What should we do when we visit you in New York?

I’m constantly asked what to do during a vacation in New York. There are so many things to do here; when people start doing research they immediately get overwhelmed. Here are my general thoughts on the things I would recommend…

Top Films of 2013

Here’s my list, writing this on a train from NYC to DC with very poor internet. Good time to be alone with my thoughts: 10. American Hustle / Side Effects (tied) 9. Great Gatsby 8. Room 237 7. The Place…

New iPhone Predictions

Just a couple of quick predictions for the September 10th Apple announcement. As rumor of a gold iPhone run rampant I’ll throw a few of my own predictions out there: There will be an iPhone 5S and 5C. C will…

Is Die Antwoord a Joke or Racist or Something Else All Together?

The short answer is yes and yes and yes, but it’s also a little more complicated than that. First I should probably step back, who is Die Antwoord? They are a South African rap group (the name Die Antwoord means…

Protecting yourself in the modern surveillance state

I’ll reserve commentary on the revelations that the NSA is monitoring the online activity of every single American and has been doing so for years for another post. The purpose of this post is to outline reasonable steps you can…

The drama at Transylvania continues

My previous post about the drama at my alma mater has been read several hundred times in the past few days. Since writing that, there have been a few interesting developments. A document has surfaced, which is allegedly remarks made…

New site launched for my company

Just a quick update. Today my company launched an update to our site. It is mobile responsive and should work well on almost any device out there. It also utilizes what is known as “flat design.” This is the hottest…

2013 Internet Trends

Mary Meeker, internet prophet of the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers (KPCB) released her annual internet trends report this week. As usual the report is fascinating. You can check it out here. Here are a few of the data…

Just a quick note: server is slow, I’m aware. I’ve optimized some stuff to try to speed it up, but I probably need to migrate to a new server. One of these days I’ll find the time. There’s also a…

Recent Projects

People always ask me what I do. After trying to explain they ask for examples. Here are a few such examples of projects I’ve completed recently. ConnectAd – ConnectAd empowers authors of user generated content (UGC) to select, control and…

Must download apps

I need to do posts like this more often. People are always asking me about the hot new apps, here are a couple recommendations. All of these apps are free. Sunrise – An app to manage your schedule. It seems…

I can't wait to switch to T-Mobile

File that under things I never thought I’d say. T-Mobile’s CEO is making waves today saying it is time to “Stop the Bullshit” and he couldn’t be more right. The iPhone is finally coming to T-Mobile which is the last…

Ten Years in Iraq

Today is the 10th Anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. I’ve posted some of the media coverage on my tumblr that some of you all will find interesting. Perhaps it is because my five year college reunion is quickly…

An update on boaw.com invites

This week we got news that A Small World was kicking out members to maintain the “integrity” of their membership. At the same time, my review of ASW’s spiritual successor Best of All Worlds was one of my top blog…

Shots fired as new war over search begins

Facebook made a major announcement this morning. It wasn’t a phone like some people keep predicting (which is never happening). They announced they are launching Graph Search (use that link to sign up for the beta), which allows you to…

Hacktivist dead at 26

A lot has been written about the death of Aaron Swartz in the past few days. I don’t have much to add to the conversation other than to say it’s extremely disconcerting to encounter someone your own age only to…

KyleLibra.com’s Endorsement for President of the United States

Every major publication and public figure endorses a candidate for President, so why not this blog? Instead of explaining the virtues of one candidate or the flaws of another, I’m going to offer an alternative: who you should vote for…

Surviving Sandy: New York on the Verge of Anarchy

I wrote this in my cold, dark apartment and then had to wait until I had internet access to post it. I attempted to answer all the questions I’ve received from texts, emails and voicemails all in one place.* Sunday…

Foursquare takes on Yelp

Last week Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley sat down for an interview at LES co-working space Projective. The event was part of Pando Daily’s ongoing speaker series. Since it was a short five minute walk from my apartment, I decided to…

Fantasy Football, Community and Chaos Theory

Over the last few weeks I’ve finally been catching up with the tv show Community. Originally this blog post was going to be a really profound statement on a particular episode (Remedial Chaos Theory – Season 3, Episode 3), which…

If you haven’t seen Looper yet, I highly recommend checking it out. Easily one of my favorites of 2012. Even if you don’t traditionally like Sci-fi, I think you’ll like it (explaining this statement would force me to ruin some…

Gangnam Style's Rise to Cultural Phenomenon Has Now Escalated to Conspiracy Levels

Suddenly PSY’s Gangnam Style is a huge deal in the US. For those of you who read my Tumblr, you were ahead of the curve on this one. PSY has been all over American media for the past few weeks….

Catching up on podcasts the other day, I came across an episode of Freakonomics discussing the question, “Is college worth it?” Like everything they do, it’s really well done and worth checking out. On the page with the podcast, they…

You should also be keeping up with my Tumblr

It is called Inside Kyle Libra’s Mind. It’s more of a constant stream of interesting or funny things I find on the web as opposed to (slightly) more developed thoughts I write here. Anything that makes me pause and think,…

9 Places to buy stickers for your laptop on Etsy

A few weeks back I spent some time searching for interesting stickers to put on my laptop. I keep going back and forth on if I want to expand my sticker collection beyond the Kanye glasses. I’ve picked up some…

Twitter has made a series of seemingly strange moves lately regarding their API access. First they imposed limits on third party app developers. At the time I didn’t really have a good explanation. Today Twitter made another announcement, this time…

Details matter

Alex Rainert (Head of Product at Foursquare) was kind enough to respond to a random email I sent him (see previous post). Something in his email signature caught my eye. Compare my email signature with his. Note: I blacked out…

I’m in the process of wrapping up several major client projects (one I’ve been working on for six months, how time flies…) and so naturally I’m having to start talking to people about what I’m going to work on next….

They say it takes a decade of living in New York to become an official New Yorker. One down, nine to go. I’ve now been in NYC for a year and five days. What a difference a year makes. I…

I just read an interesting article called Death by Degrees over at n+1. The subject of degree inflation and the higher education bubble in general is something I’m really interested in monitoring. The situation definitely isn’t getting any better any…

HBO has recently caught a lot of flak for not allowing their programming to be distributed online. You can’t buy it on iTunes, you can’t get it anywhere. The one exception is HBO GO, which is the online counterpart to…

This story about a nine year old student shaming her school into action through blogging is amazing. From the article: Martha Payne had some sad-ass lunches at her school in Scotland — unsatisfying food that sometimes had more hair than…

On Mad Men, Roger Sterling took LSD. I’m all about expanding my mind, but LSD definitely isn’t happening (especially when I read about stuff like Operation Midnight Climax). Then I read this BetaBeat story about lucid dreaming. From the BetaBeat…

There is a raging debate among everyone in the tech scene, from pundits to programmers. Are we in the midst of a giant bubble. Here are two really good takes. The State of Startups (No, It’s Not A Bubble) –…

I love everything about this video. It’s always good to be pushing yourself and doing new, exciting things. “Life is either daring adventure or northing at all.” – Helen Keller “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” – Hunter S. Thompson…

Short answer: absolutely not. But Paul Miller, writing for The Verge, plans to do just that. I just don’t see how this is even feasible. How is a technology journalist going to go without the Internet? I can see how…

I’ve been having some interesting discussions with a client about this very question. Is there any money in publishing free content online? Like any good burning question, this has resulted in some good longform reading. The Newspaper That Almost Seized…

What is the 24th Letter? Sometimes it seems like I’m asked the question, “what other projects are you working on” about ten times a day. Especially now that one of the startups I’ve done some contract work for is having…

Early today Nick Denton rolled out Gawker’s new commenting system after a few weeks (or maybe just one week, I’m not completely sure) of completely disabling commenting on the site. It’s a great blend of allowing people to use existing…

Serious question. I’m notoriously bad about making consistent updates on this blog (except for February where I posted 27/28 days). On my tumblr on the other hand I post all the time. Over the past fourteen months I’ve posted over…

There is a long running inside joke among my friends about “your internet?!?!?!” Some background – in college we had notoriously bad internet. It was slow and constantly just went out. One day I called the help line to report…

I constantly complain about how difficult it is to keep my twitter stream at a good signal to noise ratio. For those of you who also run into this problem, I suggest checking out Contaxio. It’s a great tool and…

I had a discussion today with a potential client via e-mail. They wanted my company’s services, but before they could even tell me about the project they demanded that I sign a non-disclosure agreement. I immediately told them no out…

A couple of internet related trends to be on the look out for: Facebook app BranchOut is quickly reaching a tipping point. It’s LinkedIn for Facebook friends. It seems like it’s catered to a slightly more blue-collar, less professional crowd….

In the last 24 hours there has been a firestorm created around a NY Times Op-Ed titled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs.” The article itself is a great read, but so are all the other reactions. There are two…

A lot of people have recently asked me what I’m up to these days. This usually happens after they find out I’m now living in New York. The short answer is: living it. I’m no longer dreaming of how in…

Here are some brief thoughts on this afternoon’s announcements. iOS 5.1 People were hoping for iOS 6, but we only got a minor update. Not a whole lot of new stuff. Slight updates to Apple TV Who cares about this…

I’m writing this as I sit on an incredibly long flight (six hours) from New York to Las Vegas. It’s not the longest flight I’ve ever been on (twelve hours to Tokyo), but it’s dragging. But this isn’t really the…

For the first time in at least three of four years, this year I found myself faced with The Academy Awards and the realization that I hadn’t seen hardly any of the films. In years past I not only saw…

The other day I was chatting on gchat with an acquaintance who I had met a couple of nights beforehand while out with some people. She was asking me about my web site, which had been brought up in conversation…

I’m headed to Las Vegas next week for work. Just a few quick thoughts on the change of working environment and how it affects getting work done. At my first job out of school I received lecture after lecture about…

It’s been in the news lately that Apple’s suppliers might use child labor and some really terrible conditions exist in factories in China. This story came out estimating that the cost to produce the iPhone is about $30 per unit….

A few months ago I started working on a project called CodeSpark with a friend. From our web site: Computer Science is lacking in schools (even at the national level). Our organization gives kids the fundamental knowledge and resource to…

I was speaking with a friend recently. We were talking about the investigation into tech companies having non-compete agreements for each other’s employees. Which, for the record, is definitely wrong and breaks anti-trust laws. He told me that as a…

The 500th episode of The Simpsons just aired. In the lead up, several news publications did retrospectives on the series, such as this one from the Guardian. They took a look back at reader’s favorite episodes ever. They picked episodes…

Address Book Gate, terrible name, I know. I wrote about the apps taking address book info controversy last week. Here’s a couple of updates: Your address book is mine: Many iPhone apps take your data What iOS apps are grabbing…

MG Siegler has a great write up here. He explains how the studio owning the rights to The Bodyguard staring Whitney Houston has been pulling the rental rights from companies like Netflix in order to profit from the star’s death….

The Harvard Business Review had a really thought provoking article about the Innovator’s Dilemma and how it was solved by Steve Jobs. The book itself is incredible and I highly suggest it. I read it a few months ago for…

The other day I tweeted that “40% of Fortune 500 companies from 30 years ago, do not exist today. Interesting to consider.” That statistic came from this thought provoking article about whether or not American Football could come to an…

Over the past few days there has been a minor scandal brewing, which has now turned into a flame war between several prominent journalists (for clarity, I’ll use that term). It started with New York Times writer Nick Bilton, publishing…

A few months ago I wrote about the eventual death of television. This morning on the way to work I read this story about BitTorrent Live, a new project from BitTorrent found Bram Cohen. From the story: “My goal is…

Scott Hanselman writes: The strangest thing just happened. I’m sitting here in a hotel in New Zealand and my phone pops up an alert from a push-to-talk voice chat application I recently installed called Voxer. It’s a voicemail from a…

Something I’ve noticed recently is that some days I don’t have time to check Twitter at all. I feel a little out of the loop, because often these are the same days that I don’t really check out any news…

Author Alan Moore, creator of the original V for Vendetta, recently gave the BBC some of his thoughts on the Anonymous movement and it’s co-opting of the Guy Fawkes mask as its symbol. From the article: As for the ideas…

Some academics recently released a study regarding online piracy and box office returns. The results are interesting. In a paper titled ‘Reel Piracy: The Effect of Online Film Piracy on International Box Office Sales’ researchers from the University of Minnesota…

Would You Rather Be Underpaid or Over Rated?

Kanye West is living proof that if you talk enough, you will eventually say something smart. In one of his songs he says the line “would you rather be: underpaid or over rated?” It’s a good question and something I…

I now regularly use three different computers over the course of my day. At home I’ve got my MacBook Pro. At home and at the office I have a MacBook Air, but in the office I also sometimes need to…

I assumed people just created bots and then pointed them towards a specific account. It turns out that there is a service that you allow to use your account to randomly follow people. It then checks to make sure the…

Every year Nick Denton (the guy who built Gawker and turned it into a $300m media empire) puts out a memo about the state of journalism and publishing on the web. It’s always interesting to see what someone at the…

For those of you who know me well, it’s no secret that I love timelapse videos. There is something about them that is mesmerizing. They have been everywhere for the past few years. People are constantly making them. Now I…

Some thoughts on the Super Bowl. Or has the internet rendered Superbowl commercials irrelevant? In the past few days car* companies everywhere have been “leaking” their commercials (along with many others). The average price for a commercial is now $3.5…

I spent most of this morning reading all the coverage on the inevitable Facebook IPO. Here are some good articles on the subject. I spent a lot of time reading this, because apparently there wasn’t any other tech related news…

Even though I’m posting this a day late, I’m going to go ahead and do it. I’m going to challenge myself to post every day for the month of February to try to get back into the habit of posting…

I switched from Firefox to Chrome a few months back and haven’t switched back. In a nutshell: -faster, uses less resources -better bookmark manager -search from the url bar Makes me wonder, what other services that I’ve used forever should…

The internet will eventually disrupt all existing industries. Think about the ones it has already fundamentally changed forever: music, software, retail, travel and your phone. What’s next? Television. Consider the following: The average American still watches over five hours of…

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into this recently. The other day I was explaining to my room mate what I had to do to change my driver’s license over to a New York one. Somehow we got to…

Every few weeks I like to re-evaluate who I am following on Twitter. The idea is that my attention is limited, I want to be constantly adjusting the signal to noise ratio of my Twitter feed. The easiest way to…