Archive: Random Observations Bin

Native advertising: you can’t rent your credibility, you can only sell it (September 17, 2013)

The reason native advertising works is because readers don’t understand that it is advertising

Rorschach Theatre’s “Neverwhere” (September 10, 2013)

I liked it. You will too

SLIDESHOW: 20 Cats Who Suck At Reducing Tensions In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (July 10, 2013)

Screw blogging! It’s about time I made a play for some of those sweet, sweet BuzzFeed/HuffPo pageviews

Presenting the best of JWM, 2012 edition (June 10, 2013)

I had never gotten around to pulling out the best posts from this blog for 2012 and adding them officially to the “Best of Just Well Mixed” archive. I’m sure this was causing a lot of sleeplessness and anxiety for Longtime Readers™, so I’ve (finally) taken care of it

The free coffee test, or Lefkowitz’s Law of Corporate Financial Health (May 22, 2013)

The financial health of a company can be inferred from the quality, variety and cost to the employee of the snacks and beverages it offers its employees

How nerds dream (May 22, 2013)

Answer: “weirdly”

“A Walk In The Dark” (May 17, 2013)

By U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Darrold Peters

The long, strange trip of Désirée Clary (March 19, 2013)

In an age of turmoil, she rose higher than nearly anyone else. But it cost her her happiness

Stephen Douglas, the politician who was too smart for his own good (March 6, 2013)

With the administration of George W. Bush still fresh in our collective memories, it’s easy to think that the problem with our system is the way it periodically throws stupid people into positions of power. But intelligence, in and of itself, is no guarantee of wisdom

I kind of hate Twitter (February 1, 2013)

In terms of designing a medium for discussion, Twitter’s product design decisions have been disastrous

Rick Reilly’s Lance Armstrong problem is all of journalism’s problem (January 22, 2013)

The style of reporting usually called “access journalism” is neither: neither access, nor journalism

You are more than a mouth (November 23, 2012)

I am more than a consumer. And so are you

Hurricane Sandy safety tip: don’t be a social media dumbass (October 27, 2012)

Staying safe is more important than Instagramming

Fox News will say the extra “L” is for “liberal,” of course (September 20, 2012)

A new graphic from the White House celebrates the day Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was “repealled.”

Bill Nye demonstrates how not to persuade a creationist (August 29, 2012)

Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) tries to explain to creationists why they shouldn’t pass this belief along to their kids. I would use this video as an example of how scientists and advocates for science should not communicate with the public

And then they lynched the man who made the world (June 23, 2012)

Alan Turing was a mathematical genius, a key figure in the Allied victory in World War II, and a man whose life was cut tragically short by bigotry

Against live-tweeting (June 7, 2012)

If you’re in the audience at a conference session, do a favor for both yourself and whoever’s presenting to you and put away your damn gadgets

Ethical aggregation: it’s simple (May 10, 2012)

The question of what the dividing line is between ethical and unethical aggregation seems complicated to media’s worthies; but to me, it seems really, really simple

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, or, no, Abraham Lincoln did not invent Facebook (May 9, 2012)

In the social media age, the rest of us to learn the lessons that journalists have learned the hard way. And one of those lessons is extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence

How to sell products to nerds (April 25, 2012)

If you want to sell me something to a nerd, don’t try to convince me that it’s perfect. Try to convince me that it’s imperfect, just in ways that I can live with

Cities die, too (April 17, 2012)

Jonah Lehrer says that cities are immortal and companies are not. I disagree

Get off my lawn! (February 2, 2012)

Can you believe this blog is ten years old??? BELIEVE IT

Enough With Black Friday Already (November 25, 2011)

Thanksgiving should be a time of reflection. So this year, before we put it behind us, let’s reflect on what the annual Black Friday shopping frenzy says about us