Fresh picked grapes! Is grape-ginger beer a thing?
3:02 pm • 1 September 2014
An identification chart of 42 North American butterflies.
By artist Eleanor Lutz. You can find the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here.
10:27 am • 29 August 2014 • 17,496 notes
My social media tips and techniques
Some tips and techniques I have received that are preserving my sanity or saving me time.
- Facebook - (via Rick Webb) Hide all the stories from news sources, radio stations, etc. This allows you to see more of your friends’ stories and less cultural trash. If only I could find a way to block youtube and Instagram from Facebook. The only issue with this technique is that it takes discipline and time to block all the different crappy listicle sources.
- Facebook - Like the first five things you see. And then like as you like. Facebook has an amazing algorithm that bubbles up all the pertinent stories. Consequently, just like the first five you see, and you’ve done your Facebook chores for the day.
- Facebook messenger - don’t download it. No one will ever urgently contact you on Facebook. If you do download it, don’t turn on the mobile notifications. Wait until you’re back at your desktop.
- Twitter - stop using it. Keep a presence though in case someone wants to contact you or reference you. Very rarely does Twitter surface something that is interesting or useful that you didn’t already see in your favorite news source. It’s is very low reward for the amount of work it takes to maintain.
- Only follow people you know IRL or friends
- Unfollow those people who don’t follow you back
- Instagram - Looking at pictures of dogs, and liking pictures of dogs, gives me great pleasure. Instagram does a great job with their explore function, and it serves endless pictures of Cavaliers. Overall, I rate Instagram very highly for this reason.
- Google+ - Maintain presence. Sadly, Google+ is better than Facebook in many ways, but no one uses it. Reminds me of VHS vs Betamax.
- LinkedIn - Maintain presence and reduce usage. I wish using LinkedIn would help me land my dream job, but LinkedIn really is an awful place to look for a job. Best I can tell, its purpose seems to be to provide news on your work networks. It is poor at doing so, since people do not change jobs that often and most do not post status updates to it. Consequently, you see the same 10 auto generated posts over and over again in your news feed. LinkedIn is trying to fill the void with articles, but usually it is terrible stuff (“10 ways to be happy at work!”) Reduce usage until LinkedIn improves.
- Tumblr - I enjoy tumblr, but I don’t use it as much as I thought I would. I used to blog a lot using Wordpress, which was missing the social network. However, now that I have the social network of Tumblr, I don’t blog very often. I like seeing my friends’ artwork though, and a few of my friends who make stuff for a living tend to post their things on Tumblr.
- Snapchat, Secret, Whisper, etc. - I don’t use these, so I have no tips here. Am I missing out?
- Notifications have a disproportionate impact on productivity, and notifications are broken. Turn off all mobile notifications for Facebook, Twitter, etc. Desktop notifications are less intrusive for me though, and I leave those on.
10:58 am • 28 August 2014
So happy!!! #cavalier #ckcs
10:38 pm • 26 August 2014
Swimming! #cavalier #ckcs
4:38 pm • 16 August 2014
Sparkling clean after a bath. #ckcs #cavalier
2:49 pm • 10 August 2014
Massive coal barge. #pittsburgh
4:19 pm • 6 August 2014