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Michael Sippey
The upper deck of the Bay Bridge
Reader, writer, arithmetic-er, father, loooong time blogger. VP Artist Development at SAY Media. I blog about media, software, books, art, television, business, food, music and other stuff.
Interests: business, television, lost, parenting, blogging, gadgets, books, software
Recent Activity
If you missed it, Jennifer Egan and The New Yorker started serializing her new short story "Black Box" on Twitter tonight, coming from the @NYerFiction account. Earlier today, Egan posted a bit on the backstory: > Several of my long-standing... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at
Reading the transcript of the Retraction episode of This American Life is one thing; listening to it is another. The most interesting bits were the silences, not only because Daisey is so clearly uncomfortable answering the questions, but also because... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at
Huge congrats to Kickstarter on their 2nd anniversary, and I love that they [published so much interesting data]( about the funded projects in the past year. But I wasn't really a fan of their pie chart (where all the slices... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at
I was listening to an episode of The Talk Show (I know, I know…) with Chairman Gruber and John Siracusa on the way to work this morning, the one where they talk about Mountain Lion. A good part of the... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at
The "all the grains of sand on all the beaches" metaphor is played out. What we need are some new ways to help kids think about infinity. Here are a few that I might use with mine. * Every pixel... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2012 at
I enjoy the game mechanics in Words With Friends.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2012 on On Gamification at hello typepad
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It's my last day at SAY Media. Proud to have been part of such an incredible team here and at Six Apart.— Michael Sippey (@sippey) January 20, 2012 It's time for new challenges: very excited to join the product team... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at
I've been enjoying PandoDaily this week; kudos to Sarah Lacy. (Disclosure: I've enjoyed her chicken[1].) I am seriously impressed with how much great content they've produced in these first few days, and it only goes to prove just how wrong... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at
When I visit the beach I come back with pictures of the kids and sand in my shoes. When Kevin Kelly visits the beach he comes back with blog posts like this one, A Whole Lot of Nothing: > Water... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2012 at
I like what Jason has to say in reaction to Matt's post about his bad Kickstarter experience. Worth quoting at length... Shipping a product or app is hard. It requires experience, hard work, and a little luck. But providing effective... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 17, 2012 at
I can't believe we're still having this argument...and losing. Headline on Oregon Court Rules Blogging Isn't Journalism (tastefully illustrated with a Getty Images stock photo of the words "blog blog" coming out of an antique typewriter). See also this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at
Via things, Scott Weaver's 35 year project to build this kinetic sculpture of San Francisco out of toothpicks and pingpong balls. Weaver writes on his site: > I have used different brands of toothpicks depending on what I am building.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2011 at
This morning Very Short List pointed to Facsimile Dust Jackets LLC, a project from Mark Terry. Since 1999 he's been archiving images of book dust jackets, and offers prints of them for sale on his site. Here's one from William... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at
Pan Macmillan is republishing Don DeLillo's back catalog, with new covers commissioned from New Studio London with illustrations by Noma Bar. They're not only beautiful, but highly evocative of the books themes and major plot points. If you're a DeLillo... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2011 at
Possibly the best piece of translated marketing copy you'll read all day: "If you think to leave a memorial portrait of yourself or your loved one, a world-class reality 'The REALFACE' would be the best fit." Halloween costume idea: a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at
There's something wonderful about watching someone do something they're good at, when they're not performing, or even deliberately practicing. Just *doing it*, because it's what they love to do. Especially when they have no idea they're being recorded. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2011 at
In 2008, my colleague Ray Marshall and I had the privilege of being able to demo TypePad's iPhone app onstage during the keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference. It was a career highlight for me, not only for the opportunity... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2011 at
You win, Abe.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2011 on vote for my panel at
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I'm leading a panel discussion at an event in a few weeks, and I was asked if I would need anything above and beyond the usual (projector, mics, etc.). And since I'm regularly asked to lead panel discussions, I thought... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2011 at
Miramax launched their movie rental service on Facebook, because, according to CEO Mike Lang, it's where the fish are. > Initially, Lang also considered a separate storefront for He quickly shifted gears, explaining in an interview: "We wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at
Great profile of Berg in the New York Times. I loved this bit from Jack Schulze... "Historically, design has associated itself with utility and problem-solving, but we prefer the landscape of cultural invention, play and excitement," Mr. Schulze said. "When... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 22, 2011 at
As previously blogged, David Cronenberg is directing the film adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel Cosmopolis. It stars Robert Pattinson, which means there is already plenty of enthusiastic online coverage of the movie. Like, say,, which features fan art that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at
Don't worry. When we sell it we'll do it for more than $50k.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on a new unit of measure: the classical at
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Commenting / annotating this post to point to a great followup from Matt Haughey on "Why Men Blog Their Clothes." "Hear me out: if you're schlubby 35 year old guy that wears t-shirts and cargo shorts, and you suddenly go out and buy $150 shirts that fit right and look nice and you start wearing tailored pants and smart shoes, barely anyone will notice."
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on doing it for others at
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Hmmm, don't know that book. Will have to check it out.
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on charlotte's web and fear of dying at
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