Author: parisvega

  • People pay for dopamine.

    There are dopamine makers and takers. Entertainers are dopamine makers. Bad teachers are dopamine takers. Entertainers, artists, athletes create our culture. We pay them for it.

  • Starting a Digital Marketing Department at a Web Design Agency

    Starting a Digital Marketing Department at a Web Design Agency

    In January 2020, I joined The Nine, a website design and development company, to start a digital marketing department as their Marketing Director. Their existing web design clients started asking for help with digital marketing services like Lead Generation, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Ecommerce Marketing, Content Marketing, and Social Media Marketing. Without anyone on The Nine’s team…

  • 2: Josh Pigford, Founder of Baremetrics, a powerful subscription analytics software for SaaS companies

    2: Josh Pigford, Founder of Baremetrics, a powerful subscription analytics software for SaaS companies

    Our guest today is Josh Pigford, the founder of Baremetrics. His company has grown steadily every year since launching in 2013, and currently generates $1.4 million/year in recurring revenue. Baremetrics customers are made up of over 800 SaaS and subscription businesses that rely on the metrics, dunning, and engagement tools built by Josh and his…

  • 1: How Chase Bowers got 1,000+ new customers without spending a dime.

    1: How Chase Bowers got 1,000+ new customers without spending a dime.

    I recently interviewed Chase Bowers on the first episode of the First Customers podcast. Chase is the Founder of Dropified, the 2019 Inc 5000’s fastest growing company in Alabama and #55 in the USA. Dropified is a platform for managing and automating a drop shipping business. It has a 3-Year growth rate of 4,971% with 5.1 Million…

  • Winnie Woods and The Ocean’s Soul

    In her final years my Grandmother, Winnie Woods, told me that she remembered reading something in the Bible about the ocean having a soul, but now she couldn’t find it. Repeatedly she told me this. She thought it was possibly in Psalms. Throughout her life she spent her active days in the garden, reading the…

  • Asteroid Mining Self Replicating Robots

    Asteroid Mining Self Replicating Robots

    What if we made an asteroid mining ship/robot that “hauls” the mined materials by using them to build onto itself, or replicating?

  • Permaculture.

    All humans need these three things: Clean air, clean water, and clean food. Everybody wants them. Everybody needs them. Sadly, the concept of a clean “environment” has become politicized and saturated with unnecessary baggage. After a few years of learning and experimenting on my own land, this is the beginning of documenting my exploration into…

  • Explaining Pi

    One day my wife and I noticed our boy, 6 at the time, repeating something to himself while holding a dollar bill. Suddenly, he says, “I got it!” He then quoted back to us the serial number from the dollar bill without looking. That’s a random 10 digit number that muh boy decided to memorize without any instruction from us.…

  • May your art never die.

    May your art never die.

    The Xbox cable brushes against the guitar strings. They mutter a cautious chirp from behind the TV. Frightened, the guitar blasts me with guilt and musical memories. Dazed I stagger back. Hesitant. A deep ache rises from a forgotten place. Sorcery! That old stringed box works strong magic against my soul, begging to be heard…

  • Idea: Pay-as-you-leave shopping experience

    Idea Summary:– swipe card or facial recognition connected to your account as you enter store– put stuff in cart and leave store, items detected by RFID or similar tech– your account is charged with no cashier human interaction needed 🙁 (At the time when I wrote this, these kinds of stores didn’t exist. Amazon came…

  • Floating Simple Robots: Sketch Meditation Day 3 (WIP)

    That feeling when you walk into a room full of floating robots…

  • Sketch Meditation Day 1 (WIP)

    Starting a new sketching habit each day of whatever shapes or imagery feels good to my brain at the moment. This started while drawing with my kids at the kitchen table. I started feeling such a high from drawing simple things with them, that I’ve decided to try and make it a daily habit. Might…

  • Idea: Child Car Monitor

    Product Inspired by the Cooper Harris accident. Features Always on solar powered camera wifi connected camera view in mobile/web app motion & sound sensors other life signs sensors? (co2) alert when life signs detected after moving set distance from sensors installs easily onto a closed window   Related products: http://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Solar-or-Battery-Powered-HD-Wildlife_911246942.html?s=p

  • Idea: Data Visualizations from text documents

    Product / Service: Infobot Concept: Data Visualizations from text documents Create data visualizations from idea documents, or any text documents, by using some kind of smart word association / context detector to automatically detect what different chunks are about. Come up with a simple syntax/format that a user could follow while writing that would result…

  • The easiest way to start buying, selling, and mining Bitcoin

    Despite all the negative news around bitcoin, I believe cryptocurrencies are the future. Bitcoin may not be the one to take off, but one of them will eventually. Here’s how I started earning bitcoins. Create a Wallet: I setup a digital “wallet” with Coinbase where you can save the bitcoins you’ve mined, or just buy and sell bitcoins directly…

  • Everyone is Changing Everything

    “You’re not just anyone. One day, you’re gonna have to make a choice. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, is gonna change the world.” – Jonathan Kent to young Clark Kent in Man of Steel Inspired by this…

  • Alabama kids

    Chasing fireflies through the summer night Listening to the crickets lullaby Laying on the roof of mommas car Searching for one more shooting star Running through the rain of a thunderstorm Hiding from girls in our pillow fort Shooting potato guns into the trees Swimming in a flooded Creek Sliding in the mud with bare…

  • Dealing with my brother’s murder: Love like it’s your last.

    In December of 2011, a homeless guy killed my brother.  My oldest brother, Jeff, one of my heroes, was murdered. The moment I heard the news all I could say was, “No.” My whole being rejected what I was just told. Denial. From the floor in my bedroom I tried to explain to my 3-year-old…

  • Idea: Landfill Mining

    How to get into the market? This article mentions the need for software to simulate what a landfill may contain. Build that software How to measure/estimate the potential profitability of a landfill: Triangulation? Drill 3 deep holes around the perimeter of the landfill Install sensors to detect specific materials Triangulate the position of certain materials/objects Ground…

  • Quick Tip: LESS Mixins for Pure CSS Pinterest / Masonry style grid layout

    Pinterest popularized the masonry grid style layout. Here’s a simple solution for a masonry layout built with pure CSS3, and no javascript or floats. [css] // Parent Element, or Container .grid (@columns: 3, @gap: 10px, @width: 100%) { -moz-column-count: @columns; -moz-column-gap: @gap; -webkit-column-count: @columns; -webkit-column-gap: @gap; column-count: @columns; column-gap: @gap; width: @width; } // Child Element, or…