Go Tell It on the Mountain

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Buddha is a BridgeI’m listening to super-string physicist Jim Gates’ presentation on The Moth: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” about dealing with expectations, finding your own path, and the dangers involved.

Good talk.

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Reverse Musical Chairs

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12th Annual Dauphin St. Beer Fest - Lounging at Boo Radleys

One of the very hardest things for me is to get up and do something different once I am no longer being productive.

It is a gradual slide. I’m working and occasionally looking at email or twitter. Making a response here and there. As the work gets done, I start looking at other things to do. Then the productivity starts sliding like deck chairs on a sinking ship. I no longer want to take on a task that takes more than 10 minutes, and so I bounce between email, twitter, Facebook, and articles, with ever decreasing satisfaction.

I know I should get up and change something:

  • Talk to one of the other attorneys in the building.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Take my laptop and work on the roof.

However, it is hard to move.

Maybe this site will be interesting.

I say to myself. But, no. What I need to do is to change things up. Read the rest of this entry »

Each Minute Costs The Same

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I love Merlin Mann. He’s an irreverent business guru: he is just as likely to drop some amazing wisdom on you as to make a bathroom joke. However, he will provide insight on why you are not achieving what you want. I recently started listening to Merlin’s new podcast with Dan Benjamin, Back to Work on the 5by5 network. Half way through the most recent show, I had to stop, and download all the prior episodes to start listening from the beginning.

This section from Episode 1 made me stop in my tracks:

Merlin: I want to talk to people who do ship. And everyone out there who thinks they have to live in San Francisco to do something cool to realize that we have all had to carry our own box of t-shirts around Scotland. And the only thing that’s stopping you for doing that [shipping], on some level, not on every level – you don’t get to just push a button and have a TV show tomorrow, but neither did those folks, they had to do a bunch of stuff and then not do even more stuff to make it happen.

I want people think about why they couldn’t ship because of whatever. Because of their pen, because all they have is iPhone 4. Because they are really curious about how this whole Verizon / Android thing is going to shake out. Why couldn’t you ship?

Dan: But in a way, it almost sounds like you are talking about the regular human process of procrastination or making excuses.

M: Yes. I think procrastination is… an effect and not a cause, in my opinion.

D: What’s the cause of procrastination. Read the rest of this entry »

100 Tips Update

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After a bit of a gap, I’m back to writing 100 Tips. I’m covering “Substantial Gainful Activity” and related topics.

Just like when I write on the disability blog, there is quite a bit of research involved to check my understanding and find supporting regulations and rulings. The upshot is that I am clearing out some misconceptions, fine tuning my knowledge and finding answers to questions I have had for a long time.

In other words, it is very educational, however it adds to the writing time. Still, it’s progress.
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Pocket Casts: Better Podcast App

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I’m a big fan of podcasts: This American Life, Radiolab, several shows from TWiT. It’s great to listen to my favorite shows in the car or while exercising. However, I hate syncing to get new shows. When I am running to get out the door, I either leave without fresh episodes or I end out dancing in front of the computer shouting, “faster!”

I have tried using the built in option to get new podcasts from iTunes on the phone, but it is a number of extra clicks, and it isn’t automatic. Since seeing a recommendation for Pocket Casts, I decided to give it a try. While the interface is a bit busy, it completely untethers your iPhone from your computer.

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Grace vs Duty of Happiness

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Listening to Pacal Bruckner on the Pursuit of Happiness on the Philosophy Bites Podcast.

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Google GMail Alias Email Addresses

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George SandHey, did you know that while Gmail does not offer traditional email aliases, there is a workaround?

You can receive messages sent to your.username+any.alias@gmail.com. For example, messages sent to jane.doe+notes@gmail.com are delivered to jane.doe@gmail.com.

You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another email account.

So if you need a quick temp address (say when you are setting up another twitter account), this a quick way of getting a “new” address without a whole lot of mucking about.

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Politics of Disgust

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Listening to Martha Nussbaum on Elucidations podcast on the topic of sexuality and the law (woo-woo!), and particularly the politics of disgust as a foundation of legal regulation.

One of the most influential legal theoreticians of the 20th century, Lord Devlin argued that a society needs to be able to defend itself against intrusion, contamination, defilement and therefore people were within their rights if they used their very strong feelings of disgust to identify things that should be illegal; even if they caused no harm to anyone else.

His great adversary was John Stuart Mill who holds that it is only when something harms or imminently threatens to harm another person that it could possibly be within the realm of legal regulation.

Nussbaum provides an alternative viewpoint of applying empathy as a basis of deciding the applicability of legal regulation.

Churn Predicts Industry Success

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Listening to the Tim Harford at the RSA: Adapt: Why success always starts with failure.

Take away: A high churn rate, the frequency at which businesses are replaced as market leaders within their field, is a strong predictor of strong economic growth. This is not in spite of the failure of the replaced business but because of the failure.

Because the process of economic growth is a process of replacing bad ideas with better ideas.

Now you have another argument against propping up old business models. Give it a listen.

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Neuroscience, Morality & Punishment

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Listening to Philosophy Bites podcast:

Before you say “Clockwork Orange” consider that therapy and medications are often requirements of probation.