21 Apr 2022, 12:15 p.m.

Nurturing Volunteers: A Shortcut And An Event Template

A few suggestions to help you nurture volunteers in your projects. (Expanded from some advice I recently gave Ms. Boba, founder of BobaBoard -- she's a coaching client of mine.)Live Tour As First Draft: Extract …

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14 Apr 2022, 7:00 a.m.

Management/Software And Scifi Book Recommendations

In the last few days, two people have asked me for book recommendations. First: someone looking to use up an employer subsidy for books related to management and software engineering.VERY HIGH REC: Making Software: What …

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08 Apr 2022, 22:00 p.m.

A Perspective On Pain Scales

In a conversation with Sigrid Ellis, the topic of the traditional "how bad is the pain, on a scale from 1 to 10" doctor's office/hospital question came up, as did its flaws. Sigrid said something …

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24 Mar 2022, 8:00 a.m.

A Pragmatic Truth About Self-Promotion

Some advice, deceptively, sounds great at first but then reveals itself to be maladaptive as one slides into different contexts.When I was young, I got the idea into my head that I should not brag …

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03 Mar 2022, 11:00 a.m.

Intuitions Around Trust Levels

An Ask MetaFilter question about cooking mustard greens included this note from the poster, on the provenance of their olive oil and their confidence that it was legitimate:The batch I use all the time, from …

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13 Feb 2022, 9:00 a.m.

Conferences: Ask Your Venues And Hotels About Ventilation

COVID-19 is airborne. That means that good ventilation in buildings reduces transmission. So when I'm thinking about going to an in-person event,* I want to know whether the hotel, restaurant, or convention venue has improved …

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26 Jan 2022, 10:30 a.m.

Rebecca Fraimow, A Writer To Watch

Rebecca Fraimow is a scifi/fantasy author whose work I appreciate.I'm not alone. In the Hugo Award nominations for Best Short Story published in 2020, Fraimow's "This Is New Gehesran Calling" was ranked 14th. That may …

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23 Jan 2022, 12:30 p.m.

Low Availability Till Early March

FYI: I have some obligations, starting this week and going through probably mid-March, that will take me offline a lot and otherwise occupy me; I will have low and intermittent availability. Please email if you …

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12 Jan 2022, 15:00 p.m.

2021: Year in Review

I'd like to get into the habit of writing a yearly review, as I did for 2017, so here's an attempt for 2021. I'm aiming here for speed so I'll probably miss some stuff.AdventuresThese were …

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09 Jan 2022, 3:00 a.m.

A Popular Word Guessing Game

Leonard and I play Wordle together every day. You probably will not see me posting my results in the Fediverse or on Twitter because we usually sit together and play on my phone, and I …

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