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2019.07.12 The Rise and Fall of “Mentally Retarded”

The Rise and Fall of “Mentally Retarded”

An interesting article on the "euphemism treadmill" of terms used to describe a condition. I'm absolutely guilty of having been one of the "10 year olds" he describes, but I'm sensitive enough to find the article informative and share it with others. I found myself nodding along at several points, but this paragraph particularly resonated with me:

By declaring the word an insult and also no longer an official term, the community set up a circular argument. If “mental retardation” is no longer an official, or acceptable, term for a specific group of people, how does using it as insult against those who aren’t in that group denigrate those who are? Like "idiot," "moron" and "imbecile," "retarded" is no longer an official term; it is merely an insult on par with "stupid." It doesn’t officially refer to any group, and so it doesn’t denigrate any group. The previous link between insult and official term will fade from memory, as with "idiot." One way or the other, by choosing to abandon the official term, the community gives up the right to be offended by it. They don’t own the word anymore. Instead, we will have to go through this process all over again with the new term.

Hm. #

2019.06.25 What I Learned Co-Founding Dribbble

What I Learned Co-Founding Dribbble

Dan's a good guy, who I've followed on the interwebs for longer than he's done Dribbble. He shares a bunch of good points, several of which I've been thinking over lately. This is well-timed for me. #

2019.06.11 My Clean Floors!

My Clean Floors!

We moved recently, and have had several discussions about how we want our new home to be different than our old home. One of our repeated lines is, "We're in charge of the house - the house isn't in charge of us." In that same vein, it's so easy to fall victim

The house doesn’t want the floors clean. What the house wants is a Clean Floors Monitor, eternally bound to the state of the floors, always admonishing, always testing, ever vigilant, eyes trained forever downward to catch an errant crumb or a shower-fresh footprint. What the house wants is for you to leave your mother and your father, set up enmity between brothers and sisters, and marry the floors. Well, I won’t do it. Come on over and keep your shoes on.

We aim to treat our things nicely, but we hope to have a home we (and others) feel comfortable in. A refuge. "Come on over and keep your shoes on." #

2019.06.11 You Got This.

You Got This.

I needed this extra nudge from one of those people that has been around longer than I. I've had this tab open for weeks.

Learning new things is hard, and it gets harder if you’re rusty at it, but it gets easier if you keep at it. Or so I tell myself, and my friends tell me.

. . .

You can do this, because I can, and I’m more stubborn and more full of myself than you ever were.

So to my old-school sisters and brothers in HTML. If you’re struggling to learn new things today so you can do your job better tomorrow, I’m going to tell you what a friend told me this morning:

“You got this.”

If there's one constant in our field, it's change. And to keep up, you've got to do the same. You got this. #

2019.04.01 Breakdown of a Joke

Breakdown of a Joke

As a kid, I felt like I spent a lot of time trying to understand jokes, and what made things funny. This breakdown or dissection of a bit by Jim Gaffigan goes to the next level of helping to understand that. If I could link to the actual graphic in the New York Times, I'd do that. It doesn't appear to exist, unfortunately. #

2019.03.04 Don't feel like an expert? Share anyway.

Don't feel like an expert? Share anyway.

Not that this simple blog qualifies in anyway for what Sara is talking about, but her message has stirred something in me. You know that course I developed that will teach you a computer language, and I made a bunch of videos for? You know that unique perspective I have on X, Y, or Z as I have plugged through it? I didn't think so - probably good to share some of that, in some way. Maybe you should, too. Hm. #

2019.02.28 In Search of Doors

In Search of Doors

I've had this tab open for several months. I keep going back to a concept V.E. Schwab shares here - that there are multiple doors by which someone may enter into... anything, really. That could be fandom, or expertise, or anything else. We as people that are already in whatever group it may be, we should welcome newcomers, regardless of their path (or entry door). This is well worth the read. #

2018.01.26 Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

I've seen this in others, and probably in myself as well. I'm not a psychiatrist, or anybody qualified to share medical opinions, but I'm not convinced depression is a chemically-induced situation in all cases. This article is good to keep in mind for me and others. It'd probably be interesting to read his book#

2017.05.17 My Family's Slave

My Family's Slave

Worth reading every word of this article. A fascinating and sad view into something I was completely oblivious to. I'm so glad I read this. #

2017.04.20 The Rise of the Expert Generalist

The Rise of the Expert Generalist

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet's business partner of over 40 years, takes an intentional wide and deep approach to learning, which has obviously been highly (financially) beneficial. A couple highlights from the article:

Bill Gates has said of Munger, “He is truly the broadest thinker I have ever encountered. From business principles to economic principles to the design of student dormitories to the design of a catamaran he has no equal… Our longest correspondence was a detailed discussion on the mating habits of naked mole rats and what the human species might learn from them.” Munger has, in short, been the ultimate expert-generalist.

He gives a basic definition of what an Expert Generalist is as:

“Someone who has the ability and curiosity to master and collect expertise in many different disciplines, industries, skills, capabilities, countries, and topics., etc. He or she can then, without necessarily even realizing it, but often by design:

  1. Draw on that palette of diverse knowledge to recognize patterns and connect the dots across multiple areas.
  2. Drill deep to focus and perfect the thinking.”

I admired a friend in high school, because it seemed that he could have conversations about all sorts of things with all sorts of people. Munger's style reminds me of him. I really like the intentional approach to this style of learning, and would claim to be trying a version this approach, personally. The full article is certainly worth reading, despite the (real) click-bait title. #

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