Naming The Machines

In a guest post at kottke.org, Tim Carmody writes:

But many, many people do name their machines — and ever since we slid into the post-PC era, we’re more likely to have a bunch of different machines of every different type living together on a network, each needing a name. So, how do you decide what to call them? Do you just pick what strikes your fancy at the moment, or do you have a system?

For the drives on my PC, I give them rather generic names: System HD and Data HD. Same goes for my iOS devices: 5S (iPhone) and 3 (iPad). Where I got creative was naming our Apple TVs. We have two Apple TVs which I named boots and kimo, which is a restaurant on the east side of Oahu called, you guessed it, Boots and Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen.

Everything You Wanted To Learn About Coconut Water

Great story on the rise of coconut water. 

Like kale salads and Robin Thicke, coconut water seems to have jumped from invisible to unavoidable without a pause in the realm of the vaguely familiar.

Some things I didn’t know: In 2004, Zico and Vita Coco were founded within weeks of each other and within blocks of each other in New York. Today, Coica Cola owns Zico and Vita Coco is privately owned. Vita Coco owns 60% of the market. Coke backed Zico: 20%.

You Are Not Late

So, the truth: Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside, than now. Right now, this minute. This is the time that folks in the future will look back at and say, “Oh to have been alive and well back then!”

The Sweethome – Inner Vision

A ton of sites post “life hacks” that supposedly make your life easier with tiny tricks that increase productivity or efficiency. Most of these are novel at best. The Sweethome, sister site of the awesome The Wirecutter, started posting links to legitimately useful tips.

Try this the next time it’s time to shave the face, legs, or body: use 4 or 5 drops of extra virgin olive oil with your razor instead of shaving cream. The humble olive isn’t just a nutritionally tasty drupe, the fruit also makes for an excellent shaving lubricant which feeds the skin nary a drop of chemicals (coconut and grapeseed oil work too).

On Working From Home And Running A Business

Shawn Blanc on running a home business:

And so, for those of us who work from home (and especially those of us who also work for ourselves) there is an huge need to take proactive measures to ensure the long term health of our body, our finances, relationships, creativity, and more.

Below I want to share with you the things I do to try and keep myself healthy. In 20 years from now I hope to be doing even better creative work than I am today. But that means in the mean time I need to stay physically healthy, creatively energized, all while continuing to run a profitable business. The good news is: it’s totally doable.

Letter to a Young Bartender

I’m a sucker for these life lesson type posts. Here’s one from Jackson Cannon to his younger self. 

Get a nice apartment. (Nice for sleeping.) Get a place where you can sit outside within a ten minute walk. Just a bench where you can sit and wonder what’s next.

Fall in love. Sleep with a few people. Don’t give it away. Live with someone. Your time will be ever more precious. Don’t f*(& everyone.

Your mate is likely to be near you. You might know her as the new server. He might be your boss. She might be a valet. He might be in the kitchen. Anyone can do intimacy when they’re drunk, and everyone will connect over the shared hardships of this business. Your mate is the one you can talk to about your sister when you’re picking mint for the off-site. Your mate knows how you take your coffee the second time and never forgets. Your mate has impressive flaws that you see the day you meet them and are not cute now. Your mate is a human that you respect. They can list your flaws. They are not delusional about them. (That thing you do is not cute.)

Your mate is curious to discover who you are going to be. You are dying to know how their story turns out, and hope that you’re in it the whole time.

Whether it’s kids or animals or plants, get something living and care for it. Be reliable. Pay your rent on time. Get your oil changed. Pay your taxes.

When you find a home, put down roots. Take your time. Don’t settle. But settle eventually. Have a local. Know your neighbors. Bring your garbage cans in. Pick up litter. Say hi to kids. Watch the news. Know who’s on the ballot. Vote. Watch your community change. Engage with the people who are trying to change it for the better. Take a Saturday off to clean a park. Host a fundraiser. Be known.

Why The Last Five Years of Your Life Have Disappeared

The symmetry of clocks lulls us into believing that time is a fixed commodity, but studies indicate that’s not the way it’s experienced. Time speeds up as we age. And the older you get, the more quickly it appears to vanish.

If that weren’t bad enough, we also retain less as adults. Consider, for instance, your memories of high school. How much more vividly do you recall the minutiae of those four years compared to the last four years at your job?

The hormonal burst we undergo as teenagers does more than trigger facial acne and questionable decision-making. It also stimulates the growth of neurons that soak up memories of that first date, kiss, or prom. Combine that with the fact that emotional memories feel more recent than memories of the mundane, and you can see why high school is so easy to remember–or, depending on your experience, so difficult to forget.

There are ways to “get back” that time and enjoy it before it passes too quickly. The article points out seeking beauty, minimizing decisions and embracing new experiences as ways to slow down the march of time. As easy as your daily routine can be, it’s making your life pass you by. Time to snap out of it. 

An Open Rant Against Birthday Dinners

The fact that birthday dinners suck shouldn’t be anything new. Take a moment and try to remember a single time you left a BDD and thought, “Man, that was incredible. I’ve got to do something like that for my birthday.” NEVER. Yet when your own big day starts approaching a little too rapidly, and the idea of coordinating some epic camping weekend seems really stressful, but the idea of doing nothing seems really sad, you forget everything you know and think, “Wait, what about DINNER.With everyone! WHAT A GREAT IDEA!” It’s not a great idea. It’s the worst idea. Please don’t. But no, you’ve already given birth to what will become a heinous group-email thread, so here we go.

Great, hilarious rant on the seemingly popular practice of celebrating birthdays with huge dinners.