September 2010 Archives

I’m a Writer

You know how I don’t exactly like it when I have to explain to people what I do? Well, this quote from How Nick Kokonas Is Shaking Up Fine Dining in Fast Company Magazine contains the best answer I’ve heard yet: “When people ask me what I do for a living at a cocktail party and I really don’t feel like explaining it, I tell them I’m a writer. They ask me what I write and I say, ‘About 200 emails a day.’ ” Brilliant!… Continue reading


Browsers of Choice

It’s always interesting to me to see what browsers people use. Increasingly I’m surprised by how many non-tech savvy people I notice not using Internet Explorer, something that was rare even a few years ago.  First Firefox and now Chrome have done a great job of pushing the idea that not every browser is the same.  Just the simple fact that Google hits you with Chrome ads every time you visit Google to do a search or YouTube to watch a video has led to… Continue reading


Coupon Code Strategy Ramblings

We run a ton of sales. Just check the Detailed Image home page at any given time you’ll always find a daily special, weekly free item if you spend $x, and products on sale for monthly special. There’s also a good chance we’re running a big site-wide promo, such as free or flat-rate shipping, a brand or category of products on sale, a percentage off of everything on the site, buy product x get product y for free, or some combination of those things. At… Continue reading



This past Saturday night my girlfriend and I went to WaterFire, a half-mile long water sculpture created by Barnaby Evans that weaves through the three rivers of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. I had never been to Providence or to WaterFire before, so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Turns out it was pretty awesome. Around sunset gondolas go up and down the rivers lighting these huge bonfires. There are thousands upon thousands of people stretched across the entire downtown waterfront area, with all sorts… Continue reading


Why I Check Email First Thing Every Day

Every once in a while when reading an article about email productivity I’ll see a reference to the book Never Check E-Mail In the Morning: And Other Unexpected Strategies for Making Your Work Life Work by Julie Morgenstern. Right up front I’ll say that I haven’t read the book, but have seen it referenced enough to know the idea behind the technique. From this Lifehacker article Top 10 Smart and Lazy Ways to Save Your Workday: Author of Never Check Email in the Morning Julie… Continue reading


A Big Week for LockerPulse

Last week we completed our revamp of LockerPulse. On Wednesday we launched our re-design, on Friday we completed our source project, and I spent the last few days tying up a few loose ends and debugging a few minor issues. By my count, in total there were about 40 changes – design/UI improvements, feature improvements, and fixed bugs – and 567 new news sources added, bringing the total number of sites that we’re indexing to around 1400. If you’re interested in checking out the Premium… Continue reading