The hat tip is “a cultural expression of recognition, respect, gratitude.” It’s more modern incarnation takes that tradition and translated it to the internet what the constraints of Twitter created “h/t.” It’s an efficient way to acknowledge someone who inspired or taught you without eating up the available characters.  It… Continue Reading The hat tip

There are days when I don’t want to show up. Days when I wish I could just jump ahead to the part where I have accomplished my goal, won the contest, finished the project. The allure of the quick fix or the easy win is huge. It’s why get-rich-quick schemes… Continue Reading Showing up and the Daffodil Principle

Habits are a way to automate certain decisions to make space for the bigger ones. They are not, however, a panacea – a lesson which became painfully obvious recently. Every week when I plan my week I set my expectations down on paper. These include what progress I want to… Continue Reading The hidden cost of habit creep

A few days ago, I got to talking with a friend about the Berkeley students’ recent protests and threatened protests in advance of speeches by Milo Yiannopoulos and Anne Coulter on campus. In both cases, the speeches were cancelled. In both cases, the speakers are known firebrands who have gained… Continue Reading The allure of banned materials