So, um, yeah, this is way out of my wheelhouse. But, what an amazing video.

I can’t believe that there are people out there that do this.

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Fail we may

Fail we may, sail we must

Andrew Weatherall

TL;DR

The Death of Polling is Greatly Exagerated

Says website built on a reputation of accurate polling.

I may or may not have had too much espresso today.

Lasting Record

Patrick Rhone

If you love something digital — writing, journalling, a blog post, anything — and you want to preserve it for hundreds of years, you’ll print it on paper. Nothing digital lasts. In fact, it has a proven track record of not lasting.

I dislike this type of blanket statement of fact.

Paper doesn’t last for hundreds of years if it is not cared for.

Who is going to care for your Hobonichi journal once you’re gone?
Who is going to preserve the blog post you copied to 60 gsm paper and meticulously calligraphied to look like an old time bible?
Okay if it looks good enough some one might preserve it.

The idea that you have to save and preserve your ramblings and thoughts and tasks and goals and whatever you use your notebook or blog for is just … well, pedestrian. Your thoughts on productivity, what Apple should release, how Google is horrible, or whatever your writing about will most likely not impact anyone in 10, 20, or 100 years. No matter what format you use.

It’s not like we’re all looking to some random Roman baker for ideas on how to live our lives now.  What ideas are we stealing from The Enlightenment? Not Sherry’s recipe for crow pie. It is a select few who get to echo through the ages and let’s face it, you’re blog about Apple probably isn’t going to resonate with anyone soon.

But, hey, I could be wrong and your blog about minimalism is the one that people find in a future that has no idea about Stoicism or the ancient human cultures that birthed the philosophy and you become the new Marcus Aurelius.   Do you care?   You won’t be there to see it.   You won’t be there to direct it. You won’t be there to shape it.

No, seek not to preserve your writing for generations to come. Write for yourself and if it gets saved then count it a blessing.
Do not fret about trying to preserve your words.
Do not think that you have to preserve your words. 

Apricity

Rob  Macfarlane used to do a Word of the Day on twitter.

His word for Wednesday January 17th, 2018 was Apricity

the warmth of the sun on a winter’s day

It’s a complicated word for a complicated feeling.

Personally, I like the definition better than the word.

The warmth of the sun on a winter’s day, sounds better than Apricity. The phrase flows better, has more feeling, is more descriptive, than just a word.

I do miss his Word of the Day. Maybe it will return soon.

Bucatini Shortage

If this sentence doesn’t make you want to read Rachel Handler’s story about the bucatini shortage of 2020 than nothing will.

This made both perfect sense and absolutely no fucking sense at all, the sort of demented-timeline event that could only happen in 2020, when everything is, metaphorically, an innocent piece of pasta turned into a straw in a bid to help the environment that actually ends up being fatally dangerous.

The slow casual awareness that there is a shortage leads to the investigation to find out why there is a shortage.

Bucatini is a very good pasta and I have missed making  Blue Apron’s Meyor Lemon Bucatini.

And, to be fair, bucatini is a fun word to say. It always reminds me of Star Wars and the Jawas in A New Hope.

I remember going down the Alpine Slide in Winter Park when I was a kid and loving it.

Someone is not everyone

Seth Godin writes about disappointment

The opportunity is to find someone to delight and to embrace the fact that someone is not everyone.

He’s not wrong. Somebody is probably going to be disappointed. On the other hand, Somebody might be delighted.

Focus on the positive rather than the negative.

Do It Well

Annie Mueller describes what she is serious about.

I’m already immersed in my own life, and that’s what I’m passionate about. I’m serious about doing work I enjoy and doing it well. I find that passion has very little effect on that, one way or the other; discipline, focus, curiosity, and low tolerance for bullshit, on the other hand, are immensely helpful.

I would like to believe that I’m serious about the same thing.

Doing work I enjoy and doing it well.

My current work is in warehousing and shipping. I enjoy it. I enjoy getting people to be part of a team and to focus in on a goal and execute the process to meet that goal.

I’m not passionate about it. If I was passionate about coaching I wouldn’t be in the 3rd party logistic business. I’d be in the coaching business and, honestly, I don’t think I have my shit together enough to be in the coaching business.

Logistics Work is Hard Work

I did not see anything in this article dehumanizing workers.

I am in the logistics industry and, there are many things that can be improved upon, nothing in the article strikes me as dehumanizing and awful work. That is, if you go into the job expecting warehouse work, you  shouldn’t be surprised to get warehouse work.

I don’t want to go point by point, but some of the big points are:  1. Working 10 hours - the person signed up for a 10 hour schedule, why are they surprised they would be working 10 hours? 2. The computer tracks you - Amazon is a business and needs to know how that business is performing so there are metrics that should be meet by employees; those metrics have to be tracked somehow. 3. Inadequate Training - This is a valid point and more training should have been provided.

Let’s not forget that fulfillment is hard work. While we cheer Doctors and Nurses (rightfully), and thank grocery store workers and truck drivers, the people who are packaging your purchases for shipping are often forgot. They do hard work to make sure you get your iPad or bamboo bath mat when the company says you will get it.

Let’s not expect a warehouse to be a work environment with no accountability for job performance.

No work place should be without accountability.

We must ring the bells that still can ring.

Just watched the shoot out at the OK Corral scene in Tombstone and the police have always shot randomly and excessively into buildings apparently.

Sitting at the dealership waiting for scheduled maintenance to be completed.

Anyone else find it weird that in the original Star Wars trilogy, Jedi are old and legends but the Clone Wars were fought when Luke, a eight-teen something teenager, was born?

An entire galaxy with the technology to space travel can’t remember groups and events from 20 years ago?

I’m curious to know what people think warehouse work actually is after reading articles like this from The Verge.

Most, if not all, warehouse fullfillment work is tedious and better suited to robots than people. It always has been. Why are people surprised to read that now?

The movie Central Intelligence is alot of fun.

Trying something new with my larger chores today:

Breaking them into smaller tasks with breaks on between.

The idea in my head is that I will get more done of I have twelve 5 minute tasks instead of two 30 minute tasks.

TIL that the 2nd largest loss of life in California history was due to the St Francis Dam collapse north of Los Angeles in 1928.

A short review of Miche Schmitz’s article Habits vs. Tasks

Hand-wavy, mumbo jumbo, to make you feel like you’re not productive enough to be creative and sell you a Workshop.

His overall idea; Goals are dumb, habits are better. You should track them both because … productivity!

Lamy 2000 writing update after one week: Buttery smooth.

The nib does not scratch on the Tomoe River paper in my Hobonichi Techo.

So far I’m really impressed with this pen.

Baseball is back. ⚾

I did not agree with MLB having a season in 2020 and didn’t watch. I’m cautiously optomistic about being a fan again this year.

Sriracha to go packets are adorable.

The storm at the very beginning of Twister is insane.

Woohoo! Got the email saying my Analog preorder has shipped.