1. Shared Working Space When Traveling
We've used Regus shared working spaces very well on the GiveGetWin Tour, and they've been terrific to us. In particular, the Manhattan Regus at 411 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003 was terrific; Jacqueline there is great.
It's really useful. The most useful Regus locations for me have been in Shibuya in Tokyo (only place I found to get great WiFi and power outlets in that area), in China World in Beijing (the most beautiful location I've been... astounding), and the Lafayette Street Regus I mentioned above. If you're working with a small team and traveling, it's a godsend.
2. Amtrak USA Rail Pass
I'm never taking a bus or car for long distances in the USA ever again.
It's $459 for 15 days, $689 for 30 days, and $899 for 45 days. There's rules around "segments" but if you plan it well, you get effectively unlimited travel around the US Rail Lines, which get you at least pretty close to every major region of the U.S. (You might need to take a bus or rent a car to close the last distances.)
I love working in the dining car or observation car while the train rolls along; I get more work done than I would being stationary due to the general expansive ambiance and scenery. I typically get far less work done when flying or driving than when stationary, so I just can't say enough about the Rail Pass. If you're covering long distances in the US and time isn't an issue, it's an incredible value for the money and a good productivity boost.
3. Exposure.co to share photos and videos.
A great way to get photos and videos up, share memories, and document adventures.
It's terrific. Kai pointed this out to me. It's really good, and more importantly, really fast.
I've mentioned Strikingly before; it's excellent. They've improved the UI/UX and it's easier than ever to put a great looking single page site... saves a lot of time if you're doing something quickly.
If you want a more interesting resume (I've gotten asked this by students a lot lately), I recommend their new integration with LinkedIn which is just outstanding.
As a sidenote, if you geek out on UI/UX/tech/productivity/whatever and have any thoughts for Strikingly or want to get in touch with them, drop me a line -- their CEO, David Haisha Chen, is extremely responsive and cares what people think. I've visited their offices and their whole team is smart, if you're doing anything where it makes sense to talk to them (or you're looking for a brilliant startup for media coverage or whatever), let me know and I'll put you in touch.
5. If you're at Georgetown, UFlorida Gainesville, or UIF Miami, get in touch.
They're all coming up rapidly on the GiveGetWin Tour, which concludes after this week. Send a message if you'd like to be involved.
6. The Gateless Interview Series is out.
Last but not least, a while ago Kai and I released 11 interviews on the topic of effectiveness to promote Gateless.
They're free for people who buy the book, but I know many people here bought it and haven't updated their Kindle copy yet. (The new version should automatically have a link.) We also welcome you sharing this interview with people who haven't bought the book.
There's interviews with Jason Shen, Jay Bobzin, Laura Coe, Michael Roderick, Nick Gray, Nick Winter, Spencer Greenberg, Stepan Parunashvili, Taylor Pearson, Ted Gonder, and Tynan Bertuccioni.
If you miss my writing here, you'd definitely get a kick out of these interviews -- they're really.
That's all for now! Let me know if any of these are particularly useful to you, regards,
Sebastian, any writing coming up soon?
I remember you saying you had several big pieces on the editing phase a couple of months ago.
Really curious to hear more about the trains. I took a recent trip to Vancouver and had to choose between taking the Amtrak and taking a plane. I found that the train cost $30 cheaper (not for the sleeper seats), and I had to pay for meals. So, how comfortable is sleeping on a train (is it similar size seats to planes?) and how's the food?
I used to be very much into trains (been on some in Asia), but I'm thinking that if I want to do slow travel in the US, I should go with a car to be able to actually see the US instead of just the scenery.
EDIT: I've got enough early reviewers, thanks!
I'm 50,000 words in, but I suspect I'll need to cut/re-write about half of them in addition to writing another 20k or 30k to get the core stuff complete. Whoever signs up for this, you're signing up for going through some very rough stuff.
Why do it? You'll get max-honest writing (I tend to remove things that could be misconstrued or arguments that the emotional impact would outstrip the benefits to thinking for final versions; you'd get to see the raw stuff), you'll be able to shape a work that thousands of people are going to read, and we'll be in touch to swap ideas/thoughts.
I don't need any proofreading or grammar yet -- the questions are very high level / structural / what's clear and what isn't / what's persuasive and what isn't. So it's not painstaking editing so much as noting when things are clear and when they're not.
Email is: sebastian at sebastianmarshall.com
I don't walk much anymore. I run. If you were to follow me around all week, you'd probably interpret the rush to mean that I'm the most tardy person on planet earth. But that's not why I run, except today when I almost missed my flight.
I run because it's better than walking. I didn't stop to think about this until recently, but once I did I became fairly well convinced that walking is a waste of time unless I'm intentionally strolling around in the park or something. So now whether I'm on my way to a restaurant or going from the bus station to my RV, I run.
It's great exercise. Most distances I run tend to be between half-a-mile and a mile-and-a-half, which is a nice manageable sprinting distance. Walking such a distance wouldn't get my heart rate up, but flying down the streets, up and down hills and stairs is a good workout. If I have a few runs in a day, my legs will even be a bit sore the next day, whereas they wouldn't have been if I was just walking.