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Issue #340: supporter edition

Hi reader,

As I was commenting the other day, one of the reasons why British people talk about the weather so much is that you literally never quite know what to wear when you leave the house. This week has been just another case in point: ostensibly sunny, but with that little chill in the air that admonishes you for even thinking about wearing a short-sleeve shirt before the end of May.

I looked into installing solar panels on the roof of my home office and/or our house this week. Depressingly, the combination of the amount of sunlight required, and the UK government's ending of feed-in tariff incentives means it's pretty pointless. Ah well.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Thought Shrapnel! There's lots of stuff happening in the world, so carving out time to write is important to me. I'm glad you enjoy the fruit of it. Don't forget that not only do you get access to these articles a week earlier than they've available to everyone else, but you can comment on them too!



This week's articles

Friday fumblings

These were the things I came across this week that made me smile: Why Do You Grab Your Bag When Running Off a Burning Plane? (The New York Times) — it turns out that it's less of a decision, more of an impulse.If a house was designed by machine, how would it look? (BBC Business) — lighter, more efficient buildings.Playdate …

WhatsApp and security
Eyes

One can see only what one has already seen

We need to wake up before it's too late.

Austin Kleon's son's artwork
Dilbert on deep work

Everyone hustles his life along, and is troubled by a longing for the future and weariness of the present

The fact we find it difficult to do deep work isn't just personal, it's structural.

Idleness always produces fickle changes of mind

We need to be a bit more organised and structured about idletime and procrastinate productively.

Good things need practice that is the trouble with being lazy
Until next week,
Doug
PS Read what I've been up to this week in Weeknote 21/2019
Doug Belshaw
Dr. Doug Belshaw is an Open Educational Thinkerer, currently working with Moodle and We Are Open Co-op to improve our world.

You can connect with Doug by replying to this email, or via Twitter, LinkedIn, or Mastodon (here's a guide to getting started with latter!)

Some say he looks too much at his screen, others think he's part machine. No one thinks he likes polystyrene.
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