What I'm reading, downloading, watching, or loving this week:
This isn't new, but for some reason I forget about it until I don't and then I remember why I love it so much. TaskRabbit is the Uber of anything you need to get done. Literally. Case in point:
Earlier this week I had an appointment with a professional "art installer" to hang a series of Matt W Moore prints. The appointment was scheduled a week and a half in advance to accommodate his schedule, and I confirmed the appointment the day prior. The scheduled appointment time came and went. No text, no call. I finally checked my email, and discovered that he had emailed me to say that he woke up with the flu. (Why didn't he call?) You can't fault someone for being sick, but he never followed up to reschedule. HUMPH! Enter Task Rabbit. With only two days advance notice, I scheduled an appointment with Beth who listed professional archival framing experience on her TR dossier. (Score!) Beth asked ALL the right questions leading up to the appointment, showed up on time, and hung all eight frames in perfect formation like a BOSS in under an hour. Grand total? $37.62 plus a cash tip. A 73% savings over the other installer. And now I want to hire Beth to run my life.
A few tips:
- Make sure that you agree on the task completion time during the initial chat. It's the Tasker's responsibility to provide you with an accurate estimate; it's part of how they are rated.
- Do not agree to any other payment arrangement than through the TaskRabbit app. (Tip is up to you, you can add it to the TaskRabbit order completion, but I like to give in cash.) You might want to state upfront in your chat that you adhere to all TaskRabbit rules and will not pay outside of the TaskRabbit application.
Philips Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation
This is another sleeper hit*. I've owned the Philips Wake-Up Light for well over a year, but have only come to appreciate it within the last month. Not sure what changed for me, but now I can't waking up without it. Each morning at 4:30am (Yes. If you want to learn more, comment below.) I wake up to a half-lit room and the sounds of birds chirping. Thirty minutes before my wake time, the Wake-Up Light begins gradually increasing in brightness until the pre-selected light intensity is achieved and the selected music or sound begins to play. Sometimes I wake up when the light starts to come on, sometimes I wait until the birds start to sing. Sounds pleasant, right? I've seen the most success by placing it across the room. The alarm is infinitely programmable, but it takes a while to get used to the selection menu. I imagine that is the source of most users' frustration.
* (Insert pleased-with-my-pun Emoji face.)
Before you get all bent of out shape (WTF? Heinz Ketchup?) practice some radical open-mindedness with me.
The condiment of the week is this New Yorker piece that Malcolm Gladwell wrote about ketchup in 2004.
I think about this article constantly. I think about how much I love Gladwell's work and how Heinz ketchup is a metaphor. Read on and you'll see what I mean.
Is there a condiment you love that should be Condiment of the Week? Leave a comment below!
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