A while back someone asked me what sites I like to visit. I forgot to answer, so I'll write a post about it.
Bobby Burgess' Journal
This guy was ahead of his time. Back in 2000 he had a blog, and a killer one. In fact, he's probably one of the reasons I write a blog. When you go to his site, hit archive, and start from the beginning. It starts off slow, but you will be unable to stop reading pretty soon. I've read every entry on the whole site. Later he turns into a druggie and his stories become much less frequent and less interesting, but even that transformation is worth reading.
Paul Clow's Sole Goal and PhiMix
These two sites are lumped together because they're similar. They're both sites written by polynappers who also write about other interesting things. I wouldn't have found out about either of these sites if they hadn't written comments on my posts in the past. I check both of these every day.
This site is created by a Japanese flash programmer. The real gems are the Grow games. DO NOT CHEAT AND LOOK UP THE ANSWERS. Once you finish you will be wishing there were more grows to play. The order you play them in doesn't really matter. I think the Cube one is the best. Some of the other games are fun too, like Tontie (Jonah and I used to be obsessed with this one).
Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools
I'm reluctant to mention this site because 50% of the posts are fairly useless. However, it's worth mentioning just for the few products I've read about there and actually bought. I'm thinking about starting a similar feature here because I think I could do it better.
The Superficial is a celebrity gossip site. I don't particularly care about celebrity gossip, but I check it every day because the writers are very funny. I haven't been reading it for too long, so maybe it will lose its charm eventually.
I have a lot of other sites I visit frequently, but you've probably heard about most of them (fatwallet, tucker max, maddox, etc), so I'll spare you the gory details.
I personally prefer, WWTDD.com (What Would Tyler Durden Do?) for my celebrity gossip.
I really dig that Bobby Burgess site, I just plowed through his whole archive in like 3 days.
The Cube confused the shit out of me at first, but basically you have like 10 different options (Bone through Fire) and you have to pick them in the right order in order to "Max" out all of them. If you notice when you are done with it after clicking all of them that it will give you the "lvl" of each thing, hopefully for you some will say "Max". The ones that say "Max" were picked in the right order, the others weren't. Make sure you have a pen and lots of paper to keep track of your clicking orders.
ok, so after many wasted hours on grow cube, im still confused! is there actually a soultion? or am i just supposed to see what happens to everything?! help me out here!
Dammit that Grow Cube game just sapped an hour of my morning.
Fun though, and I like the animation at the end.
Wow, thanks Tynan! The fact is tynan.net is one of the best sites I've ever been too, which I read daily as well. Your articles were a source of entertainment during my polyphasic sleep transition which has kept me coming back ever since, keep up the great work and quality content!
Wow. I don't know what I was expecting, but I got a ton of awesome feedback from you guys. Some people literally wrote a page or two.
So first of all... thanks a ton. I read every single reply (over one hundred total) and got a ton of good info.
I'll share some of the insights provided.
Two days ago I wrote the Genius and Tragedy post. It was extremely controversial - very popular on one hand, but got some very strong visceral negative reactions. I'd like to share with you what I've learned about writing, so I can step my game up and improve. Also, I got some downright hateful comments made about me, some really bad and terrible stuff. If this has never happened to you, maybe you don't know what it feels like, and I've got some advice on how to deal with it. I also did some detailed reading and analysis of the kinds of comments I got, and there was some fascinating results that I'll share.
So, first and foremost, I made a mistake - If you're writing to help someone, it can be pretty presumptuous to do it without touching base and clearing it with them first. I made that error for a few reasons - first, two of my best posts have come from the same format, and both achieved their desired objective. ("How do I write so much, you ask?" and "I think greatness is something you do, not something you are" both publicly called people I like out - and both times it worked) - so that's the first thing, I'd had a good track record with this, however those were people I'd been touching base with already.
Second, as a general principal I believe in working really quickly. I analogize it to "fighting out of formation" - quick, lightly edited writing is always worse than well-edited best practices. But, the more you do of it, the better you get at it. And by producing anything really quickly, you get better faster. If someone produces 10 times as much content, how long until their lightly edited work is superior to the other person's highly polished work? This isn't a rhetorical question - check out "Quantity Always Trumps Quality" on codinghorror.com sometime. If you produce quickly and of lower quality at first, you can iterate and improve, and eventually your quick production work is better than the obsessively refined person's work who isn't getting as much done (and thus not learning the lessons). Pablo Picasso talked about this quite a bit, if you're particularly interested on the topic.
The downside, of course, is that you make mistakes. And I did - I should've touched base before writing that post, or had it vetted, or at least, spent more time editing it to be clear, concise, and unambiguous, and even more polite. Mea culpa - my mistake! It's okay for me to work quickly and bring errors upon myself because of it, but I need to be more careful when involving others.
Then, why is that post still up? This is what I wrote as the episode was winding down, it was well-received by the community -