In this issue: Productivity workshop notes, What makes a GREAT video conference, Tools that I’m using / loving, and a few fun / smart / interesting links.
Question: What’s your favorite thing that you’ve bought in the past year? Email me back and I’ll include the best ones I hear.
Tools I’m Using
Story Slicer iPhone app: Cut long videos to fit on social stories. I’ve been posting a lot on my Instagram story and this works for that. Heard about it at LessDoing
Focusmate: “Virtual coworking helps you get things done.” You get paired up in a video conference with someone, and you hold each other accountable to do remote work in a 50-minute session, via Michael Galpert on Twitter
Aaptiv, iPhone and Android app: I’ve been using this workout app for a few months, every so often. I like it and I’m a paying subscriber. Great for a little added motivation for a hotel or gym workout.
Introducing 184.108.40.206: Cloudflare launches “the Internet’s fastest DNS directory” with more privacy protections. Seems legit. I just did this on my Mac and my phone, via Michael Alexis in the Museum Hack internal Slack
Productivity Workshop: Less Doing Notes
I’m a sucker for business conferences and workshops.
The other week I attended the Less Doing Live 2018 workshop in Miami, Florida. It was hosted at an incredible full-floor studio with great views of Miami Beach.
Sally Hogshead speaking on stage. For us, she did a video call.
Usually, I hate when business conferences try to hotswap live video for a legit keynote presentation. Have you ever seen it done well?
It works poorly for a variety of reasons:
The speaker can’t read the room
There’s audio / video lag due to bad wifi
Q&A is painful
Mostly, the speaker can’t read the room. So they drag on, and the audience (ME) get bored easily. But last week, for the first time ever, I saw a keynote presentation via video conferencing done SUPER well.
FUN: Real Hackstory Of The World’s Worst Midlife Crisis
Stede, living the dream.
Have you ever seen the movie Trainspotting? It’s mostly about Scottish heroin addicts and Iggy Pop, but it’s also about the choice people—and maybe men, more often—sometimes make to be self-destructive for no rational reason.
And, while this is the story of Stede Bonnet, who was an English pirate (briefly) in the 1700s, I think the opening monologue for that movie applies here pretty well: “Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f*cking big television”—OK, maybe not that last bit.