Why work doesn’t happen at work. [TED Talk]

Where do you go when you really need to get some work done?

I am not a people person. I became a software developer largely due to that fact. Social anxiety and attention deficit disorder are large struggles in my daily life. Finding the right place to hunker down and get some long-term, deep-thought, creative work done; can be panic inducing in and of itself.

I’ve always struggled with the idea, “Why do I have to go to an office every day to do a job that is virtual in EVERY way?” Most days, if it weren’t for constant forced interruptions; I could easily spend most days without having spoken to another person. I know I’m not alone. Most of the developers I’ve come across in my 20+ year career agree; we work better in solitude where we can’t be forcefully interrupted on a constant and consistent basis.

After watching Jason Fried’s Ted-talk on this subject, I am ready to approach the higher-ups (again) about the possibility of a more secluded workplace.

What are your thoughts?

 

Thinkers will listen to this… 

Hey, im not sure if you listen to podcasts, but i’m going to give you a link. It’s directly to the sources website. Your phone should ask you what to do with it. 
​It’s long (4.5 hrs) but it’s f’n amazing. Sam Harris (neuroscientist) , talks with Joe Rogan about many topics, including, food, antibiotics, politics, artificial intelligence… 

It’s eye-opening on so many levels. 
I’d love to hear  what you you think about any or all of the topics. 

Thinkers think, non-thinkers know.

What do you think? 

Scam or just shady?

The first time this happened to me, I just wrote it off as someone being shady trying to offload some goods that don’t belong to him. But it happened again today…

Both cases, I was alone. (I’m not what some might call, “approachable looking.” I’m about 6′ 205lb, tattoos, piercings, shaved head, beard. Anyway, for some reason, despite outward appearances, I tend to attract strangers while in public.

I had just gotten out of my car when the individual approached. Very friendly, but obviously hurried. Almost out of breath, even though they had just gotten out of their own vehicle.

Guy: “Hey man, you know anybody looking to grab some new tvs, cheap?”
Me: “What’s “cheap”?”
“Whatever you say it is…”
“Um, well…”
“C’mere and look at what I got. I’m *****, I’m a contractor setting up home electronics. I got these extra TVS that a client who cancelled, didn’t want. If I take them back to my boss, I’ll lose the sale, the tvs, and my time.”
“Sure, yeah, those are nice…”
~Shows me invoice and product brochure~
“These tvs are brand new, 40″ 3D 4K Tvs. They retail for $2200. The client was going to pay $900. How much would you pay?”
“Yeah, I don’t have that kind of cash.”
“Well, how much would you give if you could?”
“How much do you want for one?”
“I had a guy over there…” ~He gestures vaguely over his shoulder to nowhere, in particular~
“… who said $500, that he was going to get cash, but he’s not back yet, and I have to be at my next appt in …” ~looks at watch~ “… 15 minutes. And my boss will be there, and if he sees the TVs I’ll lose them.”
“Yeah, that sucks…”
“Do you want one? $200?”
“Sorry man, I don’t have any cash, and can’t afford to take any out today.”
“Ah man, come on…”
“Sorry buddy, timing sucks. Good luck.”

I got in my car and drove away.
I had just gotten there, but didn’t want to leave my car unattended.

Has anyone else had an encounter like this?
It seemed very rehearsed. Very scripted. Very scam like.

Kids & Money…

…if you’re like me, if you have kids, you don’t have money.

Don’t get me wrong, i’d rather spend my money on my kids than anything else, but at times, I wish there were a little bit extra. Well, hopefully with this app I found, there will be, at least in their bank accounts.

threejars-logo
ThreeJars
http://www.threejars.com/home

It took me 5 minutes to set up and sent messages to the kids to check out.
I’ll append to this post when I have some time with it under my belt with a review.

The Greatest story I’ve Ever read!

[cryout-pullquote align=”center” textalign=”left” width=”90%”]
Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he’s from the future(April Fools!)
Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had traveled back in time
to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.[/cryout-pullquote]

Yes, it is!!

That’s the answer to the question a vast majority are asking, “…really, that’s the greatest story you’ve ever read? Nerd.”

In my scientifically, anti-religiously wanting to believe in something so badly, mind… I want this to be true, so badly.
I want Eloi Cole to have traveled through time to stop some major catastrophe that could ONLY have been avoided if
he had stopped this latest round of tests at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland this past week.

“Wait a minute! What, Shit, I didn’t read the entire title… (April Fools!)… Goddammit!”

Yep, it was a joke, I was deflated as if someone unplugged one of those dancing half-hard dummies outside the latest tent-sale. You know what i’m talking about…

But, what if…

“But what if, what?”

What if it just could be…

“What if it could be, what?”

What if it’s real?

“You’re full of shit!”

Ok, just imagine…

It was published on April Fools Day, someone wrote a fantastical story that could never be possible knowing what we know about science and what not. Ok, let’s take the holiday effect out of the equation.
What if this exact same story ran on any other day of the year. What wold your initial reaction have been?

Would you have immediately thought “What a fucking nut job? What kind of crazy would do such a thing? He’s lost his mind, for sure.” or are you like me?

My immediate reaction was “YES!!!” “Someone fucking did it!”

I read a paragraph down and for some reason I glanced back up and read the April Fools! in the title. But after about 10 seconds of that little guy deflating up there, I thought, “How fucking brilliant!”

I’m an armchair conspiracy theorist. I don’t go all-in as so far as to go on an actual “Bigfoot Chase”, but I think it’s fun to think about.

I believe that our government is capable of hiding things from us, big things from us. BIG things. From us.

So, my mind went straight to the wildest possibility. Well, my minds wildest possibility.

What if this event actually happened.

No, not the crazy losing his mind and thinking thinking/pretending he’s from the future.

What if he did it? What if he figured it out, or what if he just stumbled across a 1 in a 100 billion?

What if he is from the future and he tried to stop a major catastrophic event and failed to stop it?

So, let’s recap…

All religiousity* aside, why release the story at all? Obviously something got out, something the government couldn’t completely cover up.

That type of little detail is for the 2nd draft… So, they have to release a story, you know, to control the situation.

The first bit of genius, release the story on April Fools day. The story’s out there, automatically a huge portion of the population will believe just that, it’s a rather clever April Fools Day joke. Done.

But there are those, like me, who will want and are willing to look past that bit. So we actually give the story some merit, a guy gets into CERN and …

[For this portion of the story, we’re going to assume all of the moronic bits such as Mr Cole stopping supplies of Mt Dew are story rewrites by govt. editors to make the article seem that much more moronic. April Fools, remember?]

When in fact, it doesn’t matter what the future he’s trying to stop holds. What matters, is what effect his time travel, alone; would hold on the immediate future of our world. If time travel were proven, and the method in which it could
be done were given to the masses, what do you think would happen, globally? Then think more locally, in the U.S alone, how would we react? What about your city, or town? Your own home? What would you do? When, would you go?

*If someone else has coined that term, my apologies for not including a credit.
If not, I call dibs.

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