My Week That Was

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I kind of liked last week’s summary post, so let’s try it again this week.

Here’s what’s been happening in my world lately…

Another Week, Another 5 People I Learned Something From

It was another successful week of profiling interesting people on A Person You Should Know – I’ve now featured 65 people on the site and learned a ton from all of them.

This week’s batch included Zappos founder Tony Hsieh who has turned customer service into an art form, Flickr founder Caterina Fake who has the kind of perspective you can only get from being an early Internet leader, author Chris Guillebeau who wrote one of my favorite books (The $100 Startup), Jane McGonigal who blew my mind with some interesting ideas about why people need to spend more time playing video games, and minimalist Leo Babauta who will make you want to live a much simpler life.

Speaking Of Books…

I just finished reading a book that I highly recommend from one of the other people I featured on A Person You Should Know a while ago – Hugh MacLeod.

The book is titled Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys To Creativity. It’s a very quick read – even if you’re a slow sporadic reader – and it’s full of great perspective on the creative process and what it takes in general to lead a successful life.

Here’s a taste:

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Meanwhile, At My Day Job…

We put out another Academy Originals video this week and it’s a good one. Editor Crispin Struthers, whose edited films like American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook shared his creative process with us.

Check it out:

The Best Of My Twitter Feed

As I mentioned last week, I seem to be spending more and more time on Twitter lately (follow me here) and finding more and more interesting stuff there. Here are a few things that caught my eye this week:

Vala Afshar dug up this New York Times article from 30 years ago that explained why people would NEVER use laptop computers.

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I enjoyed this Medium article about how to work 40 hours in 16.7 hours using the “Pomodoro Technique.”

This article about the future of the Internet being flow is worth some thought.

As a lifelong hip hop fan, it was interesting to see what happens when you let a 14-year-old student write rhymes as part of a class project. This was the result:

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I also came across a Bob Dylan quote I love:

“Man is a success when he gets up in the morning, goes to bed at night, and in between, does what he wants.”

Billy Eichner, who’s worth a follow on Twitter by the way, shared a clip from the new season of his show and it’s a good one.

This Is Getting Long, But Here’s One Last Thing

I wrote another new post on Medium this week so I thought I’d share it here as well.

It’s titled 5 Quick Thoughts About Email and it features five things I’ve been thinking about that relate to email – clever title, right?

That reminds me – you should also read How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps (it’s not really about weight loss, but it is really awesome) and this Alfred Hitchcock speech includes one of the best lines I’ve read about advertising:

“In the entire history of sadism, the television commercial is the only instance where Man has invented a torture and then provided the victim with a means of escape.”

I didn’t write either of those, but they’re great and I did read them so that should count for something, right?

Ok, that’s how I spent my week – well, at least some of it.

About That Scott Baio Pic…

Now that you got to the end of this post, you might be wondering why the hell there’s a Scott Baio photo at the top of it.

I thought it might be fun (for me?) to include a photo that relates to something I experienced this week that I don’t actually discuss in this post or on this blog. It’s kind of like an inside joke for me and something that you can wonder about.

So sleep well knowing that I experienced something this week that in some way related to Scott Baio.

Let’s Talk About What Happened This Week…

As you may have noticed, posting on this site continues to be slow.

But don’t worry, it’s not because I don’t love you any more – I’ve just been busy posting a bunch of other stuff in a bunch of other places.

The Internet’s become a complicated place and different ideas seem to fit best in different places which is a long-winded way of saying I’m still figuring out what belongs on the pages of this site these days.

But I know something definitely belongs here, so bear with me while I sort it out.

In the meantime, I thought I’d update you on some of the things I’ve discovered (and contributed) to the world in the past week.

60 Profiles Later, A Person You Should Know Has Attracted 1,200 Subscribers

The  side project that’s taking up the majority of my time these days continues to hum along and I profiled another five people this week on A Person You Should Know.

They’re all awesome and I recommend you check out my writeups on Buzzfeed founder Jonah Peretti if you want to learn how and why people share things online, teacher Jose Luis Vilson if you want an interesting look at issues our teachers face, maker Stef Lewandowski to learn why you should create something every day, minimalist Courtney Carver to learn how to simplify your life, and media technologist Deanna Zandt to better understand how social media actually affects us.

Oh, and if you haven’t yet subscribed to get each new person sent to you via email, you can do that here.

Stuff I Used To Post Here Is Now Twitter Fodder

Because I’ve been busy, a lot of the stuff I used to post on this site is currently finding its way on to my Twitter feed instead.

For example, these fun art images.

I also became obsessed with this Jamaican kid workout trainer:

And If You Want To Read Some Things I Wrote…

Another of my latest obsessions is sharing my thoughts on Medium. It’s a great platform with a quality audience and it’s motivated me to write a few posts recently that I thought I should share here as well.

I’ve actually published five articles on the site this month and they include:

Why Every High School Should Teach A Social Media Class

I Work In Social Media – Here Are 9 Things On My Mind

How You Can Get Better At Anything In One Month

“You Need To DO Things. Not Enough People Do Things.”

Here Are 12 Women You Should Know – Can You Help Me Find More?

See? Told you I’ve been busy.

Oh, one more thing I didn’t write but I highly recommend you read. This article about How To Lose Weight In 4 Easy Steps really has nothing to do with losing weight, but is a fantastic and inspiring read.

That’s it for now – more to come soon I’m sure.

The Launch of A Person You Should Know

You might have noticed that things have gotten a little quiet around here. Sorry about that, but there’s a good reason for it.

About two months ago I launched a new project that has taken up much of the time I was previously spending on this blog.

It’s a website and newsletter called A Person You Should Know, and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Each day I profile one person who I think more people should know.

The people I feature tend to be smart, creative, and inspiring. While they come from very different backgrounds and spend their days doing very different things, they are all putting ideas into the world that help others.

I believe that knowing them will help make you better at life in a variety of ways – they can make you more productive, creative, or even happy.

I’ve started a lot of projects over the years and this one has stood out already – it’s been incredibly valuable to me personally and has been a great way to learn a ton of new things and experience new perspectives from smart people on a daily basis.

I’ve also been excited to see that I’m not the only one finding these people compelling – the site is building a strong and devoted audience which has also made it a fun experience so far.

You can see all the people I’ve profiled on the site so far right here, and I hope you’ll check it out.

If you like what you see, I’d love it if you’d help spread the word and tell others you think may enjoy it.

Also, the easiest way to make sure you see each new person I profile is to subscribe to get each post by email.

And don’t worry – I’m not abandoning this site. I hope to get back to posting on this site more frequently soon.

For My Next Trick, I’ll Show You A Magic Video

I’m not exactly the world’s biggest magic fan, but somehow a new magic talent show hosted by Penn and Teller has caught my attention recently.

The premise of the show is that magicians come on and perform some tricks, and then Penn and Teller try to guess how the trick is done. If the magicians can fool Penn and Teller, then they “win.” I have no idea what they win, but who really cares anyway?

This is a long-winded way of saying that below you can watch a video of a magician named Shin Lim who actually does some pretty compelling tricks.