Weekly top 5 #25 – Sleeping well and GOOD banner ads

One Clever Ad
Actually useful banner ads from Post-it notes’!! 

If you are anything like me, you hate the majority of banner ads, I know they are a necessary evil to continue to keep the web free, but I still don’t like them – EXCEPT for this very very clever one

One Article
Silicon Valley Is a Big Fat Lie

Is Silicon Valley really the fantastic entrepreneur paradise media and various “gurus” claim it to be? One amazing quote mentioned is this: Your favorite part of having a smartphone is never having to call anyone. Frightening stuff right?

One Poster:
Japan’s Tohoku University of Art & Design Poster (2009)

Such a wonderful creative poster, their hands join to create the Chinese (kenji) character Unite/Combine. Simply Awesome.
facebook-unite-poster

One Book:
Little Red Book for Facebook Employees

A sneak peak to the book Facebook created to “explaining company’s mission, history, and culture to new employees”  one of my favourite page is plan for either 6 months or 30 years (Personal note, I’m not keen on facebook for their attitude in personal privacy and internet.org scam)

One Way to Relax:
Breathing exercise to help you sleep in 60 seconds

Ever had trouble sleeping? Try this breathing exercise to help you snooze. I’ve been making use of it for the past week and it actually works.

Weekly top 5 #24, Lying, Unicorns and Mistakes – 18/5/2015

One Quote
On Passion and doing yourself a favour

Francis Ford Coppola said something like, “the best favour you can do for yourself is only work on things that you believe in, because then you’re not lying. You’re telling the truth. And if you’re telling the truth, then it looks like you’re telling the truth.” So, that’s the favor I give myself. I choose to represent products that I actually believe in. Then I don’t have to act.
Found via: http://wistia.com/blog/sandwich-video-interview

One Tool:
Shuffle

Ever wish you had more than one number or email account to give out? This service allows you to have “multiple disposable phone numbers and email aliases on a single device, managed with the tap of a button.” Unfortunately, it’s US & Canada only for now

One Article:
Dinosaurs Vs Unicorns

From the notorious straight talker and 500 Startups founder Dav McCure, a look at how dinosaur businesses will have to innovate to survive against the new wave of agile limitless unicorn like startups

One App
For prototyping: Invision

We’ve been using this nifty app for showing interactive prototypes to clients and although I still find it a bit slow it is growing on me, it integrates well with Sketch and photoshop, i’m also interested in trying out it’s competitor marvelapp.com

One Podcast:
Let’s Make Mistakes

I’ve already mentioned Mike Monteiro’s “F**k You, Pay Me” video last week, this week I found out he actually has a podcast, well worth a listen for all designers and creatives

Weekly top 5 #23 – F**k You. Pay Me, SEO and a very serious matter

One Powerful Article:
Some Practical Thoughts on Suicide

This is a topic very close to my heart, I have personally spent a frightening amount of time considering suicide, I’ve rarely spoken about this out of shame. I was convinced the world is better without me. I’ve even spent 3 days deciding on the exact method and location. It’s a very frightening place to be, if anyone would like to talk about this, please do not hesitate to get int ouch with me.

One Video:
F**k You. Pay Me.

If you are in the creative service industry you NEED to watch this, this informative and highly entertaining video by Mike Monteiro is full of useful advance on getting paid (including legal ones)

One Teardown:
Mixergy Copy Teardown

Interesting in writing better copies for your website? watch this series of video by Neville Medhora on how to write and structure information on your site to maximum your website funnel

One Guide
9 Things You Need to Know About Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

Last month Google updated their SEO algorithm to award better result ranking for websites that are more mobile friendly, have a look at this guide to understand what can you do to help your website’s ranking.

One Routine:
12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast

I strongly believe how you start your day will have a huge impact as to how your day will continue, it’s worth making the effort to plan your mornings to give you that extra boost for the rest of your day.

Weekly Top 5 #22 – 4th May 2015

One Podcast:
Zen Foudner: Raising Entrepreneurial Kids

Although I do not yet have any kids, I do think about our current education system a lot and I don’t mean just what kids are taught in school, it really should start from the home and it should be FUN, another fantastic podcast.
http://zenfounder.com/episodes/09-raising-entrepreneurial-kids/

One Video:
ASAP Science: The Scientific Power of Meditation

A quick 3 minutes video on how meditation effects our mind and why you should try it (even just 2 minutes a day) I strongly believe in the power of deep breathes to help stress and anxiety (both of which I suffer from recently)

One Article:
Process for Optimizing and Understanding Network Diffusion

A fascinating article on the Pound, the tool BuzzFeed use to really understand how social sharing works and the web of connections it creates.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/daozers/introducing-pound-process-for-optimizing-and-understanding-n#.pj2lJ7ZEz

One Button…
That does nothing but it still makes you happier

The human mind is such a funny thing, we actually like being lied to. We desire control so much that the “illusion of control” can greatly improve our experience of uncontrollable outcomes
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150415-the-buttons-that-do-nothing

One Shameless Plug:
GetFit.hk

Yes, this is my own work and I am proudly and shamelessly featuring it in my own newsletter…because it’s mind. It’s still powered by wordpress but aside from some standard plugins, it’s mostly my own design and code which I admit is not perfect but at least now I can have much better control of the site and it’s future development. Can’t wait to finally execute some of my ideas.

Project progress

[Good] GetFit.hk has launched, been getting much better at command line, Git and Sketch. It’s challenging but also rewarding
[Bad] Failing really badly at sleeping before 12:30 and have mental block on meditation lately, not really sure why.
[Goals] Half way through my 10,000 Push ups challenge, I need to keep up with 360 push ups per day to complete it. Chest and shoulders are incredibly sore, fingers cross with it easing up
Have a good week everyone. Would love to hear what you think of this week’s newsletter, please do email me back.Chi

Weekly Top 5 #21 – 19th Apr 2015

One (Highly recommended) Article:
The Cult of Work You Never Meant To Join

This is a fantastic reminder for myself that there is more to life than work, money is certainly important but there are also so much more.

“We wouldn’t go to work drunk, so why the hell do we go to work on four hours’ sleep, when we’re more impaired than if we were hammered?”

One Argument:
Thou Shalt not commit logical fallacies

I’ve been fascinated by argument lately, the science and categorisation of good and bad ones and I came across this useful and funny website on logical fallacies. If you prefer more serious stuff I recommend “Types of Argument” from Oxford University

One postmortem:
What I’ve learned, 6 months after bankruptcy

On the rise and fall of startup SellAnApp. A project check I had personally invested over 100 Euro into back in 2012. This article is a postmortem on partnership, team dynamic, share vision amongst the founding team.

One Tumblr Collection:
Things do Jobs

A list of beautifully shot photos of how technology has replaced the job of everyday objects.

One Experiment (On Going):
Space Nutrients Station

I’ve started experimenting “Space Nutrient Station” (a Soylent variant), just lunch so far. The taste to the liquid food is not as bad as I original thought, it’s very quick and convenient, Just add water, shake, stir a little and lunch is ready!

Three minor problems though. First is how quick it thickens up after mixing, so I really do have to consume it within 20 minutes or it becomes a really thick porridge which I can’t get out of the bottle.

The second problem is that a single bottle (supposed to be 1 third of your daily requirement of 2000 calories as well as all the other nutrients we need) is just not enough, like a normal lunch I get rather hungry around 5 – 6pm, I was rather hoping the protein and fibre would help resolve this issue.
Lastly and more annoyingly is that I’ve been really gassy in a rather embarrassing kind of way…(I’m also very curious if it has anything to do with the flu i’m currently recovering from.) 

Weekly Top 5 #20 – 12th Apr 2015

One Slide deck:
10 Startup business Puzzles Visualised through the Platform Stack

What is a platform in terms of the startup world? Why does some platform do better than others? “How Airbnb beat Craigslist”, “How Youtube and Vimeo continue to coexist” and “Why Medium is so powerful for writers”
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One Font for Designers:
BLOKK

Tired of using Lorem Ipsum for your designs? Check out blokk font that might just do the trick (half joking), handy for quick mock ups. Alternatively there’s also the corporate jargon version.

One Article:
What I’d tell myself about startups if I could go back 5 years.

A simple but truthful list of 63 points on what developer Ben Dixon had learnt about startup over the past 5 years, well worth a look. Items includes “2. Someone’s always already working on the same idea and that’s not a bad thing” and “52. That was not “your idea” unless you shipped something, otherwise I invented Facebook, Nest and Oculus Rift”

One informative and funny Video:
John Oliver interviews Edward Snowden

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver shows exactly how important it is to put things in context, talk about mass government surveillance and no one bats an eye lid but put it into everyday context such as personal photos… you’ll get another reaction.

One Experiment:
Space Nutrients Station

I’ve already mentioned 100% Food (Space Nutrient Station) before, after being inspired by a friend experimenting on Soylent, I’ve decided to give it a go. Currently only replacing lunch with the liquid food, soon I’ll replace it with both lunch and breakfast, I’ll write more about this next week.

Weekly Top 5 #19 – 6th Apr 2015

One Video:
Building Habit Forming Products

We are creatures of habits, habits allow us to think less with our conscious mind and rely on our subconscious to function, good products allow us to form habits around them, this video shows you that works.

One Witty Audio Essay:
Lazy: A Manifesto

A funny, intelligent and insightful essay on being busy against being lazy. Incredibly brilliant – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, it’s just 15 minutes.

One Book:
Getting Real by Signal 37

From the company that wrote one of my favourite book ReWork, “Want to build a successful web app? Then it’s time to Get Real. Getting Real is a smaller, faster, better way to build software”

One Article:
The Tyranny of the Minimum Viable Product

Everyone in the startup word would know about MVPs, this article is a great reminder in creating products that balance the Minimum with the Viable.

One Great way to learn to code:
Code 4 startup

Anyone who has learnt to code would understand the challenge comes in learning all the basics and understanding how to put things together. This site teaches you how to write codes needed for existing software products.

Project progress

[Good] Work is going pretty well, even did Archery Tag with the team.
[Bad] Still no laptop, I know it will at least set me back $1500 but most likely more for the display, should find out more on Thursday. So frustrating!
[Goals] Sleep before 12:30am EVERYNIGHT and finish the book Made to Stick this week

Weekly Top 5 #18 – 29th Mar 2015

One guide to Public Speaking:
Speak.io

Because “imagine everyone’s naked” is terrible advice! A very handy website with a bunch of powerful advice on public speaking – something I’ve had trouble with in the past.
http://speak.io

One Video:
Agile programming — for your family

(M, you’d like this) I’ve never really associated programming management with family life and raising kids but this Ted Video is pretty darn nice, funny too.
https://youtu.be/J6oMG7u9HGE

One Tool:
Learn Photography the easy way – Online Simulator

Ever wondered what all those numbers on your camera means and how to get those blurry background (Bokeh effect)? This free online simulator is just the thing. Super easy to use
http://dofsimulator.net/en/

One Book:
Made to Stick

Currently reading this book on why some ideas stick and spread while others just fizzle away? This book breaks everything down so you too can start spreading your ideas.
http://heathbrothers.com/books/made-to-stick/

One Principle:
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”

Something I’ve heard twice in this week, this principle not only applies to families but also successful individuals and companies – Which is great news, it means there’s a pattern for us to learn from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Karenina_principle

Weekly Top 5 #17 22nd March 2015

One guide to meetings:
Amaze Meet

Meetings are often (but not always) a waste of time, they take a lot of time, stop you from other job and are not always relevant to you. That’s where Amaze Meet’s Facilitator Canvas comes in handy.

One Kickstarter Campaign:
The Artiphon INSTRUMENT 1

A specially designed gadget that allows you to different type of musical instructments like a piano, drum, violin or even harp. Beautifully designed to work like the original instrument too.

One Story:
Returning 90k Photos back to Victims of the 2011 Tsunami

A lovely project by camera manufacturer Ricoh to help victims of the 2011 Tsunami in Japan with their photos by recovering and restoring over 90,000 photos, a very meaningful project.

One Long Reading list:
Backstories

I’ve always enjoyed hearing the stories behind various startups and this site has a lot of them. Rather enjoyable.

One Tool:
Anymail finder

Need to find someone’s email? try this clever little website. Just tell it the person’s name and their company website.

Weekly Top 5 #16 – 15th Mar 2015

One History lesson:
The history of Lean Startup

Ever wonder how the “Lean Startup”, “Business Model Canvas”  and the “Mom Test” are related? You should really read on this article to see how everything fit together

One Slide Deck:
The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

Marketing can be as vital to a startup as the quality of the product itself, it’s also delicate art. Dharmesh Shah of HubSpot share with us a very easy to understand introduction to marketing for startups with this nicely designed slide deck.

One Clever UI:
Power Cords as Gadget Interface

I love how this MIT inventor added entirely new twists to what simple power cords can do. My personal favourite is the “Tug external HDD cable to eject drive from laptop”. Go check these out.

One Article:
The most productive ways to waste your time

So, apparently one of the best way to refill my mental energy is to re-watch my favourite TV shows, but i’ve got the feeling watching LOST again would just leave me as confused as I was the first time round. Whereas to improve my leadership I should play World of Warcraft

One Guide:
How I Got 6.2 Million Pageviews and 144,920 Followers

Very helpful guide to blogging, online marketing. In-depth and systematic with easy to remember tips like “No more than 25 words in a sentence” as well as more technical aspects of blogging such as article structure.
BONUS: From 8 Simple Steps To Become A Great Writer

  1. Write 50 words. That’s a paragraph.
  2. Write 400 words. That’s a page.
  3. Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript.
  4. Write every day. That’s a habit.
  5. Edit and rewrite. That’s how you get better.
  6. Spread your writing for people to comment. That’s called feedback.
  7. Don’t worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer.
  8. When not writing, read. Read from writers better than you. Read and perceive.