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Dec 29, 2020

Phishing emails

When I first started with my second client, I received an email my first week indicating that I needed to complete some compliance training. I didn't think twice about it because a) it looked legit to me and b) I had just started, and it would make sense that I...
Dec 28, 2020

Mentorship

Mentoring is hard, or maybe it's not.

It seems two styles exist; 
1) where the mentor tries to make a remould of himself in the mentee
2) where the mentor just guides and corrects the mentee but allows him to give expression to innate creativity.

The most reasonable argument for style one is that,...

Mastery
Mastery

One of the unique things about 2020 is that it exposed me to many new experiences. That also enabled me to meet and work with a lot of different groups of people. The more I engage with new endeavors, the more I think about specific concepts on a recurring basis. 

Here...

Small Wins and Atomic Habits in Video Games

I think that video games make the prime example of effectively designing for small wins.

Video Games are so effective in this that they can take someone unable to manage simple things in life -- cooking, cleaning, etc -- and transform them into a dedicated, effective human-- in the scope of...

Life Hacks
Life Hacks: Technology

Along with The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names, I picked up another book. For the bargain price of $2.99, I found a book published in 2014 called Life Hacks by Keith Bradford. Apparently, this guy runs a blog at 1000LifeHacks.com, and he compiled all his favorite hacks into...

The Reading

I was invited to do what was basically a table read of a new acquaintance's short screenplays. There were four in total and it took about 90 minutes. The table in this case was, of course, a Zoom videoconference. It still felt really intimate. I think the ability to sit...

Day 2

Impressions so far....

The site is great. 
The design is simple and exactly how I like a site to be. 
The people - ARE THE BEST. Felt very welcome and like the lost tribe got back together to get even more spectacular things done. I would like Jason and Baz to join us....

Journey being Destination -- Stardew Valley

This winter break my girlfriend started playing Stardew Valley a farm-simulation + RPG combo that I've purposely kept my distance from because of how addicting it appeared. I have so many takeaways from observing how she and her brother play this game but in this post I examine the journey...
Dec 27, 2020

Day 1

Here we go ....

Exactly 2 years since I started writing on 200wordsAday. 
But 200wordsAday.com is officially gone.
I got some time off since early December. 

I have gotten so much from that 2 year experience so I have decided to continue to write. 

I am still dealing with some issues that keeps me from...
Dec 26, 2020

Some thoughts on what we write about

 Been thinking about this...
There are two schools of thought out there. One is "write what you know" and the other is also that, but it is not understood to mean, "write about your life/lived experience". 

While the latter is self-indulgent and almost always semi-autobiographical, the former introduces the reader to amazing...

Time off policies

Years ago, I remember a problem with people coming into the office sick. When I was a supervisor, I had to send people home who clearly should not have been at work. Why do people insist on coming to work even though they are sick? My theory is that this...

Silver Bullet

The euphoria of a new productivity app, a new gadget, a new book, a newfound guru could be so thrilling.
You almost think it would solve your problems, especially if you've wanted that thing for a long time.
Someone said we tend to overestimate what we've lacked for so long. Almost to...

Gratitude in 2020

Despite this year being the unanimously voted Worst Year Ever, I personally have a lot to be grateful for. I'm normally the Eeyore type, willing to see the downside of any windfall, imagine an axe always ready to fall on my neck, attribute to luck every miracle. But in the...