L.A. writer on commerce & culture, @BV columnist. New book is THE POWER OF GLAMOUR. Also wrote THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES and THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE.

Big Data Builds a Better 'Help Wanted' Ad

bloombergview.com — If you want good applicants to respond to your job posting, write it as if you were talking to actual human beings. Banish "proactive" and "value added." Change "interface with" to "work with." Scuttle "synergy." Replace "the [job title] will" and "the successful candidate will" with "you will."
Aug 23, 2015

If you ever write job postings, read my new @BV column on what @textio's #bigdata analysis says works & what doesn't. buff.ly/1JohdGs

Aug 20, 2015

Big Data Builds a Better 'Help Wanted' Ad buff.ly/1Jlaq0q My @bv piece on startup @textio's fascinating job post analyses

Aug 21, 2015

Big data shows what works in job postings (and what doesn't). @vpostrel Hint: Scuttle "synergy" bv.ms/1NHTup0 via @BV

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Postrel: Self-service kiosks won't take over checkouts

hamptonroads.com — To see why robots aren't going to wipe out everyone's job anytime soon, look no further than the annoyed and bewildered customers confronting store self-checkout units squawking "Unexpected item in bagging area" and "Help is on the way." Self-service checkout scanners are now standard at most U.S. supermarket and mass-merchandise chains.

Postrel: Self-service kiosks won't take over checkout

denverpost.com — By Virginia Postrel Bloomberg News Posted: 08/11/2015 03:52:31 PM MDT Updated: 08/11/2015 03:53:25 PM MDT To see why robots aren't going to wipe out everyone's job anytime soon, look no further than the annoyed and bewildered customers confronting store self-checkout units squawking "Unexpected item in bagging area" and "Help is on the way."

Robots Won't Rule the Checkout Lane

bloombergview.com — To see why robots aren't going to wipe out everyone's job anytime soon, look no further than the annoyed and bewildered customers confronting store self-checkout units squawking, "Unexpected item in bagging area" and "Help is on the way." Self-service checkout scanners are now standard at most U.S. supermarket and mass-merchandise chains.
Aug 10, 2015

Self-checkout: pleasure or pain? If Amazon delivers why go to a store? My @BV piece on retailing & self-service tech bv.ms/1MkU5zu

Aug 11, 2015

Self-checkout won't ever replace supermarket cashiers – @vpostrel bv.ms/1MkU5zu via @BV

Aug 11, 2015

I'm no fan of self-checkouts. “Nobody wants to listen to an endless loop of electronic reprimands” @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Recycling Eyeglasses Is a Feel-Good Waste of Money

bloombergview.com — May 4 (Bloomberg) -- One of the public libraries I use regularly has a box where people can donate their old eyeglasses. Whenever I see it, I regret having nothing to contribute. That's because I've let my personal experience trump my economic good sense.

Textiles as Technology

vpostrel.com — In a recent feature for the online magazine Aeon, I laid out the theme of my latest ongoing research (which may eventually result in a book but is currently in the just-writing-articles stage): textiles are technology, more ancient than bronze and as contemporary as nanowires. We hairless apes co-evolved with our apparel.
Aug 06, 2015

Textiles as Technology: Roundup of my recent work on the subject buff.ly/1MQ7vTk

Big Data Knows You Like Losers

bloombergview.com — Most of the data captured about our everyday transactions isn't very exciting. Take frequent shopper cards. When I visit the Ralphs supermarket website, it highlights sales on avocados and Hunt's diced tomatoes. CVS calls my attention to deals on Glide dental floss and Neutrogena skincare products.
Jul 29, 2015

RT @BV: Big Data knows if you're the kind of consumer who's a "harbinger of failure." @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @BV: Big Data knows if you're the kind of consumer who's a "harbinger of failure." @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @jonathanlandman: Fascinating and weird: @vpostrel digs up study of shoppers with an uncanny instinct for buying flops. bv.ms/1IqI1FL @BV

Jul 29, 2015

Fascinating and weird: @vpostrel digs up study of shoppers with an uncanny instinct for buying flops. bv.ms/1IqI1FL @BV

Jul 29, 2015

Big Data knows if you're the kind of consumer who's a "harbinger of failure." @vpostrel bv.ms/1IqFQSr via @BV

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Interview with the Vamp

social.reason.com — Hurricane Camille swept into American culture five years ago with the publication of Sexual Personae , a learned 800-page treatise on sex, art, and literature through the ages. After two decades of rejection and obscurity, Camille Paglia was famous.

Greece's Problems Extend to the Cloud

bloombergview.com — Starting a technology company has become much cheaper and easier in recent years. Businesses can contract out functions, from cloud computing to e-mail list management, that once would have required in-house equipment and expertise. Amazon Web Services, for instance, boasts that more than "a million active customers in more than 190 countries" are using its hosting services instead of relying on their own servers.
Jul 02, 2015

A little help from Silicon Valley helps Greek startups stay in the cloud. bloombergview.com/articles/2015-… @vpostrel

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How to beat crowds and find beauty in Florence

news.nationalpost.com — If you're headed to Florence, where I've spent extended periods, I have some tips for keeping your sanity amid the madding crowds. Unlike the Mona Lisa, Florence's most famous masterpieces are big enough to see even in a throng, and greater than you can possibly imagine from photos.
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Aug 28, 2015

Good news for Chrome users: "no more 'Where’s that sound coming from?'" buff.ly/1Emd6Pi

Aug 28, 2015

A startup that grows metal expands: Interesting news from the world of atoms. buff.ly/1Lz9VDW Female physicist founder.

Aug 28, 2015

@patrickmcgee_ @pmarca Except in electronics the price would have dropped dramatically.

Aug 28, 2015

@jpodhoretz When you're the boss, they can't force you to get verified.

Aug 27, 2015

@ldaraba @asknbid @doubleeph Indeed! I prefer to think of it as developing my immune system.


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