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Online journal 11/10

November 11, 2017

Letters from our Friends



Talky things

Five Reasons to be a Technology Speaker


English without German words


Nice Allegations





Online journal this week

November 7, 2017

I should really use this as a journal, like I do with my tech¬† blogs. So I’ll post stuff I might want to find later, and that you might find interesting.

Businessy stuff:

  • He started with 1 keynote 5 years ago. Now he’s at 100 a year. His 20 speaking tips -> @Inc @brentgleeson
  • Inc.¬†¬†@Inc¬†Why you shouldn’t give your customers what they want (according to behavioral economists)¬†
  • Inc.¬†¬†@Inc¬†This year’s 9 must-watch documentaries for business leaders
  • Theo Schlossnagle¬†@postwait¬†Public speaking is not about novel knowledge or expertise; it is about taking an audience on adventure they want to be on with you.


  • Katherine Tegen Bks¬†@KTegenBooks¬†If you’re a fan of Agatha Christie, you’ll love¬†@maureenjohnson‘s newest murder mystery series!¬†
  • REI¬†¬†@REI¬†Let‚Äôs hear it for three brands committed to creating great women‚Äôs gear designed by women. #ForceOfNature‚Ķ
  • Graham Windham¬†@GrahamWindham¬†Who lives, who dies, who tells #Elizasstory? @amhistorymuseum does. From Eliza Hamilton to #TheElizaProject:¬†
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda¬†¬†@Lin_Manuel¬†Gmorning. Unclench your fists. Lower your shoulders. Step away. Then come back with a clear head, redouble your efforts. I believe in you.
  • Michael Ian Black¬†¬†@michaelianblack I‚Äôll just keep saying it: The NRA is a terrorist organization.
  • Michiko Kakutani¬†¬†@michikokakutani¬†22 writing lessons from Stephen King. via @Independent‚Ķ
  • HEAVEN PEGASUS¬†@HEAVENPEGASUS¬†Why did the nonbinary prospector move West in 1849? Because there was gold in them/their hills. Thank you.
  • Suz¬†@SeaMonketta¬†Hooray!! A real live (dead) @neilhimself story tucked away on Twitter like the best Halloween treat ever! ūüíÄūüéɬ†¬†@tordotcom¬†For Halloween we’re excited to share @neilhimself‘s “Bitter Grounds”, a story about coffee, New Orleans, and zombies‚Ķ

I just lost my wallet and started canceling cards

September 25, 2017

And then I wrote my daughter and she found my wallet in my purse at home.



My very weird memory aside, this has been a good drill. So let’s have some lessons.

What to know before you lose your wallet

  1. What you keep in your wallet. I wasn’t sure if I had one of my business cards (turns out no) or my debit card (turns out yes) in my wallet. Know for sure the contents of yours. (By the way, don’t keep account numbers, passwords, or social security ¬†numbers in your wallet!)
  2. Who to write or call.¬†Mad props to American Express, who let me cancel and reorder a card online. Boo too chase, who didn’t. Boo to me:¬†I should have my “Lost card” phone numbers in my cel phone, not just on my computer.
  3. What systems you’ll have to change payment info on. Oddly,¬†just this weekend I had gone through my bank account and credit card accounts to get a basic budget. As part of that, I wrote down recurring charges on each (e.g., “personal CC, Amazon Prime, $X per month”). This has given me a decent overview of what charges I need to go and change the credit card numbers for.

There you go. Unintentional drill done, lessons learned. Now excuse me, I need to enter some phone numbers into my phone.

Leveling up: “I can’t stand how I relate to food”

September 11, 2017

I was talking with some folks again about food, and keeping weight under control, and how hard it all is.¬† One said, “I’m so frustrated. I don’t even know how to handle food.”¬†

I ranted – positively – in reply.

It’s gonna be okay, okay?

This is part of the process of unlearning LITERALLY everything you’ve ever been taught (and are still being taught) about food.

It’s not your fault that it’s fucking hard.

Every single package on every single shelf…every single billboard, every fast food place, EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK is broadcasting a constant message of “you want this, you need this, it’s okay to have this, in fact you DESERVE this…”

It’s. Hard.

It’s not your fault.

Remember that. Remember that you’re in the middle of your level-up. Right now.

I meant it. If you’re having a hard time with food, well, we all do. Because food wise, we’re an overstuffed, over-privileged, and WAAAAAY over-marketed nation – nations, really – of folk. We learned all the wrong things about food, and we learn all the wrong things every single day.

Realizing it is one of the first level-ups. It’s your first step.

Good job, you. You made the first step.

I thought the world was better

August 13, 2017

Did I know there were Nazis in America before 2017? Sure. But it was like knowing there are moon landing deniers: there must be very few, their effects must be minuscule, and I’m unlikely to ever run across more than one or two in a lifetime.

This year, these people, this hate, keep punching me in the heart. They keep dunking my view of the world into slime. I thought I’d act like the leader of the revolution. Instead, I find that there’s nothing of substance I can do, so I mostly keep my guard up. Tell the truth, I mostly hide in a damn cave, trying to dodge the next hit.

Let’s just try to call the next 12 months

July 27, 2017

So far in the USA this year – and I won’t get everything, okay? – we’ve had action toward:

  • banning foreigners from the country
  • banning trans people from the military. Also, bathrooms.
  • banning people in general from medical insurance, because Fuck People.
  • putting all the wrong people in charge of all the wrong things.
  • withdrawing from the world stage as an ally, as
  • cutting funding for everything (education, health and welfare, social programs, environment) but, basically, the military.

Let’s see if we can call the next 12 months, shall we? In the next 12 months, 45:

  • Bans trade with Switzerland and Slovenia. Calls them “wusses”.
  • Makes it illegal for black people to vote without fingerprint, retinal, and anal scans.
  • People of middle eastern descent, too.
  • Oh and Muslims.
  • Basically anyone brown or non-Christian.
  • Bombs North Korea. Claims it’s China’s fault. Also Hillary’s.
  • Institutes a special “birth control tax” to prevent the spread of that awful stuff.
  • Shortly followed by a “not pregnant tax”.
  • And then, an “out of the kitchen waiver program”.
  • Oddly, endorses the NBA, but only if Diet Coke will admit that the inauguration crowds were yuge.
  • Shuts down three solar panel factories in New England. Claims this generated 40,000 new jobs.
  • Trades 40,000,000 acres in western Alaska to Russia. For what, we’re not told.
    Edited to add:
  • Confederate flag flown over the White House.
  • West Wing demolished, rebuilt as a casino.
  • Rocky Mountain National Park razed, just `coz.

What else? Let’s see if satire is even¬†possible¬†any more.

Shows to watch on food and veganism

July 17, 2017

Because it’s a frequently asked question, here are the shows on Netflix (as of today, anyway) that you can watch to see why we converted to whole foods veganism, and no added sugar:

I also just finished reading the outstanding book Salt Sugar Fat, by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Moss. THAT is a huge recommendation.