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To all contributors: please keep the comment short and sweet. Preferably just use the title of the link, or if that's not clear, a 5-10 word precis. Don't do big quotes. Save that for follow up comments. See my latest for examples of good style.

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Hot take: pretentiousness has an up-or-out trajectory. In young adulthood you either learn to stop taking yourself so seriously or become committed to being an unbearable ass.

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There is no such thing as identity, only correlation management.

Why does the fediverse call twitter birdsite? I don't get it. Is it supposed to have pejorative connotations?

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Bobs: What would you say it is you do around here?

Me: I curate and repost cute animal memes from various Slacks into our company Slack’s pets channel.

Bobs: This guy’s a straight shooter with upper management written all over him.

The more you want to go against the flow, the more baggage you have to carry

Meaning-making seems to be a process that exists in tension with freedom-making.

John Boyd's “the fundamental goal of humans is to improve their capacity for independent action.” captures the tension. You have repeated reorientations to get increases in capacity. Each orientation is a "meaning" but is just a waypoint in the freedom process.

At a micro-level this is the "flow" state. Marginal creative destruction.

Also, please keep your slug lines for links you share with relatively short (~10 words maybe). Otherwise I just have to trim it or rewrite it myself.

It's actually quite a nice summarization challenge. Shoot for the saved-you-a-click type of slug line. Limit your valuative remarks to 1-2 adjectives. Avoid big block quotes.

Prompt: it'd be nice to have more fodder for the short-takes section of roundups.

If a toot seems particularly good in hindsight, try using the delete-and-redraft to add the hashtag

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I'm also trying to start a consultancy that runs weeklong design sprints for $5-50mm arr companies. Want to go to Australia with me for a week and prototype your brains out for a bunch of money? Talk to me.

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My problem with economists is they’re exclusively interested in second-order effects and extremely proud of themselves for it. No amount of crushing embarrassment from inevitable 3rd, 4th+ effects seems to knock their self-image down even one notch.

Follow-on thinking I’m doing on my post on epic times/Aionic periods

Sorry for missed feedfox updates in last few weeks. Still trying to find the right rhythm for curation. Keep the links coming.

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@vgr @bkam Don't know if you ever heard of EVE Online. It was/is a particularly lawless pvp game, and I once read an interesting theory by a player.

He said coalitions don't break from big defeats, because a big defeat can be spun into a galvanizing narrative. But if you make their lives boring, unpleasant, and confusing, in a thousand small ways, you can drive a wedge between the membership and the leadership, and people eventually just give up and leave.

Attitude prosthetics: lifestyle design elements that help you stabilize a preferred life attitude (rut/groove)

My top 10 in ranked order. What are yours?

Life rules


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