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[PMC Weekend Edition] I am not devlopr

I’m not a developer. But… I (at one point, at least) knew enough Python to hack together a static site generator (MongoDB still gives me shudders from that) and an email list RFM segmentation script. So that’s something! And, most importantly, I am in love with developers writ large, and I so value your role…

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[PMC Weekend Edition] “Babe, You Turn Me On”

Nick Cave is a treasure. I love this lyric from his song “Babe, You Turn Me On”: You race naked through the wilderness You torment the birds and the bees You leapt into the abyss, but find It only goes up to your knees How much of life is like that? You leap into something…

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[PMC Weekend Edition] The “look” of jazz

This is a fun… well, I want to call it a specialization example, but it’s not quite that. It’s an example of someone creating a remarkably unique and cohesive body of work, which is one of the things that often happens when you specialize. But it’s also about jazz and design and art. Enjoy! -P

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[PMC Weekend Edition] A mystery, solved

I love how this story illustrates how mysteries are solved, which is also a sort of story about how self-made expertise is created. Summary: a scientist was looking at some ancient teeth and ran across something surprising. Here are a few key tidbits that illustrate how this scientist went about solving this mystery (all quotes…

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Some Useful Links for You to Get Started

It seems like you’re running a default WordPress website. Here are a few useful links to get you started: Migration How to use WordPress Migrator Plugin? Migrate WordPress from Siteground to Cloudways Migrate WordPress from GoDaddy to Cloudways General How do I take my website live from Cloudways? How to manage WordPress via WP-CLI on…

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Non-creepy love for Philip at 9:01 am EST

List member Tricia shared her experience with being on the receiving end of daily emails. Emails that she started out not really even wanting… — I’ve been wanting to email you for a little while with this little story.  Initially I kind of hated your emails. I sneered at them and celebrated a little every…

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"Wouldn't I be lying if I said I had that kind of expertise?"

I get this question about positioning sometimes: “If I focus on a market vertical where I don’t have much or any experience, am I lying?” Usually the actual question isn’t stated quite so bluntly, but that’s really what’s being asked. The actual question might look more like one of the following: “How can I focus…

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Growing a beard

They wanted to put Chuck Norris’s face on Mount Rushmore, but the granite wasn’t hard enough for his beard. Chuck Norris doesn’t shave, his beard grows to the perfect length and stops. There is no chin behind Chuck Norris’ beard. There is only another fist. Chuck Norris’s beard can type 140 wpm. There you have…

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The size-speed illusion

Ever wonder why people die at railroad crossings? Somewhere around 2,000 to 3,000 collisions, around 1,000 injuries, and around 250 deaths per year happen at railroad crossings. Along with many other things, those numbers were even worse in the 80’s. It seems so simple! See train coming, get out of the way before the train…

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Being Michael Jordan

Replicating Michael Jordan’s career is like getting struck three times by lightning. Closer to an act of God than anything you have control over. Being a sought-after expert consultant is a job you can hire yourself for. It’s something you can dream, plan, execute on, achieve, and get better at. It’s 99% under your control.…

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