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Latest cartoon is up for all you night owls (and folks in time zones outside the Americas!)
 
The pain is real. #ecommerce  
Hey, venture capitalists! Looking for a withering one-liner to use when you’re dressing down the leadership of an underperforming ecommerce startup? Try this: “Are you running a business, or a charity for abandoned shopping carts?” You’re welcome! That’ll be $30,000. For what it’s worth, here are five things that make me abandon my shopping cart:… Continue reading Shopping with wild abandon
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There are things I'm slowly coming to accept probably won't happen in my lifetime. Routine interplanetary travel, I've almost given up on. Almost. But I can at least take a virtual hike across a big chunk of Pluto — thanks to this new unbelievable high-resolution mosaic of surface photos of the planet. And they are thanks to +NASA and the New Horizons probe.

(By the way, did anyone else get a Pythonesque vibe as the various captions went by? "Cellular nitrogen ice plains"... "Non-cellular nitrogen ice plains"... "Pitted, hummocky nitrogen ice plains"...)
 
You’re looking at the most detailed view of Pluto’s terrain you’ll see for a very long time. This mosaic strip, extending across the hemisphere that faced the New Horizons spacecraft, now includes all of the highest-resolution images taken by the probe. Take a closer look: http://go.nasa.gov/1XCp8uH
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#ThrowbackThursday... specifically, Thursday morning. This Thursday morning, when I posted this.
There’s a lot about memes that I don’t like, but #ThrowbackThursday has a real claim on my affection. It’s one of the first memes I ever participated in, and there’s something charming about people sharing artifacts and stories from their past. For the same reason, I like seeing Timehop posts, too. And I get the impression that… Continue reading Too soon?
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Ding-ding!
 
DING! I have a new cartoon for you. DING! It's all about how much we all love notifications. DING! DING! DI— (sound of mobile device being dropped into industrial blender)
I’ve railed against notifications before. Some aren’t so bad; I usually want to know about incoming text messages (unless it’s my son demanding clarification and amendment of the household Minecraft rules). But most of them are so awful it’s an affront that the apps have the audacity to ask permission to send them. I’m happy… Continue reading Ding!
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Behind me, there's a long trail of productivity-tool corpses, from Remember the Milk to Daylite. Got a favourite tool that you still use? Or one that everyone told you was the tool you had to get, but never clicked with?
Last night, I finally watched the Mythbusters’ finale, in which they revisited one episode’s explosive destruction of a cement truck. The myth they’d been testing: that you can clean off hardened cement inside the truck’s mixing barrel by throwing in a stick of dynamite. They concluded that you can clear out some debris, but not a big slab.… Continue reading Wanted: a task manager manager
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Descenders, ascenders and counters, oh my!
 
Okay, fellow typography geeks — this one's for you.
Look at this type, isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you say my descenders are sweet? Wouldn’t you think ‘Hey, that font: it’s Helvetica’? —Arial, from Disney’s The Little Typeface You can probably get a pretty good idea of how old a design geek is by asking them if they’ve ever run Ventura Publisher. Or if they… Continue reading Hellvetica
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One more cartoon after this one in cartoon-a-day-birthday-weekstravaganza!
 
Today's cartoon is totally fronting.
Not a fan of “fake it ’til you make it”? Here are some alternate formulations: Fake it ’til you bake it: Pretend you have baking soda (even though your nine-year-old used it all in an experiment to see if pouring it down an ant hill and following it with vinegar would piss off the ants… Continue reading Fake it ’til you…
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The music of the spheres — except at the opposite end of the size scale.
 
Listen to the sound of physics: make music with +ATLAS Experiment data with the newly-launched Quantizer platform

Find out more: http://cern.ch/go/qgw8

Image credit © ATLAS Experiment / Quantizer
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I drew you a unicorn! You're welcome!
 
Sometimes the real unicorn isn't a high-return startup. It's an affordable roof over your head.
Pitch: “Unicorn Hunters” — This reality show will follow the exciting, thrill-a-minute world of venture capitalists as they pore over income statements, commission reports and conduct hours-long, gruelling interviews with founders and key staff. (Note: we’ll need a LOT of clever camera work to maintain visual interest.) I wonder just how concerned VCs are about housing… Continue reading Unicorn Hunters
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That's enough disrupting for the day, mister. Off to bed with you.
 
Okay, Disrupty Disrupterface... time to take a break.
Disruption of established business narratives and shaking the dinosaurs out of their complacency all the time—my god, it must be exhausting. Take a break from all the disrupting and get some rest, people. You know who else had disruptors? Klingons. Grumpiest bastards in the galaxy, and now you know why. Related
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Social media strategist, speechwriter, humorist and speaker. I draw cartoons you might enjoy.
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Rob Cottingham is the co-founder and a principal of Social Signal. He is a digital veteran, with more than 20 years experience helping organizations with communication, engagement and strategy in both the online and offline worlds.

Rob is Canada's leading progressive speechwriter. And he's also a pioneer in online campaigning and communication, creating one of the first youth-centered anti-tobacco web sites, Canada's first national party leadership campaign site and the first-ever online political game. His projects have ranged from Vancity's Webby-nominated ChangeEverything.ca to BC Hydro's Power the Games application on Facebook.

Rob is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on social media, for audiences ranging from the Canadian Marketing Association to the Conference Board of Canada to NetSquared. A standup comic, Rob also draws the popular Noise to Signal webcomic, which has appeared on such sites as ReadWriteWeb and the Huffington Post.
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  • University of Ottawa
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Full disclosure: I'm a friend of one of the owners. But now I'm also a fan. Madeline and her husband Scott have created 11 wonderfully decorated cabins, each with its own distinctive theme and all with an incredible eye for detail. With too many places, "funky" turns out to mean a jumble of random, mismatched kitsch. But here, it means the items in each cabin have been playfully but painstakingly sourced to create the perfect effect – from a cabin for crafters and creators, to another for explorers, birders and stargazers, and still another (the one we stayed in) that romantically celebrates the courtship of Madeline's parents, William and Mildred. And we didn't have to trade comfort for coolness. Between the jets of the soaker tub in our cabin, the kitchenette, the remote-controlled gas fireplaces in each room (one for us, one for the kids) and the west-facing barbecue-and-briquette-equipped deck perfect for watching the sun set over the Pacific, we were sorely tempted to forego the shops of Mendocino and the tidal pools on Glass Beach, and just hang out for our whole stay. That was doubly appealing to our kids, who were thrilled by the Andiron's two resident goats (Peanut Butter and Jelly), the extensive collection of vintage board games, the flocks of woodpeckers and other gorgeous birds that sweep through the property, and the morning all-you-can-spread toast bar. For their parents, the five o'clock happy hour on weekends, pairing delicious food (fondue one night, tamales and quesadillas the next) with local beer and wine – not to mention warm, welcoming conversation with Madeleine and Scott and the other guests – will remain one of the highlights of our holiday. There's no cell phone service along this stretch of Highway 1, but between free WiFi, in-room phones and a pay phone at the inn's office, we were easily able to keep in touch as much as we needed... and as little as we wanted. Oh, and there's a nice, big hot tub. And an extensive DVD library. And a geocaching kit. And a coffeemaker in our cabin with pre-ground coffee *and* beans and a grinder. We loved it.
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