David Kadavy

David Kadavy is author of the #18 Amazon best-seller, Design for Hackers, & host of Love Your Work

Posts from the Humor Category

Top 5 Reasons You’re Reading This Post

February 27, 2010

Of all the things you could possibly care about right now, this post is #1. So, why are you reading it? It’s simple! keep on reading »

Introducing “8 Things This Week!”

May 20, 2009

In an effort to give my poor little fingers a break, I’ve started producing some video. It’s a little show called 8 Things This Week, and it’s already on it’s second episode. keep on reading »

New Promotion: Buy a Tea, See a Puppy

February 10, 2009

In a shameless attempt to get some donations, and to just be silly. I am offering a promotion: between the end of a post, and the beginning of the comments, you will see a cropped picture of a puppy. Buy me a tea ($3) donation, and you will get to see the rest of the puppy. keep on reading »

Breadless.com: User Generated Sandwiches

August 11, 2008

How many times have you gone to the sandwich shop and been asked, “what do you want on your sandwich?” It’s a daunting question, and Breadless.com is here to help.

Do you know David Kadavy?

July 28, 2008

With the internet, anyone can become a star overnight. Kadavy.net has been around for more than four years, so surely everyone knows David Kadavy. Let’s go to the streets to find out.


iPhone Battery-Saving Wallpaper

March 25, 2008

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Tried everything to save battery life on your iPhone? Disabled the WiFi? Disabled Bluetooth? De-cluttered your desktop? Stopped checking e-mail every five minutes, and still finding yourself tied to the dock with the headset just to have enough juice to make all of your phone calls for the day? Try the kadavy.net Battery-Saving Wallpaper, which you can download right now! Not only will it save you battery life, it will reduce your carbon emissions for the year by nearly half a pound!

Live Blogging Frank Warren of PostSecret.com’s SXSW Keynote Presentation

March 10, 2008

Hugh Forrest came out to introduce Frank Warren

“There are many interpretations about what happened on this stage yesterday, but it’s reflective of how new media is changing every process that we are used to.”

2:08pm Sia’s “Breathe Me” is playing over a montage of postsecret postcards (above). A brilliant quote flashed across the screen from Frank: “there are two kinds of secrets: those we keep from others, and those that we keep from ourselves.”

2:11pm He’s talking about some of the variety of secrets that he’s gotten: one on a Rubik’s cube that was mixed up with a secret on each side. One secret: “I passed her at the store the other day. I almost had his child. I wanted to tell her.”

Some of the ones that he just got from conferencegoers. “These web celebrities have never worked with clients.”

“My company sent me to SXSW, but I came here to find another job.”

“My company sent me here to steal ideas from startups. I’m pretending to be a freelancer.”

2:20pm He’s started talking about how he started Post Secret. He said it started with an exhibit. He handed out cards in DC, saying “you’ve been invited to participate in a community art project. Send your secrets to this address.” But, after the exhibit was over, he continued to get post cards.

He told a story of a music video that wanted to use post secret post cards in exchange for $1000. He refused and instead granted them the permission if they would donate $2000 to a suicide prevention hotline. He played the video “Dirty Little Secrets,” by the All-American Rejects.

2:30pm He’s showing some post cards. “I like to watch Dr. Phil, Drunk.” “I’m still thinking of you. (image of a penis on a BBQ)”

He’s talking about the most gratifying moment he’s had in his time during Post Secret. He saved a national suicide prevention hotline by posting on post secret and getting readers to donate $30k.

A postcard: “I tell myself that one day, after our spouses die and we’re like 80, we’ll be reunited”

He’s talking about the barcode sticker that is on some post cards. Some readers want him to remove them, but he likes how they give a sense of the journey that the secrets take to his mailbox.

He’s reading from one of his books about someone who posted a secret inside of a bathroom stall. She came back later in the day and saw at least 10 other secrets posted there, all on pink post-it notes.

2:40pm He tells a story about how his father, for the longest time, couldn’t understand why people would send in post cards. He ended up flying his father to see one of his exhibits. On the way home in the car, his father ended up telling him a secret from his childhood.

A proposal!
Some guy just got on stage to tell a secret, and said “Natalie Thai (sp?), will you marry me?” There was a long pause, and a girl came all the way from the back of the ballroom, and walked slowly up to the stage. He said “hurry, I’m shaking up here. There’s alot of people.” She came up on stage and simply said “Yes.”

From the audience
“When I was in fifth grade, I thought I was retarded and that my parents were paying everyone to pretend that I wasn’t”

A questioner brought up a point that we are perhaps experiencing an authenticity revolution, and Post Secret is evidence of that.

A questioner asked what he would do if he received a secret admitting to a really serious crime. Frank says that he doesn’t get many like that, but on the back of one of his books there is one that says “he’s been in jail for 10 years for something I did, and he has 5 more to go.”

A questioner asked about how many secrets he thinks are actually true. He’s essentially saying that a piece of art can be good whether it is true or not – Fiction vs. Non-Fiction books as an example. He’s also saying that there’s a little bit of truth in any secret.

Another questioner is bringing up the issue of truth again. He’s reading a post card “the secret I sent you last week was true, and now it’s not.”

2:58pm A girl is up there at the microphone crying, she says she has a secret. Her sister is sick and she is worried she might die. She would like for people to leave comments for her sister at her (her sister’s) blog. Dang, I missed what the address of the blog was.

The girl came up on stage to give Frank a hug. The End.

Make Your Own Designer T-Shirt!

July 21, 2007

Just can’t afford that designer brand? Or maybe you want the name, but not all of that…class. Well, now you can make your own t-shirt in any brand you want!

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What is Art?

August 28, 2006

My friend Joe was talking about his improv class. He said it went something like this:

Instructor: Let’s go around the room and each of us explain why we do comedy.

Common response of classmates: I want to move to LA and become a big star.

Joe: I do this because if I didn’t – I would probably bring a gun to work.

That. Is art.

How to Get the Best Seats When Flying Southwest Airlines

August 24, 2006

Many people hate Southwest’s format for seating. For those of you who aren’t familiar, when you check in, you are assigned a group, “A,” “B,” or “C,” depending on how early you have checked in. Then the plane is boarded in group “A,” then “B,” then “C.” This results in people standing in line for as long as an hour so they can be sure to get the best spot. All of that effort is uneccesary though if you just follow these tips, which work best when you are flying alone.

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