I’m an absolute sucker for time lapse photography. And pictures from space. Combine the two? Well, NASA just wins.
Here’s a career and business idea that seems to be bubbling up in America right now… Your credentials don’t matter. Your career sequence doesn’t matter. And your career choice doesn’t matter.
All that really matters to have a solid, high-paying career is to be really freaking good at whatever you do.
Over at Slate, a pharmaceutical chemist critiqued the idea that “America needs more scientists and engineers.” He argues that we don’t need more scientists – we need better scientists.
Scientists who are really freaking good. Mediocre American scientists don’t have a job – they aren’t needed. Mediocre work doesn’t work anymore – and what remains can be done by cheap Chinese scientists. See the full article here.
Over at The Economist, Babbage discussed a group of programmers who are “tenXers.” In other words, programmers who, through insight, versatility, and sheer productivity create 10x the amount of code that an average programmer can create – in less time, with better accuracy. Read the full article here. Here’s a quote of a quote from the article…
In his delightful guide to recruiting top talent (“Smart and Gets Things Done”), Joel Spolsky, a company founder and ten-x programmer himself, as well as a former paratrooper in the Israeli army, wrote in 2007 that the trouble with using a lot of mediocre programmers instead of a couple of good ones is that no matter how long they strive, they will still produce something mediocre. “Five Antonio Salieris won’t produce Mozart’s Requiem. Ever. Not if they work for 100 years.”
And this trend applies to every field now. Mediocre doesn’t cut it. And if mediocre is needed…well there’a a few million Indians, Chinese, and Filipinos who can do mediocre. [Read more…]
Imagine if every time you recommended something – a product, store, service, whatever – the person was somehow tagged so that if they ended up buying that certain something – you automatically got a kickback – be it cash, credit, or kudos.
Would that change how we behaved and spoke with people?
I’m curious because there’s a trend that I’ve noticed towards automatic affiliate programs with internet services. [Read more…]
I love the idea that even in the most urban areas – there are still really random trails to explore and use.
I’ve lived in the Riverbend Rd area of Athens, GA for 4 years – and only last week did I stumble across this really cool and useful trail up and down Riverbend Rd.
It runs parallel to the Athens Bypass and Riverbend Rd (which is super-hilly). The trail itself is quite narrow and rooty – but in good enough shape to run on. It’s well-shaded and is way better than trying to run on Riverbend – which might be possibly one of the Top 10 Worst Places to run in Athens, GA.
Here’s a Google map and photos from along the way… [Read more…]
They are a sort of a graphic design marketplace where you can either post your price and get dozens of design ideas submitted…or browse their logo store for off-the-shelf good looking logos.
For anyone who builds websites – you quickly learn that as amzing as CSS3 is – nothing beats good graphic design and typography to make your site really ‘pop’ – but it’s quite hard to balance budget/choice/professional relationship.
I’ve worked with professional graphic designers and 99designs – they are both great in certain situations, however, not as many people are as familiar with the 99designs model – so here’s my pros and cons of using 99designs for graphic design. [Read more…]
And most of us have absolutely no idea just how much is known.
I went to a Google Engage conference this past Tuesday. It’s a training and networking conference put on by Google to help consultants and ad agencies sell AdWords and help clients get a better return on their online ad campaigns.
It wasn’t. I don’t think I’ve paid closer attention to a presentation immediately after lunch in a very long time. Here’s why. [Read more…]
(And it doesn’t require Facebook!)
So this is super easy – and a huge boon for those of us who don’t trust – or don’t like Facebook messing around with our music preferences.
There’s a couple ways to go about integrating Spotify into WordPress…
Or, How I Learned HTML and CSS Through Immersion (with no books, courses, or classes)
I took 4 years of college level Spanish.
I could do 21 different verb conjugations – but never came as close to feeling proficient in Spanish as I did after spending a week in Guatemala.
Language is all about usage and immersion – and I’ve learned that computer languages are no different.
After years of occasionally picking through a Dummies guide or looking at web design classes – I stumbled on a method of learning that has made me fully proficient in HTML and CSS (languages that produce web pages in browsers) in just a few months.
Wanna see more? [Read more…]
Shopping for invoicing software.
Now that I have your full and rabid attention, here’s why you should not trust free software by default.
The Quick Story
After 6 months of ignoring my invoicing system, and working with [Read more…]
Around Athens, I generally stick to the UGA Intramural Fields. However, if you drive about 10 to 15 minutes north of UGA to the Sandy Creek Nature Center, you’ll find Cook’s Greenway Trail, which is one of the best places to run in Athens, GA. Here’s what it’s like… [Read more…]
So you’ve got an awesome email newsletter that you either…
- Want to publish and have it show up on your blog
- Publish on your blog and be sent out as a newsletter
While there are some workarounds (using RSS and such) – the easiest way to integrate your email campaigns into WordPress is to…