Just forget it

I’ve become conscious that “just” has crept into my email vocabulary.

  • “I’m just writing to ask…”
  • “I just need to know…”

When used this way, it’s apologetic and has no place in making solid requests. Contrast with the significantly stronger examples below.

  • “I’m writing to ask…”
  • “I need to know…”

If I just asked you do something for me, which form are you most likely to respond to? (Poll)

Spotify to Apple Music

In the last couple of weeks I’ve moved my music listening from Spotify to Apple Music after being a Spotify user for many years. I like Apple Music better.

  1. Apple Music allows you to upload albums that it doesn’t have. From my collection that was about 15. Once they are uploaded to my Apple Music Library, I can listen to them on any device.
  2. Apple Music is lossless. Not that I can objectively hear it. Subjectively I know it’s lossless so it sounds better 😁.
  3. Apple Music has multi-track Dolby Atmos. Listening to concerts and certain albums on my home theatre system changes things. 💡Make sure you set your home theatre to a mode that does no surround sound processing. That way, it should kick in for Dolby Atmos tracks, and play stereo tracks as they are.
  4. Dolby Atmos can be turned on/off by device. This means I’m not trying to hear a multi-track audio signal through my headphones.

I used SongShift to transfer my Spotify playlists to Apple Music.

Training and education

Yesterday I was musing on the difference between training and education, wondering why training in the workplace is usually ineffective. This is my stream of consciousness on the question.

Many people consider training and education the same, however they have several distinct differences. Training is the process of learning something with a goal of performing a specific skill or behaviour. Education, on the other hand, is the systemic process of learning something with a goal of acquiring knowledge.

In education, a person learns facts, concepts, and theories. In training, a person learns how to apply those facts, concepts, and theories. (Difference between Training and Eduction)

So, most "training" in business, is not set within an environment of fact, concept, and theory so it is little wonder why training often falls short of what it aims to do.

  • What do we mean by learning?
  • What do we mean by knowledge?

Education and training are processes of learning that result in knowledge which provides a person with the power to choose from a set of actions different from the set they had available to them prior to the learning occuring.

Post-learning, a person will have:

  • an expanded set of distinctions available to them, enhancing how they observe
  • new practical skills

There is no guarantee that what is learnt is a true assertion. It is all too easy to learn from the opinions of others in ways that positively and negatively modify the way we observe the world.

Knowledge is a physical phenomenon. That’s obvious with the attainment of practical skills as these are often based in physical movement. What is not obvious, are the changes in physiology that accompany the acquisition of any knowledge. Yet, to say we acquire knowledge that suggests knowledge is independent from physiology – some kind of "add-on" – and it’s not. Rather, knowledge is nothing short of a change in our body from the moment when the knowledge is not yet part of us, to the next moment when it is.

After I learn something, I am physically different. That happens 100’s of times a day. What a wonder that is.

Success – process flipped

Yesterday’s attempt at Flipping the process worked as expected and I was easily able to bring the post written at WordPress into my digital garden using the obsidian-rss plugin by Johannes Theiner.

I want my digital garden to hold all my blogging, journalling, household management, literature notes and more so anything that removes friction in writing whilst allowing me to keep all my words in a single platform is a blessing.

I was expecting the plug-in to bring across the categories/tags as tags but that didn’t happen. No biggie. I can easily add tags using Obsidian after I’ve imported the post from the RSS feed. I will also need to do a bit to reconnect images to the originals as the import brings across a URL and that’s not ideal if I ever need to recreate the blog or re-use an image somewhere else.

This is my input template:

published: {{published}}
url: {{link}}
author: {{author}}
#state/evergreen #output/blog {{#tags: }}
# {{title}}

Keeping my cool

Over the years I’ve learned to keep my cool when working on DIY projects. I’m apt to lose my cool when, despite my best amateur efforts, something doesn’t go as planned. It could be a cut in the wrong place, an unlevel hanging, the wrong screw…

Our mood predisposes us to see the world in a way. With DIY that can mean everything is the target of a hammer!

Saturday I was putting up a shelf in the laundry. Rather than a simple shelf with brackets, I had purchased a floating shelf. After 30 minutes searching in Bunnings, that was all I could find!

Let’s say 5/10 for annoyance.

I collected my tools and started checking for studs and power. Beep! Beep! Beep! Something was wrong. The only 9v battery I could find for the stud finder was old and that was the cause. Ok, off to the supermarket for batteries (and I grabbed replacements for the smoke alarm as well).

5/10 is now 7/10.

Returned home. Measured for the shelf. Put in the plaster sockets. Screwed in the first screw 80% of the way. Did the second. The screw snapped in half. And the third. And the fourth!

11/10 at this point. Despite that I breathed slowly and took my time to resolve it all. Removed 2 of the 3 broken screws. Used someo f the stock I had and got the shelf up. It was level right-to-left, but not front-to-back.

Another trip, to a different hardware store – keeping in mind to not let my temper affect my driving – to purchase a bracket to support the bracket.

Here is the final shelf, ready to do what a shelf does. It looks a little wonky in this photo. That’s an artifact of the angle of my camera, not the shelf itself.

Measure once, cut twice

Have you every carefully considered a purchase from a store then when you got home realised there was an aspect you’d missed that made it completely unsuitable?

I do it frequently with trips to the hardware store for screws where somehow I’ve manged to get the wrong diameter or length. Once, I bought the extended edition of the Belinda Carlisle Runaway Horses CD, after I already had the original version. Then asked a friend to buy it for me, forgetting I had it!

Last year I purchased Celestron SkyMaster 20×80 binoculars for stargazing and as soon as they arrived, rushed off to the camera store to purchase a tripod. I’d done research and the shop assistant was helpful, but somewhere along the way I missed the height requirement.

To look horizontally requires me to crouch down a few inches. Looking up, to where the stars are, means tilting the binoculars and dropping the eyepieces down even lower.

It’s meant I haven’t used the binoculars as much as I should have.

The tripod I purchased is good quality and has a very smooth head on it for aiming the binoculars which is great. It’s simply too short at a max height of 130cm. I need something more like 170cm.

This afternoon I’ve been looking at extenders. My fear is that will create too much instability as the binos weigh 2kg and putting them on a taller pole could be too much.

So instead I’ll purchase another tripod and transfer the head across. It’s a waste of money but all on me. If I don’t I’ve wasted money not only on the tripod but on the binoculars I’m not using as well.

Do you over-aside?

I’ve noticed recently a tendency in myself and others to add layer upon layer of explanation when we are talking. Once I saw it, I realised how counter-productive it is.

We think we are helping, but we’re not. Piling up information faster than the recipient can process it.

I park my car a few hundred meters from where I work. I enjoy the walk in the morning, and the time to slow down on the way home.

Succint and tells you all that you need to know about where I park.

I park my car around the corner from work because there is free parking. If I can’t get a park I park in the multi-storey car park where I have to pay. Where I previously worked there were people who paid for parking each day just to be a little closer. That’s something like $1,250 a year and I’ve got better things to spend my money on. Though sometimes when I parked there I’d forget and walk back to where I normally parked. Once I even did it in the rain. Anyway, I park in, what’s the name of the street?. I can never remember.

Adding aside, after aside, only confuses the key message. Keep an eye out for it in your communication and assess its effects on those around you – and you when you’re the recipient.