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Steve Jobs MIT 1992

There is so much in this 1hour session that is fascinating and explains everything that Apple (and the tech industry) ended up doing when Steve went back. Genius.

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Growth mindset

“You cannot start something new and expect to be a master at it. Getting comfortable with the awkwardness is the first step to learning” – Meredith Arthur
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Choose boring technology

https://boringtechnology.club/

Slightly long presentation, but I like it. There are so many cool new tools around today, and although I wouldn’t entirely dismiss trying new ones, there is profound wisdom in the message here:

Do you need new tech, or do you just need to keep your processes and software in better shape?

Keep your tools sharp.

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nomnoml

https://nomnoml.com/

I love the look of this little tool, and the simple interface given. It would be interesting to know what developers think of it in terms of ease of use. I think it’s appealing to me because it reminds me of the exciting duality of writing HTML and seeing something ‘designed’ appear.

Also see: https://mermaid.js.org/

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Disconnect to connect

I think I try to cut back on social media at least once a year, but I always eventually fall back into the social media and news trap. But I’m giving it a go again. I’m doing it because those regular quick check ins and rants give an illusion of connection to other people and life, and eats away at your ability to create and participate for real.

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2 years of Covid-19

Today marks a year and a day since the United Kingdom imposed a lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19, a virus that was seen to be causing devastating numbers of deaths and hospitalisations across the world, in Europe and was taking effect in the UK.

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Finger wagging

It’s easy to point fingers. You might even say it is natural human behaviour. So much easier to find fault in others, to shout angrily, to condemn and tut your way to feeling some kind of victory against all the bad things that regularly happen in the world.

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RSS

I made a conscious decision to pretty much stay off twitter earlier this year. It is a terrible time-suck, it is a firehose of all kinds of things that will rob you of your sanity and faith in humankind. It also did not help my state of anxiety at the time.

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