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Hi! I’m Devin and I work at Smartsheet. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial.

Ship My Pants

I don’t know what’s more surprising: this video was produced and released by a major national brand… or that Kmart still exists.

“It’s not a web app. It’s an app you install from the web.”

From the Forecast Blog:

…if it looks and feels like an app, and lives on your home screen, it’s an App. With a capital “A.” I’d go as far as to say the best weather App in the world right now is a web app. I may be biased, of course, but the fact that Forecast is even a contender is kind of a big deal. It raises the question: why aren’t there more high quality mobile web apps that have the look, feel, and performance of their native counterparts?

Some of my favorite apps are “just” web apps or bookmarked mobile sites on my home screen: Forecast, COTrip, OpenSnow, TestFlight, GameTonight, Untappd, Techmeme and on and on.

I don’t know many folks outside the web industry that realize this is a feature. I hope apps like Forecast continue to pave the way…

Nate Silver correctly picks NCAA tournament winner

Louisville is in fact the nominal favorite to win the tournament despite its tough draw, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. Still, Louisville has only a 23 percent chance of doing so, just ahead of Indiana at 20 percent.

He and his models picked all 50 states for the US Presidency and the NCAA tournament winner? Stay in school, kids…

Google going own way, forking WebKit rendering engine

From Peter Bright at Ars Technica:

Of particular interest to Web developers: there won’t be any -blink or -chrome CSS prefixes; like Mozilla, all new experimental features will require developers to enable them in the browser’s options page.

Shucks. I was really looking forward to trying -blink-text-decoration: blink.

Facebook To Reveal “Home On Android” Sources Say Is A Modified OS On HTC

From TechCrunch:

Facebook just invited press to an event at its headquarters on April 4th to “Come See Our New Home On Android”. Sources tell us it will be a modified version of the Android operating system with deep native Facebook functionality on the homescreen that may live on an HTC handset.

Something tells me Facebook making a phone with HTC may go as well as that time Apple made a phone with Motorola. to Acquire Goodreads

From the press release:, Inc. today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a leading site for readers and book recommendations that helps people find and share books they love.

Daaaaangit. I just moved my reading lists from Shelfari over to Goodreads because, get this, Amazon stopped maintaining Shelfari after purchasing it back in 2008. This doesn’t bode well for the future of Goodreads…

Why Medium Might (Not) Be Large

I disagree with the notion that aggregating “high quality” content on a site around themes, like Medium does, is why it will ultimately be so successful. We’ve seen this before.

Reinventing the Airline Industry by Jude Gomila

I can’t stop thinking how easy it could potentially be to truly “disrupt” the airline industry. Judge Gomila looks at a number of aspects of flying that don’t make sense:

It would be silly if you had to recheck all safety tests with an independent agency before driving a car every single time. Having to watch the simple safety instructions every flight is a waste of time and energy for the passenger. No one even watches it anyway. We need to take this online and out of the cabin, making it a test that people hold a license for, rather like a driving license.

I know the aviation industry is something Horace Deidu has been thinking about recently, too. It encourages me to see smart folks talking about these things in addition to folks like BlackJet creating (admittedly, less accessible) stepping stones in the meantime.

Great ways to spend St. Paddy’s Day in Breck

Some of my writing has been featured over on the Breckenridge Connection blog again for GoBreck (the chamber of commerce). This time I looked at the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday and highlighted some events and venues for celebrating the day of food and feast (the best kind of day, in my opinion). Click through to read the post on

The Story Behind Breckenridge Brewery & Pub

A few weeks ago I published a look at one of my favorite restaurants and breweries in Colorado over at the Breckenridge Connection blog: Breckenridge Brewery & Pub. You don’t have to twist my arm to get me to go for happy hour when up in Breckenridge. Check it out if you’re interested in learning more about the little brewery that was early to the craft brewing scene here in Colorado (going on 20+ years now).