If you’re Facebook friends with me you may have noticed some of the shots I took of random objects on my desk. I don’t know much about photography, but I’d like to share my learning process in the hopes of clarifying my own learning process for myself. I, of course, invite critique.Continue reading
At the time, I hadn’t expected it, but it seems as though a blog post that I wrote back in August is coming to life again – and again. If you haven’t clicked on that link I’ll give you a moment to skim it. Essentially, what it says in that post is that I took a thread of a thousand comments on Facebook and ran some aggregations on them.Continue reading
On Thursday night, I walked to Willamsburg to watch (and join) some hassidic groups celebrating the holidays.
At Puppa, one of the groups I watched, it’s tradition that the Rebbe (grand rabbi) throws out apples and walnuts and the followers all try to catch them. In general, objects that come from a spiritual leader are considered by hassidim to carry blessing. I’ve heard conflicting explanations for what the apples and nuts are supposed to be “good for”, but it can’t hurt to catch a blessing.Continue reading
If you had to summarize a few hundred comments on a given Facebook post in just one word, what would that word be? Who’s comment got the most likes on a single thread? How many people actually got involved in this conversation? I had questions like these, so I built a little app to help me figure out the answers. (Warning: While I like to keep my posts on the lighter side, this one gets technical towards the middle.)Continue reading
As New York Times CIO Marc Frons told me during a Q&A session earlier this summer, “if you want to complain, you have to have a solution.” In order to have a solution, though, you really need to quantify the problem.Continue reading
Tomorrow is my final day at The New York Times. School resumes in a few weeks, I can’t wait to get back to all of my college friends, and believe it or not, my studies.Continue reading
Tonight, I volunteered at the New York Times Open Source Science Fair. These opinions and experiences are my own.
Recently, I’ve invested in two different articles of wearable technology. For the most part, they show promise, but lack of polish. I’m excited at what the right software will enable, but disappointed at what existing software offers. What are manufacturers not getting about wearable tech?Continue reading
The 9th day of Av begins this evening… The historical anniversary of national tragedy for the Jewish people.
Some folks at work have asked me about my beard. It’s almost surreal to explain to a cultured 21st century individual that there was once a temple in Jerusalem. I’m usually not in a position to explain the history of the Jewish people, nor the idealism of what was. I keep it short. “It’s a religious thing, but it’ll be gone by next Wednesday or Thursday” I say. It hurts to think about our losses, but it’s what’s left unsaid that hurts even more.Continue reading
I’ve been on the App Store for over three years.
That’s not as long as some folks, but it’s more than half of the lifetime of the store itself. In technology time, that’s pretty old. When you get to be that old, you learn a thing or two. I’ve learned that it’s not incredibly easy to sell apps without advertising them. It’s also really difficult to advertise apps through a digital medium, because the App Store is so saturated. That’s why I’m trying something new.Continue reading
iBookworm is for people who like to read. Simply scan a book’s ISBN bar code, and iBookworm will quickly download information about the book, and add it to your reading list.Continue reading
I had an awesome day today.
At a little after 10AM, I took a train to 63rd and Lexington, to meet an uncle. I lent my iPhone 4 to my cousin for her trip to Israel, and it’s been sitting on my Uncle’s desk for several months now. Once I got the phone, I could have just hopped on a train and returned home. If I had done that, what kind of New Yorker would that make me? Instead, I found a Starbucks and sat down.Continue reading
My Grandma uses the internet better than you. This means that I have to be careful what I write here, because Bubby, as we call her, undoubtedly will read this. (I’ll bet almost anything that my Mom or Dad sees this tonight on Facebook and emails her a link.)
A few weeks ago, my grandparents were over for the weekend. At lunch, Bubby told us the story of her printer, how it stopped printing, and what she did about it. This story is about how my grandma schooled Dell Technical Support.Continue reading
Somehow, I’m still playing GameBoy in 2013.Continue reading
In December 2012, I did a five week stint at a great startup in New York City called CityMaps. I worked with the lead iOS developer and a couple of others to implement their visual designs in code. I recall that one of the developers, for some reason, was really into using CoocaPods.Continue reading
I’d like to introduce Fasten for OS X. Fasten generates AppStore.com links from your app’s iTunes URL or name. Enter the name of your app, and it’ll give you the short link for your app. It’s that simple.
But wait, it gets better! You can also enter the traditional iTunes link, and Fasten will look up your app’s name for you! How’s that for convenience?
Upon generating the link, Fasten will automatically copy it to your clipboard. Easy. Take the guesswork out of formatting those easy-to-read links and grab Fasten now!
I seem to have missed it by a week, but last Tuesday was the three year anniversary since I signed up for the iPhone Developer Program. It’s been a fantastic three years, including 17 apps, famous clients, and cool internships. It’s been an amazing ride. B”h.
I write from the heart, as any human being with compassion for the oppressed. I recognize that I am fortunate enough to live in times of great prosperity, despite an occasional encounter with relative difficulty.Continue reading
See, this is a little crazy now. A group of students decides to bring a pair of speakers down to campus. Said speakers have a track record of public anti-Israel temper tantrums. A Jewish student notices, and starts an online a petition. She tells her friends about it too. Her friends sign. Their friends sign. In about a week, there are close to 2,000 signatures. What exactly are all of these people complaining about? Isn’t free speech, which should protect whiney bigots, a core tenet of the Constitution of the United States of America? Let’s work backwards here, first I’ll deal with free speech (and academic integrity), then the actual topic of the debate.Continue reading
Debates are like onions. They start at a juicy focal point. They’re bitter, smelly, and nobody likes them. They hurt your head and your eyes too. Like onions, debates are round and they go in circles and layers. They seem to make sense from afar, but dissecting them up close is asking for injury. They look kinda cool and shiny, until you peel them open. Sometimes they even look like something cool might be sprouting from them, but that sprout, in turn, just breeds more of the same.
The only way to properly enjoy an onion is to cook it, burn it until it’s died down. A debate cannot produce meaningful results until it has ended, both parties with some semblance of agreement. It takes fire and a frying pan to accomplish, and it takes patience. Watching an onion fry is torture, as is watching a fruitless debate. At the end, when peace is made, and the onions are fried, everything becomes sweet. The caramel flavor is savored, and the evidence consumed.
All that remains is the rubble beneath the pan. A pan waiting for the next onion.