… web developer, writer, and consultant based in Hveragerði, Iceland.

I write about web dev, interactive media, digital publishing, and product development.

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Bookmarks – Leaving bosses

And piss-poor conversion rates.


People don’t leave companies; they leave bosses. #leadership

— Michael Kaplan (@mkaplanPMP) August 3, 2015


So far the comic has been viewed over 100k times on Imgur, resulting in 350 people visiting my website. Think about that conversion rate.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

I’m torn. People seeing my work: that’s great. Friends excited on my behalf that my work is getting seen: great.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

But the rough thing about the Internet is that it can seem like a magical content machine.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

The funny images you share? If they’re drawn by someone with a website who relies on ad revenue? Send people to their site.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

I don’t use ads on my blog, but I have friends who do. I know how much of a difference TEN THOUSAND EYEBALLS could make in their income.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

That comic had a title card with my name on it. The rest of the comic was good enough to upload, but apparently that didn’t make the cut.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

This shit is big and complicated and I want everyone to be able to have a stake in the creation of work they enjoy.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

Know where the stuff you enjoy comes from. Support the people who make it so there can be more of it in the world.

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015

Want to hear more about the numbers game of image sharing? Here’s @MixtapeComics’s excellent & exhaustive post: http://t.co/P7FEPR2GPJ

— Lucy Bellwood (@LuBellWoo) August 3, 2015


when faced with a choice, 95% of people will choose the thing that makes them feel more important. toxic or otherwise.

— Amy Hoy (@amyhoy) August 3, 2015


And so help me, Silicon Valley, if you define business such that you are doing it and a plumbing firm isn't I WILL CUT YOU.

— Patrick McKenzie (@patio11) August 4, 2015


"…an article on some unrelated API will use fancy new ES6+ stuff, meaning the reader needs to understand ES6 first." yep, +9000.

— getify (@getify) August 4, 2015


Finally did @ofcircumstance's interactive mobile app #ahollowbody and OMG it's WONDERFUL; a love letter to London <3 http://t.co/sLNwMNixfR

— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) August 3, 2015

I cannot recommend this enough: take a partner or friend and experience the beauty of London in a way you never have. http://t.co/sLNwMNixfR

— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) August 3, 2015

A beautiful way to connect with people, landscapes, architecture; this city living and breathing like a heartbeat. http://t.co/sLNwMNixfR

— Zoe Margolis (@girlonetrack) August 3, 2015

A Hollow Body is an Of Circumstance project in London. Inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Takes about 45 minutes to do and it’ll make you see London in a different way. It was originally only supposed to run until the 12th of April but has been extended. I highly recommend it. The projects that Tom, Sarah, and Duncan have made are amazing and there’s more cool stuff in the pipeline. Follow them on twitter or join their mailing list so you don’t miss it.


OMG! @snipeyhead created http://t.co/vD9HteF34s | Thank you for doing this. This is absolutely wonderful.

— Isis Anchalee (@isisAnchalee) August 4, 2015


Is there a hashtag for software engineers like my wife who don't give a shit about hashtags and are just killing it at their jobs everyday?

— Mike Rundle (@flyosity) August 4, 2015


And the worst part was that I didn’t see anything wrong with this. In fact, I thought that earning a good salary for my work was somehow unfair to the rest of the world. So I reduced the price of the thing I can’t tell you about yet and went into my meeting with a nice clear idea of how to avoid earning more than I felt I deserved.

I’m not even joking.

Artist’s Statement ….Part Two by Johanna Flanagan (2105 words).

And, if I were still teaching, I’d so definitely steal this to use in class:

So about six years ago, I banned my students from saying the word sorry, and we did a little experiment. They had to present their work without saying a single negative word about it, and throughout the exercise they would have absolutely no encouragement or feedback from me whatsoever. So no negativity from them and no approval from me.

What happened shocked me. Some students weren’t even able to begin speaking. They looked at the floor, they took deep breaths, they took several minutes just to find words to begin with that wouldn’t include any sort of apology. Some were even brought to tears by the sheer frustration of not being able to criticise themselves.


Social media has shifted value from quality of content to loudness of broadcast. The winners are the loud ones, not the best ones. It seems.

— Brett Sandusky (@bsandusky) August 4, 2015


my heart goes out to any aspiring dystopian fiction authors who keep having their ideas stolen by the conservative party

— kate (@QUEENWlTCH) August 1, 2015

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