Via Dave Pell’s NextDraft:
Mailchimp, the newsletter service that sent this to you, just sold to Intuit for a cool $12 billion. More amazing than the number, which is damn amazing, is that the company never took any outside funding, making this the "largest-ever acquisition of a privately-held bootstrapped company. It's also a huge windfall for the founders of Mailchimp, which opted for profit-sharing instead of st
Security policy as death contract
I worked with a customer in the waning days of a significant security breech. The customer vocally committed to making cyber security a top priority. *
This commitment included efforts I worked on.
Another item this commitment included was an updated security policy.
The two came into conflict -- the new policy, written during the breech and approved immediately upon recovery, was absolute. Pa
Drowning here in Summer’s cauldron
I relished Tokyo's festivals.
Every weekend had 1 or 2 or 6 or 10 in and around the city.
As much as I loved living there, it was not always enough. Going to some random country's fair at Yoyogi Park or heading to a suburb for their local delicacies helped keep me involved and integrated into life in the city.
Now, with many festivals cancelled, you may need to be creative to enjoy su
Word of the Day: Bon Vivant by :
Word of the Day : December 2, 2019
: a sociable person who has cultivated and refined tastes especially with respect to food and drink
Did You Know?
Fans of fine French wine and cuisine won't be surprised to hear that the French language gave us a number of words for those who enjoy good living and good eating. Gourmet, gourmand, and gastronome com
Brain grinding & other ailments
The Fight You Don’t See – Rhoneisms:
All of these happen. Daily. Often, many times a day. I’m pretty sure no one around me can tell. Most of the time no one is around when they occur.
And, I know I’m not alone. I know from speaking about it to other mental illness survivors that it happens to them too. Maybe not exactly the same things or thoughts but similar enough to let me know I’m not alone. Th
The Problem with Newsletter Advice — CJ Chilvers:
The good advice for business (and life) is boring and readily available.
Save money automatically.
Strive for more agency in work and life.
Put family first.
Without your health, nothing else can happen.
And so on…
CJ talks about newsletters, but does a nice abstraction about the key
Skill as art, peer review as expression
A friend and colleague asked me to review a section of an already sent customer deliverable. The customer expressed strong negative views about the content and how it was communicated in one specific section. “The customer is always right,” and the customer also happens to be correct in their assessment.
I’m not throwing the person who wrote this material “under the bus”. Most people in IT
Twelve Golden Rules to the Art of Conversation
The Art of Conversation: Twelve Golden Rules by Josephine Turck Baker (web | index)
Avoid unnecessary details.
Do not ask question No. 2 until No. 1 has been answered.
Do not interrupt another while they are speaking.
Do not contradict another, especially when the subject under discussion is of trivial importance.
Do not do all the talking; give your tired lis
What I am doing now …
It's still there, waiting for me, or so I'm lead to believe.
Still in Seoul for work. I head home in 12 days. While I've enjoyed my time here, I'm ready to be home. I've been busy and expect to stay that way.
Done for the semester, but the school of life remains open 24x365!
Thinking out loud: Cars; or the absence thereof
I loved not owning or having a car for the three years I lived in Tokyo.
While I like Midori, my 13+ year Toyota, I would love to hand her off to someone else.
During the pandemic she was mostly parked. The occasional drives could easily have been done in another family vehicle or postponed. Now I'm in Korea for 2 months. She is collecting tree detritus.
I've got an adult child livin
Knocks, yellow, reflection
Someone is knocking on a nearby hotel room door with an implement. The sound is metallic, hollow, and I can't help but think louder for me than the intended recipient.
A yellow dust from China descended on Korea, a dust obscuring Seoul after a rainfall forecast to clear out pollution. I'm told it's an annual event, the yellow dust.
I settled up the hotel bill for my most recent two weeks in residence. It'
Male diet culture: Another diet with a clever hashtag, branding
"The food movement became the wellness culture, which is just diet culture rebranded by Gwyneth Paltrow." :
men, look: It’s really okay to just talk about your feelings and maybe hug a friend? You do not have to take cold showers and workout twice a day or use a dumb acronym just because you did something nice for someone else. (Also maybe it’s even nicer if you don’t n
Put relationships first
From Cal Newport via Lex Fridman:
“If I was going to give advice to young people...If they haven’t already, bad things are going to happen that you can’t control. So, what’s the plan?...How do you live life when life is hard in ways that are unfair and unpredictable? Relationships is the buffer for all of that...It’s all we’re wired to do. It’s like ALL of our brain is for this...It’s at the core of human th
Seoul from my sick room window
I enjoy peeping these hidden rooftop spaces from my wee room on the eleventh floor.
First up is a space that epitomizes what I'm talking about:
This one seems sadly underutilized and a bit messy
Next we have a space looking like maybe it's under construction:
Now we're back into the better appointed spaces. This one says, "Party!"
Hard to see in this pictu