Ain’t I a Beauty

Fluf, a band from San Diego in the mid 1990’s, was notorious for never appearing in their press photos. The release of a new album or photo opportunity was always a joy for their fans.

Facebook, aolder pug with huge tongue web site from Mountain view that started in the mid 2000’s, required users to upload a photograph of themselves for their profile. The release of my new profile photo is reason for my adoring fans to celebrate.

Here are some of my most glamorous mug shots.

ugly dog contest winner

German shepard with crazy eye mask

bulldog drinking water from a fountain

crazy mask made of candy

cairn terrier with mouth open

electron microscope scan of microscopic critter

pug with four eyes

grey hound with sweater

comic book from movie goonies

llama screetching

Ted as an opera singing lego

pregnant guinea pig

Spiders are gonna get you!

Heidi's reaction when teased with a spiderI have many jobs, but money isn’t the only salary. Sometimes I work to torment my friends and family. It’s the Scorpio Asshole in me.

Take Heidi for example. She’s afraid of insects. Not in the “I don’t like bugs, icky!” mode. She’s bat-shit crazy about bugs and has been known to freak out when a bug lands on her windshield wiper while driving down the road. The thought of a spider crawling up her leg would motivate her to get a chainsaw and hack her leg to pieces.

Naturally, one of my jobs is to deliver a steady stream of insects to Heidi’s Facebook, SMS, and emails. Here are some recent additions.

Attack of the White Tail Spider

A kid with a serious obsession with pouring spiders on his body

Trees covered with thousands of spiders

Seemingly innocent hair ball erupts into thousands of fleeing spiders

The mother of all spiders is gonna get you!

Intent and design

Journalist John Hockenberry starts by discussing how he discovered the importance of intent after installing sparkly wheels on his wheelchair. It transformed his wheelie persona from victim to commander, at least in his own mind. He continues to discuss how a user or designer’s intent makes the difference between good and bad design.

More from TED

Journalist John Hockenberry tells a personal story inspired by a pair of flashy wheels in a wheelchair-parts catalogue — and how they showed him the value of designing a life of intent. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)

Journalist and commentator John Hockenberry has reported from all over the world in virtually every medium. He’s the author of “Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence.”
John Hockenberry: We are all designers – TED

Hack Event Survival Guide

I get to attend a lot of hack events as a Yahoo!  Developer Network Evangelist. These marathon coding sessions are a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, and build something cool. I’ve seen some common problems and solutions appear at these events and this post will help those going to their first (or next) hack event.
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