This week’s gifoff winner for the theme, “Cuuuuuuuuuuute”!
Remembering Robin Williams: We all suffered a great loss with the news of Robin William’s death. May he rest in peace and be remembered as someone who gave joy and laughter to the world, even when he was suffering.
Ultimate Pokemon Master: As part of a Hackathon in New York, two college students set up a live stream of their fish named Grayson playing Pokemon Red/Blue from a college dorm. The game was finished after 16 days with 36 million people watching.
Scott Pilgrim Saves…Music?: Michael Cera recently released an album and it’s actually good! We’re not sure if he saved music per se, however, some of us may or may not have listened to his album twice.
How much of your brain do you use: Are you left brained or right brained? Some of us use one or the other, while a study shows musicians use both sides of their brain more frequently than the average person. More of an excuse to pick up a guitar!
Who would you play at your birthday party?: Check out this list of what it would cost to bring celebrities to your birthday party. Keep in the back your mind the next time you throw an epic party for your birthday.
Have a great weekend, Y’all!
We’re turning 1 this month. And you’ve got to thanks the people who helped you along the way. Jim honed his skillz with Tumblr Support. These are my people. Thanks for blazing the trail, y’all!
Got some sweet treats from cynicalidealist of theyeomen today!
Happy 1 year anniversary, Yeomen — we certainly enjoyed celebrating with you over here.
This week’s Gifoff winner for the theme “Why Do You Go Away?”
Around the water cooler:
1. Organization is key: If you’re needing to find a way to organize all your folders, documents and everything else (your life) in Google drive, read this handy guide to help you out and make your life a little bit easier.
2. Welcome to Wally-World: VCU announced this week that they are building a 4,100 square foot Walmart on the campus scheduling to open this fall. Smart move or a low blow for small businesses around the VCU campus?
3. Change your passwords: Word out on the street is that 1.2 Billion username/password combos stolen by Russian syndicate from hundreds of popular sites. Make sure you change your passwords to stay alert, and now *is* the time to start using a password manager with randomly generated passwords!
4. Monkey Business: David Slate is in a copyright battle with Wikimedia over who has the rights to the “monkey selfie” of the black macaque he has taken but Wikimedia argues that the picture does not belong to him since technically the monkey took the picture.
5: I’m so RVA: We’ll leave you with this cute video about the wonderful city of Richmond, Virginia.
Everyone have a great weekend!
This week’s Gifoff winner for the theme “Worst Fear”:
Around the Cooler…
1. Collaborative Writing Tools: Check out this cool article about different collaborative writing tools that make writing a lot more easier and keeping up with those tons of drafts floating around our inboxes.
2. 1Password: Our favorite password keeper, 1Password, is adding a browser button and touch-unlock integration to iOS8. Making our lives that much easier.
3. Have you heard of Jenny Lewis?: She’s awesome, you should check out her music, and also watch her performance from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Some great feel good music to listen to this upcoming weekend!
4. Virginia *is* for Lovers: This week, a fourth circuit court struck down on Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. The Yeomen is happy to see our home state take a step towards true equality.
5. Democracy Needs an Upgrade: Mayday is kickstarting a fund to get rid of the influence of money in politics by “using the power of citizen-funded big money to fight the big money of crony capitalists and special interests on both the left and the right.” Would you donate?
Have a great weekend!
The winner of this week’s Gifoff themed “The Great Beyond”!
Around the Water Cooler…
1. The Golden Circle: Check out one of our favorite Ted Talks. A great video about how to find out the secret of “why”…and how that “why” creates the “buy” in marketing. We at The Yeomen have been taking some time out of our week to reflect on our Whys and how we can use them to make this a better company.
2. Thirteen Things You Need To Know About The Human Mission To Mars: The Netherlands plans to build a human settlement on Mars by 2024. The explorers may not be able to return to Earth. Would you go?
3. “What would compel you to buy a “smartwatch?” We debated in Slack about the pros and cons of smart watches and similar devices, like the FitBit. Apple recently received a patent from the USPTO for a smartwatch and there are devices similar such as Tinke, which tracks your fitness levels.
4. Ingress!: It’s the high tech “Capture the Flag” game that’s got us hooked. Marc explains: “Ingress is high-tech capture the flag using a gaming engine on top of Google Maps. Two global teams (known as factions) try to capture flags (known as portals), which tend to be located around sculptures, fountains, churches, places of business, etc. They then try to link portals together to “control” large swaths of territory. The more real life people who live in captured territory, the more “mind units” a faction controls. Whichever faction currently controls the most mind units is currently winning Ingress.”
Which side are you on, The Resistance or The Enlightened?
5. Much weather, very rain: Meet Dog Weather.
Have a great weekend!
We’re starting our second wave of hiring! The Yeomen is looking for full and part time community support folks to help our new clients. We’re also looking for French/English and German/English support folks to help expand our existing team. You’ll find details on our jobs page.
This week, The Yeomen would like to welcome Marc LaFountain as our new Director of Operations. As Vice President of Support for Tumblr, Marc managed a team of 30 people, providing 24/7 multilingual Support and Trust & Safety services to Tumblr’s millions of users. He is looking forward to rekindling some of those relationships, “I’m excited to join the The Yeomen because it allows me to work with Jim and so many other great people I know from my Tumblr days.”
"Marc was my mentor at Tumblr,” said Jim Coe, The Yeomen’s Founder. “He taught me to embrace my passion to be more effective and efficient in my work with the Tumblr community. As the user base grew, Marc encouraged the support team to identify new or potential challenges to our work, and then he gave us the space to find solutions. It was an amazing experience."
Marc will oversee operations from Morges, Switzerland, where he lives with his wife and their two crazy cats. His arrival comes at a pivotal time, as The Yeomen, now only eight months old, prepares to expand their team into Europe and Asia.