This Week At Envato

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Well, it’s Saturday morning here in Australia, and we’ve hit the end of another week, and another month. The year is vanishing, and there’s only two weeks to go before I have a holiday. Woohoo!

I’m typing this at the local McDonalds while I sip a mango smoothie, use their free wifi, and watch my almost-two-year-old play in the playground. Do you ever work outside the office? Where do you go?

This Week’s Highlights

One of the highlights for me this week was the number of informative and educational posts on this blog. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Controversy on Activetuts+

Controversy erupted on Activetuts+ this week. A lot has been published recently on the advantages of HTML5 over Flash, with very few articles covering the advantages the other way. Since we have a few Flash-related sites, we decided we’d fill the gap. So Travis sat down in his igloo, grabbed his typewriter, and banged out an article – 10 Flash Things You Can’t Do With HTML5.

The reaction to the article has been incredible! We don’t generally write controversial articles just to get traffic – and that wasn’t our intention here – but major traffic is one thing that article has attracted. And comments. Fiery comments. Passionate comments. Heartfelt, emotional comments. Right now there’s just under a hundred of them. Travis has never felt so glad to live in the middle of nowhere.

We’re grateful for the traffic, but not sure what to make from the reaction. Does Travis always have that effect on people? Did he build his igloo under a bridge? Do you enjoy posts that express a strong opinion? Would you like to see more of them? Is it always a good sign that an article inspires a lot of comments? Let us know your thoughts.

Workspace Photos Now Featured Weekly

This week we started a new weekly feature – photos of workspaces. I hope you enjoy looking at where other people work as much as I do. Special thanks to Jords for getting us started.

Would you like your workspace featured on Envato Notes? Just upload it to Flickr, add an interesting description, and tag it with #envatonotesworkspaces. Each week we’ll choose and publish a new photo. We already have eight entries – check them out here. And keep them coming!

Music in the Melbourne Office

There is no sound system or background music playing in the Melbourne office. Most of the time everyone works in silence, though a few listen to their own music on headphones. Even a lot of the conversations happen noiselessly via Skype chat. The percussion of billiard balls colliding occasionally breaks the silence.

This week Collis did something about that. He didn’t spring for amplifiers, speakers and some headbanging CDs. He didn’t hire a classical quartet to inspire the workers. And no, he didn’t sing a solo.

He simply turned up the music in his own headphones. A lot. Loud enough for workers across the room to listen. What was he listening to? Journey. Collis, you were noticed!

What about you? Do you listen to music when you work, or find it distracting? What do you listen to? Do you use headphones, or share the music with your co-workers?

Jeffrey Way’s Revenge

Our most-commented-on post this week was Jeffrey Wins a Bet. I enjoyed it too. Jeffrey plays Scrabble regularly with his fiance Allie, and neither of them want to lose a few games in a row – they punish each other. Though they certainly seem to enjoy winning!

Previously, we posted a video from Allie where she punished Jeffrey by making him eat a spoonful of Vegemite. We all enjoyed that one. This week Jeffrey posted his revenge: he made Allie practice karate punches with bent knees in a public place. I enjoyed watching. And I enjoyed watching the teenage boys watching. But most of all I enjoyed listening to Jeffrey’s comments as he savored the moment.

A lot of the comments to that post reckon Jeffrey let Allie off with too light a punishment. I agree. What would you have made your fiance do if you were Jeffrey?

Have a Great Weekend!

Well, it’s no longer Saturday morning, and I’m half way through my weekend. My son wanted lots of attention at the playground this morning, so I only half finished the post. But so far, the weekend has been great. Partly productive, and partly relaxing. I hope you’re having a great weekend too!