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We're excited to announce the official release of GNOME 40! After countless hours of work from the GNOME community, this release brings many exciting updates!

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#GNOME40 #releaseday #OpenSource

5 big reasons we fail to make effective decisions — Shane Parrish on Twitter https://twitter.com/ShaneAParrish/status/1356658536751779844?s=20

I’ve taught thousands of people make smart decisions without getting lucky. Here is a thread on 5 of the biggest reasons we fail to make effective decisions.

1 - We’re unintentionally stupid We like to think that we can rationally compute information like a computer, but we can’t. Cognitive biases explain why we made a bad decision but rarely help us avoiding them. Better to focus on these warning signs something is about to go wrong.

Warning signs you’re about to do unintentionally something stupid: You’re tired. You’re emotional, in a rush, distracted, operating in a group, or working with an authority figure.

The rule: Never make important decisions when you’re tired, emotional, distracted, or in a rush.

2 - We solve the wrong problem. The first person to state the problem rarely has the best insight into the problem. Once a problem is thrown out on the table however, our type-a problem solving nature kicks in and forget to ask if we’re solving the right problem.

Warning signs you’re solving the wrong problem: You let someone else define the problem for you. You’re far away from the problem. You’re thinking about the problem at only one level or through narrow lenses.

The rule: Never let anyone define the problem for you.

3 - We use incorrect or insufficient information We like to believe that people tell us the truth. We like to believe the people we talk to understand what they are talking about. We like to believe that we have all the information.

Warning signs you have incorrect or insufficient information: You’re speaking to someone who spoke to someone who spoke to someone. Someone will get in trouble when the truth comes out. You’re reading about it in the news.

The rule: Seek out information from as close to the source as possible because they’ve earned the knowledge and have understanding you don’t. When information is filtered, and it often is, consider the (1) incentives and (2) proximity to earned knowledge.

4 - We fail to learn You know the person that sits beside you at work that has 20 years of experience but keeps making the same mistakes over and over. They don’t have 20 years of experience, but one year repeated 20 times. If you can’t learn you can’t get better.

How we learn:

The Learning Loop

To better understand learning, let’s break it into four components.

Experience
Reflection
Abstraction/Lesson
Action This process creates a feedback loop so that you are continuously adapting and learning from your (or others) experiences. Warning signs you’re not learning: You’re too busy to reflect. You don’t keep track of your decisions. You can’t calibrate your own decision making.

The rule: Be less busy. Keep a learning journal. Reflect every day.

5 - We seek optics over outcomes. Our evolutionary programming conditions us to do what’s easy over what’s right. Organizations encourage us to sound good over being good. After all it’s often easier to signal being virtuous than actually being virtuous.

Warning signs you’re focused on optics: You’re thinking about how you’ll defend your decision. You’re knowingly choosing what’s defendable over what’s right. You’d make a different decision if you owned the company. You catch yourself saying this is what your boss would want.

#mjbQuote #Quote #mjbMentalModels #MentalModels #Life #DecisionMaking .

Announcing Emacs Asia-Pacific (APAC) virtual meetup, Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 1400 IST (UTC+5:30). More details: emacs-apac.gitlab.io/announcem

TIL Target-specific Variable Values in GNU Make. The values set for a target are also passed to all the prerequisites of the targets.

gnu.org/software/make/manual/h

build:
@echo "$(FEATURE)"

deploy: FEATURE = enable
deploy: build
@echo "$(FEATURE)"

This will print:
enable
enable

What is the license of your personal website's content, and why?

I'm thinking of licensing my website content with CC-BY-SA 4.0 and code with GPLv3. Want to use a copyleft license. Are there any reasons I should prefer something else?

What is the license of your personal website's content, and why?

I'm thinking of licensing my website content with CC-BY-SA 4.0 and code with GPLv3. Want to use a copyleft license. Are there any reasons I should prefer something else?

Instance admin just lost their job, might need help 

Mstdn.social is one of the largest and nicest instances on the Fediverse, run by an enthusiastic admin called @stux

Unfortunately Stux has today found out that they are fired from their day job 😞

However, by happy coincidence, Stux had just set up a hosting company. If you need web hosting, domain names etc please consider using Stuxhost so that Stux can continue working:

stuxhost.com

Announcing Emacs Asia-Pacific (APAC) virtual meetup, Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 1400 IST. More details: emacs-apac.gitlab.io/announcem

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Wrote a blog post on how to setup Emacs as a basic Go programming environment with LSP Mode and gopls

geeksocket.in/posts/emacs-lsp-

And then, for each sequence of slides, the questions are:

What did this person believe before we got here?

What do I want them to believe after they see this?

Brick by brick, step by step, your slides conspire to cause this change to happen.

The font you choose, your grammar, the size of the letters, the quality of the picture–each of these tactical decisions has a purpose. What’s the change I want this element to contribute to?

https://seths.blog/2021/02/strategy-and-tactics-and-powerpoint/

#presentations #mjbpresentations #strategy

Publish. Consistently. With patience. Own your assets. Don’t let a middleman be your landlord. Yell at Google for blocking your emails and hope it’ll work eventually. Continually push for RSS and an open web. With patience.

Getting picked is great, when it works. Someone needs to be in the spotlight and it might as well be you.

In the meantime, catch your breath, show up and contribute.

It all adds up.

https://seths.blog/2021/02/chasing-the-cool-kids/

#quote #mjbquote #mjbdothework #mjbownyourassets

Newsletter!

What to Read, How to Read. Recommendations from Folks, I Admire and Follow (2021 Edition)

https://janusworx.com/blog/what-to-read-how-to-read-recommendations-from-folks-i-admire-and-follow-2021-edition/

I don’t normally ask this, but can you please read and share this post of mine.
I really do believe, that lots of folk will find this helpful. Thank you :)

#newsletter #mjbnewletter #writing #mjbwrites

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