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  1. Why You Feel So Guilty When You’re Not Working

    For millions of people, working from home has not meant working fewer hours. The average workday has grown longer – about 49 minutes longer – and people are going to more meetings than they were before the pandemic began.

    Whether you’re still heading out to work each day or you’ve transformed your home into your office, there’s a good chance you were struggling to disconnect from work even before the coronavirus. Burnout is so common worldwide that the new edition of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Diseases will include it as a syndrome, an occupational phenomenon marked by feelings of exhaustion, cynicism and negativity.

    If that sounds familiar, it might be time for some reflection. When was the last time you watched a movie or show and did not glance at your inbox? When was the last time you left the house without your phone? Can you eat a meal or sit for an hour without doing any work at all?

    Journalist Celeste Headlee spoke with Amelia Aldao, a therapist in New York City, about what we can all learn to work a little less and relax a little more.


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  2. You Aren’t Lazy. You Just Need To Slow Down

    A surprising influence helped author Devon Price understand what’s wrong with closely associating our worth with our work. A pet chinchilla, Dumptruck. "He’s never been productive in his life," Price says. The social psychologist and author of Laziness Does Not Exist says Dumptruck is pretty much the opposite of productive, and frankly, rather destructive.

    "I would never look at him and think of his life in terms of has he justified his right to exist? He’s not paying rent. He’s not performing any service. And it would be absurd to even think about his life in those terms," they say.

    "So I think animals help us remember that we shouldn’t have to earn our right to exist. We’re fine and beautiful and completely lovable when we’re just sitting on the couch just breathing. And if we can feel that way about animals that we love and about, you know, relatives that we love, people in our lives who we never judged by their productive capacity, then we can start thinking of ourselves that way, too."

    Price says the idea of laziness has been effectively and expertly wielded to make people feel unproductive and unworthy. They call it a lie, and a trap that makes us believe there’s always more we could be doing — at work, in our relationships, at home — and that worth is productivity. Instead of viewing "laziness" as a deficit or something we need to fix or overcome with caffeine or longer work hours, Price says to think of laziness as a sign you probably need a break instead.


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  3. Modern CSS with Stephanie Eckles

    Today I had the joy of talking about CSS and a11y with the amazing Stephanie Eckles.Stephanie is a Frontend focused software engineer author of ModernCSS.dev, where you can find in-depth tutorials about modern solutions to old CSS problems. She is also the creator of Style Stage,  SmolCSS, and and 11ty.Rocks.

    And if that is not enough, Stephani is also writing a lot, teaching as an egghead instructor, and podcasting in here Word Wrap podcast.

    In this episode, we revised some of the CSS pitfalls and tried to answer why CSS was so neglected?. We talk about some of the new developments around the CSS world and also chatted about the forgotten work around accessibility and why it’s important to do our work in that realm.


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  4. Atlas of AI - Big Ideas - ABC Radio National

    If you’ve booked a Covid vaccination online, it’s likely that artificial intelligence helped find you the nearest and soonest appointment. It’s one of many ways AI makes our lives easier. But it’s long been known that AI is also dangerous. So, how can its benefits be better balanced against its harms? AI expert Kate Crawford urges us to look behind the technology. She’s speaking to Fenella Kernebone from Sydney Ideas.


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  5. Mateo Askaripour | I Wrote the Book I Needed To | Talks at Google

    Author Mateo Askaripour discusses his New York Times best selling debut novel "Black Buck", the propulsive, satirical story of the rise and fall for a young Black salesman at an all-white NYC tech startup.

    "Black Buck" tells the story of how one man battles racism and microaggressions to get to the top of a cult-like startup. When it becomes clear he’s the token Black guy, he hatches a plan to help people of color infiltrate America’s sales teams, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game. Imagined as Wolf of Wall Street meets Sorry to Bother You meets Fight Club, "Black Buck" is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

    Mateo Askaripour was a 2018 Rhode Island Writers Colony writer-in-residence, and his writing has appeared in Entrepreneur, Lit Hub, Catapult, The Rumpus, and Medium, to name a few. He lives in Brooklyn, and his debut novel, "Black Buck", was released in January 2021.

    To learn more about Mateo, please visit https://mateowrites.com/about/.

    Get the book here: https://goo.gle/2SGCMnG.

    Moderated by Lindiwe Davis.

    #BlackBuck #MateoAskaripour

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  6. Ron Bronson | Revision Path

    Ron Bronson is a director of experience design for civic tech, and he’s based in Portland, OR.

    If you’ve had any sort of interaction with government services on the Web, particularly at the national level, there’s a pretty good chance your experience in some form was designed or conceived by this week’s guest — the one and only Ron Bronson.

    Longtime fans will remember Ron’s first appearance on the podcast seven years ago, and our conversation starts off with a quick recap of what lessons he’s learned over the past year. From here, we talk about his career shift from education to civic tech, the emergence of consequence design, and even a Finnish sport akin to baseball known as pesäpallo. Ron’s story is a testament to the power of reinvention, and hopefully it convinces you that whatever it is you’re imagining, it’s possible!


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