Vancouver International Salsa Festival by Jeremy Lim Photography

We’ve got a rather eclectic collection of blog posts to share in this week’s speedlink, so let’s get down to it.

We start off with Harish Kumar who discusses 12 amazing life lessons that you can learn from science. For example, it’s not enough simply to ask questions, but you need to ask the right questions. You need to recognize what your tools can (and cannot) do and you should pay attention to detail. This also helps to explain the value of education beyond the classroom.

Next, we have another valuable lesson, this time from Darren Barefoot. Many of us are guilty of using our email inbox as a to-do list, but Darren recommends against this practice. The inbox is not a warehouse; it is better treated as a loading bay, allowing you to appropriately process the incoming content and move it along in the right direction. This is another strategy for more effective email communication that you might consider. He also says that folders and labels aren’t really worth the time and effort.

You might know him as the guy with all the leather bags, but Stacey Robinsmith also loves a good meal. Some time back, he paid a visit to The Spud Shack in New Westminster where he enjoyed some great fish and chips. As it turns out, that eatery was named as the place with the best poutine in town. If you know me, then you’ll know that I love poutine. Is it really better that La Belle Patate and Fritz European Fry House?

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s the case, then photographer Jeremy Lim has put together quite the lengthy essay on the Vancouver International Salsa Festival… and that post is just an early preview of what he’s getting ready. One of the shots is featured at the top of today’s speedlink. I’ve never been much of a dancer, aside from following a set of scrolling arrows on a TV screen and following along with corresponding buttons beneath my feet.

Last but not least, we turn to Bob Buskirk from Pittsburgh. I only see him once a year–at CES in Las Vegas–but we’ve become pretty good friends over the years. That’s why I’m happy to hear that he’s off to a busy start for 2013. His main website has been doing pretty well and he’s starting to branch out with “a little web design / consulting” for a few friends. Now it’s just a matter of keeping up that kind of momentum and motivation in the long-term.

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