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in many parts of the online world (and really the world in general), having constructive and substantive conversations is… difficult.
And this is so surprising! Think of all the websites with good discussion tooling! Tooling for personalized filtering and ranking of comments, with a rich rule vocabulary over authors, topics, and discussion characteristics. To prevent interference effects between subcommunities, eternal septembers, loss of domain experts, and regression of exceptional sites to the mean (reddit). Tooling for long-term collaborative progress, so comments aren’t ephemeral bar talk, unheard unless you enter the chatter at just the right moment, and then as often reread as last week’s trashy newspaper.
Think of all the websites with good discussion tooling! Thousands! Err, a few? Well, I’m sure there’s at least one out there. Somewhere?
Computer-supported collaborative discourse is a thing. One largely neglected for three decades now. Poorly funded (making current government complaints of nonexistence rather ironic.) But even what we know how to do, we don’t pursue.
So how surprising is it that the web poorly supports constructive and substantive conversations? We, the tech community, are
just not trying.
Tooling. Like podcasts on SoundCloud supporting high-speed (1.5 or 2x) playback, so listening to slow conversational speech is bearable. People have only been asking for that for, what, half a decade now? Tooling. Like a comment format that supports strikethrough. Unlike this one. Tooling.
Procrastination. We’ve all done it and we tell ourselves we’ll never do it again. So we come up with an elaborate time management system to get us on track only to find ourselves continuing to put things off. While some procrastination can be mildly infuriating, chronic procrastination can be financially, professionally, and personally devastating — overdue bills result in calls from collection agencies, late reports result in getting fired, and undone chores turn your house into a dump.
Why do we procrastinate despite our best intentions not to?
My guests today are clinical psychologists who have spent their career working with procrastinators. Their names are Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen. They’re the co-authors of the book "Procrastination: Why You Do It, What to Do About It Now." We begin our conversation discussing the difference between procrastination and strategically postponing things. They then take us through the cycle of procrastination that we’ve all been through and explain why it’s such a vicious loop.
We then transition to talk about why we procrastinate and why faulty time management isn’t the real root cause of it. Jane and Lenora argue that if you don’t tackle the true origins of procrastination — which range from the fear of failure to the fear of success — no amount of time management or planning will help you. We finally dig into how to tackle these roots so you can exit the procrastinator’s cycle and get stuff done.
This podcast is filled with great insights and actionable advice. Don’t put off listening to it!
Daniel and Manton talk about Google’s recently announced Duplex AI for telephone conversations, and Microsoft’s announcement that it will share a larger percentage of revenues with its app store developers. They consider the merits of each announcement and whether they might spark a competitive response in Apple. Daniel talks about how a small bug request turned into a major overhaul of image handling in MarsEdit, and how the investment may pay off if he ever ports to iOS.
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Google Duplex – Blog post about the new AI system for phone calls, including recorded demos.
Three Real People – Daniel’s Micro.blog post about telephone anxiety.
Knowledge Navigator – Wikipedia page about John Sculley’s 30-year-old vision of a computerized personal assistant.
Wanting an Open Voice Assistant Platform – Manton’s 2016 blog post about wish that Apple would open Siri to third party developers.
A Better Revenue Share – Microsoft announces higher payouts to developers who sell through their store.
Where Apple Went Wrong – Manton’s 2011 post about the problems with Apple’s 30% cut.
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If you’ve ever wondered which code editor or typeface the folks behind CodePen use, this is the episode for you! Marie interviews the CodePen team about their preferences for coding, typeface, music, and most importantly: tabs vs spaces.
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Andrew Clark is a developer on the React core team at Facebook who has been working on asynchronous rendering. In this episode we do a deep dive on some of the decisions behind the implementation of async mode in React 16 as well as talk about how applications can benefit from using it.
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