Commonplace Book 9.4.2018

Hello my friends! This one is gonna be as concise as I can make it, but I’m giving you the best of the stuff I’ve jotted down since February, so it may be a little long. Fear not! It will be worth it and you won’t be waiting for near as long for the next installment.

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“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” ― Fred Rogers

Don’t Think Outside the Box—Find the Box. When faced with an impossible problem, identify the real constraints. Ask yourself: ‘Does it have to be done this way? Does it have to be done at all?’

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. – E. F. Schumacher

Three questions to ask yourself:

  • What have I been obsessed with that feels unreachable?
  • What is my biggest fear if I stop reaching?
  • What would it look like to surrender?

Watching tech talks is great. Watching talks that are beyond what you understand is better. Rewatching those talks six months later is the best.

“Worry is inverted faith, faith in evil/harm instead of faith in good” – Florence Scovel Shinn

This is usually a quote about the definition of insanity, but I’ve been applying it to failure, particularly while I’m debugging: “Failure is doing the same exact thing over and over again and expecting different results”

The Steps
step 1: strike the word ‘productive’ from your vocabulary. it is evil.
step 2: always do your best. your best will change from day to day.
step 3: know what works and what doesn’t. know when you have energy and when you need to rest. learning this will take time, attention, and discernment.
step 4: drink a glass of water.
step 5: when you feel like you are getting nothing done, go back to step 1.

The 3 principles of software security according to Tara Lindsey
1. put a good lock on it
2. hire big burly men to stand on either side of it
3. put it under the bed

“A rule to live by: Don’t replace people with abstractions.- They’re not users, they’re people using tools to do a job.- The web is not made of content, it’s a collection of human ideas.- You don’t have a personal brand, you have a reputation.What are other examples?” Practicing Developer

“girls don’t want boys girls want single-player story-driven RPG’s with in-depth character creators and romance options.” –


if you stood in your own two boots, where would you stand? if you said it fully, strongly, clearly, with your chest, what would you roar? if you believed that you would always take care of you, that you could survive anything, where would you place your hands? and if you placed your hands there, could you do it with a smile? strength. (& a leo szn gift)

We outlived the future.
This is a good thing. I like it. I’ve outlived (space) 1999 and 2000AD and 2001 and next year I clear BLADE RUNNER’s 2019 and the rest. We’re barely two feet into the 21st Century and it’s all a blank sheet of paper from here. No maps for these territories. I like it. It’s freeing. Now we’ve gotten used to the speed of the 21C, we can all quit complaining about how near-future SF gets overtaken by the times so quickly and just swing crazily from here to 2101. I hope for, and fully expect, futures scenarios to get weirder and wilder, hyperlocal and supermodernglobal, very quickly. 2001 to 2018 has been the training ground for the New Next.
I’m looking forward to the New Next. I outlived the old future. Give me a new one to live for. Orbital Operations