Elsewhere: Week of March 1, 2021
Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.
- This Twitter thread shared an important reflection on the universality of pain, as well as the universality of how we run from pain, individually and collectively. (H/T Cassey)
- Some musings by Simon Willison on running office hours on open-source projects as a way to combat the feeling of “publishing software into the void”, getting feedback from those using your project, and potentially generating some revenue for the project as well.
- Turns out, the “mayday” distress call comes from the French phrase «m'aider» (“help me”). (H/T Katelyn Thomas)
- Alexithymia is the condition of not being able to express emotional feelings as words or images. Not being able to do so leads to harmful physiological effects; it is “the development of this capacity – the psychic elaboration of emotion – that leads, quite literally, to continued mental growth.”