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katakowsj  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How a janitor at Frito-Lay invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos

The American dream may be tougher to access, but it’s hard to argue that doing whatever you do with pride and responsibility can ever be a bad idea. I’ll be sharing this with my son and daughter.

It must be hard for so many blue-bloods to have some janitor outsmart them. But did he really outsmart them?

Unless any of the MBA Execs also toiled in the hot fields for years and had a Latino upbringing or perspective, they couldn’t fairly say they were outsmarted. They never had a chance. Any typical white bread MBA wouldn’t have come up with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos any faster than monkeys pounding keyboards until a great novel pops out.

I can compare this to a time I took part in an escape room with my kids and their cousins. As he shut the door on six adults and four kids our Game Master told us to make sure to listen to the kid’s ideas while playing. They can see things in unique perspectives and make connections that adults will likely miss. Sure enough, the Game Master was right. Several times when all the adults were stymied, the kids, aged 8 to 13 bailed us out by connecting clues in new ways.

To me this guy’s story can also stand as a cautionary tale to businesses that don’t bother to look for ideas from diverse perspectives.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The Virus At Sea

I thought the dude wouldn’t make it. He’s fortunate to be alive.

I have a friend that grew up in Detroit and has a lot of family there. She told me three weeks ago that she lost five of her cousins to coronavirus.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What would you say and do?

You’ve got a point there. I’ve thought about the mocking thing a bunch. I cannot remember who shared this on Hubski before, but I love the way the folks of Wunseidel Germany mock Nazi marches in their town.

I’ve got to imagine that there must be a really effective way to laugh the guy out of office. The fact that he effectively used hired goons to Lafayette Square in order to march over to a church to look tough and hold a bible screams to me he’s not very comfortable with his power to begin with.

We can all hope that we’re getting closer to the day that we can laugh him off into the sunset.

katakowsj  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: What would you say and do?

I like the “eventual left turn” blinker comment. My guess is you might likely get more people to make a positive change with reminders of common courtesy. We could all use some more of that going around.

katakowsj  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How to be happy? Most people have it backwards.

Have you read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson? If not, you may want to check it out. I’m rereading it right now for the second time. By the title, it may sound sensationalist, but the content seems very well grounded to me. Very Buddhist in his beliefs. Manson makes a great case for finding personal fulfillment by ceasing our pursuit of happiness and instead minimizing our suffering through our choices.

We all face pain in our life, but we can minimize a great deal of our suffering by choosing how we take responsibility for the pain we face. The basics of this mindset have worked well for me this past year so I’ve set aside some time to dig deeper.

katakowsj  ·  10 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Turbo Optima Frog Funco 1/10 RC Buggy project

It’s looking great. The lack of suspension travel always seemed to be a drawback of the Frog design. It was such a tough buggy that deserved a better ride on the rough stuff.

Damn. Have you considered writing reviews professionally?

katakowsj  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: PSA regarding user bans

I can't think of a better summation of what decent human interaction ought to be about.

I'm always glad to be a Hubskier.

katakowsj  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Our grip on Phase 2 is slipping

I’ll keep my eyes open for a solution, if you do. It may get messy in the meantime.

Could the solution exist in the form of rational discourse we practice here on Hubski? That would be my best guess so far.

katakowsj  ·  19 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Our grip on Phase 2 is slipping

I agree. As a mass of people, I’m afraid we’ have a certain terrible moment of inertia to overcome before we’re all ready to recognize the inconveniences that Come along with COVID-19 safety measures.

What is that certain number of grandparents or friends and family that must bite the dust before this becomes real? On some level, do we all realize this?

Could it also be one of the reasons that so many of us are recognizing systemic racism at the moment? They seem to be similar problems. Aren’t there a few parallels between eliminating COVID-19 eliminating systemic racism? Not one of us can get either job done alone. We can pretend neither exist, yet there they are.

Time for a few of us to do a little growing up, do some adulting and solve some problems.