Five Points – 40

Pulpit Rock aka Preikestolen-

Last week was spent taking a much needed vacation, where I found myself in a van down by the river…in Norway.

Pulpit Rock was one of the most amazing places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit in my life.  The 1.5 hour hike up was second only to the summit. Grateful for the good company, too.

https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/fjord-norway/ryfylke/hiking-to-the-pulpit-rock-preikestolen/


iPhone Grey Scale – 

I’m always looking for hacks on how to relegate phone usage to only that which is necessary and have found switching to grey scale to be a productive exercise.  A great shortcut via Lifehacker, “To easily toggle between color and grayscale, go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Color Filters. Now, you just press the home button three times to enable grayscale. Triple-click again to go back to color.”


What I’m Listening To – 

When Your Minds Made Up – Once – Glen Hansard + Marketa Irglova – https://youtu.be/EToNLkqa_KE

I watched this film (Once) a few days ago, as I am consuming music films these days, and it was raw and beautiful.  Here’s the trailer – https://youtu.be/FWJIylZ8VyM – It is a tale of music and love and heartbreak and forgiveness…and it doesn’t end like you might expect.  Delightfully so.


Quote I’m Pondering – 

If you always do what you always did, then you’ll always get what you always got. ~ unknown

In my effort to be the best version of myself, I am giving this quote and more over, the spirit of it, much consideration and appropriate action these days.  Maybe it’s living in my forties (41 next month)…maybe it’s just wanting to do differently.  In any case, I am getting different results out of life as a function of behaving differently.  I’ll be doing more of that.


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Five Points – 39

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work –

Zapier is a software company that integrates and automates apps that you may use in your personal and business life.  An example of this automation is to have a photo that you post to Instagram be automatically saved in your Dropbox or to create a new contact in Salesforce when a webform is filled out by a potential customer.  They have tons of connections that can be made really easily.

Zapier is and has always been run 100% remotely.  Followers of this newsletter may know that I am a fan of remote working environments for a lot of reasons – staff are happier and more productive, I’d prefer to offer full benefits instead of a physical office, ability to work from anywhere, ability to set one’s own hours…the list goes on and on..

Whether you currently work in or run a remote team, or you hope to work in or run a remote team in the future, this book will have nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to your current situation.

https://zapier.com/learn/remote-work/

  1. How to Run a Remote Team
  2. How to Build Culture in a Remote Team
  3. How to Hire a Remote Team
  4. How Successful Remote Teams Evaluate Employees: A Look inside Automattic, GitHub, and Help Scout
  5. How to End Internal Emails and Communicate Effectively in a Remote Team
  6. How to Build Strong Relationships in a Remote Team
  7. How to Run a Remote Team Meeting
  8. How to Run a Company Retreat for a Remote Team
  9. This is What a Remote Office Looks Like
  10. How to Work Faster in a Remote Team
  11. How to Find Your Optimal Work Environment and Boost Productivity
  12. How to Work in Different Timezones
  13. How to Avoid Burnout in a Remote Team
  14. A Special Thanks To Those Who Share: The Best Blog Posts, Articles and Resources on Remote Work

Ghost –

aaronloringdavis.com is still being hosted on WordPress, but my company’s site and news archive are hosted using the Ghost platform.  We’d suffered from WordPress instability too many times and I decided to switch platforms a few years ago.  The change has proven to be a good one.  Coupled with CloudFlare for extremely fast global site delivery, Exploration.io has remained stable, fast, and optimized for a variety of metrics.  Ghost is great for a simple site that may have a blog.

They’ve just released a Ghost 2.0, which now includes a more robust text editor and the ability to embed a many types of dynamic content.

https://blog.ghost.org/2-0/


Dogs: Speed & Agility – 

Add speed and agility to the long list of why dogs are simply the greatest!

Check out Tex win the 2015 Masters Agility Contest.  His foot work through the slalom though… – https://youtu.be/LbQZ4FGv9ug

or better yet…

Check out Kirk, a female border collie watch herself win the 2017 Purina Pro Challenge – https://youtu.be/-7KB7KPHD0M


What I’m Listening To – 

Gipsy Kings – Escucha Me

https://youtu.be/IKV9aGF9dAM


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Five Points – 38

Disclosure –

Several times over the past week disclosure was a topic of focus.  It reminded me of an adage I learned as a real estate broker over 15 years ago, and one I still adhere to:

With regard to disclosure:  If there is any doubt, there is no doubt (that the information should be disclosed).

Staying true to this model has proven over and over to be a good idea.


Cheetah – 

The planet’s fastest land animal in all his glory…102km/h

http://i.imgur.com/lFqBXkk.gifv



Colorized History – 

I have long standing fascination with flying airplanes, and of course, North Carolina as well.  It is hard for me to imagine the wonder witnessing this event would have caused.  Circa ~ 1902

https://www.reddit.com/r/ColorizedHistory/comments/977n78/orville_wright_flying_a_glider_over_the_dunes_of/



What I’m Listening To – 

A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin @ The Kennedy Center

https://youtu.be/XHsnZT7Z2yQ


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Five Points – 37

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen –

One of my favorite books, a tale of how a graduating vet student at the turn of the century runs away after tragedy by blindly jumping the next train rolling by.  It ends up being the Circus.  And it also turns out to be one heck of a story, narrated by that same man, only 60 years later…I won’t spoil the end of the story.

https://www.amazon.com/Water-Elephants-Novel-Sara-Gruen/dp/1565125606

And this recent tidbit in the news reminded me of the above and evoked a smile…for removal of doubt, I fully intend on exhibiting this behavior when the time comes.

https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/08/05/elderly-men-escape-nursing-home-attend-heavy-metal-festival/


Purchase I’m Enjoying – 

I visited Japan for work at the end of last year and learned that a bidet toilet seat is standard issue in the country.  It was my first experience with a robotic booty cleanser, but it was a good one.  One that made me rethink things a bit.  I reckoned, if I were taking my dog for a walk to do his business and got a wee bit of poo on my arm whilst preparing a doggie baggie, I’d wash it off.  I probably would not only use dry paper.  Plus, my bum has been so reliable and nonjudgemental, it deserves a bit of special attention.

Also, in buying my house, inspections told me that my septic system was old and fragile…it wouldn’t be a good idea to put tons of toilet paper down it, lest I replace it soon to great expense.  And with virtually unlimited water (I have a spring that produces a surplus of water for the property), using water would be a much safer route than loads of TP.  It’s also noteworthy, that it takes 37 gallons of water to produce a roll of TP and about 1/8th of a gallon per use via a bidet (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-talks-bidets/).

Toto Washlet Bidet Toilet Seat

https://www.amazon.com/TOTO-SW2024-01-Electronic-SoftClose/dp/B0165UFOOA 


Liquid in Space – 

I find it fascinating how liquids perform in zero gravity.  And to add chemicals that produce bubbles… Check out the video!

https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/934hjx/a_video_of_a_liquid_in_space_demonstrated_by/


In Depth Read – 

Citi: Global Perspectives and Solutions has produced a rather in depth study of the music business.  It’s dense, but explains the business from a high level, with plenty of charts and graphs and stats.  You might enjoy it if you’re keen to learn more of the nuance of the mechanics embedded in your favorite track.

PUTTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Remastering the World of Music

The music industry is in the midst of two profound changes. First, consumers are increasingly opting to rent — rather than buy — music. Second, the demise of physical music has prompted artists to tour more often, driving significant growth in concerts and festivals.

https://www.citivelocity.com/citigps/ReportSeries.action?recordId=78


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Five Points – 36

Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall  –

I’ve just finished reading a most fascinating new book from the lauded writer of Born To Run, Christopher McDougall.  Natural Born Heros ties the tales of how Crete became a critical component to the evolution of WWII across Eurasia for both the Axis and the Allies.  But Churchill wouldn’t send to The Sliver young men suitable for the front lines.  No, it would only be misfits and poets and well traveled gipsies and academics and women…all of whom were better with their wits and ability to shape shift and finesse and endurance than pure brute strength.  For, battling these particular Nazi’s, whom just discovered a precursor to crystal meth, head to head had proven to not be so wise.  An interesting facet to the story, again, is its setting, as Crete is quite literally the home of one of the most famous hero stories ever – the Odyssey by Homer.  And this heritage spelt bad news for Hitler.  Not only would the residents and their adopted mainly British resistance prove most difficult to kill, they delighted in sculduggery, mischief, sneak attacks in the middle of the night, and most proponderously, kidnapping one of two Nazi generals on the island to use for propaganda against the tweaking infantry.

The story is woven with reference to modern physiology, endurance, and strength with regard to parkour – a way of moving through the crags fo the Cretan landscape, paleo diet – the only available food to eat was most basic, and finally, how anyone can be a hero, in fact, it is the average person, not the one groomed since birth to be Emperor, that is capable of being a true hero.

https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Born-Heroes-Mastering-Endurance/dp/0307742229


Purchase I’m Enjoying – 

In an ongoing journey to be a bit more healthy, I’ve realized drinking water, or the lack thereof, is a critical component I can easily change.

I have spring water at my home that is as good as any I’ve ever had, so it’s easy for me to fill up several of these to easily consume over the course of the day.  Apart from the simple cardboard packaging they come in, I am not forced to add to my home’s waste footprint either.

Bormioli Rocco Giara Clear Glass Bottle With Stopper [Set of 4] $21.99 – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CUJQTPI/


Two Bit Circus – 

Hector Alvarez and Dan Busby, along with awesome band of mad scientists, roboticists, artists, and storytellers are opening a micro amusement park in Los Angeles!  This group of folks are some the smartest, most creative and industrious, fun loving I’ve ever known.

If you’re in town, I highly suggest giving it a looksy.

Check out a few of their recent news articles!

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/herocomplex/la-et-hc-two-bit-circus-20180723-story.html

https://venturebeat.com/2018/07/23/two-bit-circus-to-open-micro-amusement-park-in-la-this-fall/ 


Quote I’m Pondering – 

Despite my best efforts and quite a fuss, my girlfriend has moved in with me.  After enjoying a meal and some time together, a good friend rightly said to to me in front of both of us, “Wow.  You’re definitely getting the better end of this deal.”  I have to agree.  She’s wonderful.  And smart and funny and beautiful and kind and interesting…I could go on.  Suffice to say, there isn’t anything so magical as throwing oneself with blind abandon into love.

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to find all the barriers you have built up against it” ~ Rumi


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