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ISSUE 040 | 27 October 2021

October link round-up

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Hello [subscriber:firstname | default:there]

As I write this on Tuesday morning, I'm anxiously awaiting the results of my first PCR test of the pandemic. My friends are all seeing the funny side of this because by comparison to most, I don't go anywhere! And for good reason apparently as the need for this test is a result of my first train journey in 2 years.

Anyway, I'm finding the wait for the result has completely knocked my ability to focus on anything for any length of time. There's a silver lining to this though as it means I can catch up on all the necessary but boring jobs I've been putting off. It's a week of bits and bobs.

What are you up to this week?
Update: The test result came back negative 🥳
Yak Shaving: On Doing the Work Before the Work by Jason Lengstorf a useful exploration of the value of investing time/energy upfront to make things more efficient later on.

Why Everyone is Giving Unsolicited Advice by Tressie McMillan Cottom explores the relationship between advice and small talk. By the end I was wondering whether when we feel ourselves drawn towards offering some unsolicited advice we may catch ourselves and instead ask a question.

Leveling the Playing Field: Sports Metaphors at Work by Anita Schillhorn van Veen is more about metaphors in general, and how they include or exclude, than it is specifically about sports metaphors. It's an enlightening read (via University of Winds).

Why the Constant Need to Document Our Lives Online? by Dino Bansigan is a reflection on what draws us to share so much of our lives with strangers on the internet. There are questions here that I've been asking myself more and more recently.

Burners, Pollution, Control and Privacy by a Thousand Cuts by Anil Dash explores the use of burner emails as a tool to fight against online tracking and surveillance (via Sentiers).

Not Every End is a Goal (On Midlife Malaise) by Ed Batista offers some suggestions for addressing restlessness and disenchantment.
"...there is not a single [pursuit] that is not subject to chance, not one wherein you do not risk a loss for the chance of some gain."
— Thomas Jefferson

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