Which Wearable: A FitTech Poll

There are a ton of options out there in wearable technology, and that number is growing exponentially by the day. Aside from the fun things like Google Glass, FitTech is exploding too; from major brands with Nike+ to upcoming debuts like OMsignal, there are a ton of options out there.

That being said, the team at Third Wave Fashion wants to know which FitTech you’re using! Head over and take the poll on their blog and weigh in with your favorite device.

Find the Poll Here!
Find the Poll Here!

Joke of the Day: Affordable Healthcare

I’ve avoided any commentary on the Affordable Care Act mainly because I don’t quite understand the nuances that are supposed to be the keys to the whole system.

What I do understand though is this: Nobody knows what they’re doing.

Again, I’m not totally sure of how to make the system work, but there are people that do. Unfortunately, I don’t think those folks have the connections to Washington that seem to be garnering the employment of every failed level of building affordable health care.

It would be easy to say that I’m just Obama bashing, but I empathize with the fact that he isn’t the one writing code, nor is he really the person making the hiring decisions, but he did accept his role as figurehead and therefore should be held accountable for the decisions being made under him. If nothing else, flex a little bit of that influence that he seemed to have in the last two elections.

What brings me to the state I’m in at this point, is the fact that, to me, instead of addressing the problem swiftly, the government is too concerned with saying sorry and trying not to look like the bad guy. Personally I’d rather them say nothing until the site is up, and functional, before we have any more statements like the one above about fumbling when it comes to the roll out.

At a certain point, words don’t count for anything and action is all that matters. I really wish that everyone had recognized that a little sooner, but there’s no need to live in the past.

Now, as far as a solution.


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Gee, that’s weird, programmers, that write code, that were able to create a functional healthcare website on less than a shoestring budget…

I don’t know about you, but that leads me to believe that there is some serious gap between Washington and reality, if we live in a time when no money can be spent on a system that works, while the government hemorrhages money on a site that has been nothing but bad.

For the most part, we all know that there is a ton of tech talent in California, but it’s also in New York and Philly, so why don’t we start asking those guys and girls for help? I’m baffled by the fact that we have all of these brilliant minds, but Washington can’t seem to wrap their heads around the concept that there are people that do this for a living.

Like I said when I started, I don’t understand the nuances and the processes that go into making the Affordable Care Act an actual functioning thing, but I seriously doubt that Washington understands it either, and for that, I feel every American is entitled to a little bit of disappointment.

Journalists Reportedly Banned From Smartphone Photography At Olympics In Russia

Considering our use of Instagram and Tumblr for the 2012 Political Conventions, maybe it’s a good thing we didn’t get the Olympic credentials we applied for.

With the ability to spread such incredible photos, like those referenced in the article, I’m curious as to why Russian officials wouldn’t want to capitalize on the free press of so many international guests potentially awe-struck by the Sochi scenic views.

Maybe R-Sports should just suck it up, get an Instagram account and run a brilliant tagging campaign rather than spitting in the face of the future we’re living in. Do I think the move will hold up? No, but I am curious to hear what you think.

Making Social Media Work For You

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To many people, social media is a game, one that almost isn’t worth playing because success is difficult to measure.

Yes, the more followers or fans you have, the better it looks, but without meaningful relationships in that community, the numbers don’t mean anything.

Advice flowed from the panel of industry experts that Third Wave Fashion put together, and for a look at what you missed, jump over to my recap on Making Social Media Work For You.

Writing: Killing Creativity

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Journalists and PR pros alike have one problem that they all have to deal with.

AP-style. The written laws passed down from the journalistic gods of yesteryear. A style taught and mandated to ensure that editing would be easier for publishers, to streamline the news and breaking stories.

The problem with AP-style, and I know I’m not the only one that feels this way, is that it kills creativity.

As I attempt to write my first feature story, I’m struggling to come up with just that… The story. After two years of being beat over the head and spoon fed AP-style, it’s difficult to find the creativity necessary to develop a story worth reading.

The beauty of the feature, for the Third Wave Fashion October report, is that I have the freedom to have fun, but I’ve been so focused on facts that I’ve allowed creative writing to dissipate as one of my skills. The voice of the story is meant to carry one of old time horror films, a Twilight Zone science fiction feel that plays on the mild fears that every person carries, but would never admit.

So as I search for facts to back up the terrifying reality that is the unknown world of tech, I implore you to go find the creativity that thrived deep inside you when you were in elementary school. The same creativity that was limited in middle school and weeded out of you in high school.

There’s nothing better than feeling fulfilled by the work you do, and writing is something that everyone is capable of. Go have fun, and let writing be more than dry facts and boring words.

Invest in Perfection

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Are you happy with products that aren’t perfect? Probably not. So why would you expect your customer to respond any different.

The focus of Tuesday’s “Software Meets Fashion: How Software Will Impact the Fashion Industry” meetup explored this idea.

The perfect product comes from the perfect customer. And the perfect customer is one that feels appreciated. To see the other tips and suggestions from the excellent panel of industry leading engineers, check out my guest recap for Third Wave Fashion.

Even if you aren’t building software, you’ll benefit from this read.