Merry Christmas From the Berberichs (2006)

Here is our Chirstmas card and letter for 2006. Enjoy the holidays! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Berberichs! Our family saw many changes in 2006. From a growing boy, to a career change, to a new home, we have a lot to share with you. Kael is growing up faster than we […]


On Writing Good Copy (Or, Why it’s Important to be a Good Writer)

All throughout school I was a pretty good writer, although I didn’t appreciate it at the time. I won several essay writing contests in elementary school and often had my short stories read in front of the class by my English teacher in high school – an absolutely fabulous way to encourage a self-conscience teenager. […]


Looking to Baby Toys for Design Inspiration

I recently began reading Robert Hoekman Jr.’s Designing the Obvious: A Common Sense Approach to Web Application Design, and can’t recommend it enough. As the title suggests, it’s all about creating web apps that are so easy to use that it seems like second nature. Reading about the concept of “obvious” design reminded me of […]


Why Do Airlines Think Bigger is Always Better?

I was listening to a podcast of last night’s edition of Marketplace on the way into work this morning, where they discussed the proposed merger of U.S. airlines United and Continental. If the merger were to go through, it would create the worlds largest air carrier. I find it very telling that when faced with […]


Google’s Take on Patent Search

This is pretty interesting – You can now search U.S. patients using Google. The U.S. Patient and Trade Office does have their own search interface, but like most things made by the government, it’s clunky and hard to use. Google Patents on the other hand, makes it as easy to for patents as it is […]


Why is Better than digg

I’ve been thinking about this for quite awhile, but was finally prompted to write about it after reading a good piece on Download Squad titled “Why digg is destined for failure“. In it, blogger Jason Clarke details why he believes the “social news” site is fundamentally flawed and why website traffic generated by it isn’t […]


Quick Look: Citizen Marketers – When People are the Message

A couple of weeks ago I received a free advance review copy of Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba’s new business book, Citizen Marketers: When People Are the Message. I’m a couple of chapters into it, and so far it looks to be at least as good as their now classic (in my opinion) Creating Customer […]


Checkout Vox if You Want to Start Blogging

A couple of years ago, if a friend or family member wanted to start blogging, I always had one recommendation for them: use Blogspot. This Google service had a lot going for it for beginners, mainly that it it’s free and simple and easy to learn. While these are still true, I think there’s now […]


Does Church and Pop Culture Mix?

I spotted this at a local grocery store while bell ringing for the Salvation Army a couple of nights ago: I’m not completely sure why, but stuff like this really bugs me. Maybe it’s because it smacks of trying too hard, or because it’s probable copyright infringement. More than likely, it’s because I feel people […]


This blog is moving to Media Temple

By the time you read this post, this blog should be completely moved over from its two year stay at Quality Host Online to our new, roomer, hosting account at Media Temple. If all goes well, you shouldn’t notice a thing. Update on 12/02/2006: Well, it wasn’t seamless, but it could have been worse. The […]