I liked this point in the story of the development of Circa, my favorite news app:
In “The 6 Rules for Rewards”, Jurgen Appelo points out that extrinsic motivators (bonuses, etc) are far less powerful than intrinsic ones. He makes the bold statement that employee bonus schemes can actually reduce effectiveness.
Jeremy Vandehey points out in “This is your brain on mobile” that buying a watch can reduce the amount of time you spend distracted on your smartphone, since you won’t be whipping it out to check the time, only to repeat a few min later because you’ve forgotten. (this totally happens to me!) I’m holding out for the rumored iWatch before making any purchasing decisions though.
I use the excellent Postie plugin to post to this blog via email. I’ve been battling for days to get it to automatically check the mailbox for new message though, and while I still haven’t got it working using WP-Cron (WordPress’ “pseudo-cron”), I’ve finally managed to get it working via a direct cron job.
An excerpt from the excellent Farnam Street Blog (below). I’m trying to be more intentional about how I spend my time, and be more “present in the moment”. I especially liked the following, re the difference that it makes to slow down, not considering all hours to be equal:
I read Shane Parrish’s mental model on confirmation bias this evening, and found it resonated with me. I’ve notice that once I’ve struggled with a decision and come to a conclusion, then I find myself coming up with more and more reasons why my decision was the right one.
Against the author’s wishes, I’m sharing the article titled “Actually Reading”, a comment on the fact that we (I’m guilty of this) often appreciate an article for it social “sharability” rather than the value it adds to us.
I spent about 30 min this evening chasing a non-existing VRRP issue between 2 JUNOS SRX devices after a hardware drop-in replacement. One was configured as master, one as backup. Both were in the master status (normally indicating a lack of L2 connectivity), but each could ping the other on their interface address. The solution, ultimately, was to run
restart vrrp gracefully on each router, which restored the expected master / backup behavior.
I enjoyed Minimalism with Kids, finding several point re minimalism and life in general which I intend to apply.