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John Serrao

At the intersection of tech, food, health and nutrition. Other things you will also read about here: bicycles, poetry, love, traveling, politics, philosophy, business. Variety is the spice of life. @NutritionWndLnd

Evaluating The App Balkanization Trend

Are Foursquare and Facebook Ahead of the Curve by Carving Their Products Up?

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Foursquare recently split its core check-in functionality into another app called Swarm, continuing the trend of app balkanization Facebook kicked off earlier in the year. This latest balkanization trend really seemed like chasing windmills to me at first...

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August 27, 2014

Political Engagement is a Function of Time

How Did the Populace Fall Asleep at the Wheel?

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You’ve probably heard that our current congress - the 113th - is the least popular congress of all time. America’s level of confidence in them now sits at 7% according to Gallup, a figure so low I think more people could agree on this congress’...

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August 08, 2014

What Makes a Fact True?

Hint: it's not just science.

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I think we all come into each day with a notion of how things work - let’s call that a worldview. And at the foundation of this worldview are facts. But what makes those facts true?

Facts appear to be objectively knowable things (ie, My lamp can take up to a 60W bulb)....

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July 23, 2014

Platform Wars Are Smoldering

Is the Microsoft Battleship Finally Turning?

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I ran into two great pieces by Alex Wilhelm on Techcrunch you should read if you are into tech. Platform Wars is a great mid-2014 summary of where tech is at and Nadella's vision for Microsoft shows how they are pivoting under his leadership.

My...

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July 21, 2014

Pushing the Machine

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Lines of code dance across your screen
They prance to your beat
You can manipulate the machine
Devops bring it to life
Just instructions laid bare
Metal to mettle
Betwixt your mind and their steel
An aluminum sheen binds us together
That code reflects your intellect
You want the...

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July 03, 2013

The Universe of Wellness Data

A Combined Approach for Food and Health

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If you think about the concept of food or health in American culture, almost inevitably, that brings you to the food system or the healthcare system. But when people think about wellness, it gets treated not as a system or business but as a fuzzy idea. That's...

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March 06, 2013

Trust in Relationships

A Reflection on a Past Love

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I've found an interesting thing about love: it's a funny dance where neurochemistry reformulates idiosyncratic behaviors into terms of endearment. And in those quiet moments between things, I develop deep, enduring affection. But one where I don't get to know...

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January 20, 2013

My Paradox of Life

Two Paths But Only One John

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I can see it now. I’m kicking back on a firm, wooden rocking chair that’s resting on a wraparound porch that envelops me like a warm blanket. The porch is laid out in a broad horseshoe pattern, with Baroque windows draped against the Victorian house behind me. Like a...

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December 05, 2012

Hijacked Legality

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Here ye, here ye: Calling all corporate whores!
Casting call at 10 am today
Your assignment:

Engorge the Cayman Accounts
Roil Washington
You Will Obey Your Master

SNAP! into action
Like a synchronized swim team
Designed to pirouette corporate goals
Proselytizing private-public...

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December 01, 2012

Windows 8 and The Beginning of the End

Why No One Will Care About Windows 9 (or whatever it will be called)

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I remember a time back when I was much younger -- about 16 years old -- and I dreamt of a having a computer. That’s pretty normal today but it was decidedly uncool and actually quite uncommon back in the late 90s, especially when you set out to build your...

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November 30, 2012

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