A slow but reliable system for making friends
This system works because friendship is a process that happens a little bit at a time, and then all at once. Friends are, on some level, two people who have grown used to one another.
Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker
Everything is made up, and the points don't matter
The camera had a power I hadn't expected
I was rewarded for being interested in things. I was rewarded for being interested in everything.
Work wants to own your soul
Work wants to own your need to grow, and your need to build, and your need to love.
How to get more business ideas than you know what to do with
Stop thinking about generating business or product ideas. Focus on finding people who would be good customers, and talk to them regularly about their problems.
Motivate people by repeating their words right back to them
Does it help me to use words that confuse people? Does it help me to spend time telling people what words they should be using instead, time I could be spending listening to them instead?
Quiet your productivity demons with knitting, today!
It is very, very hard for my particular demon to call an activity that produces a physical object, that I can hold in my hands, and that will ultimately keep me or a friend warm, "not productive."
Tracking Conversion Rates on the Ghost platform with Amplitude
How good can I get at "selling" subscriptions? Out of the things I enjoy writing about, which are the most interesting to people? What metrics can I collect that are interesting and actionable?
Burnout recovery, and the self-care trap
Most of the advice I've gotten about burnout has been useless-to-actively-harmful. "Have you tried yoga and meditation?" "Take more time
Using RSpec Feature Tests to Actually Test What You Think You're Testing
Given the brittleness of RSpec's have_tag matcher and the presence of new Webrat and Capybara matchers that do a better job, have_tag was not included in rspec-rails-2.