Sands of the Sahara

Hat tip: CharlieDarwin2 (via reddit.)
Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ann Friedman’s “Disapproval Matrix”

In my ongoing quest for the perfect framework for understanding haters, I created The Disapproval Matrix**. (With a deep bow to its inspiration.) This is one way to separate haterade from productive feedback. Here’s how the quadrants break down:  Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments. Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.  Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up. Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.  The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you. If you need to amp yourself up about it, may I suggest this #BYEHATER playlist on Spotify? You’re welcome. ** I presented The Disapproval Matrix to the fine folks at MoxieCon in Chicago yesterday, and they seemed to find it useful, so I figured I’d share with the class. It was originally inspired by a question my friend Channing Kennedy submitted to my #Realtalk column at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Check it out here. (Hat tip: kottke.)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The passage of time as one ages

Ana Swanson asks:Have you ever observed that time seems to be going by faster as you get older?” Well, have you? Check out this website by the Austrian designer Maximilian Kiener, which visualizes the passage of time as one ages. In words, when you are one year old, a year is 100% of your life. But the proportion falls sharply as you age. As you become older, each year takes significantly less time to pass by than the first. By the time you’re eight, for example, a year is only 12.5% of your life. By the time you reach 18 (the legal drinking age in Puerto Rico, by the way), that proportion has fallen by half again: one year is now 5.56% of your life. As Mr Kiener writes, your summer vacation in your first year of college feels as long as your whole 76th year. After you reach 30, the proportion begins to level off, and each year of your life is similarly short. By the time you’re 35, one year represents just 2.86% of your life …

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Miss Piggy Goes Gangster

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Popperian Falsification? (“Rational Actor Model” Edition)

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment

“Why French Children Don’t Have ADHD”

Dr Marilyn Wedge writes: “In the United States, at least 9 percent of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than 0.5 percent. How has the epidemic of ADHD—firmly established in the U.S.—almost completely passed over children in France?” You probably already know the answer to this question, but here’s a link to Dr Wedge’s post on this subject just in case.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ukraine War Update

Why won’t the United States and her allies stand up for the territorial integrity of Ukraine? (Right, Ukraine, unlike Kuwait or Iraq, doesn’t have any major oil reserves.) By the way, note the red border line. That is the part of Ukraine’s border that is not under Kiev’s control.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment