t h i n k
[ t h i n k ] is a browse engine for the wandering mind,
connecting one topic to another at the speed of a click,
along the edges of new ideas sp
[ t h i n k ] by scott pickard is a dynamic book of content that is like a collection of marbles (content) in a full jar: to put one better marble in, two lesser ones must come out.
one marble in, two marbles out
To reach that goal, [ t h i n k ] is designed to function in six ways:
[ t h i n k ] isn’t a reference source but instead a jumping-off point for thinking, designing, creating, and exploring. [ t h i n k ] uses these questions to filter content:
[ t h i n k ]’s topic format (see diagram below) has been designed for the wandering mind of the lifetime learner to enable easy browsing. It is packed with valuable content components: hierarchical position within a big picture context; a picture/diagram that speaks a thousand words; in-a-nutshell quotes; good questions and (links to) good answers; big ideas; good books authors; cross-references to related topics; grayed-out placeholders for future content; and yellow-highlighted last post within each topic.
About | Acquisitions | Adolescence | Advertising | Agriculture | Amazon | Anarchism | Ancient Asia, Africa, Europe | Africa since 1920 | Apps | Architecture, Landscape & Urban Design | Art | Art in General | Artificial Intelligence | Arts in Particular Cultures | Atoms | Automation | Automobiles
competition | growth | profitability | strategy
If you can’t beat them, join them.
Why was Staples/Office Depot merger called off?
What strategic objectives will this acquisition/merger accomplish?
What expense items can be added back to the income statement because the owner has been taking out excessive compensation?
Are there deferred inter-company gains or nondeductible write-offs that may result in additional taxes?
in general: content+distribution: AT&T-Time Warner > Entertainment | self-driving: Uber acquired Otto | ChemChina acquires: Syngenta | Walmart acquires: Jet | Uber: Didi Chuxing | Verizon: Yahoo! | facilitator: Finding a neutral party to facilitate a merger of two businesses sp | mega-mergers: Microsoft-Linked, Monsanto-Syngenta | news: firstlist, themiddlemarket | hostile takeovers: Fools Rush In Munk | more
education | emotions | family | parenting | survival | teaching
The power, invincibility, joys and tragedies of adolescence stay with us forever. sp
in general: screen-centricity: Screenagers | intervention: Redeploy | inner-city youth programs: Mignight Basketball | music: Quadrophenia Who | poor rich kid: affluenza | research: Monitoring the Future | kids, teach your parents well: The Way, Way Back | wimpy: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Kinney | Age of Opportunity Steinberg | A Separate Peace Knowles | Boyhood Linklater | Dazed and Confused | teachers: Dead Poet’s Society Kleinbaum > Teachers | defiance: Ferris Bueller | Juno | guilt: Ordinary People Guest | Risky Business | Schools Out for Summer | Stand By Me | The Catcher in the Rye Salinger | The Perks of a Wallflower Chbosky | more
brand | creativity | marketing | web site
The new word-of-mouth like us on Facebook is 100X more powerful.
in general: schools: Chicago Portfolio School > Jobs | measure impact: TrendKite, origamilogic | automated: outboundengine | business cards: cardnetics, moo | campaign types: eloqua | card decks: printfinity |coolhunting: Honda | embedded in video & tv: mirriad | in-call media: voodoovox | interactive out-of-home: reactrix | mobile: millennialmedia | multi-channel (screen) platforms & campaign management: collective-media, impactradius | podcasts: Serial | publicity: Ben Angel, halo | simulation & planning: thinkvine | stadiums: instadium | target IT professionals: techtarget | local: singleplatform | yodle | classifieds: backpage, oodle | digital billboards: supponor | digital ink displays: magink | out-of-home: Gas Station Radio | viral: Unleashing the Ideavirus Godin | more
North Africa | Sub-Saharan Africa
in general: Libya: is a lawless country harboring terrorists and smugglers | Liberia: news: Front Page Africa | Kenya | Nigerian novelist: Chinua Achebe | Somalia | South Africa: Long Walk to Freedom Mandela | music: Hugh Masekela | more
food | sustainability | valuation
Can edible insects provide a sustainable alternative to meat?
What does the consolidation in BIG AG mean for the consumer?
[Dupont-Dow, Syngenta-China Ntl. Seed Co., Bayer-Mondanto]
Who is agribusiness and what is next for them?
in general: land valuation: AcreValue > Valuation | family farm advocacy: Farm Aid | domestication | 2014: (Remote) Data to Knowledge sp | Farm management: ADM farmerview | pest control: insectaries | software: Granular, farmeron | climate data: Climate Pro | frost protection: wind machines | rice: the most important food crop in the world | California: kodafarms | research: International Rice Research Institute | animals raised for food, fiber, labor | ocean column: Green Wave | the farmer: So God Made a Farmer Harvey | precision agriculture: Precision Agriculture Technology for Crop Farming Zhang | fishing: The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway | more
brand | customer | e-commerce | retail | shipping
amazon has a patented flying warehouse that deploys drones to deliver parcels
Is Amazon eating the world? > E-Commerce
Will Amazon Video disrupt Netflix?
in general: reorder: Dash Button big idea | art: Amazon Art |seed funding: Catalyst | bookstore: Seattle | audio books: Audible | advertising: pay-per-click | delivery: FREE Same Day | takeout & delivery: Amazon Local | textbooks: Amazon Campus | jobs: Amazon Mechanical Turk | more
change, crime, extreme, mental disorders, politics, religion, war
You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
The right to alter or abolish government is the ultimate expression of the people’s sovereignty.
Is Anonymous the enemy of our enemy?
in general: seccession: The Country of California? > Change | sniper: Tower | anti-radicalization: Defusing The Lure Of Militant Islam | coup: Turkey | black power: Black Panther Party | anthem: Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! | Arab Spring: Emel Mathlouthi was voice of Tunisian revolution, timeline | cabal | coup: Coup d'état, Egypt | crowd control: people’s mic | police brutality: Baltimore | Al-Qaeda: Inspire 10 | Lord’s Resistance Army | Muslim Brotherhood: A Day of Anger | Nigeria: Boko Haram | Russia/Moscow: Pussy Riot | Latin America: Che Guevera | change is coming: Long Time Gone | Arab Spring: Once Upon A Revolution Cambanis | Greenpeace: How to Change the World | dictators have weaknesses: From Dictatorship to Democracy Sharp | whistleblowers: CitizenFour Poitras | the pen is mightier than the sword: Diaries of an Unfinished Revolution Cassel | Captain Phillips Greengrass | Fight Club Palahniuk | Les Miserables | Revolution Brand | Rules for Radicals Alinsky | The American as Anarchist DeLeon | The Anarchist Library | The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories Hemingway | Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous! Hessel | more
SW Asia, Egypt, Aegean, N Africa | Ancient Europe & Mediterranean
in general: SW Asia, Egypt, the Aegean, and North Africa: essential-humanities | Ancient Europe & Mediterranean to AD 395: allempires | tools: flint knapping stone tools > Earth | World Heritage List | ancient history sourcebook | Cartographies of Time Grafton | The History of the Ancient World Bauer | more
ai | gaming | mobile
Which makes the most sense: native app or web app?
To app or not to app, that is the question. sp
in general: schedule meetings: x.ai > Optimized Self | free global messaging: LINE | TV series: the app economy Apple | emergencies: Red Cross | airline info: worldmate | backend-as-a-service: Kii | beer: untappd | best sellers: top 25 | bill pay: Mint Bills | cabs: taximagic | content delivery: www.motricity.com | Europe: amobee | health care: app-a-day | inflight internet: gogoinflight | journal: path | location-based: deCarta, scvngr | markets: App Annie, Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age | medical info: airstriptech | meetings: charlie | monetization: localytics, 3 Ways To Monetize Your App That Every Startup Should Consider Sarath | parking: parkmobile | payment systems: monitise, roamdata | performance monitoring: Crittercism | push notifications: urbanairship | Appsters: A Beginner's Guide to App Entrepreneurship Gill | more
buildings | construction | design
in general: architectural tours: viaggidiarchitettura | innovation portal: architizer | windows: cabin in the woods | backyard: arbor sp | P. Allen Smith | education: Frederick Law Olmsted Society | energy savings: shading | lighting: trees | public interest design: ArcheWorks | experimental: archigram | repurposed spaces | Belgrade: industrial spaces and unused barges | nuclear power plants: theme park | San Francisco: futuristic | Buildings | magazines: Dezeen | public interest design: Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook > Cities | repurpose: Big Box Reuse Christensen | more
in general: marketplace for collectors: Paddle 8 > Particular Arts | Philosophy of art: Alain Badiou | Classification of the arts | abstract: jazzberryblue | contemporary: culturehall | fairs: Art Miami | participatory: philinthecircle | Art history texts: Getty Research Portal | Art appreciation and education: curation: ArtStack, The Mirror Cube | education: Sotheby's | news: artfixdaily, Paris Review | Art Criticism: about | scholarship: National Endowment for the Arts | stolen or missing: artloss | auctions: auctioneers: Christie’s | Sotheby’s | news: artnet news | simplicity: Art Is | appreciation: Playing To the Gallery Perry | Art/Work Bhandari | biographies: Mr. Turner | Indivisible by Four Steinhardt | restitution: Woman in Gold | The Art Book Phaidon | The Gift Hyde | more
future | risk | unintended | virtual
What happens when machines dream?
Can algorithms create human-quality short stories?
As machine intelligence accelerates, is our organic thinking declining?
Can we build a super-AI that won't kill us?
Is Moore’s Law sustainable?
in general: fantasy park: Westworld | rubik’s cube: World Record | enterprise: IBM Watson | machine intelligence: Google TensorFlow | benefit humanity: OpenAI | impact on humans/society: Future of Life Institute, Stanford’s AI100 One Hundred Year Study | algorithm deelopment: Deep Mind, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, Vicarious | artificial general intelligence: strong AI | machine trading: Dark Pools Patterson, Flash Boys Lewis | human downloads: Transcendence | rise of machines, decline of humans?: What to Think About Machines That Think Brockman | ethics: Machines of Loving Grace Markoff | Accelerando Stross | cyborgs: Ex Machina | risks: Superintelligence Bostrom | Smarter Than Us Armstrong | singularity: The Singularity Is Near Kurzweil | more
popular culture | social change
in general: about: prehistoric art | film: Cave of Forgotten Dreams Herzog | Arts of the Western tradition: Janson's History of Art: Western Tradition | Ai Weiwei: artsy > Social Change | documentary Ai Weiwei, Never Sorry | India: Kathputli Colony Delhi | Japan: The Kano School of Painting | Arts of the African peoples: African art | Arts of the Oceanic peoples: Oceanic art | Arts of the American Indian peoples: eiteljorg | China: toys: Temari balls | Mexico: Huichol disc | Nordic: Nordic Cool | more
in general: simple view | structure: dense region of protons/neutrons | isotopes: different # neutrons | radioactive nuclei: unstable atom | neutron: subatomic particle n | reactions of atomic nuclei: nuclear reaction | fission: atom splits into smaller parts | fusion: about | magnetized target fusion: generalfusion big ideas | pulsed power: Z-machine | subatomic elementary particles: about | Higgs boson | research: Hadron Collider | kids learn: ABC’s of Particle Physics > Visualization | An Introduction to Nuclear Physics Cottingham | The Ghost in the Atom Davies | more
“I’m a machine, and I’m faster than you.”
How much automation can be implemented in manufacturing operations? What would be the effects on production? Jobs?
To what extent are finished products and components standardized?
in general: folding clothes: FoldiMate > Home | customer contact: soundbite | machine-to-machine (MSM): Connected World | manufacturing automation: automationmag, International Society of Automation | personal: ifttt | shopping: jeans store | test automation: spirent | workflow automation: skelta | silent genius: Hugo | more
Who will own the self-driving taxis?
Is the legacy of car ownership starting a long, deliberate decline?
With a supercomputer on board, prepare to forget how to drive. sp
Driver shortage will push innovation in autonomous trucks. sp
Can Tesla sustain itself without tax subsidies?
Are electric cars truly green?
in general: google: Waymo big idea > Future | car seat safety: infographic | automatic mileage tracking: MileIQ | parking: JustPark, MobileMeter | loans: DriverUp | used: Sonic Automotive | If you can dream it, you can ride it. | alternative: mobiusmotors | car-plane: terrafugia | car-to-car communications: cohdawireless | competitions: EcoCar | concept cars: Toyota FV-2 | design: Local Motors | distraction: Distraction is the new DUI. | donate your car: changinggears | gas: gasbuddy | hybrids: hybridcars | leasing: wheelzinc | pricing: edmunds, kbb, truecar | safety: advanced features, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety | ethics: Trolley Problem | Audi, Google, Toyota | car pooling & sharing: blahblahcar, erideshare, relayrides | iPhone app: zipcar | long-term parking: FlightCar | hydrogen: Toyota Mirai | scooters: EX-Rider
Balance | Behavior of Organisms | Bicycles | Big Data | Big Ideas | Big Picture | Biosphere | Biotechnology | Board of Directors | Books | Brain | Brand | Budgeting | Buildings | Business Intelligence | Buying Decisions
leadership | philosophy | poverty | simplicity | trust/truth | wellness
There are always two sides to every story.
buy-america job creation < balance > lowest cost infrastructure
help the helpless (left) < balance > spend within means (right)
love < parenting > leadership
finite resources on earth < balance > growth to create jobs
liberal < balance > conservative
internationalism < balance > isolationism
free trade < balance > climate policy
left trying to survive < balance > protecting wealth right
data-driven policy < balance > privacy, freedom, liberty
progress < sustainability > biodiversity
concentration of wealth < balance > redistribution of wealth
United States < Mutually-Assured Destruction > Russia
civil liberties < balance > law and order
complexity in life < balance > simplicity in life
freedom of speech < balance > civility of speech
work < balance > life
in general: the art of balance in age of extremes: Faces of Moderation Craiutu | The War on Cops Mac Donald | digital saturation: Digital Detox | Balance, the fundamental verity Smith big ideas | Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity Siegel | The Hadza Finkel | Unintended Consequences Conard | Walden Thoreau | Working Terkel
biosphere, emotions, humans, nature
in general: emotions: Spy in the Wild > Emotions | behavioral responses: stimuli or inputs | consciousness: The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness big idea | apes: musical perception | dogs: dognition | training: Cesar's Way | groups: coordinated behavior | evolution: natural selection | birds: One Wild Bird at a Time Heinrich | crows: Gifts of the Crow Marzluff | The Behavior of Organisms Skinner | The Horse Whisperer Evans | more
cities | fitness | recreation
Make your bike electric in under 60 seconds.
Is bicycling good for the brain?
Bicycling is healthy for people and the economy.
in general: electric assist: Pedego > Recreation | connecting the city: Atlanta Beltline | virtual training: CycleOps | bike to work: Bike-to-Work Day | electric: GeoOrbital Wheel | spinning: Peloton | rides: Bike the Bay, ragbrai, Ride the Hiawatha, Tahoe-to-Pyramid | advocacy: National Bike Challenge | bike machines: bicimaquina | bike sharing: citibikenyc, divvybikes | body geometry: roll-online | buy/sell: bikepedia, bikesdirect | competitions: Tour de France | coolhunting: horsecycles | electric: electric, Karmic | design competitions: oregonmanifest | film festival: bicyclefilmfestival | fixed-gear: purefixcycles, tokyobike | guarantee: lifetime | history: Wright Brothers | hybrids: bicycle-tricycle, Copenhagen Wheel | learn: Performance Bicycle | museums: Marin Museum of Bicycling | Bicycle Portraits Engelbrecht | Cinelli: The Art and Design of the Bicycle Morano | Nowhere to Nowhere Telling | Roads Were Not Built For Cars Reid
Whoever has the most (meaningful, curated) data, wins.
Is the company ready for the deluge of unstructured data coming in from transactions, social media, sensors and machines (IoT)?
What ethical issues are raised by the spectre of a big data-driven world?
in general: agriculture: Agrible | twitter stream: Dataminr | analytical skills: Insight IQ | automated data collection/monitoring: connotate | automated analysis: WolframAlpha Pro | behavioral analytics: ginger.io | business analytics: BeyondCore | consultants: mu-sigma | credit scoring: cell phone data, kreditech | customer analytics: nuevora | democratization: contextrelevant | drag-n-drop: rapidminer | earth: dataone | energy management: hara | hadoop: hortonworks, karmasphere | health care: Visiquate | industrial: MANA | marine and buoy data: Planet OS | market research: keltonglobal | NoSQL: mongoDB | oil & gas: drillinginfo | oncology: flatiron | open source: Dataverse | real-time: webaction, zoomdata | research funding: Big Data R&D Initiative, Digging into Data Challenge | risk analytics: verisk | social data: datasift | robots and jobs: Rise of the Robots Ford | neural networks: Make Your Own Neural Network Rashid | tiny clues uncover huge trends: Small Data Lindstrom big idea | The Black Box Society Pasquale
Amazon | Artificial Intelligence | Atoms | Automobiles | Balance | Behavior of Organisms | Big Data | Biosphere | Biotechnology | Books | Brand | Buildings | Capitalism | CEO | Change | Checklists | Cities | Climate Change | Cloud | Construction | Coolhunting | Core Competency | Crime | Critical Infrastructures | Crowd Sourcing | Currency | Cyberspace | Data | Democracy | Development of Technology | DIY | Earth | Economic Development | Edge.org | Education | Electronics | Energy | Energy Management | Engineering | Exploration | Extraterrestrial Life | Facebook | Fields of Technology | Food | Future | Gaming | Google | Green | Growth | Health Care | Human Behavior | Human Disease | Ideas | Innovation | Intellectual Property | Internet | Internet of Things (IoT) | Intersections | Issues | Language Tools | Latin America | Leadership | Learning & Thinking | Lifetime Learning | Mechanics | Megacities | Modeling & Simulation | Nuclear Power & Weapons | Optimized Self | Particular Arts | Peace | Personal Finance | Philanthropy | Plants | Political Concepts | Poverty | Predictive Intelligence | Privacy | Problems & Solutions | Production | Radio | Randomness | Religion | Retail | Retirement | Robotics | Running | Science | Sensors | Services | Smart Grid | Social Radar | Solar | Startups | Supercomputing | Sustainability | Teachers | Technology | Transportation | Unequivocals | Universe | University | Utopia/Dystopia | Venture Capital | Virtual | Visualization | Vital Processes | Water | Wind Energy | Women & Men | Zeitgeist | more
balance, climate, earth, extinction, green, humans, life, nature, population, sustainability
You protect what you love. Chouinard
coral reef sp
in general: animal sound archive: Macaulay Library | bees | colony collapse: 2014 40% loss, pretreated seeds | habitat development: corridor | preserves: McDowell Sonoran Conservancy | sailing rocks: The Racetrack | Tumamoc Hill | estuary: Florida Bay Seagrass, Indian River Lagoon | What sets humans apart? change the environment in which they live | self-regulating system: Gaia Hypothesis Lovelock | conservation: Wildlife Without Borders | forest land management: GeoDigital | journals: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment | banning DDT: Silent Spring Carson | man’s impact: Man and Nature Marsh > Sustainability | The Earth's Biosphere Smil | more
What are the unintended consequences of genome editing?
in general: microalgae: solazyme | legislation: biosimilar substitution | biomarkers: rulesbasedmedicine | biomaterial storage: biostorage | certified refurbished instruments: biosurplus, cgenetool | entrepreneurial training: bioconsultants | high-performance computing: hpcbio.illinois | life science community: biospace | news: bioworld, genengnews | neutraceuticals: heliae | phylogenomics: plosgenetics | search: nextbio | tools: fluidigm | venture capital: burrillandco | waste(garbage)-to-fuel: enerkem, fulcrum-bioenergy | algae: sapphireenergy | biobutanol: gevo | biodiesel: endicottbiofuels | energy crops: ceres, nexsteppe, performanceplants | energy economics | ethanol: mascoma | general: coolplanetbiofuels, greenbiologics, virent | search: Knowledge Discovery Framework | yield optimization: targetedgrowth | research: gobalto | software: cytel, goBalto, y-prime | training: trifecta | gene editing: Rewriting the Code of Life Specter, CRISPR > Ethics | catalog: 1000genomes.org | cloud-based: DNAnexus | germline gene transfer: about | supercomputer: knome | whole genome mapping: opgen | antibiotic diagnostics: GeneWeave |awards: Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
What criteria/objectives are set to establish the makeup of the board?
Is the size of the board appropriately scaled to the size and scope of the company’s operations?
What is the director’s job description?
Do the board and management clearly understand and agree to those decisions and rights the board chooses to reserve to itself?
What are the board’s policies for director committee service?
What is the appropriate level of compensation for directors?
Do all directors meet the test for independence?
Does the board perform a self-evaluation on an annual basis?
in general: online tools: boardevals, governancepro | on-demand board portal: Directorpoint, boarddocs, boardvantage, directorsdesk | Six Rules for Efficient Board Meetings > Corporate Governance | Board Self-Assessment Carver | Director-CEO Relationship sp
Are bookstores an endangered species?
Read something that means something. new yorker
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero
Which books will change your life, and which ones will just pass the time?
in general: bookstores: Albertine | romance novels: The Ripped Bodice | kids: bookends adult/kid discussion, The Kerlan Collection, First Book | first: Gutenberg Bible 1455 | classics: Great Books Program | anti-digital: We are not only what we read, but how we read. | audio: audible | awards: National Book Award | book clubs: about | printing press: The Printing Press as an Agent of Change Eisenstein
my ten books: Atlas Shrugged Rand | Dune Herbert | Islands in the Stream Hemingway | Lost Horizon Hilton | Man's Search for Meaning Frankl | Seven Pillars of Wisdom Lawrence | Silent Spring Carson | sharing culture: The Circle Eggers big idea | Walden Thoreau | Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Pirsig
concussions | gaming | personality | robotics | thought
Can playing brain games really make you smarter?
How do you explain consciousness?
slowsloppybrilliant brain + fastaccuratestupid machine = Transhumanism
in general: life’s unseen patterns: Hidden Brain | exercise for seniors: Staying Sharp, dakim | assessment: neurotrax | wearables: ybrain | research: sharpbrains, brain map | GPS: human cells | training: lumosity | research brain-map | wearable device: ybrain | reverse-engineer the brain | what your head is really up to: Idiot Brain Burnett | The Big Book of Brain Games Moscovich | brain+machine: Beyond Boundaries Nicolelis | adolescence: Beautiful Brains Dobbs, The Teenage Brain Jensen
core competency | design | marketing
I want something that’s always pretty good and never awful.
What is reputation?
What will the Oprah effect mean for Weight Watchers?
Is your brand culturally relevant?
What strategies are employed to lock-in brand loyalty?
What is required to persuade users of competitive products to switch?
in general: branding through education: The School of The New York Times big idea | logos: 2016 Rio Olympics, cluster sp, logogarden, logoworks | collaboration platforms: opal, thinkpassenge | conferences: brandcampu | conversion and retention: Loyalty Lab, webloyalty | political campaigns: Our Brand Is Crisis | BrandSimple Adamson | Buyology Lindstrom | Likeonomics Bhargava | Logobook Houplain | sonic branding: The Sonic Boom Beckerman
financial | politics | sustainability | trust
Live within your means.
A budget is a moral document that reflects the priorities of a nation. > Politics
How can we make governments accountable for their budgets?
How are corporate objectives integrated with the budgeting process?
Is the budgeting process an interactive one that allows for feedback and coordination between top management and line managers?
How has historical performance compared with past budgets?
What kind of accountability procedures does the company employ?
architecture | cities | cloud | design | energy | homes
in general: property management: Buildium > Cloud | directory: openbuildings | passive energy management: Passive House Institute | benchmark, firstfuel, scienergy, seriousmaterials | urban (vertical) campus: The New Salesforce Tower big ideas | Emporis Skyscraper Awards, Porsche Design Tower | China: Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort | getting away: Hide and Seek Architecture Borges | pre-manufactured: Arched Cabins, Lodges on Vashon | forums: Vision London | architectural ethics: engaged architecture | disaster recovery: Rebuilding after disaster: Going green from the ground up | skyscrapers: Skyscrapers 2017 Dupré | Why Buildings Stand Up Salvadori
Is management capable of decision-making and reaction to market change based on accurate, real-time intelligence from multiple data points?
in general: about | hillsearch | logixml | tableausoftware | versata | business information: ceoexpress, cortera, thomsonreuters | cloud: birst | executive dashboard: birst > Visualization, qliktech | marketing analytics: openi, ebureau | on-demand: gooddata, indicee | open source: pentaho | real-time: FirstRain, strategyeye, streambase | enterprise information: business performance management: qliktech | data integration: informatica | integrated marketing management (IMM): teradata
What are the driving trends of the typical customer?
What is the demographic breakout of the company’s customer base?
What are the typical stages in the buying decision?
What is the typical length of a buying decision?
What are the driving criteria in the buying decision?
What is the customer’s sensitivity to price?
in general: behavior: How Customers Think Zaltman | comparison shop: become, findthebest, nerdwallet, power2switch, priceonomics, pricespotting, versusio | cell phone scanners: ScanLife | credit cards: creditcards | credit profile: experian | demographics: census
Calendar | Capital Expenditures | Capitalism | Cash Management | Catholicism | CEO | Change | Checklists | China since 1912 | Cities | Climate Change | Cloud Computing | Collaboration | Comics | Communication | Competition | Compliance | Computer Science | Computer Security | Confidence | Constitution | Construction | Content Management | Continuous Improvement | Coolhunting | Core Competency | Corporate Governance | Co-Working Space | Creativity | Crime, Corruption, Power, Violence, Cronyism | Crisis Management | Critical Infrastructures | CRM | Crowd | Currency | Customer Feedback | Customer Service | Cyber
Measurement of time: basic unit of computation in a calendar is the day
Ancient & religious calendars: starting month first sighting new moon
Western Calendar: Gregorian calendar most widely used interntionally
What is the ROI over the next 3-5 years for each major expenditure?
If the budget would allow, what equipment should be replaced to either maintain or improve production efficiency, or as protection against major production stoppages should this equipment fail?
Can we liquidate some of these assets?
Does the company have any assets that are undervalued?
in general: capital assets and depreciation: toolkit | depreciation calculator: bassets | people and asset tracking: airclic, inilex, sensorlogic | real-time location system (RTLS): awarepoint | remote monitoring: airsis | Balanced debt/equity capitalization | Physical Asset Management Handbook Mitchell | The Capital Structure Decision Bierman
anarchy | corporation | future | politics | poverty
Is the idea of a society not run for profit impossible? Or,
Is capitalism the best economic model for every culture?
The free market doesn’t guarantee social outcomes, merely economic ones. Friedman
in general: post-capitalism: Inventing the Future Srnicek > Future | Private ownership of production of goods/services for profit | plutocracy: about | to serve stock price or not: The Shareholder Value Myth Stout big idea | collaborative economy: Peers Inc Chase | Atlas Shrugged Rand | rags to riches: Started from the Bottom | The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman | more
financial | risk | suppliers
Cash is king, as the old saying goes. It is the one resource a company cannot survive without for any length of time until the doors are closed, voluntarily or involuntarily, which is why the CEO must find or develop a method to reliably understand and predict the company’s current and future ability to generate the cash it needs to pay all of its bills. The Integrated Spreadsheet is a tool that will give any CEO the positive direct control they must have over the financial rudder of the business….more sp
What are the long-term cash needs for the company for the purchase of property and equipment?
What effect does the variation in key assumptions (sensitivity analysis) have on the financial projections?
Has the company ever filed, or considered filing, for bankruptcy?
Are any of the company’s vendors in bankruptcy or near bankruptcy?
What is the minimum acceptable investment return on capital items?
How are lease vs. purchase decisions evaluated?
in general: shipping bankruptcy: Hanjin Shipping | cash flow statement: direct vs indirect | check fraud: anti-check fraud procedures | Forecasting Cash Flow with an Integrated Spreadsheet sp | American Bankruptcy Institute: abiworld | appraisal of asset values: accuval | banks: bail-in, bank run |checklist: IRS | IR Internet Bankruptcy Library: bankrupt.com
Holy Roman Empire | longest-reigning pope (31 years) | reigning until the age of 93 | a place of sanctuary | modern world | war: Just War Theory > Morals | pedophile scandal: Spotlight | Mary: Miracle Hunter | Exploring the Miraculous O'Neill | Betrayal | Catechism of the Catholic Church | Angels & Demons Brown
board | change | employees | key indicators | morale | performance | success
CEOs make 300X more than workers, but are they doing 300X the work?
What are the metrics for the top performing CEOs?
Is the CEO in touch with the employee rank and file?
Does the CEO have employees' respect?
Does the board require the CEO to complete a self-evaluation?
Has the board benchmarked the performance of CEOs at peer companies?
in general: daily dashboard: CEOexpress > Management | interviews: Conversations from the Corner Office | videos: CEOcast | getting it done: Winning Welch | Steve Jobs: book, movie | CEO Succession Carey | Effective Succession Planning Rothwell
We now live in a world in which the rate of change is the biggest change. Brockman
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Ford
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. Fuller
in my lifetime:
we stopped carrying guns on our person.
we stopped littering our highways.
we stopped drinking martinis at lunch during the workday
we stopped smoking.
we stopped demonizing gay people.
we eliminated the death penalty.
we can and do change for the better, eventually.
in general: music is a voice for change: Aloe Blacc > Music | personal discovery and development: hoffmaninstitute, motivational interviewing | change management: Prosci | community: Harwood Institute, Staging Change Institute | music: Changes Bowie | the power of urgency: burning platform | managing: Leading Change Kotter, Big Change, Best Path Parry | generation gap: The Next America Taylor | Data Portraits: Connecting People of Opposing Views Garrido | The Rational Optimist Ridley | What Technology Wants Kelly
What is the right way to manage your to-do list?
Can the checklist safeguard us against the normalization of deviance?
in general: aviation: checkmateaviation | backup procedures | buying: house | camping | checklists | cybersecurity: CSET, Ntl. Checklist Program Repository | definition | digital pens: adapx | due diligence list | education: project-based learning checklists | everyday: simplychecklists | lawnmower | new product | NIH grant | preflight | press release: pressreleasechecklist | printable | reusable templates: basecamphq | medical: mistakes: patient | to-do lists & calendar: easilydo | pads: Pack This! > Travel | productivity: Smarter Faster Better Duhigg | normalization of deviance: The Challenger Launch Decision Vaughan | hospital infection: The Checklist Manifesto Gawande
e-commerce | globalization | human rights | news | population | utopia/dystopia
Orwell’s 1984 has finally arrived in China 2017
China is now dependent on an interconnected world.
America China sneezes, the whole world
gets a cold.
Long term, is it a good idea to take China’s money?
Will China’s model for growth which extracts a heavy sacrifice and toll from its people, be sustainable?
in general: news: Global Times > News | Kuomintang: anti-communism | ideology: dynamic | economic reform: 60-point plan | social credit: Sesame Credit | e-Commerce: alibaba | internet sovereignty | messaging: tencent | search: Baidu | orphans: Half the Sky | 2015: population: two-child policy | wealth: Beijing is the billionaire capital of the world. | propaganda: Propaganda Bernays | #1 movie: Monster Hunt | fragile: Red Capitalism Walter | history: In Search of History White | more
Will living in the cities be fun?
in general: growth: city lights tell the story of the spread of humans across Earth | historical layers: HyperCities | Baltimore: end-of-era row houses | Detroit: detropiathefilm | attacking blight with citizen-driven data: Loveland | energy net zero: Feldheim, Germany | farming rooftop: brooklyngrangefarm | What color is your roof? | vertical: AeroFarms, plantagon | forestry: advocacy: Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition | startups: Smart Cities | inspiring better cities: Next City | art: Murat Germen | citiscapes: Chicago Hines | climate change: c40cities | conferences: Next City, Re-Imagining Cities big ideas | coolhunting: thrillist | short-term, community-based projects: Tactical Urbanism Lydon et al > Change | pro-cities: Triumph of the City Glaeser | complexity: The New Science of Cities Batty | MassiveSmall.com Pendium | Next City | NPR Cities Project | Rebel Cities Harvey | Smart Cities Townsend
biosphere | energy | immigration
The single biggest impact an individual can make on climate change,
is to switch to a more fuel-efficient car.
Are we breathing China’s smog?
Has the earth shifted or wobbled? Is this a factor?
What is the business case for investing in climate solutions?
Cities are responsible for about 70 percent of CO2 emissions worldwide.
Should governments be sued to force climate action change?
How do cities protect the value of infrastructure against climate change?
in general: thinker: Vaclav Smil | icebreaking: Artika | adapting to change: San Francisco Estuary Institute | modeling: HadGEM2 | leaders: Germany | data: Climate Action Tracker, data.gov.climate, MERRA | hack the planet: Geoengineering big idea | forums: Paris Climate 2015 | rising sea levels: cities: adaptation | housing: Lagos Water Communities Project | pro-con: Before the Flood | extractive capitalism vs climate change: This Changes Everything Klein | Greenland: Inuk | catholic encyclical: Laudato Si | Chasing Ice | Merchants of Doubt Oreskes | Snowpiercer | The Island President
in general: integration: The Azure Periodic Table > Enterprise | chargeback: cloudcruiser | consulting services: glasshouse | cyber threat management: seculert | decision-making: Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence thawte | desktop: cloudtop | development tools: cloudbees | encryption: vaultive | java app development: cloudbees | news: Thoughts on Cloud | personal: jolicloud | protection & availability storage (PAS): actifio | resources: cloud computing central | science helix-nebula.eu big idea | accounting: intacct, xero | ad clipper: adkeeper | book: Grown Up Digital Tapscott | application development: ravellosystems| business intelligence: pivotlink, successmetricsinc | call center: five9 | content delivery: aws.amazon | content management: clickability | corporate performance management: hostanalytics | digital media distribution: overdrive | financial aid: regenteducation | fleet management: xata | medical case management: eccentex | gene mapping: dnanexus| imaging: lifeimage | project/practice: carecloud | data centers: datacenterknowledge
creativity | projects | startups
most big achievements are achievements of a team
in general: teams: Slack > Project Management, Atlassian | secure messaging: Symphony | whiteboards: groupboard, SMART kapp | about | academic: academicroom | art+science: Art at the Interface, CERN | cloud: centraldesktop, cx | conference calls: speek | enterprise: huddle | live discussions: crowdoptic | online real-time editor: five tools | physicians: sermo | portals: co.create | theicosamagazine | social community: thebackplane | software development: atlassian, github | spaces & places: Grind, superdesk, think[box] | technical teams: flowdock | brainstorming: Post-it Plus | communication: slack | retreat for programmers: Hacker School | team building: gone bad
drawing | humor | men | women
Earth to Jane, would you like some more wine? sp
in general: iron girl: Riri Williams > Women & Girls | geekish: xkcd | anime: crunchyroll | cartoons: STRIPPED: The Comics Documentary, New Yorker Caption Contest sp, The Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote | conventions: comic-con | DIY: I Draw Comics Sketchbook & Reference Guide, Magnet Comic | free: Farrago | museums: Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art | publishers: Image | South Africa: Bitterkomix | time travel: Calvin & Hobbes | fantasy graphic novels: The Sandman Overture Gaiman | terrorism: Mike’s Place Baxter | more
crowd | humor | journalism | leadership | news
in general: messages/info | body language: Janine Driver | facial: the not face | signs: sign language for math and science | symbols: about, Patterns That Connect: Social Symbolism in Ancient & Tribal Art Schuster | censorship: What do we want in our symbolic landscape, and who decides that? | encyclopedia: symbols | flags: all nations | storytelling: orgs: Future of Storytelling | radio: The Moth | psychology of communication: persuasibility | broadcast your event live to any device: Livestream | coaching: Dardis Communications
What are the barriers to entry to our market?
Who are the company's five top competitors?
What does a competitor comparative analysis show about the company?
Will the power of the crowd in cyberspace obsolete the concept of a monopoly?
If the company is dominant in its market, are there any potential antitrust problems?
Does the company use intellectual property as a club to coerce customers and rivals?
in general: A great rival is like a mirror. Agassi > Sports | dark side: Google | antitrust: Department of Justice Antitrust Division | aerospace: avitas, g2globalsolutions | annual reports: The Public Register Online | book: Competitive Strategy Porter | citing sources: noodletools | competitor intelligence: attaain, Compass Monitor, hoovers, scip | corporate info: corporateinformation, hoovers | information asymmetry | patent search: uspto | ratings: ambest, moodys, Standard & Poors | Antitrust Hovenkamp | espionage: Trust but verify. Reagan | CIA: CIA, Inc: Espionage & the Craft of Business Intelligence Rustmann
Is there a trend towards more government regulation in this industry?
Does the company have in place an effective ethics and workplace compliance program to guide the actions of employees?
in general: lifecycle management: Fenergo > Enterprise Software, enviance, healthflash, lumigent | commodities: ekaplus | document management: nextdocs | Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Walmart | Long-Term Archive: permabit | RoHS compliance portable x-ray: innov-x-sys | apps: axsmap | law: usdoj, adata
ai | logic | software | supercomputing
You create your own little universe, and then it does what you tell it to do. Cerf
Does IT have the capability to simulate attacks on the network to locate and fix vulnerabilities?
Who has been the source of a security breach or corporate (economic) espionage in the past year?
How much money has the company lost as a result of breaches or espionage in the past twelve months?
in general: automated auditing: Tripwire | book: Network Security Assessment McNab | Endpoint Compliance Enforcement (ECE) : lumension | enterprise monitoring: q1labs | organizations: issa, isaca, asisonline | plug-and-deploy appliance: quorumlabs | data protection: gazzang, Thales | electronic signature: docusign, signnow | embedded: PRESENT | enterprise systems: Symantec, venafi, voltage
Do. Or do not. There is no try. Yoda > Philosophy
You have to believe in yourself. Sun Tzu
What does it feel like to be you? Bill Murray
in general: about | essay: Confidence is the Prime Mover sp | resiliency: amplifying effect of materialism | self-image: comfortable in your own skin | sports: hot hand, winningstate | mindfulness: The Confidence Gap Harris
Is refusing to stand for the National Anthem an appropriate protest?
Judicial Mandates: (a) Words and meaning of the law should be understood as they were understood by the people when the law was enacted. (b) Activist judges should not invent new law, but they should respect the constitutional prerogative of the people to pass laws through their representative legislatures.
Articles I - VII
Amendments I – XXVII
Amendment I: freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, petition
in general: justices: The Next Supreme Court Justice | about | Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship | Amendments: Amendments 1-10 Bill of Rights | Amendments 11-27 | freedom of the press: Rosewater Stewart | interpretation: America's Unwritten Constitution Amar
buildings | design | green | projects | recycling | supply
in general: wood: cross-laminated timber | self-cleaning concrete: photocatalytic pavements | Concrete International sp | solidiatech | bridges: highest | prefabrication and shop fabrication: quadror | measuring progress D4AR | big projects 2012 | BIM: vicosoftware | equipment rental: Yard Club | financial services: bluetarp | flight assembly | mobile systems: awarenessnetworks, AutoDesk | online collaboration: aconex | plans & specs: planexpress, plangrid | preconstruction management: isqft | prefabricated: projectfrog, rocioromero | structural bamboo: lamboo | prefabrication: Prefabulous World
in general: content shock is the new normal sp > Zuckerberg’s Law | buy/sell content: Yahoo Voices, mochila, skyword, synacor | content monitoring: codegreennetworks, hisoftware | extract important parts of any web page: diffbot | load fast: yottaa | multi-screen: phunware | open source: plone | revenue-generation: OpenText, venetica | sharing: sharaholic | document management: cloud: digabit, , springcm | enterprise: archivesystems, falcondocumentmanagement, Perceptive Software | free documents: docstoc | online document production: mimeo | technical documents: latex-project | cross-channel platform: Amplience > Retail | forms & agreements: create: Adobe FormsCentral, formotus, goformz | documents: legalzoom | forms online: allbusiness, formdesk
Does the company have a regular process of scanning the entire company's inventory of equipment and processes for obsolescence?
Does the company have a quality manual?
What procedures does the company have for testing incoming raw materials and component parts?
What are the quality standards for each component and material?
What happens to parts or shipments that fail quality standards?
What happens to finished goods that do not pass quality tests?
What is the average failure rate for products in final test?
What has been the company's experience with each supplier of key components?
art | design | electronics | entertainment | music
in general: footware: inkkas > Design | art+sports: Hamilton sings Go Cubs Go! | icons: Kings of Cool | confidence: Soy Yo | skate park: Kaos Temple | digerati: about, Nerdists rule. | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | teens: The Merchants of Cool | videos: epipheostudios, vimeo awards, youtube | virtual clubbing: be-at.tv | young voter registration: Rock the Vote | Jewish culture: Le Mood | coolhunting | edge | formatmag | refinery29 | stuffwhitepeoplelike | blogs: boingboing | brands: the-collaboratory | startups: techcrunch | theinspirationroom | trendwatching | well | yatzer | gifts: Ship Foliage & Ship Snow, Yo! | Coolhunting for the World's Thought Leaders Frick big ideas | Pattern Recognition Gibson
focus to a point like a pencil
What constitutes a core competency/technology?
Are the company's strategies tightly coupled to these core competencies/technologies?
How visible is the core competency/technology outside the corporation?
Can competitors easily replicate this core competency/technology?
Can the company protect against this?
Does management have a clear strategy for value development of its core technologies?
At what stage in the product life cycle is each of the company’s core products?
Has the company coasted too long in a technology comfort zone?
Is management evaluating the replacement of declining-margin products with higher-margin products?
What changes in core competency/technology does management foresee in the future?
Acquisitions | Antitrust | Articles of Incorporation | Associations | Audit Committee | Board Agenda | Board Audit Committee | Board Chairperson | Board Committees | Board Makeup | Board Nominating Committee | Board of Directors | Board Performance Evaluation | Board Prerogatives | Board Tenure | CEO | Compliance to Regulations | Constituencies | Cumulative Voting | Economic Development | Enron | Ethics | Executive Compensation | Growth | Investor Relations | Key Indicators | Management and Best Practices | Methods of Business Organization | Philanthropy | Questions | Risk Management | Sarbanes-Oxley Act | Small Business | Stockholders | Strategic Planning | Sustainability | What If? | Women on the Board
collaboration | intersection | research parks
in general: about | manifesto: The Co-Working Manifesto sp | multidisciplinary mashups: Geekdom | pay-it-forward: gangplank | revenue: $50/sf/year | hackerspaces: biocurious, genspace | Case Western: thinkbox | hackerdojo | history: L0pht | how-to: mindbites, eHow, wonderhowto | makezine | 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse Johnson | tinkering: about, Artisan & Fab Lab, tinkering school | incubators and accelerators: 1871 | China: innovation-works | corporations: When Big Companies Support Start-ups… | food & restaurant: lacocinaf | FREE!: commnexus | health applicatons: rockhealth | IT: galvanize | Orange County: OCTANe | aStore | A Comprehensive Guide to Business Incubation Erlewine | patenting: How to get help with a patent if you’re a first-time inventor sp | Start Small: Why Tinkerers Get Things Done McGuinnes
collaboration, design, jobs, mental disorders
Does handwriting need to be saved?
Are you in the channel?
What kind of thinker are you?
in general: manic-depression and creativity: Touched with Fire Jamison > Mental Disorders | kickstarter: Impact on the Creative Economy | humor: improv | festivals: SXSW | basics: Creator Basics | paper: How Life Unfolds | courses: MasterClass, crash course | pencil: documentary | cards: blank, intuiti | conferences: Adobe Max | creativityatwork | deciding/picking: sleep on it | doodling: doodle4google, themonsterengine | flow: about | gaia: Biophilia Wilson | inventiveness: The Art of Rube Goldberg George | kids: play | portals: fastcocreate, 99u | creativity tools: Building Your Creativity Gast | Super-Modified Behance
cybersecurity | emotions | ethics | greed | humans | morals | politics | survival | trump
I’m not in danger, I am the danger!
Corruption thrives in complexity and centralization of power.
What’s your edge? White, gray, or black?
What is your country’s Corruption Perception Index?
Is being a policeman the hardest job in the country today?
Have school shootings become ritualized?
Was GM too big to fail?
in general: incompetence: A Simple Plan | insider trading: Black Edge Kolhatkar | mafioso: The Godfather Puzo | criminal gangs: MS-13 | monetizing cronyism: The Clintons Hanson | DNA forensics: CODIS, Snapshot | tax havens: The Panama Papers | fixer: Better Call Saul | NRA: Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA | biology: The Anatomy of Violence Raine | sub-prime mortgages: The Big Short Lewis big idea | intimidation: The Intimidation Game Strassel | organized crime: GoodFellas | The Gun Debate Cook & Goss | hit man: No Country for Old Men | violence: Mean Streets, Between the World and Me Coates | con: American Hustle, The Sting, Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky | prison: Orange Is The New Black Kerman | Syndromes of Corruption: Wealth, Power, and Democracy Johnston | more
We find out where conditions are the worst – the places where others are not going – and that’s where we want to be. Doctors Without Borders
Has the company rehearsed its responses to various crises?
in general: | campus security: ravewireless | book: Damage Control Dezenhall | emergency kits: redcrossstore | flood control: AquaFence > Simplicity | incident lifecycle management (ILM): interact911 | on-demand systems: sendwordnow | prepare/train/recover: Disaster City, planning, restoreyoureconomy | wireless LAN: rajant | relief agencies: Action Against Hunger | American Red Cross | CARE | Direct Relief International
Could a solar eclipse cause an energy blackout?
banks/secure messaging: Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication | too big to fail: Systemically important financial institution SIFI | run on the bank(s): Total Loss-Absorbing Capacity
Telecommunications: by electrical/electromagnetic signals/waves
in general: auto dealer service: xtime | appointment scheduling: timetrade | channel management: talisma, zymesolutions | conversation analytics: callminer | higher education: Hobsons | speech analytics: callminer, Genesys | advocate marketing: influitive | identify influencers: klout, peerindex, peoplebrowsr, traackr | mylikes | pursway | testimonials: Post Kudos | on-demand platforms: Base | Batchbook | campaignerCRM | Capsule CRM | concursive | Google Spreadsheet | Highrise | HubSpot | InfusionSoft | InstantCustomer | Microsoft Dynamics > sales | Netsuite | Nutshell CRM | Onepage CRM | Pipedrive | Podio | Rightnow | Salesforce | Influence: Science and Practice Cialdini | The New Influencers Gillin
Will high-quality, venture capital-worthy startups/founders take advantage of the equity crowdfunding model?
Is the crowd always wise? jury theorem
in general: singing together: Choir! Choir! Choir! | science: galaxyzoo, fish species id | cambrianhouse | animal classification: snapshotserengeti | books: kindlescout | bug bounty programs: bugcrowd | bus routing: datero | creative design 99designs | dell: ideastorm | digitizing books: reCAPTCHA | drawings: Draw A Friend | enterprise social innovation: spigit | fashion: fabricly | gaming: fold.it, hivemind | grading homework: crowdgrader | medical: crowdmed | military intervention: KONY 2012 | mobile app testing: utest | ranking: ranker, top10 | sales: right90 | skills testing & ranking: smarterer | social media: ushahidi | telepathology malaria | travel planning: mygola | funding: impact: Wharton Study | crowd-sourced: Cosmos Humboldt > Big Picture | Step by Step Crowdfunding Hogue
Who invented bitcoin?
Could Executive Order NCO1 destroy the U.S. dollar?
in general: transfer: TransferWise | calculators: x-rates | open source: opencoin | paper: fortresspaper | sending/receiving: stellar, TransferWise | trading: forex, fxall, oanda | virtual currencies: amazon coins, webmoney | Wolfson Economics Prize | bitcoin wallet: Blockchain | computer/platform: 21 Inc. | about: FBI assessment | documentary: The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin | blockchain: Blockchain Revolution Tapscott big idea > Software
How likely is it that you would recommend us to a friend or colleague?
In what ways does the company gather customer feedback?
How would you compare the company's product(s) vs. competitors?
in general: rate & review: YELP government > Trust, reevoo, viewpoints, wize | surveys: inmoment | complaints: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | corporate reputations: bbb, planetfeedback | local services: cityvoter | loyalty: Net Promoter |mobile: talkbin | real-time: NICE, ResponseTek | track what customers are saying: callminer, w2groupinc | user relationship management: user communities | focus groups: local: meetups | The Ultimate Question Reichheld
What are the top service complaints?
What have been the most costly complaints?
What is the trend in customer complaints?
in general: automated: Nuance, web.interactions | book: The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service Excellence Spector | happiness guarantee: Tesla | mobile: desk, experticity | online learning center | winner-take-all | call centers: Is the company reducing its brick-and-mortar capital investments by using a remote agent network? | automated virtual agents: spoken, Nina Web, 7 | clusters: India, Portugal | on-demand: liveops | quality control: hyperquality | technical support: automated systems: nextnine | online: fixya, iyogi, plumchoice | remote monitoring: axeda | software: zendesk
Do you have nothing to hide? Are you sure?
Should the NSA be broken up? big ideas
Are we moving towards a surveillance state?
How do we define and differentiate cyber crime and war?
in general: anti-surveillance: Electronic Frontier Foundation > E-mail | russian cyber espionage: Fancy Bear | you’ve been hacked: Peace | ransomware: KeRanger | conferences & training: blackhat | critical infrastructure: carmaggedon | cyber armies | education & awareness: esetfoundation, Natonal Cyber Security Hall of Fame | homeland security: Fusion Centers | innovation: security-innovation | policy & regulation: Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative | news & analysis: Schneier on Security | Amnesia Carey | Cybersecurity and Cyberwar Singer | Cyber War Clarke | Intelligence Gathering and the Unowned Internet Berkman | The Director Ignatius | more
Art of dance
Primitive, folk, and popular dance: Weird morris
History of dance
in general: book: Web Data Mining Liu | content optimization: ramp | data warehousing: infobright, kalido | forecasting large-scale human behavior big ideas | geointelligence: metacarta | open source tool for analyzing large data sets: cloudera | security: imperva, privatecore, McAfee | unstructured text analysis: clarabridge | who died: Social Security Death Master File > Population | online database apps: Caspio | non-centralized database: blockchain | audting: lumigent | data integration: expressor-software | geographically distributed relational SQL database server: TransLattice | hardware scalability: clustrix | open data platforms: factual, junar, safecast | security: Trustwave | virtualization: delphix | Bureau of Labor Statistics: bls | computing: revolution-computing | Fedstats: fedstats | Internet Statistics: clickz | popular culture: Harper’s Index | population: factfinder
data | emotion | leadership | logic | management | predictive | success | values
By the choices you make, you’re curating your life. Sato > Values
When faced with risks that are hard to evaluate, we have a tendency to choose inaction.
What are the questions to ask for the really hard decisions?
How can the capacity to decide be improved as work changes?
in general: aerial data: IntelinAir | about | choice overload | crowd-sourced: ahoona, small vs big | groups: collaboration platform, group think | medicine: participatorymedicine | software: quid | Star Trek: Theories of Decision Making | think tanks: Center for Decision Research | tools & techniques: mindtools | Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile Crisis Allison | How We Decide Lehrer | Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich Shirer | The Diary of Anne Frank | Thinking Fast and Slow Kahneman | more
america, crowd, democracy, freedom, leadership, peace
We are the friends of liberty everywhere, custodians only of our own.
If you force people who are unwilling to do something, they will not do it very well, which is the encapsulation of human freedom. Arnn
Could approval voting give us a better election result than our current plurality voting?
The struggle for power and advantage is a constant of human society.
What is democracy for the internet era?
Is there a global attack on the freedom of expression?
in general: watchdog: Freedom House > Human Rights | dialogues: Democracy Dialogue | approval voting: The Equal Vote Coalition | equality: Citizen Equality Act of 2017 | polyarchy: power invested in multiple sources (people) | cinematographer: Haskell Wexler | approval voting: Approval Voting Brams big idea | leadership: Profiles in Courage Kennedy | America: Democracy in America De Tocqueville | freedom of speech: The Tyranny of Silence Rose | more
brand | engineering | modeling | new products | 3D | visualization
Who designs the ballots we cast?
How can design can be used to create positive social change?
in general: roadmap software: Aha! > New Products | bladeless-fans: Dyson | greeting cards: Lovepop | shoes: ROOY | packaging: The Penguin Launcher sp | active design: Center for Active Design | appliances: delonghi, Dieter Rams | carpet: land carpet | cars: Toyota | digital: thingiverse | events: A Better World by Design, Maison-Objet, pechakucha, Reasons to be Creative | firms: peoplepeople, porsche-design, think2build | foods: labstoreparis | glass blowing: esquedesign | graphic design: In Search Of The Miraculous or One Thing Leads To Another Glaser | hotels: bellaskycomwell, designhotels | materials: Material Innovation Dent | mentoring: The Dinner Series | news: Apollo Muse | one size fits all: universal design | portals: Change Your Game, designboom, Design Indaba, fastcodesign, Komfort prague, psfk | schools: dschool | umbra | furniture: brands: bludot, Vitra | product roadmap: An Introduction to Design Thinking Process Guide Plattner
design | DIY | innovation | intellectual p[roperty | R&D | trust | utopia
Is technological change destroying jobs faster than it is creating them?
in general: International Space Station: the most complex machine ever built big ideas | supplies: poppin | assembly line WW II: B-24 Liberator | time management: The Morning Person sp | tracking time: getklok, rescuetime | STEM to STEAM: Combining the mind of a technologist with that of an artist or designer. RISD > Design | conferences: D, SciFoo Camp | idea forum: ted | market research: hype cycle, luxresearchinc | news: xconomy | search: goorulearning | Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey? Oncken | Ruling the Waves Spar | Technology, Humans, and Society Dorf
cloud | intellectual property
Neon is organizing the world’s images and finding the ones you care about.
in general: any device to any device: twistpair | digital magazines: newsstand, zinio | digital rights management: FileOpen, iManuscript > Cloud | distribution: Velocix, overdrive | end-to-end system: vantrix | enterprise platforms: acquia | entertainment: deca.tv, wwbiggies | fastmobile | Integrated customer management: amdocs | mobile phones: mig33 | multi-format print/electronic publishing: RR Donnelly | nature/wildlife field guides: greenmountaindigital | podcasting: NPR | photos: eye.fi | real-time compression: storewize | royalty tracking: royaltyshare
in general: kids: Tinker Crate | let’s get crazy: Colin Furze | 60s classic: Whole Earth Catalog Brand > Simplicity | $5 computer: Raspberry Pi Zero | interior decorating: Havenly | apps: Mobile Makers Academy | autos: local motors | bicycles: sandwhichbikes | big data: clearstorydata | blocks: marble plans | cakes: fondant | crafts: craft production, craftsy | curation: articurate | digital designs: thingiverse | drones: Eedu |films: Robert Rodriguez, swedefest | fold tee shirt | forums: diynetwork, instructables, makerfaire, White House Maker Faire | furniture: AtFAB, sketchchair | global village construction set: opensourceecology | go-kart: plywood kit | guides: snapguide | homegrown food | houses: WikiHouse | how-tos: Lifehacker, The Snug | knife kit | learn/teach: skillshare | rocketlawyer | MacGyver | Animoto Video Platform for the Non-Professional sp | Make Your Mark Glei | Handmade Nation Levine | philosophy: Shop Class as Soulcraft Crawford | The American Boy's Handy Book Beard
extreme | photography | simplicity | 3D | visualization
in general: jewel-like: Klimt Néret | impressionism: Monet or The Triumph of Impressionism Wildenstein | van gogh: Complete Works Metzger > Simplicity | building mural: BIG | digital pencil: 53 | in 3D: CreoPop | organic ink: Living Ink | diagrams and patterns: venn, zentangle | learning: I Draw, sketch-based learning about | buy what you love | chalk: Peter Han | coloring: Secret Gardens Basford | crowd-sourced: sketchbookproject | digital: adonit, Adobe Ink & Slide | doodling: Buddha Board, doodle, doodlersanonymous | Excel spreadsheet: Tatsuo Horiuchi | masters: Rembrandt | landscapes: Heart of the Andes Church | portraiture: John Singer Sargent | hand-painted oils: dutchtouchart | murals: Detroit Industry Murals Rivera, Pow Wow Hawaii | vermeer | Printmaking: Katsushika Hokusai | human form: body painting | collage: Romare Bearden | thedumpsterproject | dioramas: Anastassia Elias | graffiti: davidchoe | origami: Akira Yoshizawa
Your dream is the most valuable thing you’ll ever own.
in general: analysis: Carl Jung | gallery: DreamBank | lucid dreaming: lucid dreaming | improving performance | organizations: lucidity | fantsy: Alice in Wonderland > Magic | believing: McFarland USA, Safety Not Guaranteed
dystopia | morals | photography | privacy | robotics | surveillance | unintended | war
Are there unintended consequences of animals vs. drones?
Is there a drone market that could be dominated? sp
in general: racing: The Drone Racing League | underwater: Fathom One | flying robots: Fleye | bat-like: RobotBat | regulation: FAA registration | agriculture: Raptor Maps | applications: construction monitoring | aquatic: ziphius | collision avoidance: skydio | facial recognition: Drones With Facial Recognition Tech Will End Anonymity | FAA: commercial regulations | journalism: news gathering | mapping: building envelope | Micro-Air Vehicles: MAV | modular: PlexiDrone | quadrocopters: Viacopter | selfie-drones: Selfly > Photography, nixie, zano | kill shot: Eye in the Sky | film festival: New York City Drone Film Festival | Sudden Justice Woods | more
health | poverty | wellness
Black addicts are demonized; white addicts are medicalized.
What is so powerful about the 12-step program?
Are we buying more marijuana than Girl Scout cookies?
In a perfect world, all drugs would be legal but no one would use them.
in general: Surgeon General’s Report: Facing Addiction > Human Disease | overdosing: prescription painkillers | aging: resveratrol | drugs: methamphetamine, spice | delivery: SteadyMed | forensics: swgdrug | medicinal: kratom, Marijuana | Mexico: drug cartels | pharmacy: People’s Pharmacy | addiction: Flight | trafficking: The Cartel Winslow
Earth | Eclecticism | Ecommerce | Economic Development | Edge | Education | Electronics | Elements of Technology | Email | Emotion | Employees & Labor | Energy Management | Energy, States, & Transformation of Matter | Engineering | Enterprise Systems | Entertainment | Entrepreneurship | Equations & Algorithms | Ethics | Europe 1789-1920 | Executive | Exploration | Extinction and De-Extinction | Extraterrestrial Life | Extreme
climate | properties | envelope | exploration | surface | history | space
CRITICAL ZONE: air > life > soil > water > rock
The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness. Muir
Are we protecting enough of earth’s terrestrial and marine areas to secure the long-term health and sustainability of our planet?
in general: eclipse: Eclipse Across America > Unequivocal | earth from space: A Beautiful Planet | organizations: Cloud Appreciation Society | pictures: Cloud Atlas | research: clouds | seeding: Charles Hatfield 1916 | fog: fog on the boulevard sp | rain: dust storms | smell: petrichor | cold: polar vortex | ocean temperatures: El Niño/La Niña | hurricanes: National Hurricane Center: nhc.noaa | perfect storm: book & film | Halloween Nor'easter of 1991 | Storm Sandy 2012 | superstorms: photos | supercell | advocacy: surfrider | local, regional, national info: Skye Explorer | weather becomes art | global warming: An Inconvenient Truth Gore | Boiling Point Gelbspan | Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes Emanuel | Quick-Change Planet: Do Global Climate Tipping Points Exist? Levitan | rainmaking: The Rainmaker 1956 | The Last Polar Bear Kazlowski | origin & development of earth: one-third the age of the universe | supercontinents: Pangaea | interpretation of geologic record: Paleontological interpretation | dinosaurs: about | digital recreation | fossils: African Fossils | Page Paleontology Science Center | eras & periods of geologic time: stratigraphy | asteropid impact: Chicxulub Shonting | scotese | time lapse imagery: Landsat Annual Timelapse 1984 - 2012 | Earth: Portrait of a Planet Marshak | Historical Geology Wicander | Paleoclimatology Bradley | The Man Who Found Time Repcheck | third planet from the Sun | Blue Planet | geographical concentration: ring of fire | injection-induced seismicity: hydraulic fracturing | monitoring: Earthquake Track | science-to-policy: Earthquakes Without Frontiers | earth’s crust: Project Mohole | building blocks | about | planet earth discovery | Earth Luhr | Earth's Dynamic Systems Hamblin | Foundations of Earth Science Tarbuck | National Geographic | waterfalls: Niagara Falls | coral islands, reefs, atolls: types | conservation: globalcoral | films: MountainFilm | videos: Aerial America | Greenland is ice, and Iceland is green. | about | data: National Land Cover Database | A Sand County Almanac Leopold | Exercises in Physical Geology Hamblin | Fundamentals of Geomorphology Huggett | Mountain: Portraits of High Places Hill | more
What do the objects we keep say about us?
in general: videos: SoulPancake | collecting: baseball cards | arts: e-flux, nortemaar, paintedlightphotoframing, thespace, Zina Nicole Lahr | travel: atlasobscura | news: OZY | about | activities: The Portlandia Activity Book | blogs: Brain Pickings, The Knowledge Effect | brand: shinola | cities: Marfa | coffee: bacon-flavored | conferences & festivals: fest300, ideacityonline, wanderlustfestival | crafts: Haystack | essays: Kaufmann Mercantile | field & stream: mollyjogger | games: fredericksandmae | literature: dalkeyarchive, McSweeney’s, ninthletter | keepsakes: photo stories | machines: The Secret Life of Machines |magazines: Prospect Magazine, Verge | music: Light in the Attic | bee hunting: Following the Wild Bees Seeley > Behavior | Book of Everything Holmes
in general: enterprise platforms: RevCascade, Orckestra, elasticpath, mozu > Cloud | alibaba: Singles Day | sales tax automation: avalara | auctions: auctionzip, channeladvisor, dovebid, equipnet, truition | barter: listia | design/develop: fluid | DIY: shoplocket, volusion | eLab: elab.vanderbilt | Electronic Commerce Guide: ecommerce-guide | on-demand: bluesnap, demandware, esellerpro, netsuite, shopatron, truition, venda | order fulfillment: comergent | personalization: baynote | product content management: webcollage | social commerce: mall: Wanelo | bazaarvoice | thinkpassenger | worldofgood.ebay | consumer-driven: consumerist, ModCloth, needle, socialtoaster | Marketing to the Social Web Weber
cities | entrepreneurship | growth
Every job can be traced back to an entrepreneur. sp
angry birds does not an economy make
How can a small city compete against cities 10-30x their size?
How does a small town combat brain drain?
Do the benefits of a new company outweigh the costs of attraction?
Are administrators accountable for public funds used to lure relocations?
Would it be better to invest in building skills and companies from within?
How can more young citizens engage in designing a community’s future?
in general: get the land you need: Eminent domain | grow from within: Economic Gardening > Entrepreneurship | Pacific Rim: Trans-Pacific Partnership | financing social impact: Social Success Note | local food systems: Double-Up Food Bucks, Night Markets | Advanced Energy Economy | American Planning Association: planning | brain drain: stay, work, play | broadband development: gigabitsquared big idea | brainbelts: The Smartest Places on Earth Agtmael | Boomtown USA Schultz | more
ethics | future | science
2015: What do you think about machines that think?
2014: What scientific idea is ready for retirement?
2013: What should we be worried about?
2012: What is your favorite deep, elegant, or beautiful explanation?
2011: What concept would improve everybody’s cognitive toolkit?
2010: How is the Internet changing the way you think?
2009: What will change everything?
2008: What have you changed your mind about? Why?
2007: What are you optimistic about?
2006: What is your dangerous idea?
2005: What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?
2004: What’s your law?
2003: What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world?
2002: What is your question? Why?
2001: What now?
2001: What questions have disappeared?
2000: What is today’s most important unreported story?
1999: What is the most important invention in the past 2,000 years?
change | lifetime learning | optimized self | teaching | university
subsidiarity: Authority over the schools can best be exercised by those who are closest to the students. Arnn
pro-con: If we abolish the Department of Education, what are the intended and unintended consequences?
Are smartphones detrimental to the learning process?
in general: adaptive learning: knewton | learning theories: diagram | critical thinking: thinkCERCA | Asia & Africa: Room to Read | helpsprogram | adaptive learing: Smart Sparrow | blended learning: edelements | Philadelphia: Unrelenting Poverty Leads To Desperation In Philly Schools Westervelt | advocacy: centerforcsri, projectappleseed | European Union: Bologna Declaration | films: waitingforsuperman | snow days: e-learing days | edutopia | audience response systems: iclicker | campus-wide lecture recording: tegrity | charter schools: seedfoundation | conferences: wise-qatar | conflict: restorative justice | digital classroom: Bridge International Academies, hotchalk | free: flatworldknowledge, MITOpenCourseware | globalization: shifthappens | prize: $10 Million Global Literacy X PRIZE big ideas | reform: The Prize Russakoff | Finnish Lessons Sahlberg | personalization: Creative Schools Robinson | spelling: Spellbound | The Teaching Gap Stigler
design, DIY, gaming, IoT, mobile, optimized, robotics, sensors, software
in general: optimized self: Augmented King big idea > Optimized | expo: E3 2016 |design: Amazon Lab126 | flexible: displays: plasticlogic, microprocessors | learning kits: sparklelabs | search: retrevo | trade shows: Consumer Electronics Show | warranties: squaretrade | gadgets: shop: Red5, geekorize, stuff.tv | Ambient Baseball ScoreCast | cell phone holder: getgripgo | desktop devices: ambientdevices | guides: gizmodo, wirecutter | medical: medgadget | scissors: pencut | drawing: pencil | art: artfinder | boardroom: board packet sp | kids: Peekaboo Forest | magazines: stipla | microsoft office: cloudon | news: editions | tablets: playbook | more
bicycles | DIY | electronics | energy | modeling | nanotechnology | tools & machines | measurement | solar | space | wind
in general: about | environmental impact: DamNation, Hetch Hetchy, Sensor Fish | heat energy: stove biolitestove | thermovoltaics gmzenergy | multipurpose: leatherman | my toolbox sp | table saws: sawstop | omponents: micro-devices | asteroids: Planetary Resources > Space | bioplastics: solegear | frxpolymers | steel: arcelormittal | Advanced materials: Materials Genome Initiative | deception: nonfunctional slack fill | edible wikicells | The Most Powerful Idea in the World Rosen | Wheels, Clocks, and Rockets: A History of Technology Cardwell
Is voicemail on the way out?
in general: marketing: Emma > Mobile | analytics: emaildatasource | Archival and Recovery: Symantec, sonian | campaign management: mailnetexpress | direct marketing and communications: clicktactics, constantcontact, echomail, icontact, powerinbox | Enterprise Rights Management (ERM): EMC | legal discovery and compliance: Symantec, proofpoint | live content: movableink | mobile: seven | Outlook plug-in: xobni | outsource outbound: sendgrid | restaurants: fishbowl | security-as-a-service: proofpoint | unified e-mail management: mimecast | video: helloworld | virus detection: eset | direct mail lists: infousa | yesmail | Intelligence: whosmailingwhat | instant messaging: archiving: facetime
ambition, anger, appreciation, arrogance, awe, boredom, compassion, confidence, empathy, envy, faith, family, fear, greed, grief, guilt, happiness, hate, inspiration, jealousy, joy, loneliness, love, nostalgia, revenge, wonder
in general: anger: Robert De Niro > Trump | hate: Age of Anger Mishra | happiness: Resisting Happiness Kelly | love: Love is the Answer Rundgren | ambition: The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald | anger: Enemies of the Heart Stanley | awe (wonder): Feeling Awe | appreciation: You don’t know what you have until it’s gone. | boredom: Boredom arises when you don’t have a plan. sp | Is an idle mind the devil’s playground? | empathy: Empathetics | fear: Why are we afraid of each other? | music: Happy Williams, September Earth, Wind & Fire | anti-extremism: Institute for Strategic Dialogue | lessons of history: Life After Hate | inspiration: Inspired | loneliness: Lost in Translation | love: There's more room in a broken heart Simon | nostalgia: Glory days well they'll pass you by springsteen | revenge: The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, The Revenant Punke | happiness: Anomalisa | Stumbling on Happiness Gilbert | pain/loss/grief: Cake | kids: Inside Out | more
Is Uber redefining the workweek?
The things we make, make us. Jeep
What are the core values of the company's culture?
Are employees tolerant of growth and associated chaos?
Does the company have fun?
in general: divorce360 | get it off your chest: PostSecret | psychological self-assesment (journalists) | therapy: findcounseling | wellness: Limeade | Don’t ask, don’t tell | bias: Gender and Racial Bias in Hiring | facts about age discrimination | wageworks | Bureau of Labor Statistics: bls.gov | employees tell the truth: Morale Audit sp | idea: Randomly choose one day each year to pass out a $100 bill to every employee that shows up | engagement: The Truth About Employee Engagement Lencioni
conserve, recover, susbstitute
Can you prove you are really saving energy?
How can growing energy demands be met safely and efficiently?
Can we efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically get 100% of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power?
in general: performance-based energy efficiency: National Association of Energy Service Companies > Sustainability | waste heat recovery: alphabetenergy | advocacy: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy | climate-neutral and net-zero: definitions | conferences: worldfutureenergysummit| conservation | demand response services: enernoc, poweritsolutions | Department of Energy: energy.gov | electricity marketplace: ChooseEnergy | energy flow: graphic | energy storage: ice-energy, PowerThru, terrajoule | high ceilings: zoofans | lighting management: lumenergi | network: joulex | smart windows: ravenbrick | state profiles: eia.gov | turnkey solutions: nexamp | wind energy: windenergy | wireless sensors: synapsense | batteries: bi-polar: atraverda | lithium-ion: enviasystems, sakti3 | mobile devices: techtium | optimization: element energy | fuel cells: bloomenergy big ideas | Energy Realities | Guide to Energy Management Capehart
in general: pure chemical substance defined by atomic number | small molecules: Molecule Maker | Classification of chemical compounds: pure substance 2+ elements | transformation of one set of substances to another | energy transfer | atoms in an ordered, three-dimensional structure | hoverboard: evolution of the Hendo Hoverboard big idea > Innovation | interactions of positive/negative charges | physics: hyperphysics, lightandmatter, Natural Philosophy Alliance | A Guide to the Elements Stwertka | Classical Mechanics Goldstein | CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics Lide | Einstein's Dreams Lightman | Gases, Liquids and Solids Tabor | Introduction to Heat Transfer Incropera | Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism Maxwell | Wave Motion Billingham
buildings | critical infrastructure | design | products | manufacturing | social change
A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
in general: can do: Dream Big > Critical Infrastructure | engineering education: cdio, bigbeacon, engineerguy, Olin College experiment, threejoy | fatiguecalculator | funding for big ideas: DARPA, IARPA | grand challenges: National Academy of Engineering | grand challenges: make solar energy economical | provide energy from fusion | develop carbon sequestration methods | manage the nitrogen cycle | provide access to clean water | restore & improve urban infrastructure | documentaries: The Humanitarian Engineer | more
big data | HR | network
Is the enterprise ready for continuous cyber attacks?
in general: HR software: Ultimate Software > Human Resources | security: organizational docking, proofpoint, tripwire | ERP (enterprise resource planning): workday, compiere, kenandy, openbravo | botnet protection: damballa | compliance: hiperos | Enterprise Data Lifecycle Management: utopiainc | indexing: virtualworks | integration platform: informatica, mulesoft | log data: splunk | mobile device management: Citrix | Platform as a Service (PaaS): pivotal | search: lucidimagination | social media management: syncapse | software reviews: G2crowd | IT management: servicenow | core systems and platforms: phone systems: RingCentral | advertising, content, publishing: mediaspectrum | insurance: guidewire | more
coolhunting | play | restaurants | risk | travel | unequivocal
What is fun?
Is it better to bet on other gamblers than on yourself?
in general: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony: EGOT > Unequivocal | cruise ships: Quantum of the Seas | horse racing: Kentucky Derby | nightlife: sociéteperrier | parties: getspeakeasy | performing arts: shenyunperformingarts | racing: The Gentleman’s Guide to Racing | tours: getyourguide | with friends: weotta | cash prizes: draftday, DraftKings, FanDuel | predictive analytics: numberFire | restaurants & dining: Alinea | Chez Panisse | cliff diving: Casa Bonita |dinner parties: Le Diner en Blanc, Superb | on-table tablets: elacarte | philadelphia | private chefs: kitchit | ratings: forkly | theme (amusement) parks: news: Theme Park Insider | roller coasters: Cedar Park | heavy equipment playground: digthis | life-size board games: Mousetrap | celebrity: What a Time It Was!, Stories My Father Told Me Lyons | poker: The Noble Hustle Whitehead