I frustrate my direct supervisor at work, in part because I hate goals, and I verbalize my disapproval of them. My nuanced feelings about goals and the deadlines frequently associated with them can't fit into an entry like this. That said, I agree with a lot of what James Clear has to say about goals. One of those that has bitten our team most recently is this shortcoming of goals:
You can’t predict the future. (I know, shocking.)
But every time we set a goal, we try to do it. We try to plan out where we will be and when we will make it there. We try to predict how quickly we can make progress, even though we have no idea what circumstances or situations will arise along the way.
Really though, you should read the whole article. It's well-written, and I'm curious to read his newsletters going forward. #
Henry Ward has some interesting responses to some of these questions, and not all of them do I agree with. Regardless, I most liked the non-abbreviated answers he gave to the following questions:
- How do I get employees to perform better?
- How do I give negative feedback?
- When do I fire somebody?
- Why can’t I just tell people what to do?
SPOILER ALERT! Here are the abbreviated answers he gives to those questions:
- Tell them what they are doing well.
- By being curious.
- When you know they can’t succeed.
- Because the more responsibility you have, the less authority you have. #
A fascinating insight into why NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory only uses pi to the 15th decimal place (3.141592653589793). I like the second example the most:
We can bring this down to home with our planet Earth. It is 7,926 miles in diameter at the equator. The circumference then is 24,900 miles. That's how far you would travel if you circumnavigated the globe (and didn't worry about hills, valleys, obstacles like buildings, rest stops, waves on the ocean, etc.). How far off would your odometer be if you used the limited version of pi above? It would be off by the size of a molecule. There are many different kinds of molecules, of course, so they span a wide range of sizes, but I hope this gives you an idea. Another way to view this is that your error by not using more digits of pi would be 10,000 times thinner than a hair!
Given this perspective, it makes you wonder why things like this exist. ("Because we can!" Uh huh.) #
This was such a touching story, and I loved listening to it. What an open and inviting heart Mr. Rogers always displayed to all of us. It's only years after the fact that I've come to appreciate how different his approach was to life. What a good man to emulate in many ways. #
My boys aren't anywhere near the age of needing to build one (or have me build one, and them act like it was theirs). Regardless, I found this to be pretty interesting, and I love how it's possible to make a great car, in a relatively short amount of time. It feels like it leaves more time for the kids to make the car what they want... even though winning isn't everything (but it sure is nice). #
I really like DKNG's work, and own multiple prints from them. I also have a soft spot for patches (though, admittedly, I never do anything with them, apart from put them in a little "happy box", and look at them every now and then). As it is, the venn diagram represented by this new patch essentially guaranteed I would buy it. $6? Done. #
I was in the middle of doing the exact same thing as this guy (copying all of my movies to my computer so they would be accessible via AppleTV... instead of having my kids scratch the discs), and I got to a movie he mentioned - Lord of the Rings (and Dances with Wolves... though my kids don't watch either of those movies). I love named chapters in movies, and wanted to have both a combined file, and have chapters. Simple walk-through right here. The added bonus is him pointing the way to iDentify, since MetaX has become abandonware. #
Because you never know when you'll need a high quality photo of an awesome person/character. It shows here as square, but the original is gorgeous. Awesomeness. #
Just to prove how long I've kept some tabs open in my browser, this one dates back to June of 2014. Every now and then, I re-watch this looping gif, and love how the ball ends up in so many different places, with (seemingly) the exact same beginning. As a Dodgers fan, I love watching Clayton Kershaw pitch. #
Although I prefer the awesomeness of SpriteStitch.com, and the endless supply of patterns (not to mention helpful people), NERDpillo has made it one step closer to being done, by gathering all the supplies you'll need to actually make one of those awesome video game map cross-stitches. #