“On mascot design in Japan: “Furry, funny, and extremely cute, yuru-chara may be designed to make you laugh, but creating them is serious business; the design, production, and licensing of mascots generates the country billions of yen in revenue each year.””— Make It Cuter (Adobe 99U)
“The idea behind this is simple: Once you press publish on a piece of content there are three things you can do with it to drive optimal results: reshare it, repost it or remix it. Each of these techniques should make up a portion of your distribution engine for every asset you create.”— Content distribution processes (Ross Simmonds)
Emphasis mine. And I agree.
We spend so much time creating the original “thing” — the blog post, the video, the newsletter, the book, the podcast, the presentation, the workshop — and we just let it languish.
So, what if, instead of creating another thing, we do more with what we have?
I’ve talked about this before. I even did a talk on it at PodCamp Toronto this year. Pulling from that, the idea was to get five unique pieces of content out of a single blog post:
- A written post
Yet, despite riffing on this idea way back in February, I haven’t really put it into practice this year. I’m still chasing new content and new topics.
Guess that’s something else to add to my goals for 2020. 🙂
“WHEREAS I possess a bright idea that I am choosing to disclose to you, The Advisor, with the mutual understanding that you are my friend and that you will not screw me.
Termination of this FriendDA can be executed by either party, but don’t be a douche.”— FriendDA
“What if a law ensured performance wasn’t optional? What if it was a requirement? Let’s say a law required every website to be usable within X seconds over a 2G connection, or perhaps that it couldn’t exceed a certain file size, or a certain number of requests?”— Designing, laws, and attitudes. (Ethan Marcotte)
” At major global car exhibitions, Volkswagen AG typically presents itself as a big, happy family, where each brand—budget-oriented Seat and Skoda, VW proper, luxury Audi, road rockets Porsche, Lamborghini, and Bugatti—gets equal time to flaunt its latest innovations. But in Frankfurt this September, the choreography was different, with the company devoting the entire preshow press conference to a single diminutive model: an all-electric hatchback called the ID.3. “— VW’s $50 Billion Moonshot Bet on an Electric Hatchback (Businessweek)
We switched from a 2013 Honda Civic LX to a 2019 Volkswagen Golf back in August.
We fell in love with the car while on our honeymoon in Tuscany and, I gotta say, I adore driving it.
I was also eyeing the e-Golf, but with Ontario’s PC government pulling the plug on electric car incentives, I couldn’t stomach the price. Or the thought of running out of power during a long-haul drive.
Nonetheless, I’m glad to see VW go all-in on electric vehicles. It’s the future. I agree. It’s just a question of when and how they roll out.
“A generation of extremely online people have internalized the minimalism displayed on social media and in advertisements, WeWorks, and Airbnbs and applied it to their own private spaces.”— How Instagram Is Changing Our Living Spaces (The Ringer)
Art influencing life influencing art.
” As an expat living in Canada, the more I live here, the more I’m convinced I’m actually stuck in some kind of cryptic horror nightmare country that’s subtly and slowly eating away at me.”— @kavaeric on Twitter
Feels like a modern Heritage Minute.
The following is an abbreviated recap of my session at WordCamp Niagara 2019. Thanks to the organizers for putting on another great WordCamp. Hauling out to Niagara Falls in the autumn is a highlight of my year…!
Local media used to be the hub of our communities. It’s how we kept up with the news and events happening near us.
My first job was delivering newspapers. I was a newspaper courier for the Era Banner in Newmarket, Ontario. This would’ve been the late 90’s.
The paper wasn’t the sparse flyer-packed wrapping that we see today. It was thick and filled with writing from local reporters, editors, and columnists.
Then Facebook happened.
“Ultimately, the new study finds limited support for the idea that being able to delay gratification leads to better outcomes. Instead, it suggests that the capacity to hold out for a second marshmallow is shaped in large part by a child’s social and economic background—and, in turn, that that background, not the ability to delay gratification, is what’s behind kids’ long-term success.“— Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test (The Atlantic)
Emphasis mine. Context matters.
“Younger zinesters are more creative than ever – now, zines are artisanal objects, and design, aesthetics, and the overall experience of the object matter just as much as the text. Zine makers still gather at festivals and discuss their hobby online, on reddit, Facebook, and elsewhere.”— Alt.zines and Memories of a Media Transition (History of the Web)