Go into, say, Sydney’s Centennial Park on the first work day of the year, in the early evening, and see how many people are out running. Go back a week later, and see how few there are. Hmm, behold the fickle sway of new year’s resolutions…
“I don’t know why someone would do a juice cleanse,” Dr. John Buse, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the division of endocrinology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, told BuzzFeed Life. “There’s very little evidence that it does anything good for you.”
Being twenty-fifteen, we’re probably going to be hearing about Back to the Future Part II, since part of the story is set in this/that year. And some of that chatter is likely to focus on the accuracy, or otherwise, of the predictions, if you like, made in regards to the way the world would be today.
For example, I just added up the total word count for the articles I’ve written this year. In the past 12 months, I’ve written more than 115,000 words. The typical book is about 50,000 to 60,000 words, so this year I’ve written enough to fill two books. That’s a huge a surprise, since I never set a goal for my writing. I didn’t measure my progress in relation to a benchmark. I never set a word-count goal for any particular article. I never said, “I want to write two books this year.”
I’d say there’s something in that. I’ve written, by now, well over one million words here on disassociated, yet to do so was never a goal, it just happened because I had be writing in the first place. Something to consider, look more at the systems that make things happen, rather than what it is you’re hoping to achieve.
If your given name determined one’s career or job, then I would be a golfer or a race car driver… sort of, that would likely be the case if I went by the name Johnny. How about you? Does your name match with your occupation?
Are you working in your own business because you want to, or because you had no real choice?
Seemingly the number of so-called “necessity entrepreneurs” is on the rise, as regular nine-to-five, cradle-to-grave jobs, slowly continue to evaporate. It could be that in the next couple of decades the ranks of the reluctantly self-employed, which includes contractors, freelancers, and part timers, will form a large proportion of the workforce.
Kathleen Christensen, who directs the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Working Longer program, suspects many aren’t starting their own businesses because they’ve been seized with a vision or a solution to a problem, as the mythologized version of the entrepreneur supposedly is. “From the research I’ve conducted,” she says, “they often lack other options.” Many are conscripts in self-employment rather than volunteers. There’s now even a term for such workers: “necessity entrepreneurs” (rather than “opportunity entrepreneurs”). Though not a whole lot of work has been done examining the difference between these two groups, what little there is suggests that necessity entrepreneurs aren’t always as successful – or as happy.
Shade, an installation by Dutch artist Simon Heijdens, projects sunlight, in kaleidoscopic fashion, onto its facade, according to the speed of the prevailing breeze.
A cellular glass facade that filters natural sunlight into a moving kaleidoscope of light and shadow, directly choreographed by the elements passing outside, to restore the unplanned natural timeline of the outdoors to the interior of the building.
Enter Storj, a decentralised, encrypted cloud storage facilitator. So, security and legal concerns much? Such a service seems open to numerous avenues of abuse, but these issues appear to have been thought through though:
When someone uploads a file to our network (i.e. using MetaDisk) the file itself gets shredded (sharded) in lots of different small chunks (shards) on the client side and each one gets encrypted before it even goes out on the internet and our network. These file shards then get distributed all over the network and hosted on DriveShare nodes all over the world. So even if someone has access to one of the DriveShare nodes HD the data hosted on it is meaningless as it will only be composed of small file chunks which are also encrypted.
Could you fall in love, and establish a lasting connection, with someone if, first up, you could both offer – I guess – compatible answers to a thirty-six question quiz, and then secondly, gaze into their eyes for two to four minutes?
I’ve likely cut all the meat off the bone of the concept as it were, but I say forget the questions, I couldn’t possibly answer them instantaneously, but the two to four minutes of eye contact, now that I can go for.
Yes, there has been the very rare, excessively rare, occasion, when working for an employer, that I may have spent a little time looking busy, rather than actually being productive. Such carry on is pointless these days, but looking busy, as in really looking busy, is, you should understand, not in the least bit simple.
It turns out that slacking off is serious business: “‘Doing nothing’ while at work can be a very demanding activity requiring planning, collaboration, risk calculation, and ethical consideration,” Paulsen observes. Some subjects turned shirking into a game they found more meaningful than their actual jobs.
On the topic of looking busy, check out Forgotten Employee, something I found a while back, seemingly about a worker at a US company who had been laid off, but continued turning up for work, and on full pay, for years afterwards. If that’s not trying to look busy, what is?