The Three Things #8

The Three Things, is a weekly series where Gini Dietrich from Spin Sucks, Howie Goldfarb and myself share the one thing that captured our attention and that we believe to be worthy of yours.

Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web – The Oatmeal

Michael on Creating for the Web: Non-traditional schedules. Crippling self-doubt. Moments of uncaptured brilliance, lost forever. Being inspired by the suggestions and ideas of others to have more of your own. A wealth of people telling you the things you should do, or what they think you do poorly. These are just a few of the universal experiences shared by those of us who create for the web that were brilliantly and hilariously captured by Matthew Inman. If you’ve never heard of Inman, aka The Oatmeal… you’re welcome.

Fetish for Making things Ignores Real Work

Howie on Perception vs. Reality: I just blogged about the silly perception of gas prices and how saving five cents a gallon is a big deal to people, even though they really saved a dollar or two. In the U.S. we talk about jobs that make things. But as my two esteemed amigos buy expensive electronic tools and gizmos, I am shocked how little of that price is the actual making of the end product.

Hundreds Register for New Facebook Website

Gini on The Facebook: I can’t decide if this is real or fake. It’s a reprint of the article that ran in The Crimson when Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook (then called The Facebook) at Harvard. It’s on the university website so I think the actual article is real, but the comments are the real gold. There are some from Zuck himself and some from the Winkelvoss twins, but the comments seem, well, uncharacteristic (based on my expert opinion from seeing a movie and reading articles).

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2 Responses to The Three Things #8

  1. 1/3 the Oatmael. Very funny.

    BTW, I enjoyed your last podcast. We have a similar background/story (family-owned Jewellery business & epiphany during our pre-teen years), though our conclusions differ. I couldn’t fathom working for the business. Two summers of stocking shelves in a manufacturing plant was enough for this yid. Still, it was nice to hear that things worked out for you (and that you felt as if you had the freedom to choose what you wanted). As a Family Therapist, I rarely hear that narrative.

    • I love the Oatmeal! It’s frightening how spot on something so insanely funny can be.

      Glad I’m not alone in my experience. I hope you felt or experienced similar freedom. Things worked out very well. While they may change eventually, I know I have a great support system. Shame you don’t hear more of it in yoru career…

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