A week in review, 2019-W21




  1. Anna Garvey, The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after mainstream tech, Mashable (2015-05-21). A big part of what makes us the square peg in the round hole of named generations is our strange relationship with technology and the Internet. We came of age just as the very essence of communication was experiencing a seismic shift, and it's given us a unique perspective that's half analog old school and half digital new school.
  2. Fu Danni, Why Dali’s Hippie Migrants Are a Model for Chinese Communities, Sixth Tone (2019-03-19). The development of modern housing estates has destroyed traditional Chinese concepts of neighbors and community. People live in apartment blocks where neighbors rarely interact with each other and sometimes don’t even know who lives next door. We have become the first generation without real neighbors. Now the concept of creating a community atmosphere is gaining traction.
  3. Louise Marburg, No-Man's Land: A Conversation with Andrea Mitchell, The Rumpus (2019-02-22). Troubled people are fascinating to me, yes. When I’ve encountered someone mean or angry or terribly foolish, I’ve always wanted to know why they were that way. Very few people are rotten for no reason (though there certainly are exceptions). Messy lives peppered through with mistakes, sometimes very grave ones, are more interesting. I think, too, that unlikable characters give me a chance as a writer to dig a little deeper to find that redeeming quality buried somewhere beneath all the rubble. There’s a certain reward to that.
  4. Adam Sternbergh, The Embers of Gentrification, New York Magazine (2007-11-09). There are three ways gentrification can burn itself out. One, an economic downturn douses people’s ability or willingness to relocate—the equivalent of dousing a forest fire in retardant foam. Two, the seeders, in search of cheap new space, get driven out of the city entirely—which means the kindling that keeps the fire going has been consumed. Three, the gap between what the seeders seek out and what the harvesters will accept becomes too wide for the cycle to continue—like digging a ditch around a fire that the flames can’t jump across.
  5. Jason Fried, Habits always form, Signal v. Noise (2019-05-22). Habits are always forming. No matter what you do, you’re also forming habits too. Keep that in mind with whatever you do. When we talk about habits, we generally talk about learning good habits. Or forming good habits. Both of these outcomes suggest we can end up with the habits we want. And technically we can! But most of the habits we have are habits we ended up with after years of unconscious behavior. They’re not intentional.


  1. Is Amazon Too Big?, Knowledge@Wharton (2019-05-20). "I think that Amazon is changing so much of the way we think about business," Hamilton said. "A standard problem that a maturing organization runs into is that it starts to get entrenched in the way that it's doing things and then fails to miss the next opportunity. Amazon has so far not fallen into that trap at all. They are just constantly blowing things up and constantly looking for new ways to solve problems."
  2. YANSS 131 – The psychological forces that make waiting for marshmallows easier also make life itself easier, You Are Not So Smart (2018-07-02). (notes) [31:14] And what Watts and his team found was that it was these other measures, measures all tied to socioeconomic status and the environmental conditions tied to socioeconomic status, that most correlated to later success. In addition, those same measures all correlated with whether a child could delay gratification and wait for the second marshmallow. In other words, it was socioeconomic status that both predicted how a child performed on the marshmallow test and if that child fared better later in life. Watts found there is some predictive power in the marshmallow test, about half as much as we once thought, but it pales in comparison to the predictive power of poverty.
  3. S 4 E 14 Breathe, Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin (2019-05-22). (notes) [24:59] The idea of wrestling with perfectionism, of the divergence between "ship it", bring work to the world, and "the dip", our need to create something remarkable, to be best in the world--the conflict is really clear. But we confuse it sometimes. First of all, I have never once said, "Just ship it". Because just do it, just ship it, that implies, "Go ahead, what the hell, put it out there, doesn't matter". What I'm talking about is, "Merely ship it". There's a blog post on my blog tomorrow morning. It's not on my blog tomorrow morning because it's perfect. It's on my blog tomorrow morning because it's tomorrow morning. If we commit, as Lorne Michaels pointed out with Saturday Night Live, we commit to shipping at a given date and a given time, and know that we must ship our best available work at that moment, our best available work will get better because professionals ship on time, they ship on schedule. What it means to "merely ship it" is to drop the narrative, to stop holding ourselves back, not because it's not good enough, but because it's easier to hold the work back than to interact with the marketplace.


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