Link Friday: A Father, a Dying Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame Ever

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter I thought I’d try posting an interesting link each week to a long-form story that I found interesting and thought-provoking. Playing for Time: A Father, a Dying Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame Ever [Wired] – how a father and game developer coped with his son’s battle with cancer and eventual death by developing That Dragon, Cancer, a video game that IGN called “a crushingly intimate game that left… Continue reading

2/5/16

Taking Advantage Of Our Slow Season

As one would expect, January and February are not exactly peak months for selling car care supplies. Over the years we’ve adjusted various aspects of the business to align with our slow season in the winter. Along with a few things that just happen to luckily fall into this time period, we end up spending a decent amount of our time in the winter working on once-yearly things like: Any server maintenance or software upgrades, as I discussed in my Update Season post. Employee reviews…. Continue reading

2/3/16

If I Were 18 Today Would I Still Go To College?

College is one of my favorite topics. It’s true that education correlates strongly with earnings. On average, the further you go in school, the more you’ll make. But that really means nothing to the individual. We all know people with no college who are massively successful, and everyone I think knows a few people with master’s degrees who can’t get their act together. I also don’t necessarily assume that this trend will continue on into the future, although we won’t know for sure until it’s… Continue reading

2/1/16

Link Friday: You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter I thought I’d try posting an interesting link each week to a long-form story that I found interesting and thought-provoking. You Won’t Live to See the Final Star Wars Movie [Wired] – an inside look at how Disney plans to run the Star Wars franchise. As a Star Wars fan I’m equally concerned, intrigued, and excited by passages like this: And if the people at the Walt Disney Company, which bought Lucasfilm for… Continue reading

1/29/16

Using Gmail Label Notifications on Android to Disconnect

Last year I wrote about Freedom via Gmail on Android: On nights and weekends when I consider myself “off of work”, I used to occasionally check emails on my computer, which typically involves going into my office, booting up my computer, turning on my monitors, etc. Now I just open up an app on my phone to check to see if anything is important. If there is, I snag my Chromebook or my laptop and take care of it. If there’s not, which is usually… Continue reading

1/27/16

Link Friday: How the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Turns Fans Into Suckers

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter I thought I’d try posting an interesting link each week to a long-form story that I found interesting and thought-provoking. How the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Turns Fans Into Suckers [NY Times Magazine] – a look at how DFS really works, written by someone who is a regular player. Most fascinating to me: how the high rollers use computer scripts, and the companies turn their heads the other way for fear of losing… Continue reading

1/22/16

Update Season

The past few weeks I’ve been working on updating and upgrading almost all of the software and services that power our website: the PayPal API, FedEx and USPS 2016 rate changes, and new versions of PHP, MySQL, and Apache. It’s a combination of coding, system administration (not my strong suit), and obsessively monitoring after launch to ensure nothing goes wrong. I tend to save up work like this for January because it’s our slow season, but I’ve never had this much pile up at once…. Continue reading

1/19/16

“Somehow a couple guys from New York are able to out preform Amazon”

Today we received one of my all-time favorite testimonials from a customer: Detailed image is the best place to get your products from. Don’t waste your time dealing with the other guys or amazon. I’ve been there and done that and somehow a couple guys from New York are able to out preform amazon on shipping speed and customer service. I run a shop and two mobile detail units and I’ve decided to only buy from DI. They ship fast, answer any emails right away… Continue reading

1/4/16

Why I Rarely Use Twitter These Days

Twitter used to be a routine part of my life. I’d check it almost every day. If I saw something interesting I’d share it. If there was an interesting conversation, I’d jump in. And then, about 5 or 6 months ago, I kind of just stopped. I couldn’t quite articulate why until I read Look and Feel and Feel by Jason Fried, who described his feelings towards Twitter after signing up for Instagram: Since then, every time I’ve gone back to Twitter, I’ve noticed I’ve… Continue reading

12/23/15

Pushing Towards a More Relaxed Cyber Week

Each year we get better and better with our Black Friday, Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday promotions, a week I like to refer to as Cyber Week. This year we ran some amazing deals, probably the biggest sales we’ve ever run. And each year we’ve seen sales growth during Cyber Week, which has been very rewarding. At the same time, we’ve become better and better and scheduling and running promos so we didn’t necessarily feel like we were scrambling around to make it all come together…. Continue reading

12/9/15