Tactics to Spark Creativity

This study apparently validates my methodology while late-night programming: Moderate drinking can also relax inhibitions in a way that seems to let the mind range across a wider set of possible connections. It can also help a person notice environmental cues or changes that a sober brain would block out, Dr. Wiley says. In a 2012 study at University of Illinois at Chicago, students who drank enough to raise their blood-alcohol level to 0.075 performed better on tests of insight

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Looking for a new Boulder-Denver StartupDigest curator

I’m looking for a replacement to curate the Boulder-Denver StartupDigest. If you’re actively involved with local startups and have interest, let me know and we can discuss. My startup, StatsMix, was recently acquired and I’ve decided I need to take some time off. After three consecutive startups and many years without a real vacation, it’s time for a little break to figure out what’s next. That’s why it makes sense to hand off curating the digest to someone else. Currently,

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Lean Startup Machine Boulder

Due to an extra busy schedule last week, I wasn’t quite able to attend most of the Boulder Startup Week events I wanted. But participating as a speaker and mentor at Boulder’s first Lean Startup Machine event on Saturday made up for it. Lean Startup Machine is a three-day workshop where attendees use customer development and lean startup principles to validate an idea for a new product or service. This included both existing teams as well as individuals who formed

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Pixelate part of an image in Photoshop

I recently had to update some screenshots on the StatsMix marketing site and needed to remove some personal information like API keys from the image. I wanted to just gracefully pixelate the data, keeping the image looking nice. I’d done it before, but couldn’t remember what steps to take. After a some trial and error, I figured it out and decided to write these steps down in case I forget (again!) or someone else can benefit from this. Open Photoshop

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The Black Triangle

Not sure where (or when for that matter) I stumbled on this article, but after cleaning up tons of tabs in Firefox I thought I’d share this: We came to refer to certain types of accomplishments as “black triangles.” These are important accomplishments that take a lot of effort to achieve, but upon completion you don’t have much to show for it – only that more work can now proceed. It takes someone who really knows the guts of what

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Are the Green Bay Packers the Worst Stock in America?

Great sports franchise, bad investment… It costs $250 a share, pays no dividends, benefits from no earnings, isn’t tradeable and has no securities-law protection. Although the offering document calls the shares “common stock,” they confer almost none of the advantages of a traditional stock. The document warns that buyers “should not purchase common stock with the purpose of making a profit.” via Are the Green Bay Packers the Worst Stock in America? – Total Return – WSJ

TextMate Preview Shortcut Trick

I recently learned a new shortcut within the TextMate editor (used daily for all my text editing as well as programming) that has made me much more productive. You can preview any formatted document (so far I’ve tested HTML and Markdown) by simply holding down control-option-command-P Here’s an example from within TextMate while working on a Markdown document. The shortcut turns this into this Incredibly useful, especially when working on documentation in Markdown. Do you have any other hidden TextMate

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The Rise Of JSON

An interesting perspective on why JSON has become so popular compared to XML from MIX Online: The Rise Of JSON: There is the simple fact that JSON is smaller as a payload than XML. And no doubt JSON is less verbose than XML.  But there’s much more to it than just size.  The crux has to do with programming.  JSON is natively tied to JavaScript. As an object representation of data, it is so easy to work with inside JavaScript. Its

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