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Extra thanks for VBA workers from your nerd-in-residence

December 27, 2013

(the Winston-Salem VARO before and after pictures, showing VBMS kicking in for real…) The Dept of Veterans Affairs does a lot of different things for vets. Most of the workers are on the VA medical side, but there's also a group that processes benefits payments for vets. That's the Veterans Benefits Administration–VBA–and they work on over… Read more »


The nerd-in-residence

September 13, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs has named me a "nerd-in-residence." You can find more under VA team bios > Craig Newmark. I really am a nerd, old-school, wore a plastic pocket protector, and glasses taped together, in the early sixties. I can now simulate social behavior for an hour, two hours tops, but then I… Read more »


code is power: Girls Who Code

July 9, 2012

Okay, I was chatting with Reshma Saujani from Girls Who Code, providing modest social media help, and blurted out that "code is power." Here's the deal.  The easiest way to power is to be born into a family with privilege and elite status. You get more influence by building networks, and far too often, by… Read more »


Connected: a new film from Tiffany Shlain

January 21, 2011

Hey, Tiffany does great, thoughtful documentary work like The Tribe, which I like a lot. Today, at the Sundance Film Festival, she premieres Connected, and here's what they say at Sundance: With wonderful heart and an impressive sense of scale, Tiffany Shlain’s vibrant and insightful documentary, Connected, explores the visible and invisible connections linking major… Read more »