Never Wait In Line Again: Real Life Jedi Mind Tricks

Posted September 20, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: Uncategorized

Image courtesy of ~Dezz~

There are many benefits to being a regular at any given establishment. Better service, discount pricing, the ability to skip lines. It’s like being a preferred airline customer. There’s only one problem: It takes too damn long to become a regular. Rachel, Ross, and the rest of the Friends gang were regulars at Central Perk, but they were habitually late to work at least once a week over the course of 10 YEARS! George Wendt was a regular at Cheers, but he only patronized ONE bar for 11 seasons. It doesn’t have to take this long. Read on for my fast tracked guide to becoming a regular in just 3 visits.

Read the rest of this post »

Eating Healthy on $20 a Week

Posted May 21, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: food, Health & Nutrition, Innovation

Tags: , , , ,

Image courtesy of RedJar

Last summer, my younger brother Tim and I tried to devise a way to eat healthfully for $10 a week. We didn’t quite make it, but a year later I’ve figured out a nutritious way to eat for 20 dollars a week, without cutting coupons are going on radically extreme diets. Read the rest of this post »

Yelp, The Next Best Social Network?

Posted April 26, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: Innovation, Marketing, Web 2.0

Tags: , , , ,

**The following is a guest post by Angelica Nava, an innovator, and social media marketer in San Francisco. Enjoy!**

I find myself in constant geo-location check-in / social media competition with a certain Dan W, @dpwalsh, and danw, depending on your social vehicle of choice. In the spirit of friendly rivalry, I decided to massively friend people on Yelp because, shame of all shames, he outnumbers me by an embarrassingly large number (even though, I mean, I don’t want to brag, but I’m Elite). I logged onto Yelp…and froze. Where to start? I tentatively clicked on someone’s profile from the front page, and started to read. Nope, this person seemed to frequent the Marina a little too often for my taste. I clicked another. This person seemed to barely give any real thought to his reviews; I couldn’t support THAT. My experiment ended with my issuing a single (and I like to think coveted) invitation. The experience got me thinking–how can Yelp become more of a social resource? I have an idea to start: Read the rest of this post »

Stickybits Scavenger Hunt

Posted April 16, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: Innovation

Tags: , ,

Image courtesy of Fanboy30

Some of you may recall my affinity for scavenger hunts. Others may even recall my short foray into the scavenger hunt business. Regardless of how well your grey matter is operating, when I learned about the new iPhone app, Stickybits, I knew I could make something fun out of it. Read the rest of this post »

Overcome – Acrylics on Canvas

Posted April 10, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: Art

Tags: ,

I’m going to flush out these three painting into a full-fledged series. As they’ve been on my wall for sometime now, I thought I’d hang ’em up here as well. Read the rest of this post »

FourSquare Encourages Cheaters

Posted April 8, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: Uncategorized

Image courtesy Videogamer22

I read an article yesterday on TechCrunch entitled Foursquare Starts To Enforce The Rules, Cracks Down On Fake Check-Ins. It really bothered me. So much so, that after about 45 mins of my ranting about it (and location aware mobile apps in general) to friends, someone suggested I blog about it.

Oh yeah, I have a blog!

I could go on and on about this, so I’m going to try really hard to keep this focused on my main gripe: a well designed game shouldn’t have to “CRACK DOWN” on players. Read the rest of this post »

Wifi Coffee Shops – Customer Drain and the Cost of Generosity

Posted March 6, 2010 by danwalsh
Categories: food, san francisco

I’m writing this post at what used to be one of my favorite wifi coffee shops in San Francisco. I won’t name the spot, because while I don’t foresee myself continuing to patronize it, I do hope for its continued success.

I’m quite oppinionated when it comes to offering wifi at coffee shops. In a nutshell, if you want my patronage, you damn well better have free wifi. I don’t often spend my Saturday mornings at Starbucks or Peet’s for this particular reason. While both companies offer free wifi sometimes, I’d rather they just not have any at all versus trying to make me pay for on our via t-mobile or some other third party. It makes me feel taken advantage of.

Read the rest of this post »