Who Makes The Best Bartenders?


The best bartenders are always nice people; but nice people don’t always make the best bartenders

-Mark Twain, Hartford, CT 1873

Bartending is a tremendous gig to make some cash on the side jawn. In fact, it is a quite noble career path.

There are downsides just as there are with any job. Your paycheck fluctuates like Teri Hatcher’s hotness. Some days you find yourself saying “damn, Teri Hatcher may be my White Buffalo” and other days you find yourself feeling really bad about warming up to her scene in that movie clip on YouTube. You deal with almost exclusively drunk people. And of course, you work in a booze amusement park but can’t get on any of the fun ridesThere are long/odd hours, but that goes for any job. Cleaning up after a Saturday night crowd during March Madness also blows, but I’d rather do that then commute home on the Metro North every flipping day.

If you can get past that, you can be a bartender. It isn’t easy work to get these days because bars only want experienced hands pouring their ales, but if you can find a dive or two that is looking for someone lie to them and tell them you worked at a bar in college.

They will be happy to have someone behind the bar who has never been told, “You get one phone call.” And you will be happy to work there and collect some cash and some experience behind the bar.

If that doesn’t work, you can bust your ass as a busboy for a few months and still make decent cash before eventually finding a spot working the taps.

The beautiful thing about bartending is your pay will always be a reflection of your performance. If you are a good bartender, people will reward you. If you are a bad one, your jar is going to wanting.

What does it take to put on a good performance behind a bar?

The most important trait of a good bartender is kindness. If you are nice to your clients they will reward you by paying you money and what’s just as good is that they will be genuinely thankful to you for seeing them through the night.

All you need to do is listen to a few stories, pour a pint of beer and three fingers of liquor, and be prepared for Ryan the Regular who’s drunk habit this month is putting on a Ben Folds Five album on loop at 2 AM.

You’ll totally dig this band, I’m telling you. If you like rock and piano you will love this band!

This is not to downplay the importance of mixology, but is so much more important to be smily and nice than it is to make a killer Pink Rabbit. There are thousands of mixologists out there today who can work the Friday night crowd in SoHo, but there are very few who can kill the Thursday night shuffle at a dump on Sunrise Highway.

DISCLAIMER: If you are a hot girl, you don’t need to worry about this stuff. Just keep doing what you’re doing.


See What Startup Is Attempting To Change The Mattress Game

The mattress industry these days is what it is. You know you’re going to overpay, it only depends what for. The memory foam, a remote control attached to your bed, or a waterbed. The mattress game is in need of revamping, and a startup called Casper aims to do just that.

In a quote from CEO Philip Krim:

The industry is bloated with sales commissions, excess SKU creation, and retail rip-offs. You can’t choose the right bed by lying down in a crowded showroom with a salesperson hovering overhead.

Casper will sell one mattress model available in six different sizes, with latex foam and memory foam that contour to the body while remaining cool and bouncy to the touch. But the main draw to the business model is the packaging and shipping of the mattress. Empowered by a German compression machine, the mattresses are packed tightly into a box that can fit in the trunk of a car, making life much easier for folks.



7 Ways To Help Spark Creativity When You’re Not Feeling Creative

I consider myself extremely lucky. I get to lead a work life where I constantly get to be creative. In most cases, my creativity is my paycheck. Directly. We come up with products and services, get them built and hopefully – somehow, someway – find some customers. Thanks to those customers my kids get to eat, we have cloths and shelter. All’s good.

With this constant dependency on creativity, it’s burdensome when I run out of ideas. When I get into these slumps I have a list of things that I try in order to get back on track. These are the progressions I go through – like a quarterback going through his options to make a big play downfield.

This list is personal for me, but it may be helpful for others who are stuck in temporary creative hell.

1. Change my physical venue
This is usually my first option. When I come out of the huddle of the quarterback of my creativity, this is my primary receiver. When I sit in the office all day in a creativity rut, I grab my laptop or a pad of paper and head for the hills – the hills can be my local coffeshop or a park or anywhere else. A change of venue tricks brain into thinking differently.

2. Swap my tool set
This one has been huge for me as of late. I used to think it was a personal flaw that I use so many damn tools to get things done.

I wanted to be the guy that has a single discplined way of doing stuff. Structure. There are some folks that are ALL digital and they have everything perfectly organized in tools like Evernote and Onenote.

I wanted to be one of those guys.

But that’s not who I am. I’m scattered. I have short attention spam. I need things to feel new.

I have dozens of notebooks and I download countless apps all the time out of curiosity and boredom. I take notes sometimes or write directly into evernote, onenote, IA Writer, MSFT word – sometimes even into txt files. And you know what? That’s OK. Actively changing up my toolset is a great way to get my creative juices flowing differently.

3. Play with my kids
When I put everything down and just loose myself in outdoor play with kids, I come back stronger than ever. Kids are the most creative beings on earth. Getting back to their way of navigating the world is a great way to clear out all the bullshit adult guck and build up the grows in my brain.

4. Draw Something
This is very similar to my #3. As adults we do so much self editing. It takes us longer to do things and we take less chances because we think of how we’ll look and we overstate actual consequences.

Drawing is a great way for me to get my brain to stop editing. No erasing, no trying to make things look good, just draw and see where it takes you.

5. The treadmill
Excercise is any easy one for most people. Unfortunatrely, I’m not the most natural gym rat. But when I do grab some headphones, fire up some music and hit the treadmill I am so much better for it.

6. Instrumentals
I am a huge hip hop fan. But I find it hard to work and be creative while listening to it. To this day, one of the longest creative and project grinds that I’ve endured was my college thesis. During that time, I leaned heavily on jazz music. There were two songs that I specifically had on repeat that I still go to when I need a shot of creativity - Naima by John Coltrane and Maiden Voyage by Herbie Hancock.


Over the years I have built up a pretty strong digital jazz collection, I have also ventured into music by artists like Bonobo, RJD2 and Tycho. I find that lyrics stunt my thought as I go down the path of listening to the lyrics and wondering what the artist is trying to convey. With instrumentals, it says a mood and my brain just kind of wanders from there. They mood that the music sets is a great paremeter and creativity needs some boundries so it works well for me.

7. Visit my barber
I feel like the most dangerous man in the world when I’m fresh out of the barber’s chair. I went from getting my haircut a couple times a month to a couple times a week because of this. There’s something about just being fresh and clean that clears mind and allows me to get back to my creative grind.

Welcome To The McHustle


Place yourself outside Yankee Stadium on an April afternoon, about an hour before first pitch. At the corner of 161st and River Avenue in the Bronx sits a McDonald’s with a nice outdoor patio, situated slightly higher than street level, offering a perfect vantage point to witness all the happenings of an of an open-air urban market. In a sense, the Golden Arches serve as a symbol for this bustling corner, that on game days can serve as an accurate representation of those chasing what’s left of the American dream.

As fans trickle in from the subway station, leave their Jersey-plated Benz’s at the garage, or hop at of a cab, they are greeted time and time over with the opportunity to spend money. And to spend it the right way.

Inside the stadium you may find yourself explaining to your son that the chicken and waffles (out of this world) he just scarfed down cost him sleepaway camp, but outside the stadium, on the corner of 161st and River, the playing field is level, and everyone is trying to make it, just like you.

Ticket scalpers jockey for corner positions to buy and sell tickets. Grown men, fathers probably, laugh and argue, spat over the precious spot on the corner that catches the most passers by. One could only guess as to the nature of a dispute that begins between two of them, perhaps he snaked his buddy, or spoke to a pedestrian on the other guy’s turf. But the argument ended quickly when a young boy (the runner) ran up to one and called him over to the boss. Then it was back to business, because the game starts in 45 minutes.

“Who needs tickets? Who needs?…Tickets, who needs tickets?”

“Who’s selling tickets…anybody selling?”

Their voices barely heard over the hot dog cart screaming “dollar waters, waters for a dollar,” competing with the overpriced beverages a few hundred yards east. Meanwhile, next to him an older vendor explains to a teenager the layouts of their Yankees merchandise based on size and price.

I sit with my phone in my pocket at a table at the patio and lament not only the interchanges I had just witnessed but also the ones I hadn’t. I though to myself the exponential volume of transactions happening within this one intersection. The true meaning of hustle. Not the guy at the pool hall scamming you on the game two double or nothing. The guy making you a deal for you to buy an extra t-shirt so he can pay the electricity bill.

Welcome to Morning Donuts, a hustle manual for entrepreneurs from every walk of life. Check your MBA at the door please.


Paint By Numbers: FiveThirtyEight Releases A Statistical Analysis of Bob Ross’ Paintings


“The majority of people who watch Bob Ross have no interest in painting,” she said. “Mostly it’s his calming voice.”

In sports we are in the midst of a statistical coup d’etat. Baseball’s statistical revolution is a powerful train and now sports like hockey, soccer, and basketball are undergoing similar overhauls.

The word algorithm is now a buzzword and Nate Silver is on his way to ruling the world. That tired cliche that nerds would flail at a victorious bully walking away with his lunch money is now a tested rally cry, “You’re going to be working for me some day.”

If you needed a sign that nothing is safe from a statistical breakdown anymore, look no further than FiveThirtyEight’s statistical breakdown of The Joy of Painting hosted by the ultra-serene Bob Ross.

The post-mortem breakdown seemed to be more of a passion project than anything for writer Walt Hickey, but is the only place where an answer to the age old question, What is the probability, given that Ross painted a happy tree, that he then painted a friend for that tree?

The Entertainment at Let’s Get Social 2014 was Amazing

At the Social Media Marketing World conference this year Mary McCoy from Continuum Marketing Services sang a song about the ills of social media. The entertainment break was a warm up for a keynote by social media strategist Jay Baer.

Cutting to the chase, Mary put herself out there. Is it slightly hard to watch? Yes. But Mary put herself out there and I love her for it.

(h/t Jim for texting me this link)

This Story About Two American Spies Who Envisioned A Hippopotamus Driven Economy Is The Best


It is Wednesday, which means we are half-way to all the margarita-induced spins one can ask for. Spend your hump day researching the hell out of this ridiculous story and maybe even shuffling your Internet feet over to Amazon and copping a piece of American Hippopotamus by Jon Mooallem.

It is the true story of two American spies/politicos who teamed up to try to bring over thousands of hippos from Africa to boost the economy.

American Hippopotamus

by Jon Mooallem

In 1910, the United States—its population exploding, its frontier all but exhausted—was in the throes of a serious meat shortage. But a small and industrious group of thinkers stepped forward with an answer, a bold idea being endorsed by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and The New York Times. Their plan: to import hippopotamuses to the swamps of Louisiana and convince Americans to eat them.

The only thing stranger than the hippo idea itself was the partnership promoting it. At its center were two hard-bitten spies: Frederick Russell Burnham, a superhumanly competent frontiersman, freelance adventurer, and fervent optimist about America’s future—Burnham would be the inspiration for the Boy Scouts—and Fritz Duquesne, a.k.a. the Black Panther, a virtuoso con man and cynical saboteur who believed only in his own glorification and revenge. Burnham and Duquesne had very recently been sworn enemies under orders to assassinate each other. They’d soon be enemies again. But for one brief and shining moment they joined behind a common cause: transforming America into a nation of hippopotamus ranchers.


Samsung Releases Galaxy 4 Teaser Video

Samsung’s momentum is undeniable. There is way more excitement around the next Galaxy than there is around the next iPhone. When is the last time that has happened? Today Samsung released a teaser video for Galaxy 4 – Samsung Unpacked. The video also implies that Samsung will be showing the new phone at a press event in NYC on March 14.

(h/t Mobile Syrup)