Marco Arment, of Tumblr, Instapaper and the Magazine fame announced Thursday that he has sold a controlling stake of Instapaer to Betaworks. This is old news, and I’m not the first to write anything about it, but I want to add a few of my own thoughts, especially as Instapaper is one of my most used third party, non social-networking apps.
I was at first a little unsure, and uneasy as to why Marco sold Instapaper. It has been his baby, and I liked the fact that it was effectively a one man shop. However, on listening to him on 5by5’s Quit! Show, discussing his motivations for selling and describing his relationship with those who he sold it to, I’m much happier. I wish Marco, and Betaworks all the best and look forward to what a larger, full time staff can do for Instapaper.
Also on Quit! Marco and Dan talk about how one can start up and make your own business doing something you truly love. In regenerative medicine research, the area of the world I find my self, it is difficult- if not nigh on impossible- to set up a one man shop that will make money. however this made me think about the motivation I have for my own work and research. I love what I do, and I’ve tried in the past few months to steer my work in a direction that allows me to study and investigate areas that I am interested in. I’ve been recently working with bone marrow derived hMSCs and that has been really exciting, and I’m looking forward to expanding this work in the coming months. It is interesting for me on both an academic and professional sense, but I’m also personally interested in this stuff. I’m really looking forward to forthcoming trips to Portugal (tomorrow!) and the United States where I’ll get to talk about these things.
It’s vital, I think, to be motivated by what you do at a personal and professional level, and together these inspirations help you do better work.
As usual with these blogs what I do, it probably doesn’t make any sense, but I wanted to get some thoughts down. Thanks for reading.
Can’t imagine why anyone in the world would ever want to play this relatively fast moving computer game as a board game. Strange. The Amazon reviews look strangely astroturfed.
(via The Worst Things for Sale)
I don’t have that many meetings- and I organise even less, but this article promotes a brilliant way to make sure discussions are quick and efficient, using a principle from a brilliant film.
We Are the Explorers.
Ad Astra Per Aspera.
This is incredibly inspiring.
Disappointed, but weather is weather, I am not Cnut. This continual cold has affected my holiday next week! Not camping, now off to a little B&B in Purbeck.
Looking forward to seeing this next week…
Corfe Castle, Dorset. A stunning ruined Norman fortification.
Really liking the 1.2 upgrade to Apple’s iOS Podcasts.app. Whilst I’m probably one of the few people who liked the skeuomorphism of it, it was a little bit over the top! I’ve not yet tried the playlists feature, but can see it being useful for driving and other long listening sessions.
The only feature I do still miss from the previous iPod.app, with Podcasts and Music together, is the ability to have songs and podcasts in one playlist.
Still, a very good update.
It’s been almost 200 days since the close of the London 2012 Paralympics, and with it London’s- Britain’s incredible summer of sport.
2013 has been different, it’s been wet and cold, and there seems to be nothing to drag our country out of the financial mess we’ve been in for almost half a decade. I don’t think the tories are helping. Jonathan Freedland’s brilliant, lovely, heartwarming article tells us that we have to fight for the Britain from those 30 days or so in July, August and September of last year.
Long live the spirit of London 2012.
Sigur Rós, one of my favourite bands announced yesterday a new album- Kveikur- for release in June. I’m very excited. This is their first after Kjartan Sveinsson left last year.
They’ve also released a new EP- Brennisteinn, the first song’s video is above.
It is a totally new sound for Sigur Rós. I hate to use a music cliché, but it is a bold new sound. Gone are the days of Hoppípolla and other delicate songs such. This EP reminds me of parts of ( ). I really, really like it.
Essential journalism from the Onion…
Number Of People Who Don’t Give A Shit What He Thinks About Anything: Approximately 5.8 billion
Main Goals For Papacy: Keep Catholic people Catholic, convince other people to become Catholic
Mohandas Karamchand “Mahatma” Gandhi, as I’m sure you know, walked barefoot most of his life, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail, and with his odd diet he suffered from bad breath. This made him:
A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
This is very strange. I get the badger cull- even if I think that too is a waste of time based on bad research- as it’s supposed to save cattle, and thus our food chain, from TB, but this seems is entirely…
to stop devastation of woodlands and birdlife
…so I say, why not just let nature take it’s course, as it has done for billions of years? This will only help other wild animals/plant life, why should they get a hand up, and not deer, who are quite frankly majestic animals.