Medium/Cameron Moll: The Economics of a Kickstarter Project.
Great that he shared his experience. Mental note: plan better.
PS Mag: Are Sundays Dying?
“How can we stop the weekday from swallowing Sunday without even recognizing that it’s taking a bite? This failure of perception is perhaps a nuanced symbol that we are entering a new epoch. We are edging ever closer to a machine-tethered, work-chained, gruel-fed world governed by corporate automatons.” Linked more for the title, and the thought that generates, than the article itself. I’ve been working a great deal over weekends, and the ‘client firewall’ of Friday night/Monday morning seems more and more a fond memory. I ask myself whether it’s really techno-creep, or if I just need to get more strict (teach through example).
SciAm: What Your Name Says About How Believable You Are.
“The authors hypothesized that claims paired with easy names would be rated as true more often than claims paired with difficult names.” That does it. I’m changing my name to “Hi Colonic.”
Medium/Dustin Sites: Freelancer.com is destroying my life.
A precautionary tale. Going wider than just this freelance site - check your online payment providers for where they’re incorporated, how their arbitration or other system works. You may find yourself out of luck for not reading the fine print.
The Baffler: The Tyranny of Time Management.
“According to a press release by Vanderbilt University, the researchers found that test subjects ‘overwhelmingly viewed the actors using the electronic calendars as being more authoritative.’ Additionally, one of the authors said that ‘actually being able to operate the devices really isn’t all that important, provided you know enough to look reasonably competent. Just possession is 90 percent of the game ...” My emphasis. Via the unquenchable Dr M on Twitter.
Photo shoot this morning; links later on.
Tootle along elsewhere for the morning, kids. I’ll be back in the afternoon.
What always disturbs me about these kinds of sites is the lack of mess/paper. Mine is always a minor disaster area. I have an obsession with index cards at the moment; using them instead of Post-Its (no glue to gum up the works, just a couple of stacks of cards).
WaPo: France didn’t ban people from checking work e-mail after 6. This is why it should have.
The Atlantic: America’s Rebel Band of Custom-Bike Builders.
“Right now is the Golden Age in custom frame building. [snip] There have never been more builders producing, and the quality has never been higher.” Prices, too. $15K means the 1% are buying bikes? I’d like to see a followup on who the market is, and how the bikes are actually used.
Youtube: The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch).
Atlantic: America’s Workers -: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted.
“… the U.S. falls several rungs below other countries with more rational work-life policies, such as France. So we’re putting in the most hours, but we’re not actually working intense, short, productive hours. We’re just putting in a lot of meaningless face time because that’s what our workplace cultures value — at the expense of our health, our families, and our souls.”
Branders.ch: Storytelling in marketing communications. (in German)
Worthy, even through the filter of bad translation mechanisms.
Links for you a bit later on.
DP Review: 500px Prime goes live, photographers now get 70% not 30%.
“Would you be happy with selling an unlimited license to one of your pictures, forever, for $175?” $250 is the lowest price for any photographic work. Not exactly Etsy now, is it?
Ask DN: How to prevent your clients from destroying websites?
This will, hopefully, get more entertaining (and helpful) as the comments roll in ...
TechCrunch: Stripe Debuts A New Checkout Experience With One-Click Payments.
Pretty. I understand Stripe only pays out once a week, rather than on-demand as PayPal does (three days from request to deposit).
Later: I think I’ve mentioned this before, but if I haven’t … do check where your payment-processor-of-choice is incorporated, and what their legal schemes are. You’ll be surprised (maybe not) to sometimes find them incorporated in Eastern Europe - or Bermuda/Cayman Islands, and limiting you to arbitration.
CodeKit 2 is out, and looks awesome.
99U: How to Effectively Manage Your Inner Critic.
A couple of good suggestions. I like “I’m not really going to do x, I’m just getting ready for it.”
A List Apart: Delivery Logistics.
“Detailing ‘I will deliver 1x Photoshop file as a final design’ in your estimate or proposal is setting yourself up for failure. We can’t ever know how many deliverables we’ll need to convey our ideas effectively, or what fidelity will work best at each step of the design process.”
Shift: Episode 019 - All change.
Euan and Megan bring another good episode to the metacosm. Change makes me think of Zhuangzi, the great Taoist teacher. “You can’t throw a lasso around the boundless.” All is change. Rather than leashing it, be more skilled at herding employees in the direction change is going. Or simply relinquishing control and following employees’ leads. Some would want to codify such procedures; but is codification an anti-change agent in itself? Anyway, check it out.
TopRank: What Google Hummingbird Really Means and What Marketers Can Do About It
“If Google personalizes every search experience at the individual level, how can you implement search engine optimization for an infinite number of possibilities?”
“The answer is simple: You don’t.”
Sploid: Pro photographer looking for people to do their job without pay.
So it’s not just a local insanity. That’s not very comforting.
Design Sponge: Biz Ladies - 6 Tips for Staying Creative without Colleagues.
Early morning before-business-hours client panic.
Solved. Butt-saving is my specialty. On to look for linkage, as time allows.
The New Yorker: The Open-Office Trap.
“The psychologists assessed the employees’ satisfaction with their surroundings, as well as their stress level, job performance, and interpersonal relationships before the transition, four weeks after the transition, and, finally, six months afterward. The employees suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell.” Can’t stand the noise, personally.