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Things That Aren’t Journalism

The words “news”, “journalism”, “journalist”, “reporting” should have stricter definitions. I’m painting the below in broad strokes. Obviously, there are exceptions and special circumstances and mitigating context. But also obviously, a lot of media sources clearly and unambiguously fall into these non-journalism buckets. A lot of media isn’t journalism, and that’s fine. Nobody expects anContinue reading “Things That Aren’t Journalism”

Anything That Continues Is Working

Arguing that DRM doesn’t work is, it turns out, missing the point. DRM is working really well in the video and book space. Things that continue are working. They might not be working for their intended purposes, or the purposes you suppose they’re for. But make no mistake, they’re working in some way. AndContinue reading “Anything That Continues Is Working”

Starting at Goodwill

Once Humana’s vaccine mandate was announced, I had to immediately start searching for a new job. And here I am! Today is day two of my onboarding at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. Everybody is so warm and friendly. It’s less like working at a corporate, and more like being at a very big church!

Incremental Systems and Habits

I highly recommend Scott Adams’ book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. Here I’ll quote his blog, talking about a chapter in the book. For example, losing ten pounds is a goal (that most people can’t maintain), whereas learning to eat right is a system that substitutes knowledge for willpower. reading “Incremental Systems and Habits”

Feynman’s Breakthrough, Disregard Others!

The word was “Disregard!” “That’s what I’d forgotten!” he shouted (in the middle of the night). “You have to worry about your own work and ignore what everyone else is doing.” At first light, he called his wife, Gweneth, and said, “I think I’ve figured it out. Now I’ll be able to work again!”

I Can Tolerate Anything Except The Outgroup

It seems to me that you only pardon the sins that you don’t really think sinful. You only forgive criminals when they commit what you don’t regard as crimes, but rather as conventions. You forgive a conventional duel just as you forgive a conventional divorce. You forgive because there isn’t anything to be forgiven.

How I Almost Destroyed a £50 million War Plane and The Normalisation of Deviance

When I line my jet up on the runway I will always check that I have full and free controls, that there are no other aircraft on the final approach that might land on top of me and that the runway ahead is clear. I also check that I have the correct flap selected andContinue reading “How I Almost Destroyed a £50 million War Plane and The Normalisation of Deviance”