50 favorites for 2017

No particular order…

Songs/Singles

Sea Change – Thrice

Lust for life – Lana del Rey

Appointments – Julien Baker

Smoke – Mosa Wild

Swim – Mating Ritual

Boston – Dermot Kennedy

Suit and Jacket – Judah and the Lion

Sign of the times – Harry Styles

Every day’s the weekend – Alex Lahey

Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire

Doubt – Joywave

Don’t take the money – Bleachers

Can’t get it out – Brand new

All we ever knew – The head and the heart

The system only dreams in total darkness – The national

Lay it on me – Vance Joy

Albums

Lust for life – Lana del Ray

Content – Joywave

Sleep well beast – The National

Appointments – Julien Baker

Science Fiction – Brand New

Songs about death – Mount Eerie

OKNOTOK – Radiohead 1997

Kintsugi – Death Cab for Cutie 2015

We’re all gonna die – Dawes 2016

Signs of light – The head and the heart 2016

Folk Hop and roll – Judah and the Lion

Honorable Mention

No shape – Perfume genius

What now – Sylvan esso

Young blood – Naked and famous 2010

Rhythm and Blues – The head and the heart

Seasons (Waiting on you) – Future islands

Concerts Attended

Mariah/Lionel

Julien Baker

Alex Lahey

Judah and the Lion

David Bazan

Joywave

U2/Lumineers

Listener/Everett

Collin Hay

Comedy Attended

Tyson Faifer

Pauly Shore

TJ Miller

Steve Martin/Martin Short

Comedy Specials

Komail Nanjiani

Patton Oswalt

Brian Regan

Tig Notaro

Dave Chapelle

Maria Bamford

Added later

Just my type – Saint motel

Woodstock. The album – Portugal. The man

In cold blood – Alt-J

Waste a moment – Kings of leon

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Market globally, sell locally?

I spoke with a friend today about web content and thought leadership. I shared a website with him of someone in his industry that is doing a great job of marketing to consumers using thought leadership in a particular geographic region. Geography and the web seem very different, as we know about the world-wide-web, but what about my region-specific-venture?

I told him to write a blog about it, so I’m practicing what I preach. Content equals thought leadership. Thought leadership equals search engine domination. Here are some links to get you started on your world, as it relates to sales and marketing:

HubSpot’s (actually) free inbound certification course including an amazing exam for proof on your LinkedIn profile!

WordPress’s free SEO-rich blogging platform is free, you can add your domain for $13/yr. plus the cost of the domain. Those can be acquired for $0.88 on namecheap.com.

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Cheers,
filthyRich

Nick Swardson, Lynn Shawcroft and Ken Burns walk into a bar

On the afternoon of April 30, 2006, Johanna and I were in the bar at the Marquette Hotel where we’d been vacationing to attend the Mitch Hedberg tribute at the Orpheum in Minneapolis. Based on the vast knowledge of comedians and hotels we’d amassed from Mitch’s jokes, we assumed the comics were probably staying at the Doubletree — or Quadrupletree — as Mitch called it.

We’d figured out the hotel’s bar was adjacent to a fine dining establishment that had fancy macaroni and cheese the bar would sell during happy hour, so we spent a lot of time there. We’d been there for a while when the bartender noticed he’d forgotten to turn on the big screen, so he asked our feedback on our viewing preference. I encouraged him to pass the sports channels, where he landed on the Ken Burns Civil War documentary. I’ve always loved to make jokes about the sad letters and flute music, so I encouraged the barkeep to turn it up.

We were eating our macaroni when Lynn Shawcroft took a seat at the barstool next to mine. Whoa, this was Mitch’s wife, touring partner and stellar opening act, and I couldn’t think of anything to say. We’d flown from Texas to be there, but all I imagined was that she’d probably enjoy a few minutes to herself before the show started in a few hours. Johanna was nudging me incessantly to say something, but I just basked in the moment, being there with the one person in the world who connected me to Mitch more than anyone.

I watched Ken Burns, I had a beer, and I knew that I was inches away from someone really special. That’s when Nick Swardson appeared behind me wearing a hoodie and jeans, “Do you mind turning on the game, I’d like to check the score?”

“I’m sorry sir, but my guests are involved in this show and it wouldn’t be fair for me to change the channel.”

Nick ordered a drink and went and stood behind me in the hall, watching the game on a wall-mounted flat screen. He was really into the game, and Jo and I spent the rest of our afternoon watching two of stand-up’s most interesting people enjoy some ‘me’ time before the big show. Even though we were clearly the most important people in that bar.

Nick was a perfect gentleman, even though I thought it was absurd that a bar didn’t show a big sports event in favor of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and a lonely letter to my dearest Eloise. But we were there. We still love Ken Burns. And the show was great.

Here’s a strange review: http://english.ohmynews.com/articleview/article_view.asp?at_code=330678

Already leaving, Jester’s Folly

Some lyrics by Greg from Jester’s Folly

This is what I meant to say: I remember the scent that day, hanging in the air.

I like to watch her drink all the rain. This kind of happy, I could never feel again. 

And so it begins again. My love, sweet rapture, gonna take all my sin. 

Pick a park where we can meet. You make me happy feeling. I don’t wanna make you wait. I’m already leaving. 

You’ve got to remember. If you don’t try this one on: Will you make a movie with me? So I don’t have to lose you. 

Greg was my roommate at UT Arlington in 1998. Our band was called Lachrymethod with members Gary and Jarod. I honestly don’t remember their last names. I think about him from time to time. If you’re connected with both of us, send me a note. 

UX lessons from Dominos iPhone app: What I do

Dominos is my favorite pizza app. User experiences and apps are what I make, so here are a few things I’d change. 


Entry screen call to action is “checkout.” I always push this button when there’s nothing in my cart. The red button should be disabled or say “menu” or “coupons” when the cart is empty. 


Which leads to this screen. Problem is, “continue” takes me back to the empty cart “checkout” screen, not the menu or coupons. 


This “cheese it up” modal is great, but clicking yes could add $2 to your order. Problem is, not knowing could irritate me if I wasn’t expecting the upcharge, or I might REALLY want extra cheese and assume it adds $5 and pass. 


I’ve already confirmed my address at the beginning of this process, so taking up a full screen’s worth of real estate with some things I can’t change and other info that’s probably accurate considering I chose my address wastes my time choosing a card for the transaction. 


I can also only delete expired cards from the choices, most of these cards have been replaced on our end, and I’d like to delete them. 


After ALL this, I have to enter my Dominos password to checkout. If you’re going to require a password, do it at the beginning, and figure out a way to bypass it with a thumbprint. Considering how complicated this app can be, I’m not too worried my 4yo is going to accidentally order a pizza or a nerdowell is going to hack my phone and order a pizza. 


And last, this tiny flip phone icon at the bottom of the screen calls my store in case I have any last minute changes. A great feature. Problem is, I thought this icon let me use my phone as a walkie talkie. Stick with a hyperlinked numerical phone number for accessibility purposes. A developer should rarely assume I know what a flip phone icon means.