Summary: Google is evil and incredibly smart, Twitter is not dead (yet), Drum N Bass is still alive and well, Football is not life, Walking makes you more creative, as does Reading, and the why the world needs less productivity apps.
1. Google’s Hegemony
Burying the URL
URLs are the essence. They make hypertext hyper. The term “web” is no accident – it refers to this explicitly.
Google is trying to remove the URL by tying it closer to search. This is essentially rigging one of the fundamental layers of the Internet, the fact that each URL is unique. Furthermore:
Maybe I was crazy to think that URLs were a permanent part of our culture. Still, I’ll miss the damn things. Let’s pour one out for the URL.
2. Tweeting at the Twitter Range
It takes a thousand tweets to learn Twitter
If it continues to take a thousands tweet to realize the value of Twitter it will never be widely adopted.
It takes a thousand times to get into the groove in anything. Needless to say, the challenge Twitter faces today is Wall Street’s exaggerated claims about its growth problem.
As MG Siegler argues, people will continue to exaggerate the end of Twitter while it persists.
3. Goldie is Still “Timeless”
“I’m an OG Again”: Goldie on 20 Years of Metalheadz, and Turning ‘Timeless’ Into an Orchestral Score
“If we play a Metalheadz set at one of those festivals, it’ll be dead. I would say though, the one good thing about electronic music is that it opened up into all different kinds of music. It’s not just about drum ‘n’ bass, and I like the idea of that. We couldn’t get away with that when we were younger. You had to get in a box and stay there. It was either drum ’n’ bass or pop back then.”
It’s still a bit of a surprise to see the popularity of electronic music these days. But when Kanye sampled Daft Punk, I knew it was the end of Electronica as a genre.
The good news about niche music like Drum N Bass is that while more people are aware of it thanks to the Internet’s long-tail, it’s still a little misunderstood.
4. Quit While You’re Ahead
The Lessons of Barry Sanders.
He was 31 years old, just a year removed from putting together one of the greatest seasons we’ve ever seen from a running back, and still completely healthy. He was also one year away from breaking Walter Payton’s all-time rushing record.
What’s it like to quit at your peak? For Barry Sanders, quitting felt like the right thing to do. Life was so much more than football.
Barry Sanders is my favorite running back of all time. When he touched the ball, anything could happen. Perhaps he quit to leave a few miracles to the mind.
5. Walk It Off
Need A Creative Solution? Go For A Walk, Says Science
Compared to sitting, walking in any form was shown to boost creativity by some 60%—even when subjects sat down at a desk afterward.
Walking isn’t just for creatives and health types. Walking is a way to do business. Whoever thought walking would become so trendy, along with standing up at work? At least people are walking…
6. Takes Time to Make Time (Reading)
The Art of Reading, Remembering, and Retaining More Books
I look at books as investments in a future of learning rather than a fleeting moment of insight, soon to be forgotten.
I read now more than ever, at least it feels that way. Maybe it’s the endless scrolling instead of the left to right page turning. Kindle also make it easy to highlight and save all my favorite quotes and so I can keep reading uninterrupted and go back later reference.
I also think I own the illusion of reading more today because I of all the short-form articles (snacks) in my RSS and Twitter, and tweets, most of which are high quality journalism.
7. Going Analog
No New Tools
Consider making a program for people, not a program for a computer. I don’t want a new app to help me do work; I want different ways to think about work so I can get more done.
Some apps can make you more productive (see here) and see the world differently (thanks Instagram) but for the most part what’s effective are the basic tools: pen, paper, Google Spreadsheet, etc.
Productivity apps might save you time but they don’t do the hard work for you.