Monthly Archives: May 2014

Handy Application Shortcut Mapper supports Lightroom, Photoshop

Waldo Bronchart interesting little utility shows you interactive charts of the keyboard shortcuts in Lightroom & Photoshop. You can hold down various modifier keys to see what they do in combination with other modifiers + letters, etc., and you can search for shortcuts (e.g. everything related to Print).

Hmm—this would actually be kind of brilliant for the teams to use when finding open shortcuts (never an easy task!).



Help kids, maybe get cast in Star Wars

As The AV Club explains,

Everyone who donates $10 to the charity’s website before July 1 is automatically entered to win a chance to be flown to the set of Episode VII, where they will meet the cast before likely being dressed up as some sort of alien, and probably thrust far into the background behind characters who actually matter. Nevertheless, you will technically “be in Star Wars,” with all the decades of lucrative convention appearances that promises.  


“The 10-Second Résumé”: Tips from Googler Evan Rapoport

“This is not a how-to guide to get a job at Google,” cautions Evan (Google Maps PM for for Views, Photo Sphere, & Panoramio). Having said that, you might appreciate his perspective on how he scans for candidates.

Hand Jim a printout of your résumé and tell him he has 30 seconds to read it. But, after just 10 seconds, grab the paper back. Ask Jim what he knows about you from this.

I’m reminded of Steve Martin finally erupting in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: “Have a POINT! It makes it SO much more interesting for the listener!!

I also enjoyed this succinct advice from Laszlo Bock, who’s in charge of all hiring at Google: “[F]rame your strengths as: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.’” The rest of Thomas Friedman’s conversation with him is well worth a read.

Check out the new Google+ Stories

If you’re like me (and most people), you take a trip, take a bunch of photos & videos, never really go through them, think “Oh, I really should make/share a gallery or something,” and then fail to do so—maybe feeling vaguely guilty about it.

Google+ Stories changes that.

My boss Anil writes

No more sifting through photos for your best shots, racking your brain for the sights you saw, or letting your videos collect virtual dust. We’ll just gift you a story after you get home. This way you can relive your favorite moments, share them with others, and remember why you traveled in the first place.

Here’s a sample story made from Anil’s family photos. My colleague Ben says,

We’ve added not just the photos and videos but the travel information, places and restaurants you went to along the way,” says Google + product manager Ben Eidelson. “We’ve given this all to you automatically when you’ve gotten back from whatever you’re doing so you don’t have to stress about that on top of doing your laundry and unpacking.”

Here’s a nice summary from Ben & USA Today’s Jefferson Graham: