- Arabiatube – Iraqi police get motivational speech by Army solider.
classic. reminds me of being in the Corps at A&M
Monthly Archive for February, 2009
- Mac OS X 10.5: Disk Utility’s Repair Disk Permissions reports issues with SUID files
If you see "acl found but not expected on…" when you run repair disk permissings, you can type this "sudo chmod -N /FILENAME" into Terminal.app where FILENAME is the name of the file with the problems to remove the warning. But you don’t need to either.
- The Omni Group Releases Four Applications as Freeware
- Daring Fireball: Untitled Document Syndrome
- 20 Corporate Brand Logo Evolution | instantShift
- What I’ve Learned from Hacker News
- Initial Hypothesis » Blog Archive » 13 things to tell startups by Paul Graham
- Going rogue inside a big company (a la Best Buy) – (37signals)
- bit-tech.net | Review – Replacement iPhone earphones on test
- Kindle Design – Still Sucks | Greg’s Head
Pretty good movie here that explains a lot about the credit crisis we’re in now:
Just watched “The Darwin Awards” on a plane ride from SLC to AUS, and I have to say this has got to be one of the best movies I’ve ever watched. Joseph Fiennes is hilarious, and Wynona Rider is super hot. There are some great cameos in the movie that make it totally worth watching… And movie that can work “Radar Love” into the story line is a bad ass movie. I have to get a spork, and start carrying it with me all the time. Oh, and a helium balloon too. And there’s a Metallica concert to boot. Holy shit, best movie I’ve seen in a long time.
- The Secrets of Super-Productive CEOs – Timothy Ferriss – 4 hour Work Week
"It’s very empowering to define your worst-case scenario. Entrepreneurs often find themselves paralyzed because of ambiguous fear."
- Andrew Rhodes Bourland (1955 – 2009) – Bourland.com
RIP brother. RIP.
- peHUB – HBS Study Finds VCs Need Successful Serial Entrepreneurs Way More than Vice Versa
"…successful entrepreneurs have a 34 percent chance of succeeding in the next venture-backed firm, compared with 23 percent who failed previously, and 22 percent chance for new venture-backed entrepreneurs."
awesome for kids!
- Anxiety – Lightweight To-do Management
- Versions – Mac Subversion Client (SVN)
- Skitch.com + Skitch = fast and fun screen capture and image sharing.
pretty cool app
- MAMP: Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP
- MAMP: Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP
- ColorSchemer | Instant color schemes for your Mac with ColorSchemer Studio OSX
- ExpanDrive: Ridiculously simple SFTP and FTP drive access on your Mac
- 15+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps For Freelance Web Designers
- Time to Fail
- AIG Implodes: The Two Cows Version
- Apple’s design process – BusinessWeek
- Readers Pick: 30+ Incredibly Useful Mac Apps for Web Design
- April Winchell » Barack Obama is tired of your motherfucking shit
- 20 Ways To Increase Laptop’s Battery Life | MakeUseOf.com
- Gmail Labs: Ten Gmail Labs Features You Should Enable
- Best Image Croppers ready to use for web developers
- Ultra small code to drag everything in HTML pages
- 60+ Resources For Entrepreneurs To Step Up and Take Charge | Applicant – The Advice Bank
- 100 Blogs that Will Save You Time & Make You More Productive | MatchACollege.com
- Surprising stories behind 20 Muppet characters – CNN.com
- Twitter / SiliconValleyCEO: CEO tip: I wouldn’t worry …
"CEO tip: I wouldn’t worry too much about your carbon footprint if you don’t make your number this quarter."
- the sopranos, uncensored. on Vimeo
- How Bad Is It? :: Swampland – TIME.com
- TED Blog: Twitter Snapshot: Hans Rosling, a perennial favorite
This kind of says it all, doesn’t it:
To All My Valued Employees,
There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this country.
First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there is a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by what you see and hear.
I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300 square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.
My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. I was married to my work.
Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead of hitting Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item that didn’t look like it was birthed in the 70’s.
So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check in at about noon, and then leave at 5 pm, I don’t. ! There is no “off” button for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom.
I eat and breathe this company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend. There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip like a 1 year old special-needs child.
Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who didn’t. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.
Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you, is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell you why: I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay enough. I have state taxes, Federal taxes, Property taxes, Sales and use taxes, Payroll taxes, Workers compensation taxes, and yes – Unemployment taxes.
Taxes on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him.
Government mandates and regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000 for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.
The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000 people per year with a flourishing business? Or the federal government?
Here is what many of you don’t understand … TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY YOU NEED TO STIMULATE WHAT RUNS THE ECONOMY. Had suddenly government mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that $288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more employees, and generated substantial economic growth because I wanted to make even more money.
My employees would have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better salaries. But you can forget it now.
Business is at the heart of America and always has been. To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.
So where am I going with all this? It’s quite simple. If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s future. Frankly, it won’t be my problem.
I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire. You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizens! Hip?
So, if you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this country, and will have changed its landscape forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and with no employees to worry about.
- The once and future e-book: on reading in the digital age – Ars Technica
- DesignAday – Truism
“Broken gets fixed. Shoddy lasts forever.”
- tlvx: the tumblelog of luke crawford – The technical story of Muxtape
- Blambot Comic Fonts and Lettering
- Davenetics* : Peeling Cucumbers on the Front Stoop
- A Review of Two Things: One For the Mac and One For iPhone – Shawn Blanc
- Paul Buchheit: Communicating with code
- Make Something Cool Every Day – a set on Flickr
- 140 Characters » How Twitter Was Born
- Derek Powazek – Don’t Work for Assholes
"Nine times out of ten, the first impression someone gives you is exactly who they are. We choose not to see it because we need the money, or we want the situation to be different. But if someone rubs you the wrong way at the first meeting, chances are, it’s only going to get worse."
- Seth’s Blog: Email campaign case studies (one good, one bad)
- SCI FI Wire: Official Star Trek Super Bowl trailer is now live
- gapingvoid: "cartoons drawn on the back of business cards": kidnapping fish & dogs with the hardvard lampoon
Great story about family…
- Not All Earnings News Is Bad
- Glam: The success of the network « BuzzMachine
Great read… inspiration for StuffGeeksWant.com and that business…
- The lie of print advertising (followed by good news) « BuzzMachine
must read article: "Smaller rates in a larger universe beat larger rates in a small one, once the walls around media came down."
- Google Bails On Print Ads (And Newspapers)
- Seth’s Blog: What is school for?
- Seth’s Blog: What are you good at?
One of the reasons that super-talented people become entrepreneurs is that they can put their process expertise to work in a world that often undervalues it." here, here.
- Seth’s Blog: What would a professional do?
"Be an amateur on purpose, not because you have to."
- Internet Newspapers (in 1981) | NSLog();
this one is for Andy
- Steve Clayton: Geek In Disguise : This Is Not A Recession
- 50 Extremely Useful PHP Tools | Developer’s Toolbox | Smashing Magazine
- Wired’s February Issue Is 3 Millimeters Thin
- Slashdot | Largest Data Breach Disclosed During Inauguration
- Webby :: Webby
- Neven Mrgan’s tumbl
- inessential.com: New publishing system / tour of my head
- Steve Jobs a music visionary? Judge for yourself | Digital Media – CNET News
- Fraser Speirs – On the Flickr support in iPhoto ‘09