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Heroin or Aspirin

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:45:03 +0000

The company Bayer is famous for inventing aspirin in 1898, which is arguably one of the world’s most beloved brands, and for good reason. But I was surprised to learn that just two weeks earlier, the same three guys who gave the world aspirin also created Bayer’s other big brand, heroin, which was marketed for … Continue reading Heroin or Aspirin



Peak Tea Demand

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:59:05 +0000

I found this funny anecdote from a CNET article about the future of power: Power and utility companies must exactly balance supply with what people consume at any given moment. UK grid operators famously must cope with a demand surge after the TV soap opera “EastEnders” ends, when thousands of people start boiling water for … Continue reading Peak Tea Demand



4.8 and What’s Coming

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:33:03 +0000

Last week we released version 4.8 “Evans” of WordPress, as I write this it has had about 4.8 million downloads already. The release was stable and has been received well, and we were able do the merge and beta a bit faster than we have before. When I originally wrote about the three focuses for … Continue reading 4.8 and What’s Coming



Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 21:14:42 +0000

Christopher Mims writes for the Wall Street Journal Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped, also riffing off the IBM shift I wrote about a few weeks ago. I was excited to see an Automattician Julia featured at the top and a few other colleagues having their voice in the article.



Safe Avocado-ing

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:07:59 +0000

I’m glad the New York Times is covering how to safely cut an avocado, because I’ve messed that up 100% of the time I’ve tried to handle an avocado in the past month. It makes you almost want to forgive them for that green pea guacamole thing.



A Delicious Compliment

Mon, 29 May 2017 17:43:54 +0000

Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children’s letters—sometimes very hastily—but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, “Dear Jim: I loved your card.” … Continue reading A Delicious Compliment



WordPress 14

Sun, 28 May 2017 02:38:33 +0000

Today is 14 years from the very first release of WordPress. The interface I’m using to write this (Calypso) is completely unrecognizable from what WordPress looked and worked like even a few years ago. Fourteen years in, I’m waking up every day excited about what’s coming next for us. The progress of the editor and CLI so … Continue reading WordPress 14



Profile of Anker

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:08:00 +0000

As a computer accessory enthusiast, I’m excited that Verge did an in-depth profile of Anker, which makes some of the best chargers, cables, and batteries around. It also makes me more curious about the story behind Aukey and Jackery.



What’s in My Bag, 2017 edition

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:05:50 +0000

I am a road warrior who has racked up several million miles over the past decade, and since I’m also working more-than-full-time running Automattic (a totally distributed company) and leading WordPress I need the ability to be productive wherever I can find a comfortable place to sit. I carry a backpack with me almost all … Continue reading What’s in My Bag, 2017 edition



Boarding Wrong Flight

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:45:02 +0000

The Economist writes about who’s wrong when flyers end up in the wrong cities. This has actually happened to me! Probably 7-8 years ago, it was an Air Canada flight from New York to Montreal, and I accidentally boarded the one to Toronto. The mistake was realized when we were on the ground, but had … Continue reading Boarding Wrong Flight



IBM Goes Non-Remote

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:21:45 +0000

Like Yahoo a few years ago, IBM, an early pioneer of distributed work, is calling workers back to the office. The shift is particularly surprising since the Armonk, N.Y., company has been among the business world’s staunchest boosters of remote work, both for itself and its customers. IBM markets software and services for what it … Continue reading IBM Goes Non-Remote



Candy Diet

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:06:54 +0000

The bestselling novel of 1961 was Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent. Millions of people read this 690-page political novel. In 2016, the big sellers were coloring books. Fifteen years ago, cable channels like TLC (the “L” stood for Learning), Bravo and the History Channel (the “History” stood for History) promised to add texture and information to the blighted TV … Continue reading Candy Diet



One Million Words

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:56:32 +0000

My colleague Sara has reached one million words posted to our internal sites, and has some tips for distributed work and communication. I just checked my stats, I’m only at 867k.



New TV Ads

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:08:27 +0000

As I mentioned in the State of the Word this is the year we’re ramping up marketing. There is lots to learn and much to follow, but we have our first TV ads up in six markets to test. Each shares a story of a business in Detroit, and I actually got the chance to … Continue reading New TV Ads



Rules for Standards

Mon, 15 May 2017 20:34:49 +0000

Dave Winer has one rule that matters and a number of other good points on making standards and protocols.



Everything is Hitched

Mon, 08 May 2017 18:29:20 +0000

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” — John Muir



Exploiting Democracy

Wed, 03 May 2017 19:48:42 +0000

One of my favorite talks from TED last week was by Laura Galante. The most hackable device on the planet is your own mind:  



Longreads and Original Journalism

Tue, 02 May 2017 04:52:32 +0000

Amid the wreckage of fallen startups, Longreads is increasing the original reporting it funds: Longreads has raised about $250,000 from “thousands of members” since it added memberships in 2012. The suggested monthly amount is now $5 a month or $50 a year, though readers can choose to donate any amount, and Armstrong said that the … Continue reading Longreads and Original Journalism



Songs for My Father

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:12:39 +0000

One of the things that surprised me most about when my Dad was sick last year was that while he was in the hospital over about 5 weeks he lost any interest in music, TV, movies, anything on a screen. Music was particularly surprising given that he had music on at his desk pretty much … Continue reading Songs for My Father



New Top 50 Restaurants

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:44:09 +0000

There’s a new “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list out! I follow the list and try to check out restaurants on it when I’m in the area, and as of last month had made it to 28 out of 50 of last year’s list. It’s a goal but in a rolling, gentle fashion: as the list … Continue reading New Top 50 Restaurants



On the James Altucher Show

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:29:13 +0000

I joined in for the James Altucher podcast in an episode that covered a lot of ground. One clarification was the point of the story about my Dad not making much at his old job was that companies should be thoughtful about compensation especially for the people who stay with them the longest, not that … Continue reading On the James Altucher Show



Review: From Plato to Post-modernism

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:48:00 +0000

One thing I’m going to try this year is to write a review of every book I get a chance to read. It’s March already so I’m a bit behind and the next few will be out of order, but this seems like as good a place to start as any. One new thing I’ve … Continue reading Review: From Plato to Post-modernism



WordPress Collaborative Editing

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:12:25 +0000

I’m really excited about the new Google Docs integration that just launched — basically it builds a beautiful bridge between what is probably the best collaborative document editor on the planet right now, Google’s, and let’s you one-click bring a document there into a WordPress draft with all the formatting, links, and everything brought over. … Continue reading WordPress Collaborative Editing



The Job Interview

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:46:15 +0000

Inc. writes The Job Interview Will Soon Be Dead. Here’s What the Top Companies Are Replacing It With, and looks at how our brains mislead us in interviews and how Menlo Innovations and Automattic approach it.



Henry Crown Fellowship

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:27:48 +0000

I’m very excited to have been selected to join the Henry Crown Fellowship Class of 2017. Many, many folks I admire including Reed Hastings, Kim Polese, Cory Booker, Aileen Lee, Stephen DeBerry, Deven Parekh, Chris Sacca, Tim Ferriss, Reid Hoffman, Scott Heiferman, Troy Carter, Bre Pettis, Lupe Fiasco, and Alexa von Tobel have been through the program … Continue reading Henry Crown Fellowship