The ebb and flow of a fever pitch

 

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In football, the snap of a ball creates a burst of energy… followed by a moment of rest and regrouping. Sure, the fever pitch that occurs during the action is what’s most exciting to watch. But it’s not the only part of the game that determines who wins and who loses.

As the whistle is blown, the referee winds a forty second play clock that lets both teams climb to their feet, regroup, change out some personnel, and call a play before returning to action. This downtime is when the announcers spew their opinions, cheerleaders rally the crowd, and when the audience at home dashes to the fridge for a refill.

No one off the field is really paying attention to the most important thing that is actually happening: That very short moment when a player purposefully recovers. Continue reading “The ebb and flow of a fever pitch”

Here’s how to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

applemusic11Here’s how to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music

As you might have heard, Apple has launched their own streaming service. It’s called Apple Music. Apple is offering a free, three month trial of the service if you act soon. After that, it will cost about the same as Spotify.

I currently pay for Spotify and am a pretty big fan of the product. However, I’m finding myself becoming more of one of those “all-in” type Apple users. I just sold my Android tablet. I switched from Chrome to Safari, and I find myself creating most of my docs and presentations in Keynote and Pages. I kinda live in the iCloud.

I use stock Apple apps (iOS and OS X) for almost everything. It’s not that any one of them is the absolute best app, it’s just they all play together so well. I especially like that they all have the same basic user experience.

So, of course I’m giving Apple Music a shot. Continue reading “Here’s how to transfer your Spotify playlists to Apple Music”

Create yet another social network with BuddyPress

aintnobodyWordPress is so underrated. It helped usher in an era of mass self publishing on the Internet. Self publishing evolved into social media, social media evolved into social networking, and all of it nearly disintermediated the watercolor as a GLD-safe harbor in the workplace.

It has evolved into a fantastic content management platform, and even the largest media empires are now choosing to use it. But WordPress wants to be more than a publishing platform. Continue reading “Create yet another social network with BuddyPress”

The 2014 Getting Less Done List of 10 People

thelistThis is that time of year when media outlets publish lists of people. Not wanting to lose relevance, GLD is launching a list of its own. The following is a list of ten people.  We recommend trying to connect with them on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Secret, Path, Vine, Foursquare, Google +, Spotify, Waze, Fitbit, Reddit, flickr, Tumblr, Quora, and MySpace (it’s still a thing).

Without further ado, the 2014 Getting Less Done List of People: Continue reading “The 2014 Getting Less Done List of 10 People”

Fire up that loud, another round of GLD

theGLDmathIt’s that time of year when I get the itch to blog about life’s wonderful distractions. Expect to see about a dozen new posts over the next couple of weeks.

In the mean time, I made a couple updates to the look and feel of GLD. I finally implemented the Twenty Fourteen magazine grid layout on the home page and relocated some stuff to the footer so I could dump the third column.

I’ve also been playing with a new (to me) graphics app called Pixelmator to have some fun with the post images. Expect a full review in the near future.

For now, welcome back to Getting Less Done.

Why I am not allowed to own a garage

exocetIf I had a garage, I would build this. I’ve long had a fascination with Kit Cars, and as a former Miata owner, the prospect of using such a capable donor vehicle has huge appeal to me. Most kit cars promise an easy assembly precess, but rarely deliver. The difference with the Exocet is that the front and rear subframes of the Miata are retained. So, the drivetrain, suspension and brakes can all remain bolted together during the transformation. Continue reading “Why I am not allowed to own a garage”

Twenty Fourteen is upon us

twenty_fourteenI’m a big fan of the recent, yearly default themes for WordPress. realtynex.us uses a slightly modified version of Twenty Twelve. this month, the newest free Default WordPress theme, Twenty Fourteen has been released for self hosted blogs. This theme is fully responsive and features a pretty cool magazine style grid feature that I haven’t made time to figure out yet. Anyway GLD is now sporting the new theme.

I used the Fourteen Colors plugin to change up the color pallette without having to create a child theme, but I may fiddle with that in the future. Of course, creating your own child themes and editing CSS is an ultimate GLD activity.  What do you think of the news digs?

Getting Less Done Again

I really love to blog about real estate. The only problem is, some folks have a difficult time discerning between me sharing my personal opinions and me as a representative of the company I work for. Therefore, blogging about real estate is not as fun while working for a big company.

I started Getting Less Done a couple years ago as a bit of a joke with my friends. We just like the term, #GLD.  It was focused on those timesuck activities we all find ourselves involved in during the wee hours of the night.  Ever look up at the clock and realize that you’ve been surfing wikipedia articles until 2:00 A.M.? Yeah, then you know what we mean. The original gangster posts are all still here if you want to check them out.

That was then, this is now. I’m relaunching GLD. While it will still embrace all things GLD,  I also want to use it to talk about just about anything of interest to me or my friends, just so long as it’s not about real estate.  Hope you enjoy it!

Bubbles for iPad

Okay, so it’s supposed to be for toddlers, but I’ve spent HOURS on this app. Bubbles is simple. Swipe the screen to blow bubbles. Then poke them to pop them. That’s it. Friggin awesome.

Don’t have an iPad? There’s an iPhone version too. Don’t have an iPhone? I guess you could go to Walmart or something and buy some real bubbles, but that’s kinda’ lame. Just like your phone.