Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad
As digital workers freelance from around the world, startups are popping up to offer them housing, advice, and a place to log on.
An interesting question I haven’t considered: how *does* tax work for someone who roams frequently? I know that when I lived in France but spent one week each month in Seattle that we had to record this and pay different taxes. Likewise pro athletes who compete in California wind up paying California income taxes.
With more people working remotely and therefore being able to roam this seems like the perfect startup idea – build a tool that makes it simple to record time spent with location and generate the correct tax information needed. Of course getting governments to simply adapt to the idea of nomadic workers would be better; good luck with that.
AdviceToWriters – Elmore Leonard
Lovely advice for the most part although too many “saids” in a row can be off-putting. I love the part about not writing the part readers skip; I wish we did that at work.
Seven signs you are clueless about income inequality
“If you live near a Whole Foods…. If no relative of yours serves in the military; If you’re paid by the year, not the hour; If no one you know uses meth; If you married once and remain married; If most people you know finished college; If you aren’t one of the more than 65…
Pretty brutal… and true. What’s most astounding to me is the number of Americans with a criminal history. That’s 1/5 people?!? Maybe that shouldn’t shock me given that the chances of going to prison have skyrocketed (http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/03/19/what-are-chances-going-prison/n3g84nR4kJriEwM8nbT6ML/story.html).
A Pox On Your Roller Bags! Why Backpacks Are The Smarter Choice
I travel with a single pack for anything less than a week. Two weeks equals two packs. You just don’t need all that stuff
The Anti-Bucket List : zen habits
I don’t see my bucket list as pressure… It’s more of a bookmark, a list of interesting things I’d like to see or do in my life. I won’t get to all of them, I’m not trying to. But I’d sure like to remind myself to be inspired sometimes.
Agile when everyone is not in the same room
This question comes up all the time. How can we be agile when not everyone can participate in the daily stand-up. I’ve seen a variety of ways to solve this from the scrum-of-scrums approach to using video calls to more or less just stopping daily stand-up.
The thing is none of these actually work very well. Scrum-of-scrums winds up being a very large, expensive game of telephone. Some poor soul gets to represent the work of ten other people to a bunch of other people none of whom *really* know all the details. Video calls also fail to work well in my experience. Usually this means 10 minutes fiddling with the settings and connections, another 5 minutes getting an audio line set up as someone inevitably is home with the sick kids that day (and can *never* figure out how the mute button works).
The last method is what I see most organizations do. They move from a small cohesive team to to a jumble of random email aliases and chaos.
This is an important question as daily stand-up is difficult on different floors of a building let alone different buildings, nevermind being in different cities and timezones. I know of a few different things:
1. De-couple teams and make them independent. This works best for web projects, not as well when you have full-stack hardware/software projects where there truly *are* dependencies and you cannot assume them away.
2. Provide better tooling. It amazes me that many/most companies still rely on something as fragile and lossy as email. I’ve prototyped Slack and of course Basecamp; better than email. Yammer was also pretty good as long as people would actually use it.
3. Question the assumption that daily stand-up is a good thing. Why daily for instance? And why face-to-face?
I don’t know the answer to this so putting this out to my 12 faithful followers (most of which are ‘bots I believe).
Crossfit Open 15.3 : The Day CrossfitHQ Jumped the Shark
I quit the Crossfit Open Games this year. I struggled for some time about my rationale for that. I thought about possible reasons:
- I work a full time job, I work out daily, adding stress isn’t a good thing.
- I’ve been struggling with injuries lately, time to ease back.
- The programming has been…
Interesting article I found this morning http://greatist.com/move/best-races-every-state. There were 19 *million* race finishers in America last year. That’s just one country. Pretty all-inclusive.