Links of the Week

The new Bronco, empathy in negotiations, and why men and women age differently…

The videos, embedded throughout this piece, feature pro climber Brooke Raboutou, country singer Kip Moore and Chin himself mediating on their successes and what it means to be able to escape into the wild—plus plenty of Bronco action shots. As the creative director for a project that needed to pull double duty in telling a story and showing off the trucks, Chin was instrumental in crafting that first impression for folks.

​If you haven’t seen the new Ford Bronco…well what rock have you been under?

How Free Solo Filmmaker and Pro Climber Jimmy Chin Brought the 2021 Ford Bronco Into America’s Homes


Questions often hold more power than declarations.

More importantly, it provokes what Chris Voss calls “forced empathy.” Voss’s resume includes a stint as the lead international kidnapping negotiator for the FB1 and 14 years in the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force. He knows how to have a conversation in difficult situations.

“Forced empathy” is a powerful negotiation tool. Here’s how to do it.


This isn’t the first study of its kind to suggest that what we find in love isn’t really what we were looking for. The evidence suggests that we really are consistent in the abstract of it all: when asked to evaluate what you want on paper, you are more likely to suggest overall attractiveness in accordance with what you’ve stated are important ideals to you. But real life isn’t so similar.

Do we really date based on our own ideals?


By examining gender-based distinctions in the immune system, cell structure, brain and other systems, researchers are discovering how and why men and women grow older in clearly different ways.

Women and Men Age Differently—in More Ways Than Just Longevity

Links of the Week (6/22/2020)

Gadgets, wanderlust, and climbing…

This is one hell of a knife.

I’ve owned a Benchmade knife for years and love mine.

Benchmade Bugout, Believe The Hype


If you’re feeling a bit of wanderlust at the moment, but are stuck at home waiting out the pandemic, perhaps this video will help.

Video: Antarctica—Land of Extremes — The Adventure Blog


Head out to any crag these days, and you’re as likely—maybe more likely—to see people scrolling through Mountain Project on their smartphones as you are to see them leafing through traditional guidebooks.

I remember when MP first started up…never thought my stack of climbing guide books would be obsolete. still cool to see this site continue to grow.

Mountain Project and REI Split, New MP Partnership To Be Announced Soon – Rock and Ice


Some of the most famous climbers in the world, such as Lynn Hill, came from gymnastics backgrounds. When I started climbing, I had a high degree of bodyweight strength and conditioning from my time in gymnastics and parkour

​I was a gymnast and let me tell you, lots of that translated to climbing. But just like this author, I had to work my climbing technique before I really started to progress.

From Weak to Strong: An Expert Gymnast’s Training Guide | Evening Sends

Links of the Week (6/08/2020)

National Parks are opening and I wish I was there…

With a three-day weekend before them, Southern Californians will have to weigh the lure of desert vistas against the chance of crowds and the challenge of rising temperatures, expected to reach the 90s by Tuesday.

Even though I’m not back home to enjoy my state’s parks opening, I’m happy to see that they are.

Joshua Tree just opened, before a three-day weekend. Here’s what to expect


Although tens of millions of American children show no medical symptoms of COVID-19, their education, mental health, and development have suffered because of the virus. Adults need to help them regain normalcy. One way to do that is by opening summer camps as soon as possible. Children face a relatively small risk of harm from summer camps, the risk that their participation poses to adults can likely be managed, and the benefits of giving families at least the option of sending children to camp are substantial.

Amen to that.

Summer Is Approaching. Bring Camp Back.


Earlier this month, for the first time in recent memory, pronghorn antelope ventured into the sun-scorched lowlands of Death Valley national park. Undeterred by temperatures that climbed to over 110F, the animals were observed by park staff browsing on a hillside not far from Furnace Creek visitor center.

​Very cool.

‘We’ve never seen this’: wildlife thrives in closed US national parks


When Italian towns began offering houses for sale for little more than $1, they inspired legions of dreamers to take a gamble on moving to a remote corner of Italy.

Although spending a few thousand dollars extra on renovating the property was usually part of the deal, it was sweetened by the prospect of a new life in an idyllic corner of a beautiful country.

And then the coronavirus struck, plunging the world into crisis, with Italy among the worst affected countries.

🤯

They bought a $1 house in Italy, then Covid-19 struck

Links of the Week (6/01/2020)

The Fourth Estate, virtual Park tours, and climbing gear…

Climbing gear should be regularly inspected to make sure it’s not only functioning optimally, but also safe to use. Most of us know this, but in practice, may not examine this critical safety equipment as often as we should. Now, as we’re all stuck at home and away from the cliffs due to the pandemic, it’s an excellent time give your gear a check-up. This guide breaks down how to inspect soft and hard goods, what to look for, and when to retire your climbing gear.

Sometimes I go through my gear when I can’t itch the scratch that is calling me outside. Inspecting it is a good idea.

How to Inspect Your Climbing Gear and When to Retire It


Over the past few months, the reverberating shockwaves of COVID-19 have forced much of the world into a state of isolated lockdown. As social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders come into effect around the globe, more and more people are finding themselves stuck indoors for weeks on end. The result has been the spread of a second, psychological pandemic: cabin fever.

Gorgeous.

Google Brings the Great Outdoors to Your Living Room


A good wide angle lens is a fantastic and versatile tool that can help you create all sorts of interesting images, but they can also be quite expensive. However, when you dive into the world of vintage lenses, there are quite a lot of great deals to be had. This great video features three awesome vintage wide angle lenses, all of which you can buy for under $100 on the used market.

​When you finally can get outside again, pop on that wide-angle lens to capture those landscapes.

3 Great Wide Angle Prime Lenses for Under $100


The term Fourth Estate or fourth power refers to the press and news media both in explicit capacity of advocacy and implicit ability to frame political issues. Though it is not formally recognized as a part of a political system, it wields significant indirect social influence.

The “Fourth Estate” or “Fourth Branch” is an interesting concept if you chew on it a bit.

Fourth Estate – Wikipedia

Links of the Week (5/25/2020)

The benefits of coffee and all the blogging tips and tricks…

How does your morning coffee really impact your brain? Most importantly, are there certain times of the day where your latte-caffeine boost is better for your health?

​Good thing I like coffee. ☕️

What your morning coffee really does to your brain


So how do you go from having lots of cold readers to having a bunch of raving fans? Well, that’s what I’ll be focusing on over the next few weeks.

How to Warm Up Your Readers and Make Them Raving Fans


Remember the 80/20 rule: 8 out of 10 readers will read your headline copy but only 2 out of 10 will read your entire post.

Since headlines persuade your audience to read your content, you should dedicate 50 percent of your efforts to writing magnetic headlines before you write the rest of your copy.

Here are 10 compelling tips to help you win the battle for your audience’s attention.

​Some GREAT copywriter inside info here.

10 Ways Specificity Helps You Build a Profitable Audience – Copyblogger


Whether you are entirely new to email marketing automation, or still have reservations, you should know that automating your email promotions will make you money in the long run.

If you’ve ever been curious to start something like this like I have, this is a good place to start educating yourself. There is a lot here to learn from.

Email Marketing Automation Bible – More Then Detailed Guide From Email SaaS Experts

Links of the Week (05/18/2020)

Wile E. Coyote files a lawsuit, blogging, and YouTube growth tips…

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHWESTERN DISTRICT, TEMPE, ARIZONA

CASE NO. B19294, JUDGE JOAN KUJAVA, PRESIDING

WILE E. COYOTE, Plaintiff

-v.-

ACME COMPANY, Defendant

Opening Statement of Mr. Harold Schoff, attorney for Mr. Coyote:

​1990 New Yorker article…classic.

Wile E. Coyote v. Acme Company


Speaking of the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, animator Chuck Jones and his team were said to follow these simple rules when creating the cartoons…

The Rules of Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote Cartoons


Who wouldn’t like to blog for a living?

Imagine sitting at your desk in the morning, typing away and making a great living while everyone else is fighting traffic or their boss.

​Not a bad thought.

How To Blog Your Way To A Second Income


If your goal is to grow your personal brand on YouTube, but you don’t know how to get started, keep reading.

​While the goal of my vlogs isn’t to grow my personal brand…the advice here is solid and consistent with what I’ve heard many times.

How to Grow Your Personal Brand on YouTube: 4-Step Guide

Links of the Week (05/11/2020)

California dreaming, photography, and blogging for a living…

Do you dream about spelunking your way through a prehistoric cave? Is glamping under the stars more your style? Whatever your outdoor pleasure, you’re sure to find it in California.

You can find almost anything in my home state.

California’s Wide-Open Spaces


This month I clutched 250,000 pageviews. I’m thrilled, but looking at just a few years back it’s crazy how far my blog has come. We all start at 0 and we all have the power to catapult our blogs to help reach our goals.”

I stumbled across this site and got caught up reading a ton of articles. That’s usually a good sign of quality.

The 7 Best Ways to Grow Blog Traffic (0-250,000 Pageviews a Month)


We usually camp in national parks or the bush, but we also use caravan parks on extended roadtrips to enjoy luxuries such as power and a pool, and to clean up and do a few days’ work. A good caravan park is a destination in itself, and we’ve stayed in a few for up to a week, enjoying the experience.

A nice read for anyone who dreams of touring the country sometime in life.

The romance vs the reality of caravan parks


Feeling nervous about taking photographs in public can really hold your photography back. I personally can remember at least a year or so of photographing “interesting details” on walls and pavements because I just didn’t quite have the guts to photograph the people and scenes all around me. I wish I’d stopped to think about that at the time, and especially about how to overcome that fear!

Fantastic Tips to Stop Feeling Shy Taking Photographs in Public

Links of the Week (5/04/2020)

Drake’s house is out of this world, Gratitude is healthy for you, and Skynet in its infancy…

Remember the chintzy, pimped-out McMansions that were a staple of the long-running MTV series Cribs? The Toronto home of mega recording artist Aubrey Drake Graham is something else altogether.

Drake’s house is honestly difficult for me to fathom.

Inside Rapper Drake’s Manor House in Hometown Toronto


“I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,” Emmons writes of the social dimension of gratitude, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people

According to sociologist Georg Simmel, gratitude serves as a way to personalize things that we all experience objectively. Simmel has often referred to gratitude as “the moral memory of mankind.”

I love it.

The positive impact of gratitude on mental and physical health


Below is what’s new for parents:

  • PIN protect individual profiles to prevent kids using them
  • Filtering out titles that are not appropriate for their age with country ratings
  • Remove individual series or films by title; won’t show up in profile
  • Easily review each profile’s setting in new “Profile and Parental Controls” hub within account settings
  • See profile viewing history for kids; Turn off auto play of episodes in kids profiles

If you’re a parent like I am…this is a huge win. 😂

Netflix Adds More Parental Controls: PIN Protected Profiles, Disabling Auto Play and More


AutoML-Zero is unique because it uses simple mathematical concepts to generate algorithms “from scratch,” as the paper states. Then, it selects the best ones, and mutates them through a process that’s similar to Darwinian evolution.

​Skynet anyone? 😉

New AI improves itself through Darwinian-style evolution

Links of the Week (4/27/2020)

So much good advice for your writing and your blog…

In this piece we will cover all the ways you can organize your content creation workflow. Sit tight, because we’re packing a lot of guides on how tools help us create more and create better.

Lots of great apps and tools covered here. Always fun to read through posts like these.

The Complete List of Tools for SEO Content Creation & Blogging Productivity in 2020


As a teenager, you may have once pined over a boy or girl and thought, They don’t even know I exist. Well, it can feel just as bad when you create a new blog and no-one seems to be reading it. In fact, it may be even worse because Google Analytics will confirm your suspicions without a hint of sympathy.

How to Get the Word out about Your New Blog


Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend thousands on your blog to be successful. You don’t need hundreds of thousands of pageviews. Or even a super slick blog design. In fact, you can be extremely successful and barely spend any money. But what you do need is a plan.

5 Blogging Mistakes + How to Fix Them


While I know you’ve heard the benefits of guest posting before, I don’t think it’s often discussed as a practice.

A lot has to happen before more readers discover your writing, and one big obstacle blocks many internet-era writers …

Find Loyal Readers Faster with This Writing Practice