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Andrew Boardman
Berkeley, CA
Entrepreneur and software guy.
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I have finished the first version of my first Interactive Infographic. I got the idea from the work of Bret Victor, and I'm really excited by the possibilities for this one and more in the future. Here it is: How... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at myShoggoth
"Absolutely!" Shiller exclaimed. "Housing traditionally is not viewed as a great investment. It takes maintenance, it depreciates, it goes out of style. All of those are problems. And there's technical progress in housing. So, new ones are better." via Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 12, 2013 at myShoggoth
We turned around today after a nice day visiting the Bay Area Discovery Museum (not hugely impressed, although the Tot Spot area was fun) to find that Kallidin had stacked 5 blocks on top of his stool. After boggling, found the camera and took some photos of the wonderful accomplishment.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2012 at Kallidin
A few weeks ago Kallidin noticed our huge collection of stuffed animals for the first time (he's been much less interested in them than I expected in general, goes towards the whole "interested in people, not things" personality he has). We let him point out to us which ones he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Kallidin
We've been terrible about keeping this blog up to date. Kallidin has gone through so many changes it is hard to pin them down, he's now over a year old, walking (and running!) and so close to talking it isn't funny. Sign language has worked very well with him, he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2012 at Kallidin
Hi Patrick, I don't disagree with the points you've made, buuuut my point was not that the 6 month rule was brand new and unexpected. It was that it is clearly a rule that you know of because it bit you or someone you know in the ass, or you don't know. Some airlines (I think Air Canada was one) have a checkbox you have to tick in their online order forms that check your passport status before they'll sell you tickets. It is a simple, straightforward solution that can educate people and let them avoid the issue to begin with. This is real customer service. The point isn't avoiding all issues, but having companies that are actively doing what they can to make their customers happy. Delta and Alitalia both did what they had to to make a squeaky wheel shut up long after the damage had been done. I used to travel for business (all domestic) a whole lot, and I know that things happen that are unavoidable. You roll with the punches. What is truly frustrating is when an issue like this is so easily avoidable with a tiny amount of customer education, and they avoid that and they hide behind the passive aggressive "we're legally in the right!" argument. There was a happy ending. I will avoid flying either of those airlines again if I can do so, but the fact that they relented in the end means I will travel with them rather than not travel at all, if that's the choice.
Toggle Commented Jul 19, 2012 on Not Flying With Alitalia at myShoggoth
We've been really bad about posting for a while now, way too busy with the day to day, but this morning Kallidin took his first official step, so I thought that was worth pointing out. He's about 20 lbs., eating like a whale, very large and mobile and social. About... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2012 at Kallidin
I wish someone had told me that before my first year at Burning Man. Or my second. I figured it out myself on my third. via This is one of the best Burning Man stories I've ever heard. It... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 16, 2012 at myShoggoth
A U.S. judge yesterday threw aside a much-anticipated trial between Apple and Google-owned Motorola Mobility over smartphone patents. The decision and a blog comment by the same judge could prove to be a watershed moment for a U.S. patent system... Continue reading
Reblogged Jun 9, 2012 at myShoggoth
Amid the buildup to the Facebook IPO, serial entrepreneur Steve Blank was sounding an ominous warning to anyone who would listen. via The headline is provocative, but the meat of the article is much more grounded in reality. I... Continue reading
Reblogged May 28, 2012 at myShoggoth
Planetary Resources, Inc. is not your average startup: its mission is to investigate and eventually mine asteroids in space! via This is so cool so cool so cool! A team that can pull it off, a plan that can... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 24, 2012 at myShoggoth
Every few weeks there’s a press report of an acquisition of some startup or another along with a rumored acquisition price that’s quite low, sometimes less than the amount of venture capital invested in the company. Those deals usually, but... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 24, 2012 at myShoggoth
via This is just awesome, one of the few times I wish I had a (really good, really big) printer these days. Also, a place to hang it. Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 24, 2012 at myShoggoth
When President Obama asked Steve Jobs what it would take to make iPhones in the United States, the late Apple co-founder supposedly quipped: “Those jobs aren’t coming back.” via A great article that talks about the importance of logistics... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 5, 2012 at myShoggoth
via This nearly got an honest to goodness spittake out of me. Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 19, 2012 at myShoggoth
This recorded talk comes courtesy The Founder Institute, where I am a mentor. via Great talk, particularly valuable for those who are early on and thinking about their product design. I had lunch with David a few weeks ago,... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2012 at myShoggoth
The Internet is often described as a festering pit of electronic hate, but in the same way your gut is a festering pit of bacteria -- the vast majority are harmless, and you're actually better off for having them around.... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 11, 2012 at myShoggoth
Note: Originally published at the Women 2.0 Blog. When negotiating a round of financing it is critical to look at the whole of what is being offered, and not just fixating on a particular term (the classic example is overvaluing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2012 at myShoggoth
Neil DeGrasse Tyson, possibly the world’s favorite astrophysicist, has been making the rounds on television this month to talk about his new book on why NASA matters, after the agency’s decades-old space program closed down last year. Tyson says that... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 9, 2012 at myShoggoth
Andrew Boardman has shared their blog Kallidin
Mar 9, 2012
Andrew Boardman has shared their blog myShoggoth
Mar 9, 2012
Yeah, there's no doubt we need something. I was thinking about getting one of the new digital SLRs that also take HD video. So awesome! I think it'd be better to use the phones if they work well enough because they will always be at hand, and they're smaller and more convenient. The fact that it is then much easier to share photos and videos is even better!
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2011 on Possible video solution at Kallidin
I'm not sure if it is coincidence or if my email prompted their reply (I suspect the latter) but I got a response. Executive summary: Not our fault. I'll quote my reply first and then their email after. RE: Case... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2011 at myShoggoth
Andrew Boardman is now following Ruth Costantini
Jun 11, 2011
On Thursday I had my 2nd trimester ultrasound. The baby was once again pronounced to be a boy. So, yes, I have a penis growing inside me. The technician took dozens of pictures of just about every organ, from the brain and kidneys to his toes. For the first part... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2011 at Kallidin