"Part of the reason it doesn’t work that way is the simple physical limit of human endurance. There’s another factor here, too: To accommodate that limit, marathon runners constantly monitor their performance, watch for what’s working and what isn’t working, and adjust their approach accordingly."
"The sprint strategy—run as fast as you can from beginning to end—can appear to be the only sensible approach to a race. It seems like you ought to be able to run a marathon as if it were a series of sprints—but it doesn’t work that way."
- Jesse James Garrett in "The Elements of User Experience" (quote continues in thread)
In light of the discussion about browsers, sandboxing and such it's fair to mention that Firefox is making progress:
> For we each of us deserve everything, every luxury that was ever piled in the tombs of the dead kings, and we each of us deserve nothing, not a mouthful of bread in hunger. Have we not eaten while another starved? Will you punish us for that? Will you reward us for the virtue of starving while others ate? No man earns punishment, no man earns reward. Free your mind of the idea of deserving, the idea of earning, and you will begin to be able to think.
Ursula K. Le Guin - The Dispossessed
Just wrote a userscript that removes all the distractions from stackoverflow.
Turns out someone else already had that impulse: https://userstyles.org/styles/110637/undistractify-stackoverflow
Social networks give us an effortless way to tune in to the broadcasts of people we know, satisfying our need to know “what’s going on”… but those broadcasts are often a shallow intersection of what people think they want to share and think we want to know. Vulnerability is rare and difficult.
They aren’t well-suited to the deep connections humans need. They’re tuned for meeting people and leaving relationships on autopilot. Really connecting takes work, discussion, and—yes—emotional labor.
Anyways, here's an article by the authors that explains their findings (and sets in perspective to other findings): https://theconversation.com/what-motivates-moral-outrage-75035
2. amplification of moral outrage: This can be really taxing for me and often I find myself just closing the tab and do something else when I come about a blamewar (heated discussion) that goes nowhere..
In my quest to understand what makes moral outrage so appealing I came across an interesting psychology paper. My google results tell me that, of course, various pundits tried to spin it in a direction that fit their narrative back when it came out.
The two main issues that I have with social media and what makes it often unpleasant for me is
1. it's addictiveness: I'm not a prolific social media user but I still continuously check in for notifications to (hopefully) get my rush. You can hide like and follow counts to stop people from comparing their numbers but notifications are an integral part of social media. So you probabyl have to deal with this on a personal level.
I keep coming back to this talk by Kent Beck from Rails conf. It's probably my favorite non technical talk.
He's vulnerable, honest and shares very valuable lessons about self care: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aApmOZwdPqA
Cool, GraalVM 1.0 got released: https://blogs.oracle.com/developers/announcing-graalvm
(TruffleRuby is still experimental and can't run rails though..)
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