Seagulls and Sardines - March 2019
I thought I'd try and compile a monthly list of things I've enjoyed reading, watching, or listening to. I love Pocket and often pocket things to read later. The lists get long, but luckily some long plane trips give me some time to catch up and read all these things I've been waiting on. For the three people reading this site (Hi, Mom), check back in a few weeks for another list of links to explore. Thanks to all the amazing people out there creating incredible, thought-provoking, and entertaining content. The photo above was taken out of my hotel room in London, right near Lancaster Gate. Spring was just springing.
Karen O / Dangermouse performing "Woman" Fantastic performance in a single take on live television, directed by Spike Jonze.
Eat the Best Oysters in the World in Denmark I read this piece, full of beautiful photography, about oyster daytrips and dining in Copenhagen. Adding it to the list of things to do.
Dear Ueno: How do you keep in touch with all your remote teams? A nice piece of Q&A from some of the team at Ueno discussing how they work with remote teams. As our teams at Bluebeam get more distributed in offices in LA, the UK, Scandinavia, and Australia I am always interested to see how other teams and organizations work seamlessly across multiple time zones.
Deeney's Dynasty Watford FC Captain, Troy Deeney, is a one-of-a-kind modern footballer. He's a cult hero and a club legend. This piece from Watford's website is a great profile on one of the Premier League's best, and most loyal, characters.
#Superbloom or #poppynightmare? Selfie chaos forces canyon closure Come for the commentary on selfie culture destroying a small town, stay for the fantastic photography. The photo by Etienne Laurent is a brilliant snapshot of this bizarre moment in time.
Beyond Engagement: the Content Performance Quotient This piece by, legendary web designer/developer/advocate, Jeffery Zeldman came out last year, but I seem to be referencing it often. It's always a tough conversation to debate the merits of "time spent on site" vs. just giving people what they want. Is it a bad thing that people are only spending less than two minutes on your site? Do we really need them to spend 10 minutes or more? How do we measure success? I think Jeffery does a great job outlining the arguments and suggesting a path forward.
THE TRAUMA FLOOR: The secret lives of Facebook moderators in America Do you need another reason to delete your Facebook account? This article may help. It's a brutal look at the day-to-day lives of Facebook content moderators and the longterm effects the work is having on them.
Dear Nick Cave, How will your music effect me? Nick Cave's "Red Hand Files" (website and newsletter) are amongst the best things I read every month. I've loved his music since high school and seeing him at the Warfield in SF in 1992 was a life-changing experience. He just continues to get better and better with age. In last month's Red Hand Files he responded to a letter from a 10-year-old fan who asks how listening to his music will effect her. His response is deep, meaningful, and empowering. I read it to my 11-year-old son who is deeply connected to music these days and, specifically, music that his peers aren't really into it.
LAFC’s fervent fans show the honeymoon with their team isn’t over I'm very biased, but I loved this article on LAFC supporters showing up for season two. Last year was amazing and so much fun. I had low expectations for following an MLS team, but everything about LAFC exceeded my expectations; the stadium, the style of players, the accessibility of the players, the supporters, the jerseys, were all just perfect. We're three home matches into season two, which have include two stoppage time goals and a 4-1 hammering of a rival team.
Predator Accelerator TR Zinedine Zidane To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Adidas' "Predator" line of football boots and apparel, they've brought back vintage version of the original shoes worn by David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane. The Zidane indoor shoes are a work of art. I'm dying for the price to drop.