I owe the better part of my digital sanity to Lifehacker. These were the guys after all that first showed me the light that is Gmail Priority Inbox and mountains of tips for power travelers that have actually made flying bearable.
The six year-old blog is my favorite of Nick Denton’s Gawker Media stable, filled with most(ly) practical hacks that help justify my unhealthy amount of time spent reading it. Like this week’s ‘How to prevent time zone mess-ups while traveling,’ or yes, even retro 8-bit video game wallpapers. (While technically a productivity blog, I’d say I’m net-even with time saved versus time spent reading about more timesaving hacks.)
Now, like most of favorite geek sites these days, Lifehacker has a web series. It’s not that the site wasn’t already quite hip to video, but the new series teams them up with online network Revision3 for a more produced, weekly 12-minute spin on some of their latest hacks. The move echoes other popular vertical sites like movie-minded The AV Club launching AV Talk (also on Revision3) and TechCrunch bowing TechCrunchTV last summer.
The series stars Lifehacker Editor Adam Pash and writer Adam Dachis, demonstrating hacks through short but informative segments—there’s MacGyver Tips, DIY, Phone Hacks and even a mythbusting Tip Tester segment. Contributing Editor Kevin Purdy and writer Whitson Gordon also make appearances in the opening episode (above). Best hack of the show so far? An old one yes, but the updated look at RunPee makes me want to give it another go.
“With the launch of our Revision3 show, we’re finally showing readers the cool things we’ve been talking about all this time,” said Pash.
This one should find solid pickup from the Revision3 faithful, filling a void of more obscure yet practical tips that its long-running Techzilla and fire-eating Scam School leave out. But even still, the added distribution through Lifehacker itself should help with the early numbers—Lifehacker is averaging 6.5 million uniques per month. Sponsors on the debut episode include Rev3 regular Gamefly and urban newsletter Thrillist, which both receive the host-read placements.