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Brand is so strong they make me want to wear glasses even though i dont need them, yet.

One of my favorite hustlers that I’m fortunate to call a friend has been chosen as a finalist for the Dell America’s Favorite Small Business contest if she wins she gets a bunch of Dell stuff + $50k + an online reality show!!!!

I need you to do 2 things for me!

FIRST: VOTE FOR HER HERE (scroll down the page)

SECOND: set a calendar notification to vote every day until October 9th

THIRD: Buy her stuff its AWESOME


FIFTH: I know I said I only needed 2 things BUT HAVE YOU SEEN this video of Kristen!



Introducing a distributed mentoring movement.

In college, I studied history. I researched amateur magician communities at the turn of the twentieth century and read all about Soviet department stores. But mostly, I was fascinated by the history of technology. And halfway through college, I looked up and realized that history was happening around me: that the internet was transforming this moment, and that I wanted to be a part of it.

Before that moment, my plan had been to pursue a Ph.D. in history. The mentors I’d sought had been professors, and at university they’d been close at hand. Research assistantships, small seminars, and office hours all provided structured opportunities for getting to know the scholars I admired. When I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in technology, it didn’t stop me from loving history or looking up to my professors. But it did change my sense of what my future would look like, and more and more I realized it was looking less and less like theirs.

Finding “internet people” to look up to never felt like a hurdle: as soon as I started looking, I found people whose writing and outlook and accomplishments I longed to learn from. Better yet, the open book of life online gave me a more vivid picture of what my future could look like. The internet felt to me then, and feels to me now, like an electric frontier. Opportunities abound for bold experiments and spontaneous connections.

Yet without the structure of office hours, research assistantships, and seminars, it seldom occurred to me to look for an opening to connect—to actually seek individual guidance from the people I so admired, or even simply to express my admiration. In the absence of an invitation, doing so felt like an imposition.

I know now, though, that it’s the opposite: the opportunity to offer guidance from experience is a gift. In her book Reality is Broken, Jane McGonigal describes the phenomenon of naches — pride or gratification, especially in others. “We don’t describe ourselves as ‘bursting with pride’ over our own success, but we do for others; this language suggests that the feeling of naches is even more explosive” than satisfaction over personal success. But that reward requires commitment: “to generate the emotional reward of naches, we have to throw ourselves into the act of mentoring.”

As we live and work on this electric frontier, it’s important to build and renew our own traditions. My goal with /mentoring is to encourage people to believe in one another, and to make it the easiest, most natural thing in the world to express and welcome that belief.

Anyone can be a part of /mentoring. All it takes is a few lines of text on your own website, blog, or other profile, expressing your openness to mentoring and offering a specific invitation to get in touch.

I’m calling it “/mentoring” because I hope that eventually it will be as natural a part of the internet as “/about” pages. I’m placing my invitation at, and I invite you to do the same—or place it wherever it feels right to you.

Over time, I hope that this page can become a center, though not the center, of community experiences and best practices. Philosophically, that it’s on GitHub is no accident: I want this idea to flourish, and so I’m setting it free. To expand on it yourself, please take the idea and run with it to wherever it takes you. In the best tradition of open-source, I look forward to incorporating many ideas and also celebrating many alternatives.

Are you ready? Let’s begin.


In case you thought Diana couldn’t get any more awesome, she just dropped this into the world.

I’ve quickly put up and will update it next week when I’m back on the grid.

Just make people better at something they want to be better at. When your goals and your user’s goals are truly aligned, you don’t need pixie dust. Don’t out-spend, don’t out-friend, and please don’t out-badge. There is a world of difference between helping someone *appear* more awesome and helping them actually BE more awesome.
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself he always seems to be doing both. Enough for him that he does it well.

LP Jacks in his 1932 book “Education through Recreation” according to a site called QuoteInvestigator which I found after googling the source after browsing Mobocracy’s Tumblr Likes which listed Clays reblog of Bryce's post which doesnt exist anymore but which had a similar quote and credited a one Wilfred A. Peterson

I look forward to the day when google digitizes LP Jacks’ book so I can actually see the source myself.


This quote eloquently describes my current life mantra.