links for 2010-10-06

  • I have a client who is double- and triple-booked in meetings all day and simply decides each hour what to attend. This is not a situation that harbors successes. Nor is my recent tendency at work to tentatively accept every meeting thrown my way, which serves a similar purpose but screws up other people's scheduling. Now that I'm running Canopy, I actually am putting hands-on work into my calendar, although, as Mike notes, it's easy to bump, which has me working from 9 to midnight a lot lately. I'd love to have his conceptual calendar to see how it works. In the meantime, I'd be happy to have a clone.

links for 2010-09-27

  • I follow some travel bloggers and I'm always perplexed by their mileage accrual schemes. In this case, US Airways is giving away up to 100,000 bonus miles for people that get enough third-party activity on their plans. The author has mapped out a complex strategy to get the miles by spending $400 on various items he doesn't want or need, including a few throwaway car rentals and, of all things, a boutonniere. I appreciate that the 100K miles have an approximate value of $1,000–or more, considering that this man certainly is planning some redemption tactics to extract value–but I just don't see the utility in spending real money for what is basically store credit. Maybe if I were more of a road warrior I'd get it, but I dunno.
    (tags: travel money)

Now this is how to blog

Bill Simmons’ latest column on ESPN quasi-Rickrolls readers deep in football mode into watching Hulk Hogan defeat the Iron Sheik at Madison Square Garden. Which, in turn, gets said reader’s mind into nostalgia mode, whereupon one quickly discovers all kinds of great Hulk Hogan nuggets–he was huge in Japan!–and then to the real “who knew?” moment, unearthing this thorough list of pro wrestling terms on (where else?) Wikipedia.

A worked screwjob, is part of the storyline and the match is intended to end controversially. A shoot screwjob is extremely rare and occurs when a change is made without one of the participants knowing, creating an outcome that is contrary to what was supposedly planned for the storyline by the participants. The most famous example of a screwjob of this type is the Montreal Screwjob.

Behond, the wondrous serendipity that is the Internet. And those 23″ pythons.

links for 2010-08-18

links for 2010-08-11

  • This is the blog for the Wakemate, a new gadget for mobile phones that is supposed to track your rem sleep cycles and help you consistently rise in the morning on the proverbial right side of the bed. I know this applies to me, so I queued up for the product, many months ago. The blog is a fascinating study in what it takes to produce a physical product–it's very, very hard (and crucial to get the details right at launch, and production delays are inevitable. Check out the combination of optimism, crisis and grind in the Wakemate's blog. (Also, Wakemate, if you're reading this, I'm ready for my shipment.)