I just found something cool that I wanted to share: Smart Quotes for Smart People
“Smart quotes,” the correct quotation marks and apostrophes, are curly or sloped. “Dumb quotes,” or straight quotes, are a vestigial constraint from typewriters when using one key for two different marks helped save space on a keyboard. Unfortunately, many improper marks make their way onto websites because of dumb defaults in applications and CMSs. Luckily, using correct quotation marks and apostrophes today is easier than you think.
I just learned about the concept of a Vision Document. This seems to be a great concept for beginning any new project. The person describing it to me said that it is helpful to write a faux “Press Release” of how this feature or product would be described to the customer. This helps to keep a customer focus on what you are developing/delivering. I’ll have to keep that in mind for my next project.
From my 4 year old daughter:
“Dad, when you die, can I have your chapstick?”
Here are some of the Alfred custom searches I’ve set up for genealogy related things. To install these in Alfred, simply click on the links.
Noah Kagan (founder of AppSumo) issued a challenge on The Smart Passive Income podcast the other day to walk into a Starbucks and ask for a 10% discount when you are checking out. I’m not a coffee drinker, and therefore decided I would take the challenge the next time I bought lunch. Today I decided to go for it. Here’s how it went:
When I got up to the checkout, I couldn’t bring myself to ask for the discount. I just kind of froze and handed the nice lady my credit card. I sat down with my lunch and was so disappointed with myself. I had already talked this through my head so many times, that I was “okay” with getting rejected upon the request, but I still couldn’t do it!
I made another resolve that I had to do this and I had to do it today. So, I went back and just grabbed a cookie. I at least needed something for which I could ask a discount. I stepped up to the same checkout and this time I asked, “Can I please get a discount?” The lady looked at me, smiled, and kind of chuckled. She responded, “Sure!” and gave it to me for free. Haha! What an experience!
Realizing I probably shouldn’t name my next son George…