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Work in the Time of Corona

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Alice Goldfuss's sensible advice for maintaining mental health while working from home
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cjhubbs
81 days ago
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Very practical info.
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brennen
81 days ago
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There's a lot of very good advice in here even absent the pandemic context. Working full-time from home is hard and the transition from office life is brutal and can be a real risk to your mental health at the best of times. It's worth being deliberate about.
Boulder, CO

We Both Got Toes

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Here’s a fact: there’s a plurality of opinion about what the Bible says.

It wasn’t so long ago that you could reasonably ignore (or at least downplay) this fact. It’s a lot easier when there’s two churches in your town: the one you go to, and the apostate one.

You don’t have that luxury anymore. You are a simple search engine away from every conceivable reading of the Bible, from the comfortingly familiar to the bracingly bizarre.

So which one is the right one? It’s a good question. Or at least, it was a good question. Good enough that actuals wars were fought over it. People died over their reading of the same book.

Again, easy to have wars when there’s two sides. Our blessed protestant homeland vs their superstitious catholic wastes.

We (okay, maybe it’s just me) tend to approach our approach like lovestruck teenagers. They’re the one for me. This person, who just so happens to live in my city, and go to my church, and participate in my youth group, completes me. (And if you know me, you know I’m speaking from some real experience, right?)

Importantly, this is a real feeling. It’s even an important feeling. And since feelings are thought, let’s not try to pretend that we shouldn’t feel this way. At least for a time. But when you grow up, if you want to start thinking about these sorts of things, you realise there are a few billion potential mates for you in this world, and the chances that yours just happens to live on the next block are astronomically small. So either you believe in some sort of providential whatever, or you sort of abandon this idea of “the one”. (And so what if providence smells a lot like proximity; that’s not the point.)

If you abandon your teenage brain when it comes to romance, why not doctrine? What’s the difference? So yeah, it’s a bit more of a shocking question, or at least it feels that way, but why not?

If you’ve stuck around the church past adolescence you probably attend some variation on the same church you went to then. What are the chances? And if you’ve changed your mind a bit (let’s say you went from a Reformed church to a Baptist church), what’s to say you shouldn’t change your mind even more?

I don’t have a great answer to this question. But maybe that’s the point. This entire post is perhaps a reflection on something I like to call epistemic humility.

It hasn’t been long (geologically, at least) since I was very, very firmly in the a camp called epistemic realism, or objectivism (and please for love of all things holy, don’t confuse this with whatever garbage Ayn Rand shat out and gave the same name).

I’m not some epistemic idealist now, but I will say this: For folks of a certain temperament, and I count myself among them, it’s really tempting to chuck as much stuff as possible into the “stuff we can all know 100% for sure” bucket and call it a day. This is the easy route. For those seeking to hew as close as possible to what they call realism (and I sure hope there aren’t that many folks who really, passionately care about that sort of thing), the impulse is to use your Big Brain and Know Things.

And to be fair, I think there’s a lot of stuff that can go in that bucket. This is a whole other post, but most ideologies and systems of belief are having a really hard time right now dealing with actual facts. So when science says this, but I believe that, what do I do?

Still, there’s lots of other stuff that we either can’t know or can’t know precisely. Maybe most stuff. Acknowledging this is epistemic humility. My willingness to admit that what I think I know might not be as knowable as I thought.

This humility is a sort of freedom. It allows a graceful interaction with a plurality of viewpoints without abandoning my own. It allows others to inform where I might be wrong, or might be approaching from a place of unknown privilege.

It at the very least allows me to find the points of commonality I have with my fellow humans, whether that be at the Table or on streetcorners.

It’s also super uncomfortable. I don’t like being wrong. I don’t like having my biases and for-granteds and privileges exposed. I want to have it all together.

But hey, you wash my feet, I’ll wash yours, we both got toes, maybe it doesn’t matter what shoes you’re wearing.

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Gillibrand calls on Franken to resign

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) called for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct allegations against him.

"While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve," Gillibrand said in a Facebook post.

Gillibrand is the first of Franken's fellow Senate Democrats to take that step.



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cjhubbs
908 days ago
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She's running, obvs.
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Supervillain Plan

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Someday, some big historical event will happen during the DST changeover, and all the tick-tock articles chronicling how it unfolded will have to include a really annoying explanation next to their timelines.
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cjhubbs
1006 days ago
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Pretty much, yeah.
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tedder
1002 days ago
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I worked for a company that was naively saving timestamps into a DB in the user's local time, which (of course) varied. No TZ info was kept with it. I rocked myself in a corner.
Uranus
mrobold
1005 days ago
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This speaks to me on a deeply personal level.
Orange County, California
diannemharris
1005 days ago
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So true.
skorgu
1006 days ago
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Horrifyingly accurate.
duerig
1006 days ago
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I was once part of a meeting where a great idea for simplifying the UI of a reservation system was slowly but surely sunk by the dawning realization that there were bizarre time zones that were half an hour or 15 minutes away from other time zones.
alt_text_bot
1006 days ago
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Someday, some big historical event will happen during the DST changeover, and all the tick-tock articles chronicling how it unfolded will have to include a really annoying explanation next to their timelines.
Snake756
1006 days ago
In writing software, I've often asked 'Do we have customers in that stupid timezone'? Only one? Screw them. They can deal with this bug for their stupid timezone.

Computers Hat

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I needed a hat.

I didn’t want an attention-grabbing design, but I’m not boring enough to wear a blank hat. (And I’m really boring.)

Normal people wear hats displaying the logos of the sports teams or companies or places they care about. But I don’t care about sports, I don’t feel that strongly about New York, and I don’t like most companies enough to be a billboard for them on my head.

So I had to ask myself: What do I really, truly care about that would be appropriate on a hat?

Apple? Sure. But I’ve already gone through two Apple hats.

The internet? Well, we have a love/hate relationship.

What transcends it all?

Bingo.

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cjhubbs
1469 days ago
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At least that lettering isn't white.
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Laser Products

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ERRORS: HAIR JAM. COLOR-SAFE CONDITIONER CARTRIDGE RUNNING LOW. LEGAL-SIZE HAIR TRAY EMPTY, USING LETTER-SIZE HAIR ONLY.
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cjhubbs
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rraszews
1476 days ago
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Just a reminder, one of the standard UNIX printer error messages is "Printer on fire"
Columbia, MD
olliejones
1476 days ago
I worked on one of those printers. An old Xerox-made print engine fused the toner with a glowing wire. If the paper jammed (which it did a lot) the printer caught fire.
pawel_lasek
1476 days ago
Supposedly it goes back to original line printers with rotating metal type heads... Printer ink&paper fire 🔥
gerweck
1476 days ago
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Laser hair removal isn't actually that great: The hair tends to grow back after a year or two. Electrolysis is a better choice.
Covarr
1477 days ago
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I always wanted a printer with a laser sight, so I could better aim my documents.
Moses Lake, WA
kyounger
1477 days ago
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PC LOAD LATHER
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ERRORS: HAIR JAM. COLOR-SAFE CONDITIONER CARTRIDGE RUNNING LOW. LEGAL-SIZE HAIR TRAY EMPTY, USING LETTER-SIZE HAIR ONLY.
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