Nick Crocker: Thirty Things I've Learned

As I get ready for the second half of this year, and get ready for new collaborators and projects, I find Nick Crocker's list of thirty things he's learned. The list is articulate, eloquent and truly resonates with me. Case in point, number 10:

The greatest reflection of your priorities is your time. Whatever you say about what matters to you, the true test is where you place your time. So if you say your priorities are your partner or your kids or your family or your health, that statement will only be true if your calendar reflects it.

Go read the whole list, I'm sure something within it will resonate with you too. 

The Week's Links: July 18, 2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 

  • 10 Brands That Will Disappear This Year- TIMEowl.li/z9NQ9
  • Ricky Gervais Shares His Secrets for Success: Be a "Cocky Little Nobody" owl.li/z9Agk
  • Why Are Songs on the Radio About the Same Length? owl.li/z9JDF
  • BBC News - The costs and benefits of publishing your own books owl.li/z9A9n
  • Can Memes Exist Outside of the Internet?owl.li/z9Jmx
  • Inside Disney's Virtual Playground for Fantasies: Video - Bloomberg owl.li/z9A1A
  • Cult Novels: An Essential List owl.li/z9HtL
  • How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Talent -NYTimes.com owl.li/z9wL1
  • Facebook’s algorithm — why our assumptions are wrong, and our concerns are rightowl.li/z9Biv
  • Contemplative practices boost creativity in problem-solving owl.li/z9B2x
  • Dungeons & Dragons Has Influenced a Generation of Writers - NYTimes.com owl.li/z9wkU
  • Relevance Is The New Remarkableowl.li/z94SK
  • It’s Time for Boards to Cross the Digital Divide - Didier Bonnet owl.li/z9weK
  • The software design trends that we love to hateowl.li/z8Z2e
  • Ethics for Technologists (and Facebook) - Michael Schrage owl.li/z9waa
  • Does Anyone Even Want a Smartwatch?owl.li/z8WBN
  • Advice From 10 Creative Technologists We Love owl.li/z9vZy
  • Lessons From The Man Who Managed Reddit's Community Of Millions owl.li/z8MhV
  • 10 Tech Trends That Are Too Big To Seeowl.li/z9vVg
  • MIT's new material opens the door to squishable, shape-shifting robots owl.li/z9usZ
  • Pondering Platform Monopolies – AVCowl.li/z8M9Q
  • How to be more confident, according to scienceowl.li/z8rGC
  • Why I’m so negative about positivity — Paul Jarvis owl.li/z8Kbp
  • 4 Surprising Things Facebook Has Learned From Your Relationship Status owl.li/z8mLj
  • The secretive billionaire who built Silicon Valleyowl.li/z8sEp
  • Nescafé Unveils New Logo and Global Branding owl.li/z8inp
  • Cutting the High Cost of Digital Living -NYTimes.com owl.li/z8skH
  • Down but Not Out: The Uncertain Future of the Crossword Puzzle owl.li/z813W
  • FontShop Joins Monotype owl.li/zdNyi
  • Unexpected: Apple, IBM in Deal to Create Apps, Sell Phones - WSJ owl.li/zdLz9
  • Digitizing the Family History - NYTimes.comowl.li/z8s7b
  • How to Take Your Cellphone Abroad (and Not Come Home Broke) owl.li/z8rWs
  • Creativity Top 5: Week of July 14, 2014owl.li/zcRbK
  • Ikea Gets Into Your Dreams With Trippy, Shakespearean New Ad owl.li/z5FfU
  • Discover the Music Vault: A Massive YouTube Archive of 13,000 Live Concert Videosowl.li/z5DdB
  • The Best And Worst Design Of The 2014 World Cup owl.li/z5FaZ
  • The Power of Maps, Past and Presentowl.li/z5Da1
  • 100 Famous Directors’ Filmmaking Adviceowl.li/z5F7p
  • 15 Music Videos Filmed In One Shotowl.li/z5D8I
  • The CIA's Style Manual & Writer's Guide: 185 Pages of Tips for Writing Like a Spyowl.li/z5Dpm
  • Apple launches developer blog for new Swift programming language owl.li/z5keY
  • When Your Skin Smells Sandalwood Oil, It Heals Itself owl.li/z5Dol
  • Download Over 250 Free Art Books From the Getty Museum owl.li/z5Df0
  • 11 Grammar Lessons From the Leaked CIA Style Book owl.li/z2kCj
  • Trust Us: The Ethics of Our Automated Futureowl.li/yYQcu
  • Secrets From The Brains Of 13 Creative Geniuses owl.li/z1AZc
  • Amazing: Museum of Natural History Announces First Adult-Only Sleepoverowl.li/yYQa3
  • The 20 most popular talks of all time: TED.comowl.li/z1jZ0
  • 10 Fashion and Beauty Items That Are Older Than You Think owl.li/yYQ6F
  • The 10 Most Viral Ads of 2014 (So Far)owl.li/z1jTZ
  • How to thrive in a world where change is constant owl.li/yW99b
  • TED Playlist: Kickstart your creativityowl.li/z13A0
  • The Best And Worst Design Of The 2014 World Cup owl.li/yYQrL
  • Do People Only Use 10% of Their Brains?owl.li/yW952
  • English Is The World's Top Borrower And Lender Of Words owl.li/yTdf1
  • Praise the artist who dances on the edgeowl.li/yVzEB
  • Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio Explains Emotions | MIT Technology Review owl.li/yTd15
  • Listen to the Oldest Song in the World: A Sumerian Hymn Written 3,400 Years Agoowl.li/yVzg5
  • Never-Before-Seen Photos Show How Gone With The Wind Was Made. owl.li/yTczs
  • What Will Happen To English As More And More People Worldwide Speak It? owl.li/yUfjv
  • Creativity: It’s not what we make, it’s how we live. owl.li/yTc0W
  • Disney Picks 11 Tech and Media Firms for Startup-Accelerator Program owl.li/yTdvF
  • A Billionaire Mathematician’s Life of Ferocious Curiosity - NYTimes.com owl.li/yTdpB
  • Milton Glaser on Making Miracles on Vimeoowl.li/yTbiN
  • Ikea Built Something New: An Instagram Website owl.li/yPHMr
  • In 1938, the New York Times Thought Disney Toys Would Save the U.S. Economy owl.li/yTajk
  • 6 Surprising Things That Can Influence Your Dreams owl.li/yPHL0
  • The Ultra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything owl.li/yTa5V
  • Jake Scott Directs Jude Law in Stylish New Johnnie Walker Film To Be Shown at Venice Film Festival owl.li/yPHEj
  • Meet the game that shows us the future of storytelling owl.li/yT9Yg
  • 11 Photographs of Mysterious Megalithsowl.li/yPHAJ
  • New York Police Department's Facebook page now includes posts that read like newspaper articles - WSJ owl.li/yPWP7
  • The World's 17 Best Print Campaigns of 2013-14 owl.li/yPS8j
  • Norman Mailer's 1191-Page Harlot's Ghost Outlined in One Handwritten Sheetowl.li/yPHy0
  • Debate: Are We Trying To Save Arts Or Organizations? (Why Some Arts Organizations Should Die) owl.li/yONZw
  • Winners of the 2014 Apple Design Awardsowl.li/yOP8O
  • Wolf Trap to unveil supertitles on your smartphone for opera performancesowl.li/yONTm
  • Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s VP of Trust and Safety owl.li/yOOSD
  • Why the Research on Viewing TV Is Best Ignored - NYTimes.com owl.li/yONSh
  • Want to Brainstorm New Ideas? Then Limit Your Online Connections owl.li/yOOOE
  • Box-Office Data on New Met Productions Illustrate the Company's Struggle - WSJowl.li/yONRx

The Week's Links: July 11, 2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 

  • WSJ takes you inside Data Science Lab: Facebook Experiments Had Few Limitshttp://owl.li/yONI4
  • Dancing Can Help Senior Mobility – WebMDhttp://owl.li/yOO0h
  • They Have Seen the Future of the Internet, and It Is Dark http://owl.li/yOOMm
  • Box-Office Data on New Met Productions Illustrate the Company's Struggle - WSJhttp://owl.li/yONRx
  • Want to Brainstorm New Ideas? Then Limit Your Online Connections http://owl.li/yOOOE
  • Why the Research on Viewing TV Is Best Ignored - NYTimes.com http://owl.li/yONSh
  • Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s VP of Trust and Safety http://owl.li/yOOSD
  • Wolf Trap to unveil supertitles on your smartphone for opera performanceshttp://owl.li/yONTm
  • The Science of Us: Guide to Making Friendsowl.li/yONrQ
  • Fantastic list: Scientist biography recommendations owl.li/yONEC /via @kottke
  • Great article: What Facebook Knows | MIT Technology Review owl.li/yONra
  • This Typeface’s Letters Are the Average of the World’s Handwriting owl.li/yONxl
  • Why More Start-Ups Are Sharing Ideas Without Legal Protection owl.li/yONqD
  • The Rise of the Chief Marketing Technologist - Harvard Business Review owl.li/yONvd
  • The Cost of Continuously Checking Emailowl.li/yONpp
  • Pentagram Rebrands Philadelphia's Museum Of Art owl.li/yONuv
  • Projected 360º Installation Immerses Viewers in Breathtaking Virtual Universe owl.li/yONsJ
  • Neuroscientists Say We're Wired To Enjoy Artowl.li/yONnF
  • These Amazing Pictures Made the Shortlist For Astronomy Photographer of the Yearowl.li/yONiE
  • Don't Just Learn to Code, Learn How to Think Like a Computer Scientist owl.li/yONmk
  • Google CEO Larry Page Says Future Workforce Is Part Time owl.li/yONhN
  • Google’s Street View cameras are touring museums and taking weird selfies by accidentowl.li/yONlU
  • Internet Of Things Brings Harry Potter’s “Marauders Map” owl.li/yONhj
  • Neuroscientists Discover an Ignition Switch for Consciousness owl.li/yONlu
  • 794 Ways in Which BuzzFeed Reminds Us of Impending Death - NYTimes.com owl.li/yONe4
  • :TED-Ed: The art of the metaphor - Jane Hirshfield owl.li/yONlf
  • Q&A: Chris Carter on The X-Files and 'The '90s: The Last Great Decade' owl.li/yONkq
  • On Creativity: One subject, many points of view. owl.li/yOFVZ
  • Steven Pinker Uses Theories from Evolutionary Biology to Explain Why Academic Writing is So Bad owl.li/yOFJs
  • An Interactive Infographic of British Interior Design Trends by Decade (1950s to 2010s)owl.li/yOFQN
  • Philosophy: Free Courses Online owl.li/yOFIT
  • Here’s What the Leaders of Tech Told Graduates in 2014 - Digits - WSJ owl.li/yOFPE
  • 4 ways we stop ourselves from pursuing our dreams owl.li/yOFDU
  • Bono and Jonathan Ive Provide an Inside Look At The Success--And Future--Of (RED)owl.li/yOFOy
  • ▶ Fireworks filmed with a drone owl.li/yOFCQ
  • ‘This American Life’ Launching Spin-Off Storytelling Podcast ‘Serial’ in Fall 2014owl.li/yOFMm
  • IDEO: Shaping a School System, From the Ground Up - NYTimes.com owl.li/yOFKj
  • Check out the Spectrum events at The Metropolitan Museum of Art owl.li/yNCBo
  • New York Public Library Looks at Innovative Models for Renovation - WSJ owl.li/yNC07
  • Quantum Computing 101 with D-Wave;s Vern Brownell owl.li/yNCxu
  • Milestone: “Transformers” Movie Has Bigger Box Office In China Opening Week Than In North America owl.li/yNBSK
  • Quantum state may be a real thing | Ars Technica owl.li/yNCuV
  • NYC Pledges $23 Million to Arts Education in 2015 owl.li/yNBOp
  • Why It's Finally Time To Embrace Your Mobile Device As An Effective Working Toolowl.li/yNCtO
  • Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain owl.li/yNBNf
  • Visualizing Algorithms owl.li/yNClM
  • The journalism of Gabriel García Márquezowl.li/yNC58
  • More Americans streamed the USA vs. Germany World Cup match online than this year’s Super Bowl owl.li/yNBsd
  • How J.K. Rowling Plotted Harry Potter with a Hand-Drawn Spreadsheet owl.li/yG8Kk
  • 10 Significant Things You Likely Didn't Know About Social Media But Should owl.li/yNBix
  • 25 Minutes of Meditation Will Get Rid of Your Stress owl.li/yG8Hf
  • IBM's Watson supercomputer will help you cook in this new recipe app owl.li/yN7pg
  • Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much owl.li/yG8CG
  • The Big Question: What is the future of online journalism? owl.li/yN7ka
  • Want: Cloud, An Interactive Speaker and Lamp Combination That Looks Like a Thundercloudowl.li/yG8z7
  • Madrid's parking meters now charge extra if you drive a fuel hog owl.li/yN7dI
  • Seth's Blog: How will you choose your next project? owl.li/yGGAR
  • Artistically Challenged: First Series To Air On Instagram Exclusively owl.li/yG8vN
  • How Pharrell's Creative Director Is Making The World Happy owl.li/yEtNt
  • Ad Age Survey: How Advertisers Are Spending on Facebook, Twitter and YouTubeowl.li/yFUJR
  • How GoPro Is Transforming Advertising As We Know It owl.li/yEs5v
  • Legend: @AmericanAir saved $100K/year by removing olives in salads. 2 MIT scienitsts checked: owl.li/yFUwE /via @NateSilver538
  • 6 Scientifically Proven Ways To Boost Your Self-Control owl.li/yErPY
  • Films Inspired by Artworks owl.li/yEwb1
  • This Audio Illusion Reveals A Funny Quirk About Your Brain owl.li/yzOyU
  • 4 ways we stop ourselves from pursuing our dreams owl.li/yEvsw
  • Why The Future Of Marketing Belongs To Geeks AND Freaks owl.li/yEuwR
  • The World's 26 Best Commercials of 2013-14. The Grand Prix and gold Lion winners from Cannes owl.li/yyRok
  • The Generation Raised on Touchscreens Will Forever Alter Tech Design owl.li/yyR0b
  • Ebooks v paper. Which do our brains prefer?owl.li/yyRjm
  • New Research Shows Search Ads Drive Brand Awareness – Google owl.li/yyQSt
  • Newspaper Makes Deal With Arts Organization For More Arts Coverage (Pay To Play?)owl.li/yyRh5
  • ◉ Jane ni Dhulchaointigh: The Magic Is in The Process owl.li/yzBSz
  • The future of digital marketing will be built on fun owl.li/yyQRF
  • ◉ Recommended: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries owl.li/yzAxv

The Week's Links: July 4, 2014

All the links posted on social networks this week: 

  • Newspaper Makes Deal With Arts Organization For More Arts Coverage (Pay To Play?)owl.li/yyRh5
  • ◉ Jane ni Dhulchaointigh: The Magic Is in The Process owl.li/yzBSz
  • The future of digital marketing will be built on fun owl.li/yyQRF
  • ◉ Recommended: Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries owl.li/yzAxv
  • How to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen. A lesson in shorthand owl.li/yyRfE
  • Beverages under a Microscope owl.li/yyQmg
  • 25 AWESOME Packaging Designs Guaranteed To Delight You. owl.li/yyR7i
  • Once Art Is In The Public Domain Can It Go Back Under Copyright? owl.li/yyR2F
  • Startlingly Beautiful Spanish Skies owl.li/yyQip
  • Avoiding “Sagan Syndrome.” Why Astronomers and Journalists should pay heed to Biologists about ET. owl.li/yyPkF
  • Amazing: Fairytale Book Sculptures by Su Blackwell owl.li/yyQf2
  • Musicians spot mistakes more quickly and more accurately than non-musiciansowl.li/yyOgo
  • 10 Storytelling tips from Billy Wilderowl.li/yyQ8M
  • ◉ Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2 owl.li/yzBLu
  • ◉ Recommended: Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager owl.li/yzApA
  • Stanford: Text of the 2014 Commencement address by Bill and Melinda Gates owl.li/yyOfs
  • Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential owl.li/yyQ7l
  • 'Why-Fi' or 'Wiffy'? How Americans Pronounce Common Tech Terms owl.li/yyOe6
  • Fantastic short: ‘The Gunfighter’ owl.li/yyPGK
  • Google’s Grand Plans: A Conversation With Larry Page and Sundar Pichai - NYTimes.comowl.li/yyPpT
  • The Art Of Letting Go: How I Learned To Stop Procrastinating owl.li/yyOc0
  • The Muse? Her Name is Boredom owl.li/yyNaC
  • 27 Responses to the Question “What is Art?”owl.li/yyOaR
  • A Complete Guide to Creating Awesome Visual Content owl.li/yyN71
  • Facebook manipulated 690,000 users’ News Feeds to run a psychology experimentowl.li/yyO9P
  • ◉ Really Dancing In The Dark owl.li/yzBoD
  • Writing and the Creative Life: The Magic of Ambient Noise owl.li/yyN4t
  • ◉ Recommended: The Way We're Working Isn't Working: The Four Forgotten Needs That Energize Great Performance owl.li/yzAma
  • The Ultimate List of IFTTT Recipes for Marketers owl.li/yyNt5
  • Intention Is A Competitive Advantageowl.li/yyN1J
  • The Psychology of Belonging: Why People Become Brand Fans owl.li/yyNna
  • The Kaltura Hackathon: What's Next for Video?owl.li/yyNhP
  • Anne Wojcicki's Quest for Better Health Care. The 23andMe CEO on the promise of genetics & the future of health care owl.li/yyMQg
  • Kickstarter launch: “App: The Human Story” Documentary Wants to Capture the Story of Apps and App Creators owl.li/yFVgC
  • Why Cooper Hewitt is giving away its new bespoke typeface owl.li/yve5H
  • Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen owl.li/yyAnk
  • The Only Viable Strategy Is Adaptation - Greg Satell - Harvard Business Review owl.li/yvdVb
  • Internet, Why So Blue? owl.li/yyAj1
  • ◉ 20 Creativity Quotes Beautifully Illustrated From Ogilvy & Mather owl.li/yzBax
  • ◉ Recommended: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Actionowl.li/yzAgF
  • Impressive: How Facebook Moved 20 Billion Instagram Photos Without You Noticingowl.li/yv2rD
  • Data Transformation: The Productivity Snag That Keeps Data Scientists Up At Nightowl.li/yveIs
  • ‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge | Poynter. owl.li/yuFvO
  • Migrating Monarch Butterflies Use Magnetic Compass to Cut Through Clouds owl.li/yveAr
  • 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest owl.li/yverM
  • With the Aereo decision, local TV news likely dodged disaster : Columbia Journalism Reviewowl.li/yuEng
  • The science behind the world's tastiest chocolate owl.li/ysA2o
  • Ever Wonder How Music Is Matched To Your Mood? owl.li/yuEgM
  • Curiosity: 25 Crazy Facts About Your Eyesowl.li/ysA0W
  • How Machines Learned To Recognize Our Faces So Well--And What's Next owl.li/yuE9Y
  • ◉ Footwork owl.li/yzAZk
  • ◉ Recommended: Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error owl.li/yzA0m
  • Teaching Your Brain to Ward Off Bad Habitsowl.li/yszWq
  • ◉ Angela Ahrendts: Starting Anew -smartercreativity.com/blog/2014/6/29…
  • These Clever Designs Annoy You Until You Break Your Bad Habits owl.li/yuCs8
  • How Do Magicians Manufacture Reality?owl.li/yszHs
  • These Forests Of Light Are Projected On Famous Buildings, And You're In The Pictureowl.li/ytC20
  • Ten Oldest Company Logos in the Worldowl.li/ytuBX
  • 36 Hours in Madrid - NYTimes.com owl.li/yszC1
  • Big Data applied to an important quest: In Search of America’s Best Burrito | FiveThirtyEight owl.li/yp7Ri
  • Charming talks for a boost on a bad day-TED.com owl.li/yszzm
  • Is Coding the New Literacy? owl.li/yp7qw
  • Kids Hack Day, A One-Day Hackathon Where Kids and Adults Collaborate to Hack Everyday Objects owl.li/yszwf
  • The Secret To Creativity, Intelligence, And Scientific Thinking owl.li/yp3Pg
  • Amazing: A New View: NASA/NOAA Water Vapor Animations Over Oceans owl.li/yszvc
  • Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to Patent Trolls owl.li/yp3oE
  • Murakami’s Latest Book Will Come With A Customizable Cover owl.li/yszsC
  • The top 10 lessons I learned from A Year of Productivity owl.li/yp8dO
  • Michael Bierut Talks About Massimo Vignelli, Logos & How Designing Has Changedowl.li/yyQBD
  • Tim Brown: Get out of Your Own Head (and Country) - 99U owl.li/yp33W
  • ▶ Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson and Tham Khai Meng discuss science, technology and creativity - YouTube owl.li/yp1bw
  • Massimo Vignelli: The 3 Traits of Great Creatives - 99U owl.li/yp2XM
  • New York Philharmonic "Legend" Concertmaster Nears His Last Performance - WSJ owl.li/yp0ZC
  • Finding Confidence in Your Work - 99Uowl.li/yp2To
  • What is the digital future of the book?owl.li/yp0AS
  • How to Be Lucky - 99U owl.li/yp2Q5
  • This Is Your Brain on Writing - NYTimes.comowl.li/yoXmS
  • Nancy Duarte on Failure, Bootstrapping, and the Power of Better Presentations owl.li/yp2Bo
  • smartercreativeJun 28, 6:50am via Hootsuite
  • 30 Jean-Paul Sartre Quotes For Your Next Existential Crisis owl.li/yp1nD
  • I went from ballet dancer to CEO and this is what it taught me- Leigh Thomas owl.li/yoWLN
  • How to ... get one billion people to wash their hands owl.li/yoLMk
  • Unstuck — How Hollywood gets unstuckowl.li/yoWvN
  • How To Accomplish More By Doing Lessowl.li/yoLBi
  • For Breakthrough Innovation, Focus on Possibility, Not Profitability - Michelle Stacy - HBR owl.li/yoWau
  • Create more than you consume owl.li/yoLrA
  • Seth's Blog: Are you solving a problem or creating a problem? owl.li/yoVHK

Angela Ahrendts: Starting Anew

Angela Ahrendts discusses her start at Apple and what you should do when starting at new job, in a LinkedIn blog post

First: “Stay in your lane.” You’ve been hired because you bring a certain expertise to the team and the company. Try to resist putting additional or undue pressure on yourself trying to learn it all from day one. It's human nature to feel insecure about everything you "don't know". By staying focused on your core competencies you will be able to contribute much sooner, add greater value long term, and enjoy and have more peace especially in the early days.

I've been following the work of Angela Ahrendts at Burberry for a while. Working with Christopher Bailey they were doing really awe-inspiring work with technolovy, social and physical design at their retail stores. When it was announced that she had left the CEO position to join Apple I was surprised. I've been looking forward to seeing how her sensibilites and perspective will change Apple. Since WWDC this year we've begun to see Apple go through a transition into the next phase of the company. And now to see Ahrendts blog publicly discussing the company and her role in it is such an unexpected move from the secretive company. I am looking forward to the next Apple consumer event where they introduce new products and Ahrendts comes out to discuss the retail operation. It is an exciting time.