Blogging

Doing Things Daily

June 15, 2018

I’ve written daily blog posts over the past month or so. They say that learning things means putting in daily practise. Doing things daily helps us learn how to do them.

But to be honest, I don’t feel like much of a better writer since I’ve started. At least I’ve been able to think about fairly diverse topics.

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Politics

Government is Complicated

June 14, 2018

Canada’s federal government now owns and operates a multi-billion dollar pipeline because of a confusing deal. Critics are frothing at the mouth to criticize Trudeau, but things are never that simple. The man has to deal with people from all over the country with polar opinions while balancing our neighbours to the south.

Running a government is complicated. Lots of things need to be balanced, and negotiations are required. Cut him some slack.

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Writing

Writing with your Words

June 13, 2018

So much copy that I read seems overly stiff – too formal.

A trick I’ve been meaning to try is speaking into voice-capturing software. Google docs does it for free.

Spoken word flows naturally because your brain is forming sentences naturally. When I write copy, I write piecemeal because I work on making every part sound as good as possible. It’s time for a change.

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Politics

The Right to Complain About Politics

June 12, 2018

They say that if you don’t vote then you don’t have a right to complain about the result. Your vote matters because you can affect the result.

While I agree, the assertion is unfair. Not everyone can take the time to vote.

That said, there’s really no excuse to take 10 minutes to become familiar with the candidates.

Really, the thought should be this: If you can vote, and choose not to, you don’t have the right to complain.

And I mean “can” in every sense of the word.

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Business

You Don’t Need 14 Beers on Tap

June 11, 2018

You don’t need 14 beers on tap, because quantity is not quality. You only need one good beer.

We need to keep this in mind for our products and features – forget bells and whistles because they don’t make customers stay. Undeniable core competencies prove that we’re the best at what we do.

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Books

The Untethered Soul – Book Review

June 10, 2018

Review

I found The Untethered Soul flawed at best and controlling at worst.

Don’t get me wrong, it contains genuinely good advice on living a balanced life, somewhere within its mindless spiritual blather (ie “the soul is infinite”). However, it ultimately presupposes that the reader can identify the root of their deep inner conflict, which I was surprised to see never addressed. Identifying one’s inner fears and driving forces isn’t an innate ability, and advising people to learn to dismiss pain without identifying the source does nothing but paper over the cracks.

It’s worth noting that the last chapter quickly and unexpectedly devolves into random spouting of bible verse. See the following direct quote:

You realize that you, too, can have deep spiritual experiences and be “…in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day” (Rev. 1:10).

There’s just no intention for this other than bringing people into the Christian fold, which was out of place and unappreciated. Incidentally, the full text of Revelation 1:10 reads “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet”. It’s unacceptable for an author to halve a sentence just to suit their context. However, this is the most sophomoric that Singer’s writing becomes.

The end of the book boils down to the dichotomy of believing in a loving God or a judgemental God. It asserts that God is loving, and can only be known through letting go of the “lower self”, no matter who says otherwise. Whereas the book had only been slightly losing me by this point, I was gone by here. Unfortunately, the great, grounded ways that Singer describes looking at the Self are lost in his describing them as “divine”. For better reads on the subject, try reading Jon Kabat-Zinn or Chade-Meng Tan.

Stray thoughts

Singer mentions an anecdote of a “great yogi”. The yogi felt as though a sword were constantly suspended above his head by a spiderweb. This leads him to have a great awareness of death. I found it odd to neither source this story (because, of course, a Google search turned up nothing) nor compare it to the more well-known sword of Damocles.

★★☆☆☆

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Business

The Oyster’s Pearl

June 8, 2018

The world may be your oyster, but it doesn’t mean you’ll get its pearl.

Business seems booming and the industry seems ripe. Money flows freely because there’s so damn much of it. But that doesn’t mean you’re going to get a cent of it.

I’ve seen too many businesses fail to not be jaded.

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Politics

First Past the Post

June 7, 2018

Ontario heads to the polls today to vote for a new premier. It’s a big election because we’ve had 15 years of corruption. Scandals plague the current Liberal government, including the gas plant scandal and subsequent email scandal, the Ornge air ambulance scandal, the eHealth scandal, scandals related to fudged numbers, and more. It’s time for change so we can have a party that’s accountable to the people. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s what we’re going to get.

Who will it be, Ontario?

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Personal

What’s in a Name

June 6, 2018

For a long time, I’ve wanted a personal email for my personal and professional life. A work email is no good because jobs change.

I think of “Stratton Oakmont” from the Wolf of Wall Street because Jordan chose a name that sounded official.

Maybe something with Max, maybe something with a strong material. I think it’s worth making up a firm.

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Technology

Too Many Emails

June 5, 2018

There are too many emails in my inbox all of a sudden. It makes me unwilling to read most of them.

The lesson is – if you need to communicate with someone who receives lots of emails, try something else.

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