If you've been wondering about my radio silence, the last few weeks have been jam-packed with change. I've joined up with a couple of experienced co-founders I've known for a while, and we're creating a consumer-focused business based on a lot of the ideas I've been working on for the last few years. I can't tell you how productive it is to be working in a team again, I'm even going into an office every day! We're in the middle of raising a seed round, so if you're an investor who wants to know more, drop me an email: email@example.com.
Anyway, the new venture gives me so much material but so little time, but I'll still be blogging when I can catch my breath. It's the only way I know to really understand my own thinking.
Gitalytics – A statistical analysis service for Github by Sameer Al-Sakran. It shows how powerful remixing publicly-available data about people can be, and I'm not just saying that because he gave me a high score! I already use github activity as a signal in hiring, but this gives me a much better summary than I can get by browsing the main website.
To lose weight, forget the details – Dieters only given access to their approximate weight were more successful than those who could see an exact version. As much as I love metrics, this matches what I know about my own emotional response to numbers.
Eatfoo – I met the chef behind the Lazy Bear 'underground restaurant' at a recent party, and I can't wait to attend the next one. I've fallen in with a foodie crowd here in San Francisco, they're even starting to shame me out of my occasional weakness for Taco Bell.
"Researchers make their reputations on discovery, not de-discovery" – Laura J Snyder applies her historical perspective to the current practice of science and finds it wanting. I do wonder what the long-term consequences of the flood of bogus studies will be? It's no wonder that there's a lot of skepticism about real phenomena like global warming, when many of the well-publicized studies about other topics aren't exposed to active debunking efforts.