometimes work spills into family time, and when it does you can sit at home alone or grab a seat in the shade.

Physics of the Future

This book is amazing. It’s not too often that I step back and say “wow, that idea blew me away” but that happened at least 10 times in reading this book. Aspiring futurists this is a must read A photo posted by @jessefriedman on Jun 22, 2015 at 4:47pm PDT Physics of the Future

Withings Activité

My wife and son bought me the Withings Activité Pop for Fathers day. It’s the less expensive version of the Activité (which is Swiss made and designed in Paris). I’m in the love with the idea of this watch. It’s the most beautiful representation of mixing old analog technology with new improved digital smartphones and…

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams

Today’s Office

Quick preview of the double 27″ setup I’m working on. Wires to be hidden shortly.

Do you care about your privacy?

We’re proud to be recognized by the EFF for our work in this year’s Who Has Your Back report and are continually working to improve our practices to best serve the millions of websites owners who put their trust in us. WordPress.com received a perfect EFF score and that’s a big deal. Not only can…

Don’t be creepy when asking for info on users

I was signing up for a rewards card today and a required question was gender. I’m not sure why a local fastish food restaurant needs to know my gender to grant me a loyalty card, it’s borderline creepy. I figured there must be an option to “opt out” but there wasn’t. So I might have…