Bizarro Devs is a weekly newsletter curating the weird & the wonderful from all over the web.
🏗️ HOW TO USE SHOWER THOUGHTS FOR GREATER CREATIVITY; REDUCE STRESS OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON; GET GOOD NEWS DAILY
This week, I discovered a great way to harness the power of shower thoughts. My son also decided he wanted to shower with me every morning. I am now searching for an article which will help me harness the power of shower thoughts while dodging a showerhead swung wildly by a two-year-old with a pranksters mentality. Please reach out if you know of anything that will help.
In other news, we have helpful guides for making a difference, horror stories written by AI, cool tools for hobbyists, and methods for boosting producitivity & reducing stress.
🕸️ The Cool Side of the Web
It's well-designed and chock full of stats and useful steps you can take to be more climate active without being extreme.
In a similar vein, this podcast answers a bunch of questions about social entrepreneurship and how a business can help save the world.
If you needed convincing, stuff like this kinda explains why businesses need to be pulled in a bit. The article goes into how much computational power is used just to power the explore feature on Instagram. Which, you know, is kind of like the Borgs of app features.
For sure, you know at least one curmudgeon who'd make counter-claims about some of the news but that's the kind of person who'd find fault with shoes. Don't listen to shoeless Joe, check out the site for a taste of the good stuff. For example, we now have four types of chocolate.
If you're not currently into lo-fi beats, then there are few reasons to try them: "Some theorize that the way the tracks are created—with a muffled, wooly quality, familiar rhythms, and downtempo beat—may prime the brain for a particular state of relaxed attention."
I lifted this one from The Morning News which covers a heck of a lot of ground in each newsletter.
A very, very cool site for relaxing and creating something cool with the slide of the mouse. A lot of different strands with multiple colors.
🤖 Robots et. al.
⚒️ Tools and Resources
I like this for keeping track of those little off-hand tasks that are given life only on Slack. You know the ones that are really, really hard to track or locate after a few days have passed? It has pretty good templates, collaboration options, and user assignments.
This one feels all 70s with a touch of the old lava lamp: generate your own animated CSS backgrounds with this one.
In other free tools, this one popped up with tools for hobbies and side projects. It has a good range with cloud storage for JSON, simple mobile alerts, crons, and firewalls.
🥇 World of WordPress
All the big WordPress news from the last month: Site Kit by Google, State of the Word, the death of WordCamps?
🌩️ Eat lightning - Productivity
There's also this one from the BBC with tips you can steal from polymaths to help boost your career.
The article has a Christmas theme, but, personally, I think these tips are gifts that keep giving. They help you manage the "busy-work" which do a lot to ratchet up stress levels. I'd argue that you can use these tips to find a good balance between achieving "busyness" and bringing value.
That about wraps it up.
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