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Missives and musings on a variety of topics.

The topic of “do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life” has been popping up on my Twitter timeline again lately.

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • According to this study, it turns out that you're more likely to feel passion for your work if you believe that pssion comes from pursuing important, rather than enjoyable, work.
  • ”'Your best self' is a mirage that capitalism created to make you feel inadequate, so that you buy more stuff. Forget about it. Hang up the phone. Let's work with this self, the one that's right here, right now. […] Let's let go of all that striving, and plant the seeds for something new. What will you nourish and grow in the coming year, and how will you share your essence?” — excellent closing remarks from Jocelyn K. Glei's latest (final?) episode of the Hurry Slowly podcast.
  • Breathe in through your heart, breathe out through your heart feels more focused as a breathing exercise. (H/T Pratik)
  • Diverse teams can build products with significantly less shit-face.
  • This Twitter thread is triggering my need for symmetry, but it's also pretty hilarious.

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I updated the time format on my iPhone to 24-hour time, and doing so put all of the third-party apps on my phone into the “Other” category of the App Library. 🤷🏻‍♂️

Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • “A consumer co-op’s biggest advantage is its refusal to play by traditional corporate rules. Co-ops not only keep more money in the communities where they are active, they create a more direct link between labour and capital that isn’t always present in privately held businesses. [...] In other words, being a co-op wasn’t how MEC ended up losing its competitive edge—forgetting that fact was the problem.”
  • I love this idea of centripetal vs. centrifugal books. Both types are important — and I think that it applies to many forms of art, too.
  • ”'Cancel' and 'woke' are the latest terms to originate in Black culture only to be appropriated into the White mainstream and subsequently thrashed to death,” explains Clyde McGrady in this Washington Post op-ed.
  • Nearly two-thirds of anti-vaccine disinformation on social media is shared by a dozen influencers — and those platforms fail to act on 95% of it.
  • This Twitter thread shares some astonishing comparisons on how quickly Chris Sharma dominated his athletic field, rock climbing.

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I keep thinking about this particular logical fallacy, summarized beautifully by this quote:

The first step is to measure whatever can be easily measured. This is OK as far as it goes.

The second step is to disregard that which can't be easily measured or to give it an arbitrary quantitative value. This is artificial and misleading.

The third step is to presume that what can't be measured easily really isn't important. This is blindness.

The fourth step is to say that what can't be easily measured really doesn't exist. This is suicide.

— Daniel Yankelovich, “Corporate Priorities: A continuing study of the new demands on business” (1972).

I first came across it in business school, nearly twenty-five years ago. It’s interesting that we still don’t seem to have learned anything from it.

I am beyond humbled that the Pacific Neuroscience Institute includes Thought Detox as a way to reduce anxiety in this incredible resource for Parkinson’s Disease caregivers to maintain wellness during the pandemic.

Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • Universal health care is a fundamental human right, but it has to come hand-in-hand with accessibility to be truly universal. Quebec has a long way to go.
  • This Twitter thread tries to describe what systemic racism feels like to folks that have never experienced it.
  • No, we don’t really swallow spiders in our sleep.
  • If you really want to understand a subject, it’s not enough to read about it — you also have to read around it.
  • As a sometimes-photographer, I understand both the value of, and the sheer work involved in, culling a set of photos down to the “keepers.” Some now offer their photo-curating skill to the general public.”
  • And what's much more concerning, quite frankly, is [Tesla] are using consumers, bystanders, other passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists as lab rats for an experiment for which none of these people signed up.”

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Saw a bunch of red-winged blackbirds and Canada Geese during my morning walk today. I don't know why, but seeing (and hearing!) them is the harbinger of spring in Montreal — not the mild weather.

Just testing something — nothing to see here. 🙂

I guess the second day of spring is probably a good day to take down the Christmas lights. 🤷🏻‍♂️