Here’s a round up of wonderful covers to warm your cold little hearts.Makes me nostalgic for Sonic Youth, record stores, and Noise Addict. What a great cover. Is… is this even sadder than the original? Surprisingly good covers. Travis Barker on drums! I say “surprising” because I really don’t know much about Post Malone, but I wasn’t expecting an hour of Nirvana covers from him. sharing because puppies
bonus live video of Ben Lee covering “Sugar Cane”
One of my favorite things is to teach people how to make their own mini-comics/zine. Last week I got to do that to a friendly group of 3rd and 4th graders via the magic of the internet.
The class was done via Zoom and had about twenty attendees, most of home ended up with their own hand-made zine at the end. It was a lot of fun. After teaching the process, I helped the group collectively make a comic, which I drew, about Bernard the Bearded Panda.
You can learn how to make your own zines here, or maybe hit me up if you have a classroom looking for a guest lecturer.
I just added some fresh new designs to my Threadless page. Including a collection of yo-yo related clothes. One of my favorites is an illustration for the freehand patent, which just expired at the beginning of this month. The art looks rad on a shirt.
I just kicked off my 3rd week of my Quarantine Jams, a daily beat making project. To break things up a little beat, I’ve been hunting for more unusual sounds to chop up and build around. A friend sent me this audio recording of a broken Epson Stylus 600 printer and said I might like to take a stab at it. As soon as I heard the “air horn” I knew it would be a fun audio source to play with.
You can hear the rest of my Quarantine Jams here:
For the past few weeks I’ve been working on a daily songwriting project. So far they are just beats, but I’m hoping to find some musicians to work with to build them out more. I’m sharing them daily on my Twitter or you can follow the playlist here.
All of my Metal Health Tips clothing and accessories are on sale now on Threadless. Save big on these awesome shirts and get a cool looking shirt in the process. All proceeds go to local work food and beverage workers who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Buy your shirt here https://docpop.threadless.com/designs
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I’ve been selling COVID-19 themed t-shirts to help raise money for effected food and beverage workers in my neighborhood, the Mission District SF, so I decided to keep a running list of Mission District fundraiser that go directly to the workers. I’ll try to keep this list updated, as I’m sure there are many more workers out there that could use the support.
If you are looking for a way to help f&b workers all over the US, you can donate to The Restaurant Workers Community Fund.
As I mentioned before, I’m also selling these COVID-19/mental health inspired t-shirts and donating all of the proceeds to local food and beverage workers. You can see the full line here.
Tomorrow begins our third week of shelter-in-place here in San Francisco, but I wanted to share a few nice things I’ve seen in the neighborhood lately.A flyer on 23rd and Valencia. #inplacetogether Since everyone is panic-baking, there has been a huge rush on active yeast. All of the stores have sold out, so our local grocery store decided to split up the last few bottles and give them away in small containers. Offers of help. Showing appreciation.
I have an artist on Fiverr that I love working with, so I hired him to turn some of the coronavirus health tips in heavy metal logos. Here they are:cover your mouth when you cough Some of these designs are available as shirts via https://docpop.threadless.com/designs
Feel free to print these up and spread them around, but please do not sell them.
*This is an evolution of a prior post about remote work. Many are working remotely now, thanks to COVID-19. I’m assuming this will be more of A Thing™ going forward and decided to refresh my thoughts.
Enabling effective remote work is increasingly becoming a requirement successful tech companies. Hiring is competitive, costs of living are going up in tech hubs, and there’s an increased focused on cost and profitability in the markets.
The industry trends towards leaning into remote work and/or funding offices in less-expensive areas. For better or for worse, I have extensive experience working remotely or on distributed teams, both before joining Dropbox and then in bootstrapping Dropbox NYC over the five years I was there. Below are some of my learnings and thoughts.
Note that “remote workers” and “distributed teams” are very different things. Remote workers are physically alone day-to-day (often working from home), and distributed teams are groups of people working together in an office outside of headquarters. At this level of discussion, they’re similar enough that I’ll refer to both as “remote.”
Successful remote workers are:
Further leveraging remote work is certainly possible and potentially very fruitful, but a company must be thoughtful and deliberate about how to invest. Effectively taking advantage of remote work requires:
Last year, Stripe announced Remote as an engineering hub. Rather than allowing teams to have one-off remote employees, they treat all remote engineers as being in the same “office.” In general, remote engineers work together, and the teams they’re on are entirely remote. I haven’t seen this in practice, but it’s an interesting idea. Remote workers already know how to work well with one another, the touchpoints with remote work that require high-bandwidth communication are limited to leadership, and the risks to slowing down every team that takes on a remote workers are minimized.