►Daily(ish) 41: How to Be Successful in 21 Easy Steps

Link-​​bait title notwith­stand­ing, Chris talks a bit about how suc­cess is per­ceived in our cul­ture and his own strug­gles with run­ning a busi­ness and the suc­cesses and fail­ures along the way.

I ended up reveal­ing more of my own struggles/​issues with decid­ing to run a busi­ness than I had intended to on this pod­cast. This is me — warts and all.

Lis­ten to Daily(ish) episode 41.

Jim Sheridan Supports Free U2

Direc­tor and friend of the band:

“If you give some­thing away to 500 mil­lion peo­ple, I sup­pose at least three peo­ple are always going to com­plain,” he told the Diary.

There’s an inter­est­ing tid­bit at the end of the article:

He (Jim Sheri­dan) is also in talks with Amer­i­can sta­tion HBO about mak­ing a small-​​screen ver­sion of his Oscar-​​nominated movie In Amer­ica, telling the story of strug­gling Irish emi­grants in New York.

In Amer­ica (Rent/​buy on iTunes) is one of my favorite movies. My love for all things Irish notwith­stand­ing, it’s a beau­ti­ful film with a great cast includ­ing two real life sis­ters play­ing the lit­tle girls in the story.

An HBO series based on the story would be great.

►Daily(ish) 39: A U2 Podcast For Someone

Chris is joined by Christo­pher Schmitt to dis­cuss the recent U2 album release in depth — the way it was released by Apple, the back­lash online to get­ting a free album and our thoughts on which song to lis­ten to if you want to go beyond the single.

Curi­ous about my thoughts on the new U2 album? Go lis­ten and you’ll get to hear it well before I man­age to fin­ish writ­ing it for a blog post.

Mojang (Minecraft) Bought by Microsoft

Big news in the indie gam­ing world this morn­ing as the rumoured deal of Microsoft pur­chas­ing Mojang, cre­ators of a lit­tle game called Minecraft, became offi­cial:

Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.

And why Microsoft?

There are only a hand­ful of poten­tial buy­ers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their con­tin­ued ded­i­ca­tion to our game and its devel­op­ment. We’re con­fi­dent that Minecraft will con­tinue to grow in an awe­some way.

Notably Notch and the other 2 founders of Mojang are not going to be stay­ing with Microsoft for the transition.

Notch:

As soon as this deal is final­ized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web exper­i­ments. If I ever acci­den­tally make some­thing that seems to gain trac­tion, I’ll prob­a­bly aban­don it immediately.

Read­ing his post he seems to be some­one who’s strug­gled with the suc­cess of the thing he worked so hard to create.

It’s a sit­u­a­tion many of us who count our­selves as cre­ator nerd types can only wish we could be in but I have no doubt that the stresses, wor­ries and pains are just as real as some­one strug­gling to get their cre­ation off the ground.

Hope­fully Notch can find some peace and pri­vacy now that he’s not asso­ci­ated with Minecraft on a day to day basis.

You can be sure that Tim and I will be talk­ing about this on Never Dig Down tomor­row.