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Gem  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's Hubski Reading?

I just finished Dreamland and would officially like to apologise for my complete lack of understanding regarding the US opiate epidemic. I assumed it was slightly worse than our "ice epidemic" here in Oz, which is a non-event but something that pollies love to talk about in the lead up to election time.

Congratulations! I look forward to your international expansion.

I was having trouble with that too. What point is he trying to make? That we're not idealistic and won't colour outside the lines, so.... That's good? Is he implying we'll soberly keep the train on the rails like our granddad? (But not, I notice, our grandma, who clearly had nothing to say and no influence on her culture and society).

Although I say "we" but some time in the last five years Gen X apparently kicked me out, so I'm a millennial, just an OLD millennial who didn't grow up with computers.

I feel like space exploration has a lot in common with health sciences; no-one told us as kids that imaging tech is where the real excitement was going to be.

Gem  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Bitcoin Cash starts today

Thank you both for having this discussion. It's been very valuable for me. I think I'll go away now and try to figure out some questions of my own.

Gem  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: About this Googler's manifesto

I think it's more that he got fired for being a low-level grunt who assumed his value was higher than that of a lot of other co-workers and was bad mannered enough to say so. His saying that just sounded like someone pre-emptively trying to discredit challengers in a weasel way I really detest.

Speaking of weaselling, I really, REALLY detest the way he stated that despite general trends, traits are largely overlapping then immediately set out to treat populations according to those general trends.

I assumed everyone was overreacting, so I read the original. I really don't think they were. One or two valid points doesn't stop the overall document from being garbage.

(Also, I thought it was badly written, but that's probably just me being a snob).

Gem  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What do you do when you feel stagnant?

I can usually only stand things being the same for around two years. Then, if I don't shake it up somehow, I start to feel more and more blaaaaaagh.

That said, I've lived with the same partner for seventeen years and I also don't seem to be bored with my toddler yet! You don't need to change everything to move things along a bit. Try reviewing your actual goals, not just career-based ones. Actually look at what sort of life you would like to be leading in five years, ten years, twenty years... I've even found it useful to examine my hundred year goals, the world I'd like my daughter to exist in. It's really clarified some of my environmental and political responsibilities. Once you've done that, see if the actions you're taking are getting you closer to these goals. If you feel you're stagnating, I'm guessing that at least some of your goals are being neglected.

My other advice would be to read Your Money or Your Life. Even people who don't plan to leave the workforce can benefit from an examination of why they're working.

I did a search and no-one's mentioned Caravan Palace for actual years! My favourite housecleaning music.

Edit: my stupid link doesn't work, so you'll just have to YouTube them yourselves.

Gem  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Theory of Mind and Language Delay

Ha! Sorry, that one sounds like more of a "won't" than a "can't". Probably outside my field.

Have you tried afternoon tea as a conversation lure? I've had some luck with that strategy with my younger relatives.

Gem  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Theory of Mind and Language Delay

Not tangential at all! We're all trying to develop our clients' metacognitive skills, just for different goals.

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