20 years

Today is Michele and my 20th Wedding anniversary. Time flies.
We won’t be doing anything ‘traditionally’ special to mark the occasion. Instead we’ll just do what we love doing.
For example, here’s what we did for our 10th anniversary. Yes, really.
I’m a lucky guy.

Medium launching subscription plan this quarter

Good news. I think. Via TechCrunch:
Medium CEO Ev Williams announced today at Upfront Summit that his company will launch a consumer subscription product, with the first version coming this quarter.
Ev called the product “an upgrade to your Medium experience”
I can pretty much guarantee I’ll be subscribing.
I love Medium and spend time in there every single day.

Just say Thank You

Useful reminder from James Clear with 7 times you should just say Thank You. #1 on his list is where I usually stuff up – responding to compliments. As James notes: We often ruin compliments by devaluing the statement or acting overly humble. Internally, you might think this prevents you from appearing arrogant or smug. The problem is that by deflecting the praise of a genuine compliment...

Where do birds go when they die?

I’ve often wondered why I don’t often see dead birds – and especially now that we’ve moved and our apartments is surrounded by lovely birds all the time. Turns out the answer is sad, and beautiful, thanks to Marie Hulett’s post from 2014. In summary, from Marie’s post: Generally, animals sense when they are not doing well, and seek out well-concealed, off-the...

In Touch With My Feelings-Response-Delay

One thing I admire about Americans is how in touch they seem to be with their feelings. It seems that you can go up to a random stranger in the street, ask them about how they feel about something, and they take less than a second to respond with an articulate summary of their considered feelings on the matter. Me, I’m at the opposite end of the spectrum. It usually takes me a few days to...

Rescue goat in cute outfits

What else do you need, when you have a post like this about a rescue goat that has anxiety and only calms down when she wears her cute little duck suit. And she’s called Polly. There’s more cute pictures on The Dodo here. And there’s this: Cute video by @thedodo 😘 A video posted by Goats of Anarchy (@goatsofanarchy) on Dec 14, 2016 at 12:33pm PST See also: Goats of...

Willpower revisited

Fascinating article from Nir Eyal on new findings related to willpower. Over the past decades the theory of ego-depletion had gained traction: Psychological researchers have a name for this phenomenon: it’s called “ego depletion.” The theory is that willpower is connected to a limited reserve of mental energy, and once you run out of that energy, you’re more likely to lose self-control. If...

Bullshit detectors engaged

Found these via John Gruber (here and here), discussing the growing problem of not being able to detect bullshit. For example, the following is complete bullshit: We live in the age of information, which means that we also live in the age of misinformation. Indeed, you have likely come across more bullshit so far this week than a normal person living 1,000 years ago would in their entire lifetime...

Jobs and dignity

I love it when reading an article changes my view on things. This article on Bloomberg changed my view on ‘making up jobs’. The author (Noah Smith) writes: I recently wrote that the government should focus on getting people jobs instead of just mailing them money. Ideas for doing that range from government employment guarantees to public-works programs to tax incentives for...

The Wellness Industry is Doing Well

A few years ago when I went to get some physiotherapy done (eg pulled a shoulder muscle or hurt my neck) it would all be fixed after two sessions, and we’d possibly have a third session just as a check up. Two week ago I hurt my shoulder and went for some physio. The first session was mostly discussion and exploratory with a bit of actual physio and improvement. Next session was two days...

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