“If there’s one thing that’s surprised me these past few months, it’s how often people struggle to admit they’re unhappy with something unless that thing is objectively, undeniably terrible. Sometimes, things are perfectly fine and you still don’t want them. “
Hits so hard! For the entire year I researched my decision to quit my job (I was also a VERY early hire at a start-up which is now enjoying success), I felt like I owed it to … somebody … to have this horror story about why I left (maybe because it’s so scary that there just MUST be a bigger horror than “I cannot sustain this for the next 40 years” — That particular horror sounds really selfish and, god forbid, you know?). But ultimately leaving just boiled down to, I either get real with myself and call an audible or I stay because it just feels safe.
Reading tweets is like a car ride with someone who’s just slammed an 8 ball. We bounce between unrelated thoughts, ideas, conversations, suggestions, requests, etc. in a matter of seconds. There’s no time to give anything a moment’s contemplation.
This feels like more an issue with how the medium is used, rather than the medium. He even says later, “[t]his phenomenon isn’t unique to Twitter,” but doesn’t seem to accept that it’s the process that could be broken.
There’s always time to stop and reflect, if you really want to – you just have to make the time and space to do it, à la Habit Fields. Media like Twitter and Facebook lack the space to do that – something I think Instapaper does much better, if you actually reserve and care for that time and space.
I used to work for a very large survey company. They conduct phone surveys, mail surveys, in-person surveys, and they gather data automatically using various gadgets, apps, and plug-ins. They gather all the data they can from as many sources as they can.
As a semi-professional photographer who is constantly thinking about the value of his work, the impending changes to the Instagram terms of service, which apparently grant them the right to sell my images, don’t quite sit right. Obviously a service with overhead costs needs to make money to…
“I’ve always thought that one of the the great things about physics is that you can add more digits to any number and see what happens and nobody can stop you.”—Randall Munroe’s “What If?” gave me my laugh for the day.
“Children of the Stars will be an immersive concert going experience, where you the audience will be thrust directly into the action of the music. Every song will be its own live music video where you will literally interact with the characters and creatures of our own intergalactic odyssey.”—The lady and I saw this on Thursday, which I would describe as somewhere between a live performance of a concept album and Rocky Horror. I had other words for this, but it was actually kind of fun.
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I am not posting this to belittle anxiety disorders, or the use of service/companion animals to treat them, IN ANY WAY. Anxiety disorders are serious and if the use of miniature horses helps some patients, I think that’s great.
I AM posting this so that you can all bask in the glory of the phrase “emotional support pony,” and the knowledge that it is really a thing.