Archive for July, 2015

I Lava You

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

I wish you could watch the video too, but the song alone is awesome.

Here’s how this lion-killing dentist thing is going to play out

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Nailed it.


Sunday, July 26th, 2015

Kitt Hodsden and I think alike:

Last time I went to buy socks, I bought 32 pairs of socks, all white, all of the same style. These 32 pairs of socks replaced the remaining 10 pairs of white socks I had purchased years before. I had decided long ago to optimize for efficiency, both at laundry time and in the morning. By buying socks all of the same color and style, I didn’t have to pair them when folding my clothes. I also didn’t have to worry about grabbing socks in the morning, I grabbed two socks from the basket and off I went.

She has found that buying novelty socks brings her joy, so has moved away from THE SYSTEM. But I still like it. I have found her “optimizing for delight” in other areas though. For a long time I only bought black picture frames, for a simple elegant consistency at home. But at some point I went screw it and started getting frames more suited to the artwork and it’s way better.

The Fermi Paradox

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

This is my favorite article on the internet I think. It puts a bunch of numbers on the chances of other life in our galaxy. There are a lot of Earths out there:

So there are 100 Earth-like planets for every grain of sand in the world. Think about that next time you’re on the beach.

And goes on to talk about how many of them are much older than Earth, and it really seems like intelligent life should be all over the place. But as best as we can tell, it isn’t. The Fermi Paradox is about why not and potential answers.

My preference is Possibility 9:

Higher civilizations are here, all around us. But we’re too primitive to perceive them.

Why Are You So Angry?

Friday, July 24th, 2015

Ian Danskin’s 6-part series digging into angry behavior and where it comes from. Start at part one.

I think he puts a pretty good finger on it. In part two, he uses an analogy where you offer someone a drink at a party, they respond with “I don’t drink” and you feel a little judged and standoffish. I know I’ve been there. Then:

“Anita Sarkeesian is that woman at the party. Who does not say, but whose presence in his mind suggests, that if he thought more critically about the media he consumes, he wouldn’t be playing his favorite games. And that if he continues playing having heard from her, it means he’s a terrible person. She never says this. She doesn’t believe this. But she makes him fear that it’s true.”

YES. There’s the rub.

It’s so easy to feel that way. I’ve felt it many times. I remember feeling standoffish when learning about sexism stuff (NOT ALL MEN). I remember feeling standoffish when learning about privilege (NOTHING WAS HANDED TO ME DAMMIT).

I’m glad I didn’t do something really stupid like record YouTube videos of myself rallying against those things. But I can (sadly) understand where that anger comes from. If you did do something really stupid like record YouTube videos of yourself rallying against those things, they can become these public relics of your anger. You get defensive of those, and the hate and anger snowballs.

The Disapproval Matrix

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The lower-left quadarant of Ann Friedman’s excellent chart is “Frenemies”:

Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you.

This is helpful for me to understand. I get my fair share of jerks in the peanut gallery who can get extra sharp with their remarks because they’ve been following my work for some time, they can make it more personal and specific. I’m going to try ignoring them in the same way I ignore the garden variety trolls and haters.


Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Pokey LaFarge has been awesome for a lot of years now. He puts together such a classy band with a great old time vibe and killer chops. Fun to see this video blowing up: