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Quoderat at [Technology as Nature](

) shares his thoughts on a Twitter thread about a research expedition to the Amazon

"The wild" is now racist? Huh. I go to the wild areas of Florida all the time. I plan to keep calling them that no matter how racist it might be. If an area has a bunch of animals, trees, and not that many buildings, it’s wild.

I think he misses the point by a mile. This response is what the hubbub is about

Not that "the wild" is a racist term. But the terms used in the announcement are structured as a continuation of white men colonialism and that part needs to stop.

swissmiss posted a quote about how someone took their hobby and opened an Etsy and started selling their jewelry in addition to their regular job.

What was leisure became labor

I have had this same conversation with people before. I know a retiree who likes to wood work and it has been impossible to explain to him that he does not have to take orders online if wants to sell pieces that he has made.

There is the idea out there that once you start selling stuff from your hobby it becomes a business and you have to start operating like a business. I do not agree with that at all.

Much like the retiree, if I wanted to turn woodworking into a hobby and I had extra pieces I would sell them, but I would not take orders from people to make pieces to sell. It doesn't seem hard for me to separate the hobby from the business but I might be thinking of them in the wrong way.

This post from Michael Wade came across my Newsblur reader a day after I overheard a discussion about millennials and work ethic.

Basically the discussion was

Older white man: Kids these days think missing 12 days (a year) is acceptable. When I was starting out I didn't miss 12 days in the first 15 years I worked.

Younger white man: Yeah, I don't think I've missed 12 days since I started working.

Me Thinking: That's not something to brag about. We work to much.

The American puritanical work ethic is not something to be proud about. It is something we should actively be working to get away from; especially in today's efficiency is key business world.

Nick Heer at Pixel Envy is annoyed by Netflix autoplay previews

But there’s nothing we can do about it because I guess whatever metrics they use to measure engagement or whatever are overriding common sense and basic decency. Short of unsubscribing, it seems we’re stuck with this because Netflix simply won’t listen to the complaints of their users.

The silent majority shouldn't be held hostage to the vocal minority. The twitter search he links to is 25 tweets from Netflix. Twenty Five.

In fact, I watched one of the auto play previews last night and will watch a show only because it auto played a video preview and I didn't have to try to figure out if it looked interesting from a short, vague description.

Don't get me started on Auto Tune though. That is something that needs to go away.

Om Malik on publishers

And it is not just digital publishers. Even traditional media outlets are so, for the lack of a better word,



When your money comes from advertising you have to reach as many eyeballs as possible to claim a larger impact on the ads you show. That means that you have to water down your coverage and focus on the most broadly appealing stories. And not do the hard work of journalism; asking if this story is actually news.

Erin Boyle at Reading My Tea Leaves has a nice post about the beginning of the new year. It's a type of New Year's Resolutions post without the list. Just a couple of sentences about what she wants to do.

I’ll write a list of books I want to read. Maybe I’ll think some more about a book I’d like to write. I’ll pledge to visit a museum exhibit a month, no less. I’ll swear by color and sunshine and Vitamin D and promise to get myself through another winter without too much suffering. I’ll remember the spring bulbs I planted with Faye. I’ll water my new fern every morning. I’ll be better at saving pennies for taxes. (I’ll try to save some other pennies for travel.)

I like this view of Resolutions. Instead of Goals that need to be tracked and monitored and achieved it is a list of Wants that can be developed over the coming year. A list of Maybes instead of a list of Must Do's

Seth Godin gives me something to ponder today:

Sooner or later, all motivation is self motivation. And the challenge and opportunity is in finding the external forces that will soon become internal ones.

I struggle with motivation. A lot.

I call it procrastination. In reality it is a lack of motivation. Goals that I want to work on go unnoticed. Tasks I want to complete keep getting pushed back. It is not procrastination if it is a daily habit. It is a lack of motivation.

If all motivation is self motivation then how do I find my self motivation?

I've been thinking today about News and how people can call it biased. Here are some quick thoughts.

News itself is not biased. An Event either happened or not.

Commentary on the News is biased. A person's thoughts, beliefs, ideology or opinions will definitely put bias on how they cover the News.

An example from the past week.

This is news:

George H.W. Bush passed away.

This is commentary:

George H.W. Bush has a legacy that will be shown in history as one of the best of American presidents

You can not argue that George H.W. Bush passed away.

You can argue what his legacy will be.

This post News that we still call News is not really News.

It is Commentary and while part of the News Cycle is not News.

Ben Brooks has a reply to a specific passage from a post at Working Mother about Jeff Bezos thoughts on work/life balance

Life shouldn’t be hard, as a "boss" I always felt it was asinine to make life harder by making someone be chained to set hours when they "have" to work.

This is a great attitude to have as a boss when your work is not time dependent.

What is time dependent? Any hourly employee who has a scheduled shift that starts at a specific time and ends at another specific time is time dependent. I can't allow my employees an hour off during their 8 hour warehouse shift to go grocery shopping; I would lose my job. If I was managing an office where the deadlines were not in the next 2-5 hours, then I would absolutely be able to give an employee an hour off to go shopping.

Work/Life balance is preached from on high by those people who have the time of work that allows them to have Work/Life balance.

The best part of the Working Mother post is the last sentence:

The key to it all, as Bezos' advice then therefore suggests, is finding that cyclic harmony.

Over complicate a sentence much?

Apple had a marketing campaign called "It just works".

I believe every single company making consumer technology devices should live by that slogan.

Most technology reviews focus on specs and resolutions and benchmarks. That's the easy part of a review. That's just numbers on a page. the more important part of a review is how the product *actually* works. Is the device able to do what I expect it to do? Will it get bogged down if I use it for a specific task?

The problem I have with technology is that many companies don't seem to care about the *use* of the device. They seem to take the technical specs as the defining qualities of the device and release it into the world to underwhelm everyone.