FrontApp: Three months at Y Combinator - what it’s like and how to get in.
Of interest. Annoying modals.
99U: Nobody Knows What The Hell They Are Doing.
“If you’re worried you don’t measure up, that could well be a sign that you do.” We all need to squash that little devil who sits on our shoulders, telling us we suck.
PodioBlog: Stop giving me productivity tips.
“For me productivity is all about getting started, and getting started is all about motivation. So I make sure that I actually want to do most of the things that I have to do, and they are relevant and interesting for me. I check regularly that I am happy with what I am doing (you don’t need any tools for that).”
Designer News: How much time do you guys need to complete a 10 page website?
The comments. Surprised noone’s responded to the ‘guys’ thing yet.
My last attempt at using an ‘office chair.’
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed standing. But before I make the investment in building a standing desk, I thought I’d try to maximize my sitting investments and try one more style of ‘chair.’ With this, I figure I will shortly break the plastic seat ... but ... BUT ... I can replace it with a real, metal vintage tractor seat.
FastCo: Coffee Alternatives That Are Better For Productivity.
I beg to differ. A little cold, fingerless gloves work a treat. Too hot? No A/C? Miserable. Cold’s relatively easier to deal with.
Medium: What Kind of Logo Do You Get for $5?
You get what you pay for. Print design is still taking it on the chin.
ReadWrite: “Web Developer” Is A Job Title That Has Come And Gone.
Durned if I’ll call myself some sort of ‘imagineer.’ And specialization? When you’re a small shop? Death. I’ll have to stack specialized monikers on my company site.
The Economist: Dress codes - Suitable disruption.
“A slicked-up entrepreneur is inevitably a salesman trying to compensate for an inferior product.” Later in the article, another pullquote: “When everyone wears a T-shirt to lectures and board meetings, how do you tell who is truly innovative and who is just posing?”
Answer: I have no flippin’ idea. Other than those who have creations to show, and those who have only rhetoric.
cole peters blog: Design culture is a frozen shithole.
“We spend our time and energy not on things that improve the lives of people around us in an honest fashion, but on whatever seems most profitable and tempting to VCs; then, we convince ourselves that our profit-centric ventures are actually humanitarian causes because it sounds really good in the press and makes us feel special and warm and fuzzy.”
LA Times: Marina Abramovic Institute responds to critics of unpaid positions.
“But the come-work-for-free ad — I mean, ‘volunteer’ — strikes a dissonant note when the foundation’s namesake has her multimillion-dollar real estate transactions regularly covered on Curbed. And when the organization seeking the unpaid work is fund-raising for a $20-million headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas. Not to mention that the skills the institute is demanding for these positions is quite specialized.”
Mashable: ManServants Startup Is Not a Joke and It’s Not a Gigolo Service.
Jarvis - Your SMS Personal Assistant.
PhotoShelter Blog: How 4 Photo Editors Are Using Instagram.
SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.
We need to rout around Google indexing.
Dazed: Top fashion bloggers now earn six-figure salaries.
“Popular bloggers can demand $50,000 for an appearance at a high-profile brand event like a store opening. One top blogger charged $5,000 for posting a single Instagram photo of the brand’s product.” Good grief - I picked the wrong niche.
Harvard Business Review: The Simplest Way to Build Trust.
“A powerful way to establish trust is to employ one of the mind’s most basic mechanisms for determining loyalty: the perception of similarity. If you can make someone feel a link with you, his empathy for and willingness to cooperate with you will increase.”
kottke: Kickstarter Boost.
“Direct pledges to those projects from kottke.org readers ranged from just over $400 to almost $12,000 with an average of about $4,600. kottke.org also participates in Amazon’s Associates program and over the past 12 months, kottke.org readers have collectively spent an average of $23,000 per month at Amazon.” Interesting.
Later: Oof. Maybe the wrong timing.
FStoppers: Facebook Software Engineer Teaches You How to Steal Copyrighted Images.
“According to his bio, Jesse Chen is a software engineer at Facebook and recent graduate of UC Berkeley. Jesse has a personal blog which we recently stumbled across that includes a blog post from 2012 that detailed how to go about stealing copyrighted images and removing watermarks.” Causing a bit of hoopla. Who would actually spend that amount of time, though? Most people don’t have the skillset.
Photoshelter Blog: A new guide - What Photographers Should Know About Insurance.
NY Times: Please Turn to the Chapter on Obscurity …
MetaTalk: State of MetaFilter.
Tough times for wide-ranging linkblogs. Nobody understands better than I. Godspeed, MeFi.
[Note their mention of Google ‘index updates’ … I assume the same algorithm changes I’m being affected by.]
Later, related: The Awl, The New Internet Gods Have No Mercy. “Google might bless a site with new visitors or take them away.” But that’s the issue. It was one thing when the algorithms removed black hatters. Now Google is subtly reshaping the internet to their own preferences, without regard for legitimate sites. That deserves wider discussion. IMHO.
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).