Five things on Friday #136

Things of note for the week ending August 7th, 2015.

Things of note for the week ending August 7th, 2015.

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First off: you lot suck.

Seriously. Last week’s Five Things went out a complete and utter mess and only one (you know who you are – thank you. Ps. I still have your birthday present) of you told me. One! For reals. Like, what? Were you all high last week? Did you all not notice that it went 1, 2, then 5?! What’s the point of it all if you’re not even paying attention?

Jesus.

OK. Fine. Whatever. I know I messed up too so I figure we’re even but still, just keep an eye out in future please. Thanks.

Shall we?

1. HAIM // TAME IMPALA
I wasn’t sure of this when I first heard it last night, but it’s growing on me.

Slowly.

Haim, covering ”Cause I’m a Man…’

Listen.

2. THE DAILY SHOW
By the time you read this, Jon Stewart would’ve recorded his last ever episode of The Daily Show and as a result, you can’t move for ‘We’re going to miss you, Jon Stewart’ posts right now.

THIS IS NO BAD THING.

My favourite [so far] came from the New York Times:

“The Daily Show” began in 1996 as a snarky chat show parody hosted by Craig Kilborn. But after Jon Stewart took the chair in 1999, the show began to transform into something more substantial: a nightly comic dissection of current events, politics and the media. As Mr. Stewart’s tenure comes to a close, “Daily Show” writers, producers and guests look back on key moments from the host’s 16-year run, and reflect upon his legacy.

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show: 9 Essential Moments‘ is essential reading. I’m guessing that you know who Jon Stewart is and what he has done in his 16 year tenure at the head of The Daily Show but if you don’t… it’s OK. I am both sad and envious.

Sad because you’ve missed out on so much!
Envious because you have so much to catch up on!

Go swim, and enjoy.

EDIT 1: Rolling Stone has ‘10 Times Jon Stewart Outdid Journalism‘ (also great).

EDIT 2: This tribute from Stephen Colbert is beautiful (watch it ’til the end).

3. MICKI KRIMMEL’S  SUPERFIT HERO
Question time, readers. Question 1: are you a woman? Question 2: if you’re not a woman, do you know a woman?

If the answer to either of those questions is ‘yes’, then this next bit is for you.

An old friend of mine (Nokia Open Lab, Helsinki class of ’08!), Micki Krimmel, is launching a new sportswear brand designed specifically to make women ‘feel supported and confident in the gym and beyond’.

SUPERHERO FIT

Of course this is a Kickstarter and, better yet – it’s already fully funded (GO MICKI!) – which begs the question: why am I telling you about it?

Well, there are only a few days to go on the Kickstarter which means if you wanted to ensure you get your hands on any of this kit now then now is the time to do it.

Check it. Back it. Buy it.

SUPERFIT HERO.

4. HAHA, HEHE, LOL, AND EMOJI

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In a week of interesting content from Facebook, it really is nice to see one that actually uses data to prove a point (and not marketing/fluff/jargon/spin etc – more on this later).

The above titled (and utterly pointless) deep dive on who uses what expression of which e-laughter how and when is just lovely.

It features charts such as…

THIS!

LAUGH AT MY PIE
AND THIS!

WHAT A GREAT LAUGHTER [DATA] TRACK
AMAZING, RIGHT?!

So if you’ve spent the past week wondering about expressions of online mirth really do measure up against each other, then wonder no more.

I’m so good to you.

5. A GUY IN A CUBICLE
I may’ve told you about The Listserve before (in fact, I’m certain I have – see thing 3, FOTF #75) but it’s high time I told you about it again.

The Listserve is an email lottery. Every day someone wins. What do they win? They win the chance to write to everybody else who has signed up. There are currently around 24,000 subscribers and it’s kinda cool getting a new email from a perfect stranger every day.

I love it.

Why am I telling you about this again, a good year or so since I last mentioned it? Because this past week I read one that truly moved me.

If you’re not a subscriber, you probably missed it. Fortunately for you, there’s a Listserve archive website that captures all the notes that go out every day and this one, the one I’m about to link you to, is just beautiful.

So please, as we close off this week’s five things, go and read this piece. It’s utterly charming and it will make your heart melt.

It’s called, ‘A guy in a cubicle’

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Bonuses this week are all things that are fairly dated [in the one-week-equals-an-entire-decade-obvs realms of social-media/dog years] and that you probably already should have read already but if you haven’t they’re collated below for your perusal/last ditch attempt to say something smart in the office next week when someone mentions Facebook Video, Google+, or YouTube…

I’M TRYING TO HELP YOU HERE.

  • YouTube creator, Hank Green, takes Facebook to task on its road to video victory (to its credit, Facebook responded (this is the other post I was taking about earlier) but of course got a right fisking in the comments shortly thereafter). Ah well. Expect a revisit on this from me at the end of the year. The Video Royale is far from over.
  • Mashable posted an excellent long read (I know that sounds utterly absurd but trust me – it really is good, I couldn’t believe it either) entitled ‘Inside the failure of Google+, a very expensive attempt to unseat Facebook‘ and if you haven’t read it yet, I recommend you do. A while ago now, I said in a very public forum that ‘Google+ was the one to watch’ – I was so utterly and completely wrong but hey, it turns out Google was too. Hurrah…?
  • Google/YouTube is saying goodbye to the mystic ‘301+’ views. Never heard of this? I’m sure you have. Whatever. Read the article and you’ll understand. As a side note: everyone is saying how awesome this is but for me, the magic ‘301+’ was always a good sign to look out for to try and tell if something was going viral at that point in time. First world Internet problems, I know BUT as someone who enjoys finding things first, the 301 was one of those dead certs.

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Whatley out.

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