Spotify’s 2013 Year in Review
It’s December, which means it’s the time of year that every media agency under the sun puts out their “Year in Review” listicles. This year, Spotify is no exception.
Their endless-scrolling, pseudo-parallax site is heavy on the Spotify slime green treatment, but custom account analytics at the end are a lot of fun. Mine (above) turned out a lot less embarrassing than expected.
My stats are a little inflated due to using my account as part of the office jukebox (hence “501 Tunes” playlist, our suite number), but Album, Artist and Tracks all seem fairly legit-Me.
See you next year #urbangarden on our ‘balcony’.
Campfire Fun and Drinking From Streams
Toleak Point in Olympic National Park, Washington State
"Wait, you’ve never had a real hiking experience?” questioned my Seattle friends while visiting NYC early this year. “Well, when you finally come visit, we’ll take care of that.”
Maybe it’s a little too much Grey’s Anatomy, but I’ve always had a romantic fascination with Seattle—but never gotten the chance to visit. Having amassed an incredible group of friends there, their seemingly coordinated visitation campaigns finally wore me down and flights were booked over 4th of July weekend.
I had a confession to make: I’d camped as a kid with my Dad, but not since then as an adult (I don’t count Burning Man). Luckily, we’ve got some pretty crunchy friends who had the gear and know-how to make it easy and approachable.
It might not be obvious by my choice in hiking garb (life’s too short for drab clothing), but it turns out I was a natural. Our three days and two nights were fantastic: we explored the tide pools, we made our own amusement around the campfire at night, we drank (filtered/purified) water from streams. The stars shined brighter than I’d ever experienced, I laughed until I cried, and there was even a washed-up whale that Jason unfortunately mistook for a log. I’d never experienced a true pack-in/pack-out camping trip.
Comparatively, I only spent about a day and a half in Seattle, but I suspect I’ll soon be back; having such easy access to the outdoors is intoxicating. Couple that with the incredible people and it’s surprising my next visit isn’t already booked.
Photo credits: Dusty Hauck and Tom Hudson
I’m so brainwashed by pop tech that I can’t even look at this 10 year old album cover without thinking the images are Instagrams.
Happy 5 years of #creativemornings @NewYork_CM ! @darrellhammond of @kaboom presents on “Play.” (at Galapagos Art Space)
Sit Down, Stand Up
I’ve experimented with a standing desk at Applico on and off over the past year. While I’ve been sitting on an exercise ball for maybe four years now (recent photographic proof here, here and here), I’ve always felt a little sad that, although slightly more engaged, I’m still sitting near-motionless, staring at a screen.
We’ve all seen an increasing amount of press (and scary infographics) around the dangers of sitting, including this recent FastCompany article about a very fancy new $4,000 desk that automatically raises and lowers when it decides you need to stand/sit. I liked their opening paragraph:
Perhaps you’ve heard: Sitting is the new smoking. For years, a growing body of research has shown sitting for extended periods of time, the way most of us do for 50 to 70 percent of our lives, can cause a host of issues from lower back pain to diabetes to an increased risk of death.
I’ve also followed a few other nerdy types, including this report from Arshad Chowdhury after his two years of standing:
Some things that I feared would happen did not actually happen.
- I didn’t develop any knee, foot, back, or hip pains.
- I don’t feel exhausted at the end of the day or week.
- My productivity and ability to concentrate did not go down.
What did happen:
- My posture improved. My neck and shoulders no longer pitch forward.
- My legs became more muscular.
- I no longer get back pain.
- My work day involves a lot more movement.
- Negative: Sitting for more than 2 hours at a time is now mildly uncomfortable.
- Positive: I get less frustrated when standing in lines or on the subway. I bet half the frustration of standing in line is caused by the fatigue of standing. I have none of that now.
Over the past year or so, I’ve made some small changes that cumulatively impact my overall health. Except for late-night rides, I almost always choose to stand for my subway commute. When I’m not facing a 4-story hike, I’ll opt for the stairs over escalator. I hope to keep trying the standing desk for longer and longer periods of time. Stay tuned…
Looking for a standing desk? The Wirecutter has a good list of reviews. Interested in sitting on an exercise ball? I like this $18 one, made for tallish folk and includes sand so it doesn’t go rolling away.
Update 10/15: This content has been cross-posted on the Applico blog.
Demand for thought-driven managers
I’m totally digging that Project Management and Product Management are the #2 and #3 spots, respectively, for hiring demand across “innovation labs” in all industries.
Take a gander at the August edition of Applico’s monthly Connected Revolution Report:
Our monthly report documents key changes and evolutions happening in The Connected Revolution. In our August report, we also look at how the Retail industry is being disrupted by mobile-connected technology and which F100 companies are hiring for their Innovation Labs.
They’ve been quiet about this new video, but I absolutely love it. Please support ioby.org and projects in your neighborhood.
Our garden, from above. In 4 minutes it’s where I’ll be enjoying a Bulleit Bourbon on the rocks. #urbangarden #garden
Meet the Ipsums
I’m loving the themed suites of Ipsumtext at Meet the Ipsums. Veggie, Cat and Cupcake ipsums are displayed above. Some other amusing options worth your perusal: Coffee, Bluth, Corporate, Zombie, Hipster, Cheese, Hairy, Beer, and Jony ipsum.
If you’re in the business of designing or mocking iOS apps, and you missed its debut about a month ago, be sure to nab the iOS 7 GUI PSD, brought to you by @gt and @TeehanLax.
Balcony garden now includes mood lighting.
First CSA spoils of the summer. Even better that we pick up at a bar. (at 61 Local)