Lobbyists: How We Run Washington →
Published today. Pretty awesome info-comic, eh?
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Meme'ing Mark Suster
So there is this fun video of a bunch of people from the NY startup scene all singing and actin’ a fool to a music video. It’s cute. But the one moment that sticks out for me is this lil dance that Mark Suster does around 2:37. Eyes closed, just grooving out. It’s … uh.. yeah. Now I love Mark and his blog and show are first rate, but I couldn’t resist...
Flowcapping: China/US Trade Infographic
So a while back I decided to record my infographic process. I took a screenshot of my work every 10 seconds while I made them. Now I am putting them all together in these flowcapping videos. Here infographic was published by Mint.com here. The large version is here. It’s a sankey diagram and geographic area charts exploring the trade partners between China and the US. Here is the short...
meme your kids
I love a good photo meme. They communicate so efficiently. So I memed my son.
1. Ship. 2. Fire your limitations.
Four years ago I was sharing an small apartment in Vermont with a closeted American Idol fanboy, making a near minimum wage sewing Nike swooshes onto gym bags. Then I poked the box. Now I am the Creative Director of a San Franciso company, built and run an online gaming startup with thousands of users, sold thousands of copies of my own artwork, been on national TV, in national magazines, and...
Startup Idea: ShoutBreak.com browser based chat
Back in December of 2009 I was really excited about this idea I had. Users would install a plugin or extension for their brower and when others users were viewing the same URL, they had the opportunity to create a small chat room. So lets say a news story breaks and thousands of users go to a CNN url, then those with the plugin can chat about the news story. Or lets say you are into fly fishing...
I got a job. Creative Director at Visual.ly
It’s been a while since I had a job. Been doing my own thing since 2007. The opportunity to join Visual.ly came along and I took it. I have already been working with those guys at Mint for years anyways, so its only natural to extend the relationship. I am excited to be working at the forefront of of the “big data + big understanding” movement. People are waking up to the...
Free Robot Radio
So back in 2007 I did a radio show on WRUV 91.1 FM called Free Robot Radio. The tag line was , IDM breakcore, folktronica, 8 bit throwback, robot liberation empowerment spirituals. It was great stuff. I went by the moniker, Mibs, and my co-host was Lolly, who was an actual robot. Lolly had a good ear for music but a snotty attitude, being from the future he thought he was better than...
Google Collateral Damage
Google is constantly playing a game of cat and mouse with SEOs and those that covert page on in the SERPs. SEOs will figure out a way to game the results, and Google will respond, algorithmically closing loop holes. These closes open up other loopholes, some big enough to stuff hundred million dollar companies in. It’s an endless cycle that will repeat ad infinitum as long as there is so...
Song - Horace Andy - Nice and Easy
Fuck Sinatra, no one does it better than Horace Andy. Ok, they are different songs but this track is twice as smooth. Not his most popular by a long shot, but there is no better backyard summer joint than this.
I used to write battle raps
So back when I was 19, back in 1999, the underground hip hop scene was amazing. Mos Def and Talib Kweli put out Blackstar (1998) and there was this total release from creative constraints that had gripped much of popular rap music. Braggadocio, the art of the dis, was at its height and there was an insult arms race on. No longer could you simply say “you’re weak” it had to be...
When there’s just two kids you can play man defense, but once you have...
Infographic services - Frequently Asked Questions
Do you create freelance or customer infograhics? Yes, that is what I do. How much do you charge? Usually it’s in the $1k-$2k range for web based work. Print and larger projects can be $5K-$10K Do you help with promotion? Yes. I work with a team to push the content on the social networks. I also have a roster of influential bloggers and media types who may feature relevant content. ...
Valentine's Day infographic
I am sure this won’t be the only Valentine’s Day infographic out there. Invariably, every holiday brings out an infographic taste, like that one isle of the dollar store. This one was for Lynx Effect, a UK brand, known in the US as Axe. Deoderant. It’s standard fare. A typical “By-the-numbers” piece that I pioneered way back when but stopped doing them because...
I had a phone call with Seth Godin yesterday. It may have been a game-changer for the Death and Taxes project. Here’s to new ideas.
Song - Icona Pop - Manners
Icona Pop - Manners Love it…. I’m a sucker for low-fi, 8-bit, swedish fem vocals…. “Manners!”
So what's this Jess about anyways?
There are many things that define who I am. Father of three (1 year, 3.5 years, and 12 years old) Husband of one (foreva) Founder of MajorCommand.com Owner of WallStats.com Untrained graphic artist (specializing in infographics) Creator of DeathandTaxesPoser.com Advisor to [undisclosed startup] Intern at Greysquare Ventures Gamer (Xbox:Badortiez, PC) Currently I spend weekdays, 10am-3pm...