Back to iPhone

I’ve been using a Nexus 4 then the Nexus 5 as my daily mobile device for the last two years as I wanted to learn Android. I enjoyed the experience for the most part (especially Google Now and apps integration) but I’ve missed the reliability and stability of Apple hardware. So, I’m back on an […]

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YouTube and Polytheism

Wow, what a metaphor about consumer culture… “What caused the problem with movie theaters is not Netflix, but YouTube,” she says. “What is making the old temples crumble is not smaller temples, but it’s rather this kind of polytheism—you know, you make your own gods.” via The Most Modern Curator – Megan Garber – The […]

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Airbnb’s New Logo

Airbnb has released a revision of its site, which is very 2014 modern in its flatness and active card based structure. It’s interesting, but nothing revolutionary or forward looking inside the Silicon Valley bubble. The best aspect is that we’re finally seeing the transition of the cards interface from services to actual physical interactions / […]

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Harrelson Agency Transition

I’m ending Harrelson Agency as an entity. It doesn’t make much sense on the surface given that Harrelson Agency is healthier than ever. But, this does not mean I’m leaving the marketing, design, or consulting business. It means I’m “doubling down” on those areas, actually. I’m using my own name for my “Marketing and Identity […]

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Happy Birthday, @pinboard

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Delicious way back in the mid 2000′s. But you probably don’t remember that site or the commotion it caused over something as simple as bookmarks. But bookmarks are important. I have over 7,000. It’s my personal interweb intersearch.  And that’s why I love Pinboard. I found Pinboard just 4 […]

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Google’s Surprising Chromebook Surge

I’ve been using a desktop and a phone as my main “computers” for the last several months and haven’t looked back. When I’m on the road for client work, I’ll take along a Chromebook and have no issues getting “real” work done. Evidently I’m not alone… And, globally, in a reversal of fortune, low-end PCs are […]

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More on Dura Europos Looting

The first image is the site of Dura Europos from June 28 2012 and the second image is from April 2 2014 (notice how many looting holes there are now):    Dura Europos is located right near the border of Syria and Iraq on the Euphrates and is an archaeological record of the strife this […]

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Dura Europos Looting

The “holes” in the inset picture are looting holes from the area near the main agora at Dura Europos. Sadly, we haven’t properly excavated much of that area. This literally breaks my heart given that we’ve properly excavated such a small amount of Dura Europos and we’ve learned so much about Judaism, early Christianity, and […]

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Vamping Teens

I had a friend who changed his home’s wifi password every night at bedtime to make sure their teen wasn’t “vamping.” Turns out the teen realized the power of turning your phone into a mobile hotspot (water flows down hill). “Sometimes I look up and it’s 3 a.m. and I’m watching a video of a […]

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Email Newsletters Still Alive and Very Well

Email newsletters seem like such a quaint and out-of-date form of marketing, but they are incredibly effective because 1) people still rely on email more than most anything else for relevant info and 2) email has a personal connection in the same way our phones once did. That doesn’t mean that blasting out emails with […]

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