Pinterest Acquires Instapaper

If your product has changed hands several times like Instapaper has, it's probably not particularly sustainable. Or at least nothing that any large company is interest in sustaining.

Luckily my "use" of Instapaper has dwindled. I still frequently send things there. But it's more or less /dev/null for me. I rarely read what I send there. I've always wanted a similar product that intentionally limited my queue to a smallish number. Force me to choose what I'm really interested in.

M.G. Siegler:

That’s a long-winded way of saying that recent discussions I’ve had with friends about Stranger Things always seem to lead back to the question of whether or not it would be better to release it in installments (be it weekly or something else). I know this sounds antithetical in the age of Netflix — and certainly for a Netflix show! — but again, because everyone binges through such shows in their own time and at their own pace, it makes real discourse about the shows much more complicated.

I've long been a believer that Netflix is getting it a bit wrong with their full season dumps. It seriously limits the conversation you can have about a show. It limits the amount of time the show stays relevant.

Also I'm not an MBA, but dragging shows out keeps subscribers with you for longer and gives them a better chance to find more content that keeps them with you. Seems like that would be good for business.

You may notice this site looking a little different. That's because I recently switched the backend to a self-hosted install of Ghost.

Previously this site was build by my own Grunt process that parsed through some markdown folders, handlebars templates, and less files and built a static site. It's fairly trivial, but deploys were still full of small bits of friction. Just enough to deter me from writing. Letting go of that process was difficult because I'm a tinkerer and I considered that work an expression of myself as a web developer. Or some bullshit like that.

But I'd been thinking about this site and how stale it's grown this year, and I decided I wanted to focus my time on this site to whatever thoughts I have to share. I spend enough time hacking and building things. I want this to be a different outlet. Ghost gives me the ability to focus on writing. So hopefully I can do just a little bit more of that.

I did consider alternatives, mostly Medium and Svtble. Medium is another free web service. I just don't trust free web services. I tried to let that go and accept the ephemeral nature of free web services but I couldn't. Svtble is nice, but the design doesn't seem to have aged as well as I'd hoped. I liked that both of those services would relieve me of the temptation to dig into internals and tinker, but I'm hoping Ghost will be good enough to keep me from doing that.

Anyways, I'm on Ghost. So hopefully I will write some more. But probably not.

Just over a year ago I was this close to accepting a great job offer from a well known local company. I was honestly pretty excited about it. Then I got an unexpected call about a possible job working with a bunch of crazy Canadians on the west coast. Wait wut?

A day later I'd passed on that first great job offer to accept something I felt was even better. That call was from Tim Wilkinson and he wanted me to work at MetaLab - a company I'd long admired for their fantastic commitment to design.

Pretty fitting that on the anniversary of my first day at MetaLab (that's today yall), Tim's brother Andrew writes about lazy leadership. The culture that has been created at MetaLab is what convinced me to choose it over the other job. It got me to take a little less money and fewer benefits to work on projects that excited me. It gave me the courage to push through the questions from friends and family about why I'd pass on a company they knew to take a job at some small company across the continent in another country. And I haven't regretted it for a single day.

MetaLab has pushed me to learn new things and become more self motivated. The people here keep pushing me to grow and find my voice. I'm amazed and how freaking smart and talented the people here are, yet how unafraid they are to admit how much they don't know.

It's been a pretty amazing year. I mean I became a dad which is both awesome and terrifying. I can't imagine working somewhere that is more supportive of having a family. Like... constantly supportive. It's almost annoying how great they are. I'm assuming that tomorrow I'll wake up and realize it's just a dream.

All that to say, I'm incredibly humbled and grateful that I get to work here. I can't wait to see what the next year brings for me and for MetaLab. (If you're looking for an awesome place to work, check us out)

For my 30th birthday, my wife arranged for a large group of friends and family to send me their ideas of what a perfect birthday for me would look like. As I read through this thoughtful and fun glimpses into how the people around me see me, I was overwhelmed with my feelings for them.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the group of friends and loved ones I’ve accumulated over the years. Some of them I’ve known for decades. Some I experienced only for a year or two and now occasionally get updates on. Some I’ve met a few times. My feelings bring me to two thoughts.

  1. The overwhelming amount of love, passion, appreciation I feel for these people. The desire I have to spend more time and share more of life with them
  2. I’m lack possession of the ability to capture that feeling and give it to those people. It’s not a lack of words. It’s the feeling that words and actions aren’t enough. These people are part of the very fiber of my being, and without what I feel for them, I just wouldn’t exist.

I know. What is that all about? As I look back on my first 30 years on this planet, I’m overwhelmed with the belief that through every event and change the most important and lasting part of my life are the people. And not just the people I’ve known for decades. But the classmates I’ve shared football games with. The fellow late night waffle lovers I’ve been to Waffle House with. The friends of friends I’ve met at weddings. The person I chatted with at a party about a new football coach. The team I fought through lack of sleep with at Startup Weekend in Orlando. Bunk mates at camp. Roommates in college. Bret’s sister in law. The folks who attended Gatti’s sunday nights in college. Friends from my brief stint at Virginia Tech. Old coworkers who I miss. New coworkers who I’m excited to know more of. Folks from choirs a sang in in high school. Republicans and Democrats. Gay and straight. Christian, agnostic, hindu, and whatever else.

There is this endless list of people who have affected my life and made it the joyful thing that it is. And I just want to say to every single one of them: thank you. But more than that, I love you. And even more than that, I want to know you more. Whatever you think of our friendship, or lack thereof, know that I want more of it. I want to know you better and share more laughs and tears with you.

I’m excited about the next 30 years. I hope I get another 30. I can’t imagine all the people I will meet and get to know. I’ve got at least one new one in my house, and I can’t wait for her to grow up so I can get to know her. My only hope is that for the people I share life with in the next 30 years, I feel more satisfaction that I’ve been able to express to them how glad I am that I got the honor of having them in my life.