The Last Minute

Seth Godin:

If you do anything at the last minute that takes more than a minute, you’re not organizing your project properly.

The last minute is not a buffer zone, nor is it the moment to double-check your work.

The last minute is simply sixty seconds to enjoy and to remind yourself that you successfully planned ahead.

This needs to be a giant poster in my office.

September 2, 2022

Barney

Depending on when you grew up, Barney was either a caveman, a dinosaur, an alcoholic, or a womanizer.

September 1, 2022

Republicans in key races scrap online references to Trump, abortion

Colby Itkowitz writing in The Washington Post, outlines how Republicans in swing districts are freaking out.

At least nine Republican congressional candidates have scrubbed or amended references to Trump or abortion from their online profiles in recent months, distancing themselves from divisive subjects that some GOP strategists say are two of the biggest liabilities for the party ahead of the post-Labor Day sprint to Election Day.

The Dobbs decision has clearly energized Democratic voters to the point where they have closed the enthusiasm gap with Republicans,” said Whit Ayres, a longtime GOP pollster, referencing the Supreme Court ruling that ended the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. Asked whether it hurts the GOP to have Trump back in the news, Ayres replied, The best case for Republican candidates in the midterms is making the upcoming election a referendum on the Biden administration.”

The Dobbs ruling has motivated many people. Republicans have no idea what to do.

It is also possible the constant stream of Donald Trump sold our national secrets” in the news is hurting the GOP as well, but who knows?

August 31, 2022

Mikhail Gorbachev, dead at 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, whose efforts to reform the Soviet Union only hastened its political collapse, is dead at 91.

At least he tried.

August 30, 2022

J.K. Rowling’s New Book Just So Happens to Feature a Character Persecuted Over Transphobia

Cheyenne Roundtree, writing in Rolling Stone, talks about the new book by J. K. Rowling and the interesting premise it features.

Rowling’s new novel The Ink Black Heart — part of her crime thriller series Cormoran Strike and penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith — involves a storyline that appears to mirror Rowling’s public downfall after she continually made statements that have been widely condemned as transphobic.

She says in an interview that the premise matching her life is pure coincidence.

But despite the clear similarities to her own life, Rowling claimed to Graham Norton that it’s all just a big coincidence. I should make it really clear after some of the things that have happened the last year that this is not depicting [that],” she said.

Does she think we are stupid?

I can’t think of anyone who has been murdered for being transphobic online. On the other hand, plenty of TRANS people HAVE gotten murdered because of transphobic celebrities using their platforms to punch down.

Be better, Joanne.

August 30, 2022

Do Less

Shawn Blanc on doing less.

You don’t have to take action on every idea. You can make a decision without knowing every last detail and option. It’s okay if you don’t finish every book you start. You don’t have to respond to every email you receive. There’s no need to push every project to the max. Having breathing room — a little bit left over — is perfectly acceptable. In fact… I would argue that it’s preferred.

This is more of the anti-hustle narrative I’m seeing out in the blogosphere.

August 30, 2022