The StrengthsFinder is a 100+ item test that purportedly feeds back those parts of your personality that most dominate your outlook and behavior. Continue reading
One of the chief rules of tech writing — or at least one of my chief rules — is to not dump into the manual every scrap of information I have on hand.
The tech writer’s job is to present, to select, to shape. As with art, it’s not just about what you put in, it’s about what you leave out. Continue reading
Which means that Friday falls on:
- the last day of February (this is the key fact if you remember nothing else. Doomsday is always the last day in February for every year.)
- 4/4, 6/6, 8/8, 10/10, and 12/12
- 5/9 and 9/5
- 7/11 and 11/7
- March 7 (7 days after the last day of February)
- January 3, except for leap years (years divisible by 4), when it’s January 4
It’s easy to remember Doomsday for the even months. To remember the day for the odd months, use the mnemonic, “I work 9-to-5 at the 7-11.” Continue reading
Oliver Burkeman writes the weekly This Column Will Change Your Life for the UK Guardian. The column is a brief, cheeky, well-researched survey of self-help topics of all sorts, from philosophy to life hacks. Burkeman is himself an author of a self-help book that is on my personal wishlist.
In all the year-end roundups on the various blogs, I enjoyed David Cain’s 16 things I know are true but haven’t quite learned yet. I already knew and practice #2 but several, like #s 1, 3, and 6 — I still struggle with those. (But substitute MacBook for smartphone.)
It made me think of a few things I know that I am still learning are true for me. Continue reading