The interesting discovery for me is that similar to infinite space-time loops from popular media, you kind of do find yourself repeating a thought loop if you try to think your way out of it through familiar patterns.

And similar to space-time loops, just stopping yourself from walking/thinking forward is insufficient. You practically have to alter your brain chemistry or jar it into a new mode of thinking.

Ughh. I've noticed I keep falling into the same negative thought spiral whenever my partner gets upset, and I'm still figuring how to snap myself out of it when it happens.

I guess it's a first for me because I don't usually let criticism get to me but somehow it's different coming from my partner.

I'm writing this for people I know on Facebook, but if you know someone who might benefit from this, feel free to point them to :)

There seems to be little in the way of glue between 4 and 5, for folks who are interested but have little idea where to begin.

After a quick survey on Facebook, I decided to start a weekly newsletter. One concept in computing per week, written for layfolk, as much as I can manage in an hour or less of writing. It is assumed that subscribers know what an address bar or web browser or wifi is, but not HTTP or API. With as little jargon, and as many screenshots, as I can.

Folks who want to learn more about computing (not the same as programming) seem to have a few options, in decreasing order of granularity/increasing ease of approach by the general public:

1. Developer documentation
2. Detailed, often informal, accounts of how things work, usually written by devs for other devs (on YC, HN, etc)
3. AMAs
4. Wikipedia, community wikis
5. Technology journalism

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Early unit of computing power: one "kilogirl" was equivalent to a thousand hours of manual computing labor

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I'm the sort who feels bad whenever people around me are feeling bad, and responsible for making things right, and lately this has been taking its toll on me.
If you know someone else in the same boat, remind them that their primary responsibility is to take care of themselves.
They are allowed to be happy regardless of how the world feels. They are allowed to say no if they can't. They are allowed to think their needs are important. And they are allowed to let the world burn a little.

If someone behaves like a baby, treat them like a baby. If they behave like a child, treat them like a child. If they behave like an adult with agency, treat them like an adult with agency.

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is about shifting items in unknown-unknown zone into the known-unknown zone.

Moving from known-unknown into known-known is called practice.

Unknown-known is true mastery.

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People build their realities around a single axiomatic design principle: “I must maximally validate my sense of my own agency.”

If you can figure out where someone *thinks* their agency is located, you can use behavioral observations to model their subjective reality correctly

But relying solely on that authority is no way to get buy-in. You don't get fanfics by cracking the whip of authoritah.

So I've been gradually figuring out narratives that help to build consistent rules that 1) get them through the GCE ‘A’ levels, 2) won't harm then too much whether they pursue a STEM degree or not, 3) help them understand the storyverse enough to write their own fanfics.

Tough, but so satisfying.

The longer I teach high school physics, the more I come to accept the idea that I should try to teach it the way a fantasy novel writer introduces a storyverse.

Everyone comes in with their folk theories of how things work; those who did more science reading or more tinkering in their childhood generally have folk theories that more closely resemble the Standard Model. The Standard Model overrides their folk theories in the classroom primarily because I have structural authority.

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PSA: If you're an electrical engineering student hoping to work with embedded hardware or software, leave Arduinos off your resume. No one in industry is particularly impressed by that. Arduinos are great at making microcontrollers accessible to the non- engineer, but they abstract away most of the challenges and capabilities of working with an embedded system.

The correct application of an Arduino is "we had to hack this project together overnight with no budget."

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«Saudi government recently granted citizenship to a female robot. That robot has been able to do things in public that Saudi women, actual human ones, are forbidden from doing. And that's a great example of what happens when you don't believe in real people»

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What are some good Medium publications with intriguing thorough articles, rather than quick 5 min reads?

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Is there an antonym for “target segment”? As in, a market segment you'd deliberately exclude/avoid

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