Thursday, July 9, 2015

Five Great Lakes Surfing Videos

Five Spots on the Great Lakes

Lake Superior

Lake Michigan

Lake Huron

Lake Erie

Lake Ontario

Monday, June 8, 2015

Eating and Drinking in Detroit

So, you are visiting Detroit. Where should you eat and drink? If I had 2 nights and 2 days in Detroit, here are the spots where I would enjoy the Detroit foodie experience.

Night #1

Night #1 - Dinner

On the way in from the airport stop in Dearborn, an inner ring suburb just west of Detroit. Dearborn has the largest Arab population outside the middle east - and awesome food.

Al Ameer - Dearborn
eat lamb and beef shawarma platter with hummus and tabouli sides. the complimentary pickled appetizers are great. drink mango-honey smoothie.

Shatila - Dearborn
This is the land of milk and honey. Tasty Arabic sweets. if you have a sweet tooth, try not to order everything.

Night #1 - Drinks

For the first night out, treat yourself to Michigan craft beer paradise with 4 stops on Canfield street in Midtown all within a couple blocks walk.

Motor City Brewing Works - Midtown
Their ghetto blaster is the default beer of the city of Detroit

Jolly Pumpkin - Midtown
Considered the best brewer of gourmet sour beers in the USA

Traffic Jam & Snug - Midtown
First craft brewery in the state of Michigan after prohibition

HopCat - Midtown
ridiculous number of Michigan craft beers on tap. live music upstairs at night.

Day #1

Day #1 - Breakfast

New Center Eatery - New Center
Eat chicken and waffles, best in the city. i usually eat a side of collard greens too. Good neo-soul / R&B music tracks playing.

Day #1 - Lunch

Bucharest Grill - Downtown

eat the Trish Salad. or any of the wraps. eat and drink craft beer next door at Park Bar (the two places are attached).

BACKUP: Vicente’s Cuban - Downtown
eat Ropas Viejas, drink sangria or mojito.

Day #1 - Dinner

Green Dot Stables
eat at least 3 sliders and the truffle fries. i usually get the Korean, the Philly and the mystery meat slider, whatever it happens to be. funky vibe. 

BACKUP: Johny Noodle King
noodle spot. same owners as Green Dot.

Night #2

Night #2 - Drinks

Two James Distillery
drink their sample flight or pick a cocktail. munch on wasabi peas.

Sugar House
drink “The Last Word”, a prohibition-era cocktail created at the Detroit Athletic Club.
or tell the staff some ingredients and let them work their magic
or order from the encyclopedic menu

Batch Brewery
nano brewery, excellent pretzels and comfort food. they also have fantastic, heavy desserts here.

Day #2

Day #2 - Breakfast

Le Petit Zinc 
Eat the quiche. Drink a cappuccino. Sit outside if weather allows.

Day #2 - Lunch

Taqueria El Rey
eat tacos al pastor. drink horchata.

Mexicantown Bakery
sweets. can’t go wrong

Day #2 - Dinner

Selden Standard
order whatever they tell you - if you can get in.

BACKUP: Gold Cash Gold
if you can’t get into Selden, try Gold Cash Gold
Farm to table, southern american inspired

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Compuberty: Three Emerging Categories of Computing

Computers are going through puberty. They are becoming adults, devices that have physical presence in the public realm. When the transformation is complete we will have three classes of computing:

  • Personal Computing - value is created at the scale of people
    • smartphones
    • tablets
    • laptops
    • desktops
    • televisions
    • car interiors
    • hospital rooms
    • living rooms
  • Cloud Computing - value is created at the scale of global communities
    • social networks
    • big data
  • Autonomous Computing - value is created at the scale of Newtonian physics
    • wireless sensor networks
    • drones
    • autonomous cars
    • actuators
    • control systems

Saturday, September 28, 2013

What am I missing?

Having helmed a couple startup failures, I'm often skeptical about success stories and what they can teach me about my next endeavor.

This excellent article on Survivorship Bias (recently shared by @vallor with FooCamp alum) is a smart reminder to keep asking, "what am I missing?"

When we launched a big data startup called Swivel in 2006, we scored a lot of press from TechCrunch, New York Times, Financial Times, Nature and others. But only one person covered our failure, a blogger from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The failure article has all the useful wisdom, whereas the mainstream media never followed-up to capture what went wrong.

Today, 7 years after launching Swivel, I get calls from smart entrepreneurs entering the big data space not because Swivel was a success but because they came across the failure blog post and want to learn more.

While unorthodox, understanding the Survivorship Bias and looking around for lessons of failure is a great aid in covering your blind spots.

It might be worth a few minutes of your time to Google for failures in your market and reach out to some losers.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Detroit Robotics

An incomplete list of robotics stuff around Detroit.


Conferences and Organizations

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Green Smoothie

I make and drink a pitcher of green smoothie just about every day I'm home.

To make it, put the following ingredients in a blender and blend on high after each addition.
  • 1/2 cup uncooked steel cut oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 raw egg
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/4 inch slice of lemon, cut off the ends, leave the skin
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • 3 leaves of kale
  • 3 leaves cabbage
  • 1 whole carrot
  • 1/2 inch of fresh Ginger root, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Ceylon cinnamon
  • top off with water or whey
  • a few ice cubes to make it cool if you'd like

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

API Design

I recently presented some opinions and ideas about web API design at's Cloudstock event in San Francisco.

In the talk, I start with a poorly designed API and iterate it toward a well-behaved REST API. Along the way, I compare APIs from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare and others and share my opinions about which APIs do things well and which don't.

If you're thinking about API design, please give it a view and let me know what you think.

Here is a studio version of the talk: