9 of the best online essays I’ve read this year

Of all the (many, many) online articles I’ve saved to my “Favorites” collection so far this year, these 9 are the best. Read on for some excellent writing on morality, programming, focus, and the beautiful mess that is individual human experience.

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New Japanese-English Anki deck: Wonder Egg Priority

Just today shared on my Github: an Intermediate-level Japanese-English vocabulary Anki flashcard deck for the anime series Wonder Egg Priority.

Use this Anki deck to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary used in the Wonder Egg Priority series, to make your watching experience more fluid and interesting!

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Keeping habits, reaching goals, and maintaining motivation: What I’ve learned after 2 years on Habitica

When I joined Habitica in 2018, I was just starting to build a career in technology, and I knew that in order to meet my career goals, I needed a tool to keep me accountable and on track. Two years later, I still log into Habitica daily, I lead a team of accountability partners, and I’ve recently landed a shiny new job (!) with the skills that Habitica helped me develop. It may seem cheesy to some, but this RPG-style productivity tool has kept me hooked on my goals like no other tracking tool (physical or digital) I’ve tried. And along the way, I’ve been surprised and pleased by the course of my habit-building journey, which has often gone in directions I didn’t expect.

Here’s what I’ve learned from my 2 years on Habitica.

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Books I’ve Read -> On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

I’ve written a few book reviews on this site, but so far they haven’t accomplished the goals I have in mind when writing them. So bear with me (or don’t) while I try something new.

I won’t bore you with a summary of On Writing, because that’s what Goodreads is for. Instead, I’m going to talk about the things that this book made me think and feel, and what I want to remember of the experience of reading it. You can decide for yourself whether you’d like to try thinking and feeling similar things. On with the not-a-review review!

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Games I’ve Played -> Summer in Mara

Maybe it was the first few months of pandemic getting to me, but I really connected with Summer in Mara. It’s a basic farming sim with a save-the-world quest line, and it is downright charming.

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How we reworked our ECM processes

I recently won a leadership award for my work on my employer’s ECM (enterprise content management) system, and I had the pleasure of delivering a speech to a group of professionals whose organizations also use the Laserfiche ECM platform. I’ve published a lightly edited version of the speech here, for the benefit of anyone else who might be struggling with the same content management problems.

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Things I’ve Read -> Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Never Split the Difference belongs to the category of what I call “self-help for MBAs,” aimed at business-y folks who want to improve life skills: in this case, negotiation. Secondarily, it includes mini crime-drama-thriller tidbits from the author’s tenure as a negotiation specialist with the FBI. What results is a practical negotiation guide which is less boring than it sounds for virtue of some action-packed storytelling and actual results (!).

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Good reads from the last week of January

I hope everyone is staying warm and safe as we prepare to get snowed in. This Monday, I have 2 comics and a thinkpiece
to warm up your brain for the work week.

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Good reads from the week of 1/11/2021

I started this week reading about technology drama: Section 230, social media gripes, and the performance problems that arise when you use Chrome as a base for everything. The last piece is off-topic for this blog, but is a very well-written, thoroughly enjoyable non-fiction mystery read—a good reminder that the craft of writing is still alive in some corners of the internet.

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