Waterman’s Fortnightly is a new thing I’m doing every, er, fortnight or so. It’s a newsletter covering interesting things, with a slight slant towards digital content and community stuff.
This is a glimpse of the fourth one – if you find it interesting you might want to sign up for future dispatches.
- Has any work software ever received as much glowing coverage as Slack? You can barely open a browser without encountering an article claiming how it’s set to change workplace culture forever…
- …depending on your workplace. The majority of office workers are more likely to identify with the story of the US government employee who worked from the bathroom in order to bypass his employer’s IT security measures.
- Slack is supposed to be so compulsive that users are reluctant to leave the office. And while we’re all addicted to web-enabled devices these days, this dispatch from 1982 illustrates computers’ ability to transfix us before you could even do much with them.
- If smug Slackers’ screenshots are the summit of #LoveMyJob self-satisfaction, what’s the opposite? Toshers are certainly contenders for Quite Likely The Worst Job Ever, having made their living sifting through raw sewage in 19th century London. Pure-finders run them close, though.
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The self-castrated hatmaker who killed the guy who killed Abraham Lincoln; why the FBI investigated The Kingsmen and their hit ‘Louie Louie’; what became of the children who survived the Holocaust; and more at Non-Fiction Addiction.
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Links for online content and marketing folk. Skip ahead to Phew glad that bit’s over if that sentence makes you spit chips.
- New to me is Wappalyzer, which is a browser plugin that allows you to see what software websites are using.
- Online design tool Canva has introduced free infographic templates.
- How Facebook’s visual identity was refined – by one of the guys who did it.
- How did the hamburger icon become ubiquitous?
Phew, glad that bit’s over
- Standard Resume is trying to remove design decision-making from CV creation.
- Highbrow runs short, free email courses – I’ve just signed up to Prominent Artists of Modern Art.
- I found Highbrow in this Product Hunt list of useful email newsletters.