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  • Doug Belshaw 7:41 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Curated: Grow your audience by collecting and sharing engaging content 

  • Doug Belshaw 7:37 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Revue | Your weekly email digest. Automated. 

  • Doug Belshaw 7:34 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Now this is how to write/curate a daily newsletter.

  • Doug Belshaw 7:30 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    NewsletterStash | Curated directory of the best newsletters. 

    I don’t see mine on there (yet!) Also has a newsletter about the best newsletters, which is kind of meta.

  • Doug Belshaw 7:30 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bootstrap Themes 

    Official themes from Bootstrap’s creators.

  • Doug Belshaw 7:28 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Introverts prefer mountains | ScienceDaily 

    This is really interesting, given I’m in the midst of Mountain Leader qualifications…

    This is the first study to link extraversion and introversion with the preference for mountains vs. ocean/open spaces. The study is under review for the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Oishi cautions that there is more research that will be collected to determine the underlying mechanisms of the association, and to see if the results are replicated on a larger scale.

    I think the results are as much symbolic as they are actual. For example, I equally enjoy walks along the beach as I do walking in the mountains.

  • Doug Belshaw 7:23 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    This column will change your life: hindsight – it’s not just for past events | The Guardian 

    I’ve come across this before, but like this lens:

    Klein calls it the “premortem”, and it’s embarrassingly simple: you imagine yourself in the future, after the project you’re considering has ended in spectacular failure. “Unlike a typical critiquing session, in which project team members are asked what might go wrong, the premortem operates on the assumption that the ‘patient’ has died,” Klein writes. In the fantasy world of the premortem, it’s already over. You’re screwed. Everything went as badly as you could have feared. Now: why?

    Asking the question this way, Klein explains, has an almost magical effect. It removes the pressure from those who are worried about seeming disloyal by voicing concerns; indeed, it turns things into a competition to find ever more convincing reasons for failure. “It’s a sneaky way to get people to do contrarian, devil’s-advocate thinking without encountering resistance,” as Klein once put it.

  • Doug Belshaw 7:18 am on August 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Faves — The Message — Medium 


    Twitter favourites as a communicative practice:

    Tweet chains can go on for a long time. It’s a logistical problem that people solve many ways. Sometimes people suggest to everyone in a chain that it be rebooted with a new tweet. There’s even a language for this, i.e. the tweet canoe. That’s when there are more usernames in the tweet than content and it’s become too crowded to continue. One way to end a tweet chain that is particularly meaningful to you but that seems to have reached a natural conclusion is to “fave” or click the star on the last issued tweet. It says “I heard you but I think we both agree that we are done here.” It’s digital manners and it is not always trivial. If you use Twitter in any professional capacity, it can be a big deal nicety. I’m an academic. We’re a clannish lot that loves hierarchies and rules. Faving an academic who is a bigger deal than you are is like deferring to them in a conference meeting. It’s stupid. It is also a big deal. Lots of stupid things are that way.

  • Doug Belshaw 5:04 pm on August 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Loose Leaves: Instant Markdown Publishing 


    Love both the name of this and the idea behind it.

    Loose Leaves for Mac lets you instantly create lightweight, beautiful, hosted pages from the Markdown you write. You can get the app from the Mac App Store.

    Just select the Markdown you want to share, use the keyboard shortcut (⇧⌘C), and you instantly get back a secure link you can pass around.

    Try Loose Leaves for posting drafts to Slack, notes to Twitter, project documents to Trello, or wherever you need to share your words.

  • Doug Belshaw 4:27 pm on August 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Birdly.co | Create a poster from your tweets 

    poster of Doug's tweets

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