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Like many of you I’ve been spending a lot of time at home. We have adopted some good routines to keep things going smoothly, as well as introducing a lot of random by getting a puppy! Lucky has now been with us for nearly two weeks and she is everything one expects of a puppy. She likes to bite things. She can pee anywhere in a split second. Like so fast you can be watching her and before you realize what’s going on your going to get paper towels. She is also as cute as they come. The kids are over-the-top excited about her and love her just “soooo much”. I have a good feeling, she’s going to be a great dog. We just have to get through the puppy part. And to be clear, Tammy’s driving the bus on that and doing a great job.
In addition to dealing with pandemic related things and economic upheaval, I’ve been tackling my fitness. I had thought I would be writing about this more in this spot but then a whole ton of other things started to happen. I’m sure you’ve noticed. Anyway, I’ve started on a mission that I’ve given a name to. Being very trendy, I even gave it a hashtag, #FitByFifty. I’ve embarked on the first of a series of 90-day missions to get my physical self in a better spot. My first mission involves exercise and food logging. I’m feeling great after a month, and have already made some great progress. If you happen to be a Peloton user, connect with me, my username is “JThingelstad”.
Let’s get on with the rest of it now…
This is a very thought provoking article. Scott Galloway often uses the term “virtue signaling”, which triggered my attention to this blog post.
There are many more examples in the book (and I recommend reading the whole thing), the point the authors are trying to make is clear: Almost everything has a signaling component – we are just not aware of it. In fact, Hanson believes that “well over 90 percent” of human behavior can be explained by signaling.
I think I should read this book. Wouldn’t it be a great signal? Heck, isn’t this whole newsletter a big signal? 😬
Very good TED interview with Bill Gates on Coronavirus. This is absolutely worth your time.
Taleb is full of himself, but he’s also smart and often right.
I appreciate his specific callout that a pandemic is not a Black Swan.
Had they read that book, they would have known that such a global pandemic is explicitly presented there as a white swan: something that would eventually take place with great certainty.
Also an interesting take that if your industry is bailed out, by definition you are a utility and should operate differently.
Watching: For some reason our kids have really gotten into watching Parks and Recreation. I think it stems from watching Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman on Making It. Anyway, we’ve been going back to Season 1 and watching episodes with them. It is a great show, even the second time through.
Walking: Having our new puppy Lucky means getting a lot more walks in. We’ve been making our way through Pamela Park and a lot of walking around the neighborhood.
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A lot of people are suddenly being asked to be experts using Zoom. This article, from a very trusted source, has a great set of recommendations.
The huge proliferation of Zoom usage has people exploiting weak defaults. Set a password for your Zoom meetings. Nothing complicated needed. Feel free to use “monkey123” or “password”. You just need something that puts whatever minimal lock on the door. Now Black Hat tools are being created to make it even easier.
So, for those that don’t want to run a Pi-hole of their own, this seems like a great way to block certain content from your home network. I have a lot of respect for the work that Cloudflare does.
The short version: there is a GLOBAL PANDEMIC! Recognize it, and stop thinking that you are turning all of your “free time” into amazing projects. Make time for self-care, and be real with yourself.
I honestly don’t know what to make of this. I think it’s good that Google has decided to stop supporting these organizations. It seems an odd or maybe opportunistic time to do it. I’m guessing few people are going to pick on them with a global pandemic going on. However, the helplessness that I see society faced with when dealing with the pandemic does make me wonder if it would, or will, be the same when the time comes for us to pay the piper on climate change.
Bill Gates is providing cogent, calm leadership that we should be seeing from more people in leadership roles. He’s obviously thought hard about these topics, and somewhat famously called out our Pandemic preparedness in a TED talk years ago.
Nice to see Medtronic opening up the design for their ventilators and letting other companies manufacture them.
Medtronic is publicly posting design specifications for the Puritan BennettTM 560 (PB560) to allow innovators, inventors, start-ups, and academic institutions to leverage their own expertise and resources to evaluate options for rapid ventilator manufacturing. Our goal has been to release this information in phases over the course of a brief period.
Recognizing that there are multiple things going on, at different levels, might help work through matters in a more effective way.
The three crises are (1) a health crisis (Covid-19) that has generated a (2) financial crisis, each of which has generated massive societal disruption which will generate a (3) mental health crisis.
In addition, these are both localized (in a community), at a state level, a national level, and a global level.
Yeah – that’s a lot.
The first and second are pretty obvious. The third I think we are just now starting to see.
I’ve used Dark Sky for years. I like the customizable notifications and alerts. It will be curious to see what Apple does with this.
Newport’s analysis of why social media eclipsed traditional blogs is, I think, spot on.
This attention redistribution was the hidden revolution instigated by social media. It solved a remarkably big problem facing the social internet: how to move beyond efficiently spreading bytes over networks to also efficiently spreading attention. And by doing so, it completely transformed the cultural landscape.
The social addiction created with “Like” buttons and affirmation from your friends is an incredible drug. The closest blogging could get was basic web analytics, which is nothing in comparison.
I’ve never heard of a decision journal before but I dig the idea and the included template. This could be done very easily in Day One. Something worth considering. 🤔
Sobering look at how things will look as we navigate through this pandemic.
The third scenario is that the world plays a protracted game of whack-a-mole with the virus, stamping out outbreaks here and there until a vaccine can be produced. This is the best option, but also the longest and most complicated.
There are no easy paths.
Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, Chief of Engineers. He oozes credibility. This video is like a case study in clear communication from a leader. He uses simple concepts. He has a strong presence, clear grasp of the matters. I’d follow the Lt. Gen. pretty much anywhere. Plus, he gets the title Chief of Engineers? Love that. :-)
A lot of people are hosting gatherings for friends and communities on Zoom, but are not aware that the default Zoom settings allow attendees to do pretty extensive things like sharing their screen and showing images that you would rather they not. This guide from Zoom shows how to configure an event to protect against malicious actors.
GTD practitioners, what project names have you created as we have fallen into this pandemic? I’ll start, one called “Grow through the pandemic”. You?
Great 30 min spin class on Peloton today! #FitByFifty
With apologies to my regular barber Gene, I still need to keep it high & tight! Mazie and Tyler did the clipper honors today! 💈
My friend @mrock911 has picked up posting on his micro.blog (and Twitter by syndication). If your curious to see and here a bit from a Dr. perspective with Covid-19, give him a follow. Plus expect some great non-medical stuff too.
Today is Lucky’s 3-month birthday, and the completion of her first week as part of our family. She is reminding us what having a puppy involves! Tammy has been working with her with extreme diligence about going outside for the bathroom. She so far doesn’t seem super excited about treats. The kids absolutely adore her. She is slowly getting used to sleeping in her crate at night. She’s super cute and loves to play a lot. She enjoys walks, although she is very distractible. Not sure how many photos there will be of her being held like this, she’s already 16 lbs!
I had a redo of candle making today. I messed up the first attempt. I did the fragrance all wrong and added about 20x more of it than I should have. And to make matters worse, the fragrance I chose made me nauseous and gave me a terrible headache. I had to put the candles outside to feel better. Today I took a knife and cut out all the wax from the vessels, and threw the stinky stuff away. Take two with a different fragrance at a much lower dose! So far they are great. Will light them tomorrow. 🕯
Did a great 45-minute spin class on Peloton today! #FitByFifth
Sitting in our covered porch listening to it rain and thunder is one of my favorite things about spring.
I set a new 20-min PR on Peloton today! 🙌 #FitByFifty
Lucky chewing on a stick.
It seems that Lucky enjoys reading the classics. 😂
Yeah, there are a lot of variables and the data is messy.
Guided app to declutter your home. Hmm.
Zoom is getting a lot of folks looking at it. They need to act quickly and decisively on these matters.
This is amazing to see. MIT E-VENT!
This is great to see! I’m a supporter of Creative Commons and perhaps this will raise awareness and adoption.
This makes total sense given the pandemic, but it’s a real gut punch.
Ordered two of these. Hoping for the best for places like First Avenue.
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