And if the world blow up
Next life, we do it all over
Uh, yeah, let’s toast to the memory
I wrote my name in the sky, so remember me

As I work right now, I look and think “holy shit, those designs are shitty.”  I’ve never been one of those do it once and it comes out perfect person. What I write, I hate the first, fifth, tenth and twentieth time. What I design, I hate forever. What I release, I’m … reluctant. But yeah, if I really consider it, that’s failure, and failure is just another way of experimenting, of forward progress, of blowing things up and starting it —- not over, but again and anew, anew because maybe when its the fiftieth iteration, when you’ve got the chance and also the balls to keep at it for the 10,000 hours and 66 straight days, when you are fortunate to have the time and place and money opportunity to do it — drive is the least of your concerns because it’s the one thing in your control…

It also helps to have a good soundtrack, in these adventures through failures, as in life.

selfieim
selfieim:


O que o motivou a criar o Selfie? Queremos fornecer a nossos usuários um lugar no qual se sintam representados de maneira autêntica

(via "O ‘selfie’ é um idioma universal", diz criador do Selfie.im - Vida Digital - Notícia - VEJA.com)
Grateful and excited to talk about the whys, hows and what’s next for Selfie for our users in Brazil.  It was a pretty in-depth interview that puts a lot of our work for the last few months in perspective.

selfieim:

O que o motivou a criar o Selfie? Queremos fornecer a nossos usuários um lugar no qual se sintam representados de maneira autêntica

(via "O ‘selfie’ é um idioma universal", diz criador do Selfie.im - Vida Digital - Notícia - VEJA.com)

Grateful and excited to talk about the whys, hows and what’s next for Selfie for our users in Brazil.  It was a pretty in-depth interview that puts a lot of our work for the last few months in perspective.

alexrainert

alexrainert:

Mat Honan:

And that’s the thing: Flickr feels like a permanent home. While sharing is great, it turns out that as we progress in our digital lives, as we take more and more photos and share them more and more places, we eventually want to go back and see them again. (Which explains the popularity of services like TimeHop.) We want to revisit them. We want to relive them.

This is a great insight. We take more and more photos but it seems like a lot of services are geared towards “share now!” vs reflection and coming back to the things we’ve done and getting some narrative out of them.

Coincidentally, these abstractions: stories, moments, reflection, images — they coincide (hehe) with everything that I’m interested in tech at the moment. It’s everything that i has informed my work at Flickr and at Tumblr. So.. stay tuned for more in this space ;)

EDIT: question: do we ‘really’ want to see all these mementos again? We create so much volume now and a simple economic rule of thumb is that the greater the supply, the lower the demand.

timoni
Your business success will depend on the extent to which programmers essentially live at your office. For this to be a common choice, your office had better be nicer than the average programmer’s home. There are two ways to achieve this result. One is to hire programmers who live in extremely shabby apartments. The other is to create a nice office.
Managing Software Engineers Amen, brother. I think about this every time I leave my (nice) apartment for my (not nice) office. (via timoni)
Anatomy of my desk. Notes on Flickr. We were moving around desks today so it was a good time for me to refresh and realized how I like my desk space organized.
17 in. Macbook Pro: Communication screen with HipChat, Adium and Twitter clients.
Cinema Display monitor: Main screens divided by Safari browser for Tumblr dashboard, web research, Turntable.fm, github and Chrome browser for work email, Google docs and calendar.  Also to fire up Photoshop or Excel when necessary.
Testing devices: iPod touch, Google Nexus S and iPad 2
Headphones:  Panasonic RP-HTX7 
A camera
A Behance dot sketchpad
Some comics
A dragon
Sticky notes for current projects
Not seen: a hoodie when the office gets to be sub-zero

Anatomy of my desk. Notes on Flickr. We were moving around desks today so it was a good time for me to refresh and realized how I like my desk space organized.

  1. 17 in. Macbook Pro: Communication screen with HipChat, Adium and Twitter clients.
  2. Cinema Display monitor: Main screens divided by Safari browser for Tumblr dashboard, web research, Turntable.fm, github and Chrome browser for work email, Google docs and calendar.  Also to fire up Photoshop or Excel when necessary.
  3. Testing devices: iPod touch, Google Nexus S and iPad 2
  4. Headphones:  Panasonic RP-HTX7 
  5. A camera
  6. A Behance dot sketchpad
  7. Some comics
  8. A dragon
  9. Sticky notes for current projects
  10. Not seen: a hoodie when the office gets to be sub-zero
bobulate

bobulate:

David Sedaris uses, not a real stove but, a stove metaphor to talk about work-life balance:

One burner represents your family, one is your friends, the third is your health, and the fourth is your work. The gist … was that in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. And in order to be really successful you have to cut off two.

James Franco seems to defy burner-isms. A recent piece raises at least two questions: 1) Can he be for real? And 2) If so, then just how is all of this possible?

For instance:

[G]raduate school. As soon as Franco finished at UCLA, he moved to New York and enrolled in four of them: NYU for filmmaking, Columbia for fiction writing, Brooklyn College for fiction writing, and — just for good measure — a low-residency poetry program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. This fall, at 32, before he’s even done with all of these, he’ll be starting at Yale, for a Ph.D. in English, and also at the Rhode Island School of Design.

And this isn’t new:

See also:
Balanced people don’t change the world

According to his mother, Betsy, Franco has been this way since he was born. In kindergarten, he wouldn’t just build regular little block towers — he’d build structures that used every single block in the playroom. At night, he would organize his Star Wars toys before he slept. When Franco was 4 years old, a friend of the family died. Betsy gave him the standard Mortality Talk: no longer with us, just a part of life — yes, but hopefully not for a very long time. Little James burst into tears. He was inconsolable. Eventually, he managed to choke out, between sobs, “But I don’t want to die! I have so much to do!”

This is no two-burner strategy. This is everything-ism.