by Tim Smith
This week: I talk about Microsoft’s layoffs, what’s happening and what it means for the company. Carol Cruz reports on relatively unchanged state borders. Meagan Fisher is the guest.
by Tim Smith
On April 8th we did a more official launch where we did live broadcasting for eight hours, and it was one of the funnest things I’ve done in a long time. We finally got to see this thing that we’ve planned and worked on for months, in the wild. The best part? People seemed to like it.
Goodstuff is by no means a huge network. However, we saw from the beginning that we have a core of amazing people who listen to our shows. I can’t tell you how grateful I am about that. If you listen to our shows, a heartfelt thank you to you.
So what are we doing? What are we trying to accomplish? What makes us different?
Those are great questions. We want to produce entertaining and educational content spanning technology (of course), culture, news, and more. As time goes by, we’d like to do shows that cover the different niches of these topics better, but we’re doing a fantastic job for a one month old network.
In terms of what we want to accomplish, all three of us want to do this full time. As you may have heard on the latest episode of The Intellectual Radio Program, I’m so burnt out with the web. I’d love to make a transition into something else.
What makes us different? That’s actually quite simple: we’re a group of nice people working hard to make great content. Unfortunately, that’s becoming a big differentiator nowadays.
If you like what we’re doing, and would like to help us out, you can do that in couple of ways:
In closing, thank you so much for supporting my projects. I can’t tell you how excited I am, to finally be doing this with people I love to work with. It’s the first time I’m part of a founding team, and actually enjoy it. In a short time, we’ve built a company and network that I feel fortunate and proud to be part of.
by Tim Smith
The East Wing has moved to 5by5! I’m really excited about the move, and I hope that the show will reach a lot more people. I want to thank Dan Benjamin for inviting me to his network, and Jory Raphael for the gorgeous new artwork.
I’ve been working behind the scenes on this move for some time now, and I’m happy that the show is launched on it’s new home.
The East Wing will now record live at 5by5.tv/live every Wednesday at 3pm Central.
5by5 has some pretty awesome apps that you can use to listen as well. There’s the 5by5 Radio app for iOS and 5by5 for Mac. From there, you can decide to be notified when the show starts. As always, you can subscribe to the Google calendar which tells you the time and guest.
You won’t have to do a thing. I’ve redirected the feed to the new one on 5by5. If you’re not currently subscribed, and you’d like to, the new feed is feeds.5by5.tv/eastwing
I’ll be recording a more in-depth state of the union for The East Wing later, but I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for listening to the show, supporting the show by sharing it, reviewing it, and checking out the sponsors. It means a lot to me, and I hope you stick around for this new era of the show!
by Tim Smith
Back in June, I wrote a post on my RSS consumption setup. The setup has changed a little, so I wanted to write an updated version that I can point people to.
When I wrote the first post, there were a couple of apps and services that I was using. In case you don’t want to go read the previous post, the gist was that I was using Feed Wrangler to power the backend, Mr. Reader on the iPad, and ReadKit on the Mac.
Since this post, the backend hasn’t changed at all. I’m very happy with Feed Wrangler. David Smith has done a great job with it. He’s constantly working on it to make it better, and I believe only one outage in the six months of use. That’s pretty darn good.
Plus, the Smart Streams and Filters are great. I have all of my content filtered very well into separate folders, and as you’d assume, they sync across all the devices I use. I’m more than happy to pay $19/year for this.1
I’m no longer using Mr. Reader or ReadKit. Mr. Reader became frustrating with time. I didn’t like a lot of the gestures, the sounds are a bit jarring, and the interface didn’t appeal to me. Thankfully, the icon was updated to something less creepy, but I decided to go another way.
I’m now using Reeder 2. After moving away from it because updates weren’t ready for when Google Reader shut down, I’ve come back.
The new iPad app is gorgeous, using the native swipe gestures wonderfully, and elegantly. It’s one of my favorite apps on iOS, as the interface clearly follows the new guidelines, yet clearly exerts its own opinion on certain interface elements. The social and read later integration is great too.
I’ve also ditched ReadKit on the mac. I’ve said this previously, although I can’t remember where, that I don’t do much reading on my Mac. If I really want to read something, I usually save it in Pocket and then read on my iPad. Still, I decided to get ReadKit to manage RSS on the occasion that I needed it.
For me, it’s been a bit of a disappointment. It runs quite slow, and is buggy. However, I’ve heard a lot of people swear by it, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
That’s the new setup in a nutshell. If you’re barely starting with RSS, or getting back into it, I hope this helps.
It might also be important to note that Feed Wrangler hasn’t been doing some of the shady things that Feedly has had its hands in. ↩
by Tim Smith
It’s 2014. I can’t believe I’m writing that. It seems like yesterday that I published this post.
2013 was an interesting year. It was riddled with both success and failure. Thankfully, the year ended on a high note. This was the first year that I accomplished all of my goals, except one.1
My goals for 2013 were:
In May, I quit my job at Rocket Lift, and decided to do Anythin’ Goes full-time. This has been really good for me. I’ve had the opportunity of working with some great clients, and the flexibility of managing my own schedule. I’ve also tried spending less time in front of my desk, and more time with family, friends, or other activities.2
This year, I travelled a little too. I went to New York City in the summer and the fall. I had the chance to walk Central Park the second time, which was absolutely beautiful, and the weather was perfect. I went to Charlotte, North Carolina to speak, and San Diego, California to visit my folks.
So what do I want to accomplish in 2014? Here are my goals for this year:
I know this is a repeat, but I seriously want to tackle this. I know things that are bad for me, but I don’t really know what I should be eating. I want to dedicate a bit more time into planning my menu every week, which I think will allow me to grocery shop effectively, and help me learn how to cook new dishes.
I know I can’t possibly learn Rails in one year, but I want to get very comfortable with it. At the moment, I can build a simple application with Rails, but I’d love to get into more complex things, and start implementing best practices like tests.
Collaborate with Friends
Adam Clark and I have been talking about working together on something for the longest time. I’d love to finally take a project where we can work on it together. I’d also love to work with other people. 2013 was full of projects that I worked on alone, I’d like to be in a position to assemble teams for projects this year.
Mentor a Student
Similar to Laura Kalbag, I’d like to guide a student through a project. I’m at a point where I can teach someone how to manage a project, and I should do my part in paying that knowledge forward.
Running my own business allows me to work from anywhere. There is no need for me to work from my studio 80 percent of the year. I need to start taking advantage of the flexibility I have.
Those are my five goals for 2014. What do you want to accomplish?
by Tim Smith
With a fresh year, comes a fresh design. I had some serious issues with the previous version’s typography, which I’ve mostly addressed with this redesign. It still needs refinement, but this is a good starting point for the year.
If you normally read in your RSS reader, take a look at the site today. I’d love to hear what you think.