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
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:
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:
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:
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.