September 6, 2013
This little nifty dongle came in the other day. I’ve only had it for 3 days but I’ll be sure to post some thoughts soon. For now, check out some unboxing gadget pr0n
August 29, 2013
Mayo Clinic on Kombucha Tea:
Health benefits attributed to kombucha tea include stimulating the immune system, preventing cancer, and improving digestion and liver function. However, there’s no scientific evidence to support these health claims.
So, because there’s no pharmaceutical company propping up the research and no FDA restrictions, proving this drink does any good is pointless. Fine, there’s no scientific tests conducted by the FDA and Kombucha isn’t regulated like Prozac or Sudafed but the next line grinds my gears.
There have, however, been reports of adverse effects such as stomach upset, infections and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers. Kombucha tea is often brewed in homes under nonsterile conditions, making contamination likely. If ceramic pots are used for brewing, lead poisoning might be a concern — the acids in the tea may leach lead from the ceramic glaze.
So, we know nothing about this drink but if you drink it, you may die.
Thanks a lot.
August 15, 2013
When you’re young, relationships seem like a renewable resource. Friendships are plentiful and come easily. Just out of the house and out in the world, you’re eager to escape the heretofore-constant presence of family. Being pulled into work makes you feel important, independent, and adult. Work itself can provide a new community and new friendships, and the bonds formed during intense collaborative work are strong.
Read the entire thing. This article wouldn’t have kept me from moving to San Francisco but I would have done so much more cautiously with far more realistic expectations of failure.
August 15, 2013
via Facebook for Business’ Blog:
Everything posted to that blog most social media “experts” have already realized for themselves but it is really nice to see it written out like this. If you care about what Facebook shows you, click the link.
Still, Twitter is way better. I hate that AI of Facebook decides what I see. Twitter shows the stream and that’s a huge difference.
August 15, 2013
via The Bold Italic:
Most of all, I’m sad to leave the people I met and the friends I made in San Francisco. They’re some of the best I’ve ever known. They’re open-minded and smart and accepting and grounded and laid-back and free. Sure, San Franciscans are amazing guilt trippers and the most polite flakes. Yes, techies and yuppies are invading the city and making it ever more homogenous. But get to know some of those people and you’ll probably like them too – just don’t get them started on their latest “delightful product.”
I’ve never wanted to move out of San Francisco. It’s just sort of happened. For now, I’ll just have to settle with living vicariously through you, all the while looking forward to coming back again one day.
The entire article is wonderful for anyone that lived in such a great city but the closing is what made me link this article here.
There’s a culture of SF that is both beautiful and really makes me angry. For all of the negatives, it’s still a city that I love.
July 16, 2013
I meant to link to this one a VERY long time ago (like January) but it fell into a folder of stuff I forgot about.
Links shared on Twitter are relatively fleeting. Isn’t the average lifespan of a Tweet something like 120 seconds? Thus, someone who checks Twitter once or twice a day probably has to scroll through myriad of tweets if they want to find your links of value.
If, however, those links are being posted to a website then they are more “static” (less fleeting) — someone looking for the day’s links can go to their websites of choice and browse through the 3 or 4 or 10 which were posted, read the accompanying commentary, and click the ones they’re interested in.
Like Shawn’s post I linked to earlier (photography and likes), he has a point but continues to talk more on readership and engagement than producing quality content. I’d prefer an author link to things on their blog and give feedback instead of use Twitter to share things.
Reason #1, I don’t use Twitter anymore and, when I did, I didn’t see every post from bloggers who author blogs that are “must not miss” on each post they compose. The second reason is that short form tweets don’t allow authors the ability to use proper grammar or get their thoughts out in a longer format.
This link post was over 1K characters or 10 tweets. It’s better as a blog post.
July 16, 2013
Listen to your users more than the press. Don’t get sucked into the gravity hole between you and your competition. Ruthlessly run your own path, not someone else’s.
Great article from Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla and currently at Facebook. I loved Gowalla. It was the best check-in service and beat everyone else in so many ways. I worked for one of the check-in players and while the product was good, it fell to 3rd behind Gowalla and FourSquare. I used all 3 of the top services but Gowalla was designed so beautifully and had gorgeous badges.I was very sad to see it go away and now I don’t use check-in services at all. I appreciated the quote from Josh. While their startup failed, they continued to be independent and not chase to closely to what the competition did.
July 16, 2013
Historically, high journalism has largely been subsidized by low journalism. Nowadays, though, the two are increasingly decoupled, largely because we can get the latter online in unlimited quantities. BuzzFeed is the poster child of this movement, partly because of its undeniable success, partly because it is to low journalism what high-fructose corn syrup is to chocolate, as satirized by, er, The Onion. BuzzFeed is little more than a superbly engineered machine for turning animals, animated GIFs, and repackaged Reddit threads into pageviews. It’s almost pure sugar water.
I’ve been asked on a few occasions online and off why I don’t click any links to Buzzfeed or link to them myself. This is the reason why. The Onion, a spoof of our culture is high-quality content. BuzzFeed and services like it are glorified Tumblr-blogs where a person curates a lot of content, gives it an SEO-able title and the Internet retweets the crap out of it.
BuzzFeed is not worth reading and is diluting the word “news”
July 16, 2013
Shawn Blanc wrote this piece. I loved it! The core issue with photography is actually not immediate sharing. There’s not a fundamental need to share a moment as soon as possible unless your’e a journalist. The core issue with cameras (disconnected) and smartphones (connected) is that mediums that are in place allow us to feel loved. Feeling accepted is a huge part of our lives. The feeling of being alone affects people who are literally alone either by choice or not. Like Tom Hanks and his friend Wilson, having someone to accept you, your actions, your thoughts and your life is hugely important to our well-being and sense of worth:
And I want to share these photographs with people. I am proud of them and I enjoy looking at them, and I want others to see them and appreciate them as well. But unless one of my Flickr images makes it onto Explore (which has happened twice), I get very little feedback or activity.On Flickr I have 885 contacts following me. On Instagram I have 2,235. Yet my Instagram photos get far more than just 2.5 times the activity than my Flickr photos.
There is a way around this. There are a lot of photographers who utilize Photo Stream (iOS/Mac Only). You edit photos and import them into iPhoto and then wait a few minutes for the photos to appear on their phone. Some photographers even crop their pictures to 4×3 in Lightroom before putting them in iPhoto to make sure they can post to Instagram in exactly the crop they chose since Instagram doesn’t support portrait / landscape photos.
With this method, you can receive the gratification while still sharing quality images.
This only works if you have the time to carry out this task and if you care very little about sharing moments as they happen. The fact that most people don’t have the time to carry a camera around leads me to believe even fewer are willing to crop their photos and transfer to their phone for sharing on Instagram.
When is the last time you went to a friend’s Flickr account or Imgur profile or even their homepage and clicked the “gallery” button. Does anyone outside of professional photographers even maintain online galleries anymore?
The problem with placing photos on places that people have to visit out of their way is that people will never visit. If I have to consciously decide to visit a person’s Flickr page, chances are, I’m not going to do it. If I’m posting photos to Instagram and see a stream of photos that I can just scroll, that’s far easier or if I’m on Facebook to talk to friends and see someone just posted some vacation pictures, I’ll click.
To have engagement, you have to first have eyeballs.
The counter to Shaun’s argument though is that he could simply stop caring. If you stop giving a crap what people think about the crap you do in your life, you can live a much happier existence. It took me too long to realize this but it’s the reason I’m slowly backing out of social media. I blog and that’s it. I don’t need your retweet, like or comment to be happy. I don’t look at click throughs of my blog posts and weigh in on my blog title being “sticky” enough.
If you can get over the need to be validated, you’ll realize that the best way to capture memories for YOU is a dedicated camera and you’ll do that because it’s the best way to save memories and when you don’t need likes, life is much simpler.