Archive for January, 2012

Don’t Betray Yourself

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I have a new piece out over at 39 Essays: Don’t Betray Yourself.

This is a much faster read than the last one. Give it a click!

Dylan’s Amnesty International Album

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Awesome. I’m listening to it on Spotify right now. It’s also available on Amazon or iTunes if that’s the way you roll.

Best tracks:

Ziggy Marley: Blowin’ in the Wind.
My Chemical Romance: Desolation Row
Miley Cyrus: You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

Seriously, the Miley Cyrus track is really much better than you’d expect.

My Going Green Opus

Friday, January 13th, 2012

My newest piece is up at 39Essays. This week: Going green is not that frickin’ hard.

This is one of the longest single pieces I’ve ever written. I’m working on improving at this whole writer thing.

Let me know what you think!

Linky Goodness – 1/10/2012

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

The transcript of the Jonah Weiner’s interview with Louis C.K..

How Google and Bing are working against website owners. This is a ton of inside baseball, but it’s an interesting deconstruction of the market dynamics.

How the Navy freed Iranians from Somali Pirates. A great sea tale from the New York Times.

The air in Beijing is like standing downwind from a forest fire. It certainly was when I was there. The air had texture, density and smell. Not a great feeling. I can only imagine it’s worse 11 years on.

Linky Goodness – 1/7/2012

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Correction: Apparently Lucy is wearing a Snow White outfit in Thursday’s picture, not a Cinderella one. I’m not ashamed that I failed to correctly identify the outfit. Call it a win for my last shreds of masculinity.

Vince Wilfork’s swimming routine. Big Vince has been a monster this year. Turns out that his offseason swimming routine might be the reason.

Newspapers, Paywalls, and Core Users. If you ever wanted to understand the economics of newspapers and their awkward transitions online, you must read this new article by Clay Shirky.

Congratulations to XKCD for making it to 1,000 comics. If you want to happily pass a few minutes, click on the “random” button under each comic. Or, if you prefer hard copies, do what I did and buy his book.

Good Whiteboard Friday from SEOMoz yesterday, discussing the basics of anchor text optimization. Their Whiteboard Friday series is brilliant; I’ve been telling every content site I’ve worked with for the past couple of years to emulate it.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finally has a leader, and they launched their nonbank supervision program. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

39 Essays launches

Friday, January 6th, 2012

I just launched my first site of the year, one that I’ve been thinking about for quite a while: 39 Essays. It’s going to be a series of essays where I try to figure out the meaning of life. It’s like your very own mid-life crisis, in handy digital form!

Read all about it in my first post, Introduction and Throat Clearing.

Lucy Dress Up

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Lucy loves dressing up at her pre-school. I believe this one is Cinderella…

Lucy dressing up

Linky Goodness – 1/5/2012

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Happy Thursday. I’m feeling good because tomorrow is a launch day for a project with a high likelihood of failure and embarrassment. Woo Hoo! On to today’s links.

Top 10 “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Repeal Lies that Never Came True. It’s amazing how the world hasn’t ended from allowing gay Americans to serve their country.

When Massholes park, they stay parked. Some pretty incredible pictures here. I love the totally deadpan Wellesley cop talking about how it happened and trying not to laugh.

For longer form video, I really enjoy ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com, especially the Nostalgia Critic and his counterpart, the Nostalgia Chick. The bits are hit or miss, but they’re usually a pleasant way to spend fifteen minutes or so. I think that this is a pretty good model for pro-am video production.

Bad Cumbies. Cumberland Farms fires the cashier who got robbed because he had too much cash in the drawer. I’m glad that some of the loyal customers are now boycotting.

Linky Goodness – 1/4/2012

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

I’ve fallen a bit off the wagon with my Linky Goodness. Let’s see if I can get back in the habit of noting interesting articles (mostly finding me via Serendeputy or TweetDeputy) for everyone. I’d like to see if I can keep this Emacs buffer open all day and then post what I have before picking up the girls. It’s worth a shot.

How Doctors Die. Doctors tend to eschew extreme end-of-life care. I agree with them. This is a tough conversation to contemplate, but a useful one to have.

Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin. I was little too young to appreciate Steve Martin when he was a full-time comic, and I’m never really loved any of his movies, except maybe for Father of the Bride. But, this book is less about his material and much more about how he went about the creative process, how he was able to learn, practice and keep up the slog until 10 years later he turned into an overnight success. It’s a really good dissertation on the creative process.

By the way, I recommend you get this as the audio book instead of the printed book. The material obviously works better when it’s in his own voice.

TV Tropes is the best use of the next several hours of clicking around time. It deconstructs all the standard plot elements in modern entertainment. Addicting as hell.

Robert X. Cringely and John Battelle are doing their 2012 predictions. These guys are usually pretty good, so I’m paying attention.

Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) writes a really interesting blog, including a lot of thought experiments. It’s worth checking in on every day or two. Right now, he’s quasi-seriously exploring what a presidential campaign from someone who just wants to make things work would look like.

For all your non-comic election needs, FiveThirtyEight is back in high gear, at its new home on the New York Times on the Web.

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