There’s a topic I’m tentatively calling “Stand for Something”. It’s about the weakening of “filtering and alignment” capabilities in modern society.
Beautiful Trouble updated their toolkit.
With the new toolkit you can slice and dice depending on what you are considering, and also create pdfs from your favorites.
This is a nice online companion to the deck of cards.
James Clear came to our all-hands meeting today and presented the story and takeaways from Atomic Habits. 👍
📚 After reading The Shallows I’ve been wondering if there is some optimal blend between strengthening deep thinking pathways and Internet thinking pathways.
Along the lines of “explore vs. exploit”, what’s sweet spot between attentive consideration and inattentive collection?
Huberman notes that to attain significant brain rewiring requires that you induce a sense of “urgency” that leads to the release of norepinephrine. This hormone, however, will make you feel “agitated,” like you need to get up and go do something. It’s here that you must apply intense focus to fight that urge, ultimately leading to the release of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter that in combination with the norepinephrine can induce brain growth.
You may have heard me talk about watersheds, before. In this post on Resilient, I share how to identify a watershed, and propose a thought experiment of considering watersheds as our political unit.
published on #Resilient: Ethical Explorer Pack
“I will always notice things. I will notice what I am not noticing. I will help others to notice things. I will expose the criminal squandering of human potential. I will be nice to the reader. I will see joy as an end in itself. I will try to cultivate the kind of intelligence and humor that David Graeber showed. And I will fight, because that is what anarchists do. They do not put up with bullshit or bureaucracy. They refuse to accept the inevitability of tedium and the squandering of the gift of life. They dare to demand the “impossible.””
delegation requires context, which means rapid-fire delegation is often ineffective and can even leave things worse off
Cal Newport proposes a principle: Don’t Delegate Using Email
Really enjoyed this episode of The Long Now with Eric Ries, dealing with long-term thinking re: markets. (Note: this is from February and I don’t know the current state of LTSE) 🎙
They Elflord and the Mayfly from Existential Comics
This distinction is very helpful for thinking clearly on these issues. Censorship, Social Sanctions, and Access to Audiences
I still have a ways to go, but did some good work on my Resilient booklist this morning.
Another great one from James Clear
Angela Davis vs. The Liberal Reformers from Existential Comics
Here’s a great podcast intro to Restorative Justice, includes shoutouts to Howard Zehr and Mennonites, which is, unsurprisingly, how I got introduced to the concept in a more concrete way.
“The motivation to work toward mitigating disaster is minimal for those with the most power to do so.”
This is clever Climate Strike License
“a software license that developers can use to prohibit the use of their code by applications or companies that threaten to accelerate climate change through fossil fuel extraction.”
$97 million endowment. Management won’t pay for health insurance and is leaning on musicians for rights to their work. Despicable. Perhaps Indianapolis needs a new orchestra that’s run as a co-op Press Statement: 6/22/20 – Musicians of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Another entry in “What if we wrote about the USA the way we write about other countries.” Unrest continues for a seventh day in former British colony
I continue to compare the recent protests, because I think they are incredibly informative about what our systems prioritize (stocks over lives), and what people fear (unarmed people of color more than armed white people).
Ta-Nehisi Coates was on my favorite podcast 🎙 and it was great. Have a listen
This is really good:
At this point, I should probably just make a playlist out of all the songs in my catalog that contain clips from Mario Savo’s bodies upon the gears speech. 🎶 Almost every one is a phenomenal track.
This well-written and detailed post helps clarify the riskiest exposure cases. It seems like our focus has been too much on surfaces and not enough on shared breathing spaces.
Please mask up and avoid the riskiest scenarios.
“Just say no to employee surveillance.”
Cool: The Mennonite interviewed Ibram X. Kendi
good reporting from Krebs on Security:
This is one of the best podcast episodes I’ve ever heard 🎙. I took many notes and will be organizing them to produce a writeup at Resilient.
Coping with Covid a writeup at Resilient
what will happen when the crisis passes?…it’s worth asking yourself now…how you might change your behavior….But it’s also worth asking if we are willing to allow governments and corporations to return to business as usual.
from America Is a Sham
Thinking about the confluence of quarantine, Lent, spring break, climate change, & other events.
What have you been learning and evaluating about your rhythms, habits, priorities, & schedule? Are you finding things that weren’t necessary, aligned with your values, etc.?
What’s been harder? What’s been easier? What’s important to you?
I started Cal Newport’s 📚 Deep Work and it has me pondering something.
As expected (since I really enjoyed Digital Minimalism), though I have just started, I am appreciating the book. However, his early focus on productivity is concerning to me. Often, we think of productivity as the One True Measurement ™ of success, and I’m not sure that’s right.
While effectiveness (towards whatever goal(s) you set) is important, it leaves out factors such as quality, value, repeatability, learning, etc. You could argue that we should build those into the measurements of productivity, but I’d argue we often don’t.
Perhaps my disagreement is due to me being philosophically less of a consequentialist and more of a deontologist or virtue ethicist. In my way of thinking, it’s better to do right with less immediate output than to crank out good output that may be short-sighted.
What about you?
edited to add: Cal addresses this a somewhat when he gets into “busyness” being a (bad) proxy for “productivity”.
Another great decision-making question from James Clear’s newsletter:
“Will this cost me time in the future or save me time in the future?”
When information is crowdsourced, new avenues of manipulation arise. Consider this hack of driving directions as an example.
I’d cosign most of these: “Things I Believe About Software Engineering” by Wesley Aptekar-Cassels
burning by Lunarbaboon
What are the tech companies that are doing the most harm? What would be your top 5? Here is Slate’s list.
“The kingdom of heaven is in a basement”
Parables of the Kingdom: a poem from Isaiah Lewis from Mercy Community Church it Atlanta, Georgia.
“It’s very easy to come up with superficially persuasive arguments that can justify just about anything. The job of an intelligent populace is to see whether those arguments can actually withstand scrutiny.”
blood now accounts for 2% of the country’s exports – more than corn or soy
I’m a day late, but here’s this year’s results for Public Domain Day! 📚 #AbolishIP
from Part two of Thank You, Anarchy over at Experimental Theology:
“who do you think is trying harder to obey Jesus, the anarchists or the church?…Matthew 20.25-27”
I enjoy being a student of resistance movements and anarchist communities because I think the church is a similar type of community and movement.
Awesome new shirt & bag for sustaining members of Waging Nonviolence, along with the description behind each icon.
We’re seeing more like this, and it’s excellent subversive action like Jesus’s examples of: turning the other cheek, carrying the extra mile, or stripping off and giving your clothes. Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finished Reading 📚 How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
Did you (or are you planning to) engage in an alternative activity to Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Please share. #OptOutside #BuyNothingDay
I added a new resource to my Security Thinking for Big Data reference. “A Practical Way to Include an Ethics Review in Your Development Processes” from Laminar Group.
Links for Resilience #5, with “Coercion-Resistant Design”, horseshoe crabs, seaweed for cows, and more.
Finished 📚 How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sunday quote courtesy of readwise:
Fort Collins Mennonite Fellowship regains the right to provide storage lockers to homeless in their community. What if more Christians fought for the ability to help people, instead of the ability to harm them?
TIL: Indianapolis has the second highest number of evictions, second only to NYC (statistic courtesy of Eviction Lab and Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis)
Who’s surprised these newfound alt-right free speech warriors aren’t coming to the defense of meat-alternative producers? “officials in nearly 30 states have proposed bills to prohibit companies from using words such as meat, burger, sausage, jerky or hot dog”
The latest Links for Resilience newsletter is out, featuring stories on Security, Sustainability, Society, and Self.
Finished 📚: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. Highly recommended. I haven’t rated a book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ in a long time! (There’s only 14 such books)
How to tie any knot: Animated Knots
“Life Tip: when deciding whether to keep something, imagine it as a human friend.” from SMBC
I started a “stress note” in my Notes app where I keep a list of whatever I’m anxious about. Anytime I add something new I reread my past worries and if they no longer matter (which is usually the case), instead of deleting them I apply the strikethrough style. There is something very calming and self-affirming in doing this, and as the list grows I actually find it very beautiful to look at.
from Cool Tools
Have any of you already played Bloc by Bloc?
It’s often frustrating to try to figure out the direct flight options from a city. Not anymore. Flights From
As I read this post about “Calm Technology”, an annoying subscribe popup happened right as I got to the “annoying notifications” spot on the chart. There’s also an obnoxious banner running through the whole article. Unacceptable. Change has to start with oneself.
Happy Juneteenth. May we never give up on freedom and justice.
Confronted with the reality of a monitored world, people make the rational decision to make the best of it. That is not consent.
Another great essay from Maciej #resilient
for Resilient, I interviewed Curtis Brazzell for his Kickstarter project “M is for Malware”. Check it out!
My latest Resilient newsletter is out: Links for Resilience, where I share articles, quotes, and comments about security, society, and self.
“If I were wrong, what would I see?”
Great question from Margaret Heffernan on the Knowledge Project.
I also like the distinction between “power as orchestration” and “power as domination”. Lots of good items on this episode.
“countering consumerism must start from more robust secular (or religious) theodicy: the building of meaning structures, communities of meaning, that lie outside the realm of the market; and that offer credible answers to the deep foundational questions that continue to haunt us”
“A tech movement spurred by visions of libertarian empowerment and progressive uplift has instead fanned a global resurgence of populism and authoritarianism.”
Join us tonight at OWASP Indianapolis! I am reprising my talk about about Big Data and AI Security. #owasp #ai #security #bigdata #indianapolis
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this Global Youth Learning Framework from Institute for the Future. #Resilience #Learning
This episode of the Knowledge Project has even more great parenting and development insights than the last one I shared.
Excellent episode of the Knowledge Project: Peaceful Parenting. I’m not a parent and I still got a ton out of it.
Accurate: Life Online
Start with Why micro notes/review
“Solitude Deprivation: A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.”
I don’t mind stealing bread
from the mouths of decadence.
But I can’t feed on the powerless
when my cup’s already overfilled.
Great episode of Freakonomics Radio. Interview with Domonique Foxworth about sports, economics, labor, and more.
On this MLKJ day, as usual, I ask that white people avoid posting light pithy quotes, and instead dig deeper in his message. Letter from a Birmingham Jail is a great place to start.
This morning’s reflection from #BuJo. What does this mean in the #AttentionEconomy ?
Project Alias is a 3D-printed safety feature to add to your home “digital assistant”, inspired by Cordyceps!
“During these times I’ve realized that the call of Jesus’ nonviolent love is to resist the violence of this world with our bodies.”
Awesome Gift List: Resistance Board Games
Cory Doctorow says there’s more to the long-game in the attention wars
This essay from LeGuin helps explain why her 📚 are so great: The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction