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daily 12/19/2013

    • Begin by selecting a passage of Scripture that takes approximately 15 minutes to read out loud. 
    • Read your passage through once or twice a day aloud.  Keep track of how many times you have read it through.
    • Once you have read it aloud 50 times, then try to rote memorize it.  Keep working on it faithfully until you can get through the entire passage by memory.
    • Quote through it at least 25 times without looking to fix it in your memory.[
    • He wrote:  “Dr. Mitchell told me that G. Campbell Morgan told him that he read a book 50 times before preparing a series of sermons on it.  I would go with 50.”  E-mail correspondence with Garry Friesen, May 17, 2011.
    • When he was younger Dr. Mitchell approached G. Campbell Morgan and asked him “how he studied his Bible”. Morgan replied “you wouldn;t do it if I told you.” Mitchell replied “try me”. Morgan told him that he read through a book of the Bible 40 or 50 times before he started studying it. That is the way Dr. Mitchell told the story in the late 70’s early 80’s.
    • ntroducing Open Salaries at Buffer: Our Transparent Formula and All Individual Salaries
      • experience = multiplier
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      • Master: 1.3X
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      • Advanced: 1.2X
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      • Intermediate: 1.1X
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      • Junior: 1X
    • B: +$12K (e.g. Nashville, Birmingham, Vienna, Austin, Vegas, Tel Aviv)
      • equity / salary choice
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      • you get a choice of more equity or more salary, if you choose salary, you get +$10K
    • Daily active users: 30,600 (down from 32,500: -5.8%)
    • Cash in bank: $318,651 (last month: $311,719)
    • October’s hacking incident is the cause for the drop of DAUs, but we’re seeing it returning to previous levels now.
    • Launch of 2-Step Login 

       

      We launched 2-Step Login last week in the wake of the security breach last month, and as a key business feature.  In addition to this, we have strengthened security by setting up Two Factor Authentication for the main services we use at Buffer.

    • uffer for Business was 11.4% of total revenue in November (down from 15.3% in October)
    • his past month we added three new team members and now we are at 16. A total of 11 of us are currently in Thailand now for the 2nd Buffer Retreat
    • A website may be built upon several web languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP. Among these languages, we may all agree that CSS is the easiest language. CSS defines the website layouts, colors, sizes, and typography in a simple way. It is straight forward, and does not require logical or conditional function to use.
    • In PHP, you will be informed of what the errors are, where it happened, and fixing it is a lot faster. In CSS, you are on your own, even if it is across mutiple CSS files with thousands of code lines.
    • Having variables is a time saver, and it makes your codes more manageable. You can simply change the value in the variable rather trawl through the lines to make changes.
    • As I write this, I am returning from College Station, Texas, having spoken to Texas A&M’s draft-eligible players about their decisions ahead, selecting an agent and preparing for professional football and beyond.  Several schools—although still not enough—provide similar services for their players.  Too many players are left to fend for themselves in a complex landscape of decisions ahead.
    • By the time the college all-star game schedule begins in mid-January, virtually every draft-eligible player has signed with an agent.
    • I often hear agents lamenting the cutthroat nature of the industry, saying how dirty it has become. I usually then ask them why they don’t get out of it, to which they often respond, I still love it!
    • Recruiting is the lifeblood of the agent business.  In simplest terms, recruiting involves sitting with a young man, often a very large young man, and convincing him he should sign with you instead of the many others trying to sign him.
    • NFL agents have been working on the class of 2014 since the spring, if not earlier.  Although many players (and their coaches and parents) advise agents to wait until after the season to contact them, too many experienced agents have been burned following those instructions, finding out they have lost the player to an agent who has ignored those rules.
    • cold calls do not work, the business is too competitive for that. 
    • Agents are recruiting in all they do.  Drew Rosenhaus is a conspicuous example of this, constantly putting himself in public view in order to be top of mind when players decide on an agent (or leave their prior one).
    • And I remember finishing certain meetings with both players and family members who lingered at the door, waiting for me to make an offer to secure their signature, something they had become used to receiving them from other agents. (I never had one.)
    • The marketing guarantee
    • While not illegal, this is a measure that large agencies with ample resources use to separate themselves from the smaller firms.
    • The training
    • Providing this service makes good business sense for eventual first-round picks set to secure $15-20 million contracts with hundreds of thousands of eventual fees.  However, due to the intense competition in the industry, these services are now provided to players that end up being drafted far lower, or even not at all, becoming loss leaders for the agent. 
    • And that is just one player. One can see the perils in the business of representing rookie players.
    •   But players have come to expect this service, and agents who are deficient in this area often are removed from consideration.
    • Now, not only is the four-year length of drafted player contracts mandatory, but also the amount of money for each pick is largely predetermined, which is leading to some uncomfortable conversations about fees.
    •  The bigger agents or agencies tout influence and clout provided by their name and reputation.  The smaller agents sell personal attention and care, warning players of the dangers of getting lost with an agent with dozens of clients. 
    • Negotiation resisting offset language
    • Providing a credit line for income prior to signing a contract
    • Being a trusted adviser, friend and counselor
    • Aim for nice, not brilliant. “People think you need to be really funny, witty; you just have to be nice. It sounds trite. You have to be willing to talk to others.” Carducci said a good way to practice is to find someone who’s alone, such as at a party or at school, and begin a conversation
    • More likely, Carducci said, is they are highly self-conscious, which makes them incredibly self-critical. He recommends “social reconnaissance,” making a conscious effort to learn about current events, the local area and local issues in order to have topics to discuss. People shop a lot during the holidays, for example, so think of some shopping- or gift-related experiences or observations that can be discussed. Reading newspapers and catching up on major sporting news are two examples of ways to “prime the pump.”
    • *You’re late? Big mistake. “If you walk in and everything is already buzzing, you’re already behind,” Carducci said. “Groups have already formed. If you get there on time, you’re greeting people and pacing the conversation. You bring the new people into the conversation — ‘I’m so and so, and this is A, B and C., and we were just talking about
    • Eddie Reese, the coach on campus who knows about winning national titles, took the swim team out of the Al-Rashid weight room and back into an abandoned weight room in Belmont to get away from Fat Dog
    • The original Anchorman was a cult comedy, but the thing about cult comedies is that they start to feel a lot less cultish when they’re used to sell Dodge Durangos.
    • n some ways, Jonze’s clout aside, this is a fairly prototypical 21st-century creative life. You produce a bunch of stuff. No one thing makes you rich
    • The story persisted in part because in order to correct it, Jonze would have had to talk to reporters about his actual background, which might have led to follow-up questions about how his experience (whatever it was) has informed his work, a road Jonze has never been keen to go down.
    • This was in 1987; he was 17. A few years later, the trio of Lewman, Jenkins, and Jonze would edit the short-lived Sassy spin-off Dirt and help steer Grand Royal, the Beastie Boys’ toweringly influential pseudo zine.
    • From a historical perspective, though, the interstitial, non-skateboarding-related material on these videos is more important, because you’re watching one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of his generation perfecting his aesthetic on a beer-money budget.
    • And the scene in which Orlean asks LaRoche high-minded New Yorker–ish questions about orchids while writing down “Delusions of grandeur” and “Funny smell in van” is one of the truest representations of journalism ever committed to film.
    • McQuivey, an analyst for market analysis firm Forrester Research, told the Times last week. “But it’s not something you’re eager to pay for if you don’t have to.” Does this statement depress you? It depresses me. But it’s hard to argue against it as an explanation for the record industry’s woes.
    • I’m not as smart as Flanagan, and not normally in the business of making predictions. But I think this much is fairly obvious: The trend of large-scale pre-release promotional rollouts is about to be suspended (perhaps permanently), and the time of the “surprise album” is about to commence
    • By forgoing an elaborate advertising campaign, Beyoncé deliberately set her record apart, even though her non-marketing marketing was hatched in order for her record to achieve the exact same outcome as the year’s marketing-marketing campaigns
    • Beyoncé (willingly or not) was exploiting a glitch in the psychology of social media in order to strong-arm consumers into actually spending money on music.
    • People may not be eager to buy a record, but they are eager to feel part of whatever cultural happening is dominating tweets and Facebook posts at this very second.
    • Whatever the cost, people are willing to pay.
    • But to tweet about Beyoncé, you had to buy it immediately, just like you have to see a movie opening night or watch a TV show “live” as it airs.
    • Every other pop star in 2013 tried to tailor their records for an audience they wish still existed; Beyoncé fashioned her music for the audience she has (even if it was sort of an accident).
    • Pop music has evolved into a lifestyle condiment.
  • Wow, just heard Anthony Fera is the first consensus All-American Kicker in UT history. What a year for him! Proud of all he’s accomplished

  • tags: fyi

    Attention Instapaper users: The iPhone app is free now! #fyi

  • Content Marketing Hacks: 34 Tips and Tricks for Planning and Creating Content http://t.co/zcJQIrhcRX

    • ESPN and NBC tennis analyst John McEnroe, on what it meant that Nelson Mandela listened to his famous 1980 Wimbledon finals match with Bjorn Borg from his cell on Robben Island.
    • With Dimension widening you can import additional dimensions and metrics directly into Google Analytics via a CSV upload or programmatically import data via an API.
    • How Dimension Widening works

       

      You can upload two types of data to Google Analytics: Dimensions and Metrics.

    • A dimension is an attribute of a user or the sessions she creates.

       

      A metric counts something – like time, money, clicks, etc.

    • When you use Dimension Widening you are uploading values for one or more dimensions or metrics.
    • When Google Analytics process the data it will join your custom data to the the existing data using something called a key.
    • The key binds your data, the data uploaded in a CSV file or sent programatically, to the Google Analytics data. When Google processes the custom data it will look at the value for the key, and then try to find the same value in the Google Analytics data.
    • There are four basic steps to configuring Dimensioning Widening.
    • 1. Identifying the data you want to import.
    • You also need to define your key. This is obviously critical. If you can’t define a key then you can’t import data.

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