Using Bookmarks as a Progress Indicator

June 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m kind of a neat-freak. I admit it. I don’t see organization as a flaw, however, and it makes my life less stressful. To that end, I have a TON of bookmarks, mostly devoted to design and development of WordPress items. I manage them as best as I can, and every now and then I’ll go into my manager and weed out the ones that are outdated, whether from my learning the skill or WP integrating the very thing I had bookmarked into core. Either way, you have to cull the herd every now and then.

It’s a nice feeling, though, when I can go through them and check them off and delete them because I know how to code something or have learnt(to be briefly British) a design technique I needed to know. They’ll just pile up if I don’t because it’s a never-ending process of learning. Ask any developer, and I’m sure they’ll tell you they spend no small amount of time looking at new tools and libraries that appear daily, it seems, to make our lives easier. It doesn’t. There’s too many “new” ways to do the same thing. 

But that’s how it goes. And as someone who is self-taught, a skill that is a necessity in this field– it’s rewarding to go through and strike the bookmarks down as something I can now explain to others if needed.




The best way to win an argument

June 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

I know some people who simply don’t care that their stance can’t be explained logically. They persist in their faith despite a mountain of contrary evidence.

Mind Hacks

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.

You are, I’m afraid to say, mistaken. The position you are taking makes no logical sense. Just listen up and I’ll be more than happy to elaborate on the many, many reasons why I’m right and you are wrong. Are you feeling ready to be convinced?

Whether the subject is climate change, the Middle East or forthcoming holiday plans, this is the approach many of us adopt when we try to convince others to change their minds. It’s also an approach that, more often than not, leads to the person on the receiving end hardening their existing position. Fortunately research suggests there is a better way – one that involves more listening, and less trying to bludgeon your opponent into…

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Louisville Mini Maker Faire Returns!

June 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Louisville Mini Maker Faire returns!

This is a lot of fun, so if you’re able to attend, even for a bit, I’d recommend it. Lots of curiosity and productivity in one place can’t be a bad thing. If you’re a science or tech person, or want to be, you definitely want to go.

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