Qualities for better communication
* Ask questions to engage, provoke, and motivate the other person.
* Listen with your full attention and tune into both verbal and non-verbal cues.
* Adapt your communication style in consideration ...
communication  from notes
7 weeks ago
How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross - The New York Times
“Tell me about yourself,”
a.k.a the only icebreaker
you’ll ever need

Ms. Gross’s goal is to find out how her subject became who they are; as a conversationalist, make that goal your own.

If you can’t be funny, being mentally organized, reasonably concise and energetic will go a long way in impressing people.

“It’s helpful to think through where your boundaries are, so that you’re not paralyzed agonizing over whether you’re willing to confide something or not.”

Ms. Gross wishes that everyone would pay attention to other people’s body language. “Try to pick up on when you’ve kind of lost somebody’s attention,”
7 weeks ago
The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic | World news | The Guardian
The French comic artist Emma illustrates the concept of the ‘mental load’. When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he is viewing her as the manager of their household chores
emotional-labour  advice 
9 weeks ago
Improving Ourselves to Death
“Go for a walk in the woods, he says, and think about the vastness of the cosmos. Go to a museum and look at art, secure in the knowledge that it will not improve you in any measurable way. Things don’t need to be of concrete use in order to have value. Put away your self-help guides, and read a novel instead.”
self-help  inspiration  advice 
9 weeks ago
Grids In Graphic Design: A Quick History, and 5 Amazing Tips | Designlab
1. Plan how the grid relates to its container
2. Don’t just design with a grid—design the grid
grids  design 
9 weeks ago
Why You Need To Say 'No' At Work (Hint: Your Work Will Get Better)
“In effect, focusing on what matters, and not just what’s in front of you, is the key to a more cohesive workload, and ultimately a better end result.”
productivity  techniques 
9 weeks ago
Kraus-Weber Minimum Test
The six-item medical fitness test measures the strength and flexibility of key postural (core) muscles. The test consists of five strength challenges and one general flexibility procedure. The Kraus-Weber Tests do not require sophisticated equipment and are easy to administer.
exercise  back-strength 
9 weeks ago
10 Kettlebell Exercises for the Back
Single Arm Deadlift
Single Leg Deadlift
Swing Two Hands
Regular Row
High Pulls
Bob and Weave
Plank Row
october 2018
The importance of good animation in UX - InVision Blog
When we talk about functional animation, what we’re talking about is the type of subtle animation that has a clear, logical purpose. It reduces cognitive load, it prevents change blindness, and it establishes a better understanding of spatial relationships. Put simply, animation brings the user interface to life.
june 2018
Inspect animations  |  Tools for Web Developers  |  Google Developers
Capture animations by opening the Animation Inspector. It automatically detects animations and sorts them into groups.
Inspect animations by slowing them down, replaying them, or viewing their source code.
Modify animations by changing their timing, delay, duration, or keyframe offsets.
tools  animations 
june 2018
React State vs. Redux State: When and Why?
React state is stored locally within a component. When it needs to be shared with other components, it is passed down through props. In practice, this means that the top-most component in your app needing access to a mutable value will hold that value in its state. If it can be mutated by subcomponents, you must pass a callback to handle the change into subcomponents.

When using Redux, state is stored globally in the Redux store. Any component that needs access to a value may subscribe to the store and gain access to that value. Typically, this is done using container components. This centralizes all data but makes it very easy for a component to get the state it needs, without surrounding components knowing of its needs.
april 2018
Pro Git
The entire Pro Git book, written by Scott Chacon and Ben Straub and published by Apress, is available here. All content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 3.0 license. Print versions of the book are available on Amazon.com.
git  books 
february 2018
Git housekeeping
Clean-up outdated branches in local and remote repositories
january 2018
Notes on A Guide to the Good Life by Irvine
How to Become a Stoic
- Don't boast or advertise to people that you're going to become a stoic. Just work on it quietly.
- Don't dwell on the past. Seneca asks, "[What point is there in] being unhappy, just because once you were unhappy?"
- Don't try to master all of the techniques at once. Negative visualization is a good place to start. Try to practice at least once a day, if only for a few moments.
- After negative visualization, move on to the trichotomy of control, which helps you manage anxiety.
january 2018
Effective Engineer - Notes
december 2017
Javascript snippets
Curated collection of useful Javascript snippets that you can understand in 30 seconds or less.
december 2017
Funkify | Disability simulator
Funkify is a brand new extension for Chrome that helps you experience the web and interfaces through the eyes of extreme users with different abilities and disabilities.
december 2017
ChromeVox - Screen reader for Chrome
The ChromeVox (Classic) screen reader is an extension to Chrome that brings the speed, versatility, and security of Chrome to visually impaired users.
december 2017
WAVE Chrome & Firefox Extensions
The WAVE Chrome and Firefox extensions allows you to evaluate web content for accessibility issues directly within Chrome and Firefox browsers.
december 2017
ChromeLens - Colour blind extension
ChromeLens is a Google Chrome extension that provides a suite of tools to help with web accessibility development.
december 2017
The color-blind simulator and contrast checker for Sketch. Design with accessibility in mind.
december 2017
The Terror of a ‘No’
But here’s the key reason to try asking. We just don’t know where people are with their plans. And we can be sure of this by looking at our own experience. There are a surprising number of things we would theoretically give other people, if only they asked.
january 2017
The best films of 2016 | Sight & Sound | BFI
Toni Erdmann
Certain Women
American Honey
I, Daniel Blake
Manchester by the Sea
Things to Come (L’Avenir)
The Death of Louis XIV
Personal Shopper
Fire at Sea
La La Land
Love & Friendship
Embrace of the Serpent
Everybody Wants Some!!
Hell or High Water
O.J.: Made in America
january 2017
The Gift of Death – George Monbiot
The best things in life are free, but we’ve found a way of selling them to you.
capitalism  consumerism 
january 2017
The Four Agreements
The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally
The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions
The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best
november 2016
You feel like shit.
This game guides you through a series of questions that help you practice self care.

It's especially useful for people who struggle with self care, executive dysfunction, and/or reading internal signals. It's designed to take as much of the weight off of you as possible, so each decision is very easy and doesn't require much judgment.
mental-health  self-help 
october 2016
How People Learn to Become Resilient - The New Yorker
From a young age, resilient children tended to “meet the world on their own terms.” They were autonomous and independent, would seek out new experiences, and had a “positive social orientation.” “Though not especially gifted, these children used whatever skills they had effectively,” Werner wrote. Perhaps most importantly, the resilient children had what psychologists call an “internal locus of control”: they believed that they, and not their circumstances, affected their achievements. The resilient children saw themselves as the orchestrators of their own fates.
resilience  psychology 
october 2016
The 50 Most Popular MOOCs of All Time
For your convenience, we’ve compiled a list of 50 of the most popular MOOCs, based on enrollment figures for all sessions of a course.
september 2016
The vanishing civility*
Civility is more than being polite. I have encountered a good number of “polite” and smiling fools, who have mastered an astounding capacity for incivility. Politeness can be manipulated to befriend the hypocrite and the conceited, who repeatedly destroy and vilify.
august 2016
William James on the Psychology of Habit
1. The acquisition of a new habit, or the leaving off of an old one, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided an initiative as possible. Accumulate all the possible circumstances which shall reenforce the right motives; put yourself assiduously in conditions that encourage the new way; make engagements incompatible with the old; take a public pledge, if the case allows; in short, envelop your resolution with every aid you know. This will give your new beginning such a momentum that the temptation to break down will not occur as soon as it otherwise might; and every day during which a breakdown is postponed adds to the chances of its not occurring at all.

2. Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again. Continuity of training is the great means of making the nervous system act infallibly right … It is surprising how soon a desire will die of inanition if it be never fed.

3. Seize the Very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you
aspire to gain. It is not in the moment of their forming, but in the moment of their producing motor effects, that resolves and aspirations communicate the new ‘set’ to the brain.
psychology  habits 
july 2016
I used to think homeopathy was helpful. Now I’m a critic. So what happened?
More generally, this type of research brought the realisation that homeopathy carries a real and significant risk: whenever it is used to replace an effective intervention for a serious condition, it can become a risk to life.
health  homeopathy 
july 2016
CSS Stats
Get stats on your CSS. Number of selectors, colours, fonts e.t.c
css  tools 
july 2016
A great resource for selecting CSS colours
css  design 
july 2016
4 Steps of Analytical Thinking
1. Identification. Identify the type of problem. Look at what is presented and draw an idea of the type of problem you are dealing with. Reasoning behind the problem.

2. Selection. How am I going to solve it? What tools, techniques, methods do I need to solve. Why should I use them.

3. Apply the tools, techniques and methods you've selected.

4. Produce an answer.
psychology  tools 
july 2016
Pony Foo
JavaScript consulting, modularity, front-end architecture, performance, and more. Authored by Nicolás Bevacqua
javascript  development 
july 2016
WebAIM: Color Contrast Checker
Test the contrast of background and foreground colours.
july 2016
The Four Tools of Discipline
Peck’s argument is based on the notion that most of us want to avoid problems – they are painful and often lead us to confront our humanity.
productivity  psychology 
july 2016
Always use a label — Simple = Human
Sometimes designers oversimplify a form by removing the labels. The problem is that minimal does not always mean it’s simple — which is certainly the case for labels. Labels, in fact, are an essential part of designing easy-to-use forms.
UX  design 
july 2016
Pigments Atom Package
Pigments will scan source files in your project directories looking for colors and will build a palette with all of them.
july 2016
A Color Picker for Atom
Right click and select Color Picker, or hit CMD-SHIFT-C/CTRL-ALT-C to open it. Currently reads HEX, HEXa, RGB, RGBa, HSL, HSLa, HSV, HSVa, VEC3 and VEC4 colors – and is able to convert between the formats.
july 2016
Learned optimism
Seligman invites pessimists to learn to be optimists by thinking about their reactions to adversity in a new way.
june 2016
Bushido: Way of Total Bullshit
The term bushido calls forth ghosts of Japan's hallowed samurai class. A class so bent on preserving honor, they'd rather slit their own bellies in ritualistic suicide than live a shamed existence.
june 2016
Adobe Color CC
Create colour palettes
tools  design 
june 2016
What to teach your boys – prevent violence with one simple idea
Here is what I told my friend, the father of two boys (old enough now to speak their gender identity, and happy in the identity of “boy”) who helped that survivor:

People get to choose how they touch and get touched.
june 2016
Happiness for Sale
Do Experiential Purchases Make Consumers Happier than Material Purchases?
june 2016
We'll Always Have Paris - Gilovich, Kumar
The Hedonic Payoff from Experiential and Material Investments
june 2016
Transgender people: 10 common myths
Transgender issues have become a major front in the battle over LGBTQ rights. But there are still many misconceptions about trans people, who identify with a gender different from the one assigned to them at birth.
june 2016
The Mistrust of Science
What you have gained is far more important: an understanding of what real truth-seeking looks like. It is the effort not of a single person but of a group of people—the bigger the better—pursuing ideas with curiosity, inquisitiveness, openness, and discipline. As scientists, in other words.
june 2016
Common Errors in English Usage
Search for common errors in writing.
june 2016
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