A More Prophetic Andersen: the Mirror and the Modern Media

This morning, I started listening to Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen‘ and was blown away from the start. I feel like Andersen was looking into a magic ball and describing the current media climate: fragmentation, piling on, tearing down, and generally producing a more cynical and less-informed world. Here it is, Part I of ‘The Snow Queen.’ I hope you enjoy it as much as I did: Story the First, Which Describes a Looking-Glass and the Broken Fragments. You must attend to the commencement of this story, for when we get to the end we shall know more than we do now about a very wicked hobgoblin; he was one of the very worst, for he was a real demon. One day, when he was in a merry mood, he made a looking-glass which had the...

A Valediction: Forbidding Publishing Garbage

A Valediction: Forbidding Publishing Garbage

Disclaimer: While this post is mostly a response to a specific article (and subsequent Facebook conversation), it does contain some criticism of feminism in general. Given the subject matter, this is basically impossible to avoid. If you are one who gets upset at hearing feminism criticized, please embrace the choice of either stopping here or becoming upset.   I recently read an article from New York Magazine entitled “What Open Marriage Taught One Man About Feminism” which, as I put it on Facebook, finally succeeded in breaking me. Things tend to slide off my back pretty easily, so its rare that I find myself angrily unable to think about anything else at random points in the day. But what I read there did the trick. In the article, the author...

NaNo-NotSoMuch-WriMo

NaNo-NotSoMuch-WriMo

So I teamed up with Sean this year to tackle National Novel Writing Month again. While Sean hit his 50k words (way to go, Sean!), I did not. I hit 30k, which is definitely better than I did in 2011, but it was still far short of the goal. For your entertainment, here’s a list of things that I did in November while I should have been writing: Being better caught-up on emails, podcasts, Twitter, and minutiae at work than ever Catching up on recording memorable quotes from audiobooks I read in October Listening to three new audiobooks Hitting the ‘Backspace’ key Reading roughly ten online articles a day Creating two spoof twitter accounts (teaching myself – poorly – FauxtoShop in the process) Staring at my progress chart on...

What to do when you’re let go

What to do when you’re let go

Note: I started this post a while ago. Little did I know that I’d soon be following my own advice! Following the acquisition of my former company, I found myself in the job market at the beginning of the summer. I can tell you firsthand that having this checklist was a great help to me. I was even able to test and refine my own advice as I went through the process. Enjoy! the Context Unfortunately, a big part of the HR gig is “forced transitioning” of people out of the company, whether for performance, restructuring, fit, or cause. I’ve had to terminate people with whom I’ve pulled all-nighters at work, people who were poached s, and people who I game with on the weekends. It’s a nasty business, but you learn to compartmentalize and see things...

Mid-year update

Mid-year update

So the year’s (past) halfway done. What do I have to show for it? How, you ruminate quietly to yourself, have I been progressing on my January commitments? Well, here’s my midterm report: GoalGradeStick to the 30-day ruleBLimit book purchasesFSelf-publish one ebookC+Get up early or die tryingAGive school its due attentionB-Keep up with going to the gymBRead fewer depressing booksAMid-term GPA2.67   Ooof. My life is uncomfortably close to academic probation! I’ve never had a GPA remotely close to that, so it’s pretty humbling. Wanna dive in?     Stick to the 30-day rule Current Grade: B I was doing pretty well here through the end of March. Impulse buys were limited, and a good $500 was saved by using my 30-day doc. However,...

Job Search: Numbers and Thoughts

Job Search: Numbers and Thoughts

After I was let go from my previous position in May, I decided to keep track of some stuff. Just for kicks.   By the numbers | Create Infographics     My First Week   Day 1 (Monday) I came home and told Sarah. Because of my (former) company’s security policies, my phone and tablet were wiped, so I restored those to the most recent backups. We had family coming over in an hour, so we spent the night chatting, eating, and watching Liam be adorable. The main objectives of the night: distance and perspective. My cardinal rule was to not tackle any to dos. No reviewing documents, no phone calls to break the news, and (for the love of God) no social media. A handful of concerned friends from work reached out to me when they heard through the...

Best. Secret Santa. Ever.

Best. Secret Santa. Ever.

If you’ve never heard of Reddit’s annual Secret Santa program, here’s the skinny: every December, participants join together to create a record-breaking Secret Santa program. You draw a name, and mail them a gift. You answer a few questions about what you like, and you get a gift. It’s that simple. And it gives you a chance to meet some nice people. This year was the first year in which I participated (being relatively late to the Reddit scene). I was matched up to a great individual, a very active redditor, and did my best to live up to the hype (and, honestly, thought I did a pretty great job). Then, my Secret Santa‘s gifts started arriving, and I realized that I was an amateur. A package arrived before Christmas, which was...

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