Upping Our Distributed Practices — Truss
Getting distributed folk in a video in a coordinated way to talk about Not Work is now a standing half-hour weekly timeslot. It is some Trussels’ favorite part of the week. We do a couple different formats:
remote  video 
5 weeks ago
How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross - The New York Times
“Well, I don’t think it is in my self-interest to tutor people on how to dodge a question,” Ms. Gross said. But, when pressed — perhaps regretting the previous advice she gave to this interviewer about how to get people to answer questions they don’t want to answer (“keep asking”) — she suggests using honesty. Say, “I don’t want to answer that,” or, if that’s too blunt, hedge with a statement like, “I’m having a difficult time thinking of a specific answer to that.” Going the martyr route with something like, “I’m afraid by answering that I’m going to hurt somebody’s feelings and I don’t want to do that,” is another option.
media  interviews 
7 weeks ago
You are everywhere | Heartfulness: Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu:
Unable to perceive the shape of you

I find you all around me

Your presence fills my eyes with your love

It humbles my heart

For you are everywhere


                                -- Hakim Sanai
death  grief  dogs 
8 weeks ago
How to Mindfully Work with Positive Emotions - Lion's Roar
So the next time you have a positive emotion, see where that emotion is experienced in your body. Any positive experience will do. Say, you’re walking down the street and you see a small child do something that makes you smile. Put your attention on your smile and any emotion you experience for at least twenty seconds. 

Just stay with the positive emotion. You might say to yourself something like, “Happiness is just like this.” Don’t start thinking about why you’re not happy all the time, or fearing that the happiness will end, or any of the countless other ways we mess up our positive emotions.
buddhism  emotions  mindfulness 
july 2018
Anthony Bourdain takes the Marketplace Quiz
What advice do you wish someone had given before you started your career?

Look, all I can tell you is this, the most important lesson I ever learned in life, that has carried me through everything I do, I learned as a dishwasher. It's really simple: Show up on time always.

Show people that you work with and work for, the respect of doing what you said you were going to do, which is if he said he was going to show up at nine o'clock, [then] show up at nine o'clock.

It says everything about you. If you do that every day you show yourself sort of person worth trusting and investing time and effort and friendship and all those other things. If you don't show up on time, it's already a slippery slope.
time  responsibility 
june 2018
(1) Will Wilkinson - David French is a generally pretty reasonable...
I'm a man, so nobody has ever tried to politically control my reproduction and nobody has ever treated me as a sexual object at work. I'm straight, so nobody has tried to criminalize my sexual activity or tell me I can't marry the person I love. I'm white, so the powers that be never suspect that I'm a "token" of inclusion, that I'm a dangerous criminal, that I'm a foreigner, etc. I'm able-bodied, tall, and relatively fit, so I rarely feel physically vulnerable and never have problems moving about the world and never need to request special accommodations because almost every physical space and consumer object is designed by people like me for people like me. I'm native to the cultured, educated American middle class, so my speech, self-presentation, and cultural preferences automatically match cultural standards for "intelligence" and "competence" and require no effort on my part. I'm 45 years old and graying at the temples, and if I'm dressed in a suit I can tell a random person that I'm a congressman from North Dakota, the CEO of Nabisco, the Ambassador to Finland, or the vice-president of a think tank, and they may be a little surprised to find themselves in such distinguished company, but they'll also just believe me.
privilege  will_wilkinson  identity 
march 2018
The Real Economic Cost of Accepting Refugees | Center For Global Development
In the United States, the average refugee becomes a net contributor to public coffers eight years after arrival. The assistance they received when they arrived was, in purely monetary terms, an investment with a positive return. Countries that actively deter asylum applicants from working are making the decision to increase their net fiscal burden.

That study found refugees actually pay back more in taxes than what they receive in benefits—about $21,000 more in the first 20 years in the United States.
refugees  economics 
march 2018
Andrew Sullivan: We All Live on Campus Now
The goal of our culture now is not the emancipation of the individual from the group, but the permanent definition of the individual by the group. We used to call this bigotry. Now we call it being woke. You see: We are all on campus now.
andrew_sullivan  bigotry  identity 
march 2018
(11) LinkedIn
As a general rule I like to see founders use the company age as a minimum future time horizon. So when you’re a year old you should think about the following year. When you’re 5 years old you should think about the following 5 years.
march 2018
Are You Ready to Have Friends with Kids? | The New Yorker
With the rise of progressive hashtags like #dadswithbabies, men are pretending to care about children more than ever. Still, the brunt of baby talk usually falls on the woman. Before you commit to friends with kids, decide: will you have a traditional relationship, where the woman talks to the mom about the baby while the man talks to the dad about work? Or will you take a more balanced approach, where you’re both talking about the baby while constantly checking your phone to see if you can leave yet?
humor  parenting  kids 
february 2018
Customer Review
At the age of 55 I began my first ever love affair with Jackson. He was a 12 week old Golden puppy and he took my heart completely into his keeping the day he rode home on my lap from the breeder. We had a good life and at the age of 12 1/2 he left for the Rainbow Bridge. That final day, in the comfort room at the vet, I sat in the floor, face to face with him looking into his eyes as he looked into mine. There I saw reflected tenderness, a little bit of fear and resignation but still the unbridled bond/love we shared. I loved him even more in that moment than I ever had, and he knew it. He laid down, head in my lap and closed his eyes and went peacefully on his way.
dogs  emotional 
february 2018
National Review Online | Print - Jordan Peterson
Learning — and what is a life well lived but constant learning? — requires the constant tearing down and transformative rebuilding of the boundaries of your experience as you acquire new information.
learning  self-help 
january 2018
How we determine valuations for marketplaces - Version One
The main multiple we like to use for marketplace businesses is GMV (Gross Merchandise Volume…the total volume of goods sold on the marketplace). Our rule of thumb is that marketplaces at scale are valued at roughly 1x annualized GMV (typically about 6-8x annual revenue). These are for marketplaces that are growing fast and are category leaders.
december 2017
New Sentences: From Dan Brown’s ‘Origin: A Novel’ - The New York Times
the pseudo-sentient hand-waving that passes for plot summary in the world of Dan Brown, in which the great triumphs of human thought are reduced to windup toys skittering around a shoe-box maze.
takedowns  writing 
october 2017
Competent Elites - Less Wrong
Even so, these people of the Power Elite were visibly much smarter than average mortals.  In conversation they spoke quickly, sensibly, and by and large intelligently. When talk turned to deep and difficult topics, they understood faster, made fewer mistakes, were readier to adopt others' suggestions.
business  intelligence 
october 2017
The Angel VC: A sneak peek into Point Nine's investment thesis
In SaaS, our assumption is that you can start almost anywhere but you have to win globally (which requires winning the US). In marketplaces we want to find companies that can win several large markets.
SaaS  vc 
september 2017
Intellectual Honesty
“Intellectually honest” means you make arguments you think are true, as opposed to making the arguments you are “supposed” to make and/or avoiding making arguments that you think are true that you aren’t “supposed” to make.
honesty  intellectualism  argument 
september 2017
(1) Reggie Bradford - Hi, I hope this post finds you well and enjoying...
ll in all, life is blessed and awesome… just facing my new reality and my new giant: cancer.
I have been debating about whether I share this publicly or keep it private. Ultimately, however, I felt openness is the right action. And I wanted you to hear it directly from me.
cancer  health  vulnerability 
august 2017
Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For
White racial slurs are not common in our colorblind age because they don’t work on people who possess white privilege.
race  racism  slurs 
july 2017
Review of Alain de Botton’s “Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” – Steamboats Are Ruining Everything
I'm responding to this review as a way of proposing that forgiveness is perhaps not always the only option when the provocation has been enormous.
may 2017
“Failure’s hard… | Jessie's Blog
“Failure’s hard, but success is much more dangerous. If you’re successful at the wrong thing, the mix of praise and money and opportunity can lock you in forever. It is so, so much harder to leave a good thing.”
april 2017
Read Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos 2016 letter to shareholders - Business Insider
Third, use the phrase "disagree and commit." This phrase will save a lot of time. If you have conviction on a particular direction even though there's no consensus, it's helpful to say, "Look, I know we disagree on this but will you gamble with me on it? Disagree and commit?" By the time you're at this point, no one can know the answer for sure, and you'll probably get a quick yes.
amazon  jeff_bezos  decisions 
april 2017
Is Intersectionality a Religion?
power of some identity groups over others. To overcome this sin, you need first to confess, i.e., “check your privilege
andrew_sullivan  privilege  academia  liberalism 
march 2017
George Saunders: By the Book - The New York Times
What moves you most in a work of literature?

Depictions of goodness that are not fraudulent or sentimental.
quotes  literature  george_saunders 
february 2017
What’s More Productive: Counting Hours or Tasks Accomplished?
There’s two key ways you can do this: restrict your hours or restrict your workload.
february 2017
Why do billionaires, CEOs, and other titans of industry work so hard? : financialindependence
Interesting essay about work, happiness and status. It also touches on the question why there are people who are FI but don't retire despite being stressed and maybe even unhappy because of their work. For the rich and powerful, the author argues that they are stuck in a never-ending quest for status. I found it well worth a read.
february 2017
Saturday assorted links - Marginal REVOLUTION
2. Ben Casnocha put a lot of time into this blog post on why people work as much as they do.  And I know why he did it.
february 2017
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