Don’t Listen to the Experts by Chris Enns

Chris Enns:

You know the advice you hear from so-called experts that shuts you down? The stuff that stops you from moving forward with a hobby or an idea? You can’t record a podcast unless you have a $300 mic!

Now this advice, you should listen to.

Spotify Says Apple Won’t Approve a New Version of Its App because It Doesn’t Want Competition for Apple Music | Recode

Peter Kafka reporting for Recode:

In a letter sent this week to Apple’s top lawyer, Spotify says Apple is “causing grave harm to Spotify and its customers” by rejecting an update to Spotify’s iOS app.

The letter says Apple turned down a new version of the app while citing “business model rules” and demanded that Spotify use Apple’s billing system if “Spotify wants to use the app to acquire new customers and sell subscriptions.”

Yea, yea… old news. But still very interesting. It’s no secret that Apple’s approval process can sometimes be arbitrary, but it also seems that Spotify is in violation of Apple’s terms. Yet another example of how when companies have petty arguments, it’s the user that suffers. People who want the convenience of subscribing to Spotify on their iOS device have to pay more to account for the 30% that Apple makes from the transaction. It’s all just incredibly stupid.

Would You Pay Dwight Howard $31 Million? | Bleacher Report

Howard Beck writing for the Bleacher Report:

Howard—an eight-time All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year—is about to enter free agency and based on his resume should be one of the most coveted players on the market, right after Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

He won’t be.

Would I pay Dwight Howard $31 Million? In short, hell no. The fact that he thinks he’s worth it is so comical it’s almost sad. But hey, he’s not completely useless, he’s worth money and the contract he got from Atlanta proves that. I may not like him, but he could be a great player.

The problem is and has been if he wants to be. Unfortunately, as the article so well points out, Dwight wants to play a style of basketball that just doesn’t make sense anymore. A huge shame considering how effective he could be if he’d take a smart person’s advice (none of which he has yet seemed to be getting).

In the end, do I like the guy? No. He’s a quitter. But I hope—for his own damn sake—that changes with his new home.

Don't Overthink It (Flexbox) Grids | CSS-Tricks

Chris Coyier:

Four years ago I posted “Don’t Overthink it Grids” and it resonated with quite a few people. Even back then, I thought we might have been at Peak Grid. Someone was promoting a new grid framework practically every week.

That article was my way of saying: “Fear not! You can make a grid yourself! You don’t need a complicated framework.” It might not have been quite as fancy, but that’s how I rolled. You float a couple of elements with some percentage widths and call it a day.

These days, if you are ready to jump to flexbox for layout, DIY grids are even easier.

I love posts like these. If you’ve gotten in the habit of using a framework for your grids, Chris explains how easy it can be to create a grid of your own.

Apps and Gear for Summer (2016 Edition) | The Sweet Setup

Chris Gonzales writing on The Sweet Setup:

Summer’s in full swing here in the US. Whether you’re trying to make memories while traveling, enjoying food and drink with loved ones, or even if you just need ways to pass the time while you cling to your blessed bubble of air conditioning as much as possible, we’ve got some app and gear suggestions that may help you out.

Great list of stuff. I’m a big fan of these guides.

Bill Simmons Breaks Free: His “F—ing Sh**ty” ESPN Exit, Who Courted Him and Details of His HBO Show | Hollywood Reporter

Lacey Rose writing for the Hollywood Reporter:

Bill Simmons is mere weeks away from launching the most high-profile phase of his professional career — his very own HBO talk show to complement a recently launched website and an already popular podcast. But on this springtime afternoon, the 46-year-old sportswriter turned multimedia juggernaut sits slouched in his Los Angeles office, unable to pull himself out of the past.

Specifically, May 8, 2015, the day the world fell on top of him.

I didn’t know much about Bill Simmons before reading this profile, but I really like him now! Bill is opinionated, and doesn’t back down even when it meant being fired by ESPN. I’m eagerly awaiting his new show on HBO.

Why I Quit Twitter — and Left Behind 35,000 Followers | Th New York Times

Jonathan Weisman writing for The New York Times:

For weeks, I had been barraged on Twitter by rank anti-Semitic comments, Nazi iconography of hooknosed Jews stabbing lovely Christians in the back, the gates of Auschwitz, and trails of dollar bills leading to ovens. It all started after I linked to an essay, on my Twitter account, by Robert Kagan — one that discussed the emergence of fascism in the United States. At first, I let it flow, determined to preserve my Twitter time line as a shrine to hate and incontrovertible evidence of rising anti-Semitism. But last week, I had begun reporting the most egregiously abusive accounts to Twitter — and I’d received no response.

The things that were said to Jonathan are absolutely atrocious. The fact that Twitter doesn’t seem to care, makes them complicit of this abuse.

Pull List for June 8, 2016

Comics I’m picking up this week.

First off… let me come clean: I totally bought Civil War II last week. I really wasn’t going to because it is expensive, but I just couldn’t help myself. I’m so glad I bought it. Issue #1 of Civil War II is excellent. It sets up a story that I’m looking forward to seeing unfold.

Now, let’s get to books I’m picking up!

  1. All-New X-men #10 - I feel like I’m one of the few that are really enjoying this book. Many longtime X-men fans don’t particularly like this run, but it’s way better than watching that terrible X-men movie in the theater right now.
  2. Daredevil #8 - I’m a bit behind on Daredevil because I bought the trade, but it only had the first five issues. So I had to order issue #6 online, and I’m waiting for that one so I don’t miss anything.
  3. Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 - Wonder Woman is one of my favorite all-time heroes. I’m really looking forward to getting into this run from the beginning.
  4. Flash Rebirth #1 - I caught the last two issues of the New 52 Flash, and I wasn’t impressed. I’m hoping this new run is better. If the DC Universe Rebirth issue is any indication, the Flash is at the center of the conflict so, it’ll be fun to read.

What are you picking up? Let me know on Twitter.

Let's Be Honest, You Really Don’t Want It | LessEverything

Allan Branch:

I’ll use me as a real example. I’d like to lose another 50 pounds. I know how to lose it. I just don’t want it bad enough to put forth the effort to lose it. I just don’t want it bad enough.

It’s more pleasing to just complain than take action. Action is a lot of work and usually isn’t fun.

How Our Remote Engineering Team Stays Agile | Help Scout Blog

Chris Brookins on the Help Scout Blog:

With a deliberate culture of consistent asynchronous communication, team members can focus on their work while staying in the loop. Our engineers thrive in an environment that promotes autonomy, trust and flexibility. The end result is a motivated and productive engineering team that can spend more time delivering value for our customers and our business and less time in painful meetings and long email threads.

If you manage a remote team, read this.