They’re all third world problems

The Shower Thoughts subreddit occasionally has some really funny observations and comments. I really enjoyed this one about third world problems:

Not everything people post there is funny but there are more than a few gems.

Image credit: Blue Marble – 2002 by the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, licensed CC BY 2.0

Mindsets Writing

Why Slack release notes are so much fun

Slack’s Anna Pickard published a great post on Medium with insights into entertaining Slack release notes, that I enjoyed reading.

If you love their quirky app release notes as much as I do, Pickard’s post is a treat. I love Slack’s response to the usual tendency to publish very boring and uninformative “Bug fixes and performance improvements” release notes:

Because why stick to that, when they could contain real value, useful information, and the opportunity to connect a little bit, human to human, with the people who use Slack the most.

Interestingly enough, Medium also makes an effort to write fun and engaging release notes so it’s appropriate that Pickard picked Medium to write about this. Thanks Anna!

Read “A little thing about release notes” in full on Medium. You can thank me later.

Entertainment Legal Mindsets

When lawyers don't take each other's demands seriously

The Lawyerist’s post titled 9 Epic Responses To Legal Threats is a must-read for lawyers and people who aren’t really fans of lawyers. My favourites are numbers 4 (Jack Daniels) and 9 (West Orange). Here is a taste of the West Orange reply:

Oh, and just to play along, had you intended for your letter to be taken seriously, even in some small measure, we would have sent in a response something along the following lines:

Non-lawyers tend to imagine that lawyers’ demand letters have some sort of powerful magic, enough to merit the label “Lawyer’s Letter” (you can actually hear the capitalisation when people talk about them). They can be scary when you receive them, especially because the vast majority are heavy handed and aggressive.

As a lawyer, it isn’t difficult to distinguish the letters that have some merit and the letters that are just the expression of a lawyer taking a chance with something. I often have the urge to reply to these letters in less formal language and the responses in this blog post are some of the best I’ve seen and are almost enough to persuade me to return to practice in my law firm just so I can deal with these sorts of demands again.


A man walks into a library

I heard a pretty funny joke yesterday and have to share it: