Today, someone complimented me on my fashion sense and subsequently asked how I stayed up-to-date on what’s in style. He thought that my answer was really clever, so I decided to share it with the world!
A little over a year ago, while preparing to drop off a substantial load of clothing at a Crossroads Trading Co. consignment store, I decided to check their website to see if they provided any info about what items they were accepting (in order to minimize schlepping and maximize profit). Not only did they provide this info, but they did so via an easily digestible cheat-sheet with pictures representing each trend of the season. Ever since then, I’ve used that site as a reference to determine what’s in style (they update it every season), and I find it to be the most efficient way to do so.
Click here to see what Crossroads Trading Co. is looking for this season.
I will start investing. Status: Success! I definitely feel like I have taken reasonable control over my personal finances.
I will not eat deep-fried food on weekdays. Status: Success! I actually really liked doing this. It made me feel healthier and more energetic, so I’m going to elevate this from a simple New Year’s resolution to a longterm lifestyle choice.
I will learn a new skill and become proficient at it. Status: Fail. While I did build a light installation, I wouldn’t say that I became “proficient” at electrical engineering in 2012. I also started to learn both the guitar and the bass guitar and was unable to commit to either.
These were my low priority resolutions for 2012:
I will use swear words less often. Status: Huge fail. I will probably have to build up my willpower in other ways before I can realistically tackle this one.
I will cook dinner at least two nights a week. Status: Huge fail. But trust me when I say it’s for the best.
I will read a new book each month. Status: Huge fail. I ended up reading only like, four books, and one of them was Fifty Shades of Grey…
Here are my resolutions for 2013:
I will not eat meat on Mondays (a.k.a. “Meatless Monday”). I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve heard some rough stuff about eating meat. For example, I’ve heard that you lose 10 minutes of your life every time you even take a little whiff of steak. Just kidding. But seriously, meat is supposedly pretty bad for you, and the Meatless Monday movement is the perfect level of commitment for me. Having a “case of the Mondays” is going to have a whole new meaning for me now that I can’t eat meat or fried food on Mondays.
I will learn how to sew a button. I had to ask my dad to do this for me last time a button fell off of my jacket. My dad! I should really know how to do simple garment repairs by now.
I will invite my neighbors over (or invite myself over to their places). I feel like no one does this anymore. Plus, my neighbors are all around my age and seem pretty cool.
I will make stuff. I will craft, code, and/or cook lots of things. So many things. And it doesn’t matter how good or bad the finished product turns out; the important part is that there is a finished product.
I will continue to give back. In 2012, I participated in the Friends for Youth mentoring program, and I found it to be an extremely rewarding experience. Hanging out with my mentee from East Palo Alto gave me so much perspective about what’s actually important and what really matters in life. And as a young professional in Silicon Valley, I have found that it’s pretty easy to lose sight of those things and get distracted by things like the traffic on 101 or whether or not there are good snacks in the micro kitchen at work.
After graduating college in May and starting my first job in June, it became increasingly apparent that I was transforming into a real person. For me, the transformation began when I transferred the title of a vehicle and became the official owner of my car. Then I started budgeting, paying for car insurance, not having an excuse to not buy my friends gifts for the holidays, etc.
Right now, I feel like I’m in a position in which my responsibilities to external factors are increasing and my opportunities to take risks are decreasing. I decided on the following resolutions for 2012 to take advantage of this position and improve my quality of life further down the road:
I will start investing.
I’m pretty ashamed to admit this, but I don’t know how to invest. My dad currently manages my stock portfolio. Not that he’s doing a bad job or anything, but I feel like I should (and actively want to) take control of my personal finances. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there (namely Quora and my friends in finance) to help me start off on the right path.
I will not eat deep-fried food on weekdays.
I’m fully aware that genetics will only get me so far if I want to be/look fit and healthy further down the road, so I chose this resolution to help me develop better eating habits. I’m also aware of the fact that I really love deep-fried food, so I’m only restricting myself on weekdays for the sake of being realistic (and deliciousness).
I will learn a new skill and become proficient at it.
I haven’t decided which skill I want to learn yet, but it will probably be something along the lines of learning a new programming language, how to play the guitar, or something to do with electrical engineering (like creating a light installation that pulses to the beat of a song). The purpose of this resolution is to help me stay sharp and expand my skill-set.
Here are some of my lower-priority resolutions:
I will use swear words less often. I will cook dinner at least two nights a week. I will read a new book each month.
Let me know what you think of my resolutions, and I would love to hear what you have in store for 2012. Happy Holidays!
Better separation between comments - I love the 1px border and the 4px padding on the bottom of each comment. (screenshot)
Subtle drop-shadow on the top bar - So sexy (screenshot)
More detail about a ticker story on hover - Especially photo-related stories (screenshot)
[Update 2:20PM PST] Send Birthday wall posts from the homepage - So convenient (screenshot) [Update 2:32PM PST] On the other hand, the user experience of sending a Birthday wall post from the homepage modal is not good. After you send a Birthday wall post to one friend on the list, the modal disappears and you have to re-click the link to get it back. You should be able to send multiple Birthday wall posts without the modal disappearing. [Update 2:57PM PST] It would be cool if I could RSVP for events from the homepage as well. Right now, I can’t perform any useful actions from the homepage events modal. (screenshot)
Inconsistent top bar behavior - On the homepage and profile pages, the top bar is omnipresent/persistent (stays visible as you scroll down), but disappears when you scroll down on a canvas page. (example)
Ticker when the chat sidebar is hidden - Feels cluttered (screenshot)
Home button on the top bar unnecessary - I always click the Facebook logo to go to the homepage, so the home button seems redundant. Also, I think the top bar would look cleaner without it.
Chat sidebar goes to the top of the page - I think it would look cleaner if the chat sidebar appeared underneath the top bar instead of over it. (screenshot)
Those are my (and my friend Felix's) initial thoughts on the recent Facebook changes. Let me know if you agree or disagree!
I will probably post some additions and/or updates later tonight or tomorrow.
I can’t believe that I’m graduating college in less than 3 weeks! But after 4 incredible years at Claremont McKenna College, I definitely feel ready to enter the real world. Back in February, I accepted an offer to work at Wildfire Interactive, Inc. as a junior product manager. I can’t wait to start in early June (and reinforce the Zuckerberg stronghold in Silicon Valley)!
Lately, I’ve been spending almost all of my free time reading, which is very different from what I usually do (namely coding, attempting to cook for my friends, and/or sleeping). Instead of simply listing the names of the books I’ve read (or would like to read) this year, I made my own little Amazon store where you can see each book’s description, price, reviews, etc. I also included a short note if a particular book was recommended to me.
I’m sorry for not posting in such a long time! Things are a little busy/crazy right now, but I will definitely try to write more often.
One thing I’ve noticed across the board in the tech world is that friends who gravitate to the CEO/Founder role get jazzed about Domain Names. We spend our time on Domai.nr, Dotster, 101Domains (or whatevs) searching for the perfect matches and cursing the squatters. We stay up late into the night or hop out of the shower in the morning dripping wet to check if these domains are available… and we have a junkyard of crappy domain purchases to show for it. @joshu opened a whole new world for us, as did the .io and .ly domains as the space got more crowded. I got into an auction over mar.co a few months ago until some friends talked me off the ledge. I went out for drinks with a friend and we laughed about (and lamented) the inbox walk of shame when all those domains start expiring a year later, reminding you of your feverish stupor. I know plenty of devs with domain yards, but there’s something particularly CEOish about them. I think it’s the vision thing - the possibility that’s implied by a name, the way it can invoke not just a placeholder but stand in for a whole concept. For me it’s also thinking about how it’ll look designed, colors, type, logos, sites, icons, email addresses etc, etc… and one more thing… getting there first.
I’ve definitely done the “inbox walk of shame” (one of my new favorite phrases).
My friend Kevin Burke wrote an interesting blog post about IBM’s Watson, the computer that took on Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter on Jeopardy.
Kevin doesn’t directly mention it, but he hints at a distinction between human intelligence and machine intelligence. He says:
I don’t think Jeopardy is a very good measure of intelligence; it measures your knowledge of obscure trivia, as well as your ability to recall it, but there’s more to intelligence than an encyclopedia.
I agree that there’s more to human intelligence than the recollection of memorized (or “stored”) data, but I also think that there’s more to machine intelligence. Maybe I’m misinterpreting Kevin here, but it seems like he is not as optimistic as I am about the capacity of machine intelligence (at least in Watson’s case). I would be extremely interested to hear more about his thoughts on this subject. I hope you’re reading this, Kevin!
This alarm clock, available at ThinkGeek, is both ingenious and hilarious. Every time you hit snooze, the alarm clock (which you connect to your bank account) wires money to a charity that you hate.
Here are some of ThinkGeek’s common usage suggestions:
Are you a butcher? Set your SnūzNLūz to donate to PETA Are you a land developer? Set your SnūzNLūz to donate to the Wilderness Society! Enjoy your freedom? (Blue state version) Set your SnūzNLūz to donate to the GOP. or Enjoy your freedom? (Red state version) Set your SnūzNLūz to donate to MoveOn.Org Are you a hippie? Set your SnūzNLūz to donate to the American Coal Foundation.
Angry Birds, the addictive mobile game that has been downloaded over 75 million times, has inspired an animated featured film about its vengeful birds called “Rio,” which will be released in theaters on April 15th. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, will release a special edition of the game called “Angry Birds Rio” to help promote the movie.
I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this yet. It might be fun to watch in 3D…
I just submitted a new theme to tumblr’s theme garden called Nantucket5. It’s an HTML5 theme built on a 960 grid with a left sidebar. I named it Nantucket5 because the default colors are very, well, Nantucket-y, but everything is customizable (fonts, colors, backgrounds, etc.). It hasn’t been approved yet (since I just submitted it three minutes ago), but look out for it in a couple of days.
djtxt democratizes your party playlist by letting your friends SMS their song requests, which are then automatically added to your grooveshark queue. People can also text “skip” if they don’t like the current song that’s playing. I haven’t tried it out yet, but it seems simple and useful.
My #1 tip to businesses who want to grow their Facebook Presence requires no additional work — it’s simply to include a photo with every post. A picture truly is worth a thousand words, and if you have a global brand, a photo needs no translation.
On a semi-related note, Randi was in OK! Magazine pictured with Katy Perry. What a rock star!