An Astronaut’s Tips for Living in Isolation

Leave it to the world’s finest to already have this self-isolation thing figured out…

Adapted from a Twitter Thread by astronaut Anne McClain

One thing astronauts have to be good at: living in confined spaces for long periods of time. Here are some tips for all who find yourself in a similar scenario.

Thought this was great. Wanted to share as more and more states issues shelter in place orders.

An Astronaut’s Tips For Living in Space – Or Anywhere

Links of the Week (3/23/2020)

Climbing will be in the Olympics…you pumped?!

The inclusion of climbing in the Olympics is new, but the topic itself has been around for decades

Over 10 years ago I knew this would eventually happen. Glad to see it here.

Climbing in the 2020 and 2024 Olympics: How We Got Here and What the Future Holds


Climbing will premier in the Olympics on August 4 at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo, Japan. Prep for the venue is well underway.

First Look: The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Climbing Walls


There will be a total of 40 climbers (20 men and 20 women) competing at the Tokyo Olympics, and each country attending the games has been given a maximum quota of two competitors per gender. The climbers who have already qualified for the Olympics were selected through a series of Olympic qualification events, including the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) World Championships this past summer in Hachioji, Japan, and a more recent combined contest in Toulouse, France.

Meet the Athletes Climbing in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


The sport of climbing and cinema go back a long way and there are dozens of great films to see, both from Hollywood and from climbers themselves.

The Hollywood climbing films range from sorta realistic to the absurd to downright cheesy. And the library of classic real climbing films is big.

​Lists like these are always fun. I think I’ve seen about half of these and my two favorite are probably Return to Sender and Cliffhanger. 🤣

25 Must-Watch Real and Hollywood Climbing Movies – Gripped Magazine

Links of the Week (3/16/2020)

Origins of quarantine, copywriting all music ever, and a where’s waldo of swiss maps…

Quarantine just means forty. It’s a shortening of the Italian phrase quarantina giorni, which meant (and means) forty days. This was because of a policy implemented by the Most Serene Republic of Venice to protect itself from the plague. Any ship that was suspected of possibly having the plague on board would have to wait offshore for forty days before docking.

Oddly enough, when quarantine first appeared in the English language, it had nothing to do with plague. It was the place where Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights. It first pops up in a travel guide for pilgrims to the Holy Land written in 1470:

Beyond is a wilderness of quarantine, where Christ with fasting his body did pine.

Huh.

Quarantine Comes Home


The problem goes way back. George Harrison turned the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine” into “My Sweet Lord” while his former bandmate John Lennon pinched much of Chuck Berry’s “You Can’t Catch Me” for The Beatles’ “Come Together.” Berry’s music was also, um, “borrowed from” by the Beach Boys: Their breakthrough hit “Surfin’ USA” was nearly identical to his “Sweet Little Sixteen.” “You Can’t Touch This” by M.C Hammer was built over a phrase from Rick James” “Super Freak.”

This article take a pessimistic approach. Watch the Ted X talk though. FASCINATING.

An algorithm produced every possible melody. Now its creators want to destroy songwriter copyrights.


But on certain maps, in Switzerland’s more remote regions, there is also, curiously, a spider, a man’s face, a naked woman, a hiker, a fish, and a marmot. These barely-perceptible apparitions aren’t mistakes, but rather illustrations hidden by the official cartographers at Swisstopo in defiance of their mandate “to reconstitute reality.” Maps published by Swisstopo undergo a rigorous proofreading process, so to find an illicit drawing means that the cartographer has outsmarted his colleagues.

Who knew that cartographers had a hidden sense of humor?

For Decades, Cartographers Have Been Hiding Covert Illustrations Inside of Switzerland’s Official Maps


But the majority of visual misinformation that people are exposed to involves much simpler forms of deception. One common technique involves recycling legitimate old photographs and videos and presenting them as evidence of recent events.

A healthy dose of skepticism when reading news on the internet is probably healthy.

Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

Links of the Week (3/09/2020)

Deep dive on my WP theme, mesh WiFi routers, and that company that raised their minimum salary to $70k a year…

I’m the Grinch who grumbles about every WordPress theme. Except one. After years of resisting change, I finally switched FilterJoe to a modern, responsive theme: Twenty Sixteen—the new default theme included with WordPress 4.4.

My only temptation has been to leave WordPress for a simpler and more writing-focused platform like Ghost or Medium. While WordPress was for blogging at first, it expanded over the years into content management and an online application platform. The original focus on blogging has been diluted, and WordPress themes often reflect that.

However, WordPress now offers Twenty Sixteen for modern blogging, and it is good.

In this post, I detail how Twenty Sixteen makes me comfortable with it as a wonderfully content-focused blog theme.

This is the Theme I am running right now. This guy nailed it in so many levels.

The Grinch who Changed to the Twenty Sixteen WordPress Theme


A few new opportunities have arisen recently, offering up an equally exciting opportunity to reassess my camera kit. Now, I have friends — knowledgeable friends, very wise friends — who have made it clear I have very little rational reason to make any changes. But want is a pretty significant factor, specifically when it comes to photography kit.

Many of us can identify with this.

First Impressions of the Canon EOS R, a Reader’s Setup, and More – The Sweet Setup


Amazon’s Eero routers are the first out of the gate with HomeKit support, which promises to provide greater security to your Internet-connected HomeKit devices.

The update, which appeared today via an update to Eero’s iOS app, walks users through the setup process of adding their Eero gateway to the Home app. Along the way, the Eero app explains that enabling HomeKit support allows Eero to firewall off each HomeKit device, so they only communicate with approved devices and services.

I bought an Eero mesh WiFi router when I moved to a bigger house. Totally worth it.

Eero WiFi Routers Add HomeKit Support


Remember a few years ago when the owner of a credit card payment processing company based in Seattle raised the minimum wage of his employees to $70,000/yr while taking a huge pay-cut himself and capitalists the world over, afraid of their beloved & apparently suuuuper delicate system collapsing from such madness, flipped out?

🤔

What Happened to the Company That Raised Minimum Wage to $70k/yr?

Links of the Week (3/02/2020)

Leadership mindset, the infinite game, and philosophers who fled…

Why aren’t companies getting more bang for their leadership development buck? Our latest research suggests it’s likely because most leadership development efforts overlook a specific attribute that is foundational to how leaders think, learn, and behave: their mindsets.

I bet you have seen this firsthand. How a leader or manager ‘normally thinks’ about work, or whomever they are managing, dictates their success.

To Be a Great Leader, You Need the Right Mindset


Many vision statements sound more like long-term goals. And they are pretty egocentric. To be the biggest, most respected X kind of company in the industry by X date. To offer the greatest value with the highest-quality products. That is not a description of the world we want to live in. That is a description of the company you want to build. That kind of stuff is fine and good. But it is not visionary. A good vision statement would be to create a world in which the vast majority of people wake up inspired, feel safe at work, and return home fulfilled at the end of the day.

I think Simon Sinek is brilliant. His movement to inspire people is just that…inspirational. In the Navy, leaders are often urged to write down a “vision” or “mission statement”…and like Simon, I think that can be dangerous if that vision is too goal oriented and thus short sited.

Simon Sinek: The Best Way to Run a Business Is Without an End Goal in Mind


There is no such thing as winning an infinite game, since it has no end. It occurred to me that business meets the criteria of an infinite game.

Like the previous link, this concept of the ‘infinite game’ in leadership is great.

Simon Sinek advocates ‘infinite-minded leadership’ – Director magazine


Many thinkers have been killed for their ideas. Some got away with exile.

Most of the ones we’ll look at here were driven out by the government, but others fled for their own safety.

The fact that some of these thinkers are still famous centuries after their exile suggests they might have been on to something, even if their countrymen disagreed.

I was curious to read this article at first because I wanted to see what philosophers were named and shamed for their work back in their day. Then it made me think again about how lucky we are that we (in the US) don’t live in a place that would do that.

7 philosophers who were exiled from their societies

Links of the Week (2/24/2020)

Awesome apps, subscription pricing, and why site stats matter…

Last year when Apple Music Replay was introduced, Apple specified that the feature wouldn’t just serve as a year-end collection of your most-played music, but it would also become a weekly-updated playlist that you can enjoy throughout the year. Up until this weekend, however, the 2020 version of that playlist hadn’t yet been made available. Our Federico Viticci first discovered its debut on Sunday:

This article has a link to where you can find your own 2020 playlist. I love mine.

Apple Music Replay 2020 Playlist Now Available


Today I’m thrilled to announce the release of Dropzone 4.

Dropzone 4 is a big release not just in terms of the app itself but also the business behind it and how I plan to run Aptonic moving forward.

Great app just got powerful but also switched to subscription pricing. I don’t use a lot of the advanced features Dropzone 4 offers, but if you read my Setapp article from last week, you can try Dropzone 4 for free here.

Dropzone 4 Released « Aptonic – Blog


People ask me all the time if forever transaction business models are ethical. And I think the reason they ask me is because they’re dealing with subscription fatigue right now. A lot of people are really frustrated with subscription business models for a few reasons. The first reason is what I call product market fit. In other words a lot of companies build subscription models that aren’t very good business models requiring you to subscribe in order to access something that you only need one time, for example. Or bundling in a lot of stuff that you don’t want and then requiring you to pay for it. So a lot of people feel like hey, I used to love this product and now I have to subscribe to it and I have to pay more and I’m not getting what I really need. That’s the first problem and that creates a lack of trust between the individual and companies. The second thing is what I call subscription overwhelm which leads to subscription guilt which is they say something like this. I love this business model. I love this subscription. It’s really great except I never use it.

Speaking of subscription pricing, this article digs in to just that concept.

Is the ‘forever transaction’ business model ethical?


These sorts of stats do matter to me, because I want to see when and where people stop reading and understand how to keep people engaged with me. Not because I want to manipulate them and monetise them like the standard technology obsession. There is no attention economy here. I do want to build up a conversation with them and encourage replies to my posts.

​I’m slowly exploring SEO more and this blogger has the right mindset when it comes to why SEO and site stats can help make a blog/website better. Conversation. I love it when people comment and I get to converse with them on something we both find interesting.

When Site Stats Do Matter

Links of the Week (2/18/2020)

Little late this week…holiday weekend 🙂

The membership economy is a term that I coined to describe what I was seeing, starting about 15 years ago when I was working with Netflix and continuing into this massive transformational trend where companies of all types were moving from a model that focuses on ownership to access, from the transactional to the relational, from anonymous to known, from one payment to many smaller payments and from the organization talking at the customer and hoping they’re listening to multidirectional communication among customers and back and forth between the customers and the organization under the brand umbrella of the organization. So when you put all of those things together you have this kind of painter’s palette to reinvent your business model and that’s what’s driving this membership economy.

Interesting perspective from someone who used to work at a company that probably was the tipping point for the “membership economy”.

Business revolution: What is the membership economy?


In the first days and weeks of fatherhood, a man’s testosterone and cortisol levels decrease and oxytocin, estrogen, and prolactin levels surge, promoting an important bonding experience between a father and his newborn child.

Dad bod & dad brain


But I have to be real with you. I know this system works, but I still struggle with resisting the temptation to take shortcuts. Even though I’ve seen time and time again that developing my ideas first actually reduces the total time I spend creating, it’s easy to make excuses and say, “I just don’t have time for that right now.”

In my experience, this is the problem most people struggle with when it comes to creativity and productivity: they know what to do, but they have trouble following through and doing it.

This goes inline (in my opinion) with allowing kids today, the time to “get bored”. That’s when the creativity finds its way to the surface.

How and Why to Make the Time to Think


While inadequate gear in climbing’s early days created a mentality that “the leader must not fall,” modern climbers must embrace falling as a skill to reach their full potential.

As someone who climbed for over a decade…I wholeheartedly agree with this.

Overcome Your Fear of Falling: Part 1—Intro and History