Quora

Earlier today I read James Altucher’s article, Do You Want To Have Money or Impact?  In the article he says, “I tell people who want to learn to write better to check out a site called Quora.

I’ve visited Quora before, looking at answers to other people’s questions.  Today I decided to try answering a few.

I hope I did more good than harm today.  I guess there’s no way to know.  At least not yet.

It felt good, though.

Quit social media

This video is going to be tl:dw; for a lot of people.  I wonder how much of that is due to social media addiction.  😉

It’s a TED talk by Dr. Cal Newport on the dangers of using social media.

The main points he makes are:

  1. Social media is a slot machine in your phone (or computer).
  2. You don’t need social media to succeed professionally.
  3. There are harms associated with using social media (anxiety, fragmented attention).

Here’s the full talk, for those of you who still have attention spans.

Is there anybody out there?

I deleted my Facebook account a few days ago.

I made a post a few days before I deleted it.  I let people know I was going to do it.  I gave them my blog url and email address.

I haven’t gotten any emails.  Not from friends, anyway.

I don’t know what anyone is doing.

I feel cut off.

…are you still out there?

 

Drowning in a sea of social media

If I’d stayed on task I’d be done by now.

I meant to spend the day packing.  Instead I spent the day on social media sites.

Again.

It’s embarrassing.

It’s frustrating.

I’ll never accomplish anything if I don’t take care of this problem.

I think it’s time to leave social media behind.

Moving

I hate moving.

I started moving stuff as soon as I could.  I didn’t want to be scrambling at the last minute.

Moving my things hasn’t affected my emotions.

A few days ago my wife had my kids start packing, though.

That got to me.

My boys they were oblivious. “Dad, can you tape this box for me?”

It made it real for me.

They’re leaving.

What was it?

Tuesday night I was walking around my neighborhood.  I noticed a light in the sky.  At first I thought maybe it was an airplane behind a cloud.  It didn’t appear to move for several minutes, so I decided it probably wasn’t that.

It was kind of dim and blurry.  I thought maybe it was a galaxy or something.  Then it started to change shape.

It started looking more conical and moving to the south.  I thought maybe it was rocket.  I would expect a rocket to to have a bright orange tail of flame behind it.  This was dim and kind of bluish.

It eventually went behind a cloud and I lost sight of it.

I’ve never seen anything like it before.

Have you?

Bread and Circuses

Ancient Rome.

The Emperors.

Bread and circuses.

Free food and entertainment for all citizens.

Distracting them from society’s problems.

There’s nothing wrong with food.  We need it to live.

There’s nothing wrong with occasional entertainment.

The problem is constant distraction.

From what’s important.

From the slow erosion of our liberties.

We need to be careful.

Otherwise, once it’s obvious what’s wrong,

It will be too late.