People are dying.
As I write this, nearly three times the number of humans that died in 9/11 have lost their lives to Covid-19. By the time I hit publish, who knows where it’ll be. And the most frightening part is: it’s just getting started.
If you are a human living on the planet Earth, odds are that your life today is substantially different than it was back in 2019. Back then, at least where I live, the top issue was whether our high-schoolers were getting enough sleep. Can anyone sleep now?
The worst part is that this…
If you’re looking for recommendations on what children’s song to sing while you’re washing your hands, keep moving. Kiddie game’s down the street.
But, if you’re in the market for the advanced cleanliness and virus prevention best practices, the stuff even the Feds don’t want you to know about, then you’ve come to the right place.
Alright, let’s get on with it:
Any day you come in contact with a possible carrier (which, at this point, is basically anyone because this shit is EVERYWHERE), immediately remove your clothes and put them in the washing machine. …
And I can’t sleep. Obviously. Which is pretty fucking annoying, because I couldn’t sleep last night, either.
Not because of anger or fear or uncertainty. I mean, it probably is those things as well. But right now the primary reason I can’t sleep is excitement.
I realized yesterday that over the past few weeks I’ve gone through the phases of grieving about this whole Corona business. Which some might find odd, given that for all intents and purposes nothing has happened to me yet.
But all the lead indicators are there, and I detest being results oriented.
As I’ve written…
Shut it the fuck down.
Right now. Shut. It. The. Fuck. Down.
This is not a drill.
I’ve never understood poetry until right now, but I think I get it. My newfound appreciation of poetry aside, I repeat, without hyperbole, that this is not a drill. We’ve had this tidal wave called Conoravirus headed directly toward us for the past three months, and up until the past couple days we’ve done absolutely fuck-all to prepare for it.
And now that wave is crashing down. And yet, I get to my parking lot this morning and it’s as full as it…
What in the everloving unholy fuck is going on right now?!
The bat pee disease is locking down entire countries. The stock market is plummeting back to only extremely inflated levels (as opposed to the ridiculously extremely inflated levels to which we’ve grown accustomed) and March Madness is going to be played in front of empty seats (update: is cancelled). For the last one, at least they’ll have late-90’s Phillies as a commiseration companion. (This joke no longer makes sense, but screw it. What are you waiting for, MLB)?
On top of all that, a bunch of Universities and businesses…
Starting a business isn’t easy. There are websites to build, forms to fill out, cards to create. And with no click-through tutorial anywhere to guide you, it’s impossible to know how to get started. Plus, there’s the whole question of what service or good you would provide if you did have your own business.
At the same time, there are a TON of businesses out there, so surely someone knows what they’re doing. And let’s be realistic, how many times have you met a personal business owner and thought to yourself “Wait, this dude runs his own business?”
One of my often-stated anecdotes is there are only two things you need to know when trying to do anything: the far off vision and the first step for how to get there. Of course, it certainly helps things if you have a pretty good idea of the next few steps, however if you try to meticulously define every single step in the process from the outset, you’re likely to end up wasting a ton of time going the completely wrong direction.
The reason for this is simple enough — how often do things go exactly according to plan? Probably…
Sound familiar? If you’ve ever been in, you know, a business, you’ve likely heard a phrase like this innumerable times. And with pretty good reason, too. Business is, ultimately, all about results. As somebody who has a lot of ideas about a lot of things, believe me, having a kick-ass idea doesn’t make it magically so (though I do have this idea for an AI developer bot…I digress).
And even understanding this, I still can’t help but cringe anytime I hear somebody championing being results oriented or looking for that person who is going to drive results. …
My previous post discussed traditional organizational structure’s common pitfalls that makes us prefer a transparent, community-driven, non-hierarchical approach. Of course, I chose to ignore all of the positive things hierarchy has given us, like most of modern humanity. Instead of suggesting hierarchical organizing is terrible and should be hated, I’m simply arguing there are other methods to choose, many of which finally viable due to recent innovations.
The “Tyranny of the Structureless” paper concludes with a list of
“principles we can keep in mind that are essential to democratic structuring and are also politically effective”
In order to keep us…
Transparent, collaborative, democratically driven organization whose primary goal is to getting money out of politics: sounds pretty lovely, right? I absolutely think so. In fact, that’s the exact reason I’ve spent hundreds of my very few free hours over the past eight months volunteering with this group. Over that time we’ve had some ups and downs, as we’ve grown from just a few dozen volunteers to over 1,000 in our Slack group, with programmers and non-programmers collaborating on a ton of amazing projects with prominent activist organizations to remove money’s influence in politics.
As we’ve grown so too has the…