Author Archives: Jim Cota

Sincerely, Peyton

If you regularly read our emails or blog posts (first, thank you!), you know that we tend to look at the world in some unconventional ways. A slight tilt to the head, like a dog puzzling over whether or not it’s worth the risk to grab that filet off the counter. Much like the dog, […]

Happy trails, Pardner

Around here, change is a constant companion. When your days (and evenings — and some nights —) are spent in the inner workings of the internet, when you live in Indiana where the weather changes from 60° to snow seemingly overnight, when your football team goes from 13-3 to 3-13 (and sort of back again…) […]

Everyone is resolving to be better in the new year. Twitter is no exception.In the midst of laying off a large percentage of their staff (who ever said change was easy?), Twitter is pivoting to help make the service more relatable for new users and more useful for everyone. Two new features highlight this resolution: […]

It’s a Pretty Good Life

In the iconic holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey basically experiences a lifelong midlife crisis. We get it. When you’re in the trenches, and things don’t go exactly the way you thought they would, you (and by you we mean we) tend to get a bit scratchy around the edges. […]

Create Like Everyone’s Watching

  “Name one thing you would do if you knew you wouldn’t fail.” I think that was a question on the Rare Bird job application. Or perhaps it was a bumper sticker, standing out from a crowded field of “Namaste,” “Visualize Whirled Peas,” “My Karma Just Ran Over Your Dogma” and my personal favorite, “Jesus […]

So, a Rare Bird walks into a bar…

You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

This summer marks the 40th anniversary of “Jaws,” the big screen classic that made Steven Spielberg a household name, generations afraid to go back in the water and two notes played on a tuba the scariest music, like, ever (unless you count listening to your child practice first-year violin). Undoubtedly, the most famous line from […]

Quality thinking time… in the weeds

It’s Father’s Day weekend and, despite having four able-bodied children of my own, I’m outside pulling weeds, alone. It’s my own fault, really. When I walked into the kitchen and saw dirty dishes, I said, “All right! Let’s get these dishes done!” When no one moved, I added, “Or you can go outside and pull […]

History is always in the making.

Just so you know, this is the way we think around here at Rare Bird. These three things came to my attention this week, and believe it or not, I think they have something in common. First, a historic winner of the Triple Crown this past Saturday. Next, a fundraiser at the Indianapolis Zoo this […]

With all this talk about mobile friendly design, responsive design, adaptive design, etc., we thought it might be helpful to offer a primer to clear up the muddy waters. So with a nod to one of the classic primers of all time . . . See Spot. Let’s say Spot came up with a great […]

An Indiana teacher and newly-minted birdwatcher named Jeremy Ross was gazing through his spotting scope last week when he noticed something a little odd. “I got the binoculars out and watched it land,” Ross said, recounting the story for Indy Star writer Ryan Sabalow. “It was real pretty. But with the black and white and […]

Fan Fest Housed in the Convention Center, this four-day event promises to be fun for the whole family. Check the schedule to see when you’ll find Brad on the trampoline dunk court. (Not really.) On the Ferris Wheel Have you seen this thing? It’s monstrous. And free to ride (thank you, Capital One!) though I […]