Google+ — Not About “Circles”, More Like a Downward Spiral
Google+ and It’s Discontents
What is it about Google+ that makes it so tedious to use? Why can’t the social network get the kind of traction it needs to really have it take off as a viable platform and contender of Facebook?
Every since Google+ launched, I have been luke-warm about it.
I really want to see the service succeed. As someone who makes games, I’d like to have more than one social gaming platform to consider outside of Facebook. I also love the idea of having all of my Google services integrated into one profile and destination.
In and Around New York City: The Reservoir of Central Park (Photos)
In and around Manhattan… The Central Park Reservoir is one of my most favorite places in Manhattan. Here are some photos I’ve snapped there. The Reservoir holds a billion gallons of water and takes up 106 acres of the park….
The Reservoir used to supply water to the city of New York but has been decommissioned. It still provides water to other lakes in the park, such as Harlem Meer.
Scenes in and Around San Francisco [My Photos]
Landscapes, Cityscapes, Skylines — Oh, My!
San Francisco — the city by the bay. A unique combination of free-thinkers, tech professionals, awesome cafes and so many awesome restaurants per capita that it’s hard to count. Here are some photos of San Francisco I’ve made over the years — mostly of sea, sky and cityscape.
Here is a photo I snapped while embarking on a fun Pirates of Silicon Valley Cruise on the San Francisco Bay a few months ago.
Another view of the SF skyline, this time taken from a hotel somewhere in Union Square.
From the Vault: My 2006 Interview With “Business Week”
“Enough with the Shoot ’em Ups: Skunk’s Margaret Wallace develops casual games. Turns Out the Market for them is Huge.”
— Business Week, 2006
On the heels of my write-up on The Sheenification of America, I thought it might be fun to take things down a few notches.
So, today, I’m digging deep into my non-existent “Vault” that, if it actually existed, would all sorts of remembrances and ephemera from the world of tech, media or gaming.
Is the Whole (Tech) World Going “Charlie Sheen”?
“Take this job and shove it — I ain’t working here no more.”
— David Allen Coe, the original Charlie Sheen
The “Sheenification” of America?
There must be something in the air these days. It’s a bit hard to pinpoint but I will try: When I take a deep breath, a really deep breath, I smell the heady fragrance of renunciation hanging in the air of public discourse. Can you smell it, too? The fetid air of discontent? In both personal and professional spheres, we’re witnessing the abandonment of the keeping up of appearances. In place of “sucking it up” when faced with life’s adversities, there’s been a radical rejection — even condemnation — of possessing any quiet comportment whatsoever.
“What Kind of Man Owns His Own Computer?” (Vintage Apple Ad)
Well, Benjamin Franklin, that’s who — at least according to this vintage Apple Computer ad, hanging in the foyer of a San Francisco tech office building.
Photos of Zurich During My Visit to Shadow Government’s Zurich HQ
I’ve had the opportunity on several occasions over the past few months to visit the lovely city of Zurich. Shadow Government, Inc. has a lovely office there — in addition to our NYC Headquarters. Here are a photos I snapped while in this quiet but beautiful city — surrounded by water and mountains….
The Zurich Skyline
I love snapping photos of cityscapes and skylines. I really think there is so much to learn just looking out the window and observing what’s there. Here are some photos of the Zurich cityscape –a place so unique and full of character.
Twitter Updates: Arianna vs. Arrington (go, Arianna!)
- ARRINGTON DECLARES WAR ON ARIANNA HUFFINGTON http://t.co/pMECu4B via @sai_media
- How language affects color perception – Boing Boing http://t.co/r4eTFHT
- In wake of PSN hack, Sony recruits Homeland Security official as security boss | VentureBeat http://t.co/il4HhBM via @deantak
- Twitter now allows native tweet sending to Facebook: Handfuls of developers killed off http://t.co/SOg2xC2
- @dclingman aww, thanks. i have to admit i got the inspiration from http://www.criticalsmack, @nickfortugno‘s blog. in reply to dclingman
- The #Gamification of….Everything? http://t.co/lGaXJIk
- RT @margaretwallace Just Another Day @Playmatics [Photo Exclusive!] http://t.co/2yOW1Uc
- Interesting infographic based on your CV from @brazencareerist: http://t.co/vFRWkm7. (@margaretwallace)
The #Gamification of….Everything?
Here is a presentation that I gave for a keynote a few months back, called The Gamification of….Everything? Although I plan to update this presentation in the very near future, I still think that the information contained is relevant in terms of providing an overview of how gamification fits into current product development practices.
I also wrote a piece to accompany this presentation on Gaming Business Review, which can be found here.
Sure, there are those who maintain that Gamification is Bullshit, but I think the topic merits consideration as much as it deserves derision.