You win some, you lose some. SF just lost a public art space.
Let’s be honest, the goal of any media-focused startup should be to make it onto this list of suggested sites to block, as provided by a “focus app” I recently downloaded. Oh no, you are no pariah - far from it, you will have qualified as one of the most addictive sites on the internet!
[And yes, I took a screenshot and jumped onto Tumblr so I could post before lockdown takes effect. ]
- Call home more often. (Flying home is better!)
- Wake up before sunrise. The first three weeks of January was a win, then the battle began. It’s ok though, new routines don’t happen overnight so this morning’s blog post means that I am back on the horse! (Meanwhile, I’m eagerly awaiting my Basis watch.)
- Kick coffee [Status update: winning. Although I have picked up quite the tea habit…]
- Write more, and ship it. Draft posts do nobody any good.
- Get outdoors. Like Redwoods outdoors. Every other weekend at least. (Status: on track)
- Outsource/delegate wherever possible and appropriate to do so.
- Read widely and weirdly. (Currently reading: The Field by Lynne McTaggart which is equal parts physics and mysticism. Chapter by chapter, it blows my mind.)
- Meet more artists.
- Stay humble, stay ambitious.
- Learn as much as I can and get better every day.
- Be a force for positive change in the world.
- Cherish the meaningful relationships.
- Be content with whatever I have. (Objects != happiness.)
- Stay curious.
Webview (noun): a particular conception of the web.
[See also, Worldview (noun): A particular philosophy of life or conception fo the world.]
Take a nap on the N Judah sometime and you might just wake up to a land inhabited by families, long-timer friends and newly-wed lovers. Without a hint of irony some of the cafe dwellers wear their SF Giants hats not so much with pride as with habit; it is who they are, and they have always worn those hats.
As I sip my coffee - black, imported, delicious, reasonably priced (!) - I am convinced of a particular fact: these are most definitely locals. Like an Attenborough documentary I observe them in their natural habitat: at home in the fog, joyous in sunlight and positively radiant when among their homies (?). These are San Franciscans and this is Ocean beach.
It is possible that they are a special breed. It is possible they are surfies hibernating through the wintery off-season in between long sips of Colombian-ground. I can’t quite tell but there are glimmers that betray their utter comfort in these surroundings. Not a word about tech or passes their lips - they are alert to the rawness of nature.
A petition-weilding hippy is poached outside on the street corner. The political skirmishes of last century have long since passed and he is beyond caring what others think. Just shy of 6 ft, he looks the part of the life long activist: stainer hair, scruffy beard (flecks of this morning’s breakfast on display?) and wavy white hair tied back in a pony tail behind a brow is perpetually furrowed despite his warm facial expression - scars of wisdom, one might say.
Patrons and neighbors don’t mind his invitations to sign. Quite to the contrary, he has a demure charm about him and most are receptive to his attempts at engagement. They express interest of a sort that belies their admiration; “if he is giving up his Saturday collecting signatures from the community then he must feel it is important, and perhaps he has a point…”
His relax tempo betrays a lifetime of community action. Building, organizing, fighting, acting. Bred with the ideals of an engaged citizen, he collects his signatures unobtrusively and with a collected energy that knows its purpose. Overhearing snippets of his method, it goes a little like:
- "Don’t you think it’s unfair that…" (instills outrage)
- "If only we could…" (inception)
- "Which is why I have…" (leader/actor/Line in the sand")
- "So by collecting ____ petitions…" (easy call to action)
- "it will trigger a review at the local government level" (sense of urgency/common goal)
- "All of the residents on this list (validation) - combined (community) - will demonstrate enough passion to remind councillors that their constituency would prefer that they re-evaluate their position on this particular issue.”
Polite to a tee, insightful, and tactically astute, he and others like him are the pillars we imagine when dreaming of San Francisco freedom from afar: residents stand up for what they believe in. In his mastery, it is a spectacle of beauty.
We’re all connected, man.
The first product in a long time to make me go woah!, Grid is the spreadsheet system re-imagined, tablet first. Things that can do anything that connect to other things that do anything: that’s powerful. A deceivingly obvious utility, Grid can be social, solitary, serious or playful, but at its core it is a reflection of our cognitive default: the desire to organize and connect information in meaningful ways.
Hint: it’s not
My prediction: people will underestimate Grid, and then it will be everywhere. If I’m right, the founders will soon become improbable captains of the universe.
SketchNotes of Mike Maple’s StartupDreamTeam talk #hyperfuture cc. @m2jr @startupdreamteam
Why do ideas come when you’re running out the door?
Screencapture leaves a photo on my computer or desktop. I’d prefer it as a URL so I can immediately paste it in a kiipt or pinterest resource….
Often I want to crop photos so getting the raw URL for a photo is insufficient, hence the need for a “CaptureBox”.
Done - now for Batman…
[Update: Jessica Barnett (@redheadjessica) gave me the tip-off that CloudApp already does this. Awesome.]