Your job is going to suck.
Not all the time, of course. But some of the time. You’re going to do things you don’t like, sometimes. You’re going to do things you don’t love, most of the time.
Late again, tired again but quite happy to end the week in a good mood. Some things were done this week:
- First private beta Facebook features in Verkami. In happy related news a verkami powered project (L’endema) became the biggest crowdfunded project in Spain. It’s the biggest project in Europe too if you leave aside Indiegogo (that has a model that is not exactly what most people understand for crowdfunding).
- With our work in those features we discovered and fixed a few bugs in the open source project omniauth.
- Integration of Swwweet’s design for Bazaar’s shops in the app.
- The usual support and development in Stage.
You may have heard recently about an article written by John Broder from The New York Times that makes numerous claims about the performance of the Model S. We are upset by this article because it does not factually represent Tesla technology, which is designed and tested to operate well in both hot and cold climates.
In the quoted article, the NYT journalist made some comments about the car’s battery life and performance but failed to mention some details that were discovered when analyzing the Model S logs. Yes, the car’s logs. The post is full of nerd awesomeness and highlights some effects of the very interesting phenomena created by the IoT as referred by our friend Manuel G. Noriega:
As more HaaS (hardware as a service) appears, people will have to learn fast about side-effects as monitoring and logging.
For a much-needed counterpoint, I’d like to bring your attention on CouchCachet, an app that helps you improve your social life by simply faking it. In a world where social reputation is constantly improved or threatened by technological proxies and agents… what kind of strange consequences we’ll see in the way we keep track of History or even reality? If you find this topic as amazing as I do, please come to the MMConf, where I’ll be talking about it.
Enjoy the weekend!
Another week I can’t publish the weeknote on time… apparently the planned re-scheduling to thursdays was a easier to think than to implement. Anyway, here is a short description of the past usual-but-mildly-less-stressing week:
- Work in PayPal and Facebook features in Verkami. I’m always sadly surprise by the incompetence and negligence of the technical and commercial departments in PayPal… horrible communication.
- Development in Bazaar and its different parts (specially the first shop) keeps going.
- Support, small fixes and some features in Stage.
This week one of my favorites conference has been celebrated in Geneva: Lift. They always pick a nice mix of topics (Democracy in Distress, Resilience and Resistance, Adult entertainment, etc.) and speaker’s quality is very good (Bruce Sterling, Oliver Reichenstein, Kate Darling…).
Additionally they live broadcast all the conference and that means you can virtually attend it and that right now you can already see all the talks here. I want to specially recommend the talks of the previous mentioned speakers:
- The charming Kate Darling talking about IP on the adult entertainment industry.
- Olivier Reichenstein (of iA Writer fame) on craftsmanship in a digital era.
- Mind-blowing Bruce Sterling on design fiction.
Enjoy the weekend, be happy.
Exhaustion: psychic, mental and physical. That is this week’s main feeling. Tons of emails, fighting and not-funny discussions that erode all your energy and leave you empty. A big source of stress is how personal some customers and so called “professionals” in all disciplines get about anything related to them. Hours and hours were wasted this week answering to people that felt personally attacked when someone makes even a mildly critique of their work.
Ironically, instead of taking their time to reflect in what is useful about the critique, this often results in ad hominem attacks to the person that questions the validity of the work. People get so emotionally attached to their work, they’re unable to see they’re not their code, design or emails. A legitimate question or even the display of clear facts is taken as a recrimination and from there it’s all downhill. Even ignoring the “offended” person trying to finish the fight becomes impossible. So. Mentally. Exhausting.
As we announced in this blog we sold Qstion a long time ago. Unfortunately the buyer is still figuring out how to launch the product. As the product had be transitioned to the actual owner, the sale’s payment was agreed to be split in multiple small portions, last ones being made on the service beta/production launch. As you can imagine we’re now in a very uncomfortable situation: our work is done, the product is not ready for launch and we can’t shelve the issue. Lesson learned: never sign a partitioned sale without establishing clear time limits for all the payments.
On the bright side, a lot of work was made in SSE, Stage and Verkami. Specially, as stated in previous weeknotes, we’ve been working in Open Graph and this included the implementation of Twitter Cards in Verkami, that we’ll extend to Stage soon. Once the application for our integration was accepted by twitter, all tweets containing verkami.com links became a much nicer experience:
On the sales side, we were forced to say no to a few proposals with deadlines that were, unfortunately, impossible to meet. Fortunately there is a big event that is evaluating Stage for selling its tickets… who knows. My talk for MMConf was published and I’m now a official speaker. I’m looking forward to participate in this conference located in the beautiful city Kraków.
Week’s recommendation: Relax.
See you next week. Have a great weekend.
The first week of the year in Spain is, unlike other countries, a very slow week. On Jan 6th, most families celebrate the visit of the Three Wise Men to Jesus after his birth. It’s a national holiday and many people is still on holidays -or recovering from the massive New Year’s Eve hangovers- so it feels like the end of the party more than the beginning of a new cycle.
Anyway, I found the way to do a few things last week:
I sent the proposal "Tap to write History" to MMConf and got accepted. My attendance is still not confirmed since they don’t know if the conference can cover the traveling costs, we’ll see. If your company is looking for a good talk to sponsor, send them my way :).
Exchanged a few emails about new projects/estimations; nothing confirmed yet but some things keep appearing on the horizon.
I went to Madrid for a physical meeting with our friends of the Bazaar project, and enjoyed a lovely lunch with some of the friends living abroad that were, like me, at home for Christmas.
My recommendation today is a bunch of great talks. XOXO organizers just published all the talks of the last edition and there is a lot of inspiring bits: Makerbot, Etsy, Indie game developers, small artisans… You can feel the tons of love and caring passion they put in their respective companies. Find all the videos here.
So this is the dirty little secret in our industry. The best designers and developers rarely have more talent. They simply have more time.
2012 is basically done, finished… exactly what has happened to the week #405.
In this last week of the year we’ve been working with our friends of verkami on small features, like copy/UI improvements and polishing the Open Graph tags we use, for improved rendering in Facebook. Verkami is working at full speed now, just two years after the launch and I’m meeting them in the beginning of the year for another highly focused workday on the next milestones.
I spent the rest of the week answering requests for a few project’s estimates, Stage’s support tickets and in meetings with different clients like our friends of La Personnalité and Steel Stock Exchange. Recover from the -delicious- food blitzkrieg my mother perpetrated on Christmas Eve was another not negligible task.
We’re still reviewing projects, events and small incidents of the year to create a mental image of how good/bad has been this year. It has been better than 2011 for sure (professionally the hardest year of my life) but there are a lot of shadows on it too. I’ll try to write a wrapping post for the year next monday but I don’t know if it’s realistic to expect I’ll succeed given it’s Dec 31st.
My recommendation for this weekend: relax, think and meditate. Take your time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished in 2012, but more importantly on the goals for 2013. Do it thoughtfully and it’d be the best investment you’ve done in months.
Have a great end of year.