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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.

Apple hired John Giannandrea to lead their Machine Learning team. Since his profile was updated on Apple's website yesterday, the regular technology news websites are writing stories about how the teams will work because ... there was a change on the website we must create content for. As usual, John Gruber chimed in with his thoughts on the "news" of the organization

This exactly what I expected after they announced the hiring of Giannandrea. It takes Siri and ML off Craig Federighi’s plate, and allows Giannandrea to report directly to Tim Cook.

Of course, this lists the three white men who lead Apple's team but, has no mention of how many people are included in the team or how this compares to the size of Amazon's or Google's teams. I'm more interested to learn if Apple is indeed taking Siri seriously by putting more brains into the project to try to make Siri better or if they are just hoping that one smart white man will be able to deligate work to the same size of team that has allowed Siri to languish as the last place voice assisstant.

From Kevin Drum's Mother Jones article We Are All Socialist Democrats Now

American liberalism is simply moving once again in the direction of Europe .This is something that conservatives have been accusing us of for decades, mostly because it’s true.

I love that the entirety of conservativism thinks that the way Europe does things is so horrible we should never emulate them even though the countires with the highest living standards are located there.

The idea that healthcare, an education, and housing are basic human rights and should be available to every person isn't a radical idea. I'm sorry but, it's not. I have a hard time understanding the arguements against these things.

+"If you can't afford a doctor then you should die."
*This s not an arguement that I am willing to consed is a valid arguement about the cost of healthcare in the United States.

+"If you can't afford $100,000 education then you shouldn't be able to learn skills that will increase your hiring potential."
*This is also an arguement I have a hard time understanding. Especially in a Free Market enviroment where an education will increase a person's value to a company.

+"You are too poor to have a dwelling."
*This is just plain stupid. Security is one of the most basic things people need and a dwelling is part of that security. The idea that if you can't afford it you should not be able to have it is violence.

I am not sure about homelessness but, I am pretty sure that most European countries have universal healthcare and access to higher education for their citizens. The fact that we are fighting about these things in America shows that the divide between people in this country is a large space to bridge. How do you try to tell someone that money shouldn't be the thing life is valued on when money is the thing they use to value their lives?

James Shelley shared an idea about silence yesterday

We are so enculturated to fear the quiet that we call it ‘dead air,’ ‘awkward silence.’ We viscerally react to the absence of noise and happily fill the void with another commercial.

I'd like to add to this a bit.

I believe the fear of quiet goes back to when people lived in the wild without shelter and is a strong defense mechanism. The wild is hardly quiet. Animals always make noise except for when a pretador is prowling and the prey doesn't want to be hunted; then the noise stops. Quiet in the wild is the trigger that something is happening and it most likely isn't good.

Now, I may be mistaken and sharing something that is factually incorrect. I hope not because I quite like the idea that absolute quiet is a trigger to our lizard brains that something is wrong and we need to be more aware of danger. Of course, this is the exact opposite of how many of us live today. We want it to be absolutely quiet when we are laying down to sleep, when we are our most vulnrerable. This change in behavior is fascinating. The idea that shelter and our modern societies are so at odds with our animal instinct is intriguing.

https://om.co/2018/05/26/we-are-all-trapped-in-the-feed/

Not sure what to pull out specifically from this article because it all has the feel of 'Old Man Yelling at Cloud' to me.

I'm not saying there are no valid points in here at all. I'm saying that complaining that social media is showing you memes and extrapolating that it is broken from that is not a good point. If you are disappointed in the conversations you are seeing on social media, change your social media strategy. I see more and more of the important conversations on Twitter than just memes and jokes but, I also see the sarcastic comments on the racist tweet of the day. I get great recommendations from YouTube on what to watch, I also get stupid recommendations. If you watch a bunch of a certain type of video and YouTube isn't surfacing more of that type of video then that is a problem and you should investigate that because in my experience YouTube's algorithm surfaces similar videos really well.

Now, get off my lawn with your contradicting opinion about how the internet works for you.

The sub headline for Automation Orchard is "The place to find resources to help you automate your life".

This seems like a very nice round up of apps and services around the internet that you can hook into to set up automation routines to do what the tag line says. Except for one little missing service, Android.

There is no tag or catagory for Google or Android on the site.

I would change the tub headline to something like, "
The place to find resources to help you automate your life if you use mostly Apple services".

I would like to think that this wouldn't bother me so much but, in the two sentences used to describewhat the website does, the second sentence is:

Automation Orchard is collecting content from all over the web to give you a central repository where you can find everything about automation.

If you can find everything about automation on this site then, where are the Android, Google, and Google Assisstant categories? The website quite frankly, does not have everything you can find about automation without those.

And, I understand that this is a personal project and not something that should be considered to be the entirety of automation services. But, when you use language like that in your description and sub headline and don't have any information about a pretty significant service then I think you shouldn't use language that suggests you have links and information about everything automation.

We may never know how many clients and apps Google thinks people need to message each other. According to
this story
from
Phone Arena
there's going to be at least one more. Messages on the desktop.

That gives us
+ Messages
+ Google Voice
+ Hangouts
+ Allo
+ Duo

And probably a few more I missed.