Confessions Of A Digital Hoarder

December 15, 2019

first_imgTry, Try Again: Prying Open The CryptStill, I’m trying to find a shoe that fits. I’ve been tooling around in Springpad for the past month or so. It’s not the same kind of sprawling archive as Evernote, but at least I don’t dread opening it (yet). If Evernote began to seem like a sarcophagus, Springpad feels like a living record. Now, instead of hoarding the desiccated remains of half-baked ideas and everything my eyeballs graze online, I’m trying to shake the compulsion to keep everything, instead curating a small batch of themed notebooks for work and play. But I admit: I still harbor fantasies about Evernote. Making it work still feels like the sweetest dream of the seasoned cyberhoarder. For now I’ve abandoned it, but a battalion of active IFTTT triggers still fire away at my account. I can’t quite bring myself to turn them off.The messy chronicle of my life piles up passively, megabyte by megabyte. And I guess if I ever need it, I know where to look. Image of files and abyss via Shutterstock. In the dawning era of persistent digital experience, an obsessive documentarian like myself should flourish. In my pre-Web, analog life, I was the one with shoeboxes of photos, scrawling notes and lists on anything scrawlable. But the advent of the cloud – the arrival of multi-gigabyte virtual storage lockers, auto-syncing, and bookmarklets, oh bookmarklets! – has taken it all too far. My sanity is buckling under the collective desire to keep everything on the Internet. All of these little processes, saving that New Yorker essay to Pocket, poring over my archived tweets, figuring out which corner of the cloud I stuffed that then-genius story idea in… it makes me crazy and I hate it and I’m done. I come to you teetering on the existential irony of it all – the recursive madness of obsessively chronicling my life in lieu of living it. Is there a Hoarders for the Web? Sign me up.The Enabler: Evernote One tool landed me in this mess to begin with: Evernote. I turned to Evernote to subtract the paralysis of where do I keep this? I’ve worked at training myself to use Evernote. I’ve read approximately 3,000 Lifehacker odes. I watched the Verge’s cute video about “backing up your brain” just like everybody else did. But it doesn’t stick. And that’s okay. I think.(See also Why Evernote Just Doesn’t Work For Me, by Brian Proffitt.)We all want to be that guy with our home organized perfectly: file folders, tiny little boxes for different sized paper clips – the whole nine yards. But we’re not all that guy… in fact, almost nobody is. That guy is the abominable snowman of organization. He’s an employee at the Container Store with a mile-high pile of dishes in the sink at home. Digital Detritus And The Existential AbyssUltimately, the tension is psychological. My obsessive need to document, archive and stash just plays out on the stage of Evernote.Joan Didion has an excellent essay about (analog) notetaking that’s always stuck with me. The urge to keep is a classic mental struggle – not one of insufficient technology at all.“The impulse to write things down is a peculiarly compulsive one, inexplicable to those who do not share it, useful only accidentally, only secondarily, in the way that any compulsion tries to justify itself”, Didion writes.“I sometimes delude myself about why I keep a notebook, imagine that some thrifty virtue derives from preserving everything observed. See enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some morning when the world seems drained of wonder… I will simply open my notebook and there it will all be.”There’s a central fallacy in these obsessive gestures: the earnest belief that we will wend our way back to these things and extract meaning from them.But the notebook-keepers among us know the truth, though we choose to look away from it: these things are being saved for the saving’s sake alone.Digging DeeperIn fact, I’m never even going to organize my hoard. I’m never going to straighten out my Evernote tags or my Gmail labels or all of those saved stories on Read It Later, Pocket or Instapaper. I am an absolutely abysmal digital gardener, just like I am a terrible real gardener. I can hardly remember to keep my cat alive in real life – and she has a robust built-in reminder system. Perhaps I just need to slow down (this is what an Evernote acolyte would say, right?). Diligently tagging my virtual parallel life and filing it away in notebooks, funneling it into filters might make me saner – even happier! Or it might just turn me into a hopelessly OCD-afflicted automaton bent on making order out of so much digital chaos.Oh wait, that happened already. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fear: A Booming Business ModelApps and tools that help us keep things often generate a Stockholm Syndrome-esque flavor of loyalty. The Evernotes and Flickrs of the world are evocative well beyond normal parameters. (Criticize one of these to an avid user and you’ll see what I mean.)  They aren’t just apps – they’re where we put our memories. They might be meaningless or fragmented and we’ll most likely never even bother to dredge them up at all, but there’s just something incredibly soothing about knowing that all the stuff we’ve hoarded is in there somewhere. And there’s something unsettling about being soothed by that. Perhaps its a good thing I’ll never go looking for my stuff. My Pocket account is so clogged that facing that sea of unread stories feels like turning the doorknob to the hall closet you don’t dare open because you know three suitcases and a hockey stick will fall on your head. Same goes for Evernote… and for Kippt, and Simplenote, and Google Drive, and my old Flickr albums and my Pinterest boards and ancient Blogger drafts.  Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img taylor hatmaker Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud computing#Evernote#Pause last_img read more

The Real Leaderboard

December 9, 2019

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Many sales organizations have a leaderboard. They rank their salespeople by revenue, new accounts, profit, or some combination thereof. Sometimes the idea is to acknowledge the leaders, and sometimes the idea is to shame some salespeople into improving their performance.But a deeper look at the leaders is often revealing. Sometimes the leaders aren’t really the best salespeople.Gimme’sThe leader may be the at the top of the stack because he has been given accounts. He may not have had to do the tough work of opening the relationship, establishing that relationship, or creating new opportunities. He is really just doing a really good job managing the accounts he inherited.Growing accounts that you are given is important, but it doesn’t necessarily make you the sales leader.Better HelpNo salespeople should be ashamed of needing help to win a deal. If they need their sales manager, Vice President of Sales, or CEO’s help to win a deal, it doesn’t discount the work that they did to position the opportunity.But some salespeople have better help. They have a sales manager who is deeply engaged in coaching, developing, and helping them create and win new opportunities. They have more–and better–help.The reason some salespeople who are lower in the rankings are lower is because they aren’t receiving the help they need.TimeTime is a critical factor, especially in a complex sale when the process takes time. Newer salespeople are ranked towards the bottom only because they haven’t yet had enough time to develop the relationships or the opportunities.The fact that someone is lower on the ranking isn’t always an indication that can’t sell, won’t sell, or aren’t succeeding.One Big DealSometimes the leader on the sales board is the beneficiary of one really big deal. There is nothing wrong with winning a really big deal, unless that’s all you do. The revenue and profit numbers matter, but there are other numbers that are also important–like their future pipeline.Holding up the leader with one big deal can be confusing. It can make other salespeople believe that “one really big deal” is a viable strategy to pursue when it isn’t.The number four salesperson with really good numbers and an excellent pipeline might be the real “leader,” and that fact will increasingly become known over time.QuestionsIs the leader on the leaderboard always the best and most effective salesperson?last_img read more

Japan shakes off slow start, grounds Thailand to top Pool F

November 30, 2019

first_imgPhoto from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan shrugged off a first set setback to trip Thailand in four sets, 22-25, 25-20, 25-22, 26-24, in the qualification stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Japanese are now atop Pool F with a 3-0 record while Thailand is at close second with a 2-1 mark.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Moksri Chatchu-on led Thailand with 20 points while Kongyot Ajcharaporn added 19. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games ROS roster shakeup ‘hard to accept at first,’ admits Belga Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sarina Koga waxed hot for Japan and put up a game-high 26 points while Risa Shinnabe and Mai Okumura added 16 and 12 points, respectively.It was a tale of offense and defense for the two teams as Japan owned the attacking department with a 66-55 advantage in scoring spikes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThailand, though, had Japan’s number in the defensive end scoring 17 blocks while the Japanese managed to score on just eight.The Thais awarded 18 free points to Japan, but none bigger than their last two that happened in the final sequence of the match that awarded Japan the victory. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Rockets donate $4 million to help storm victims

November 30, 2019

first_imgView comments Recently acquired Rockets point guard Chris Paul donated $50,000 to a fund created by Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, the defensive end posted on Twitter on Monday.Current and former Rockets players James Harden, Eric Gordon, Patrick Beverley and Paul all took to social media to send thoughts and prayers to the people of Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe storm, now classified as a Tropical Storm, has hammered the Houston area with flooding as a result of massive rainfall totals. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on August 27, 2017 as the US fourth city city battles with tropical storm Harvey and resulting floods. AFPHouston, United States — The Houston Rockets have donated $4 million to help the victims of Tropical Storm Harvey which has caused devastating flooding in the city, the NBA team announced on Monday.“Our hearts are heavy seeing the devastation that so many of our friends, family and neighbors are experiencing,” the Rockets said in a statement. “Please stay safe, Houston.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa PLAY LIST 04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa05:08DOST-Pagasa 11 A.M. weather update, November 22, 201900:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Almost 3M netizens illegally streamed Mayweather vs. McGregor fight—report UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

a month agoMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defence

October 28, 2019

first_imgMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s happy with their defending.Solskjaer has come under growing pressure following United’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham and their Carabao Cup shootout win against Rochdale, but dismissed the criticism.“We’re focused on what we have to do and that’s to keep improving,” said Solskjaer.“I never said it was gonna be easy this season, there are gonna be ups and downs, highs and lows, and when we lose a game we have to trust ourselves and what we’re doing, keep the eyes on the prize and keep to the principles we believe in.“You can see how much we’ve improved defensively, that’s where we put the big money in with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.“We don’t concede many chances, concede too many goals, but the other way going forward is where we’ve struggled with injuries, to Paul, Anthony, Marcus.“We’ve had some bad luck in that respect and it doesn’t help when you lose players.“It’s a team improving, evolving, a young team, the culture is there see every single day in training.“There are no issues with attitudes, work rate and desire, now [it’s a case of] can we trust ourselves?“You can see against Astana and Rochdale they want to impress, do well, but maybe they rush their finish at times.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Four Diaspora Students for Internship Programme Offered By Gracekennedy

October 24, 2019

first_imgStory Highlights Four university students living in the diaspora have been selected for participation in a five-week cultural and professional internship programme offered by GraceKennedy Limited. They are Joshua Tulloch, a student at Oxford University in the United Kingdom; Keenan Nembhard, a student at Carleton University in Canada; Anastacia Davis, a student at Full Sail University in the United States; and Kayla Green from the University of Binghamton, also in the United States. Four university students living in the diaspora have been selected for participation in a five-week cultural and professional internship programme offered by GraceKennedy Limited.They are Joshua Tulloch, a student at Oxford University in the United Kingdom; Keenan Nembhard, a student at Carleton University in Canada; Anastacia Davis, a student at Full Sail University in the United States; and Kayla Green from the University of Binghamton, also in the United States.Aimed at highlighting all the aspects of Jamaican life, while at the same time furthering the career goals of the candidates, the GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is targeted at second- and third-generation Jamaicans, who will be placed in selected areas of the company.State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, commended GraceKennedy for “birthing this vision”, which began in 2004.“It is an excellent platform for our young leaders and students in the diaspora to experience the professional environment through placement in your subsidiary companies,” he said.Senator Charles Jr. was speaking at the 2018 launch of the programme, held at GraceKennedy’s headquarters in downtown Kingston on July 2.The State Minister encouraged GraceKennedy to expand the 14-year-old programme in a collaborative way with the Government under a Ministry initiative which facilitates engagement with the diaspora.He likened GraceKennedy’s Jamaican Birthright Programme to the Government’s Technology Advancement Programme (TAP) out of the Science, Energy and Technology Ministry, which provides practical training to young people.“The training is in information and communications technology (ICT) to 1,000 young people between 18 and 35 years over a 12-month period. It is anticipated that this programme will serve to empower young people, and will ultimately engender greater use of ICT in Jamaica,” he said.For his part, Director of Tourism, Donovan White, congratulated GraceKennedy for this “meaningful programme”.“The importance of the Jamaican Birthright Programme is pivotal to sustaining the vibrant culture, history and values of the island among the generations of diaspora communities around the world,” he said.Mr. White said the investment by GraceKennedy is significant, because it gives the interns a “first-hand experience to touch, taste, feel and see the best of Jamaica, while forming invaluable social and professional bonds and building deeper connections to the place of your heritage”.Meanwhile, Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GraceKennedy Limited, Senator Don Wehby, noted that the Jamaican/Caribbean diaspora is important to its ambitious vision of becoming a global consumer group brand by the year 2022.Senator Wehby informed that since its inception, the programme has graduated more than 41 interns, a few of which have gone on to occupy important positions in society abroad.One such intern is Sanchia Alasia from the United Kingdom, who participated in the 2004 programme and was recently appointed as Mayor to the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.Mr. Wehby encouraged the interns to “enjoy the work experience at GraceKennedy and enjoy Jamaica”. State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, commended GraceKennedy for “birthing this vision”, which began in 2004. last_img read more

September 30, 2019

Chris Paul Other Clippers May Sit Out If Donald

In the Donald Sterling saga that will not go away, all-star point guard Chris Paul said he might sit out the season if the beleaguered Sterling, who was stripped of ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, remains as the head of the team.Sterling is fighting in court against the sale of his team to former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer, and his unprecedented punishment for making racially charged comments about Black people during a recorded phone call to a girlfriend.The legal battle could and likely will run into the upcoming season. That’s where it can get even more ugly within the team, which displayed acts of protest against Sterling even prior to Silver’s judgment.Paul, the head of the NBA Players Association, said he, like coach Doc Rivers, is considering not playing if Sterling maintains ownership of the team.“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified earlier in the week in state court that Rivers told him on multiple occasions that he doesn’t think he wants to continue coaching the team if Sterling remains in control of the franchise.Further, Paul said other players will consider not playing under Sterling, too.“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake Griffin, (DeAndre Jordan). It’s unacceptable.”The issue remains whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, acted properly in selling the franchise without his consent. She agreed to a deal with Ballmer for a record $2 billion.Closing arguments in the probate court case are set for Monday, at which point the judge will determine whether to authorize the sale or throw the situation into further confusion. Donald Sterling has vowed to fight “as long as he lives.”The original purchase agreement called for the sale to close by July 15 — with an extension until Aug. 15. The NBA has said it will resume termination proceedings of the sale if it’s not closed by Sept. 15, a few weeks before the start of training camp. read more

Depth Chart Week 5 versus Rutgers

September 28, 2019

Week 5 special teams versus Rutgers CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. WLB33 Dante BookerOR17 Jerome Baker48 Joe BurgerJr.So.Rs. Sr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Members of the Ohio State defense bring down Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine during a game on Sept. 17, 2016. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorComing off of its bye week, the Ohio State Buckeyes sit at 3-0, staring down its first Big Ten matchup of 2016 versus the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The rest over the bye week was earned by the Buckeyes after throttling the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma, a week and a half ago, but that rest came at a price.Redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Hilliard tore his bicep, underwent surgery and will sit out the remainder of the season. Redshirt freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill also suffered an injury that required surgery. Hill went down with a high ankle sprain and will miss three-to-four weeks.Junior linebacker Dante Booker is expected back in the rotation at linebacker after missing the last two games with an MCL issue.Week 5 offense versus Rutgers LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.So. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. Week 5 defense versus Rutgers H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So.Jr.Fr. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. read more

September 18, 2019

Villas next seasons kit includes a darker shade of claret

first_imgVilla’s iconic colours have often caused confusion amongst manufacturers and senior Villa Park officials have moved to ensure next season’s kit includes a ‘darker shade of claret’ according to Birmingham Mail.It will also feature a ‘visible nod to William McGregor’. A statue of McGregor – the man who played a leading role in founding the Football League in 1888 – stands proudly outside the main reception at Villa Park.Neil Banbury, General Manager UK at the Kindred Group, said:Tottenham make offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish Henry Ikenna Ugwu – June 13, 2018 In a bullish manner Tottenham makes offer to Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish £15m as Chelsea, Fulham and Leicester are also keen on securing the…“We are delighted to continue our partnership with Aston Villa. 32Red has a successful history in football sponsorship and will look to build on the fantastic work done by the Unibet brand last season.“The 32Red logo won’t look out of place adorning the famous claret and blue with both brands priding themselves on excitement and entertainment. The likes of which has made 32Red an industry-leader in online casinos.““Unibet will continue to reward the legions of loyal Villans with “better” experiences as Official Betting & Gaming Partner and we look forward to seeing the logo on the club’s official training wear.”last_img read more

September 18, 2019

Giorgio Chiellini Andrea Barzagli renews contracts with Juventus

first_imgTwo Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli of Juventus have renewed deals with the club; a deal which will keep them with Juventus until 2020 and 2019 respectively.Chiellini has played 26 times in the Bianconeri’s  Serie A last season, while Barzagli was featured 25 times as either center-back and right-back.The two defenders will continue their play with the club for another season which could be a major boost for Juventus to concede an average of 0.7 goals-per-game, win 2.3 points-per-match when they link up together, Spotsmole claimsFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.A club statement read:“Side by side they fought, they brought Juventus into #My7H and the historic fourth consecutive Italian cup and now they will continue. Always side by side, to defend the Bianconeri colours with pride, class and passion.“Juventus could not be happier to maintain the services of two men, who for so long have embodies the club’s Fino Alla Fine (to the bitter end) mindset. Here is hoping for further success for both players and the club starting next season.”last_img read more