How the patterns and puzzles of Japanese drew me in to climb a language learning ladder
Items tagged psychology
Introducing the Knowledge Funeral - an opportunity to mourn and celebrate the passing of our obsolete skills
Why are so many parents addicted to their phones? Why are we so afraid of boredom? Why am I deleting Twitter from my phone?
I recently reached a goal that, for a long time, I never knew existed, and never imagined I'd care about. I’ve made it to 50 Parkruns. I’ve been there, and done that, although I haven't got the T-shirt yet.
On the moral dilemma facing a cyclist at an empty set of traffic lights in the middle of the night.
It’s a strange feeling to be going on holiday as the project I’m working on reaches a crunch time. I’m really ready for a break, and I’ve been working too hard, but part of me wants the project manager to ask me to cancel my holiday, to say that the team couldn’t possibly cope without me.
For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by the phenomenon whereby a certain kind of music fan (myself included) professes disdain for the mainstream, and doesn’t want to be seen to like anything too popular. Once upon a time Oasis were a thrilling new band. Is it a coincidence that the point where I went off them is around the time that they became the biggest band in the country? For many people, a similar story could be told about Coldplay. When something is too popular, it must be rubbish, in the eyes and ears of the contrarian.
Running in the rain isn't that bad. Once you've started, you get used to it pretty quickly. You're probably going to have a shower when you get home anyway, and the shower feels so much nicer if you're coming in from the cold. The only trouble is that before you start, you need to persuade yourself that this is true. Looking out of the window, the rain seems like an insurmountable obstacle - you couldn't possibly go out there in that weather. In reality, though, it's just another excuse to not run.
Some thoughts on the most important qualities for a senior developer.