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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A short reading list from the first full week of 2021

Wow. What a week. 

In the time that I wasn’t glued to the news (for obvious reasons), I found some really good reads! Continue for links to: the personal blog of a devoted data nerd; the funniest Wikipedia entry I’ve read in a long time; and contemplation on the mindsets that lead to a good life, courtesy of literary genius whose 1,000-page “tragi-comedy” I enjoy but have never managed to finish, David Foster Wallace.

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The best things I read during the final week of 2020

The best things I read this week were completely unrelated to the change of calendar… but if you’re a software geek or a manga nerd, you might enjoy this. 🙂

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2020: My year in numbers

The maxim to “know thyself” is a bit of a game to me. Every day, I use a series of apps, scripts, and spreadsheets to keep track of metrics that are important to me—the numbers that illustrate what my life looks like as a whole. I like to think that it helps me frame a more objective picture of my behavior, absent (or at least somewhat removed from) the wishing and romanticism that we tend to weave into our personal narratives as humans.

In this post, I’ll take a glance at some of my metrics from 2020. I’ll explain how I use these numbers to set my expectations and goals for the year ahead. And hopefully I’ll give you some ideas for using technology in your own quest for self-knowledge. 🙂

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Neat stuff I found online during the week of 12/21/2020

A collection of stuff worth reading, including:

Why profit-driven tech companies contribute to open-source, problems with advertising on Facebook, and (to kick off your new year) life advice in spades.

My favorite quote from the bunch:

62. “If they’ll do it with you, they’ll do it to you” and “those who live by the sword die by the sword” mean the same thing. Viciousness you excuse in yourself, friends, or teammates will one day return to you, and then you won’t have an excuse.

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/7hFeMWC6Y5eaSixbD/100-tips-for-a-better-life
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