Brett & Kate McKay explain why our everyday choices make or break our integrity.
Once you commit one dishonest act, your moral standards loosen, your self-perception as an honest person gets a little hazier, your ability to rationalize goes up, and your fudge factor margin increases. Where you draw the line between ethical and unethical, honest and dishonest, moves outward. […]
What this means is that if you want to maintain your integrity, the best thing you can do is to never take that first dishonest step. No matter how small and inconsequential a choice may seem at the time, it may start you down a path that tarnishes your moral compass, leads you to commit more serious misdeeds, and causes you to compromise your fundamental principles.
On my desk, I have a piece of foundational Lego that sits under my monitor.
Years ago a friend told me that we cannot simply hope we will be honest and true in big decisions. It’s the private and mundane decisions that prepare us for bigger responsibilities. These everyday choices are the foundation for our big decisions. He gave me and a hundred others a similar Lego piece as a reminder.
Applying this principle daily has made a big difference in my life.
I was on gum-removal duty last Saturday (so I’m not in this video), but this is a really cool timelapse of another Serve Del Mar project that renovated the school’s teacher’s lounge. Via Jay Kim.
Marco Arment on Medium:
Treat places like Medium the way you’d treat writing for someone else’s magazine, for free.
I think it’s important to own your own domain, publish content there, and even receive email there. But if not, you’re surely helping somebody for nothing.
Fellow procrastinator Matt Gemmell is facing something very relatable: the constant availability of time-sucking distractions and what we can do about it.
We have limited time. Our workdays are only so long. Our evenings. Our lives. We spend too much of our time on trivia. Some distraction is healthy and necessary, but we all know that the scales have long since tipped.
The internet isn’t to blame – it’s us. We’re weak, and our natural tendency is to feed that weakness rather than struggle against it. Some people are more prolific than others, but the boundaries don’t lie where we think they do: context and self-discipline are much, much more important than your personal pace or ability. The difference that a creativity-conducive environment can make is profound.
For my friends in the Bay Area: Tomorrow, August 3rd, there’s a great volunteering opportunity to help Del Mar High School in San Jose get ready for their school year. We plan to help clean up their campus, renovate the teacher’s lounge, host free health check-ups for students, and more. Here’s what our last event was like:
Everyone is welcome! Bring a smile and great attitude. Stop by during 8am-12pm or 11am-3pm on August 3rd. Get directions. We’re also collecting backpacks and school supplies (pens, pencils, highlighters, binders, etc.) for students who need them. If you’re interested in coming or can donate a backpack or supplies, let us know or RSVP on Facebook.
Also, I’ve started a small tradition of going out for breakfast at our last event. If you’re also a fan of breakfast, stop by Stacks in Campbell bright-and-early at 7am. See you there!
Drew Crawford wrote a very long and well-cited article about why mobile web apps are slow.
Now I am going to warn you–this is a very freaking long article, weighing in at very nearly 10k words. That is by design. I have recently come out in favor of articles that are good over articles that are popular. This is my attempt at the former, and my attempt to practice what I have previously preached: that we should incentivize good, evidence-based, interesting discussion and discourage writing witty comments.
I’ve been using the Node Embedded Database in a project and its MongoDB-compatible API has been a joy to use. DailyJS has a short and sweet writeup of NeDB and how it works. While my current project has outgrown it, I’m considering using NeDB for Yeti since it’s pure Node and can even be used in browsers.