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Archive for November, 2018

The Return of Northern Exposure

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

I donated a few bucks years ago to More Northern Exposure Now!, a campaign by Darren Burrows (Ed from the show Northern Exposure) to bring the show back. He’s been diligently at the task, sending out an email to supporters during those years keeping us all up to date on what’s been going on. He’s written creative, taken meetings all over the world, gotten other cast members to sign on…

We are currently working with a major streaming partner to get a “green light” for the production of a new season, ten episodes, featuring the original surviving cast members and a host of very interesting new characters.

But then all the sudden, turns out the show is getting rebooted from an entirely different direction.

CBS is developing a reboot of its 1990s dramedy Northern Exposure, with series star Rob Morrow and creators Joshua Brand and John Falsey attached.

I can’t tell if Darren is 100% stoked or disappointed that he’s not more involved. I’m not sure how I feel either, but it sounds like there is a ton of original player involvement and that seems like a good move. I’m hoping I love it. There have been so many reboots that I long awaited and then just didn’t care about. Futurama and Twin Peaks are among my favorite shows of all time, but for whatever reason, didn’t even get around to watching the reboots. 🤔

Bad Ideas

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Here’s one:

I don’t remember taking that photo or creating any of those materials, but I remember working on the idea.

I was working at a job where I worked from 6 PM – 6 AM three days a week. The absolute night shift. To stay somewhat sane, I switched my sleeping schedule entirely, during those 4 days I had off as well. So I was awake throughout the night all the time. I didn’t want it to feel weird though, I wanted to live a normal life. I wanted to grocery shop at 2 AM like someone else with a normal sleeping schedule grocery shopping at 2 PM.

In order to normalize that life, I need to know about all the businesses that were open hours that would accommodate it. So I figured I’d collect that information and make a website based around it. Somehow, I thought that businesses might want to pay me to be prominently listed on it.
So I asked them to pay me, apparently. As best as I can remember, none ever did.

I had no research to show that there was any need for this, from the people side or the business side. I had no special way of gathering information about when businesses were open, other than just driving by and writing it down or looking it up somewhere on the internet. All I had was a medium amount of hustle and the ability to make a website. I don’t think we need incredible world-changing ideas to be successful, mediocre ideas will do, but this was just a bad one.

CrossFit and Shoulders

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine:

A portion (30.5%) of the participants surveyed reported experiencing an injury over the previous 12 months because of their participation in CrossFit training. Injuries to the shoulders (39%), back (36%), knees (15%), elbows (12%), and wrists (11%) were most common for both male and female participants. The greatest number of injuries occurred among those who participated in CrossFit training 3 to 5 days per week (χ2 = 12.51; P = .0019).

That’s me. Fairly heavy CrossFit for a few years there and ended up with a shoulder injury that took over a year to come back from 80% or so. I’ve never been happier with my fitness than when I was really into CrossFit, but let it drop when I moved to Oregon as it was too hard to start over culturally at a new box. I do some new thing now and I like it OK but it’s not the same. And I’m still afraid of CrossFit because I can’t risk getting hurt again (mixed with a little anxiety over not being able to hack it anymore, even thought that’s dumb because boxes are generally very welcoming of all fitness levels.)

Kids and Career

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

I know a guy who says that his family is both his #1 motivation and source of strength in both life and business. And that his family is his #1 limitation. It’s a fair thing to say I think. Even if you are super dedicated to your business, your hours are much more limited when you have a partner and young children. I’m living it now. It’s not that I’m not productive, it’s just not the same as when I was alone and I spent every waking second on my career.

This thread from Eric Bahn was quite frank about all this:

He says he’s fat, tired, spending 80k a year for family care, operating at 60%, and his wife has it even harder and it strains their marriage. Yeesh, dude. But of course the obligatory family brings great joy in other ways.

My wife and I only have one baby, and we also have a nanny, and it’s very hard, but I feel like it isn’t nearly as bleak as Eric paints it (for us). Little Ruby is amazing. I love that little stinker. At my age (38) I feel like I’m working all the hours I can before my brain melts anyway so my work hours don’t feel slaughtered unless something like travel starts getting out of control.

I found it funny for a VC like Eric to be this frank. It’s refreshing, but it feels like it’s just shy of total honesty. He was asked Does it make you more or less likely to fund Parent/Founders? I’ve never met Eric and have no idea what he’s like, but I feel like… how can it not? The whole fund is about hustling. The picture that was painted is a tired ass dad with red eyes working 20 hours a week huffing and puffing up the stairs. That guy comes into a VC meeting that funds hustlers and has the same chances as some bounding-with-energy kid? Nah.