My bar for a successful contribution to a project is now that in addition to working and having tests, it must simultaneously amuse and horrify at least one co-worker.

I'm currently trying out the book-reading/ankification approach recommended at with Influence by Cialdini. Harder than just reading, obviously, but I seem to be getting more out of it. Recommendations for other books that might reward very close reading and memorisation?

Can sort of see the argument that having survived becomes part of your identity, but I'd appreciate a crisper delineation.

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Reading Cialdini's "Influence" and a contradiction struck me: he suggests large punishments are ineffective at long term behavior change, where small ones work ("I'd be disappointed" vs "I would be very angry and have to punish you severely).

Earlier, he discussed hazing and how sometimes extreme punishments create a greater sense of attachment to the group and a desire to continue the hazing (whether circumcision rituals or frat hell weeks). Why doesn't this punishment get rationalised away?

Just finished "Games People Play". Dense, screamingly funny little book, and probably requires an immediate reread (even if the attitude to homosexuality is a bit antediluvian).

Need to think more about how to reconcile Parent/Child/Adult with Loser/Clueless/Sociopath. I think they're functionally different (ephemeral rather than sticky), but Sociopath does seem to go with Adult, Loser with Child and Clueless with Parent most of the time.

Programmer, mostly Haskell, but some embedded and filthy shell scripting in there too.

founded a couple of startups (IoT and a scraping-based B2B thing)

Australian currently living in Michigan (for my sins, but mostly my wife). Have lived in Qatar and Vietnam, want to get back to SE Asia eventually.

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