I am not a big Louis CK fan. Sure, I’ve seen a few blurbs here and there and some are funny, some are more crass than I like (and you know what, that’s okay, I change the web page!). But this one hit me just right today.
And you know what, there is a lot of truth here. I got up this morning, went to the gym, did some work from my fancy laptop, used an app to get an Uber to come get me, went to the airport (people in the 70s and 80s… with unreliable cabs, expensive black cars… could not have even imagined Uber) and flew to California. I’m on a damned flying machine and will arrive safely in two hours, see my sister, and get to work the next day and it’s all just magic!
Chin up folks, the world is a wonderful place (and for those for whom it isn’t I’m truly sorry, I know it’s awful out there for some but the cold comforting truth is that it’s overall getting better).
Brain Pickings turned 10 years old, congratulations to a site that has brought me so much wonderful, interesting, educational content over the years.
https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/23/10-years-of-brain-pickings/ This article is a list of 10 learnings over the years. I encourage you to read this but just in case here is the simplified version (along with my take):
- Allow yourself the uncomfortable luxury of changing your mind. (hold strong to your beliefs until the data changes – it’s okay)
- Do nothing for prestige or status or money or approval alone. (Money and status are nice, but do you believe in what you are doing)
- Be generous (I listened to a great podcast in which a very successful agent always asks the question “how can I be of service”? I’ve started doing that and it’s a lot nicer than always driving)
- Build pockets of stillness into your life; sleep (turn off your phone)
- When people tell you who they are, believe them (believe in people until you have a reason not to)
- Presence is more rewarding than productivity (one of the items that didn’t resonate as much with me)
- Expect anything worthwhile to take a long time (I struggle with this, I get bored easily and early)
- Seek out what magnifies your spirit (I heard something similar “you are the average of the five people you hang out with”)
- Don’t be afraid to be an idealist (why compromise early? It’s like negotiating against yourself)
- Don’t just resist cynicism – fight it (hard in this modern world, but remember that the world is a better place than it was and it’s getting better for most people)
Thanks again to Brain Pickings for these ten years.
I am working on converting an old WordPress site/idea I had (Sports Brief Daily) to a new installation (Flukeslap). It’s tedious. I’m not doing anything magical or particularly difficult but it’s just not turnkey enough.
So here’s an idea – make a simple wizard to get this all running:
- Install WordPress on a reasonably-priced host.
- Configure you + a backup admin
- Connect to Twitter, Facebook, Medium, Instagram (if you don’t have a Facebook page, Twitter account, etc. then create these things)
- Connect to MailChimp and get your mailing list widget installed in WordPress
- Pick one of the many app shops that turns your WordPress blog into an app and submit the apps to the iOS and Android app stores.
Be done. If you could do this it would help small businesses everywhere with what is otherwise difficult at worst or tedious at best.