Daily Archives: December 4, 2013

Change the World!


This post was originally seen at Medium.com -> https://medium.com/design-ux/3de1c25a53be

 

Status Update: Doing what you love.

 

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It is very common to hear people say: “I don’t have time to do volunteer workand “I wish I had more time to do things that I love”.

No more excuses: Do what you love for a cause!

You have a unique talent, something that you truly excel and you love doing it. Share this unique talent with your community.

You can reserve 1, 5, 10, 40 hours a week to do what you love and change the world. It will be your skill used at its best.

Do you love gardening? Plant trees.

Do you love hiking? Hug trees to raise awareness about deforestation.

Do you love to run? Run a marathon to raise money and awareness about a disease.

Do you love reading? Teach a child how to read.

Do you love numbers, spreadsheets? Share your financial management skills with an organization.

Do you love coding for iOS or Android? Colaborate with an open source project to support humanitarian causes.

Do you love coding in Python, Java, C#, C++? Help your city improve its accountability and transparency.

Do you love to cook? Make soups for organizations that help the homeless.

Do you love car racing? Teach teenagers mechanics or physics.

Do you love yoga? Practice yoga with the elders.

Do you love meditation? Try teaching meditation to teenagers.

Do you love to swim? Teach people how to swim.

Do you love to dance? Show others how amazing it is dancing for no reason.

Do you love to draw? Draw pictures for classrooms.

Do you love to sing? Share your voice.

Do you love to write? Write a poem.

Crazy about cleaning? Clean a beach!

Do you love doing two things? Do both!

Do you care for more than one cause? Help all of them! Engage your friends to help you!

You will get paid for this work: with a smile, with a hug, with sweat and tears of joy. There are some studies that even say that you could live longer.

The world needs: artists, scientists, magicians, economists, inventors, lawyers, chefs, software engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, educators, business strategists, doctors, full time mothers who teach the value of care giving, dentists, designers, those who like to practice sports… this is an infinite list.

The world needs creative and innovative people who have the courage to make a step change and solve the most challenging problems.

The world needs the energy of the youngest, the focus and concentration of the adults and the wisdom of the elders.

The world needs YOU. Volunteer work means donate yourself. It is truly doing something with your heart.

Look for opportunities in your neighborhood! Think global and act local!

WARNING: It is highly addictive. Once you start, you will never be able to stop.

Choose the date! Mark in your calendar: Busy: All day — Changing the world.

 

 

Hump day is a good day (37 Photos)


Hump day is a good day (37 Photos)

December 4, 2013 | In: Fuego, Girls, Hot Women, Hump Day

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This post was originally seen on thechive.com => http://thechive.com/2013/12/04/hump-day-is-a-good-day-37-photos/

 

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Pamela Anderson Is Now A Brunette (No, We’re Not Kidding)


Pamela Anderson said bye, bye to her famous long locks last month and now, it appears she’s dyed her blond hair.

The 46-year-old bombshell debuted her brunette pixie cut as she made her way through LAX airport on Sunday night (Dec. 1), according to X17online.com. Although her hairstyle was hidden under a big gray hat, it was obvious that Anderson’s platinum blond locks were replaced with a new brown ‘do.

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After running the New York City Marathon a few weeks ago, Anderson stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to explain her changing looks.

read more -> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/03/pamela-anderson-brunette_n_4379430.html?utm_hp_ref=celebrity

Amazon To Look Into Deliveries By Self-Driving Car


Just kidding.

 

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But since Jeff Bezos is going to pull his April Fool’s Day jokes early for traffic, then so will we. Because quite honestly, ’twas the night before Cyber Monday, and all through the house, every creature was stirring, posting to Twitter about Amazon considering deliveries through drone.

 

Bezos could have picked any trendy technology to get his company’s name in the news and entice tech blogs with easy traffic: He could have said that Amazon was now accepting Bitcoin, or orders through Google Glass, or 3D printing your deliveries of baby wipes and socks. But instead he chose Prime Air.

 

read more -> http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/03/self-driving-drone/

 

 

How to get 1M pageviews before launching your product


Earlier this month we launched Shelby.tv for iPhone.We had been building it (and several iterations of it) for several months, but before launching, we already had >1M page views/month. With this traffic, we were able to do lots of A/B testing, load testing, and product development before our launch to prepare.

A question we hear a lot of is:

“So, how’d you get all that traffic before you launched?”

This is meant to be a high level, non-technical overview of what we did at Shelby to get us there. It’s easier said than done but read on for strategies to get to your own 1 Million page views.

Define what you mean by LAUNCH.

be creative.

Launching a product can mean a variety of things to different people. An apparent lack of definition around WHAT a product launch means can be tough for some to come to grips with, but it’s really a tool to use to your advantage!

At Shelby.tv, we had a product in “beta” for a few months that we were using to test ideas, concepts, and most importantly our API so that it was ready for the launch of our iPhone app.

Launch for us was releasing our app in the Apple App Store, going to the press with our story, sending about 45k emails, and a slew of other tactics to spread the word about our app.

Clearly define your atomic unit.

the core of your product is _________

Definition can be helpful on so many levels, but especially when trying to generate an audience for whatever it is that you’re working on.

We define Shelby.tv as the best way to discover and enjoy new videos everyday and our basic atomic unit (AU) is a Video.

I recently built a web app called Bookmarked.it that surfaces quotes from all the books you have read on your Kindle. My AU is defined as a Quote. Simple. Very well defined.**

Get your hands on as much content as possible.

true story.

Now that you’ve defined your AU or content of your product, go out and get some! There are a bunch of ways to do this. You can create it yourself or you can have alpha or beta testers of your app generating it in some way, or you can harvest it from the web (maybe use the Twitter API to effectively simulate the type of content you are expecting to have on your site).

read more -> https://medium.com/lessons-learned/ac7efa92c4fa

 

Time. Investing or Spending?


My Investment in MLS Cup 2013

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English: A television reporter interviews University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Most of us have heard the saying, “You can either invest your time, or spend your time.”- or at least some variation. Last week, I watched the 60 Minutes special on Nick Saban, the head football coach at the University of Alabama. The following is something he said to a group of young football campers in regards to your time:

“When you invest your time, you make a goal and a decision of something that you want to accomplish. Whether it’s make good grades in school, be a good athlete, be a good person, whatever it is you choose to do, you’re investing your time in that.”

“When you spend your time, you play Xbox. That’s spending time. It accomplishes nothing. And I know all of you would say, ‘Oh, man, I need to have my relaxation time.’ You know what I say to that? And excuse me to all the mamas out here, but that’s bull——. You don’t need to do that.”

Yesterday, I was mindlessly scrolling through a random acquaintance’s Instagram photos…all of them. It took me 10 minutes!!! Then I realized I don’t even really know the person. What was I doing? I immediately thought about Nick Saban and his message to those young football campers.

I was just spending my time. I was accomplishing nothing. There’s no true value in what I was doing, nothing to help my future success and happiness. So right then, I logged off Instagram. I thought about how I wanted to invest my time. What do I want to accomplish?

 

read more -> https://medium.com/p/7d2c31c19d1e