From AngelHack CEO Greg Gopman. His company contributes Hackathons to society.

Thanks for that.

The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that’s okay. 


From beyondDC.com

Green-painted bike lanes accomplish what a white stripe next to the parking lane cannot. They proclaim loudly and clearly that streets are not merely sewers for car traffic, but fully multimodal public spaces. They send the message that drivers are welcome to use roads just like everyone else, but must not expect to have roads completely to themselves.


Very cool flexible wood bike rack from Germany. Need to get someone to bring one to IBC. According to the folks at Urban Velo, it’s made out of a single piece of wood:

Apps I Love: Fantastical

It may seem as though I’m calendar-obsessed, but frankly it’s a critical part of what we do in the collaborative workflow of fxguide and fxphd. In the Chicago offices, we have several calendars which we use to track production, term needs, and even my (insane) travel schedule. I also love apps that are cleanly and simply designed — they look…

Using Google Calendar instead of iCloud

iCloud is still very much in beta, experiencing the loss of several useful features from MobileMe when making the transition to the new platform. A huge shortcoming of Apple’s calendar functionality is that if the person you want to share a calendar with doesn’t have iCloud, you can only share it read only. The fxguide/fxphd crew is OSX-centric, but sharing…

the shrinking middle class

C.E.O.’s of the largest American companies earned an average of 42 times as much as the average worker in 1980, but 531 times as much in 2001. Perhaps the most astounding statistic is this: From 1980 to 2005, more than four-fifths of the total increase in American incomes went to the richest 1 percent. From the New York Times.

midterms in historical perspective

It was an old-fashioned butt kicking that the Democrats received in the midterms this week. And it was certainly a reflection of the tough economic times in our country. But there’s an interesting article in the Washington Monthly which points out that the loss of seats in midterms is certainly not something unusual. http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_11/026452.php