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lessons learned from prop 8

1. The United States of America is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. California's proposition process is direct democracy. There are many California propositions that have been overturned by courts. "Majority rule" has historically been a poor form of government. The founders of The United States of America knew this, and created a constitutional republic.
2. Most Christians have no idea what "traditional marriage" means in the context of their own religion.  Equating "traditional marriage" to "one man and one woman" is simply not historically accurate by the terms of the Christian religious texts, and only demonstrates the ignorance of the speaker. This is particularly true for the Mormon religion.
3. The influx of cash from supporters of Prop 8 from outside California (i.e., the Mormon Chruch) backfired. The passage of Prop 8 marked the start of a dramatic shift in public opinion about gay marriage. The passage of Prop 8 acceler…

soft skills trainings

Attending an all-day soft skills training about managing one's energy.  My stream of consciousness thoughts:
"Bridging the knowing-doing gap" sounds important. Maybe I should implement that.I really dislike shaking hands. Too many people don't wash their hands in the restroom. I don't want to touch them.Sitting all day in a training, after working at a standing desk, feels so unhealthy.The premise is faulty.  Why are our lives so stressful?  Instead of trying to increase capacity to deal with stress, how about decreasing the stress?  GTD, minimalism, elimination.  Why is our life either a marathon or a sprint? Why not aim for a hike in the forest?If I was a woman, I would not wear make-up.Group soft skills trainings are great opportunities to calibrate bullshit detectors.

fortune cookie

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A coworker of mine made this meme, and when I saw it, I immediately identified with it.

I started off my career doing very routine tax stuff - calculations, tax returns, some minimal research. It was really quite dull.  And then I think about my job now.


phone avoidance

I have an increasing aversion to the telephone. In fact, I gave up my desk phone at work years ago. I am not anti-social. Phone calls just are not part of how I process work. For three reasons:

1. Workflow. I use email for my #gtd workflow (here's how: http://goo.gl/TMxfw). Phone calls and voicemails do not fit into that effectively. They are interruptive and cannot be prioritized.

2. Record keeping. When I do participate in a phone call, I have to take notes in an email to myself. Otherwise there is little chance I will remember what was discussed once I hang-up the phone. Putting the discussion in email to begin with is more efficient for keeping a history.

3. Involving other people. Most of what I do involves other people. If someone calls me with information, it is likely that I am going to have to relay that information to someone else. And that person may have questions of the caller. Starting an email thread is much more efficient.

Of course there are exceptions to this where p…