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This Weekend, Please Do This.

We recently lost a family member, and as you might expect it’s Brough up some issues that should have been completely preventable. Please make sure you’ve provided for a time when you or the other adults in your household might become seriously injured, or even killed. Please get in touch with your adult siblings and ask them to do the same. PLEASE PLEASE get in touch with your parents, if they’re still with you, and insist they...

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Constitution Class: Third Amendment

At least this one’s not controversial. The Third Amendment to the US Constitution, part of our ten-amendment “Bill of Rights,” is one of the most direct reflections of its times: No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.Third Amendment to the US Constitution This one’s pretty simple: leading up to the American...

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Constitution Class: Second Amendment

Hoo boy. The US has a love affair with guns, and a lot of my overseas friends—many of whom live in less gun-friendly countries—just don’t get it. So let’s start with the text of the US Constitution’s Second Amendment: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.Second Amendment to the US Constitution The history of the Second...

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Constitution Class: The First Amendment

If you live outside the US, or even if you live in the US and just haven’t been especially interested in government stuff, our Constitutional amendments might seem a little confusing — especially given the contexts in which they’re often raised in the press. This series will explore each amendment in as nonpolitical a way as possible, and we’ll begin with the First. When the Framers of the US Constitution were writing it, they...

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I’m a Note-Taking Luddite, I Admit it. Here’s How I’m Adapting My Ways to the Digital Age

So look, I’m just going to say it: I’m a caveman when I comes to taking notes and keeping track of to-dos. I can’t help it. Lord knows I’ve tried: Evernote, Apple Notes, OneNote, countless Apple Pencil-enabled note-taking apps, you name it. They just don’t work for me. And so I wind up with little spiral notepads, big spiral notepads, sticky notes, you name it. I’m a mess. I can’t even bring myself to use to-do apps for...

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Free Online Writing Workshop in 2021

I’m going to be doing a free multi-session online writing workshop in 2021, and I invite you to join me! Hint: if you’re finding this after the workshop completed, you’ll find the recordings on my YouTube channel. Sorry, I can’t take individual Q&A via this website. After Chrissy LeMaire invited me onto her Twitch channel to discuss how I write so much, so fast, and after several comments on my own Twitter feed about...

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Making a Soft Skills Book: Part 1

This week saw the release of my new book, Soft Skills: How to Succeed at Your Technology Career. It’s a spiritual successor to several books, including one by another author, and I thought it might be fun to share a bit about the new book’s genesis and development. Manning had a previous book named Soft Skills, but discontinued that for various reasons. But the book had a big following, and I knew one of my tasks would be to...

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IMPORTANT: If you bought “Be the Master” (any edition) on Leanpub, READ THIS (includes free copies)

If you purchased “Be the Master” on Leanpub (it’s no longer available for sale there), I urge you to check the following, so that you can obtain a discount on the new, replacement book I’m writing with Manning. Go to Leanpub.com and log into your account.Click the “three-line menu icon” and select Library, then Books.Click the cover for “Be the Master”If you bought multiple editions, do this for each.Ensure the “New...

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[political explainer] Is Pelosi staging a coup?

US House Democrats introduced legislation to form a “commission” to weigh in on the fitness of the President to serve. President Trump went nuts. Is this a Congressionally led coup? TL;DR: No. The 25th amendment, which clarified the Presidential line of succession and lays out certain rules under which the Vice President may temporarily assume the duties of the Presidency, has always allowed for a Congressionally established...

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LISTEN: Which is Better, Being a Specialist or a Generalist? And How do you Point Your Career in One Direction or the Other?

I’m joined by Michael Bender (@MichaelBender) as we take a question from the audience: Is it better to be an IT generalist or a specialist? What if you’ve started specializing to your specific job? If you want to be more general, how do you do it? Don’t forget to submit your own topics so we can keep the show going: DonJones.com/podcast. Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | iHeartRadio | Pocket Casts | Spotify | Amazon | More