i disagree with everything you just said.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

ocean boiler.

@ the bar the other night, i was subject to an informal, napkin-documented peer review by everybody gathered for our regular tuesday night @ nova. discovered upon waking that it had made its way to flickr.

i think my friends know me a little too well; it's distressingly accurate. props to greg veen for coming up with my new motto, "ocean boiler." because, occasionally, it works.

Monday, February 20, 2006

number five with a taco.

adaptive path's turning five on march 2nd, and, naturally, we're having a party. any excuse, you know, and this one's better than most. plus, i can personally guarantee that it will be even better than last year's, and that was a blowout. lights, djs, alcohol — and the taco truck will, of course, be parked out front. free tacos for all!

details: 363 brannan st., sf, ca, march 2, 6pm until late. wear something office-inappropriate.

listed on upcoming, if you feel the need to semi-rsvp.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

back from below.

i had a 3 continent month in december, bopping from san francisco to beijing; back, briefly, before heading out to santiago, chile, with erika and courtney; then making our way down through patagonia all the way to tierra del fuego, about as far south as you can go (excepting antarctica) before you can't help but start back north.

i mention this because, hello, way fun, but also 'cause we took pictures, i finally managed to post them all (164!) to flickr, and i wanted to share.

quite a trip. highly recommended to anyone who likes meat and/or mountains, since there was quite a bit of both.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

plus ca change.

while we're on the subject of big changes @ adaptive path, now's a good time to also mention that i have a new job title, to go along with a brand spankin' new job (since laura took my old one...)

hints @ what the new job entails there in my bio, but here's the short version: i'll be working with early stage startups and select angels and vcs to help them better define, design, and develop the next round of world-changing apps and products. it's all about applying the thinking, methodologies, and tools we've incubated @ ap over the last 5 years, shared with our clients and workshop attendees, and exposed in products like measure map, to a very specific question: how can you make a startup product better — more usable, viable, and desirable, more apt to get millions of users and make millions of dollars — faster?

this is something i've been wanting to do ever since we started ap. i'm chomping @ the bit to get started, and now's just about the best possible time to try it. more details just as soon as i can get the new section about it up and running on the ap site.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

good day.

well, hey, that worked out: measure map, off to google.

though i'm going to miss him around the adaptive path office, i'm glad veen's taking the user experience gospel with him down to mountain view. they're lucky to get it, and him. jeff's a truly, truly talented designer, in the classic sense of the word, and i've learned a lot from him over the last 5 years about what it takes to honestly care about something you're making, so you can bring the best version of it into the world.

which is what he did with measure map. he took an idea we came up with last december and poured his heart and soul into it, and it shows. if you'll forgive me for being crass, i can't think of a better way to say it than: jeff built the shit out of that product.

so, yeah, google's lucky, but more importantly, we still get to go out drinking after work — the measure map team's just gonna have to caltrain back up for it (and that commute, by the way, is for suckers!)

here's jeff's official post on the google blog. and a couple other folks in the office: dan, janice, greg, peter, chiara, jesse, ryan, bryan. and our neighbors over @ mule design and rubyred labs weighed in, too.

finally, i will say this: i might make fun of my own ambition, in that sarcastic, self-deprecating way that i do, but when i moved out to the west coast, to silicon valley and san francisco and this place that reinvents itself and the rest of the world almost daily, i did it for a reason: because there were things i wanted to get done, get built, make happen, succeed at. and this &mdash well, this was one of them. so it's a good day. a really, really good day.