The Benjamin Franklin Effect and why you need to quit your job before it’s too late

There’s something you should know. Your brain is reactive, and your moral values are pliable. Your actions influence your beliefs. If you’re sticking it out in a job where you’re not happy, you had better hightail it out of there before your brain has time to rewire the way you think about it. Because it...


Too Much Content Is Not Your Problem

It’s pretty common nowadays to hear people discussing (or, more often, lamenting) the ‘content deluge’ of today’s web. We have too many choices, too much content to consume and we’re feeling guilty about not keeping up. Content is coming at us from every angle and we’re drowning. But are we? Really? Let me posit an...


How to win all the awards (and more) – Friday Funnies Episode 35

As usual, we’ve had a big week at Attendly. After launching into public beta last week, we followed up today with an anatomy of our results for the week. Plus, we debunked seven myths about the programmer’s brain and took a look at the real issue with EA’s Sim City debacle. We love to...


Debunking The Myths About The Programmer’s Brain

The brain is fascinating. It’s complex and powerful, and despite the best efforts of neuroscientists, so much of it is still unknown. Too often, folk neuroscience or simply brain-related words are used to sell us products or ideas without any real basis. This is how we get far-reaching myths about our brains and how they...



New tech, new media, new excuses for not giving to the homeless.

Dr Wafflez gets a shock when his standard “I don’t have any change” excuse doesn’t work on this homeless man. Technology is changing, fast. You’d better think of a new excuse. And while you’re at it, delete your middle school email account with all the 69’s in it. You don’t want to have to defend...


The crazy things people will believe – Friday Funnies Episode 33

It’s been a crazy week in the tech world. Here at Attendly we’ve been exploring how the future is in smart materials, how Arduino is changing the world and announcing our release date. Now we’re as ready as you are to send off the week with a good chuckle. Sure, chickens can grow from water...


Arduino is making the world a better place for charities and non-profits

Arduino is a great example of open-source technology that’s changing the world. In fact, the coolest thing about Arduino is that it’s making world-changing technology more accessible. The single-board micro controller can be bought preassembled or built from scratch using instructions found online by pretty much anyone who wants to experiment with it. In 2005,...


If you want to build the future, you need to understand smart materials

When Ted Nelson said in his 1974 book Computer Lib, “You can and must understand computers NOW,” there would have been more than a few people who thought he was jumping the gun. In hindsight, Ted was bang on. We’re on another precipice of dramatic innovation as we get closer to closing the gap between...


A second grader’s guide to being a cool person

What more could we want for in life than to be a cool person? Thankfully there’s a guide to help us get there, written by clear-headed 7-year-old Scarlett. It’s pretty hard to argue with the logic here. Image credit...