April 2016 Archives

Automation Instead Of Manpower

Last week I launched an interesting internal programming project that I had been working on for a few months. Whenever we run a sale or promotion there are an increasing number of things that need to be created and scheduled: a newsletter, a blog post, a home page banner, sitewide banners, social media posts, etc. All of this was previously organized by Mike in a Google Spreadsheet. If we wanted to run a similar promo to a past sale, at best we could reuse the… Continue reading


Sleep As A Productivity “Tool”

I think that our culture has a warped view of sleep. Jason Fried recently wrote a great post entitled Being tired isn’t a badge of honor. One of my favorite passages is: Your brain is still active at night. It works through matters you can’t address during the day. Don’t you want to wake up with new solutions in your head rather than bags under your eyes? Back in 2008 I wrote a post about productive napping after having read Take a Nap! Change Your… Continue reading


How To: Use Skype On Windows With An Apple iPhone Headset

I’m an Android user but for the life of me I can’t find a better hands free headset than the Apple headset that comes with the iPhone. I’ve tried a variety of highly rated ones over the years and always came back to the Apple as being the most comfortable and best performing. I carry them in my laptop bag so I’ll always have them handy if I need to take a long phone call. Which got me to thinking: could I use them for… Continue reading


The Cognitive Savings Are Why I Really Love Amazon Prime

As a business owner I’m not always a fan of Amazon’s practices, but as a consumer one of the best purchases I make is the $100/year I spend on Amazon Prime. It’s not because of any of the obvious benefits of free 2-day shipping. It’s because of the cognitive savings. The definition of cognition is: conscious mental activities : the activities of thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering It’s those mental activities that I save big on with Amazon Prime. My shopping habits changed when I… Continue reading


Pyramid Schemes, Cheap Cell Phone Surveillance, and Millennials Running Companies – Monthly Link Roundup

I’m trying out something new. Since I’ve mostly stopped posting on Twitter, I’ve decided to start doing a monthly roundup of all of the interesting and thought provoking long-form stories that I’ve read recently. Drew Brees Has a Dream He’d Like to Sell You – with Drew Brees’ help as pitchman, AdvoCare is scamming encouraging people into participating in their pyramid scheme multi-level marketing business. [ESPN The Magazine] What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget? – apparently for less than $2k you… Continue reading