How I Read The Web With My Kindle

Photo by Joseph Chang

Photo by the magnificent Joseph Chang

I once bought a book called How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading, which I probably found in a recommendations list from HBR or related site which inspired me to pursue literary greatness after reading its seductive title. Alas, I barely made it through the second chapter with my full faculties intact despite the visceral assault of boredom levied upon me. I think it’s time for a chapter to be written for the modern day reader.

The reality is that 90% of my reading is comprised of articles published on the web. Reading a book from beginning to end is a challenging committment. That’s like reading 30 feature-length articles from The New Yorker in succession! I certainly couldn’t pull that Olympian feat off.

If I had to re-write that ill-fated reading excursion to mirror my web reading habits though, this blog post would be it. Enjoy.

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PlaceboCast 18: But can it bend?


Undeterred by the Fire phone’s abysmal sales, Amazon has unleashed a flurry of new hardware gadgets including its fascinating new home personal assistant, Echo, and the Fire TV stick (aka Match Stick). How will these products fare and who builds better hardware products: Google or Amazon?

As always, thanks for listening and have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday.

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Adventures of a First-Time TaskRabbit


About a month ago, I received an email from TaskRabbit – a company that lets you outsource small gigs to people in your neighborhood.

Thank you for your interest in joining the TaskRabbit community! We are currently inviting a select group of applicants to complete their applications and become a Tasker. Complete your application today to join our high-quality community of neighbors helping neighbors.

Intrigued I submitted an application, including the personal information required for a background check and detailed explanations about my humble skills such as computer support, online ecommerce (Certified eBay GrandMaster), and usability testing (Is this even on?).

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PlaceboCast 16: This Phone is on Fireeeeeeee


Today, Amazon lifted the wraps from their much-rumored smartphone, the Fire Phone. Make no mistake, this phone was built for Amazon Prime subscribers. Firefly could be a shopper’s ultimate companion, with the ability to quickly identify nearly 100 million items in the real world. Jeff Bezos just hopes you won’t be pointing it at a new iPhone in six months.

As always, thanks for listening.

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PlaceboCast 15: WWDC 2014 Rapidfire Discussion


Apple’s annual developer conference kicked things off this week with its much anticipated keynote. CEO Tim Cook and Craig “Superman/Hair Force One” Federighi announced a slew of upcoming updates to iOS and Mac OS X as well as “the mother of all releases.”

One thing’s for sure: Apple has had a very busy year.

As always, thanks for listening.

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