Just three minutes

For ordinary moments of life three minutes feels like it goes by in an instant. This changes when it’s a physical activity and three minutes becomes a lifetime.

For yesterday’s workout, I was designated as the lead and had to come up with a routine that would be both challenging and fun, and last 45 minutes. I had the genius idea to do three-minute intervals with thirty-second breaks in between.

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WordPress now supports AMP

WordPress announced today that the wordpress.com service now supports the Accelerated Mobile Pages (“AMP”) initiative.

Accelerated Mobile Pages are just like any other HTML page, but with a limited set of allowed technical functionality that is defined and governed by the open source AMP spec. Just like all web pages, Accelerated Mobile Pages will load in any modern browser or app webview. AMP files take advantage of various technical and architectural approaches that prioritize speed to provide a faster experience for users. The goal is not to homogenize how content looks and feels, but instead to build a more common technical core between pages that speeds up load times.

There is also a WordPress plugin available for self-hosted installs.

I haven’t dug into the AMP documentation, but I do find it funny that we have failed so bad at creating websites that a new standard is needed to speed it up.

VAT MOSS

Ghost announced it will be moving its company headquarters to Singapore. John O’Nolan one of the founders said, “we’ve wasted tens of thousands of dollars and months of development time [on VAT MOSS] when we should have been making the products we set out to build”.

In the latest issue of The business of Digital Products, Rachel Andrew, a founder of Perch, said that her experience mirrors Johns.

“At the time we became aware of the full implications of the legislation we had an almost ready to ship marketplace for Perch Addons. It still hasn’t launched, partly because our time was burned up getting ourselves ready for VAT MOSS and partly because we would need to make sure that we coped with the situation for anyone selling through our system.”, Rachel said.

The tax situation in America on software companies is unclear as well. I work for a distributed company and I had the task of building out our online store. Anywhere we have a presence, an employee, we have to charge tax. Then it depends on the state on how its charged, some are charged based on county inside the state, others are just the entire state. Not to mention the big confusion around if SaaS apps should charge taxes–most don’t but probably should be. If you’d like to find out more about American software taxes a good place to start is this post on Nexus by Ian Landsman.

The moral of the story. Hire an accountant and pray you don’t get audited.

Sunday Seven #2

Welcome to the Sunday Seven issue number two. Every week I bring seven interesting links that I think are worth checking out.

Beer drinking and writing release notes with the Medium team →

How a tweet turned into an invite to see the inner workings of the way release notes come about. Of course this is all fun and games until everyone starts doing it, then it becomes annoying.

Why Does Pessimism Sound So Smart? →

Despite the record of things getting better for most people most of the time, pessimism isn’t just more common than optimism, it also sounds smarter. It’s intellectually captivating, and paid more attention to than the optimist who is often viewed as an oblivious sucker.

The Useless Agony of Going Offline →

At the end of the experiment, I wasn’t dying to get my phone back or to access Facebook. I just wanted to get back to being better informed. My devices and the Internet, as much as they are sometimes annoying and frustrating and overflowing with knuckleheads, help me to do that.

Sneaker Wars: Inside the Battle Between Nike and Adidas →

Besides being an interesting battle I found this crazy – The Jordan brand alone has more than 20 times Adidas’s share of the American basketball-shoe market.

Zoolander 2: Joyless and Offensively Stupid →

You don’t need to go to the theater to get the full experience of Zoolander 2. Simply get your hands on a copy of the original, watch it, and then yell a bunch of unfunny topical lines every time somebody tells a joke. [..] It’s a film that has no real reason to exist, and it spends its entire running time reaffirming that fact.

NOOOO! Please say it isn’t so.

Migrate notes from Evernote to Apple Notes →

This method seems much more user friendly then the way I had to do it. If you are looking to move from Evernote give this a go.

The Old People’s Guide to DJ Khaled →

After reading about Snapchat last week I decided to give it a try. A few hours later I had three friends, no messages, and no idea what I was doing. Thankfully Ian told me to follow this guy who made no sense. Now at least I know how to translate. 🔑