After 9 already, and I still haven’t put a post out there… must do something about that…
I have a ton of RSS feeds in my Feedly, and a couple of times a day I go through them and see if anything looks good. When I find something, I put it in my Pocket list for later. I also go through my Facebook timeline and my Twitter feed and throw any articles that I find in there into Pocket. After several days, I go through the list in Pocket and see if there are any good articles that you might be interested in, and let you know about them. So, here we go:
- Starbucks started the “It’s a Wonderful Card Ultimate Giveaway” contest yesterday. If you pay with either a gift card or with the mobile app, you can accumulate entries for a Starbucks card that buys you a free beverage or food item every day for the rest of your life (or 30 years, whichever comes first). There will be ten winners in the US, three in Canada, and one in the UK, but there are also 482,000 instant prizes you could win. Official rules are here. If you go to Starbucks a lot, your chances are excellent.
- Speaking of Starbucks, an artist by the name of Josh Hara has started a project called #100CoffeeCups, where he turns used cups into works of art. They’re really quite good, so have a look.
- If you’ve been hanging around for any length of time, you know that I’m originally from Chicago, and that I still have a love of the city and its history. So I was happy to see this from Mental Floss, 25 Vintage Photos of Chicago. There are some real classics here.
- The New York Times recently posted an article about the secret life of passwords. It looks specifically at Cantor Fitzgerald, who lost 658 employees on 9/11, and who then had to recover their passwords so that they could get back to work. An interesting look at a difficult time. I’m getting to where I’m using random strings of letters, digits, and symbols, though I have toyed with using phrases from prayers, sentences from books, old addresses, and the like.
- On Thanksgiving, Lifehacker listed the fifty free apps they’re most thankful for. If you use any of them, there is a veritable plethora of knowledge about the applications here that is certain to come in handy.
- Finally, the creators of the web application Zapier had a good article a couple of weeks ago called “10 Plain Text Files You Should Have On Your Desktop.” I liked the ideas it presented and the elegance of the solution. I’ve started keeping these files in Evernote, so I have them with me all the time.
Have you read any good articles or blog posts lately? How about sharing them in the comments?