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Hackdays on schema.org and Quotes on a Facebook wall

We just completed a 2-day schema.org-related hackathon at the Facebook headquarters. So much fun! It’s so cool seeing companies such as Microsoft, Google, Yandex, and Facebook* come together to code, experiment, and brainstorm on structured data/actions on the Web. Everyone cares about what’s best for the Web. We built prototypes and …

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Convergence of User Experiences

Disclaimer: These thoughts do NOT represent strategy or plans by my team or company. They are just that… thoughts. The way we consume information and services has transformed over the last few years. Small, specialized applications on smartphones and tablets have displaced the Web browser as our primary window into …

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Blog changes coming up

In the coming days, this blog and my entire corner on the web at http://savas.me are going to change. After 8 years of faithful service, I am retiring “pblog”, the blogging engine I wrote back in 2003 and further evolved few years later. I have already transferred all the blog …

“Think Biker”

/**/ Next time you get that steering wheel in your hands, think of us bikers… Great British commercial. Check out the “making of” as well for some of the thinking… Read more […]

“Bar Stool Economics”

I was forwarded a translated to Greek version of the “Bar Stool Economics” anecdote. It effectively tries to exemplify how the American tax system works. It uses clever language and math to hide the fact that the system is indeed biased towards larger savings for the richer. It also makes …

A positive spin to globalization?

I am a true believer in finding something positive in all aspects of human activities. It’s no secret that I am not a huge fun of capitalism and its impact to the world’s less fortunate. I do not believe in Bill Gates’ “Creative Capitalism”, even though it’s preferable to pure …

"The Paradox of Choice"

Interesting short talk by Barry Schwartz. His great presentation style reminded me of Jeremy Frey who also uses cartoons in his talks. I am not sure I completely agree with all Prof. Schwartz’s points but his talk definitely gives food for thought. There is a lot of truth in his …

"Did you know?"

I had seen this some time ago. A posted link by one of my contacts in Facebook reminded me of it. Great presentation style. Read more […]

Obama’s win

It’s been fascinating to watch the entire world paying attention to the election results of one country; a testament to the global role of the US today. I don’t really believe in political labels (“left”, “right”, “socialist”, “communist”, etc.) but I am very sympathetic to social policies, education, research, peace, …