Category Archive for: energy

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


Date Coworker?

I’ve never had issue with dating a coworker because for most of my adult life I’ve been married. So, the option was never really available… I also don’t really have issue with the folks that I work with having romantic relationships either but I can understand the natural issues and challenges that might arise in the context of decision-making and reporting. But, I suppose I should really give this a bit more thought as we scale and grow our small little project… I guess I’ll just cross that bridge a bit later. Rules for things that might happen is important if it really might happen – otherwise, energy spent in those areas, especially as a startup, is essentially a waste of time. Besides, a startup can barely see beyond a few months anyway – I know for myself that I can barely guess what will happen beyond 90 days. The…

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Drupal4Gov Webinar Series: ​​HAX

Start:  2018-07-19 15:00 – 16:00 America/New_York Organizers:  jdearie Event type:  Training (free or commercial) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drupal4gov-webinar-series-hax-registration-… HAX the web is a headless authoring solution being developed by Penn State built on one question: Why can’t all platforms have the same authoring experience (AX)? We decided that in order to build the best AX for Drupal we needed to NOT build it just for Drupal. Learn about how you can leverage HAX in your (deep breath) Drupal 6, Drupal 7, Drupal 8, GravCMS, Desktop apps, BackdropCMS sites and more! Learn how and what you can build when we all work together across ecosystems on the front-end using a technology called Web components. Bryan Ollendyke (btopro) is the HAX project lead and will be demonstrating HAX, talking about it’s capabilities and how to extend it, what you can do to use it in your projects and how and why web components should be…

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Delivering WordPress in 7KB

Over the past six months, I’ve become increasingly interested in the topic of web sustainability. The carbon footprint of the Internet was not something I used to give much thought to, which is surprising considering my interest in environmental issues and the fact that my profession is web-based. The web in a warming world As a brief recap, I attended MozFest in London last year. In between sessions, I was scanning a noticeboard to see what was coming up, and I spotted a session entitled, “Building a Planet-Friendly Web.” I felt a little dumbstruck. What on Earth was this going to be about? I attended the session and the scales fell from my eyes. In what now seems obvious — but at the time was a revelation — I learned of the colossal energy demand of the Internet. This demand makes it the largest coal-fired machine on Earth, meaning that…

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Reflecting on five years at Basecamp

Back when I was a kid, they called this place 37signals. 👴👋👽This week I celebrated my fifth year around the sun at Basecamp. For a lot of people that’s probably not a big deal, but for me it kind of is — it’s by far the longest I’ve ever been at any one job (my previous record was ~3 years).That got me wondering — what’s so different this time around that made it stick? I eventually realized it basically came down to this:I’m happy at Basecamp because every day I’m in a position to ship the best work that I can.I admit that’s a rather generic statement, and pretty much every company in the world tries (or claims) to do the same. So what does Basecamp do that works so well for me?Now before we get into the specifics, let me just say that this post isn’t meant to be a humble brag of how amazing Basecamp is.…

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Frontend United keynote

Keynoted at Frontend United in The Netherlands about our work on Drupal’s web services APIs and our work toward a JavaScript-driven Drupal administration interface. Great event with lots of positive energy! © Christoph Breidert Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Frontend United keynote

Keynoted at Frontend United in The Netherlands about our work on Drupal’s web services APIs and our work toward a JavaScript-driven Drupal administration interface. Great event with lots of positive energy! © Christoph Breidert Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

Ship Map

Interactive maps can both be functional and, when combined with data, tell a good story. Kiln released this data-driven map (make sure to hit the play button) to show the routes of every cargo ship moving about on the high seas in 2012. Created by London-based data visualisation studio Kiln and the UCL Energy Institute How something like this is created can be mind-boggling. Kiln has a service called Flourish that helps with the lifting and we recently shared Observable, which has a similar aim. Sarah wrote up an entire tutorial on creating serverless data visualizations. Direct Link to Article — PermalinkThe post Ship Map appeared first on CSS-Tricks. Source: CssTricks

You Can’t Delegate Art

I spent some time yesterday at the YouTube offices in San Bruno where I was invited to share a few thoughts on “creative strategy” as it relates to video and growing a YT Channel. The crowd was nice to me. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination but I know how hard it is to create video day after day after day after day and the challenges of putting together a YouTube Channel with the intent on growth. This particular program targeted non-profits and other social impact organizations who are already strapped for resources, time being the most precious. Everyone in attendance was there because they believed that video could be a powerful mechanism for their organization’s growth. I agree with this assumption but what I wanted to communicate clearly and simply was that “doing YouTube” is a lot harder than it looks. Entering the Mothership. I…

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The State of Web Animation: Part 1

We’re now well into 2018 and I’m thinking it’s time for a check-in. A lot has happened in the world of the web in the last few years, so let’s review a bit: Responsive Design is now the norm. Clients know what User Experience Design is now and not only respect it but expect it on their projects. Concerns for Web Accessibility are growing. Internet Explorer is all but dead and browsers are in a state of constant improvement without being locked into one version or the other. Overall, I’d say things have really taken an amazing turn for the better (for developers anyway). Now that we’ve begun to cover the basics of the availability and understandability of our content and tools, what’s next? I like to think the next era can focus not on technology, but on how we can make the web feel more like our natural world. And don’t worry, I’m…

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Die, Sugar.

One of my biggest weaknesses is a love of sugar. I really like sweet things. But, I also know that it’s one of the things that I simply do not need in my life… or, at least, as much as I’d like to consume. Even natural sugars from fruit can be overdone; quite easily in fact. So, I’ve been working hard over the last few years to remove most sugar(s) from my diet. I have more energy and I am less prone to migraines. But, I’ve been a bit lax in the last few months (and lazy) with my consumption of sugar and I need to get things back on track. And, I’m starting today. I’m killing sugar from my diet. I don’t need it and the effects of not having it far outweigh the benefits. I’m publicly blogging this so that if I ever meet you out IRL or have…

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Running Hardware Hackathons

A while ago we ran the Pebble Rocks Boulder (PRB) hardware hackathon here in Boulder, Colorado. This was a 48 hour non-stop hackathon focused on the then freshly announced Pebble smart strap. Collectively the goal had been to bring together talented folks and technology in the hopes of generating a handful of clever ideas and projects. However after the dust settled, and the antics were over, what was created was far more than we had expected. We invited teams from around the nation to compete, but instead they ended up collaborating. Teams cannibalized a 3D printer farm, sprawled into one another’s spaces, stayed up late debugging each others problems. As organizers we had unexpectedly stumbled into a world that could, in truth, only survive for two full days. It was a taste of festival life but without the extremes. Along the way we picked up some tips and tricks for…

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Copywriting Q&A: Should You Worry About Competition from Other Copywriters?

When you’re out there hustling to find as many clients as you can, it’s natural to be aware of (and maybe intimidated by) your competition. But should you worry about it? Or is there a better way to expend that energy? Read on… Today’s question comes from Renee R., who asks, “I just joined a Facebook group for creative professionals because I thought it would be good for networking. The problem is, I’m constantly bombarded by posts from tons other copywriters talking about their successes and I’m starting to feel like a failure. If there are so many other copywriters out there, how can I possibly succeed?” Especially when you’re in a confined “space” like a Facebook group, competition can feel very daunting. But there are two things you need to keep in mind: First, competition is a good thing. If someone else can make a living at it, you…

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How we stopped making excuses and started improving Basecamp’s accessibility

In 2017 we made web accessibility a priority at Basecamp. It was long overdue.Over the past year, I made it a personal mission to make Basecamp 3 more accessible for people with disabilities. It’s something we’d been meaning to focus on for a while. But as with so many unfamiliar and seemingly immense tasks, it was just too easy to put off! Which is exactly what we did, for years.In the end, it took the mix of a personal search for meaning, the reward of learning something new, and a bit too much downtime to finally make some progress.Excuses had been easy to find. “Why spend time improving something that only a seemingly small subset of our customers would benefit from?” After all, we’ve always found it important to say no to feature requests that could bloat the product or be useful to only a slice of our customers.Making Basecamp accessible was…

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Marketing Automation: The 4 Secret Don’ts That Nobody Tells You

Marketing automation is one of the best ways for business owners to save money, time and sanity. Many business owners get derailed by trying to do too much, or by getting too involved with their marketing. By automating, they can set many of these repetitive tasks on autopilot, so they can put their creative energy Read more Source: https://adespresso.com/feed/

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Saying It Aloud

I’ve made the tough but important decision to kill a project just before it goes live. That project… sniff sniff… is George. I’ve been working on this ToDo List app actively since June / July of last year but it’s been part of my general psyche for many, many years. But, the reason that I’ve decided to kill the project is because I simply do not have the time, energy, and emotional bandwidth to release it to the wild and then support it actively to the community that deserves that support. And, if I’m to be completely honest, I’m just not that interested in working on it when I’m so heavily involved with building out projects in the bitcoin and blockchain space. I think I made the decision a while ago but it took a bit of time for my heart to catch up with my head. Like most projects, this one…

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5 Digital Detox Secrets to Empower Your Next Marketing Conference by @lisabuyer

Check out these five secrets to improve your focus, energy, and results at the next marketing conference you attend.The post 5 Digital Detox Secrets to Empower Your Next Marketing Conference by @lisabuyer appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

The Bigger Man

I spent some time mentoring a younger gentleman the other day and he’s in the middle of some tough professional choices. He’s a founder of a company that is having gasp … founder problems. We chatted for quite some time and one of the things that no business school could teach you is how to be the bigger man and walk away. And I know that it’s never “that simple” and there are a ton of (somewhat) legitimate reasons to “fight on” and ensure that everyone gets their fair treatment and outcome… … but my counsel to him was to consider the cost, especially as wasted resources of time, money, and energy, and emotion that would / will inevitably rob him and his next project. In other words, the time he would have to spend working through these seemingly-irreconcilable differences could be better spent recovering, reflecting, and then investing in…

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4 Books to Read for Inspiration and Insight

Every few months, I like to put together a list of books that I’ve read recently and that I think will help you in your pursuit of your copywriting and general life goals. With that said, here’s today’s list! Design the Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building a Meaningful Future by Ayse Birsel Recently, I took a solo weekend retreat to clear my head and come up with some new ideas and new possibilities. Often, I’ll bring along questions to ponder throughout the weekend. This time, instead, I brought along an entire book. Design the Life You Love was written by an industrial engineer and suggest using design thinking to deconstruct and then reconstruct your life. (Not to be confused with the other design thinking book, Design Your Life, which was also pretty good.) Through a series of exercises, Ayse Birsel coaches you to view aspects of your…

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