Amazon downtime tweets are gold

Amazon prime video servers experienced some downtime tonight, and as expected, the masses emerged from the woodwork to discuss it with the utmost maturity … on Twitter. Here are some stand-out reactions:

The nipple clamps guy:

Unscheduled down time? That’s onpossible:

Can’t live with out it, apparently:

Guerrilla marketing?

This is a very good question:

My money’s on a Drone Army:

And finally … yes, that’s exactly what happened:

My WordCamp Europe 2015 talk is on WordPress TV

Here’s the talk description:

Once you’ve installed WordPress, what now? For new users, that’s just one of a multitude of inevitable questions. What’s a post? A page? A theme? Where should I start first? In a short attention-span world, first impressions are everything, and WordPress is making it harder than it needs to be for new users.

There’s a case to be made for helping to guide users through the process of post-install set up. In fact, there’s user testing data that makes the case for us.

The goal of this talk is to examine that test data – taken against existing and potential wp-admin flows – and form conclusions about how WordPress can get out of its own way to improve the new user experience. We’ll talk about solutions that exist in the community right now, and opportunities to get involved in reshaping WordPress’ first impressions.

A prudent response from Mike Rowe on not following your passion

I was inspired this past weekend reading a prudent viewer response from Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe about a comment he made in recent video special suggesting that you shouldn’t follow your passions.

It’s not often these days that we get such a thorough, measured response to a viewer from a famous person and I applaud Mr. Rowe for taking the time to do it, it’s absolutely worth the read.

The part that really struck me was this:

Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it. And just because you’re determined to improve doesn’t mean that you will. Does that mean you shouldn’t pursue a thing you’re passionate about?” Of course not. The question is, for how long, and to what end?

You can find the full text of Mike Rowe’s response here: