Weekly Wrap-Up 5-14-2016

This week’s newsletter is here.  Previous newsletters are are here and hereThis is a multi-week wrap up.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:

The Essential Guide To Social Media Marketing

The Feed Is Dying I disagree that most users are unable to curate their own feeds.

The Struggle Against Internet Overload Is Real “Frankly, when people are looking for an escape from the Internet, they usually search the Internet for answers.” Don’t stop there. The very next paragraph is pretty sobering.

Pair the above with this and then schedule time to go outside.

7 Reasons Introverts Now Rule The World They aren’t ball hogs.

Apple Destroyed My Will To Collect Music One of those moments when I found myself reading this article and thinking, “wow, me too”, and becoming rather sad.

TV Of The Week
The Night Manager
, on AMC. Throwback to a a time when tv was suspenseful with being hit over the head, beautifully shot, and all-around fun.

And, I must confess, I’m one of the few (10 ,tops?) who thoroughly enjoyed the finale of The Good Wife. I thought it so nuanced that Alicia standing alone in (the very same?) hallway 7 seasons later was simultaneously a comment on how far she’d come and a comment on how much she’d become like those who hurt her in Season 1. Brilliant.

Video Of The Week

This Week’s Music*:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify*. I ‘m not convinced it’s possible to share them. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

  • Sweet: Ballroom Blitz
  • Michael Franti: The Sound of Sunshine
  • Stevie Nicks: Beauty and the Beast
  • Billy Paul: Me and Mrs. Jones
  • The Jeff Healey Band: While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • Earth Wind & Fire: September
  • No One Will Ever Love You: Connie Britton & Charles Esten

*I believe in paying all artists for their work. Streaming music services allow for the discovery of new music, or reminders of great music I haven’t thought about in a while. I hope that if you hear something you like you’ll consider purchasing the song (or album) for your own collection.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 04-16-2016

This week’s newsletter is here.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:

The Dark Side Of Guardian Comments
It takes courage to commission such thorough, necessary research. As human beings, we must do better when speaking to each other online.

About DMARC
DMARC, or Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance, takes effect if an email fails certain types of authentication. And now they are targeting free email providers. So,  if you send an email using Mailchimp, Constant Contact, etc, and your “from” address includes @gmail.com, @yahoo.com, or any other free email provider it may now get bounced and never make it into the inbox of those on your mailing list.

Google’s $150 Photo Editing Software Is Now Free For Everyone
It’s call Nik, and can be downloaded here. Note, it’s not a stand alone product.

New Yorker’s Tribute To Susan B. Anthony Says Everything About Why Voting Matters
Presented without comment because the accompanying photo says it all.

Cookie Monster Apple iPhone Commercial Outtakes Are Hilarious and Heartwarming
Ah, Sesame Street.

Book(s) of the Week
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic 

Rebecca Traister’s All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women And The Rise Of An Independent Nation
Speaking of  Susan B. Anthony . . .

This Week’s Music*:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify*. This week, though, it’s all Prince, who wasn’t a big fan of streaming services. So head on over to iTunes or Amazon or better yet your local music store and pick up copies of anything of The Artist’s you don’t already own. His latest album is on his website here. 

Some of my favorites:

  • Delirious – Prince (1982)
  • Little Red Corvette – Prince (1983)
  • I Would Die 4 U – Prince and The Revolution (1984)
  • Let’s Go Crazy – Prince And The Revolution (1984)
  • Shockadelica – Prince (1987)
  • Cream – Prince And The New Power Generation (1991)

*I believe in paying all artists for their work. Streaming music services allow for the discovery of new music, or reminders of great music I haven’t thought about in a while. I hope that if you hear something you like you’ll consider purchasing the song (or album) for your own collection.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 3-18-2016

This week’s newsletter is here.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:

People are unhappy about Instagram’s proposed changes. #keepinstagramchronological had 19,967 posts the last time I checked. And there’s a movement for 24 hours of #InstagramSilence that’s currently running at more than 1,500 posts.

Etsy is changing the way shop owners do things.

And, there’s also this: Etsy’s New Paid Parental Leave Policy Is Designed To Counteract Gender Bias
and, they have a director of culture and environment. Maybe things really are changing.

Productivity and the Workplace of the Future
Or not. Seems as though a lot of these articles say the same thing, and it’s always “in the future”.

Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage
Gotta say, this is better than some antique stores I’ve been in. The stuff people throw out.

The mass market edition of To Kill A Mockingbird is going out of print. That feels weird.

This is how you play the game. And of course, he plays for the San Antonio Spurs, team of my beloved David Robinson.

Speaking of which, how ’bout your bracket? Hello Yale!

Can Tiny Homes Solve Homelessness? 
I wrote my first term paper on the mass deinstitutionalization initiated in the 1970’s (and I still have my index cards). I like that this gentleman calls his program “a relationship model”.

The Negative Effects of Daylight Savings Time
Not good, I know. However, I still equate daylight savings time with the yearly reminder from my parents during the summer months to “be home when the streetlights come on” and how much perceived freedom that extra hour of daylight gave us kids.

Podcast Of The Week
Sean McCabe’s seanwes podcast, offering “tangible insights on creativity and business”. Also? A lot of thought went into those five words.

I recommend this one. Also, Jonathan Fields Good Life Radio Project. This one is particularly good.

This Week’s Music*:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify*. I ‘m not convinced it’s possible to share them. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

Cat Stevens: Wild World

Winger: Madalaine

Dire Straits: Walk of Life

George Lynch: All Night Long

Judas Priest: Living After Midnight

Megadeath: These Boots Are Made For Walking (EXPLICITT)

Mr. Big: Wild World

 

Also, this is cool.

*I believe in paying all artists for their work. Streaming music services allow for the discovery of new music, or reminders of great music I haven’t thought about in a while. I hope that if you hear something you like you’ll consider purchasing the song (or album) for your own collection.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 3-14-2016

This week’s newsletter is here.

You’re noticing that it’s very late, aren’t you? That’s because I spent Friday being certified as a Mental Health First Aid Responder. And forgot to post this.

Speaking of Mental Health First Aid, the course was fantastic and I highly recommend placing it on your “to do” list. You won’t regret it.

Onward.

As always, there’s stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:

Instagram Captions: Mastering A Massive Engagement-Driver
Does anyone else “see” the caption before snapping the photo? Just me?

Olivia Wilde Directed The Latest Edward Sharpe Video With An iPhone
as it says in the article, “go out and make something cool” (iPhone not required). 

How a Hacker Protects His Kids Against Other Hackers
First of all, Chief Human Hacker is actually a thing. Plus, he discusses really good stuff.

Director Alex Winter Launched A Kickstarter To Make The Definitive Frank Zappa Doc
You know, Alex Winter, “Bill” from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure He’s also directed Deep Web, which is worth a watch.

The Quitter’s Mindset Could Be The Secret To Success
Interesting read. Disappointing that ‘quitting’ is always seen as a negative.

What Is Your Average Speed In Your Life, Your Health, And Your Work
Speaking as a forever recovering “maximum speed, no-off-switch” type, it’s not sustainable. And it wreaks havoc when that mindset inevitably fails. “Average” isn’t bad at all.

Photo of the Week
Mind Blowing? 
Claustrophobia inducing is more accurate, I think.  Wow, wow, wow. And, no.

This Week’s Music*:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify*. I ‘m not convinced it’s possible to share them. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

Hank Williams Sr.: I Saw The Light

Extreme: King of the Ladies

Poco: Call it Love

Blondie: Call Me

The Kinks: Come Dancing

A Flock Of Seagulls: I Ran

The Beatles: I Saw Her Standing There

*I believe in paying all artists for their work. Streaming music services allow for the discovery of new music, or reminders of great music I haven’t thought about in a while. I hope that if you hear something you like you’ll consider purchasing the song (or album) for your own collection.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 3-04-2016

This week’s newsletter is here.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:

Linkedin’s CEO Is Giving His Entire $14 Million Bonus To His Employees
Or, just pay people what they’re worth. Up front.

11 Of The Best iPhone and iPad Apps From February
And one for desktops running Google Chrome (This one is one of my favorites, if not my very favorite. The images are stunning, a great way to start each day.)

The Feds Have Let the Cyber World Burn. Let’s Put the Fire Out
Hacking, of any kind, can’t become acceptable. Or legislated, especially when relying on the All Writs Act of 1789. And no, that’s not a typo.

How a College Student Used Creative Commons to Dominate Political Photography
I can see both sides to this. One thing is certain, his photos are good.

Opt Out: A Simplicity Manifest0
2016 is quickly becoming my year of “opting out”.

19 Amazing Things You Don’t Want To Miss In The Night Sky In 2016
It just never gets old.

Book of the Week
Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley
Really looking forward to this book. It’s been on my TBR list for a long time.

This Week’s Music*:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify*. I ‘m not convinced it’s possible to share them. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

Mac Davis: Music In My Life

Billy Squier: She’s A Runner

Elvis Costello: This is Hell

Paul McCartney – Blackbird

Wham!: Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go

Ella Fitzgerald: Someone To Watch Over Me

Rammstein: Du Hast

*I believe in paying all artists for their work. Streaming music services allow for the discovery of new music, or reminders of great music I haven’t thought about in a while. I hope that if you hear something you like you’ll consider purchasing the song (or album) for your own collection.

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Weekly Wrap-Up 2.20.2016

This week’s newsletter is here.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:
Still thinking about clickbait. This time why we’re wired to resist.

Creepiest thing ever. The two don’t even begin to equate. Sanctioned stalking, anyone?

Companion piece to the above. An app that pairs you with a stranger for life? No.

New to HeyAmyLou
Staying the course with the website relaunch and blog planner.

Podcast Of The Week:
Radiolab’s
To See Or Not To See. I’ve listened to The Living Room from Love and Radio (another really good podcast for your queue) before and admittedly, almost a year later I still think back to it. And it was no less powerful this time around. It’s Sight Unseen, though, that made me stop everything I was doing yesterday to listen.

Double bonus this week, in the form of Nine for IX, a series produced by ESPN Films. Holy wow it’s good. I caught the last 15 minutes of “Let Them Wear Towels, and stayed for all of “Branded, and “Venus Vs“. From the producers of 30 for 30, which includes my all-time favorite “There’s No Place Like Home“, Nine for IX has some pretty powerful thoughts on women’s sports 40 years after Title IX, the law barring gender discrimination in sports.

This Week’s Music:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify*. I ‘m not convinced it’s possible to share them. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

Gary Clark, Jr.: Next Door Neighbor Blues

Elvis Costello and Wanda Jackson: Cryin’ Time

Alabama Shakes: Don’t Wanna Fight

Pistol Annies: I Feel A Sin Comin’ On

Lionel Richie: Easy

Chris Isaak: Runnin’ Down The Road

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Drive Like Lightning [Crash Like Thunder]. For no explainable reason, Chris Isaak always makes me want to listen to Brian Setzer.

Personally, I think everyone’s music library should look like this (equal to their collection of books, mind you) and a music collection that only exists on a phone or an iPad is a sad, sad thing.

 

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Weekly Wrap Up 2.12.2016

 

This week’s newsletter is here.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter. Here’s this week’s list:
The Internet Hilariously Mourns Twitter’s Planned Changes with #RIPTwitter key words “whatever the algorithm thinks”. Plus, appearances by Chris Jericho and MySpace.

Understanding TED’s Approach To The World Pricey ticket? That’s an understatement. I learned a lot with this one.

Speaking of TED: Rejection Is A Sign You’re On To Something New Shared via 99u.com, and includes the full written transcript, which I appreciate.

13 Essential Rules For Staying Safe On The Internet I’m an unashamed broken record on this.

How To Manage Instagram In 20 Minutes A Day Still with the clickbait. Still with the useful content in spite of the clickbait.

Wikipedia’s Longest Hoax Ever Gets Busted After More Than 10 Years Fascinating.

American World War II Veteran Reunites With Wartime Girlfriend In Australia Presented without comment simply because it doesn’t need any.

New To HEYAMYLOU
Revamping the website, stay tuned for this spring’s re-launch.

Podcast Of The Week:
Radio Headspace, featuring Maria Popova and Levi Felix. This is a super-short bonus episode. Maybe take 5 minutes and explore what else is available . . .

This Week’s Music:
I have weekly playlists over on Spotify. I ‘m not convinced it’s possible to share them. Therefore, it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

Chris Stapleton: Tennessee Whiskey

Spencer Davis Group: Gimme Some Lovin’

The Knack: My Sharona

Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats: S.O.B. (side note: they’ll be on Austin City Limits tonight on PBS. Watching won’t be a waste of time.)

Farron Young: Hello Walls

The Pretenders: The Wait

Glen Hansard: Drive All Night

It unintentionally (I assure you) became a Valentine’s Day playlist. So, having acknowledged that (dammit) go watch Once, starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.

Coming Up On The Blog:
Posts about voting, public shaming, Monica Lewinsky, and a series on rituals/habits/traditions.

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Weekly Wrap Up 2.5.2016

 

This week’s newsletter is here.

There’s always stuff that doesn’t make it into the newsletter, mostly because the article included this week about tidying up your newsfeed was written about me.

10 Anti-Surveillance Tools That Protect Your Privacy Online

His Dad Came Back From The War With PTSD. His Friends Built An App To Help It’s possible I’ve shared this before. It’s probable I’ll share it again.

Lady Gaga On Wanting To Be Iron Maiden Smart Woman. And Bruce Dickinson’s reply made me laugh out loud.

Here’s Everything Science Knows About How You Developed Your Taste In Music This was a fascinating read. The only thing that hasn’t held true for me so far is that my tastes have varied wildly and continue to do so.

David Foster Wallace On The Redemptive Power Of Reading And The Future Of Writing In The Age Of Information I may have mentioned I’ve committed to a reading challenge this year. Infinite Jest is my pick for “A book that intimidates me”. My other picks are over on my alter-ego blog irishyogachick.com 

New To HEYAMYLOU

I’m creating a blog planner (kind of a yearly calendar just for blogging). It’ll be up on the website before the end of the month and will include weekly and yearly planning sheets as well as analytics tracking sheets.

Podcast of the Week:

Still thinking about Limetown. Good, old-time-y radio storytelling. That scared the snot outta me a couple of times.

This Week’s Music:

I have weekly playlists over on Spotify. I just can’t figure out how to share them so it’s highly unlikely this link will work unless you have a Spotify account.  So, here’s what’s on it this week.

Last In Line: Devil In Me

The Cure: Friday I’m In Love

The Winery Dogs: I’m No Angel

The Clash: Rock The Casbah

Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus

Arc Angels: Living in A Dream

Bruce Springsteen’s Tribute To Glenn Fry: Take It Easy

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