David Kadavy

David Kadavy is author of Mind Management, Not Time Management, The Heart to Start & Design for Hackers.

Posts from the Humor Category

Advertising Gone Horribly Wrong

August 17, 2006

Does anyone else find this sponsorship to be a bit. Uhm. Inappropriate? Ah, the power of random ad serving.

From New York Times

How Not To Interview: A WorkAustin.com Promo

May 07, 2006

Recently WorkMetro worked with Hombre Films to produce a hilarious promo for WorkAustin.com called “How Not To Interview.” Here’s the video:

It’s on YouTube, so you can pass it around easily. Blog it. MySpace it. IM it. Yo DAAAAAAAAAWWG!!

“The Bat Story”

April 24, 2006

During my three years in Omaha between college and the big move, I lived in an apartment complex called London Square. It was a great location, right in the heart of Dundee, one of Omaha’s most desireable neighborhoods, but my first unit there was the cheapest one that I could get: a basement apartment. The unit certainly had its faults in its first months: a dishwasher that leaked stagnant water, flooding that soaked the carpet of much of my living room, frightening insects that were at first sight, unidentifiable, and some extremely smelly old ladies that lived across the hall, that were known to wander the hallway in their diapers. These are all stories of their own, but nothing sticks out of my stay at London Square like “The Bat Story.”

One day I was doing my laundry in the London Square basement laundry room. I was transporting my clothing from the washing machine to the dryer, armful by armful, when a dead bat fell out of said clothing onto the floor. I thought that I had screamed, but I do know that nothing audible came from my lungs. I simply stared down at the tiny bat, wondering if perhaps one moment I would wake up, in my bed, in a cold sweat – but it did not happen. It felt like one of those traumatic experiences that has a surreal quality by virtue of it not immediately feeling nearly dramatic as you know it will sound when it is retold. “Is that what I think it is? Yes, it is a bat? Is it…whoo, yes, it is dead.” I of course transported what clothes that were now in the dryer back to the washing machine for a second go.

The call to the property manager was interesting: “Yes, this will sound incredibly odd, but the other day when I was doing laundry, I discovered that my clothes had been washed with a dead bat.”

The response of the typically customer-service challenged property manager was disturbingly nonchalant even for her: “oh, that’s funny, someone called and said they had seen a bat in the laundry room, but we went over there and ya know – we didn’t find anything.”

Hmmm. Bats live in caves – maybe they should have looked in the washing machine.

Don’t believe me? Here’s “The Bat”:


Kadavy’s Four Things

February 27, 2006

Okay, Adrian, you got me. This should be fun, anyway.

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Creativity, Omaha, and Florida

February 26, 2006

My mother recently sent me an article from the February 4th Omaha World Herald entitled Omaha: Creative, but intolerant. Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, and other related books was the keynote speaker at Omaha’s first Young Professionals Summit. It turns out that while Omaha ranks 11th on the midsize city Creativity Index, and has a “strong technology base” (what?), Omaha ranks 155th on the tolerance scale of midsize cities. Florida(the author)’s research indicates that cities that rank high in technology, talent, and tolerance lead in innovation, and Nebraska’s being the first state to ban gay marriage doesn’t help Omaha out with that third “T.” Business leaders present and future gathered to hear what they could do about this problem.

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Wrong Number Text Message

February 07, 2006

Wrong Number SMS Text Message saying 'Thanx 4 calln me b 4 u went 2 work i wanted 2 talk 2 u i told u i missed u i wasnt lyin like u thnk i do!
I guess the trouble with text messaging is that when you dial the wrong number, there’s nothing to filter you from spilling your guts to the wrong person – thus nothing to prevent that person from publishing said guts on the internet.

Contrary to Not-All-That-Popular Belief…

January 29, 2006

del.icio.us entry describing David Kadavy as 'some indian dude'
…I am as white as a unicorn.

Download Meetro Alpha for Mac

January 29, 2006

Meetro for Mac Screenshot

Haven’t gotten invited to test the Alpha version of Meetro for Mac, but still want to try it out? A little birdie at SuperHappyDevHouse7 told me that you can download the Mac version of the Meetro Alpha here. Shhhhh…it’s a secret! Meetro is a proximity-based IM client that shows what users are on in your locale. Check it out!

Fuzzy White Bugs on your Basil Plant? Maybe Mealy Bugs

July 06, 2005

Late this winter, my roommate, the Basil Plant, died of an infestation of Mealybugs. The Basil Plant provided much flavor to many a pasta and red sauce dish. The Basil Plant will be missed.

What was the turn of events surrounding the demise of The Basil Plant? Well, one day I noticed that there seemed to be some sort of white mold growing on The Basil Plant. At first I wasn’t that concerned with it, as The Basil Plant was lucky if I remembered to water it before it’s leaves wilted. But there gradually became more and more of these talcum-powder like spots all over The Basil Plant. I had to look very closely to notice that these spots of “mold” had legs and could move around.

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Exploding Plates: A Little Cooking Tip

June 28, 2005

For anyone out there, such as single men, without much experience in the kitchen, I have a small but very valuable bit of wisdom to impart upon you. If you are using your stove, do not put any plates on any of the burners. There is a small chance that you have turned on a burner other than the one you intended – maybe even the burner you have placed your plate on. This will result in a loud sound that sounds like an explosion, likely caused by the aforementioned plate exploding all over your kitchen. Now that you have this wisdom, you will of course, not ever make this mistake, and if you do, you will understand what has caused this well enough to not absent-mindedly attempt to remove what remains of the plate from the burner on your stove, thus burning your fingerprints off.

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